An Introduction to Point of Contact

One of the best tools available to programs around the country is HitTrax. With HitTrax, batters hit off a pitching machine or live pitcher and get feedback from the system that includes batted ball outcome (hit, ground out, fly out, etc.) and metrics like exit speed, launch angle, and even point of contact from home... Continue Reading →

Individually Optimizing Launch Angle

For the link to my code, my GitHub page is here. Introduction The launch angle revolution has changed the way baseball teams develop hitters. There have been many hitters that have raised their launch angles and had success such as J.D. Martinez, Max Muncy, and, just recently, Vladimir Guerrero Jr. However, throughout the launch angle... Continue Reading →

Dominic Hamel’s Unique Fastball

Dominic Hamel was drafted 81st overall by the New York Mets. The DBU right-hander posted a 4.22 ERA this past year, however, he mowed hitters down by striking out 13.4 hitters per 9 innings. Coming into drafts every year, we hear about pitchers that can blow away hitters with upper 90’s fastballs and can dominate... Continue Reading →

Draft Profile: Tommy Mace

This past season, BaseballCloud had the privilege to work with several college players who were selected in 2021's Amateur Player Draft. One of the players we wanted to highlight is Tommy Mace, hailing from Florida. He was recently selected by the Cleveland Indians in the second round (69th overall) in 2021's Amateur Player Draft. This... Continue Reading →

Improving Pythagorean Winning %

The Pythagorean Win Percentage for baseball was created by Bill James to correlate a team's winning percentage to their expected win percentage. His initial equation was: Over the years this has held up with slight changes in the exponent to get a higher correlation between expected wins and actual wins.  Currently, on Baseball Reference the... Continue Reading →

Plate Discipline and Hit Tools

As the Tigers focused on pitching during the early stages of the rebuild, it has started to make its presence felt at the Major League Level. The organization has now started shifting its focus to positional talent. While this has resulted in a lack of starting pitching talent in the farm system, there are now... Continue Reading →

Sidearm Pitchers with Reverse Splits this year???

As a right-handed submarine pitcher, you hear countless times that you will be more effective against righties and will struggle against left-handed hitters.  The past data agrees with this, as do most (if not all) coaches and past players.  So why are submarine/sidearm pitchers having more success against opposite handed hitters than same-sided hitters this... Continue Reading →

When A Cutter Stops Cutting

There are two types of Major League pitchers. Some pitchers succeed by chucking high-velocity, high-spin, high-efficiency heaters past hitters. These are Gerrit Cole's of the world, the ones who can dominate by pure, awesome force. They light up radar guns, go viral on Twitter, and top 95 mph routinely. But not every pitcher is blessed... Continue Reading →

The Curse of the Triple Play

Why was I screaming at my TV in agony as the Yankees turned their first triple play of the year on May 21st to get them out of a jam against the White Sox?  This may seem like a weird reaction from a lifelong Yankees fan...unless you knew about the Curse of the Triple Play.... Continue Reading →

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