Those of you that have trained with us previously already know the breadth and depth of our training programs. Given our recent move to Paramus, NJ, for all of our new friends and neighbors in north New Jersey, I would like to personally give you a welcome to one of the most comprehensive facilities for training and developing pitchers and baseball players.
This off-season is already off to a fast start. With athletes from middle and high schools all over, and professional ball players from various MLB teams (including the Twins, Padres, Diamondbacks, Orioles, Rockies, Reds and Devil Rays) already having joined us, I would have to say this is going to be our best off-season yet.
By Eddie Lehr (Data Analytics Intern at RPP, Babson BS ‘19), with assistance from Nunzio Signore (BA, CSCS, Co-owner RPP) and Bahram Shirazi (BSEE, MBA, Co-owner RPP)
In my previous internship before RPP, part of my responsibilities included watching Minor League baseball games. After my first few games, I noticed a recurring trend, every player wore a Blast Motion sensor during the game. As I saw more organizations’ Minor League teams, not all had their players wear the sensors; however, the idea behind it was simple, data collection.
At RPP, we use Blast Motion sensors for the same purpose, and this allows us to help identify and develop athletes’ inefficiencies. The only difference is we do not have the ability to collect data from athletes’ in-game at-bats. Therefore, we collect data from batting practice at our facility and are still able to get a good picture of what an athlete does well, and what they struggle with.
According to HitTrax, well-hit balls are generally hit within 24″. On the other hand, a 93 mph fastball takes 1.585 milliseconds to travel those same 24” once it reaches homeplate. We’re not dealing with a lot of time and every millisecond counts. So, let’s review exactly what can happen during those 1.585 ms! Continue reading “An Analytical Look at Being “On-Plane””
The Blast Motion sensor provides for two different types of angles at contact. One is the attack angle (AA, side view) and the other is the vertical bat angle (VBA, front view). Both are extremely relevant to the swing as it moves through space, but with different attributes, characteristics and implications. This article is about the attack angle, a topic with a dearth of information out there (we will be covering VBA in a follow-up). Continue reading “Attack Angles and Pitch Descent Angles… Any Relation? YES!”
If you don’t own a Blast Motion sensor you should. We’ve been using Blast sensors for a couple of months now and we are very impressed. Frankly they are very easy to use and they don’t require calibration prior to hitting. The only shortfall we discovered early on was how all the metrics related to each other, which actually prompted this internal write-up.
For eons hitting coaches have focused on mechanics, bat position, elbow position, among other topics related to hitting. As technology has weaved its way into many aspects of the game, it’s now apparent that there are two fundamental topics that determine a player’s ultimate potential at the plate: Continue reading “Two Musts for Maximizing Hitting Potential”
In this Part 2 of Hitting Data Analytics (click here for Part 1), we’re going to review the Attack Angle and the important role it plays in the swing path. While everyone is focused on the Launch Angle, it often seems like Attack Angle is playing second fiddle. Sometimes, the hardest part about Data Analytics is accepting what it tells you. This article isn’t about what’s right or what’s wrong, or whether rotational is better than linear hitting (even though it is… Lol!). Thanks to Rapsodo (post-contact) and Diamond Kinetics (pre-contact) we can now sync up the results of a “hit” and reach some decent conclusions… Continue reading “Hitting Data Analytics… Attack Angles, the Often Ignored Step-Child – Part 2”