Trackman Traits- Hitting: 2023 SS James Kunst (Highlands)


Brian Adorno
NY/PA Advanced Scout

Welcome back to the hitting side of Trackman Traits. In this series we will spotlight one player each week who stood out during this 2020 season and take a deeper dive into their numbers and take a look at some that really stand out. Since the implementation of the Trackman technology to our showcases this summer we have been fortunate enough to have seen a great deal of talent come through the system. Today, we will be taking a look at the number eight shortstop in Pennsylvania's 2023 class, James Kunst.

Before we get started, we'll go over and define some of the terminology being used in the piece. 

Exit Velocity-  this one's pretty simple but this metric measures the speed of the ball off the bat, measured in miles per hour (mph).

Distance- another simple one, this metric measures how far the ball traveled or would travel if it was not obstructed, measured in feet.

Launch Angle- measures the vertical angle of the ball as it leaves the bat. Positive numbers represent balls traveling upward off of the bat and negative numbers mean the ball is traveling downward off of the bat. 

Fly Ball %-  Percentage of fly balls hit during a given set of batted ball events. Trackman defines a fly ball as any batted ball with a launch angle between 25 degrees and 49.9 degrees

Line Drive%-  Percentage of line drives hit during a given set of batted ball events. Trackman defines a line drive as any batted ball with a launch angle between 10 degrees and 24.9 degrees.

Hard Hit%-  Percentage of batted balls with an exit velocity of 90 MPH or higher. 

Bat Speed- The speed of the sweet spot of the bat at impact, measured in MPH. The sweet spot is measured 6 inches from the tip of the bat. - Blast Motion

Hand Speed-  The speed of the handle of the bat just before impact, measured in MPH. The handle of the bat is measured 6 inches from the knob of the bat. -Blast Motion 

Rotational Acceleration- A measure of how quickly the hitter gets from the launch position to being on plane. This is measured in G-Force (g). - Blast Motion

On Plane Efficiency %- A measure of the percentage of your swing that was on the swing plane. - Blast Motion



Jimmy Kunst

Class of 2023 / RHP

Player Information

  • Graduating Class: 2023
  • Primary Position: RHP
    Secondary Position: SS
  • High School: Highlands
    State: PA
  • Summer Team: Hard Core Elite
  • Height: 6-2
    Weight: 190lbs
  • Bat/Throw: R/R

