Was watching the Cubs v. Mets game last night and there was a lot of talk about MLB’s new Statcast tracking installed in big league stadiums.
Spin rate is one of the measures Statcast tracks.
Most curves, for example, spin at about 1,500 times per minute. The more spin, the more the ball moves during the pitch…and the more likely batters are to miss it.
Four seam fastballs make 12 complete rotations to the plate, while knuckle balls are 3-4 rotations.
Do you think we’ll start to see this type of in-depth tracking trickle down to the youth levels? At some point here in the next 3-5 years, will “spin rate” be as important as velocity, control, movement and deception?