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Area Code Games by the numbers

My look at the Top 10 performers at the Area Code Games ran recently, and I’m sure all of you devoured the look at the Area Code Games through the eyes of Trackman. Now I thought we could have some fun looking at the stats.

As I’ve mentioned before, statistics at these events need to be taken with several grains of salt, so don’t go yelling about sample size here. The Area Code Games, like the East Coast Pro Showcase before it, does allow a hitter to amass double-digit at-bats (14 was the high) and pitchers can throw multiple innings (5 IP was the high). Here are the leaders in different categories from the event:

HITTERS

Hits

Demi Orimoloye     8
Charlie Donovan    6
Mason Cerrillo     6
Tyler Williams     5
Jeremiah Burks     5
Ford Proctor       5
Nick Madrigal      5
Kevin Collard      5
Jordan Stephens  5
Michael McAdoo  5
Cadyn Grenier      5

RBIs

Demi Orimoloye   5
Joe Davis        5
Bo Bichette      5
Ford Proctor     4

Batting average (min. 10 AB)

Demi Orimoloye       .571
Mason Cerrillo         .500
Charlie Donovan     .462
Michael McAdoo     .455
Jordan Stephens     .417
Nick Madrigal         .417
Kevin Collard         .417
Nick Plummer       .400

Extra-base hits

Shane Potter   3
Garrett Whitley  3

Stolen bases

Ryan McKenna    5
Demi Orimoloye   4
Nick Plummer    4
Stachel McElroy    4

 

PITCHERS

Strikeouts

Evan Sperling            7
Cody Morris               7
Trey Cumbie             7
Peyton Culbertson   7
Dakota Donovan      7
Michael Zimmerman  7

ERA

Six pitchers tossed four scoreless innings: Evan Sperling, Logan Allen, Jordan Gubelman, Mike Soroka, Ryan Connolly and Brent Schwarz. 22 more pitchers put up three shutout frames. Nine of them didn’t give up any hits in those three IP: Peyton Culbertson, Imani Absullah, Beau Burrows, Javier Medina, Luke Heimlich, Sixto Torres, Colton Eastman, Ashe Russell and Chad Luensmann.

WHIP

Peyton Culberson (3 IP)        0.00
Javier Media (3 IP)       0.00
Luke Heimlich (3 IP)     0.00
Colton Eastman (3 IP)    0.00
Cody Deason (2 IP)     0.00
Sean Wymer (2 IP)      0.00
Logan Allen (4 IP)      0.25
Jordan Gubleman (4 IP)    0.25
Imani Abdullah (3 IP)      0.33
Beau Burrows (3 IP)     0.33
Sixto Torres (3 IP)      0.33
Craig Colen (3 IP)     0.33
Chad Luensmann (3 IP)     0.33
Cole Stringer (3 IP)    0.33

 

 

Area Code Games through the eyes of Trackman

Trackman does some cool stuff. And they were at Area Code Games, the high school showcase event held in Long Beach, for the entire event, providing info on things from as mundane as fastball velocity to more “out there” info like fastball spin and breaking ball spin. Here were the leaders, according to  Trackman, across a variety of categories:

 

Fastball velocity

(Previous high: Lucas Giolito, 96.9, in 2011)

Name Top MPH Avg MPH
Justin Hooper 95.9 93
Ashe Russell 94.2 92.3
Mike Nikorak 94 91.4
Beau Burrows 93.9 92.1
Matthew McGarry 93.8 91
Cody Morris 93.6 91.6
Joe DeMers 93.3 91.8
Shane Tucker 93.2 91.1
Austin Smith 93.1 90
Jiovanni Orozco 92.8 89.4

 

Breaking ball spin — Highest average spin curveballs

(Previous high: John Magliozzi, 2968, in 2010)

Name MPH RPM
Justin Marsden 75 3055
Colton Eastman 76 2942
Jonathan Hughes 76 2789
Kyle Molnar 77 2782
Gary Fenter 78 2641

Trackman has some info on breaking ball spin, broken down by draft picks or college conferences:

 

Pitch Type Avg MPH Avg RPM

Curveball

Top Draft picks (1-3 Rd)

76 2300

Elite college conf

76 2280

Slider

Elite college conf

80 2230

 

Highest spin fastballs

(Previous high: Nolan Gannon, 2631, in 2011)

Name

MPH RPM

Beau Burrows

92 2515

Drew Finley

89 2511

Ryan McKay

85 2456

Cody Morris

92 2420

Peter Lambert

90 2410

Some context of what high spin rates on fastballs means:

2014 D1 Fastballs

Spin Rate (RPM) % swinging strike
< 2000 5.0%
2000-2100 5.3%
2100-2200 5.3%
2200-2300 5.7%
2300-2400 6.9%
2500+ 9.1%

Hardest hits — top exit speeds

(Previous high: Stone Garrett, 110.2 mph, in 2012)

Name MPH off Bat Result
Michael Hickman 108.9 Foul
Garret Whitley 108.7 Double
Luken Baker 108.1 Home run
Wyatt Cross 107.7 Foul
Joe Davis 106.9 Out
Demi Orimoloye 106.9 Single
Tyler Williams 106.3 Single
Chris Betts 105.6 Foul
Ryan Johnson 105.6 Single
Demi Orimoloye 105.6 Single

At last: A look at the Area Code Games

I wasn’t at the Area Code Games in person (that job fell to colleague Jesse Sanchez, but I am equipped with opinions from scouts. In a future post, I’ll talk about some cool new performance analysis type things done by Trackman, a Danish company that started in golf but has been making a splash in baseball of late.

First, here are some names mentioned by scouts in attendance (by no means exhaustive):

Phillip Bickford, RHP (Oaks Christian HS, Calif.)
Cavan Biggio, INF (St. Thomas HS, Texas)
Ian Clarkin, LHP (Madison HS, Calif.)
JP Crawford, SS (Lakewood HS, Calif.)
Jonathan Denney, C (Yukon HS, Okla.)
Stephen Gonsalves, LHP (Cathedral Catholic HS, Calif.)
Jeremy Martinez, C (Mater Dei HS, Calif.)
A.J. Puk 1B/LHP (Cedar Rapids HS, Iowa)
Chris Rivera, SS/OF/C (El Dorado HS, Calif.)
Corey Simpson, 1B/C (Sweeny HS, Texas)
Dominic Smith, 1B/OF (Serra HS, Calif.)
Kohl Stewart, RHP (St. Pius X HS, Texas)

Overall, scouts were a little more enthusiastic than they were earlier in the summer about the crop. Still no jump out at you elite talent, but some decent depth to look at for next year.

 

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