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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)
  Beats: pirates, player development

Saturday, December 08, 2018

Sarris: The next ‘Moneyball’ is already happening all around us, in the Wild West of player development – The Athletic

As you can probably guess, the coaching staff is considered the nexus of this renewed emphasis and investment in developing the best players. Maybe it’s no surprise, then, that the average tenure of today’s hitting coach — 1.4 years — is lower than it’s been at any time in the last 10 years. Things are changing when it comes to getting most out of players, and the major league staff needs to change, too.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 08, 2018 at 07:46 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: analytics, pay site, player development

 

 

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