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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...

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...