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Sunday, February 12, 2017

Twins project for strongest 2017 outfield arms | MLB.com

More wonderful Statcast stuff.

So the way we’ve identified “competitive throws” is to identify a player’s 90th percentile arm strength, and then take the average of all throws above the 90th percentile, as a good proxy for tracking only throws where a fielder was trying to make play with some urgency. Of the 107 outfielders who had at least 10 such throws last year, Aaron Hicks’ average of 99.4 mph was baseball’s best (remember this?), and Khris Davis’ average of 72.5 mph was the weakest. That’s a big gap, yet it passes the eye test.

Jim Furtado Posted: February 12, 2017 at 07:00 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: defense, statcast

Monday, February 06, 2017

Jim Bowden quote on analytics and metrics impacting managers

Analytics and metrics are really helping MLB teams quantify defensive abilities and along with their scouting eyes are encouraging managers to align their outfielders better than ever before. This has been highlighted by the Marlins decision to move Yelich to CF and Ozina to LF & Pirates intention of moving Marte to CF and McCutchen to LF. Who else should make a similar move? The Rockies should move Dahl to CF and Blackmon to LF.

Jim Bowden, ESPN Senior Writer

Jim Furtado Posted: February 06, 2017 at 07:49 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: defense, statcast

Thursday, December 22, 2016

On Players’ and Coaches’ Skepticism of Defensive Metrics

When Statcast fixes the missing plays problem, DRS and UZR will go the way of RF and Fielding Pct. Nobody will use them. Regardless, most often it’s a misunderstanding of what the numbers mean and using them improperly that is an actual problem.

“I’ve seen the defensive statistics that say that Hechy (Adeiny Hechavarria) is not a good shortstop, and that’s just stupid,” says Marlins outfielder Christian Yelich. “You can’t say that and have any sort of credibility at the same time. I think a lot of sabermetrics and a lot of the numbers don’t tell the whole story. You’ve got to watch the game, as well. You can’t just look at a sheet of paper, look at what it says, and say, ‘This guy’s good, that guy’s not good,’ just based on looking at paper.”

Jim Furtado Posted: December 22, 2016 at 08:18 AM | 78 comment(s)
  Beats: defense, defensive metrics, drs, sabermetrics, uzr

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Cubs’ defense delivering at elite level | MLB.com

Chicago also boasted the NL’s DRS leader at four individual positions—first base (Anthony Rizzo, 11), second base (Javier Baez, 11), shortstop (Addison Russell, 19) and right field (Jason Heyward, 14). That defensive core should be together for some time, too, as all are 27 years old or younger.

“That’s, I think, kind of a scary part for the rest of our league,” starter Jon Lester said. “For the next however many years, before these guys get to free agency and all this other stuff, we have got a really young team that is just continuing to get better at the plate and defensively. [It] just seemed like every start they got better.”

Jim Furtado Posted: October 18, 2016 at 11:15 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, defense, statcast

Friday, October 14, 2016

Blue Jay Kevin Pillar elite Statcast fielder | MLB.com

More, more, more, more. And the faster the better.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 14, 2016 at 08:03 AM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: blue jays, defense, kevin pillar, sabermetrics, statcast

Saturday, October 08, 2016

Giants-Cubs Game 1: What tracking NL’s best shortstops from press box taught us

I kept my eyes where shortstops roam.
Game 1 of the the NLDS between the San Francisco Giants and Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field ( CHC 1, SF 0) provided one the opportunity to admire the craftsmanship of the best defensive shortstops in the National League—Brandon Crawford of the Giants and Addison Russell of the Cubs.
Defensive evaluations are uncertain things, but when the numbers, the eye test, and reputation coalesce, you have something. So it is with Crawford and Russell. Having them both ply their trade in a high-stakes affair? Baseball fans like us are privileged to witness it.

fun reading from Dayn.

Meatwad needs baseball Posted: October 08, 2016 at 07:23 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: addison russell, brandon crawford, cubs, defense, giants, short stops

Monday, September 26, 2016

Rawlings, Minors announce ‘16 Gold Glovers

Birmingham second baseman Joey DeMichele is the only repeat winner from 2015, as he registered a .990 fielding percentage in 122 games for the Barons in 2016. The fifth-year pro out of Arizona State University recorded 579 total chances and was a part of 88 double plays. DeMichele, 25, was selected by the White Sox in the third round of the 2012 First-Year Player Draft.

Pensacola shortstop Zach Vincej recorded a .991 fielding percentage in 105 games for the Blue Wahoos. Vincej, 25, who had 423 total chances and turned 54 double plays, was the only shortstop with a fielding percentage north of .985. Vincej was selected by Cincinnati in the 37th round of the 2012 First-Year Player Draft out of Pepperdine University.

Reno third baseman Carlos Rivero posted a .987 fielding percentage in 110 games at the hot corner for the Aces. Rivero made just two fielding errors in 234 chances. Rivero, 28, was originally signed by the Cleveland Indians as an international free agent on May 30, 2005 out of Barquisimeto, Venezuela.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: September 26, 2016 at 12:08 PM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: defense, gold gloves, minor leagues, prospects

Monday, August 29, 2016

Lasers in the outfield—Infield isn’t only place where defense is shifting

When it comes to positioning their outfielders, the Yankees literally keep the information under their hats. Before each game, bench coach Rob Thomson, responsible for the outfield defense, gives Gardner, center fielder Ellsbury, right fielder Hicks and rookie outfielder Aaron Judge an index card with precise locations for each opposing hitter.

Those locations are determined by a proprietary computer program developed by the Yankees’ analytic squad, headed by David Grabiner. It takes a multitude of factors—among them the hitter’s power, his tendency to pull or not pull the ball, and his career history against the Yankees’ pitcher that night—and spits out a spray chart which places the outfielder in the optimal position to make a play.

“We have analytical assessments that show specifically where guys hit the ball,” a Yankees staffer told ESPN.com. “I mean, it shows us exactly where guys hit the ball just about every time. And it’s hitter/pitcher specific, based on pitch velocity and location. Positioning is based on a lot of factors, including the speed of the defender.”

Jim Furtado Posted: August 29, 2016 at 10:29 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: defense, sabermetrics, technology

 

 

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