2019 MLB Draft Guide: Utilizing Walk and Strikeout Rates
Dan Malin discusses plate discipline in terms of walk and strikeout rates and how you should be looking at the numbers to aid you in your quest for a 2018 fantasy baseball title.
Patience and plate discipline is a bit of an art form in the professional baseball landscape. The more patient and discipline you are at the dish, the better hitter you are. It’s not a groundbreaking concept by any stretch of the imagination and by no means are we re-inventing the wheel here: drawing a walk is better than striking out. Duh. In 2018, José Ramírez saw a jump in nearly every statistical category: home runs, RBI, stolen bases, etc. It was the third straight year he logged 600+ plate appearances and from 2017-to-2018 his walk rate increased from 8.1% to 15.2%. To give that a numerical value, he walked 52 times in 2017 and that jumped to 106 walks last season. That is a phenomenal leap. Are walks sexy? Hardly, but these guys get on base and that helps in leagues that rewards runs, on-base percentage, and it sets the faster guys up for steals. Billy Hamilton truthers would lose their minds if he could get his walk rate over 10.0%.
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