FG: The Workloads of UCLA Pitchers

At FanGraphs today, I investigated the culture of pitcher overuse at UCLA. By several measures, Bruins pitchers are worked harder than their NCAA peers. You can read more here.

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3 thoughts on “FG: The Workloads of UCLA Pitchers

  1. With sincere respect, what constitutes heavy workloads? What is the standard being used?
    A lot of variables than just pitches. If the prep warrants a 125 pitch outing then let it happen. With regards to training regimens, opponent/schedule strength, pitch stress conditions, significant in game velocity drops, early season weather conditions among variables that have to be addressed. Too easy to blame one guy. I would venture to say an overwhelming majority of every day people would present elbow/shoulder irregularity.

    A more in depth look at each member of that staff would need to be undertaken.

    Sorry, skeptical at best.

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    1. Multiple standards are used, as the article analyzes all UCLA pitchers from the last 5+ years through several prisms: pitch counts, batters faced, and the Pitch Smart guidelines laid out by USA Baseball and others. In every section of the piece, the results are put into context with the rest of the NCAA, and the prevailing finding is that pitchers are worked much harder at UCLA than at other collegiate programs.

      We don’t have (and really can’t get) data on pitchers’ training regimens, their strength on certain days, etc. But the Pitch Smart rest/usage guidelines for pitchers aged 19-22 are straightforward, and include a hard 120-pitch limit. No matter what UCLA’s training methods involve, it’s unwise for Savage to work his pitchers so hard.

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      1. Thank you for your response and your work on the game. Not sure I agree with hard count pitch limit and the guideline, re:higher injury rate since LL pitch count instituted, but certainly respect your position. Thanks and keep up the good work. It pushes the game to a better level.

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