Every Gamechanger Baseball and Softball Abbreviation Explained

May 7, 2024
every gamechanger stat explained

The Gamechanger app tracks over 150+ statistics for baseball and softball hitters, pitchers and fielders. These stats are automatically updated as you score the play by play of your games. So even if you don't know what the abbreviations mean or how they were calculated, you'll have access to them all!

Some of the abbreviations are simple and common like "PA" (plate appearance) or "H" (hits). Others are more complex and less common but can be highly insightful, like "6+" (at bats with 6 plus pitches) and "HHB" (hard hit balls).

Here are all of the stats with their abbreviations and explanations. 

GameChanger Hitting Stats

  • GP: Games played
  • PA: Plate appearances 
  • AB: At bats
  • H: Hits
  • 2B: Doubles
  • 3B: Triples
  • HR: Home runs
  • RBI: Runs batted in
  • R: Runs scored
  • BB: Base on balls
  • SO: Strikeouts
  • K-L: Strikeouts looking
  • SB: Stolen bases
  • CS: Caught stealing
  • PIK: Picked off
  • SB%: Stolen base percentage
  • AVG: Batting average(season)
  • OBP: On-base percentage (season)
  • SLG: Slugging percentage (season)
  • OPS: On-base percentage plus slugging percentage(season)
  • XBH: Extra-base hits
  • TB: Total bases 
  • AB/HR: At bats per home run
  • PS: Pitches seen 
  • PS/PA: Pitches seen per plate appearance
  • 6+: Plate appearances with 6+ pitches
  • 6+%: Percentage of PA with 6+pitches
  • PA/BB: Plate appearances per walk 
  • BB/K: Walks per strikeout
  • BA/RSP: Batting average with runners in scoring position
  • SAC: Sacrifice hits & bunts
  • SF: Sacrifice flies 
  • HBP: Hit by pitch 
  • CI: Reached on Catcher's interference
  • FC: Hit into fielders choice
  • ROE: Reached on error 
  • GIDP: Hit into doubleplays
  • GITP: Hit into tripleplays
  • 2S+3: 3+ pitches after 2strikes
  • 2S+3%: Percentage of PA in which batter sees 3+ pitches after 2 strikes
  • HHB: Hard hit balls:Total line drives and hard ground balls
  • QAB: Quality at bats (any one of: 3 pitches after 2 strikes, 6+ pitchABs, XBH, HHB, BB,SAC Bunt, SAC Fly)
  • QAB%: Percentage of at bats that are quality at bats
  • FLB%: Fly ball percentage
  • GB%: Ground ball percentage
  • BABIP: Batting average on balls in play

Notes on Batting Stats

#1 ABs and PAs are not the same. At bats are not the same as plate appearances. Plate appearance count each time the batter was at the plate but not all plate appearances count as at bats. Walks, hit by pitches, sacrifices and catchers interference do not count as at bats but they are counted as plate appearances.

#2 Errors negate hits or extra bases. If a player hits the ball and ends up on base but you credited the centerfielder with an error, it will not appear as a hit. If the player records a single but then the outfielder makes an errant through that results in the runner advancing to second base, it will be scored as a single. This is assuming that you score it properly in Gamechanger.

#3 Keeping detailed pitch by pitch and play by play records leads to more accurate stats. For instance, resist the urge to not log foul balls with 2 strikes. Although it seems meaningless, seeing how many pitches each batter sees per plate appearance can be a useful statistic for players and coaches.

GameChanger Pitching Stats

IP: Innings pitched

H: Hits allowed

R: Runs allowed

ER: Earned runs allowed

BB: Base on balls(walks)

SO: Strikeouts

HR: Home runs allowed

ERA: Earned run average per regulation game

W: Wins

L: Losses

SV: Saves

BS: Blown saves

SVO: Save Oppotunities

SV%: Save Percentage

BF: Total batters faced

#P: Total pitches

TB: Total balls

TS: Total strikes

S%: Strike percentage

K/G: Strikeouts per regulation game

K/BB: Strikeouts per walk

P/IP: Pitches per inning

P/BF: Pitchers per batter faced

HBP: Hit batters

WP: Wild pitches

GO: Ground outs

AO: 'Air' outs (Fly outs)

GO/AO: Ground out/Flyout ratio

FPS: First pitch strikes

FPS%: First pitch strike percentage

FPSO%: Percentage of FPS at-bats that result in an out

FPSW%: Percentage of FPS at-bats that result in a walk

FPSH%: Percentage of FPS at-bats that result in a hit

<3: At bat with 3-or-fewer pitches

<3%: 3-for-fewer pitch at bats per batter faced

LOO: Leadoff out (1st batter of inning)

