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Friday, June 14, 2019

The most improved pitchers of 2019 

The All-Star Game is only a few weeks away, and baseball’s top starters have thrown nearly 100 innings apiece. It’s far enough into the season that we can take a look at which pitchers have taken a huge step forward from last year, and more important, try to figure out why. (We did this last year around this time, identifying Justin Verlander and Tyler Glasnow at the top of the list.)

Since we’re trying to get at underlying skills here, it’s not good enough to look at ERA, which can be negatively affected by one terrible start or poor defense or relievers. (Look no further than Max Scherzer for that; he’s held his strikeouts steady, lowered his walks and homers ... and has seen his ERA increase.)

Instead, we’ll look at the Statcast Expected wOBA metric. The short version is that it looks at quality of contact (exit velocity and launch angle) and amount of contact (strikeouts and walks) in an attempt to get to a defense-free measure of how a pitcher is performing, outputting a number on a scale similar to on-base percentage. For context, the 2019 Major League average is .322.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 14, 2019 at 09:43 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: player development

Monday, June 10, 2019

Developing More With Less: Does Efficiency in Player Development Lead to Success? - Driveline Baseball

Another interesting article from Driveline.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 10, 2019 at 09:50 AM | 0 comment(s)
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Thursday, June 06, 2019


Tuesday, June 04, 2019

The MVP Machine: A Thought-Provoking Exploration of Player Development’s New Era | The Hardball Times

A crucial part of The MVP Machine’s thesis is that the technological and developmental breakthroughs we’re seeing in baseball today were never inevitable. Most of the players who pioneered new swing paths or throwing programs did so not because of their employers but in spite of them. The Diamondbacks were famously dismissive of Bauer and his training regimen. Even less-divisive players like Bannister and Adam Ottavino were criticized for “overthinking it” simply for trying to incorporate data into their game plans. It is at times stunning to read about just how calcified the industry’s player development staffs were and, in some cases, still are.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 04, 2019 at 07:55 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, book review, player development

Monday, June 03, 2019

Inside the Astros’ cutting-edge approach to minor-league pitching development – The Athletic

As the Astros’ reliance on technology has increased, their number of scouts in the field has decreased. Their 2019 media guide lists only seven amateur area scouts, two cross-checkers and senior scouting advisor Charlie Gonzalez under domestic scouting supervisor Kris Gross. They have two Houston-based amateur scouting analysts plus one dedicated video technician tasked with collecting video of prospects around the country. Their international staff under department manager Eve Rosenbaum consists of an assistant director, two scouting supervisors, four traditional scouts and four video scouts.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 03, 2019 at 03:28 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, pay site, player development

How the Houston Astros Revolutionized Player Development - The Ringer

Looking forward to reading this book.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 03, 2019 at 01:16 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, player development

Tuesday, March 12, 2019

New Hires, New Tech Might Give Twins One of MLB’s Best Player Development Systems - Minnesota Twins - Articles - Homepage - Twins Daily

Here, minor-league players will have almost every swing, pitch, throw and catch tracked.

The number of people gathering data has grown exponentially from the previous season. Then again, the number of tracking devices has also grown exponentially.

The Trackman units have been hanging on the fencing behind home plate at the three large fields for several seasons. The many Rapsodo 2.0 devices are new this year, as are the multiple high-speed cameras. Hitters have Blast motion sensors attached to their bats and will undergo a 4D body movement sensor session in the covered batting cages before the day’s activity starts.

Meanwhile, when live at-bats begin, standing behind the pitcher’s mound are Twins employees, protected by screens, charting everything on iPads. The Rapsodo devices in front of every home plate area are rapping along. Trackman, the all-seeing eye-in-the-sky, is tracking man.

The place is buzzing with data collection.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 12, 2019 at 08:12 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: player development, twins

Monday, March 04, 2019

Pirates get ‘ahead of the curve’ on fueling player performance | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Each nutritionist is responsible for 25 players, several coaches, and support staff. Everyone has different needs and some have allergies. A lot goes into making sure everyone eats a balanced meal and has enough to take home. How does all this happen? Maurer provides a simple answer.

“Money,” Maurer said. “The team has invested a lot of money and resources in this. Each team has a good budget for meals. We need money to make that happen. The organization was willing to allow us to spend more to get better quality food. The quality of stuff we’ve been able to get is way better than it’s been in the past.”

“I don’t know another team that has a nutritionist that travels with each of the minor-league teams. Most of the time, it’s a clubhouse guy getting it even on the big-league level. To have a trained nutritionist is important. We ask these guys to perform, so we have to fuel them.”

Jim Furtado Posted: March 04, 2019 at 09:29 AM | 143 comment(s)
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