Pitch Location Charts with PITCHf/x and ggplot
- Students will need to have R and RStudio installed on their own computers.
In this course, we make use of PITCHf/x data to create pitch location charts for a given baseball game. We break the game out into each at-bat and visualize the location, type, and speed of each pitch, the order in which the pitches were thrown, and the outcome of the at-bat.
In order to accomplish this, we will be taking a deep dive into ggplot. We will learn much about how to work with color, how to use aesthetics, and how to facet. We will also gain additional R skills, such as how to subset a vector and how to work with factors.
One should be able to complete the course, at a relaxed pace, in about three weeks. It is best if students already have a little bit of a background in R, dplyr, and ggplot, but it is not completely necessary.
Who this course is for:
- This course is for students interested in learning how to create pitch location charts and how to wrangle data from PITCHf/x.
- It would be best for each student to have a bit of a background in R, dplyr, and ggplot, but it is not completely necessary.