NEW YORK, July 8, 2015
- MLB.com will debut this week the first phase of its online leaderboards showcasing new player metrics generated from MLBAM's tracking technology, winner of this year's MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference Alpha Award for Best Analytics Innovation/Technology. The system has been fully operational in all 30 Major League ballparks since Opening Day.
Below is a sampling of individual performances via new hitting (Exit Velocity, Projected Distance) and fielding (Route Efficiency) metrics generated by the tracking technology. All rankings below represent data from 2015 MLB regular season games through July 7.
EXIT VELOCITY: Velocity of the ball off the bat on batted balls.
TOP INDIVIDUAL (measured in mph; *has more than one in top five overall)
118.99 mph Nelson Cruz, SEA
117.71 Mike Trout, LAA
116.54 Alex Rodriguez, NYY
116.48 Hanley Ramirez, BOS
116.08 Avisail Garcia, CWS
120.30 mph Giancarlo Stanton, MIA*
117.07 Carlos Gonzalez, COL
116.24 Jorge Soler, CHI
116.05 David Peralta, ARI
115.96 Bryce Harper, WSH
TOP INDIVIDUAL - HOME RUN (measured in mph; *has more than one in top five overall)
116.54 mph Alex Rodriguez, NYY
115.89 Nelson Cruz, SEA
113.46 Mike Trout, LAA
113.11 Kennys Vargas, MIN
112.92 Eric Hosmer, KC
119.20 mph Giancarlo Stanton, MIA*
115.27 David Peralta, ARI
112.87 Ryan Braun, MIL
112.37 Mark Reynolds, STL
112.29 Pedro Alvarez, PIT
PROJECTED DISTANCE (Home Runs): Calculates the distance of projected landing point at ground level on over-the-fence home runs.
TOP INDIVIDUAL (measured in feet; *has more than one in top five overall)
483 ft Nelson Cruz, SEA
481 Josh Donaldson, TOR
481 Hanley Ramirez, BOS
474 Justin Smoak, TOR
471 Alex Rodriguez, NYY
479 ft Giancarlo Stanton, MIA*
477 Kris Bryant, CHI
477 Joc Pederson, LAD
475 Brandon Belt, SF
474 Ryan Braun, MIL
DISTANCE COVERED: The total distance covered from batted ball contact to fielding the ball.
TOP SPEED: Measures the maximum speed at any point while tracking any ball hit into play.
ROUTE EFFICIENCY (Outfield): Divide the distance covered by the fielder by a straight-line distance between the player's position at batted ball contact and where the ball was fielded.
10 ALL-STAR DEFENSIVE PLAYS
Josh Donaldson, TOR, June 24
Top Speed: 16.1 mph; Distance Covered: 80.6 feet
Andrew McCutchen, PIT, June 18
Top Speed: 19.3 mph; Distance Covered: 64.5 feet; Route Efficiency: 99.1%
Alex Gordon, KC, April 26
Top Speed: 18.6 mph; Distance Covered: 87 feet; Route Efficiency: 98.9%
Jose Altuve, HOU, June 28
Top Speed: 18.8 mph; Distance Covered: 119 feet
Lorenzo Cain, KC, April 9
Top Speed: 20.2 mph; Distance Covered: 101 feet; Route Efficiency: 98.8%
Mike Trout, LAA, May 13
Top Speed: 17.2 mph; Distance Covered: 71 feet; Route Efficiency: 98.0%
A.J. Pollock, ARI, April 19
Top Speed: 16.2 mph; Distance Covered: 34 feet; Route Efficiency: 98.3%
Bryce Harper, WSH, May 23
Top Speed: 19.6 mph; Distance Covered: 58 feet; Route Efficiency: 98.7%
Brett Gardner, NYY, April 20
Top Speed: 17.2 mph; Distance Covered: 78.5 feet; Route Efficiency: 97.8%
Joc Pederson, LAD, June 19
Top Speed: 19.0 mph; Distance Covered: 52 feet; Route Efficiency: 95.9%
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