PEORIA, Ariz. – Day 2 of Mariners pitcher and catcher workouts is in the books with a second group of pitchers throwing bullpens.

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While it is interesting to get our first look at the pitchers, the bullpen itself has been a bit of the star of the show in the first few days. As you can see, the 6-pack just outside the door has some additions.

More tech in the bullpens. pic.twitter.com/1xbfMSL3qe

— Shannon Drayer (@shannondrayer) February 13, 2020

Rapsodo units and Edgertronic cameras can be seen in the tweet. The data they collect is flashed on the big screen and pitchers and coaches can get feedback on things like spin rates, velocity and spin axis immediately instead of having to look to iPads held by coaches, which was the case in the past.

“The game evolves, it changes,” Mariners manager Scott Servais said. “You have opportunity to get immediate feedback, it’s an unbelievable teaching tool as long as the players understand what they are looking at.”

It’s data that most players are now familiar with, and for many the bullpens in Peoria now look like the performance centers they train at in the offseason. In-season, the data can have a major impact when it comes to working through problems as it shows things that are tough to impossible to see with the naked eye.

“One little adjustment can make a huge difference,” said Servais. “Instead of the coach saying, ‘Hey, get on top of this one the pitch,’ we have real data and information. You quickly look at the monitor, ‘OK, I got it’ – that quick. It might take guys six weeks, eight weeks, 2 1/2 months to figure it out, or they never figure it out. Not just on …read more

Source:: sports.MyNorthwest.com – Sports


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