This is a post I've been meaning to make for awhile.
How many fielding plays does a pitcher make in an average game? I have no idea, maybe 2 or 3. How many fielding plays are made in a game? Again, I don't know but I imagine that the average is around 40. You figure there are 27 outs, but some of those would be strikeouts. Then you have hits and errors, each one would be a fielding play. Pickoff attempts by the pitcher and the catcher. Throws by the pitcher to first, and wild pitches and passed balls. I'll show some stats below that suggest that between 5-8% of the batters faced end up with a fielding chance for the pitcher. Some, guys who throw a lot of ground balls will have more. Pitchers who get a lot a fly ball outs will have less.
How many baseball cards do you own that feature a pitcher fielding? My rough estimate, based on how many pitcher cards I have scanned and how many of those feature the pitcher fielding, is 0.2%. So pretty rare. I just pulled one from a repack so I thought I'd show some of the one's I have. I called this Part 1 because I have enough for at least 2 posts.
1989 Score #281 Roger McDowell
1991 Topps #454 Kevin Appier
1991 Topps #644 Chuck Crim
1993 Donruss #222 Bret Saberhagen
1993 Stadium Club #167 Doug Drabek
1993 Stadium Club #654 Ben Rivera
1994 Score #237 Larry Andersen
1995 Stadium Club #189 John Franco
1995 Topps Traded #75 Jim Abbott
1996 Donruss #439 Kevin Appier