Good: Illinois baseball takes advantage of advanced analytics technology

From Gavin Good at the Daily Illini on February 15, 2018, with mention of SABR member Alan Nathan:


The 2018 season is going to be different for the Illinois baseball team.

The Illini struggled last year, finishing at 23-28 (9-15 Big Ten Conference), and they have spent the offseason doing more than just lifting, conditioning and practicing what they can in limited indoor space.

They have a new approach, a hyper-analytical one made possible with the technology of the FlightScope Strike, a three-dimensional radar machine that measures distance, speed, positions and angles of the baseball when it is thrown and hit.

University sophomore Charlie Young, now the team’s manager of analytics, and graduate data analyst Kameron Wells are leading the new wave.

Young has been working with the coaches and team for about a year now, and in the fall, Young and the Illini received their FlightScope Strike.

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Originally published: February 15, 2018. Last Updated: February 15, 2018.