VAA with Alex Chamberlain

Steve Gesuele & Van Burnett talk VAA with Alex Chamberlain

Wins Above Fantasy – Alex Chamberlain (@DolphHauldhagen) of FanGraphs joins Van Burnett (@Van_Verified) and Steve Gesuele (@stav8818) to talk about Verticle Approach Angle (VAA): what it is and how we can use it for fantasy purposes.

  • Useful Alex Links: VAA Article, VAA PitchCon Presentation, Pitch Leaderboard, Similarity Scores
  • Alex “Oxlade” and Googling yourself (3:40)
  • What is VAA and its importance (6:44)
  • What influences VAA (10:00)
  • How to contextualize VAA and what pitches it is useful for (13:43)
  • Using VAA(AA) to identify good fastballs (18:00)
  • Relationship between VAA and other pitching metrics (29:20)
  • How pitchers control contact quality and launch angle for hitters (32:30)
  • The curious case of Shane Bieber (35:30)
  • How we can use VAA for Fantasy and Chris Paddack’s issue with the fastball (43:00)
  • Alex’s similarity tool and getting excited for Shane Baz (44:30)
  • Josiah Gray’s location issue (56:45)
  • Logan Gilbert and the “buffet line” of pitching metrics (1:02)
  • Is Michael Kopech’s fastball truly elite? (1:04:35)
  • Brady Singer’s unique sinker (1:07:50)
  • Adbert Alzolay should end up on Pitching Ninja a lot in 2022 (1:09:40)
  • Van’s obligatory question on Ranger Suárez (1:12:20)
  • Putting a bow on VAA (1:16:00)
  • What Alex is working on (1:20:00)

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Steve Gesuele

Steve Gesuele is a fantasy baseball enthusiast who has been playing since 2012. He takes pride in participating in his competitive home league- The League of Champions. He was the sports editor at Loyola University Maryland where he covered their men's basketball team and NCAA-champion men's lacrosse team. He is a die-hard New Jersey Devils fan currently residing in Hoboken, NJ.

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