Long/Judge/Pavlidis: Introducing pitch tunnels

From Jeff Long and SABR members Jonathan Judge and Harry Pavlidis at Baseball Prospectus on January 25, 2017:

Greg Maddux may have known about the concept of pitch tunnels. He may not have. Regardless, he knew how to put the concept into practice, and really that’s the important part. Maddux:

[My] main goal was to make all of my pitches look like a column of milk coming toward home plate. Every pitch should look as close to every other as possible, all part of that ‘column of milk’.

What we’ve set out to do is start quantifying pitch tunnels. In order to do that we’ve looked at how pitch tunnels intersects with things like pitch sequencing, movement and velocity, command and control, and many other things. This new pitch tunnels data should be another valuable tool in our toolbox when we set out to analyze pitcher performance.


Read the full article here: http://www.baseballprospectus.com/article.php?articleid=31030

Originally published: January 25, 2017. Last Updated: January 25, 2017.