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"A Podcast To Be Named Later" w/ Eno Sarris of FanGraphs

Exit Velocity - Sample Sizes for Pitchers and Early season News and Notes

Jose Altuve
Jose Altuve
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A Podcast To Be Named Later

Hosted by Chris Mitchell

Guest: Eno Sarris of Fangraphs


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Host Chris Mitchell @CJMitch73 chats with "Stats Guy" and Pitching Guru Eno Sarris of We discuss Exit Velocity, pitching and sample sizes and news and notes from around Major League baseball and the 2016 season. You can also find a link to this Podcast at MinorLeagueBall . com.


: Show Topics :

* Prospect class is weaker
* Velocity for pitchers is up
-- Velocity peaks when a Pitcher arrives in league and it declines from there.
-- The average velocity of a 4 seam fastball: Lefthanders --> 91  Righthanders --> 92
-- Syndergaard averages 97.7 -- only 5-6 Pitchers average over 95
-- 94 MPH is a key average velocity
-- 94 MPH gets more swing and misses - below 94 average is hit more
-- 8-10 feet before the pitch reaches the plate is the last time a batter can see and react
-- More velocity does cause more injuries to pitchers.
** Fun Pitching Fact **
-- Nathan Eovaldi is throwing 40% splitters - one of the hardest throwers in the game

-- MPH off the bat (2015 was the first real year of data)
-- Baseball now catalogs launch angles for hitters
-- Sample size for Exit Velocity -- you want 50 balls in play to trust it

Players w/ INCREASED Exit Velocity
-- Jose Altuve is hitting the ball 8MPH faster off the bat than he was last year
-- Scooter Gennett
-- Kole Calhoun
-- Mike Moustakas
-- Yasmany Tomas

-- Todd Frazier
-- Carlos Gomez
-- Ian desmond
-- Mike Trout

** Tough to tell if exit velocity is predictive of future performance

* Players in Focus:
Pitching Facts by Eno Sarris
-- < BROOKSBASEBALL and FANGRAPHS good sites to read >
-- Brandon Finnegan is throwing a changeup a lot more often
-- Madison Bumgarner
- VELO down significantly
- His mechanics are coming together
- His velocity isn't back up  -- CONCERNED
-- Eno Sarris: "Not concerned with Archer and Harvey"
-- Shelby Miller is a drop in Fantasy Leagues - mechanics are a mess
-- Felix Hernandez throwing at 89 mph - Changeup is still filthy

* Miscellaneous
-- Best Beer --> California or Boston


** Guest Biography **
Eno Sarris "Stats Guy"
Twitter: @Enosarris
Writer for
Beer Lover Baseball Guy on Twitter @BeerGraphs

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