2019 MLB Draft Guide: Learn to Use GB, FB & LD Rates
Dan Malin helps you understand some of the batted ball rates you need to know and how to use them when constructing your fantasy baseball team.
Human beings love labels. It’s just something we’re drawn to. Look no further than baseball to find players with labels. Billy Hamilton ’s a stolen base threat (and not much else). Joey Gallo is a big home run guy. He’s clubbed 40 in each of the last two seasons, but he also comes with an extremely high strikeout rate. Labels are actually pretty useful too because it’s good to have an opinion on every player. It doesn’t need to be an elaborate one, but something simple or a quick label is good. It’s smart to apply labels when drafting your team because some players are more adept to contributing more in categories/rotisserie leagues while other guys help out more in points leagues.
Labels will also apply to hitters and pitchers based on their ground ball, fly ball, and line drive rates. It’s a simple enough concept too: pitchers more prone to fly balls are often considered to be fly ball pitchers (duh). Those that can induce ground balls are obviously ground ball pitchers. The...