Contact rates in baseball are simply a measure of how much authority a ball is hit with. According to Fangraphs, it is calculated by quantifying the hang time for the baseball, trajectory, and landing spot. Exit velocity is not used in calculating contact rates, but if you’d like to learn more about exit velocity then be on the lookout later this week as there will be an “Understanding Exit Velocity” article dropping on Wednesday, March 13th. Exit velocity is another great measure for why a hitter may see an increase in power numbers so do be sure to give that article a read. For hitters a change in hard contact can lend a hand in determining who could see better power output. We’ve seen an immense shift in the league towards increasing hard hit data and putting more balls in the stands and no other player in baseball exemplifies this shift than last year’s NL MVP…

 

The Ballad of Christian Yelich

Everyone’s well aware of the tear that Christian Yelich went on in the...