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Testing pitch recognition to improve talent identification and player development

Fadde, P.J. and Müller, S.ORCID: 0000-0001-5777-4953 (2016) Testing pitch recognition to improve talent identification and player development. In: MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference, 11 - 12 March 2016, Boston Convention and Exhibition Center, IL.

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Abstract

The goal of this paper is to investigate the usefulness of video-occlusion testing of batters’ pitch recognition skills in professional baseball organizations. A highly valued perceptual attribute of modern batters, pitch recognition can be measured without batters amassing hundreds of plate appearances. Pitch Recognition testing, triangulated with analytics, can improve player evaluation, development, and even opponent preparation at the major league level. This paper merges decades of sport science research using video-occlusion methods with recent “micro-studies” applying video-occlusion testing of pitch recognition in minor league baseball, college baseball, and the Cape Cod Baseball League in order to address issues germane to the field testing that widespread implementation requires.

Item Type: Conference Item
Murdoch Affiliation: School of Psychology and Exercise Science
Conference Website: http://www.sloansportsconference.com/wp-content/up...
URI: http://researchrepository.murdoch.edu.au/id/eprint/57047
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