Comparing the performance of the pitchers and hitters who participated in the three World Baseball Classics to their preseason projections, including a group of "controls," or similar players who didn't participate in the WBC, and found no difference in performance between the two groups.
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Anibal Sanchez was terrific last season, success that was partially built on his changeup usage. The pitch, something that Sanchez has seen improve over the past few years, gives him a tremendous tool with which to fool hitters.
To be a good fourth outfielder, a player may need to be adequate offensively and to have the ability to play multiple positions. But the best fourth outfielders also have at least one of a few varieties of "special sauce" that makes them more useful.
Although home run rates are essential random from season-to-season across baseball, some pitchers are particularly home run-prone. Why is that, and how can we identify them?
PITCHf/x shows why Oakland may have found themselves an ace in Sonny Gray. Taking a deep look at Gray's pitch usage, release points, and pitch mix allows us to see why the young pitcher was so successful in 2013, and could be an ace in the making.