Bat Speed vs. Precision: MLB Data Reveals Hitting Secrets

May 14, 2024
Bat Speed vs. Precision: MLB Data Reveals Hitting Secrets
  • Major League Baseball released bat-tracking data on May 13, 2024, providing new insights into players' hitting abilities.

  • Luis Arráez leads in squaring up the ball despite having the league's slowest bat speed, contributing to his two-time National League batting title.

  • Giancarlo Stanton, with the fastest bat speed, has faced difficulties with a low batting average and making square contact with the ball.

  • Mookie Betts demonstrates elite barrel control and pitch recognition, achieving a high rate of squaring up swings with below-average bat speed.

  • The data underscores the importance of swing length, with shorter swings leading to more contact and faster swings correlating with increased power.

  • Managers can utilize bat-tracking data to make strategic decisions during games, such as choosing the right player to pinch-hit based on swing metrics.

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