Wearable technology company Catapult has been approved as a vendor for GPS-based wearables for in-game use by Major League Baseball (MLB) in 2017.
The approval applies to both the major and minor leagues, which includes over 270 teams and over 7,000 players.
The ASX-listed company has said that the approval by the MLB opens the gateway for all MLB and minor league teams to use the full suite of Catapult’s analytics for both training and in-game use.
Earlier in March, MLB allowed the use of the wrist-worn wearable device WHOOP for in-game use starting this season.
Catapult’s Chief Executive Officer, Shaun Holthouse, said in a statement: “This is another great step towards the full adoption of our wearable technology for both training and in-game purposes by one of the largest professional leagues in the world. The approval coincides with our recent roll-out of a full suite of baseball specific metrics on Catapult’s proprietary OpenField software platform, which we believe will be a powerful analytics tool for all our elite level baseball clients. We look forward to building on our relationship with MLB clubs over the coming years.”
Catapult is currently running active trials with a number of MLB teams during spring training.
The news follows on from the company recently announcing a three-year, league wide agreement with Argentina’s professional basketball league, La Liga Nacional de Básquetbol to be their official wearable analytics partner.