I think changing the way we coach pitchers based on this information is way off in the future, if we figure it out at all. However, I think this information will very shortly become a major factor in recruiting and scouting. As more and more pitchers draw up to the 94, 95, 96mph mark, recruiters and scouts will begin looking for qualifying factors to separate high velocity pitchers and you may even see a revolution equivalent to the Money Ball period where colleges and mlb clubs with limited resources try to find untapped scouting factors as they dig through the bargain bin for good deals and overlooked talent.
I sure don’t mean to dump on this thread because it is very interesting indeed. But you know me. I’m not shy about asking questions.
Why is it that it’s ok to use spin rate to ferret out players who have been overlooked but it’s not ok to use other metrics? I might be able to better understand it if spin rate could somehow be related to performance.
Please clarify and tell me where it was stated that "other metrics" were not ok to use. As for spin rates, pitches thrown with different spin rates produce different paths to the plate. As this analysis gets refined, I suspect there will be more clarity as to which spin rates, possibly absent other outstanding metrics such as mph and KO's, are predictors of successful pitchers at the next nevel.