Wednesday, March 03, 2010
Madison Bumgarner’s missing velocityPosted by Harry Pavlidis
Madison Bumgarner worked in a Spring Training game for the Giants on Wednesday. He happened to be facing the Mariners in Peoria. Peoria happens to have PITCHf/x installed. This is the sixth game of Bumgarner's seen by PITCHf/x. Here's each game, the park, and his average fastball velocity (lumping four- and two-seam varieties together, using my own pitch classifications). And, yes, there were a few Spring Training games captured by PITCHf/x last year (all in Scottsdale, March 15-19, 2009).
I wouldn't expect to see him at top velocity already, but FYI dead-arm trackers (h/t JD Sussman):
03/17/2009 Scottsdale 93.4 mph 09/09/2009 San Francisco 88.7 09/19/2009 Los Angeles 91.8 09/22/2009 Phoenix 90.6 10/03/2009 San Diego 91.6 03/03/2010 Peoria, AZ 89.3
The Giants will be in Peoria two more times and Surprise twice (site of the other PITCHf/x installation) by March 15, with a split-squad pair at each park on the 15th. Hopefully we'll catch some more data on Bumgarner. Until then, the worriers can worry.
Harry Pavlidis admits he has a baseball problem. He is the founder of Pitch Info LLC, His pitch classifications power the player cards at Brooksbaseball.net. Feedback, questions and comments are appreciated - Email email@example.com and Twitter @harrypav