A few thoughts/ points regarding leadoff hitters.
Good leadoff hitters tend to set the tone for the rest of the lineup by working at bats and getting on base. And what better way to start a game off then by having the first batter of the game make the pitcher work, get on base, maybe into scoring position (speed comes in handy here) and then potentially getting brought around to score in the first inning.
That's the next point, again, you want a leadoff guy who can get on base for your #2 hitter who typically is one of the top two hitters on the team and then for the power hitting run producers in the #3 and #4 spots.
Having a 'traditional' type leadoff hitter doesn't have as much to do with starting off the game or inning as it does setting the table for the #2, #3, #4 hitters in the lineup regardless of how many outs there are.
Lastly, mathematically the leadoff hitter in a lineup will have the most at bats every game, so again, you want a guy who can get on base and get into scoring position for your best hitters and RBI producers.
Edited by BayAreaBmore, 28 February 2017 - 11:07 PM.