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Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Track to the future: Baseball’s new metrics | MLB.com: News

I am going to love this stuff. It will be like having your won personal scouting assistant.

Hamilton vs. Recker:
The gaudy number here is Hamilton’s top speed, 18.71 mph, and yet it does Hamilton no justice. That’s because he was running on a wet track, slowing him down quite a bit.

Still, it projects to a mile in 3 minutes, 12 seconds, and 100 meters in 11.96 seconds. And that’s not Hamilton’s full sprint, given that he had only 78 feet from when he started his run (he had about a 12-foot lead) until he was at second base.

The end result was that Recker caught him. That’s in part due to a “pop” time, or release time, of 0.60 seconds. Getting the throw off at 78.84 mph was nice, as was that perfect location on the throw.

Recker was even working at one small disadvantage: Kyle Farnsworth’s pitch wasn’t a blazing heater. The ball came in at about 87 mph, docking Recker a small fraction of a second that he would have had on a faster pitch. He had the benefit of knowing that Hamilton, in the game as a pinch-runner, was likely in to run, but that’s been of little help to plenty of other catchers.

“You just hope that you get a decent pitch to handle and that the pitcher gives you a decent time, because all that stuff factors into it,” Recker said.

Hamilton credits Recker for a “great throw” but also notes that he didn’t fully get to show off his greatest tool.

“It was a wet night,” Hamilton said. “It was situation where a lot of guys wouldn’t go. I still feel like if I get a good jump, no matter how it is, I can go. ... I didn’t get a good jump and was hoping he’d make a bad throw. He ended up making a great throw, and I was out.”

Jim Furtado Posted: May 20, 2014 at 11:10 AM | 12 comment(s)
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