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Thursday, August 26, 2021

Stark: Where’s the mound? The Atlantic League’s latest lab experiment, three weeks in

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“If you move the mound back a foot, you would give hitters an extra 100th of a second (to react),” Epstein said, on a Starkville edition of The Athletic Baseball Show. “And that 100th of a second corresponds to basically like a tick and a half of velocity. Which would sort of mean that you’re restoring velocity to where it was maybe eight to 10 years ago, when the contract rate was a little bit better, the strikeout rate was a little bit more under control.”

So the thinking behind moving the mound is logical. And we’re all in favor of logic. But does it look like this mission is going to be a success? Well, it’s still really, really, really early. But so far, that answer would be no, actually.

We see there has been a slight uptick in homers and slugging. But is there appreciably more contact? ‘Fraid not….

Yep, the average fastball feels about 1.3 mph slower at 61 feet, 6 inches. But the pitchers don’t seem to mind that part as much as you’d think.

York pitcher Duke Von Schamann: “By the time I pitched the second time, it felt almost normal. I was surprised at how my body just kind of adapted to the new distance. And I found kind of my normal (throwing mechanics) pretty quickly.”

 

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: August 26, 2021 at 09:57 AM | 14 comment(s)
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