Mike Petriello is an analyst for MLB.com and the host of the Statcast podcast. He has previously written for ESPN Insider and FanGraphs.
|What if Miguel Cabrera has actually been slightly underrated? Is it possible that as great as he is, there are factors that are actually holding him back?
More» Statcast on Miggy's lineout to right-center|
|What happens when the center fielder runs to make a play on a ball that actually would have been easier for a corner outfielder to make? If that reminds you of Kelly Leak from "The Bad News Bears," you're not alone.
More» Statcast looks at Herrera's grab|
|Did the Blue Jays quietly make a smart move by bringing Kendrys Morales north of the border? Statcast data suggests that by simply getting out of Kansas City, you could see more power from Morales in 2017.
More» Statcast analyzes Morales' deep flyout|
|Strikeouts are great, but so is limiting hard contact, and Hit Probability helps us understand exactly who does it the best. You won't be surprised that Clayton Kershaw and Kenley Jansen rate very well, but you might not have expected who was right up there with them.
More»Dodgers blank Cubs in back-to-back NLCS games|
|Tonight, Seth Lugo will lead Team Puerto Rico in a rematch against Marcus Stroman and Team USA in the World Baseball Classic championship game (9 p.m. ET on MLB.TV and MLB Network).
More» Lugo tosses 5 2/3 solid innings|
|Which outfields did the best jobs of turning likely hits into outs? Using Statcast Catch Probability, we can see that the Top 5 contains some expected clubs -- and a few surprising outliers.
More»Statcast on Hamilton's improbable leaping catch|
|While the Twins have long struggled to have great outfield defense, the potential of full seasons from Byron Buxton and Max Kepler make the 2017 edition a potentially outstanding fielding crew.
More» Statcast on the improbable catch of Buxton|
|Kevin Kiermaier's new contract is a reflection of just how great an outfielder he is, as the new Statcast metric "Catch Probability" makes clear. When it comes to turning hits into outs, no one does it like Kiermaier.
More»Statcast details Kiermaier's great running catch|
|You already know that Billy Hamilton uses his speed to make incredible catches, but did you know just how often he does it? The new Statcast metric Catch Probability puts numbers to Hamilton's amazing outfield feats.
More»Statcast on Hamilton's improbable diving catch|
|What makes a great catch great? For decades, it was more of the eye test than anything, but we know that sometimes the best catches are the ones that look easy. With the new Statcast metric Catch Probability, we can let the data tell the story.
More»Statcast on Almora Jr.'s dazzling, difficult catch|
|How do we separate a pitcher's skill from that of the defense behind him? In 2017, we're taking a step forward with Statcast by introducing Hit Probability, a simple measure of how often a ball should have landed for a hit based on exit velocity and launch angle.
More»Using Statcast to determine hit probability|
|Can Addison Russell take that next step forward to become a true superstar? The glove is already there, but we haven't seen that one big hitting season yet. Small changes he made as 2016 may point to '17 being his true coming-out party.
More» Russell crushes a 419-ft home run|
|Zack Greinke's first year in Arizona didn't live up to expectations, and while that's somewhat on him, it's also about the fact that the team around him didn't offer much help. In 2017, better pitch framing and better outfield defense ought to benefit him greatly.
More»Greinke should set tone for D-backs in 2017|
|You're not surprised to see that the Mets enter 2017 with baseball's hardest collection of four-seam fastballs, but it's nice to see the data back it up anyway.
More»Syndergaard hopes to throw harder in 2017|
|L.A. is going to have a lot of missed starts in 2017, due to the injury prone nature of its rotation. But thanks in part to a new rule change, that might not be a bad thing. It might actually help.
More»Dodgers fans expecting title in 2017|
|2017's Top 10 Catchers have a ton of the same veteran names you'd expect, like Posey, Perez, Molina, Martin and McCann. But who tops the list -- and where do young stars like Gary Sanchez and Willson Contreras land?
More» Petriello lists top 10 catchers|
|Obviously, Mike Trout is the best center fielder in baseball, because he's the best player in baseball. But who makes the Top 10 Right Now behind him? There's no position in the game as stuffed with talent as center field is.
More» Mike Petriello lists his top 10 CF|
|Keep an eye on the Padres in 2017, because their catching duo of Austin Hedges and Christian Bethancourt project to the best in baseball at pop time. That's a measurement of how quickly they get rid of the ball, and it's important.
More»Catcher Hedges could be difference maker for Padres|
|Which outfield has the strongest collection of throwing arms? It just might be the Minnesota Twins, who can boast multiple above-average cannons. Let's use Statcast to rank the 30 teams in terms of outfield velocity.
More»Petriello on teams with strongest outfield arms|
|The baseball world was buzzing on Monday afternoon with a report from ESPN's Jayson Stark -- and since confirmed by MLB.com's Jon Paul Morosi -- that Major League Baseball made a proposal to the MLB Players Association that included the idea of raising the bottom of the strike zone from "the hollow beneath the kneecap" to "the top of the hitter's knees."
More»MLB Tonight discusses possible strike zone changes|