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Tuesday, June 11, 2019

New outfield jump burst route metrics at Baseball Savant |

Robbie Grossman?

2019 Jump leaders (leaderboard)

+3.0 feet above average—Kevin Kiermaier, Rays
+2.9 feet above average—Guillermo Heredia, Rays
+2.0 feet above average—Leury Garcia, White Sox
+1.9 feet above average—Robbie Grossman, A’s
+1.7 feet above average—Harrison Bader, Cardinals
+1.7 feet above average—Jackie Bradley Jr., Red Sox
+1.5 feet above average—Ender Inciarte, Braves
+1.4 feet above average—Cody Bellinger, Dodgers

Jim Furtado Posted: June 11, 2019 at 08:04 AM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: analytics, defense

Thursday, June 06, 2019

Diamondbacks Amateur Scouting Director Deric Ladnier discusses the first day of the 2019 Draft

“We were taking the top player on the board and phone calls between each pick, it was the most picks I’ve ever had, 7 picks. We have 8 picks tomorrow, so it’s almost overwhelming when you start thinking about the number of picks you have in Day 1 and going into Day 2 and you have 8 picks…....... “We weren’t taking guys because we thought we could sign them, we were taking guys because we know we can sign them. It’s the first time you look at your signability board and it’s not real big”

Jack Sommers Posted: June 06, 2019 at 08:06 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: analytics, diamondbacks, draft, scouting

Friday, May 31, 2019

Pretty as a picture: Ranking the best pitch framers among MLB catchers – The Athletic

Flowers is number one.

5. Jeff Mathis, Rangers
At the season’s end, SIS presents The Fielding Bible Awards to the top defender at each position. Mathis won the award at catcher despite catching only 63 games last season. But this was not a case of giving a Gold Glove to Rafael Palmeiro for barely playing first base.

Mathis won on the merits — for being an outstanding pitch blocker and pitch framer. Regarding the latter, Mathis is elite when it comes to getting strikes on low pitches, whether they are in or out of the strike zone. He frequently beats the ball to the spot and ensures he’s catching it with momentum going toward the zone. His hands are fast.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 31, 2019 at 09:46 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: analytics, catchers, pay site

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Statcast Pitch Movement Leaderboard |

More good stuff. Please add something like STATS’ Control+ next. :D

Jim Furtado Posted: May 21, 2019 at 03:12 PM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: analytics, statcast

Tuesday, May 07, 2019


Due to some players, like Albies, driving up their GBPs (or BBPs) with volume, it is best to look at Good and Bad Baserunning Plays through the context of Net Good Baserunning Plays. Looking at this leaderboard, you really start to see some of the names you would expect to see on this list based on the eye test.

Player Good BR Plays Bad BR Plays Net
Javier Baez 15 8 7
Byron Buxton 6 1 5
Jason Heyward 6 1 5
Billy Hamilton 9 5 4
Kolten Wong 6 2 4

Jim Furtado Posted: May 07, 2019 at 10:51 AM | 33 comment(s)
  Beats: analytics

Sunday, April 21, 2019

Tangotiger Blog: How much better is it to throw your fastball at 95mph than 91mph?

Throwing harder is better.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 21, 2019 at 11:31 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: analytics

Wednesday, April 03, 2019

A firefighter and two software developers walk into a baseball hackathon… - Game Plan

The 2019 Baseball Hackathon.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 03, 2019 at 07:49 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: analytics

Thursday, March 28, 2019

2019 SABR Analytics Conference research presentations | Society for American Baseball Research

Missed the event? Here’s a chance to catch up with the presentations.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 28, 2019 at 05:56 AM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: analytics, sabr

Tuesday, March 12, 2019

WSJ:  The MLB Coach Who Only Played T-Ball (Reg. Required)

Jonathan Erlichman hasn’t played baseball since the age of 5. But he is now the first full-time analytics coach ever to join a major-league staff.

Jonathan Erlichman is a pioneer in baseball. After six seasons working for the Rays in research and development, he is now the first full-time analytics coach ever to join a major-league staff. In his new role, he will use his knowledge of data to assist manager Kevin Cash with in-game decisions and provide real-time information to players.

Every organization has analysts, statisticians and web developers on the payroll. Some teams even have a numbers guru travel with the team as a member of the front office. But those people wear polo shirts and khaki pants and watch games from a box high above the field. Erlichman has a uniform—No. 97—and will see the action from the angle of the players.

Never Give an Inge (Dave) Posted: March 12, 2019 at 05:46 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: analytics, coaching staffs, tampa bay rays

Monday, February 04, 2019

Former MLB pitcher Chris Capuano wants to help reinvent the future of the league—through innovation and negotiation

The “true genius” of the machine, per Capuano, is the integrated software that allows for comprehensive analysis using objective data—something more standard workout equipment lacks. “Think iPhone versus the flip phone,” he explained. “You exercise on the machine, the machine then produces data and insights that are automatically fed back in to inform future training sessions. You train again, and basically repeat that process indefinitely.”

Capuano, who underwent two Tommy John surgeries during his career, believes Proteus can help pitchers gain intimate and actionable insights into their bodies. The machine tracks movement to a “sub-millimeter” accuracy and “measures force production, explosiveness, and consistency of movement.” The device’s versatility allows pitchers to replicate their deliveries in whole, ostensibly allowing them to pinpoint potential flaws in their bodies and mechanics before the blemish results in an injury.


RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: February 04, 2019 at 08:26 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: analytics




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