How much should you improve your batting? Look up the batting stats of your favorite baseball players and use them to set reasonable goals for improving your own batting. The stats provided by the Guruvi Baseball app are standard and similar stats can easily be found for professional players at many Internet baseball sites. The critical stats to focus on improving, especially for younger players, are batting average, on-base percentage, and walks per strikeout. These stats are indicative of batting consistency and discipline. For older players, who have the power to hit the ball deep, slugging percentage and isolated power also become important stats. Compare all your stats and think about what conclusions you can make.
You can find plenty of stats on professional or collegiate players but very little stats are published for junior and amateur-level players. The Guruvi Baseball app can be used to collect information about opposing teams’ batters. The information can then be used to define pitching and defensive strategies against the opposing batters.
For a batter with high slugging percentage and high isolated power, the field players can move deeper to allow them to better prevent extra-base hits.
Next, look at the batting average and walks per strikeout. If both the batting average and the walks per strikeout are low then the batter may not pose a big threat but be careful to not let the batter get on base because of a careless mistake. On the other hand if the batting average is high and the walks per strikeout are low, this may indicate a good hitter that tends to take risks and strikes out often as well. For such a player, it may be good to give them some bad pitches to swing at.
Finally, a batter with high batting average and high walks per strikeout is most dangerous. Be very patient when pitching to such a batter, mix up the pitches, and sometimes even be prepared to walk them intentionally.
Power hitters are usually judged by their slugging percentage, which is simply the number of bases divided by the at-bats. Unlike the batting average that treats all hits the same, the slugging percentage gives more weight to the extra base hits. For example if a batter hits one single, one double, and one home run in 10 at bats, his/her batting average will be 0.300 (3 divided by 10.) On the other hand, his/her slugging percentage will be 0.700 (7 bases divided by 10 at bats.) The single counts as 1 base, the double counts as 2 bases, and the home run counts as 4 bases.
Usually a higher slugging percentage implies a power hitter who is able to get many extra-base hits. But someone with a high batting average who mostly hits singles could have a high slugging percentage because single hits also contribute to the slugging percentage. Therefore, it is good to look at the Isolated Power stat as well. Isolated power is defined as slugging percentage minus the batting average. A batter’s isolated power will always be lower than his/her slugging percentage. Since only extra-base hits contribute to the isolated power, a true power hitter should have both a high slugging percentage and a high isolated power.