Playing with Numbers: Power profiles revisited
After taking a look at the past performances of top power hitters, we identified three key statistical areas that seemed to correlate to a high home run output. What we are looking for is a hitter with a high walk percentage per plate appearance, who is patient enough to wait for "his pitch" by having the discipline to see in the neighborhood of four pitches (or more) every time he steps into the batter's box, and a low ground ball-to-fly ball ratio -- meaning they get the ball into the air on a more consistent basis, a prerequisite for getting that ball over the wall. The higher a player's G/F, the more ground balls a player hits, so we're looking for a number as far below the current league average of 1.25 as possible.
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