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Friday, September 04, 2015

Harper’s Impressive Plate Discipline Put In Historical Context

Will Bryce ever see another pitch in the strike zone??

Bryce Harper made headlines on Thursday night with a spectacular score line — zero at-bats, zero hits, four runs, one RBI and four walks.

He saw 20 pitches in Washington’s 15-1 drubbing of Atlanta and didn’t swing once, as his walk total climbed to 104 for the year – second to only Cincinnati’s Joey Votto (116).

Tuesday, August 04, 2015

Valentino: Examining Latino Hitters’ Plate Discipline


Utilizing the five two-sample t-tests, there is evidence at the proposed α = .05 significance level, but not at α = .01, that Latino players are less disciplined hitters than are American players and swing at a higher percentage of pitches outside the strike zone. However, this undisciplined approach works for players from the Dominican Republic, Cuba, Panama, Puerto Rico, and Venezuela, as they more often successfully make contact with those outside pitches. The term ‘less disciplined’ denotes that a hitter would be less effective and not make contact, but this is not true based upon the sample. The analysis indicates Latino players actually hit a higher percentage of the pitches they swing at outside of the strike zone than American players. Further, they statistically hit for a higher batting average than their American counterparts, which is not unexpected since they hit more pitches outside the zone than do trained American hitters. Similarly, they statistically strike out less frequently than American players since they are better ‘outside the zone’ hitters. Lastly, despite American players’ more disciplined approach at the plate, that is, they swing at fewer outside pitches, there is statistically no evidence that Americans have a higher walk rate than Latinos.

JE (Jason) Posted: August 04, 2015 at 09:16 AM | 4 comment(s)
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