Since debuting in late 2006, PITCHf/x data has become an integral part of our consumption of baseball. PITCHf/x opens the doors to analysis that was previously not possible in an objective manner, but it can also enhance our enjoyment of the game we love.
I am proud to unveil the final product of my Data Visualization and Analysis course at Colby College. In partnership with Ian Tibbetts '15, we have modified our semester work to create an application with the specialized purpose of viewing and animating PITCHf/x pitch trajectories. Previous applications such as MLB Gameday allow the user to view the trajectory of a pitched ball from a fixed angle. Our application allows the user to view any pitch or set of pitches from PITCHf/x archives in three-dimensions with full ability to pan, zoom, and rotate making it a truly novel way to enjoy the filthiest pitches of your choice.
Without further ado, submitted for your enjoyment, Cory Kluber’s 18-strikeout masterpiece.
1. Kolton Wong swinging on a fastball up in the zone.
2. Jhonny Peralta swinging on a curveball out of the zone.
3. Jason Heyward swinging on a high slider on the edge of the zone.
4. Mark Reynolds swinging on a sinker.
5. Peter Bourjos looking on corner fastball.
6. Kolten Wong looking on a corner curveball.
7. Matt Carpenter swinging on a high sinker.
8. Pete Kozma swinging on a corner fastball.
9. Jhonny Peralta swinging on a curveball out of the zone (again).
10. Yadier Molina swinging on a high sinker.
11. Matt Adams looking on a corner curveball.
12. Mark Reynolds looking on a corner sinker.
13. Peter Bourjos swinging on a slider out of the zone.
14. Matt Carpenter swinging on a high sinker.
15. Pete Kozma swinging on a high fastball.
16. Jason Heyward swinging on a corner slider.
17. Yadier Molina looking on a low curveball.
18. Mark Reynolds swinging at a 94 MPH fastball.
Daniel Meyer is a junior Economics and Mathematical Sciences major at Colby College. You can follow him on twitter @dtrain_meyer.