The First Pitch Strike
P360 Performance Sports and Sox Baseball follow and analyze a lot of stats over the course of the season, and one of the most important is the First Pitch Strike. It's the first stat on our Pitcher's Leader Board, and as we will show, a predictor for instructors, coaches, parents, scouts and recruiters that follow the game of baseball. But what does it tell us and why does it matter?
Besides the obvious of "pitching ahead", the first pitch strike also creates a little angst for the batter. He now has to watch closer and maybe even start guessing the next pitch. For the pitcher, he now has his entire arsenal at his disposal for the duration of the at bat. But it does so much more.
For the opening weekend of the 2019 Spring Season....
William Seymour had an FPS rate of 58.3%. 71.4% of those batters result was an out, with 6 K's in 2.2 innings, and a strikeout rate of 15.75 per game.
Drew Lambert had an FPS rate of 75%, with 66% of those batters result an out, with 2 K's in 1.2 innings, with a strikeout rate of 8.4 per game.
Takoree Clowers had an FPS rate of 55.6%, with 80% of those batters result an out, 4 K's in 2 innings of work, with a strikeouot rate of 14 per game.
Coleson Steed had an FPS rate of 69.2%. with 88.9% of those batters result an out, with 2 K's in 3.1 innings and a strikeout rate of 3.6 per game.
Cooper Griffin had an FPS rate of 81.8%, with 44% of those batters result an out.
Hayden Mize had an FPS rate of 42.1%, with 87.5% of those batters result an out, and 7 K's in 3.2 innings and a strikeout rate of 11.5 per game.
We will continue to watch this important stat as the season gets underway.