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Understanding Stats: Quality At-Bat Percentage in 30 Seconds

WHAT IS IT?
Quality at-Bats Percentage is a measure of how productive a hitter is at the plate, regardless of result. 

QABs include any one of the following: 3 pitches after 2 strikes, 6+ pitch at bats, extra base hits, hard hit balls, walks, sacrifice bunts, or sacrifice flies.

HOW IS IT CALCULATED?
It is determined by dividing the number of quality at bats a player has by the number of at bats they have.

(Quality At Bats)/(At Bats) x 100 = QAB%


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WHY IS IT IMPORTANT?
It is important because unlike Batting Average, which only takes into account hits, QAB% encompass other valuable plays, including, but not limited to, advancing a runner, getting on base, and making a pitcher throw a lot of pitches.

QAB% focuses on processes rather than results. It helps show the success and development of players based on controllable and measurable actions.

TIPS TO IMPROVE
One major factor in having a good QAB% is being patient at the plate. Being able to wait for the right pitch is a key skill that will help lead to more successful at bats.

An easy way for anyone to improve patience at the plate is by playing whiffle ball. A whiffle ball travels in such a drastically different way than a baseball or softball that it forces a hitter to read the ball at different heights, speeds, and angles. Being able to read the ball helps assess how a hitter approaches the pitch, which translates to better plate discipline and ultimately better results.

ADDITIONAL INSIGHTS
Learn more about how improving quality at-bat percentage can help your favorite players on and off the field.


QUIZ
Try to answer the following question to see if you have a grasp of what Batting Average is:

If a player has 100 at bats and they hit 10 doubles, five triples, three home runs, 10 SAC flies, and get 12 walks, strikeout 30 times, and hit into 30 double plays  in those plate appearances, what is their QAB%?

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