DISTANCE IN THE ZONE
There are three parts to Diamond Kinetics’ overall Control metric – Approach Angle, Hand Cast Distance and Distance In The Zone.
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.
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.
SWINGTRACKER FROM DIAMOND KINETICS CAN HELP KEEP TRACK OF DISTANCE IN THE ZONE AND OTHER SWING METRICS.