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07
26
2020

Visual Approach: Pre-pitch Gaze Behavior of Baseball Hitters

Hitting perception is often discussed in terms of ball flight tracking and reaction times. But something often ignored is the wealth of visual information available before the pitch is even released. The position of the pitcher’s glove, the way he breaks his hands, and the posture of his midsection...

07
14
2020

Why Driveline got a Biodex

If this is the first time seeing this video, it probably leaves you with a handful of unanswered questions: What is this machine? How did you discover it? What are you going to do with it? In this blog, we will answer those questions one at a time. What is this machine? The machine above is a Biodex...

07
12
2020

Hitter Spotlight: Aaron Takacs

After graduating from Montreat College, where he slashed .314/.437/.455 en route to capping off an impressive 4-year collegiate campaign , Aaron Takacs invested in himself and made the cross country trip from his hometown of Oviedo, FL, to Driveline Baseball in Seattle, WA.  “I found out about Drive...

07
03
2020

How to Throw a Cutter

Welcome to Part 6 of our “How to Throw” series! In our final segment, we will conclude with a discussion and analysis of cutters. Overview of a Cutter A cutter—also known as a “cut-fastball”—is a pitch that is thrown at a high velocity and moves with sharp, horizontal movement, or cutting action.  T...

06
21
2020

How to Throw a Slider

Welcome to Part 5 of our “How to Throw” series: How to Throw a Slider. In this segment, we are going to cover sliders, the breaking ball best known as one of the nastiest (and most valuable) pitches in baseball. We’ll analyze why sliders move so effectively and detail different grips that you can ex...

06
17
2020

How to Throw a Curveball

Welcome to Part 4 of our “How to Throw” series. In this post, we’ll be discussing curveballs, one of the most popular breaking pitches. The following information will serve as a guide and provide details helping you to create a quality curveball of your own. Overview of a Curveball A curveball is a...

06
16
2020

Rotational Acceleration, Sequencing, and the Swing

Bat speed and attack angle get the most attention of the bat sensor metrics (as they should). Still, rotational acceleration can also give a coach valuable insight into a hitter’s swing. What is Rotational Acceleration? According to Blast Motion, “Rotational Acceleration is a measure of how the hitt...

06
15
2020

How to Throw a Changeup

Welcome to Part 3 of our “How to Throw” series! If you’ve read the previous blogs, we bet you’re excited to begin learning about off-speed and breaking pitches. This post teaches how to throw the changeup—most pitchers’ go-to off-speed pitch. We’ll provide you with the core information on what a cha...

06
11
2020

The Value of Data in Player Representation

Table of Contents Introduction Data, Technology & the MLB Current Landscape The Value of Data in Representation Significant Metrics: Pitching Athletes Velocity – Oliver Drake Spin – Ryan Pressly Strikeouts/Arsenal Optimization – Gerrit Cole Significant Metrics: Hitting Athletes...

06
10
2020

An Introduction to College WAR — cWAR

Note: The following italicized section is now deprecated — the section will be updated when the NCAA WAR Dashboard returns to public light, To avoid burying the lede, here is our very-functional-over-aesthetic NCAA dashboard for college WAR. To use the dashboard, users can submit a season (201...