Snuffy Stirnweiss

Throughout the history of baseball, there have only been 2 players to lead their league in OPS and defensive WAR in the same season.  One of them is Willie Mays (in 1954) which should come as no shock to anyone.  The other...was Snuffy Stirnweiss (in 1945).  When we think of the year 1945, the ending... Continue Reading →

You’re Outta Here!!!

You can’t write an article about MLB ejections without mentioning John McGraw.  After 1900, he remained the all-time leader in ejections (137) for over 100 years until he was finally passed by Bobby Cox in 2007.  For over 50 of those years, no other person even reached 100 ejections until Leo Durocher reached that milestone... Continue Reading →

Draft Profile: Will Bednar

Image courtesy of Mississippi State Athletics Introduction Will Bednar was selected by the San Francisco Giants with the 14th overall selection in the 2021 Major League Baseball Rule 4 Draft on Sunday, July 11th. Bednar, the brother of the Pittsburgh Pirates David Bednar, saw his draft stock rise significantly following his dominant performance during the... Continue Reading →

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 →

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