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Wednesday, December 09, 2015

Dallas Keuchel and Collin McHugh illustrate the reciprocal nature of framing - Beyond the Box Score

Against righties, Keuchel threw outside notably more than McHugh did. Against lefties, Keuchel threw outside waaaay more than McHugh did. By targeting the areas where his catchers excelled, Keuchel reaped their rewards—a strategy that McHugh, for whatever reason, declined to employ.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 09, 2015 at 03:43 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: pitch framing, sabermetrics

Friday, December 04, 2015

Why The Rays Traded For A Catcher Who Can’t Throw

Hank Conger threw out 1 runner in 43 stolen base attempts last year…but that matters a lot less than you might think.

More importantly, though, the Rays seem to be banking on one of this decade’s central catcher-defense discoveries: Throwing just doesn’t matter that much, relative to other aspects of the position that Conger can handle. Baseball Prospectus recently revamped its fielding stats for catchers to account for the pitchers they work with and the runners they face. Research suggests that pitchers are far more responsible for base-stealing behavior than their battery mates, so in theory, the spread in catcher throwing runs should be small. That’s exactly what BP’s numbers reveal: The range between the best- and worst-throwing catcher in 2015 was only 6.3 runs, slightly smaller than the range in blocking runs (6.9), and a fraction of the range in framing runs (44.2).

Davo's Favorite Tacos Are Moose Tacos Posted: December 04, 2015 at 12:53 PM | 28 comment(s)
  Beats: hank conger, pitch framing

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Twins’ catcher Kurt Suzuki still wary of advanced defensive metrics - TwinCities.com

Mention his improved standing in the controversial area of pitch framing, and Kurt Suzuki all but rolls his eyes.

It’s not just because the Twins’ beleaguered pitching staff has spent the past two weeks reversing the gains of the season’s first four months.

“I still think that thing is false,” said Suzuki, the Twins’ all-star catcher.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 11, 2015 at 02:09 PM | 66 comment(s)
  Beats: defense, kurt suzuki, pitch framing, twins

Monday, August 10, 2015

Catcher Framing: Does Size Matter, And Is Age Just a Number? – The Hardball Times

So age does have its effects. It cuts off the youthful rise in framing experience around age 25, then imposes a long and very gentle recession of skills, broken only when longtime veterans get pared down to those with enduring defensive ability.

If one hoped for a dominating effect from age or height, though, one is disappointed. Age mainly serves to cap the learning curve of novice catchers, and height is meaningless. Anyone looking for a magic formula to find catchers inclined to become framing wizards will have to dig much deeper into other numbers.

As analysts for 30 teams or so no doubt are digging right now.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 10, 2015 at 02:23 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: pitch framing, sabermetrics

 

 

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