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The Sortable Stats page allows you to query our VMI database to generate lists of player performance by pitch-type, team, VMI Range and minimum pitch count. The stats are current to the most recently played games.
The players' averages (both player total and by pitch-type) will vary slightly from Official MLB averages since Pitch Averages are generated by considering all 'hit' opportunities. Pitches thrown in sacrifice and eventual walk situations are considered within the pitches seen by the hitter within the particular VMI Range.
The Overall Average within the VMI Range is also the sum of all the contributing pitch-types hit by the MLB player. Numbers in red indicate top average in this category; numbers in bold green indicate above average in the category searched.
The VMI Interval
The Interval query can be changed to show more minute category separations in ball movement. The default interval is 5.00 which allow almost a full inch of fastball movement between categories. A 3.00 interval between VMI categories equals approximately 1/2 inch of fastball movement. The smaller the interval, the smaller the ball movement differences from what the hitter and pitcher are accustomed to playing within. As stated in other places within the website; all other pitches will have a similar "percentage" of movement change from what the hitter deems customary due to the air resistance at game time at the stadium.
Pitch-Type Hit Averages
Keep in mind that each game is played in only one VMI range for a particular team. Therefore, each pitch-type is thrown within the same VMI range. When the four-seam fastball is most effective, the pitcher will most likely stay with it longer. Since each pitch is designed to set up the hitter for a subsequent pitch, then for example; when the four-seamer is more effective, the two-seamer may be less effective than its counterpart, due to the tail-off as opposed to the lift. However, some pitches may be more effective at the same time the four-seamer is effective due to the set-up.
*Wherever MLB does not show the pitch-type, speed, or result within the published play-by-play, those pitches are unaccounted for.
**Intentional walks are not included in pitch-type.