Major League Baseball (MLB) has announced a partnership with Bay Area-based Uplift Labs to use their 3D motion tracking technology to scout players and improve the efficiency of the scouting process. The system will be used to evaluate and scout players as part of the Summer League and Appalachian League drafts and the Draft Combine.
Uplift Labs’ primary offering is mobile 3D motion capture, which relies on a pair of iPhones or iPads and a couple of tripods to track athletic movements in 3D. The system, which works with other sports like golf, is designed to take the place of significantly pricier camera setups. The technology allows anyone involved in personnel decisions – coaches, executives, and performance staff – to collaborate on the scouting process.
“Providing 3D motion capture analysis has traditionally been a time-consuming, labor-intensive process,” says Bill Francis, MLB’s senior director of Baseball Operations. “Uplift Capture is making the process more efficient, breaking down many of the barriers to widespread adoption. This technology allows anyone involved in personnel decisions – coaches, executives, and performance staff – to collaborate on the scouting process”
The use of 3D motion tracking technology is a significant step forward for MLB scouts, as it allows them to evaluate and analyze a player’s movements in a fully three-dimensional space. The technology can capture and visualize a player’s movement, making it easier to evaluate their skills and predict injuries.
The partnership with Uplift Labs is part of MLB’s ongoing efforts to embrace new technologies and improve the efficiency of the scouting process. By using Uplift Labs’ 3D motion tracking technology, MLB scouts can now evaluate players more accurately and efficiently, which could lead to better draft picks and improved team performance.