Royals' Swing and Miss Percentages

Having a batter swing at a pitch, no matter if it is a ball or a strike, is win for the pitcher.  The following are the 2010 swing and miss rates for the pitchers' various pitches of players on the current roster (and some guy on the Brewers).   I included only pitches that were thrown over 20 times.  A list of notes and pitch types are at the end of the article.

Davies


Pitch Type Number Average Speed % Swing and Miss
CH 273 82.8 35%
CU 149 78.7 26%
FC 247 88.6 21%
FF 686 92.4 11%
SL 53 87.0 13%
Chavez


Pitch Type Number Average Speed % Swing and Miss
CH 101 85.3 31%
FF 294 94.1 13%
SL 94 86.2 28%




Soria


Pitch Type Number Average Speed % Swing and Miss
CH 72 84.9 28%
CU 32 69.6 13%
FC 376 91.7 19%
SL 45 81.5 27%




Hochevar


Pitch Type Number Average Speed % Swing and Miss
CH 50 83.7 28%
CU 52 76.6 19%
FC 141 90.3 32%
FF 254 93.7 12%
FS 31 84.9 29%
SI 141 93.3 11%
SL 106 84.8 33%




Mazzaro


Pitch Type Number Average Speed % Swing and Miss
CH 131 86.1 12%
FF 77 91.6 17%
FT 408 91.5 12%
KC 95 82.2 21%
SL 188 84.7 29%




Meche


Pitch Type Number Average Speed % Swing and Miss
CH 67 85.0 27%
CU 85 77.6 18%
FC 68 87.0 16%
FF 261 93.0 10%
O'Sullivan


Pitch Type Number Average Speed % Swing and Miss
CH 168 77.7 23%
SI 306 91.2 8%
SL 124 78.5 20%




Tejeda


Pitch Type Number Average Speed % Swing and Miss
CH 147 82.8 29%
FF 377 94.0 25%




Texeira


Pitch Type Number Average Speed % Swing and Miss
CH 39 84.7 33%
CU 25 79.6 20%
FF 319 91.5 10%
FT 23 91.1 17%
SL 30 84.4 17%




Wood


Pitch Type Number Average Speed % Swing and Miss
CH 25 86.4 40%
FF 285 95.1 12%
SL 54 87.2 48%




Holland


Pitch Type Number Average Speed % Swing and Miss
FF 98 95.7 7%
SL 36 87.2 67%




Hughes


Pitch Type Number Average Speed % Swing and Miss
CH 47 81.9 30%
FF 216 90.5 10%
FT 33 81.7 12%
SL 137 83.0 23%




Greinke


Pitch Type Number Average Speed % Swing and Miss
CH 210 85.1 19%
CU 133 73.6 17%
FF 506 93.4 14%
FT 457 93.5 9%
SL 280 86.8 36%

 

Pitch Types:

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:

  • Tejeda will probably not be moved to the rotation until he has more than 2 pitches he throws regularly.
  • Davies' change is the hardest pitch to hit for pitchers on the 2011 roster at 35%.  Greinke's slider was just barely harder to hit at 36%
  • Of the pitches that were thrown over 100 times, O'Sullivan's sinker was the easiest to hit and missed bats only 8% of the time.
  • Just looking through the list, sliders and changes were harder to hit.
  • The best fastball belonged to Tejeda which had a 25% miss rate.  Hochevar had good miss rates on his cutter (32%).
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