Statistics

Pitching
89
Max FB
(06/16/22)
87 - 89
FB
(06/16/22)
72 - 74
CB
(06/10/21)
76 - 77
CH
(07/28/21)
Pitching
Max FB
89
FB
87 - 89
CB
71 - 73
Pitching
Max FB
87
FB
84 - 87
CB
71 - 73
CH
76 - 77
Pitching
Max FB
86
FB
85 - 86
CB
71 - 74
Pitching
Max FB
88
FB
86 - 87
CB
70 - 73
Pitching
Max FB
86
FB
84 - 86
CB
72 - 74
Pitching
Max FB
85
FB
83 - 85
CB
66 - 67
CH
70 - 72
Pitching
Max FB
83
FB
80 - 83
CB
69 - 72
CH
74 - 76
Pitching
Max FB
82
FB
79 - 82
CB
67 - 67
Pitching
Max FB
82
FB
80 - 82
CB
63 - 63
CH
69 - 70
Pitching
Max FB
83
FB
78 - 82
CB
63 - 67
CH
68 - 72
Position
6.94
60-yard
(09/25/20)
89
INF Velo
(02/07/21)
96
Exit Velo
(02/07/21)
Position
60-yard
6.98
INF Velo
88
Exit Velo
95
Position
60-yard
7
INF Velo
89
Exit Velo
96
Position
60-yard
6.94
INF Velo
87
Exit Velo
91
Position
60-yard
7.09
INF Velo
81
Exit Velo
94
Position
60-yard
6.94
INF Velo
81
Exit Velo
86
Position
60-yard
7.06
INF Velo
80
Exit Velo
83
Trackman - Fastball
87.8
Velocity (max)
(06/15/21)
83.6 - 86.5
Velo Range
(07/28/21)
85.0
Eff Velocity (avg)
(06/15/21)
2189
Spin Rate (max)
(06/15/21)
1986
Spin Rate (avg)
(06/15/21)
19.7
IVB (max)
(06/15/21)
16.0
IVB (avg)
(02/07/21)
11.0
HM (max)
(06/15/20)
7.8
HM (avg)
(09/25/20)
7.0
Extension (avg)
(09/25/20)
6.2
Release Ht (avg)
(09/25/20)
26
Spin Score (max)
(06/15/21)
86
Zone %
(06/15/20)
Trackman - Fastball
Velocity (max)
87.4
Velo Range
83.6 - 86.5
Eff Velocity (avg)
83.9
Spin Rate (max)
2188
Spin Rate (avg)
1950
Spin Score (max)
Trackman - Fastball
Velocity (max)
87.8
Velo Range
84.1 - 86.4
Eff Velocity (avg)
85
Spin Rate (max)
2189
Spin Rate (avg)
1986
IVB (max)
IVB (avg)
HM (max)
HM (avg)
Extension (avg)
Release Ht (avg)
Spin Score (max)
Zone %
Trackman - Fastball
Velocity (max)
83.3
Velo Range
81.2 - 83.3
Eff Velocity (avg)
81.8
Spin Rate (max)
1938
Spin Rate (avg)
1806
IVB (max)
IVB (avg)
HM (max)
HM (avg)
Extension (avg)
Release Ht (avg)
Spin Score (max)
Zone %
Trackman - Fastball
Velocity (max)
85.1
Velo Range
82.7 - 84.7
Eff Velocity (avg)
84.3
Spin Rate (max)
1871
Spin Rate (avg)
1854
IVB (max)
IVB (avg)
HM (max)
HM (avg)
Extension (avg)
Release Ht (avg)
Spin Score (max)
Trackman - Fastball
Velocity (max)
82.2
Velo Range
78.6 - 81.5
Eff Velocity (avg)
79.4
Spin Rate (max)
2023
Spin Rate (avg)
1786
IVB (max)
IVB (avg)
HM (max)
HM (avg)
Extension (avg)
Release Ht (avg)
Spin Score (max)
Zone %
Trackman - Curveball
74.0
Velocity (max)
(07/28/21)
71.1 - 73.5
Velo Range
(07/28/21)
71.0
Eff Velocity (avg)
(07/28/21)
2031
Spin Rate (max)
(07/28/21)
1944
Spin Rate (avg)
(06/15/21)
-4.2
IVB (max)
(06/15/21)
-4.2
IVB (avg)
(06/15/21)
-6.7
HM (max)
(06/15/21)
-6.7
HM (avg)
(06/15/21)
6.6
Extension (avg)
(09/25/20)
6.0
Release Ht (avg)
(09/25/20)
28
Spin Score (max)
(07/28/21)
100
Zone %
(09/25/20)
Trackman - Curveball
Velocity (max)
74
Velo Range
71.1 - 73.5
Eff Velocity (avg)
71
Spin Rate (max)
2031
Spin Rate (avg)
1855
Spin Score (max)
Trackman - Curveball
Velocity (max)
72.7
Velo Range
69.8 - 72.7
Eff Velocity (avg)
70.2
Spin Rate (max)
2026
Spin Rate (avg)
1944
IVB (max)
IVB (avg)
HM (max)
HM (avg)
Extension (avg)
Release Ht (avg)
Spin Score (max)
Zone %
Trackman - Curveball
Velocity (max)
66.9
Velo Range
66.4 - 66.9
Eff Velocity (avg)
66.4
Spin Rate (max)
1792
Spin Rate (avg)
1757
Extension (avg)
Release Ht (avg)
Spin Score (max)
Zone %
Trackman - Curveball
Velocity (max)
67.3
Velo Range
64.2 - 67.3
Eff Velocity (avg)
63.3
Spin Rate (max)
1904
Spin Rate (avg)
1731
IVB (max)
IVB (avg)
HM (max)
HM (avg)
Extension (avg)
Release Ht (avg)
Spin Score (max)
Zone %
Trackman - Slider
68.5
Velocity (max)
(02/07/21)
67.7 - 68.5
Velo Range
(02/07/21)
67.1
Eff Velocity (avg)
(02/07/21)
1883
Spin Rate (max)
(02/07/21)
1745
Spin Rate (avg)
(02/07/21)
-3.4
IVB (max)
(02/07/21)
-1.7
IVB (avg)
(02/07/21)
-7.3
HM (max)
(02/07/21)
-5.2
HM (avg)
(02/07/21)
5.9
Extension (avg)
(02/07/21)
5.7
Release Ht (avg)
(02/07/21)
28
Spin Score (max)
