Trackman Stories: Contact Quality During the Preseason All-State Games


Joe Dattoli
West Coast Director of Operations

Trackman Stories: Preseason All-State Games

PBR Arizona held its Preseason All-State Games 1/30-1/31 at Arcadia Ridge High School in Phoenix, AZ. The event was divided into two separate days, Upperclass (2021-2022 grads) & Underclass (2023-2025 grads). This event featured over 150 prospects in total from all across the state of Arizona with a few players trickling in from border states and even Hawaii.

As we continue to roll out some of our post event coverage, lets take a look back at some of the data we collected at the Arizona Preseason All-State Games. Today, we will take a look at some of data Trackman helped us gather from the offensive side of the ball on 125+ hitters that stepped in the box on the weekend.  

Sweet Spot Percentage

Just like the barrel is the sweet spot of the bat, the sweet spot of launch angles is 8° to 32°. This range of launch angles encompasses everything we consider a line drive to a flyball. Measuring the percentage of balls hit within that range is a better indicator of good launch angles versus taking the average of all launch angles. Let’s take a look at the leaders in SwSp% for the Preseason All-State Games

UPPER-CLASS

UNDER-CLASS

Name

Sweet Spot %

Name

Sweet Spot %

Blake Abeyta
100.0%
Teagan Kearney
100.0%
Landry Spitler
88.9%
Kenan Harvey
88.9%
Collin Frarer
85.7%
Paul Thomas Teel
87.5%
Marshall Mastrantuono
80.0%
Noah Andersen
85.7%
Blake Lehmbeck
75.0%
Owen Wade
81.8%
Carson Gnetz
75.0%
Joshua Butler
80.0%
Jay Evans
75.0%
Andrew Griffin
80.0%
Adian Duarte
72.7%
Drew Douglas
75.0%
Shane Melick
72.7%
Chance Greene
75.0%
Brody Sexton
72.7%
Hustyn Wheeler
72.7%

Adjusted Hard Hit % 

This metric is similar to the Hard Hit % that you can see on MLB Statcast with one very important distinction: it takes player skill into account. For MLB, the threshold for a Hard Hit Ball is any batted ball at least 95mph. However, most players in HS are not physically mature enough to hit that 95mph threshold. So are they not capable of hitting the ball hard? Of course they can hit the ball hard! To combat the physical maturity issue, Adjusted Hard Hit% scales the threshold depending on the player’s skill level. Now, let’s see who stood out with respect to aHH%.

UPPER-CLASS

UNDER-CLASS

Name

Adjusted Hard Hit %

Name

Adjusted Hard Hit %

Marshall Mastrantuono
100.00%
Brendan Burke
66.67%
Blake Lehmbeck
75.00%
Paul Thomas Teel
62.50%
Austin Corbett
62.50%
Xander Ras
57.14%
Karsen Waslefsky
60.00%
Carsen Kane
55.56%
Cole Krawczyk
58.33%
Joshua Butler
50.00%
Rochne Beecham
55.56%
Alan Matthew Durazo
50.00%
Rodolfo (RJ) Molina
55.56%
Erick Dessens
50.00%
Eddie Montoya
55.56%
Christian Obos
50.00%
Carson Gnetz
50.00%
Willie Cornejo-Farmer
50.00%
Dominic Palma
50.00%
Owen Wade
45.45%

Barrel%

Now here is the ultimate measure of contact quality, Barrel%. Barrel% takes into account both launch angle and exit velocity to provide an indication of how consistently hard and true a player hits the ball. In short, it is a combination of aHH% and SwSp%. If a batted ball meets requirements for BOTH, then it is also considered a Barreled ball! 

UPPER-CLASS

UNDER-CLASS

Name

Barrel %

Name

Adjusted Barrell%

Marshall Mastrantuono
80.0%
Paul Thomas Teel
62.5%
Shaun Cottrell
50.0%
Xander Ras
57.1%
Blake Lehmbeck
50.0%
Alan Matthew Durazo
50.0%
Cole Krawczyk
50.0%
Christian Obos
50.0%
Joey Trippi
45.5%
Erick Dessens
50.0%
Rodolfo (RJ) Molina
44.4%
Joshua Butler
50.0%
Rochne Beecham
44.4%
Owen Wade
45.5%
Chaz Ortega-Clemons
41.7%
Brendan Burke
44.4%
Carson Gnetz
41.7%
Kenan Harvey
44.4%
Dominic Palma
40.0%
Matthew Hart
44.4%

For the full charts click here!

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