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Thursday, August 18, 2016

Spin (rate) zone: Mike Montgomery is a real numbers guy

“We were in the bullpen together and he’s really into it,” Montgomery told me of Zych. “We just talked a lot about it and I went to a website called Brooks Baseball. I guess it’s pretty accurate. We would just look at it and I’d check it out after every time I pitched. And we talked about what the numbers would teach us about our own stuff. I can throw these pitches in these locations because it’s really hard to hit. And learning about movement on the pitches and stuff like that.”

Most major league pitchers are more into Brooks & Dunn than Brooks Baseball, but Montgomery has found the information useful and it led to further curiosity.

While watching a broadcast toward the end of last season, Montgomery saw something that said his fastball had a low spin rate. He immediately thought that was a bad thing and assumed he needed to try and fix that. After doing more research, he understood that it wasn’t necessarily going to hurt him if he had a lower spin rate, it just meant he’d have to get outs in different ways.

“It’s not necessarily a bad thing,” Montgomery said. “It just means that I’m not going to rely on swing and miss [with my fastball] as much as I am weak contact. It’s just understanding how that’s used.”

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: August 18, 2016 at 11:12 AM | 0 comment(s)
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