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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)
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