Pitching Charts


#1

I am currently looking for some charts to use for my pitchers during games. Looking to keep up with the following to each opposing batters: Pitch type, ball/strike, location of pitch, result of at-bat, etc. If you have one that you use and wouldn’t mind sharing I would greatly appreciate it.


#2

It would help to know the age and level of competition.

For example - park & rec league 10-12, high school JV or Varsity, small or large school, highly competitive or not, college level, etc.


#3

High school (varsity)


#4

At the top of this web page there’s an information bar with a topic called “ARTICLES”.

Click on that topic and follow it to a section called “coaching”. Then follow that topic to a section called “Pitching charts”.

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Also, you might find a simple, yet informative, bullpen scrap sheet helpful. Below is an example of this kind of scrap sheet that I used to use. It told me how effective and to what extent every pitcher in the bullpen had quality-or not, prior to entering a game
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Another chart that I’d use, for training and evaluation purposes, was a location sheet. I’d start a pitcher off with locations that went across a catcher’s body, primarily for fastballs and the like - like in the picture below. For breaking balls, a graphic evaluation of breaking tendencies, before the plate, was also helpful.

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Now depending how intense you want to get with charting pitchers at the amateur level, I would suggest something that’s simple and usable without too much analysis going into it. The reason for my suggesting that is, amateur pitchers at the high school level can be on-again/off-again, from day to day (so I’ve seen). However, some programs are very intense and thus, so is their pitcher’s performance.

I hope this is helpful to you.


#5

Another reason for keeping things simple is the dependability of calling pitches and the pitcher actually doing said same.

For example, if you or your catcher, calls for a fastball down and away, yet the pitcher delivers a fastball up and away, well, the feedback that you as a coach are going to see from the sideline (dugout) is going to be if-ee at best. Trying to ask your catcher later on as he comes off the field what-was-what, is not going to be much help in detail … generally…“how’d he do?” would be more appropriate.

I have found charting to be just one tool of many … AFTER… everything as been said and done. Review sheets are great when stirred in with other input … meaningful input… not involving the " blame game.", if you know what I mean.

Another thing with pitch sheets, if you’ve got “ringers” on your pitching staff, a pitch sheet of any kind is virtually useless. These guys are there because of one thing … “who they know not what they know.”


#6

A club I was with had me keeping about seven different types of pitching sheets, data collection tables and some other stuff. Now some of this material was required and even part of the normal professional tools of the trade. I’d say … oh… four mandatory record keeping documents were the norm.

The rest were to answer questions when asked “… what happened?” Those sheets and tables were outright job security tabs for me.

I had an assistant introduced at the beginning of one season. A local guy taking sports management classes. After only a month showing him how to analyze pitchers and why, he never came back. After asking around, I was told that he left and decided to go into installing above ground pools for his uncle. I was told … and I quote… " leveling dirt and filling a round thing with water was a heck of lot easier than working with pitchers…"

Good luck and best wishes with your charting…


#7

I know this is old and probably the interest has passed, but, I found a sheet that I use to keep when scouting college pitchers.

This scout sheet that I used may be a little too complicated, but, it does combine everything that I wanted to look at AFTER everything was said and done. This detail also gave me a chance to give this man a wider field of view without the tendency to pass on some kind of judgment without considering other events.

This record combined the things that I was interested in:

  • batting order and the position player in that batting order.
  • S-strikes, B-balls, H-hits, -BB base on balls, F-foul balls, and even
    ERRORS and FIELDED FOR OUTS, pitch counts per inning and
    accumulated totals.
    • Those ERROS and FIELDED FOR OUTS were numbers that had implications other than just the pitching side of the equation all by itself.
      I also wanted to know numbers plus percentages. Again, a perspective on what I wanted to reason out for the answers that I had to account for.

Some important considerations about that last paragraph. As coaches and staff, we’re all interested in something that might be different from someone else. I, for example, was interested in appraisals of performance, not the fundamentals. I could care less if the guy tossed peanut butter all day. That look-see was already done by someone else. On the other hand, if I saw something that I didn’t like, I’d quietly and discreetly mention it to the individual who made the initial observations, as a matter of professional courtesy.

Some other dynamics here are this:
See the far right hand side of the sheet? That listing of the batting order also shows what position that batter plays on the field. Some teams are structured like concrete - little if no flexibility in the way they field their teams. In other words, their power hitters are invariably outfielders, their hit and run guys are always shortstops, their base stealers are usually second basemen, and so forth. Also, when a batter gets into a slump, it was part of my job to notice that and keep a detail record of what was what with that man. This sheet above was just one of my memory joggers in that regard and reinforced other paperwork, not to mention passing my observations on about batting slumps to other people.

Take a closer view of this sheet and it just may combine a lot of things that may help you. The math is pretty straight forward. In fact, I remember someone - a neighbor’s kid, did an Excel spreadsheet so all I had to do was plop in the basics and presto… the math and % were all done automatically.

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#8

The late great Jim Turner, the Yankees’ pitching coach for ten years, used to keep a voluminous notebook full of pitching charts. He would chart each pitcher during games and then go over it with said pitcher the next day; also, he would have a pitcher keep a chart during a game before the day he was scheduled to start, because you never know what the opposition might do, such as make an unscheduled change for the next day’s game. Good to know what might be expected—such as a last-minute switch to a lefthanded pitcher. (Not that it helped much if the Yankees went ahead and started Eddie Lopat or Whitey Ford; there really was no defense against those two!) 8)