SARASOTA, Fla. -- Orioles director of pitching development Rick Peterson pointed to the brightly-colored string that was strung just above home plate in front of catchers as minor league pitchers threw their first bullpens of spring on Monday morning at the Buck O’Neil Baseball Complex at Twin Lakes Park.
“That’s the .193 line,” Peterson said.
Peterson, a former major league pitching coach with the A’s, Mets and Brewers who is in his second season in the Orioles organization, loves to talk stats. And he uses data to give young pitchers quantitative reasoning for his teachings.
Monday was a perfect example.
Instead of just telling young pitchers to pound the strike zone, he’s giving them reasons why. According to his major league data, batters who put balls in play in the bottom of the strike zone – from the knees down – have a batting average of .193.