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Week One: Batter Pitch Selection

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Let's give this a try.

As I start this little experiment, I'm not going to give too much commentary on the numbers presented.  They're accumulated over only the first week of the season, so while there might be a few interesting things to note (like how pitchers throw to Adam Everett as though he were a pitcher), it's way too early to make any absolute judgments on the data I'm presenting below.

 

Carlos Gomez

Overall Pitches Swung At Contact Made
83 45 (54%) 35 (78%)
Fastballs Swung At Contact Made
35 (42%) 20 (57%) 18 (90%)
Changeups Swung At Contact Made
5 (6%) 3 (60%) 3 (100%)
Sliders Swung At Contact Made
19 (23%) 8 (42%) 5 (63%)
Cutters Swung At Contact Made
9 (11%) 3 (33%) 2 (67%)
Curveballs Swung At Contact Made
12 (14%) 8 (67%) 6 (75%)
Splitters Swung At Contact Made
3 (4%) 3 (100%) 1 (33%)

 

 

Joe Mauer

Overall Pitches Swung At Contact Made
85 39 (46%) 33 (85%)
Fastballs Swung At Contact Made
41 (48%) 18 (44%) 17 (94%)
Changeups Swung At Contact Made
16 (19%) 7 (44%) 7 (100%)
Sliders Swung At Contact Made
12 (14%) 7 (58% 5 (71%)
Cutters Swung At Contact Made
6 (7%) 2 (33%) 1 (50%)
Curveballs Swung At Contact Made
7 (8%) 3 (43%) 2 (67%)
Splitters Swung At Contact Made
2 (2%) 2 (100%) 1 (50%)

 


Michael Cuddyer

Overall Pitches Swung At Contact Made
33 17 (52%) 14 (82%)
Fastballs Swung At Contact Made
12 (36%) 5 (42%) 3 (75%)
Changeups Swung At Contact Made
7 (21%) 5 (71%) 5 (100%)
Sliders Swung At Contact Made
5 (15%) 4 (80%) 3 (75%)
Cutters Swung At Contact Made
6 (18%) 1 (17%) 1 (100%)
Curveballs Swung At Contact Made
3 (9%) 2 (67%) 2 (100%)

 

 

Justin Morneau

Overall Pitches Swung At Contact Made
76 36 (47%) 27 (75%)
Fastballs Swung At Contact Made
36 (47%) 18 (50%) 17 (94%)
Changeups Swung At Contact Made
18 (24%) 10 (56%) 6 (60%)
Sliders Swung At Contact Made
8 (11%) 5 (63%) 2 (40%)
Cutters Swung At Contact Made
6 (8%) 1 (17%) 1 (100%)
Curveballs Swung At Contact Made
6 (8%) 2 (33%) 1 (50%)
Splitters Swung At Contact Made
1 (1%) 0 0

 

 

Delmon Young

Overall Pitches Swung At Contact Made
79 43 (54%) 33 (77%)
Fastballs Swung At Contact Made
38 (48%) 21 (55%) 18 (86%)
Changeups Swung At Contact Made
9 (11%) 3 (33%) 1 (33%)
Sliders Swung At Contact Made
20 (25%) 12 (60%) 8 (67%)
Cutters Swung At Contact Made
7 (9%) 4 (57%) 3 (75%)
Curveballs Swung At Contact Made
4 (6%) 2 (50%) 1 (50%)
Splitters Swung At Contact Made
1 (1%) 1 (100%) 1 (100%)

 

 

Jason Kubel

Overall Pitches Swung At Contact Made
60 25 (42%) 15 (60%)
Fastballs Swung At Contact Made
25 (42%) 10 (40%) 9 (90%)
Changeups Swung At Contact Made
20 (33%) 11 (55%) 5 (45%)
Sliders Swung At Contact Made
9 (15%) 4 (44%) 1 (25%)
Curveballs Swung At Contact Made
6 (10%) 0 0

 


