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08
29
2019

How to Be a Biomechanist with Mokka

So you want to be a biomechanist? Well, you’re in luck! This blog will teach you about Mokka, a great open-source software program used for kinematic and kinetic analysis. You can use it to start looking at biomechanics data in 3D, for free! “But I don’t have any biomechanics data?” Don’t you worry!...

07
30
2019

Validating Rapsodo 2.0: Pitch Design Made Easier

As player development in baseball continues to rapidly evolve, the demand from coaches and facility owners to integrate sophisticated, reliable, and affordable technology into their players’ training plans has never been higher. In recent years, many products have entered the marketplace attempting...

04
13
2019

Pairing Blast and Hittrax Data Part 2: Specific Focuses

In our last piece, we took a surface level look at the first publicly available pairing of Blast and HitTrax data. In this piece, we take a look at commonly held, specific beliefs that have been touched upon by our hitting trainers and see whether the data backs it up. We also take a more nuanced vi...

04
04
2019

The Value in Developing Velocity in the Minors

In part one of The Business Case For Player Development series, we calculated prospect valuations for top tier minor leaguers and validated those estimates by looking at several trades throughout MLB. Building on that work, we use those valuations in this post to model the net-present value of impro...

03
27
2019

Injury Risk, Performance, and Velocity

It’s fairly common to watch a game these days, see a pitcher throw 99 mph, and hear the reaction of fans be a mix of amazement and fear: amazement that certain pitchers can throw that hard, and fear that it’s unsafe and an injury is guaranteed. Given the many misconceptions and unknowns related to v...

03
22
2019

How We Interpret Biomechanics Reports

In our previous biomechanics post, we looked at the data we had collected over the past six months. We looked at the averages of key metrics and what metrics correlate to velocity and torques on the arm. But we didn’t really look at how we interpret a biomechanics report for our athletes. When desig...