Lean body mass averages increase from every level of play from high school to the
MLB. Bigger, faster, stronger athletes are rising to the top.
Becoming bigger, faster, stronger is a major piece to every skill in baseball. Let's take a look at some studies correlating body mass to throwing, hitting, sprinting and fielding performance.
Studies Show Body Mass Increases Throwing Velocity
“Average body mass for the 54 baseball pitchers was 83+/- 9 kg. Pitchers with larger body mass tended to throw the ball faster than those who weighed less. This is not surprising, as on average, a larger athlete would be expected to create larger forces and a larger body mass may be indicative of more strength.”
-Sherry L. Werner, Relationships Between Ball Velocity and Throwing Mechanics in Collegiate Baseball Pitchers.
“Increased body weight increases the total amount of energy that can be ultimately transferred to the ball allowing for higher throwing velocity. In each case, that body weight was a substantial factor it was also coupled with the lateral to medial jump which indicates increased amounts of body mass must be accompanied by the appropriate amounts of power.”
-Graeme Lehman, Correlation of Throwing Velocity to the Results of Lower Body Field Tests in Male College Baseball Players.
Studies Show Greater Body Mass Leads To Better Offensive Performance
“Players’ heights and weights are indexed on the day they are professionally signed; therefore, our results may reflect an increased interest in selecting players of greater physical size over the last decade. Scouting criteria during the modern era further qualify baseball attributes by somatotype, expressing players’ body shapes and growth potential throughout maturity. Typically, physical profiles are communicated by scouts through referencing an athlete’s body type to existing MLB players. The transition in recruiting larger prospects is speculated to be a result of better performances shown by larger players over time; yet, increased anthropometrics in the general U.S. population may also have contributed to this observation. Therefore, we cannot fully determine if both size and skill advanced in parallel, but we can conclude that professional baseball players with greater body mass index appear to perform better offensively.”
-Ryan Crotin, Changes in Physical Size Among Major League Baseball Players and Its Attribution to Elite Offensive Performance
“Undeniably, Major League leaders transformed body mass to height proportions from 1980 onward, for which a rise in both physical size and offensive performance was concurrently seen among baseball’s most talented hitters and that body mass index positively associated to statistical performance over the 60-year analysis. Strength and conditioning coaches are important personnel to help maximize biologic factors through improved quality of hypertrophic stimuli (strength training and sports nutrition consumption) without the use of illicit performance-enhancing drugs.”
-Ryan Crotin, Physical Size Associations to Offensive Performance Among Major League Leaders
Studies Show Larger Athletes Sprint Faster
“In the future, the fastest athletes can be expected to be heavier and taller. If the winners’ podium is to include athletes of all sizes, then speed competitions might have to be divided into weight categories. This is not at all unrealistic in view of the body force scaling, which was recognized from the beginning in the structuring of modern athletics. Larger athletes lift, push and punch harder than smaller athletes, and this led to the establishment of weight classes for weightlifting, wrestling, and boxing. Larger athletes also run and swim faster.”
Jordan D. Charles, The Evolution of Speed, Size, and Shape in Modern Athletics
Studies Show Lean Body Mass Correlates To Better Fielding Performance
“Greater body mass and lean body mass also appeared to be significantly (p<0.05) correlated with the ability to save runs for infielders. Body fat percentage was not significantly correlated. Spring training measurements of lean body mass, vertical jump power, and pro-agility run may be the best predictors of season-long value in runs a position player is defensively worth (UZR/150). Greater lower-body power may expand the coverage range in which a fielder may successfully make plays, and be related to greater throwing ability.”
Gerald T. Mangine, Predictors of Fielding Performance in Professional Baseball Players
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