Final Pitches 344 Days into the Past

Division 1 Baseball finally started up again after almost a year break, with the last game being on March 12, 2020. This post will show the last pitch thrown over some of the D1 Conferences. The 4 main Conferences that BaseballCloud has pitch data from last year were: The ACC, Pac-12, SEC, and Sunbelt. For... Continue Reading →

Velocity Density Plots and Smoothing

At the bottom of Yu Darvish’s baseball savant page is a wavy mess. Distributions of different colors bobbing up and down indicating the speed uncertainty batters face when stepping in the box against one of the best pitchers in the MLB. It may not be the most practically helpful to a pitcher, but it was... Continue Reading →

Cesar Valdez and The Dead Fish

Last season, the Orioles bullpen was a pleasant surprise. In a campaign where the club wasn't able to escape the basement of the AL East, their bullpen represented a bright spot in an otherwise dismal season. Each of their relievers had a different way to beat opponents. Tanner Scott's upper-90's fastball could blow by most... Continue Reading →

BCTips: Heat Map Update on BCTeam

Last night a big update was made to the Batted Ball tab on player profiles for BCTeam! After some time of just showing average exit velocity, we have added six additional dropdown options to the Heat Map visual for both pitchers and hitters. Each of these metrics will be broken down in this blog. Average... Continue Reading →

The Underrated Benefit of Long Toss

I have always loved long toss. As someone who has always struggled with command, the ability to just launch the ball was liberating. As it became an everyday habit, my velocity began to climb. Training everything to fire in-sync, full speed certainly aids the body’s ability to do so on the mound, but it may... Continue Reading →

A Discussion of Spin Efficiency

We have long been aware of the fact that baseballs spin when traveling through the air and that Major League Pitchers are able to generate quite a lot of spin when they release their pitches (average spin rate on Major League pitches was around 2270 RPM’s last year). It has been common knowledge for a... Continue Reading →

Derek Holland Throws a Unicorn Pitch

In 2018, Derek Holland was given a second chance to revive his baseball career. Holland was a former star for the Texas Rangers, helping them clinch two AL Pennants in 2010 and 2011, but he had fallen on hard times. The 2017 season represented a massive struggle for the southpaw. Statistically, he was one of... Continue Reading →

BCTips: Release Point Tab

BaseballCloud’s platform is changing the way players and coaches analyze and learn from both practice and game data. BCTips blogs will highlight the functionality of different features of our products and explore the various ways they can be used for player development. If you are a coach or player and have logged into your BCTeam account in... Continue Reading →

BCTips: Spray Chart Tooltip

BaseballCloud's platform is changing the way players and coaches analyze and learn from both practice and game data. BCTips blogs will highlight the functionality of different features of our products and explore the various ways they can be used for player development. This is an update that has probably been one of the most (if... Continue Reading →

Marginal Benefit In The Offseason

The Padres are maniacs and I absolutely love it. Yu Darvish, Blake Snell, Dinelson Lamet, Chris Paddack… it is like they have gone wild on The Show’s franchise mode. How they managed these blockbusters without dealing their top prospects is worth its own conversation, but today I want to discuss the idea of marginal benefit.... Continue Reading →

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