2020 MLB Draft Guide: Understanding Launch Angles
With the steady rise in home runs and overall power in MLB, Ryan Hallam helps fantasy baseball owners learn about launch angles and how best to use them.
Baseball always seems at its peak in popularity when home runs are being hit. After the strike in 1994 it was always the home run chase between Mark McGwire and Sammy Sosa in 1998 that “saved baseball.” Years later that chase would be marred for other reasons, but people were coming to the ballpark and watching on tv to see the majestic bombs those two guys hit. There was the marketing campaign of “chicks dig the long ball” and so on. There’s not much better than watching a ball soar out of the ballpark as long as it is your team (or your fantasy player) that is doing it.
Home runs are being hit at a ridiculous rate right now, and while some chalk it up to the way Major League Baseball is producing baseballs, some of it also has to do with hitter’s newer focus on Launch Angle. Those of you who aren’t super into the new fangled stats might be asking what launch angle is exactly. By definition, it is the vertical angle that the ball leaves the player’s bat when being struck....