On Friday, my latest post for FanGraphs covered the detrimental changes to Yoenis Cespedes’ launch angle. The analysis recommends a more appropriate center angle for Cespedes and reveals that his swing plane wasn’t optimal in 2015 and 2016.
Pitch Smart’s college-age guidelines have changed, so for InstaGraphs, I updated the violation benchmarks I found last August.
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.
As a preview to tonight’s draft, I took a look at the workloads for NCAA pitchers projected to be drafted in the first round. The big takeaway is that UCLA’s Griffin Canning was worked very hard in his college career.
On Monday, I covered Robert Gsellman’s irregular velocity plummet within his starts this year. The decreased velocity trend and a drop in pitch spin have created a less effective pitcher, and hint at an injury.
Below is the slideshow and audio from my presentation on college pitcher workloads at the SABR Analytics Conference earlier this month. Thanks to Jacob Pomrenke of SABR for making both available.
Earlier this week, I took an in-depth look at Brian Dozier’s power output from last year, and found that his home run rate and success on BIP both look headed for a downturn. You can read more here.