Originally Posted by Raisor
Our buddy SteelSD used to use something he called "Speed Adjusted OPS"
Here's his formula
(Hits + BB + HBP - CS)/TPA
(Total Bases + SB - CS)/AB
In the minors last year, Hamilton had an impressive .410 OBP
When you adjust his OBP for speed, it's corrected to .347.
Last year he had a SLG of .420.
When you adjust for speed, it's corrected to .650
Dude's a power hitting middle of the order guy.
I always did like Steel's work on this. Of course, the true value of a slugging percentage is how well you advance runners, not putting yourself in scoring position, but you know that, hence your wink at the end.
I do agree that it's smart to have a speedy guy hitting fifth or sixth, for the reasons your mentioned. I just think you want your best speedy guy leading off. I remember the Cards would bat Willie McGee in the fifth slot and that worked quite well.