The Saber's Edge: StatCast Data Surprises

The Saber's Edge: StatCast Data Surprises

This article is part of our The Saber's Edge series.

It has been more than a year since StatCast data became available to the general public. While not all data is available for consumption, like defensive positioning, the key data now available is batted-ball velocity. This new data can be used to help with player projections and determine if a player's talent has changed for the good or bad. The following is an examination of some of the most current StatCast studies and how they can be used to help your fantasy team.

One key point to understand with the new batted-ball data is that what we see on TV isn't available to everyone. Some extreme batted-ball data is missing, like a high pop-up, groundball in front of the plate and line drive down the lines. The StatCast data reminds of the early years of Pitchf/x data where data was misclassified, pitches had basic classifications (just fastball, as opposed to cutter, four-seam, two-seam or sinker) or were completely missing. Five or so years from now, I expect us to look back at this data and laugh at how we could ever work with it, but that is not going to stop people from being on the cutting edge. Truthfully, I don't expect some of the current findings to change much, but I could see some changes on the periphery where 100 mph is now hard hit, but the number, for example, should be 95 mph.

With the preceding reasons to suspect some data inconsistencies, two recent studies, one pitcher

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