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The Athletic - March 4, 2020

Sarris: What’s more important for a pitcher, command or stuff?

By: Eno Sarris

From STATS Perform, we have Command+. In order to produce a number that hopes to assess a pitcher’s ability to do exactly with his pitches as he intends to do, STATS’ stringers at baseball games look at the catcher’s signs, the catcher’s target, the pitcher’s heat maps, and the hitter’s heat maps. They’ll then assign a target for that pitch and consider how far from that target the pitch ended up.

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