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Wednesday, September 20, 2017

How Tracking Technology Helped Baseball’s Best Fielding Outfielder - WSJ

Byron Buxton, the human vacuum cleaner who patrols center field for the Minnesota Twins, reached a frightening conclusion last winter: Even with his sprinter’s speed, superhuman instincts and unparalleled fearlessness around the wall, his defense could still be better.

He arrived at that belief thanks in part to Statcast, Major League Baseball’s sophisticated player-tracking technology that counts Buxton as perhaps its prototype player. With data provided by Statcast and the Twins’ coaching staff, Buxton learned that his first step—how quickly he reacts after the ball connects with the bat—wasn’t as quick as he would have liked.

So over the offseason, he spent a couple weeks at his old high school in Baxley, Ga., focusing intensely on trying to improve an area that not long ago couldn’t have been quantified.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 20, 2017 at 03:21 PM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: byron buxton, statcast

Monday, September 18, 2017

Run or slide into first base? Let’s ask Statcast

The dumbest play in baseball….OR IS IT????

Is sliding into first base faster than simply running through it? It’s a question that’s been kicked around baseball for years, with few satisfying answers. Of course, for most of those years, Statcast™ data weren’t available to apply to situations like this. Let’s use it now to dig into one of baseball’s longest-running discussions, and hopefully we can prove at least part of it.

Davo's Favorite Tacos Are Moose Tacos Posted: September 18, 2017 at 11:43 PM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: statcast

Sunday, August 20, 2017

Daren Willman:“Breaking down the quality of contact chart (exit velocity / launch angle)

Jim Furtado Posted: August 20, 2017 at 07:25 AM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: statcast

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Statcast Sprint Speed Leaderboard | baseballsavant.com

Moncada joins the leaders.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 15, 2017 at 08:39 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: statcast

Tuesday, August 01, 2017

Statcast Sprint Speed Leaderboard | baseballsavant.com

Love the way the data is presented.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 01, 2017 at 06:52 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: statcast

Saturday, July 29, 2017

Eric Hosmer crushing with fewer ground balls | MLB.com

Interestingly enough, Hosmer has done all this by hitting the ball with less authority. That 43 percent hard-hit rate has dropped to 40 percent since April 26, and just 33 percent over the past month. While hitting the ball hard is the most important thing a hitter can do, Hosmer appears to have found a nice middle ground, trading some exit velocity for elevation and location. Since hard-hit balls on the ground don’t help him, this is better.

Now whether or not this is a hot streak or “the new Hosmer” remains to be seen. After all, we saw Daniel Murphy have his breakout late in the 2015 season, and no one really believed it, since he received just a three-year, $33 million deal from the Nationals. Hosmer still has to keep this up for two more months, and even then questions will remain. But we always knew the talent was there. Now, finally, we’re seeing the high-level production follow.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 29, 2017 at 10:00 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: eric hosmer, royals, statcast

Friday, July 21, 2017

Statcast takes a look at top trade candidates | MLB.com

More, more, more Statcast, please.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 21, 2017 at 10:13 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: statcast, trades

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Statcast Lab: Where do great fielders showoff more than the rest of the field?

Here’s an interesting look at some Statcast data.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 11, 2017 at 11:07 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: fielding, statcast

Thursday, July 06, 2017

Sprint Speed Helps Tell Us Who’s Good At Baserunning And Who’s Just Fast

As you might suspect, I have been searching for stuff comparing Sprint Spead to Baserunning Runs. Here’s a pretty interesting look from a week ago.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 06, 2017 at 06:54 AM | 57 comment(s)
  Beats: sabermetrics, statcast

Evaluating the St. Louis Cardinals baserunning with Statcast – THE INTREPID STL

Just stumbled onto this. Here’s an interesting look at the Cardinals baserunning using advanced metrics.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 06, 2017 at 06:33 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, sabermetrics, statcast

Friday, June 30, 2017

Statcast Sprint Speed shows speed peaks young | MLB.com

When data confirms what you already know.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 30, 2017 at 07:00 AM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: statcast

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Sprint Speed shows fastest at each position | MLB.com

None of them would beat Speedy Gonzalez in a race.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 27, 2017 at 06:00 AM | 40 comment(s)
  Beats: statcast

Sunday, June 25, 2017

Tangotiger Blog: Statcast Lab: Is playing CF about opportunities or degree of difficulty or both?

