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Braves Starters: Swing and Miss Percentages

I was visiting another SB blog Royals Review today (yes I know but I have to have an AL team right?) and they had an interesting article that broke down the swing and miss percentages for their pitchers over the last year.  So in this post I will shamefully rip off the idea and look at the swing and miss percentages for our starters who made any starts last year.  I have listed the number of pitches, percentage of each thrown, average velocity, swing and miss, fouled off, put in play and with a little spreadsheet calculating the total swing and miss percentage for all pitches from the individual pitcher.

Of course wiff percentage isn't the end all or even the near end all measurement for a pitcher's effectiveness but in a vacuum a swing and miss is the best outcome a pitcher can hope for and it is a fairly good measure of how hard to hit a pitch is. 

 

Tim Hudson

Type

Count

Selection

Velocity

Whiff

Foul

In Play

Whiffs

FF

1030

30.5%

91.1

5.2%

17.4%

21.0%

54

SI

677

20.1%

91.2

6.4%

18.3%

27.0%

43

SL

596

17.7%

85.5

13.1%

13.6%

16.6%

78

FT

499

14.8%

90.9

3.8%

17.8%

24.4%

19

CH

273

8.1%

83.1

10.3%

14.3%

17.9%

28

CU

152

4.5%

76.1

11.8%

12.5%

5.3%

18

FS

101

3.0%

84.3

10.9%

18.8%

22.8%

11

FC

39

1.2%

88.2

7.7%

15.4%

17.9%

3

Total

3367

 

7.54%

 

Tommy Hanson

Type

Count

Selection

Velocity

Whiff

Foul

In Play

Whiffs

FF

1708

52.2%

92.7

5.7%

20.0%

20.9%

97

SL

914

27.9%

84.1

14.2%

17.8%

16.4%

130

CU

412

12.6%

76.2

11.9%

10.4%

14.6%

49

FT

132

4.0%

92.2

3.8%

22.0%

17.4%

5

CH

104

3.2%

83.5

9.6%

13.5%

15.4%

10

Total

3270

 

8.90%

 

Derek Lowe

Type

Count

Selection

Velocity

Whiff

Foul

In Play

Whiffs

SI

1972

60.9%

88.4

6.6%

17.0%

20.3%

130

SL

570

17.6%

81.1

15.6%

9.1%

16.7%

89

CH

403

12.4%

83.9

14.4%

15.9%

22.1%

58

FC

147

4.5%

86

5.4%

14.3%

15.6%

8

FF

72

2.2%

87.9

2.8%

13.9%

20.8%

2

FA

54

1.7%

87.2

5.6%

11.1%

11.1%

3

CU

20

0.6%

81

10.0%

25.0%

15.0%

2

Total

3238

 

9.02%

 

Jair Jurrjens

Type

Count

Selection

Velocity

Whiff

Foul

In Play

Whiffs

FF

702

39.3%

91.3

8.0%

20.1%

19.7%

56

CH

355

19.9%

83.4

11.5%

16.6%

23.7%

41

SL

276

15.4%

80.5

18.1%

15.2%

15.9%

50

FT

264

14.8%

90.7

4.9%

15.9%

25.4%

13

FC

190

10.6%

89.8

3.2%

18.9%

18.4%

6

Total

1787

 

9.29%

 

Mike Minor

Type

Count

Selection

Velocity

Whiff

Foul

In Play

Whiffs

FF

479

62.5%

90.9

7.7%

25.1%

17.5%

37

FT

123

16.1%

83.3

19.5%

17.1%

24.4%

24

CU

80

10.4%

78.2

16.3%

6.3%

10.0%

13

CH

69

9.0%

81.8

18.8%

18.8%

11.6%

13

Total

751

 

11.57%

 

Kenshin Kawakami

Type

Count

Selection

Velocity

Whiff

Foul

In Play

Whiffs

FT

328

23.2%

89.3

3.4%

15.5%

25.3%

11

CH

284

20.1%

84.1

12.7%

20.4%

19.4%

36

FF

273

19.3%

89.7

5.9%

15.8%

19.8%

16

CU

212

15.0%

71.8

10.4%

17.9%

19.3%

22

FC

195

13.8%

87.3

10.3%

16.4%

17.4%

20

FA

65

4.6%

88.5

6.2%

16.9%

23.1%

4

FO

55

3.9%

83.5

12.7%

12.7%

29.1%

7

Total

1412

8.25%

 

Brandon Beachy

Type

Count

Selection

Velocity

Whiff

Foul

In Play

Whiffs

FF

154

57.2%

91.1

6.5%

22.1%

12.3%

10

CH

64

23.8%

81.3

17.2%

17.2%

31.3%

11

CU

32

11.9%

75.1

6.3%

12.5%

12.5%

2

FC

19

7.1%

91

15.8%

31.6%

10.5%

3

269

 

9.68%

 

 

 

Kris Medlen

Type

Count

Selection

Velocity

Whiff

Foul

In Play

Whiffs

FT

836

52.9%

90.1

2.5%

18.9%

21.7%

21

CH

410

25.9%

80.5

27.3%

16.6%

19.8%

112

FF

189

12.0%

90.2

2.1%

13.8%

21.2%

4

CU

146

9.2%

78.8

7.5%

9.6%

18.5%

11

1581

 

9.35%

Code Type
FA Fastball
FF 4-seam Fastball
FT 2-seam Fastball
FC Cut Fastball
FS Split-finger Fastball
FO Forkball
SI Sinker
SL Slider
CU Curveball
KC Knuckle Curve
EP Ephuus
CH Change-up
SC Screwball
KN Knuckleball
UN Unknown

 

Notes:

 

-The hardest pitch to hit was Medlen's change at a 27.5% swing and miss rate.

-The easiest pitch to hit was also Medlen with his 4-seam fastball at a 2.1% swing and miss rate.  He threw that pitch 189 times and got 4 wiffs... it sets up his changup I guess.

-The best overall swing and miss rate was Minor at 11.57% (this kid is good folks) and the worst was Hudson at 7.54% (all those fastballs and sinkers beat into the ground did him in).

-The fastest average pitch was Hanson's 4-seamer at 92.7 mph and the slowest average pitch was Kawakami's curve at 71.8.

-A semi unrelated but interesting Braves' pitch tidbit: the single pitch with the highest 'runs above average' rating in 2010 according to Fangraphs was Tim Hudson's fastball at +32.1, beating out Jimenez's fastball, Liriano's slider, Halladay's cutter, Wainwright's curve, Marcum's change, Kuroda's splitter and Dickey's Knuckler.  Man, how unhittable would a pitcher be if he could throw all eight of those pitches just like those guys do?

EDIT 1: Added Medlen's data who I missed on the first try.

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