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Lokator Bullpen App Pitching Statistics Accuracy Reports

Posted on May 22, 2013 by Stephen Stemle | 1 comment

Along with the Lokator Score Report formula we discussed in our previous blog post, we also feature two other reports called Accuracy by Target and Accuracy by Bullpen.  Instead of ranking all pitchers with a formula like we have done with the Lokator Score, the Accuracy by Target report measures percentages of individual Lokations hit and the Accuracy by Bullpen documents overall percentages of whole bullpens.  

It is very beneficial for pitchers, catchers, and coaches to understand each pitcher's hot and cold Lokations.  The Target Accuracy Report statistics compiled during bullpen work can give insight when determining pitch selection, sequencing, and Lokation during games. On the top of the Target Accuracy Report Screen a running total of Lokations hit and total number of attempts is displayed so you can see your percentage of all pitches combined.  

Accuracy by Target percentage statistics for every Lokation can be thought of as a report card for all Lokations and results can be used to form an evaluation of strengths and weaknesses.  Lower percentages need to be focused on more often during practice while higher percentage Lokations need to be utilized more in game situations.  It's important to recognize which Lokations you command the best and then learn Bullpens Sequences that match your strengths.

Accuracy by Bullpen reports will list all 20 bullpens for each individual pitcher and give TOTAL percentages of how well the pitcher commands each bullpen as a whole.  So if you throw one bullpen ten times, the App will calculate totals from each session and display an average of how often you hit Lokations within each bullpen sequence.  This feature makes it simple to understand which bullpens you throw the best and then allows you to easily put them in your game plan.  

Understanding pitchers strengths and weaknesses will help coaches make better decisions when calling pitches from the dugout and will play a factor when deciding who to use in the bullpen.  For example, if there is a pull hitter coming up to bat with a bullpen pitcher ready to go in the game, the pitchers Target Accuracy Report Statistics for the opposite side of the hitter is very valuable information.  If the bullpen pitcher is has high percentages on the inner half of the plate and not the outer half, they might not be the best option because pull hitters usually like the inside fastball and struggle with Lokations away.  

There are numerous examples of how Accuracy Reports can be used for pitchers, catchers, coaches, and scouts.  Our goal is to give you a steady stream of content explaining how to get the most out of the Lokator and System.  We have big plans about partnering with scouting services and colleges to we can bring the two together like never before.  Stay tuned!       

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Lokator Score Formula Pitching Statistic

Posted on April 20, 2013 by Stephen Stemle | 0 comments

Pitchers will have the opton to compete against each other in four different categories.  Two reports pitchers will be graded on use the Lokator Score to rank pitchers by bullpen or overall average. We thought we would give you the formula we used when creating this groundbreaking stat and the method behind the madness .

Every bullpen consists of 20 pitches, the 20's in the equation represent the number of steps in the sequence. 

Total pitches thrown refers to when 2, 3, or 4 retries are selected on the Bullpen Selection Screen.  If you select 4 retries and hit no Lokations during the bullpen, you would throw 80 pitches.  If you hit every Lokation then your total pitches thrown would be 20.  All other total pitch numbers will be between 20-80, but they're very rarely the same unless retries are turned off.    

We wanted to give pitchers who kept their pitch count down a higher score than those who took a number of retries to hit the Lokation. We also wanted to give pitchers a chance to make adjustments immediately and try the same pitch in the same Lokation on ensuing pitches if desired.  Retries also allow pitchers to throw longer bullpens depending on Lokations hit.  

The more Lokations you hit, the quicker you get outs, and the longer your outings.  A great aspect of pitching is it doesn't always take more pitches to have longer outings.  Efficiency is always at a premium and the Lokator Score accounts for this skill. See the pitch count blog post in the Misc section here to read about why we think pitch per inning average should be a common stat.

The Sequence Difficulty is ranked on a 1-20 scale.  20/ 20 is the easiest and 1/ 20 is the most difficult.  The most difficult bullpens will yield the highest scores much like in Olympic Diving or Gymnastics.  If you throw the easiest bullpen (The Breathing Zone) and hit 20/ 20 Lokations with no misses your score is .810, the best you can do for that sequence.  If you throw the most difficult bullpen (Big League Sequence) and do not miss a Lokation, your score will be 1.00.  The bullpens are weighted by difficulty.  

   

Think about your Lokator Score Average like a hitter thinks about a batting average, RBI, and home run stats combined.  The Lokator Score is the first tool our Academy is releasing to grade and promote competition among friends and teammates.  We are excited about releasing new forms of competition and statistics with the Lokator as the medium for all!

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