Pitch clock cut minor league games by 25 minutes in 2022

MLB’s implementation of a pitch clock in the minor leagues this year reduced average game time by 25 minutes, according to the commissioner’s office.

The average length of a minor league game in 2022 was two hours and 38 minutes, compared to 3:03 in the 2021 season. Minor league pitchers had 14 seconds to start their moves with empty bases and 18 Seconds with at least one runner on base (19 seconds in Triple A).

Offensive stats showed minimal differences, with runs per team per game up from 5.11 to 5.13, batting average up from .247 to .249, and home run percentage down from 2.8 to 2.7. Pitchers’ strikeout percentage fell from 25.4 to 24.4, walk percentage increased from 10.2 to 10.5, and hit-by-pitch percentage stayed at 1.6.

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John Verrall

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