We set up a column to the far right to number the batting order you choose 1 through 9 so you can export this sheet to excel, sort it, and play a game keeping them in order. The full player cards will be produced later.
Here is the key to each column.
Position - we are only listing primary position this year, but players can also play other positions.
C - if plays 1B add 1 to the E rating and subtract 1 from the CD rating.
1B - if plays 3b double the E rating and subtract 1 from the CD rating.
2B - if plays SS or 3B double the E rating and subtract 1 from the CD rating.
3B - if plays 2B or SS double the E rating and subtract 1 from the CD rating.
SS - can play 2B or 3B with no adjustments.
LF - can play RF. If players CD add 1 to Error and subtract one from CD.
CF - can play RF or LF with no adjustment.
RF - can play LF. If players CD add 1 to Error and subtract one from CD.
We generally upgrade all gold glove nominees from the past couple of seasons to CD5, but have not made those adjustments yet.
The first letter refers to the On Base Running (OBR) used on charts to try to take and extra base or beat out a double play. The SP is used on the steal chart.
H&R - Hit & Run is usually 0, but a very good contact hitter could be a 1 or 2 and choose to use that on the hit and run chart with a runner on 1st base or 1st and 3rd.
1B - on Random Numbers, from an 11 to the first boxed number is a single.
2B - any number higher than the single (1b) number to the number listed is a double.
3B - if the number is higher than the 2B number then that is a triple, but for many numbers it is the same - meaning he cannot hit a double.
HR - the red number is a Home Run.
Deep - the next number is a deep drive that required a new 11-88 random number, and requires looking up the DEEP chart for the ballpark of the home team to yield either a home run or a deep drive with runners advancing.
K - the batter strikes out.
W - the batter walks.
HPB - the batter is hit by a pitch and goes to 1st base.
Out - all the numbers higher than the HPB number up to 88 are an out.
OPS - the On-Base percentage is provided just to give an idea of how good the player is overall when setting your line-up for the team with better hitters first.
Cht - is used on out charts to indicate if the player is a right-handed power hitter (RP), normal or non-power hitter (RN), switch power (SP) or normal (SN) and finally left-handed power (LP) or normal (LN). If none of these six are listed, assume an SN or if there is just a P assuming it is an SP.
vs. LHP/RHP - you only need to refer to these numbers if an 11-14 (normally a hit) or 85-88 (normally an out) is drawn on either the batter or pitcher card. The number to the left of the dash indicates an adjustment if the batter is facing a left-handed pitcher, so Ozzie Albies kills left handed pitching and the 85 / indicates that any result of 85-88 changes from an out to a single with runners advancing two bases. On the other hand, he does not hit as well against right-handed pitching so the number to the right of the dash, 12, indicates an 11-12 is changed form a single to a strikeout if he is facing a right-handed hitter.
The two columns to the right are provided just add suggested batting order from 1-9 against left-handed starting pitchers and the next column against right-handed pitcher.