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Which hitters have the quickest and slowest bats, according to PITCHf/x?

A few weeks ago, I set out to delve into PITCHf/x data in order to identify the league’s quickest and slowest bats. We typically think of “slow bats” as those belonging to hitters who have long swings and have trouble catching up to hard fastballs. Timing is a vitally important aspect of hitting, and the few miles per hour that set major leaguers apart from lower-level professional players can be the difference between solid contact and a swing-and-miss.

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Using PITCHf/x data to search for hitters who excel on inside heat.

When the White Sox signed Jose Abreu for $68 million over six years, optimists and skeptics alike weighed in on how the Cuban defector’s swing might fare in the United States. In this year’s Baseball Prospectus Annual, we wondered if Abreu would possess a swing that “can be tamed by well-placed fastballs on the inner half.” Baseball America agreed—in their 2014 Prospect Handbook, one knock on Abreu was that “Some scouts worry about his double toe-tap stride and average bat speed, fearing they will inhibit his ability to catch up with premium velocity on the inner half.”

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