The batting order for a baseball team is not a rating or ranking scale of the best hitters to the worst hitters. Players and parents often look at the lineup as a promotion or demotion based on performance. A knowledgeable baseball coach will always try to seek a balanced lineup. Next time your having trouble accepting where you or your son is hitting in the lineup, keep this batting order in mind.
1. Speed – Runs well enough to be a threat on the base paths.
2. Contact – Puts the ball in play.
3. Consistent – Uses the entire field with a consistent approach and swing.
4. RBI Potential – Can hit for extra bases (not necessarily homeruns)
5. RBI Potential – Can hit for extra bases (not necessarily homeruns)
6. Speed – Lineups starts over again with speed and base stealing potential
7. Contact – Puts the ball in play
8. Consistent – Uses the entire field but may be better with fastballs than off-speed.
9. Speed/RBI Potential – Bunting and base stealing threat or RBI potential hitting extra bases.