Originally Posted by Scrap Irony
Huh. I've always heard differently, doug.
The scouts I've talked to have always added doubles and triples power to their 20-80 power number scale. They will usually say something along the lines of "Raines has a 40 power tool, with most of that coming from doubles and triples."
I can get behind it both ways as I can see the merits for both. I always lean more towards home runs, because you can generally luck into a few doubles/triples a year with a funny bounce, just flat out busting it out of the box, a mis-timed dive and the likes. You can't really do that with home runs. And while it may not come into play for a guy like Hamilton who will lead off, he wouldn't be racking up those doubles/triples if he were hitting elsewhere in the lineup with guys on in front of him because they wouldn't be able to get out of his way, so it isn't a true show of his power, but of his speed. Home runs make BABIP less important.