Petriello: This is the next-level technology changing baseball

From Mike Petriello at on February 21, 2019:

“Wow, I’m looking at something in a different language here,” Twins reliever Taylor Rogers, fresh off a breakout year, said to’s Do-Hyoung Park after throwing his first bullpen in front of the team’s new bullpen hardware.

“I’ve learned more in the past month than I have in the past four or five years,” Angels lefty Tyler Skaggs told the Los Angeles Times this spring. “Which is no knock on any coaches, but I’m just really excited with all the information we have now.”

“I’ve never had a meeting like that before,” Orioles righty Jimmy Yacabonis said to’s Joe Trezza, referring to “mandatory group spin axis seminars” with organizational experts.

“This day and age, players want the truth,” Pirates assistant pitching coach Justin Meccage said to’s Adam Berry. “This gives you the truth.”

“That’s the new phase of baseball that we’re in,” Blue Jays righty Ryan Tepera said to’s Gregor Chisholm.

What are they all talking about? Players across baseball are realizing that the next revolution in the sport is already here, and it’s becoming clear if you’ve looked at any of the bullpen pictures streaming in across Spring Training sites in Florida and Arizona. The names “Edgertronic” and “Rapsodo” may not exactly have the cache of “Harper” and “Machado,” but for many teams, they’re becoming just as important. If you’re just catching up, you’re already behind.

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Originally published: February 28, 2019. Last Updated: February 28, 2019.