Catching defenseDecember 17th, 2012 by terrybenish
There is an interesting note at Lookout Landing regarding framing pitching and the effort to capture how well that is done. Jeff Sullivan is writing it and the approach is to look at pitch f/x data and suggest that a pitcher should be getting strikes, as in expected versus actual strikes and then infer that the catcher is either very good or not.
The importance of the work is such that teams and fans alike might start to understand how a great receiver is probably more important than a guy with a cannon who loses strikes every at bat, such as Joh or Olivo.
Framing connotes glove manipulation to fool an ump and sort of
understates the effort. Body positioning
and centering ball and getting a great sound all play into getting strikes.
Check it out.