Some of the most interesting work being done right now.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 25, 2017 at 09:07 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: statcast

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Hitters show change in laying off non-strikes | MLB.com

You’ll notice that in recent years, swings out of the zone peaked in 2015 and have fallen since. As you surely know, baseball’s recent home run surge began in mid-2015 as well. While work continues to understand why exactly home runs have increased—theories, with varying amounts of validity, range from players trying to hit home runs to changes in the ball to hitters hunting fastballs—it’s hard not to notice that fewer swings that are unlikely to lead to home runs follow the same timeline.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 18, 2017 at 08:46 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: statcast

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Aaron Judge sets Statcast exit velocity record | MLB.com

Big man hits another ball very, very hard.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 11, 2017 at 08:26 AM | 37 comment(s)
  Beats: aaron judge, statcast, yankees

Wednesday, June 07, 2017

Statcast: Gennett’s four homers | MLB.com

Jim Furtado Posted: June 07, 2017 at 07:00 AM | 29 comment(s)
  Beats: four homer games, reds, scooter gennett, statcast

Tuesday, June 06, 2017

How Statcast has changed MLB and why not everybody seems all that happy about it - CBSSports.com

Don’t be talkin’ bad about Statcast.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 06, 2017 at 03:27 PM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: statcast

Barrel FIP Leaderboards – RO Baseball

One of my favorite new stats.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 06, 2017 at 10:36 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: statcast

MLB air ball revolution requires hard hit ball | MLB.com

This is simple common sense. Like I asked yesterday, who is trying to get all hitters to hit alike?

Jim Furtado Posted: June 06, 2017 at 08:22 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: statcast

Friday, June 02, 2017

Park Factors and Other Early-Season Statcast Fun | FanGraphs Baseball

Park factors are an endeavor fraught with peril.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 02, 2017 at 11:35 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: park factors, statcast

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Dodgers’ bullpen throwing most high fastballs | MLB.com

Interesting stuff.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 30, 2017 at 05:25 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: relievers, statcast

Monday, May 29, 2017

Statcast: Taylor’s speedy grab | MLB.com

I bet this wasn’t on Sportscenter.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 29, 2017 at 09:50 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: defense, statcast

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Twins Miguel Sano is 2017’s hardest hitter | MLB.com

Highest percentage of batted balls hit 95 mph or harder in 2017
68.3 percent—Sano, Twins
58.9 percent—Miguel Cabrera, Tigers
58.0 percent—Khris Davis, A’s
57.6 percent—Joey Gallo, Rangers
55.5 percent—Nicholas Castellanos, Tigers
54.6 percent—Manny Machado, Orioles
52.9 percent—Ryan Zimmerman, Nationals
51.3 percent—Aaron Judge, Yankees
51.3 percent—Matt Carpenter, Cardinals
51.0 percent—Justin Bour, Marlins
Minimum 50 balls in play. MLB average—33.5 percent

Jim Furtado Posted: May 18, 2017 at 10:50 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: statcast

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

How Catch Probability works for diving catches | MLB.com

I need to look up Jackie Bradley on the Statcast fielding thingie.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 17, 2017 at 10:48 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: fielding, statcast

How to Beat Statcast’s Hitting Metric | FanGraphs Baseball

At first glance, the relationship doesn’t appear to be particularly strong. To receive an r-squared of .27, however, between two stats that wouldn’t seemingly have a lot to do with each other, suggests that there’s something to this idea. Of the 28 batters above who recorded at least five runs on the bases over the last two years, all but one produced a positive xwOBA-wOBA. That one outlier is Gregory Polanco and his xwOBA-wOBA was .001. Those good baserunners, on average, beat their xwOBAs by 22 points per season in 2015 and 2016. The remaining players beat their xwOBA by an average of just two points per season in those years. At the very bottom, the 10 worst baserunners averaged a 15-point surplus in xwOBA compared to wOBA. The effect among slower players appears to be minimal when it comes to determining whether posting high xWOBAs (relative to observed wOBA) is some sort of skill. For the most part, it seems to have little to do with skill. So, in others words, if you see a player underperforming his xwOBA, it would seem that bad luck actually is involved.

On the other hand, if a player is posting an xwOBA lower than his wOBA, we can’t immediately jump to the conclusion that there’s a lot of good luck involved. Speed is a skill which has been stripped out of xwOBA. If a player can run out a lot of infield singles, that’s going to show up in wOBA, but not in xwOBA. If a player can turn a bunch of singles into doubles, that’s going to factor into wOBA, but not xwOBA. This doesn’t really discount xwOBA’s utility: after all, wOBA and wRC+ are fairly comprehensive offensive statistics, and they don’t account for a player’s offense once he reaches base. In addition, it still should be possible to identify players who have had good and bad luck simply by mentally compensating for speed a little bit. There should be a ton of great uses for xwOBA and we will get to more later, but we should keep in mind that players can beat xwOBA with their legs.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 17, 2017 at 10:37 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: sabermetrics, statcast

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