Monthly Archives: July 2013

For Baseball Pitchers, Height Does Matter

via Dan Peterson

“You can’t coach height.”  While that scouting advice is usually heard around high school and college basketball courts, it applies equally well to pitching prospects in baseball.  The trend towards taller, dominating pitchers has been rising for years.  A quick check of this season’s MLB stats shows the average height of the top 10 pitchers with the most strikeouts this season is 6’ 5” compared to the average height of all MLB players of 6’ 1”. In fact, the height of pro pitchers has been on the rise for the last 110 years and they’re throwing harder.  In the 2009 MLB season, all but two of the fastest 20 pitches thrown …

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