2019 MLB Draft Guide: Understanding Contact Rates
One of the best ways to help evaluate MLB hitters and pitchers for fantasy baseball purposes is to examine their contact rates and Dan Malin takes the time to explain how and why.
As fantasy baseball prep season rolls on, the 2018 MLB Draft Guide continues to dive deeper into advanced analytics. Contact rates, simply enough, measure how hard a pitcher or hitter’s batted balls are hit with strength, power, emphasis, etc. You can insert your own adjective as seen fit. The usage and importance of contact rates vary between pitchers and hitters. Previously in the MLB Draft Guide we touched upon Ground Ball, Fly Ball, and Line Drive rates. Those statistics are better served in analyzing pitchers, but do have some use for hitters. On the opposite end of the spectrum, contact rates are better served analyzing hitters over pitchers. However, this piece won’t completely neglect pitchers, but it’ll focus mostly on the hitting side of fantasy baseball.
Brief Overview of Pitchers
For pitchers, with regards to contact rates, the objective is simple: give up as little hard contact as possible. A few of the pitchers that gave up the most hard contact last year...