DISTANCE IN THE ZONE

There are three parts to Diamond Kinetics’ overall Control metric – Approach Angle, Hand Cast Distance and Distance In The Zone.

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THE SCIENCE BEHIND DISTANCE IN THE ZONE:

Distance In The Zone determines the length of a region in which the batter can make contact with a pitch and be able to hit a fair ball.


WHAT IT MEANS FOR BATTERS:

Distance In The Zone measures the length of the hitting zone along a line toward the pitcher. A longer hitting zone means greater opportunity for the bat to meet the ball and put the ball into fair play.

REAL WORLD SIMILARITY: Not to be confused with the umpire’s strike zone, Distance In The Zone is the region in which a batter can make square contact with a pitch and hit a fair ball (think of the bat at a 45 degree acute angle, a 90 degree angle and a 45 degree obtuse angle). 

Within this framework, Distance In The Zone changes from pitch to pitch because it is dependent upon where the bat is approaching the ball (on a line toward the pitcher), not the strike zone as deemed by the umpire.


WHAT IT MEANS FOR COACHES:

Distance In The Zone varies from pitch to pitch and batter to batter. Even if a ball is outside the strike zone deemed by the umpire, you can still be ‘in the zone’ as it applies to this metric because it is dependent upon where the bat is approaching the ball (on a line toward the pitcher), not by the zone upon which an umpire calls balls and strikes.

 

DK TIP: A batter who can maintain an elite Distance In The Zone score has a greater opportunity to hit more pitches as fair balls that land outside of the umpire’s strike zone. This is because a good Distance In The Zone score means the bat is approaching the ball on a line toward the pitcher.

 


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