South Alabama Select: Data Dive, Position Players
October 1, 2023
MOBILE, AL - The South Alabama Select was held on Sunday, September 24th at the Archbishop Lipscomb Athletic Complex in Mobile, AL. This was an open event that consisted of prospects in the 2024-2028 classes. These players went through a pro-style workout and took batting practice using Trackman to record hitting metrics. Pitchers were able to throw in simulated bullpens and were able to get numbers and metrics off of our Trackman unit, such as pitch velocity, spin rate, horizontal & vertical movement & much more. To see full statistics gathered from the event, CLICK HERE. There were some players who showed up and continued to build off of prior performances, but there were also some new names who jumped onto our radar with a strong showing on Sunday.
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Last week, we broke down the stat leaders from the more traditional categories in our statistical analysis. Today, we will take an even closer look at the position players in attendance with the help of our tech partners, broken down by the categories and leaderboards below.
SYNCRO ATHLETIC TESTING
Traditionally, the 60-yard dash has been the in-event standard to help measure a player's speed tool. While the measurement still has its utility, the 10-yard split has started to become more and more applicable in determining the player's burst and reaction time in-game, whether that's in the outfield or on the basepaths.
EXIT VELOCITY (MAX)
|Rank||Name||State||School||Class||Pos||Exit Velocity (max)|
|1||Brooks McDonald||AL||Saint Paul's||2025||1B||95.2 mph|
|2||Will Langston||AL||Vestavia Hills||2025||C||93.1 mph|
|3||Samuel Elleard||AL||Spanish Fort||2026||OF||91.3 mph|
|4||Aden Catledge||AL||Citronelle||2024||3B||91.1 mph|
|5||Cullen Patrick||AL||McGill-Toolen Catholic||2026||RHP||90.5 mph|
EXIT VELOCITY (AVG.)
|Rank||Name||State||School||Class||Pos||Exit Velocity (avg)|
|1||Will Langston||AL||Vestavia Hills||2025||C||88.5 mph|
|2||Brooks McDonald||AL||Saint Paul's||2025||1B||86.1 mph|
|3||Brisyn Driskell||AL||Baker||2028||SS||85.8 mph|
|4||Cullen Patrick||AL||McGill-Toolen Catholic||2026||RHP||85.5 mph|
|5||Samuel Elleard||AL||Spanish Fort||2026||OF||83.9 mph|
Exit Velocity: This metric measures the speed of the ball, measured in miles per hour, as it comes off the bat at the moment of contact.
BATTED BALL DISTANCE (MAX)
|Rank||Name||State||School||Class||Pos||Sweet Spot %|
|1||Grady Jordan||AL||Baker||2028||C||100 %|
|2||Ethan Hilpert||AL||McGill Toolen||2025||SS||88 %|
|3||Cole Patrick||AL||McGill Toolen Catholic||2024||1B||87 %|
|^||Mason Arceneaux||AL||Mobile Christian||2027||OF||87 %|
|4||Ty Waters||AL||UMS-Wright Preparatory||2026||C||80 %|
|5||Evan Daigle||AL||McGill Toolen||2028||1B||77 %|
|^||Bradley Jackson||AL||Murphy||2024||OF||77 %|
Sweet Spot percentage: This metric is determined by how often the player produces a batted ball during the session with a launch angle between 8 to 32 degrees.
HAND SPEED (AVG.)
|Rank||Name||State||School||Class||Pos||Hand Speed (avg)|
|1||Will Langston||AL||Vestavia Hills||2025||C||23.0 mph|
|2||Ethan Hilpert||AL||McGill Toolen||2025||SS||22.3 mph|
|3||Cole Patrick||AL||McGill Toolen Catholic||2024||1B||21.7 mph|
|4||Chase Vaznaian||AL||Charles Henderson||2026||3B||21.6 mph|
|5||Brady Coleman||AL||Satsuma||2025||3B||21.4 mph|
Hand Speed: The observed speed as measured on the handle of the bat (measured six inches from the knob of the bat). Peak Hand Speed will occur prior to the moment of impact, very close to the commit time in the swing when the wrists unhinge.
BAT SPEED (AVG.)
Bat Speed: The observed speed of the sweet spot of the bat at impact. The sweet spot of the bat is measured six inches from the tip of the bat.
ROTATIONAL ACCELERATION (AVG.)
Body Rotation: A swing that has the appropriate relative contributions of body and bat rotations is an efficient and Powerful swing that maintains proper sequencing. An efficient baseball swing is one in which the body creates the initial movements, which is then transferred to the arms and out to the bat, thereby maximizing Bat Speed through this proximal-to-distal kinematic sequencing movement pattern.
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|Southeast Senior Games (Invite-Only)||October 7th-8th, 2023||Jacksonville St./Choccolocco Park (Oxford, AL)|
|AL/MS Border Battle (Invite-Only)||October 14th-15th, 2023||Northeast Mississippi CC (Booneville, MS)|
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