Craig Monroe

Overall Pitches Swung At Contact Made
55 33 (60%)
22 (67%)
Fastballs Swung At Contact Made
24 (44%)
15 (63%)
12 (80%)
Changeups Swung At Contact Made
8 (15%)
4 (50%)
2 (50%)
Sliders Swung At Contact Made
12 (22%)
7 (58%)
4 (57%)
Cutters Swung At Contact Made
3 (5%)
1 (33%)
1 (100%)
Curveballs Swung At Contact Made
7 (13%)
4 (57%)
3 (75%)
Splitters Swung At Contact Made
1 (2%)
1 (100%)
0

 

 

Brendan Harris

Overall Pitches Swung At Contact Made
53 20 (38%) 17 (85%)
Fastballs Swung At Contact Made
27 (51%) 11 (41%) 9 (82%)
Changeups Swung At Contact Made
3 (6%) 2 (67%) 1 (50%)
Sliders Swung At Contact Made
11 (21%) 2 (18%) 2 (100%)
Cutters Swung At Contact Made
5 (9%) 2 (40%) 2 (100%)
Curveballs Swung At Contact Made
6 (12%) 3 (50%) 3 (100%)
Splitters Swung At Contact Made
1 (2%) 0 0

 

 

Mike Lamb

Overall Pitches Swung At Contact Made
55 23 (42%) 19 (83%)
Fastballs Swung At Contact Made
25 (45%) 12 (48%) 12 (100%)
Changeups Swung At Contact Made
11 (20%) 6 (55%) 2 (33%)
Sliders Swung At Contact Made
3 (5%) 2 (67%) 1 (50%)
Cutters Swung At Contact Made
7 (13%) 2 (29%) 2 (100%)
Curveballs Swung At Contact Made
5 (9%) 2 (40%) 2 (100%)

 

 

Adam Everett

Overall Pitches Swung At Contact Made
41 21 (51%) 19 (90%)
Fastballs Swung At Contact Made
26 (63%) 14 (54% 13 (93%)
Changeups Swung At Contact Made
2 (5%) 2 (100%) 2 (100%)
Sliders Swung At Contact Made
7 (17%) 2 (29%) 2 (100%)
Cutters Swung At Contact Made
6 (15%) 3 (50%) 2 (67%)

 


Matt Tolbert

Overall Pitches Swung At Contact Made
48 21 (44%) 20 (95%)
Fastballs Swung At Contact Made
32 (67%) 12 (38%) 12 (100%)
Changeups Swung At Contact Made
6 (13%) 3 (50%) 2 (67%)
Sliders Swung At Contact Made
2 (4%) 2 (100%) 2 (100%)
Cutters Swung At Contact Made
1 (2%) 0 0
Curveballs Swung At Contact Made
7 (15%) 4 (57%) 4 (100%)

Some notes on the data so far.

There are some pretty blatant weaknesses in this analysis as far as I'm concerned, but I'm going forward with it anyway because I think it does have merit, and I think it will give us some interesting information.

First:  The 5-4 loss in the series finale to the Angels is lacking Gameday history from MLB.com.  While I don't mind looking at the games and filling in the information when Gameday misses a pitch or two here or there, this task is time consuming enough without having to go back and track every pitch manually.  So the first week's tallies are missing the information from that game.

Second:  As such, much of this data is reliant on the accuracy of Gameday from MLB.com.

Third:  Each of the hitters needs to have their information digested individually.  Pitchers have different arsenals and strengths, and as such, the curveballs that Matt Tolbert sees may be harder or easier to hit than the curveballs that Carlos Gomez sees.  My hope is that over the course of the season, as the sample sizes grow, we'll be able to get a pretty good idea of how each Twin responds to certain pitches, having seen numbers of both the good and mediocre versions.

Fourth:  This is a pretty cursory analysis.  It'd be better if I could break down which pitches each hitter sees in certain counts, but again, I don't have the time to accumulate that data on my own.

Essentially I do understand that this experiment can be tweaked and made better, and it could definitely be strengthened if I could deepen the information I'm taking.  Feel free to offer suggestions, as they'll be easier for me to implement now than in a few weeks.