Baseball for the Thinking Fan

Login | Register | Feedback

btf_logo
You are here > Home > Baseball Newsstand > Baseball Primer Newsblog > Discussion
Baseball Primer Newsblog
— The Best News Links from the Baseball Newsstand

Monday, August 27, 2012

FanGraphs: Q&A: Trevor Bauer, Pitching Savant

Dizzy Dean ain’t never did yak like this.

“For my mechanics, I look at video at 480 frames per second to see if I’m slightly out of sequence, or if this is getting slightly off, or if that is getting slightly off, or what’s going on. I look at how the ball actually leaves my fingertips, which you can see at that slow of a frame rate. I can see if my hand is slightly around the ball, or if I’m staying through it. I look at the axis of the ball and how it’s spinning; how the axis correlates to what movement it’s going to have; and how to generate different axes coming off the hand.

“There is a specific reason I throw as many different pitches as I throw. They all serve a very specific purpose in my attack, and how I sequence pitches. I don’t necessarily believe in throwing fastballs down in the zone, because when I look at the geometry of it — and creating deception to the hitter — it doesn’t make any sense to me to throw fastballs down. Petty much just everything I do pitching-wise can be explained and taken to be extremely complex.

“I do a lot of work on my visualization, and once I can see it in that slow of a frame-rate — how exactly it comes off my hand — I can sit there and visualize it for 10 or 15 minutes per day, in super slow motion in my head, to kind of train neural pathways. That helps build muscle memory without having to actually do anything. When I actually go out there and do it, I have an idea — a picture of it — so that I can associate a feel with the picture I have in my head and kind of blend the two together.

“Also, there is knowing the axis of the ball and how it’s supposed to break. Even if I don’t have a great feel for it, I have a picture in my head of what it’s supposed to do. Once I happen to stumble upon getting the desired break, I can kind of zero in on how to actually manipulate the ball by using the mental image that I have. I’m pretty good at seeing the mental image and replicating it physically. I don’t know if that’s something I’ve trained [myself] — or if it’s natural for me — but I’ve always had a pretty good feel for seeing in my head and then going out and doing it.”

Repoz Posted: August 27, 2012 at 09:23 AM | 8 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
  Tags: diamondbacks, sabermetrics, special topics

Reader Comments and Retorts

Go to end of page

Statements posted here are those of our readers and do not represent the BaseballThinkFactory. Names are provided by the poster and are not verified. We ask that posters follow our submission policy. Please report any inappropriate comments.

   1. Avoid running at all times.-S. Paige Posted: August 27, 2012 at 09:49 AM (#4219024)
Or what Yogi once said.
   2. charityslave is thinking about baseball Posted: August 27, 2012 at 09:58 AM (#4219028)
Was he on greenies when he gave this interview?
   3. JimMusComp misses Jerry Dipoto... Posted: August 27, 2012 at 10:03 AM (#4219035)
Whoa.

I want to say "awesome", but I think he's just a little stoned.

   4. Rants Mulliniks Posted: August 27, 2012 at 10:51 AM (#4219074)
Many successful Olympic athletes use visualization techniques. I think he'd overthinking everything though. When the inevitable slumps come, I think he's going to have an extremely hard time rationlizing it. He seems to have an answer for everything.
   5. RB in NYC (Now Semi-Retired from BBTF) Posted: August 27, 2012 at 11:00 AM (#4219082)
You ever really looked at a curveball?
   6. Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: August 27, 2012 at 11:51 AM (#4219128)
I don’t necessarily believe in throwing fastballs down in the zone, because when I look at the geometry of it...
Now this is a guy who has all kinds of theology and geometry.
   7. valuearbitrageur Posted: August 27, 2012 at 04:43 PM (#4219407)
If 480 frames per second is a slow frame rate for him, I think he's on something stronger than greenies.

Still, I really enjoy the guy.
   8. God Posted: August 27, 2012 at 05:10 PM (#4219446)
Right now Bauer seems like a breath of fresh air but if you read TFA there are about three passages where he talks about how great he is and how much smarter than everyone else he is. He's pretty clearly in love with himself and particularly with the sound of his own voice. That act is going to get old pretty quickly, especially among his teammates. Wouldn't surprise me if Bauer ends up spending much of his career as an outcast among his teammates, a la Schilling.

You must be Registered and Logged In to post comments.

 

 

<< Back to main

BBTF Partner

Support BBTF

donate

Thanks to
BDC
for his generous support.

Bookmarks

You must be logged in to view your Bookmarks.

Hot Topics

NewsblogOTP 2016 August 22: Baseball has much to teach us about politics
(1011 - 11:52pm, Aug 28)
Last: Delorians

NewsblogOmnichatter 08-28-2016
(173 - 11:33pm, Aug 28)
Last: Random Transaction Generator

NewsblogHow model for Yankees’ vision shows lightning-rebuild hope | New York Post
(33 - 11:28pm, Aug 28)
Last: zonk

NewsblogStrained relations? Irate Hammel not happy with Maddon | Chicago Sun-Times
(26 - 10:22pm, Aug 28)
Last: zonk

NewsblogSunday Notes: Jessica Mendoza, Stubby Clapp, Strahm, McGuire, more | FanGraphs Baseball
(6 - 9:22pm, Aug 28)
Last: Omineca Greg

Newsblog2016 NFL thread
(18 - 9:07pm, Aug 28)
Last: PASTE Transcends Almost All Generations (Zeth)

NewsblogThe Diamondbacks’ flexible philosophies
(13 - 9:06pm, Aug 28)
Last: ReggieThomasLives

NewsblogIndians' Brandon Guyer is hit-by-pitch king | indians.com
(18 - 9:01pm, Aug 28)
Last: Walt Davis

NewsblogGoold: Cardinals choose to share 'C' | stltoday.com
(1 - 9:00pm, Aug 28)
Last: Cblau

Hall of MeritMost Meritorious Player: 1996 Ballot
(3 - 8:46pm, Aug 28)
Last: OCF

NewsblogSanchez Fastest In MLB History To 11 HRs
(16 - 8:14pm, Aug 28)
Last: Joe Bivens, Floundering Pumpkin

Sox TherapyThoughts on Andrew Benintendi
(39 - 7:34pm, Aug 28)
Last: Cmax Sox the Box that Rocks?

NewsblogOzzie Albies might not get September callup | braves.com
(3 - 6:38pm, Aug 28)
Last: Rickey! Filipino Diving Team

NewsblogMLB ambassador Billy Bean spreads inclusion message
(1 - 5:00pm, Aug 28)
Last: Captain Supporter

NewsblogOmnichatter 8-27-16
(64 - 2:59pm, Aug 28)
Last: Spahn Insane, stimulus-funded BurlyMan™

Page rendered in 0.1371 seconds
47 querie(s) executed