2020 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.
It’s no secret that there has been a significant uptick in power and home runs in recent years. The steroid era ushered in levels of offensive production via power that Major League Baseball had never seen. And once MLB did away with performance enhancing drugs there was significant regression back to the norm, and coincidentally enough attendance suffered a bit. Now we’re seeing more home runs once again. They aren’t necessarily coming from banned substances (although some might), but rather an increased effort on the part of players to lift the ball into the air more. After all, more home runs equate to larger contracts for free agents so who can blame them? And we aren’t stupid. Major League Baseball is helping the matter with adjustments to the ball to give them a little more pop.
Back in 2010, there were just 18 players that hit at least 30 home runs. In 2013, that number dropped to 14 players, and then to 11 in 2014. Around 2016 we started experiencing more offensive...