Define what a quality at bat is?

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15 Responses to Define what a quality at bat is?

  1. Rollie Thill says:

    7 or more pitches.
    Moving baserunners.
    Getting on base.
    Hitting the ball hard.

  2. Brad Mueller says:

    Mark Gallion from the STL Gamers did a very good job on stats that matter:

    There are 4 ways to have quality at bats.

    1 – Hit the ball hard, regardless of outcome. All line drives are hard hits. Hard hits also include hard hit groundballs and flyballs that force outfielders to retreat on the ball.
    2 – Draw a walk
    3 – Execute – sacrifice, advance the runner to 3rd, get a run home with less that 2 outs, hit & runs, squeeze, etc..
    4 – Any at bat that consumes 6 or more pitches is a quality at bat – regardless of outcome.

    A quality at bat is worth between .4 and .5 runs. Using the Pythagoreom Expectation, if you want to increase your winning percentage from 50% to 67%, you need to score 1 more run per game. This means your team needs to produce just 2-3 more quality at bats per game. Now, that is something that players can focus on and control – IF they understand what a quality at bat is.

  3. Coach says:

    Being selective, making the most of every pitch, if you get yours then rip it!

  4. Al Kenderes says:

    I use a quality-at-bat chart to track player at bats. Included as plus quality-at-bats include: hit the ball hard, took pitcher deep into count, sacrifice bunt executed, hit and run executed, advanced runner from 2nd base to 3rd base, score the runner from 3rd with less than 2 out and executed squeeze bunt.

    Negative quality-at-bats include: hit weak fly ball or grounder, struck out looking, failed to execute sacrifice bunt, failed to execute hit and run, failed to advance runner from 2nd base to 3rd base, failed to score the runner from 3rd with less than 2 out and failed to execute squeeze bunt.

  5. Bret Barrick says:

    We stole a page from TCU this year that has about 10 different things on it that defined a quality at bat and the kids would come in the dugout after there at bat or we would assign a reserve to keep track of it and at the end of the game tally them up. It was things like an 8 pitch at bat, moving a runner into scoring position, RBI, hitting the ball to opposite field, and several different things like that. This kept the kids positive and gave them something to work for other than just get a hit. It taught them to work at the plate just like on defense or on the hill.

  6. Matt says:

    Walk, HBP, Hit, hitting the ball hard even though it was right at someone (shows me they ar seeing the ball big and seeing it to the bat and timing it well), making the pitcher throw more than 6 pitches to you (even if you strike out – adds to pitch count – think TEAM/BIG PICTURE). Keep it positive and learn something about yourself with EVERY AB to improve.

  7. Matt says:

    Even Sac fly with man on 3B, sac bunt to move runner up late in game, etc.

  8. Jeff Burchett says:

    We use a QAB (Quality at Bat) Chart for recording our players at bats each game. We have positive and negative results that we record. I will give what we consider a positive (+) at bat: Base on balls, Advance a runner, hit by pitch, 6+ pitch at bat, Sac bunt, squeeze bunt, drag/push bunt, Hard ground balls/line drives.

  9. chad holland says:

    I actually give an award for this. I praise this all year a lot more than average. I also reward the player with the most during the week where when we run at practice. This is the only stat I talk about with my kids. A quality at bat is an at bat where you reach base or another player advances due to your at bat whether through a bunt, backside groundball, or tag from a fly ball. I think it is important to have productive outs. If we can get a hit or walk and have two productive outs then our chances of scoring are pretty high. I stress that we want 13 quality at bats per 7 innings. If we do that we will have the opportunity to win the game.

  10. Bill says:

    Hitting is difficult. Even when you execute perfectly, you still sometimes don’t get the results that, on the outside, indicate success. I played in college with a kid who hit four of the hardest balls I’ve ever seen in one game. Everyone of them was crushed, but all four were caught for outs. In the scorebook he was 0-4, but he probably never hit the ball in any game in his life. What makes a great at-bat is having enough self-control to work the process of hitting. The most difficult thing to do in hitting is to control your stride and body in the face of real competition. Being able to control yourself on each pitch, to take a controlled stride, to keep your hands back and actually see pitches comfortably is a great at bat, regardless of result.

  11. Bruce Rhodes says:

    A batter that works the count and keeps fouling the ball until he gets a hit or draws a walk.
    Also A batter that gets a hit that produces a run or draws a bases loaded walk and gets an RBI.

  12. T Shipley says:

    A quality at bat is an at bat that accomplishes the mission. In baseball there are only three primary missions, getting on base, moving a runner over, and driving a runner in. However, there could be a “game plan” and the mission of each at bat could change somewhat according to the team’s game plan. Ultimately, a quality at bat is measured by productivity, and generally it is in the areas of reaching base, hitting the ball hard, seeing a number of pitches, making the opposing pitcher work hard and expend energy, moving a runner over, and driving a runner in. Each coach should set up their own criteria for what they value according to their coaching/teaching philosophy.

  13. JR Snider says:

    a good AB is as simple as seeing many pitches and hard contact

  14. Jeff says:

    Swinging at a good first pitch is not bad either. Check some MLB’ers and their average of swinging at first pitches. Look at a Matt Holliday. Career wise way above his normal numbers. I believe in working the count but also not in giving the pitcher a free pass on the first, second or what ever pitch. That ways he knows your hitters are there to hit on every pitch.

  15. Richard Todd says:

    For my two cents, a quality AB is best defined the way Steve Springer says it – any at bat in which the hitter got all of the ball regardless of outcome.

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