real green posted:
Is this really a new concept? Or just new technology that allows data to be collected and analyzed. I have never had or heard a coach preach ground balls as the goal or heard a coach preach fly balls. It's always been hard line drives up the mental. Mishit balls could be hard grounders or with enough power HR's.
I think it is the former rather than latter. The data has been used to determine that at the Big League Level, Exit Velocity alone (hard line drives), can translate into higher Slugging % if the "Launch Angle" is elevated in a certain range. So instead of missile singles, you have gap extra base hits & added HR which = Increased Runs which = More Wins.