(02/07/21)
75
Zone %
(02/07/21)
Trackman - Slider
Velocity (max)
68.5
Velo Range
67.7 - 68.5
Eff Velocity (avg)
67.1
Spin Rate (max)
1883
Spin Rate (avg)
1745
IVB (max)
IVB (avg)
HM (max)
HM (avg)
Extension (avg)
Release Ht (avg)
Spin Score (max)
Zone %
Trackman - ChangeUp
76.6
Velocity (max)
(07/28/21)
71.6 - 74.8
Velo Range
(02/07/21)
75.6
Eff Velocity (avg)
(07/28/21)
1890
Spin Rate (max)
(02/07/21)
1854
Spin Rate (avg)
(06/15/21)
22.4
IVB (max)
(02/07/21)
17.1
IVB (avg)
(02/07/21)
10.8
HM (max)
(09/25/20)
10.7
HM (avg)
(09/25/20)
7.1
Extension (avg)
(09/25/20)
6.0
Release Ht (avg)
(09/25/20)
26
Spin Score (max)
(02/07/21)
67
Zone %
(02/07/21)
Trackman - ChangeUp
Velocity (max)
76.6
Eff Velocity (avg)
75.6
Spin Rate (max)
1266
Spin Rate (avg)
1266
Spin Score (max)
Trackman - ChangeUp
Velocity (max)
73.5
Eff Velocity (avg)
74.1
Spin Rate (max)
1854
Spin Rate (avg)
1854
IVB (max)
IVB (avg)
HM (max)
HM (avg)
Extension (avg)
Release Ht (avg)
Spin Score (max)
Trackman - ChangeUp
Velocity (max)
75
Velo Range
71.6 - 74.8
Eff Velocity (avg)
72.5
Spin Rate (max)
1890
Spin Rate (avg)
1810
IVB (max)
IVB (avg)
HM (max)
HM (avg)
Extension (avg)
Release Ht (avg)
Spin Score (max)
Zone %
Trackman - ChangeUp
Velocity (max)
71.6
Velo Range
69.6 - 71.6
Eff Velocity (avg)
71.4
Spin Rate (max)
1728
Spin Rate (avg)
1675
IVB (max)
IVB (avg)
HM (max)
HM (avg)
Extension (avg)
Release Ht (avg)
Spin Score (max)
Zone %
Trackman - Hitting
96.1
Exit Velocity (max)
(06/15/21)
91.2
Exit Velocity (avg)
(06/15/21)
251
Distance (avg)
(07/28/21)
350
Distance (max)
(02/07/21)
83
Hard Hit %
(06/15/21)
73
Sweet Spot %
(02/07/21)
64
Line Drive %
(02/07/21)
50.0
Fly Ball %
(06/15/20)
50
Ground Ball %
(06/15/21)
Trackman - Hitting
Exit Velocity (max)
95
Exit Velocity (avg)
84
Distance (avg)
251
Distance (max)
324
Hard Hit %
Sweet Spot %
Line Drive %
Fly Ball %
Ground Ball %
Trackman - Hitting
Exit Velocity (max)
95
Exit Velocity (avg)
84
Distance (avg)
251
Distance (max)
324
Hard Hit %
Sweet Spot %
Line Drive %
Fly Ball %
Ground Ball %
Trackman - Hitting
Exit Velocity (max)
96.1
Exit Velocity (avg)
91.2
Distance (avg)
179
Distance (max)
301
Hard Hit %
Sweet Spot %
Line Drive %
Ground Ball %
Trackman - Hitting
Exit Velocity (max)
95.5
Exit Velocity (avg)
86.4
Distance (avg)
241
Distance (max)
350
Hard Hit %
Sweet Spot %
Line Drive %
Fly Ball %
Ground Ball %
Trackman - Hitting
Exit Velocity (max)
90.7
Exit Velocity (avg)
78.1
Distance (avg)
213
Distance (max)
316
Hard Hit %
Line Drive %
Fly Ball %
Ground Ball %
Trackman - Hitting
Exit Velocity (max)
93.7
Exit Velocity (avg)
82.3
Distance (avg)
250
Distance (max)
345
Hard Hit %
Sweet Spot %
Line Drive %
Fly Ball %
Ground Ball %
Blast - Hitting
26.0
Hand Speed (max)
(06/15/20)
25.4
Hand Speed (avg)
(06/15/20)
78.9
Bat Speed (max)
(06/15/20)
76.5
Bat Speed (avg)
(06/15/20)
31.1
Rot. Acc (max)
(06/15/21)
25.6
Rot. Acc (avg)
(06/15/21)
87
On Plane Eff (avg)
(06/15/20)
86
MaxOnPlaneEfficiency
(06/15/21)
Blast - Hitting
Hand Speed (max)
24.5
Hand Speed (avg)
23.7
Bat Speed (max)
71.6
Bat Speed (avg)
69.6
Rot. Acc (max)
Rot. Acc (avg)
On Plane Eff (avg)
MaxOnPlaneEfficiency
Blast - Hitting
Hand Speed (max)
24.5
Hand Speed (avg)
23.7
Bat Speed (max)
71.6
Bat Speed (avg)
69.6
Rot. Acc (max)
Rot. Acc (avg)
On Plane Eff (avg)
Blast - Hitting
Hand Speed (max)
26
Hand Speed (avg)
24.9
Bat Speed (max)
73.8
Bat Speed (avg)
70
Rot. Acc (max)
Rot. Acc (avg)
On Plane Eff (avg)
MaxOnPlaneEfficiency
Blast - Hitting
Hand Speed (max)
25.4
Hand Speed (avg)
24.4
Bat Speed (max)
72.7
Bat Speed (avg)
71.8
Rot. Acc (max)
Rot. Acc (avg)
On Plane Eff (avg)
Blast - Hitting
Hand Speed (max)
25.5
Hand Speed (avg)
24.2
Bat Speed (max)
70.2
Bat Speed (avg)
69.2
Rot. Acc (max)
Rot. Acc (avg)
On Plane Eff (avg)
MaxOnPlaneEfficiency
Blast - Hitting
Hand Speed (max)
26
Hand Speed (avg)
25.4
Bat Speed (max)
78.9
Bat Speed (avg)
76.5
Rot. Acc (max)
Rot. Acc (avg)
On Plane Eff (avg)

