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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

AFL Report: Cleveland Indians

Are you kids on the Twitter? Well, then, I suggest you take a look at a handy list compiled of the players in the Arizona Fall League who like to “tweet,” as you youngsters call it. It’s fun for the whole family.

So is reading the most recent  AFL team report. Today’s subject: Your Cleveland Indians (focus on T.J. House). And, as has been my custom, here’s the video report (featuring Ronny Rodriguez, Alex Monsalve and Shawn Armstrong):

As for the Star of the Day for Tuesday’s games, let’s give a big B3 cheer for…

Kyle Jensen of the Miami Marlins for his grand slam in what ended up a 7-7 tie between Phoenix and Mesa. Jensen’s had himself a fine AFL campaign so far, sitting fifth in batting average (.390), second in RBIs (10) and seventh in OPS (1.017). But I also wanted to use Jensen to highlight some cool stuff that the folks at Trackman are doing in Arizona. They measure all sorts of cool stuff, from good ol’ fastball velocity to fastball extension and breaking ball spin for pitchers to hardest and longest hits, including exit speeds for hitters. Why do I bring this up now? Because Jensen, at last check in, led the AFL in hard contacts at the plate. Of 15 contacts recorded off the bat by Jensen, 12 were deemed as hard contacts by Trackman (hard meaning 90+ mph). He has three of the top 20 hardest hit balls of the AFL, all three of which had speeds of over 106 mph. And as Trackman points out on that leaderboard, the MLB average on  balls hit over 105 mph is .722, so Jensen is clearly doing something right.

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