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Thursday, September 24, 2015

Exit velocity proves pitchers provide minimal power to long balls

The focus of this article is on the (somewhat minimal) effect of pitcher velocity on exit velocity, but the mechanics of StatCast are the most interesting to me.

Some clubs turn on their TrackMan system to scout an opponent’s batting practice because that information is deemed viable. Olshan said that, from measuring just 35 contacts’ worth of exit speeds and launch angles, it is possible to reliably estimate a player’s isolated power, which measures the rate at which a batter slugs extra-base hits.

Having reviewed a large amount of TrackMan data from college and professional players, Olshan said the average exit speed of all fastballs is 88 mph, compared to 85 for each of curves, changeups and sliders.


Barry`s_Lazy_Boy Posted: September 24, 2015 at 10:24 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: statcast, velocity

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Sullivan | As heat rises, hitters cooling off

“Velocity is a big part of this game,” said Troy Tulowitzki, the Colorado shortstop. “Hopefully, it doesn’t go any higher.”

Jim Furtado Posted: July 16, 2015 at 11:18 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: pitching, velocity

Thursday, July 02, 2015

Royals’ Chris Young brings the heat even with a slow fastball

Glenn Fleisig is the research director at the American Sports Medicine Institute, which has long been the leader in understanding sports-related injuries and as such has worked with many major-league teams.

He says that many of those teams openly admit that they put too much emphasis on fastball velocity. Part of it is that pitch speed is so easily quantifiable, where other factors like character and mechanics and work ethic can be vague. He hears over and over again that if two prospects are otherwise comparable, the one with more velocity will be more highly regarded because they figure to have more potential.

Fleisig thinks the teams should be taking the opposite approach.

“I’m trying to tell them that if you have two guys with the same results, with the same makeup, same injury history,” he says, “I would actually rather have the one with less velocity. Because if all those other things are equal, he has less chance of injury.”...

All of it is evidence to reinforce a point Fleisig has made to teams. A few years ago, he ran data to correlate fastball velocity and performance, as measured by ERA. He found the relationship to be non-existent. Zero. Nothing.

Maybe that surprises you. It surprises some scouts. It does not surprise Young, halfway through another season showing that fastball velocity is overrated and overpaid.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: July 02, 2015 at 05:05 PM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: babip, chris young, injuries, royals, velocity

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Lindbergh: Capps’ Hop Quantified

When Capps is pitching, 60 feet, six inches shrinks to roughly 52 feet, four inches. That’s enough to inflate his perceived velocity by almost 3.5 mph, topping 101, passing Chapman (who gets a much smaller boost), and crowning Capps as baseball’s hardest-seeming thrower.

bbmck Posted: June 18, 2015 at 02:08 PM | 27 comment(s)
  Beats: capps, statcast, velocity



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