Lucas Giolito: PitchingNinja Twitter account 'had a huge influence on me'


(670 The Score) Like many across MLB, White Sox right-hander Lucas Giolito is a keen follower of the PitchingNinja account on Twitter. He enjoys seeing the nastiest pitches in baseball get highlighted and analyzed while drawing their rightful praise.

But not only is Giolito a fan of the account, he’s also a student of the account in a way. Giolito credited Rob Friedman, the pitching analyst who runs the account, for helping him personally.

“I have a pretty good relationship with Rob,” Giolito said in an interview with Chris Rongey and Cody Decker on 670 The Score last Wednesday. “He’s the man behind PitchingNinja, and he’ll post like a clip of me or something and then I’ll text him about it. Like, ‘Hey, actually could we go a little more in-depth on that? Do you have any more overlays?’ I really like the overlay stuff because I can see how my pitches are working in conjunction with each other. And so I want to say he was like the first guy to really start doing that, and it definitely had a huge influence on me. It probably had a huge influence on like baseball in general because now going into a big league clubhouse, you have pitchers going to the video guy asking him, ‘Hey, can you overlay this pitch with this pitch? I want to see if I can tighten this up.’ And then obviously we have all that data to back it up with Rapsodo and Hawk-Eye and all that.”

Giolito is coming off a 2021 season in which he posted a 3.53 ERA and 1.10 WHIP in 31 starts. You can listen to his full interview below, as he also discussed what he’s focusing on this offseason and reflected on what went wrong as the White Sox fell to the Astros in the American League Division Series in October.

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