With a massive boom in technology, the world of baseball has been changed forever – impacting fans, players and coaches alike while helping advance today’s game.
In the last 20 years, the advancement in baseball technology has opened a whole new world of possibilities for player development. In this era of modern baseball, every Major League Baseball (MLB) team has access to cutting-edge programs, like KinaTrax and TrackMan, but this wasn’t the reality for professional baseball teams 10 years ago.
“I think growing up, even watching Major League Baseball, it was kind of just like ‘Oh, that’s a good pitcher,’ but you never knew why,” said first-year pitcher Cam Tilly. “But I think that [these programs] can attract all the metrics, and you can kind of differentiate a pitcher: Why’s this guy better at this? Why is this guy’s curveball better than this guy’s slider?”
Auburn’s new pitching coach, Everett Teaford, played professionally with the Kansas City Royals (2011-13) and the Tampa Bay Rays (2014) and emphasized that he relied on his coach’s expertise to improve instead of in-game data.