If anyone was lurking on my interactive spray chart tool, they might have seen a new tab: Spray and Strike Zone Plot.
This is a brand new feature officially rolling out today. It takes a spray chart for a given player and places it side-by-side with a plot of the strike zone so that you can see the horizontal and vertical location of each pitch that led to each of the batted balls on the spray chart. Both plots are interactive and can be filtered using the various options, or you can simply click and drag over either plot to highlight certain pitches and hits. The table running below will provide summary information for the data selected or filtered, including average distance and angle of the batted ball, average velocity of the pitches, etc. Remember, this is not perfect data, so there will be some measurement error and some odd data points (e.g. a home run that appears to only travel 200 ft.).
What can you do with this tab? Here are some examples.
Want to see where in the strike zone all of Migual Cabrera’s home runs this year were thrown? No problem:
Want to highlight an area of the strike zone and see where those balls are hit by Miggy? Why not:
Want to see the pitch location of all of Joey Votto’s pull-field home runs since 2010? Sure:
Want to see how Mike Trout does when swinging at balls lower than the bottom of the strike zone? Here you go:
Those are just a few examples.
And remember, the tool has four other tabs in addition to this latest one that you can use for different purposes (here’s the original roll-out article for reference):
Park Comparison: Compare batted balls between two or more ballparks
Batter Comparison: Compare batted ball performance between two hitters over the same time period
Pitcher Comparison: Compare batted ball performance between two pitchers over the same time period
Player – Year to Year: Compare batted ball performance for the same hitter across different time periods
As always, all feedback is welcome.