June 1, 2012 at 1:01 pm by Kevin Orris under Atlanta Braves
At least once or twice a week I come across a pretty cool chart or statistic that Braves fans would find interesting. Sometimes I tweet about it, but most times I keep it to myself. It’s not because I’m selfish, but because this space has almost always been used for providing data with analysis. Today, I am bucking that trend.
Below is a series of heat maps and statistics pertaining to Mike Minor. I hope you enjoy them.
- 44.2% of Mike Minor’s 998 pitches this season have been in the strike zone. Francisco Liriano is the only other qualifying left-handed pitcher to throw fewer pitches in the zone at 43.0%.
- 44.1% of contact made against Minor’s 998 pitches has resulted in a fly ball. That ties him for ninth among qualifying left-handed pitchers. His 34.6% groundball rate is third lowest in baseball.
- 36.1% of Minor’s 998 pitches have been located in the vertical middle of the plate. That ties him with Chris Sale for seventh highest among qualifying left-handed pitchers.
- Minor has located pitches in the horizontal middle of the plate just 19.1% of the time. Jamie Moyer is the only pitcher with a lower percentage (19.0%).
- TruMedia has a metric called paint (Shortest Distance to Edge of Strike Zone; Measured in Inches, Positive=In Strike Zone, Negative=Out of Strike Zone). Mike Minor’s -1.2 is tied with Liriano and Drew Pomeranz for the lowest among qualifying left-handed pitchers.
- TruMedia also calculates Well Hit Average (Well Hit Balls / AB). Batters have posted a 0.221 WHAV aginast Minor this year. That is fifth highest among qualifying left-handed pitchers. When throwing his fastball, opponents have posted a 0.280 WHAV.