Many coaches will look at their stats and create a lineup based strictly on batting average and on-base percentage. However, the most effective coaches will look at quality at bats to determine the order. What does that mean?
Quality at bats (QAB's) is a measure of productive at bats for each game. As an example, the Texas Rangers define a productive at bat by the following. In fact, this chart hangs in their dugout.
3) Hit By Pitch or Catcher Interference
4) Sac Bunt
5) Sac Fly
6) Move runner with an out
7) Move runner with an error
8) 8 or more pitch at bat
Coaches that explain the importance of a QAB will begin to see their batters take a different approach at the plate.....an approach that will produce better results.
If you are a coach, I encourage you to begin keeping stats on QAB's, and set your lineup accordingly. Explain it to your team and stress it at practice. I can assure you the results will follow......