1ST2OUT: Innings with 1st 2 batters out

123INN: 1-2-3 Innings

<13: Innings of 13 pitches or fewer

BB/INN: Walks per inning

0BBINN: Zero-walk innings

BBS: Walk that scored

LOBB: Leadoff walk (1st batter of inning)

LOBBS: Leadoff walk that scored (1st batter of inning)

SM: Opposing batter swings-and-misses

SM%: Percentage of total pitches that are swings and misses

K/BF: Strikeouts per batter faced

WEAK%: Percentage of batted balls weakly hit (fly balls and ground balls)

HHB%: Percentage of batted balls that are line drives or hard ground balls

FLB%: Percentage of batted balls hit in the air

GB%: Percentage of all batted balls hit on the ground

BABIP: Opponent batting average on balls in play

BAA: Opponent batting average. Stands for "batting average against"

LOB: Runners left on base

PIK: Runners picked off

SB: Stolen bases allowed

CS: Runners caught stealing

SB%: Opponent stolen base percentage success rate

The following stats are only visible if you have a pocket radar set up and choose to turn track pitch type and track pitch velocity on.

Gamechanger pitch type and velocity tracking

FB: Number of fastballs

FBS: Number of Fastballs thrown for strikes

FBS%: Percentage of Fastballs thrown for strikes

CT: Number of Cutters

CTS: Number of Cutters thrown for strikes

CTS%: Percentage of Cutters thrown for strikes

CB: Number of Curveballs

CBS: Number of Curveballs thrown for strikes

CBS%: Percentage of Curveballs thrown for strikes

SL: Number of Sliders

SLS: Number of Sliders thrown for strikes

SLS%: Percentage of Sliders thrown for strikes

CH: Number of Changeups

CHS: Number of Changeups thrown for strikes

CHS%: Percentage of Changeups thrown for strikes

OS: Number of Offspeed pitches

OSS: Number of Offspeed pitches thrown for strikes

OSS%: Percentage of Offspeed pitches thrown for strikes

Notes on Pitching Stats

*#1 Velocity and pitch type must be turned on and only tracked and visible when a camera is live streaming the game. Most teams don't have pitch tracking on as it requires a radar gun and live stream set up. If you have it added, it will appear in your advanced stats area. 

#2 Game averages like ERA are based on the game length of the league (which is often less than the MLB standard of 9 innings). Here's an example, if a player gives up 1 earned run over 9 innings, their ERA is not necessarily going to be 1.00 like it might seem based on our typical understanding of ERA. The ERA is average per regulation game length, so it will actually be lower than 1.00 if the regulation game length is shorter than 9 innings. For instance, if the regulation game length is 7 innings, giving up 1 run over 9 Innings pitched in a season would give an ERA that is actually 0.77.  This holds true for stats like K/G (strikeouts per game) 

#3 "Hard" and "Weakly" hit balls depend on type scored. Hard hit balls are logged as "line drives" or "hard ground balls" whereas weakly hit balls are logged as "ground balls" or "fly balls."

Gamechanger Fielding Stats

E: Errors

A: Assists

PO: Putouts

TC: Total chances

DP: Double plays

TP: Triple plays

FPCT: Fielding percentage

Notes on Catching Stats

#1 Assists vs. Putouts. Although they sound the same, they are different. An assist is credited to the person who aids in getting a batter out but is not the one to tag them or the base or catch a ball in the air. A putout is credited to the last player who touches the ball before an out is made. On a ground ball hit to the SS and thrown to the 1B for a force out at first, the SS gets the assist and the 1B gets the putout. Catchers and 1st basemen get the bulk of putouts in baseball (catchers get all strikeouts as putouts). 

Gamechanger Catching Stats

INN: Innings caught

PB: Passed balls allowed

SB: Stolen bases allowed

SB-ATT: Stolen bases allowed - Stealing attempts

CS: Runners caught stealing

CS%: Runners caught stealing percentage

PIK: Runners picked off

CI: Batter advances oncatcher's interference

Notes on Catching Stats

#1 Passed balls vs. wild pitches. A passed ball is a pitch that a catcher reasonably should have stopped. A ball that hits in the dirt in front of them but gets between their legs, for instance, is typically considered a passed ball. A wild pitch, on the other hand, is a pitch that is so errant that it would be unreasonable or impossible for the catcher to receive or block it. Balls must result in a baserunner advancing for them to be logged as either a passed ball or wild pitch.

Are you a coach who wants to learn how you can leverage these Gamechanger stats to scout your opponents? Read my full article on Gamechanger for scouting here

About the author 

Nate McCallister

Nate is one of the co-founders of Baseballcentric.com.

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