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Thursday, December 15, 2016

How catcher arm strength affects stolen bases | MLB.com

I look forward to defensive components being broken down and ranked. Exchange Time, Arm Strength, and Accuracy for catchers seems like a good place to start.

You can see how much more work remains, of course. Once correlations are run against all of the various inputs that go into “safe” or “out,” we’ll have a much better idea of how much credit or blame is due to each party. Instead of just how much lead distance a runner had when the pitcher threw the ball, we’ll be able to push deeper and see just where he was when the catcher caught and released the ball, too.

It’s “good” to have a strong arm for a catcher, and while that perhaps seemed obvious, it’s nice to have some empirical evidence around it. It’s just one of a ton of different things that go into it. You probably already knew not to judge a catcher based on “caught-stealing percentage” alone. Now, you know where and how arm strength starts to make a difference.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 15, 2016 at 07:03 AM | 1 comment(s)
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