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SB Nation: An Introduction to Well-Hit Balls


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For the record I have issues with some of the things said in this piece it is however an interesting take on offense.

http://www.beyondtheboxscore.com/2013/4/17/4235048/changing-philosophy-part-one-an-introduction-to-well-hit-balls

A WHB is a ball that is hit hard within a certain range of trajectory and is hit off of the barrel of the bat. It is a subjective manner of data collection that allows the scouts that collect the data to take into account velocity, trajectory, and what the batter is doing in the process of hitting the ball. The core of my research became the assumption that a hitter has three basic goals at the plate in non-situational at bats (so any play where a manager hasn't put a play on): hit the ball hard, draw a walk, and avoid striking out.
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