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11
2019

Integrating a Rehab Specialist Into a Training Facility

For many years, baseball teams have employed rehab specialists to not only get players back to the field quickly following an injury, but also to help with injury prevention. In the past, physical therapists, chiropractors, athletic trainers, and others have worked with athletes at the highest level...

03
08
2019

How to Scout Off a Stat Sheet

As a small or lower-level school pitcher or pitching coach, one thing that can be frustrating is the lack of resources available to create an effective game plan from game to game and hitter to hitter. You’d have basic reports from a coach that say things that can be discerned from general knowledge...

03
04
2019

A Deeper Dive into Offspeed Pitches: Pitch Classification

After looking further into fastballs, now is a good time to look deeper at offspeed pitches—particularly curveballs and sliders. We’ve talked before that one of the key parts of an offspeed pitch is how the spin of the pitch aligns with the axis. If using a device like a Rapsodo, this shows up as us...

02
28
2019

What is the Value of a Prospect? An Updated Methodology

This off-season and spring training have seen a major upheaval in the number and type of coach that is being hired into the professional ranks, while the use of technology throughout all levels of professional baseball has increased drastically. This new level of investment demonstrates clearly that...

02
06
2019

Pairing Blast and Hittrax Data

While the beginning of the technology revolution in baseball analytics may have started on the pitching side, hitting is catching up fast. More people and teams than ever have been using objective, precision-measuring technology to evaluate swing outcomes (batted ball technology like Rapsodo Hitting...

01
31
2019

A Deeper Dive into Fastball Spin Rate

In a previous article, we discussed the difference between cues and measurements as well as how technology is changing baseball. We now know that instead of simply repeating cues verbatim to players, learning more background knowledge of certain topics is needed. One of those topics is spin rate. As...

01
28
2019

Coaches Series: Pairing Hitting with Pitching

This post from our Coaches Series was written by Justin James, Head Coach at Point Loma Nazarene University. He previously served as Assistant Coach at University of California, San Diego. In prior blog posts, I covered implementing the Driveline Pitching Program for first-time coaches: 30 days Befo...

01
23
2019

How Do We Generate Spin?

With increasing accessibility to tools such as Rapsodo, Trackman, and Flightscope at all levels of the game, spin rate and spin axis have largely dominated much of the recent conversation revolving around pitch design and repertoire development. This greater emphasis should come as no surprise given...

01
18
2019

Comparing Tee, Front Toss, and Machine Swings with a Bat Sensor

What Is Blast? Blast Motion Baseball by Blast Motion, Inc. is a motion-capture sensor for the bat that measures various data points with every swing. The version that we use at Driveline measures 14 data points: 1.) Attack Angle                                                          8.) Rotational...