The GBL season is still months away, so let’s tinker with the 2008 numbers again, this time in search of the most powerful Viper in the batter’s box. Power Factor (PF), or TB/H, is total bases divided by hits – so it’s a measurement of a batter’s power regardless of whiffs, fly-outs, etc. Yup, pretty simple. So, which Vipers were swinging the biggest bats last season?
Power Factor is an interesting stat because, unlike Slugging Percentage, it leaves us with a indicator of a batter’s power only when he safely makes contact.
I don’t think anyone would be surprised to see Drew Miller at #1, way ahead of the rest of the pack. Two guys who hit below the league average (0.307, if you’re keeping score) round out the top three in Power Factor on the Vipers. It should be interesting to see what Drader can do now that he’s got a full season of pro ball under his belt. The numbers prove he’s got the power – now he just needs to safely put more batted balls in play. If this happens, the Vipers might find themselves in the luxurious position of having two Drew Millers.
Just like seeing Miller at the top, it’s not a surprise to see GLROTY Colin Moro and Jorge Tang at the bottom of the list (with at least 234 Plate Appearances). These guys didn’t play a power game in 2008, and it obviously didn’t hold them back (Moro wining Rookie of the Year, and Tang being a terror on the basepaths). Both of them know how to put the ball safely in play in a way that sees them get on base regardless of how hard they hit it.