Awesome stuff coming soon from MLB.com Gameday
In addition to expanding this technology to include all games, MLB.com will be the first provider ever to offer real-time pitch identification (fastball, curveball . . . even knuckleballs) for every pitch thrown in every game. We have worked closely with several MLB clubs to develop this feature and believe it will provide an entirely new way to enjoy the game and appreciate the incredible ability of Major League pitchers.
Finally, later this season, MLB.com will introduce a fully functional 3D pitch environment with a new set of features that will present the pitch data like you never have seen before. You will have the ability to select the camera angle, zoom in and out, pan across the field, and isolate different pitches.
That's PITCHf/x they're talking about. Very nice. I hope to learn more about this in San Francisco at the PITCHf/x Summit (feel free to click the "Donate" button at the top right of my site, nudge-wink).
The system is on in Houston right now. Here's something new.
That's a Fastball from Wandy Rodriquez, and a measure of how confident the system is about that diagnosis. Sweet.
I've updated my scripts to load the new data. I added two fields to by pitch table (a char(3) and a float) and discovered the need to modify the existing "type" field. Currently a char(1), I changed it to char(3), although the values are two characters (so far). The pitch-type is being repeated in that field, so, if you've been using "type" for something in your queries, you'll need to adapt to the change.
Updated again again
Pitch types found in yesterday's data - FF seems to come up on the Gameday display as Fastball, so I'll just call it that for now. I think this is what we've got so far: