During the 2018 MLB regular season, 75 pitchers combined to earn $203,818,000 million dollars in salary. $139,415,000 million dollars of the salary was never truly earned by the 75 pitchers because they were unable to pitch due to a throwing related injury. A similar scenario happens each year, and when it comes to running a business, MLB Organizations continue to pay for MLB pitchers who are unable to fulfill 100% of their contract demands.. Can any of the unfulfilled contracts be avoided or managed differently?
Delivery Value System (DVS) completed a major data re-collection and database expansion in the Fall of 2018. This expansion increased the number of professional and college pitchers in our database to over 1200, including every MLB pitcher on an opening day 2018 roster. With the recent database expansion, the DVS Model continues to prove a pitcher’s mechanics significantly influence their time to a major injury.
With six of the top pitchers taken in the first round of the 2016 MLB draft already making injury headlines, we wanted to take a look back at our analysis from that year's draft. In total, nine of the top 50 pitchers according to MLB.com’s top 100 Draft Prospects for the 2016 Draft have either undergone, or are scheduled to undergo surgery caused by a throwing-related injury. As much of our research has continued to revolve around finding answers and solutions to baseball's current injury epidemic, it's important to continue to shed light on these alarming trends that have seemingly become accepted as normal.
An 18-year-old starting pitcher born in 1995 could expect to pitch 1168 college or professional innings before a major throwing-related injury, whereas that same starter born in 1985 could expect to pitch 1538 innings.
The DVS Model finds that pitchers inherit about 3% additional risk of a major throwing-related injury for each later year they are born. The youth throwing culture is having an increasingly negative impact on a pitcher’s chance of avoiding a major throwing-related injury.
In our most recent profiling of 5 Major League Baseball 40-Man Rosters, we found NO pitcher with a DVS Score of 17 or higher has undergone a significant throwing-related injury whereas 70% of pitchers with a DVS Score of 11 or below have suffered a major throwing-related injury. Furthermore, we continue to find strong injury correlations amongst the relative DVS Score ranges.
In our latest MLB Draft Preview, we look at which pitchers are more or less at risk in the upcoming 2016 Major League Draft.
Clayton Kershaw, Zach Greinke, David Price, Justin Verlander and Felix Hernandez not only are the highest paid pitchers in the game but also are a testament to the fact that avoiding injury while accumulating a significant number of innings yields the opportunity to sign the multi-million dollar, multi-year contract. Read more to see what commonalities have led them to maximize their earning potential.
Japan won the 2015 Little League Baseball World Series by defeating Pennsylvania 18-11 in the championship game. Japan has now won 5 of the last 7 LLBWS titles. In this year's analysis, we further explore the past and future success of Japan and the Asia-Pacific teams and monitor the fluctuations in The United States teams.
2015 represents the first year DVS scored each pitcher who pitched in the 2015 College World Series. Our goal was to analyze a large group of collegiate pitchers and compare the results to our current data of youth and professional pitchers.
The number one risk factor negatively impacting youth pitchers in the game of baseball today is the current culture in which they must develop.
Our data suggests all pitchers born after 1975 automatically inherent 3.53% more risk each year as a product of being born into the current culture of throwing related injuries. From total number of innings pitched in a career to average number of innings until major injury, we showcase how the Current Major League Era has been in a gradual decline.
2014 marks the inaugural year we performed a full analysis of every pitcher in the 2014 Little League World Series. We specifically targeted the event because of the enormous range of possible delivery patterns throughout several countries. Our goal was not to see how at risk every Little League pitcher was, but more to determine how closely their patterns and DVS Scores matched the current MLB Current Era pitcher.