Batting Ratings ratings help determine a batter's offensive skills and performance when they come up to bat or take a lead at first base.
- Discipline reflects a batter's ability to recognize balls and strikes and be patient in choosing which pitches to swing at.
- A higher DI means more walks and fewer strikeouts, potentially increasing the on-base percentage.
- It also affects the likelihood of getting hit by a pitch.
Famous players with high Discipline: Rickey Henderson, Joe Morgan
- Contact reflects how well the batter can make contact when he decides to swing.
- Contact can have the opposite effect of Discipline - dramatically lowering a player's strikeout chances, and slightly affecting their walk chances.
- Contact has a very small effect on their ability to get a single or double (sometimes just making contact is enough), and has a slight effect on the Ground Ball/Fly Ball ratio (high contact batters will keep the ball down a little better).
- A batter with high CN improves their batting average and on-base percentage. However, more balls in play also mean a higher chance of grounding into double plays.
Famous players with high Contact: Tony Gwynn, Robin Yount, and Joe DiMaggio
- Batting indicates a batter's ability to hit for average.
- It strongly influences the number of singles and doubles and has a slight effect on triples and home runs.
- Batting also slightly affects walks and strikeouts, but not as significantly as DI and CN.
- GB/FB ratio is also affected by this - again, presuming that when a player hits for average they tend to keep the ball down a little better.
- A batter with a high BA significantly improves their batting average and on-base percentage. (Note that the increase in OBP is primarily due to the increase in batting average.)
Famous players with high Batting: Wade Boggs, Ted Williams
- Slugging reflects a batter's power hitting ability.
- SL is crucial for hitting home runs as it converts singles into extra-base hits without significantly impacting the batting average.
- A higher SL often leads to more walks since pitchers try to avoid power hitters.
- However, power hitters also tend to have more strikeouts due to their focus on hitting for power. *High SL players often have a low ground ball/fly ball ratio.
Famous players with high Slugging: Babe Ruth, Hank Aaron
- Speed reflects a player's running ability on the bases, including their raw speed and baserunning instincts.
- Aside from the obvious influence on stolen bases, speed also impacts taking extra bases, tagging up, and breaking up double plays.
- The average player will attempt to steal approximately every 1 in 16 chances.
- A player with SP=100 will steal about 1 in 2 chances.
Famous players with high Speed: Lou Brock, Willie Mays
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