Originally Posted by AtomicDumpling
SteelSD's numbers indicate the opposite is true. High strikeout guys outperform the low strikeout guys significantly.
Putting the ball in play does not increase the chance of avoiding an out. Balls in play are just as likely to do harm in terms of eliminating runners as advancing them, but people ignore that reality.
I'm talking about skill, not production.
A guy that swings and misses only on 3% of all strikes but homers only 1.4 times in 100 plate appearances is a better hitter than the guy that swings and misses 12% of the time but homers 5.6 times. The OPS will say the guy who homers is a better player, and in terms of total runs created, that isn't untrue, but it doesn't make him a better hitter. It just means when he does hit the ball, he's stronger and can hit it a lot longer.
There are a lot of .750 OPS guys that are far, far better hitters than guys that OPS .850 or .900. They don't create as many runs, and thus aren't necessarily as valuable because those 30-40 home runs hit in a season add up; but they're better hitters.