Wait ... MLB defenses are going to play games with the outfielders. One may play rover more than a normal depth outfield ... For example, lefty pull hitter, the LF may play the short RF/CF area and leave LF open. Maybe only certain situations in the game. It will be interesting to see how defenses adjust. Maybe even some infielders moving at the time of the pitch.
I doubt you'll see outfielders shifting to the extreme like that. The risk is too high for an extra base hit.
Also, as a high school coach, did you do any 'shifting' on defense? Just curious ...
Not really much shifting in high school, we don't have the resources to scout like that, and even so you're not normally seeing guys for more than a couple years at the varsity level. I'll absolutely move my corners to the lines if I see a kid straight pull a couple times, but that's about it.
In HS baseball it's absolutely critical to protect the middle of the field because at that level it's still about base hits and guys steal constantly. You never cheat away from the middle because bad shit happens. Scoring from 2B in HS on a base hit is probably 85% success rate because again, most HS players don't have the gun or the accuracy to make base runners hold at 3B. If you have a good catcher, SS & 2B, and CF, you're going to be ok most of the time.