These are actual stats from one of the teams in a local recreation league this summer. The first number beside each name is the SO+BB number for the 17 game season. The next two numbers are the OPS and SO/AB averages.
You see that the guys who do not let the pitcher decide their fate and put the ball in play have better OPS results. This seems to be master of the obvious stuff. The two outliers were a very weak kid with a slow bat and the other was the statistician’s son. The 4 kids who strike out more than 30% of the time had an OPS range of .595 to .228. The 6 kids who struck out less than 20% of the time had OPS range of .554 to 1.026. The 3 middle kids who struck out between 20-30% of the time had an OPS range of .486 to .585.
For example, Andrew’s total number of plate appearances that ended in either a SO or BB was 8. His OPS was 1.026 and he struck out 8.1% of the time.
Andrew 8 1.026 and .081
Bob 9 .917 .088
Charlie 9 .804 .091
David 9 .554 .172—very low power, puts the ball in play a lot, but very weakly (good rec league 2 hitter)
Eric 12 .955 .121
Frank 12 .595 .333
George 15 .559 .156
Howard 16 .486 .280
Isaac 19 .545 .269
James 21 .487 .222
Ken 22 .228 .300
Larry 23 .786 .345— head coach/statistician’s son ….just saying
Mike 25 .284 .393
To me, the data shows that the kids who took a lot of pitches and therefore had more BB and SO over the course of the season had inferior offensive numbers than those who tended to put the ball in play more. Kids who walk a lot also tend to strike out a lot. The percentage of BB and SO didn’t really matter, for example, if a kid had 10 walks and 6 strike outs didn’t really have statistically higher OPS. The fact that his cumulative number was 16 spoke more about where his OPS was more likely to be.