Vizual_Edge

Visual Skills
68.51
Edge Score
(07/28/21)
Visual Skills
Edge Score
68.51

Pitch_Scores

Pitch Scores - Fastball
95
Hop+
(06/15/21)
70
Rise+
(06/15/21)
85
Sink+
(06/15/20)
Pitch Scores - Fastball
Hop+
Rise+
Sink+
Pitch Scores - Fastball
Hop+
Rise+
Sink+
Pitch Scores - Curveball
62
Hammer+
(06/15/21)
78
Sweep+
(06/15/20)
Pitch Scores - Curveball
Hammer+
Sweep+

ProPlayAI

ProPlayAI - Foot Plant
90
Elbow Flexion (avg)
(07/28/21)
85
Shoulder Abduction (avg)
(07/28/21)
42
Hip Shoulder Seperation (avg)
(07/28/21)
ProPlayAI - Foot Plant
Elbow Flexion (avg)
Shoulder Abduction (avg)
Hip Shoulder Seperation (avg)
ProPlayAI - Foot Plant
Elbow Flexion (avg)
Shoulder Abduction (avg)
Hip Shoulder Seperation (avg)
ProPlayAI - MER
179
External Rotation (avg)
(07/28/21)
89
Stride Length (avg)
(07/28/21)
-10
Horizontal Abduction (avg)
(07/28/21)
ProPlayAI - MER
External Rotation (avg)
Stride Length (avg)
Horizontal Abduction (avg)
ProPlayAI - MER
External Rotation (avg)
Stride Length (avg)
Horizontal Abduction (avg)
ProPlayAI - Release
21
Arm Speed (max)
(07/28/21)
21
Arm Speed (avg)
(07/28/21)
-37
Knee Extension Velocity (max)
(07/28/21)
-37
Knee Extension Velocity (avg)
(07/28/21)
42
Knee Flexion (avg)
(07/28/21)
20
Lateral Trunk Tilt (avg)
(07/28/21)
153
Arm Path (avg)
(07/28/21)
121
Deception (avg)
(07/28/21)
69
Torque (avg)
(07/28/21)
53
Efficiency (avg)
(07/28/21)
100
Sequencing (avg)
(07/28/21)
ProPlayAI - Release
Arm Speed (max)
Arm Speed (avg)
Knee Extension Velocity (max)
Knee Extension Velocity (avg)
Knee Flexion (avg)
Lateral Trunk Tilt (avg)
Arm Path (avg)
Deception (avg)
Torque (avg)
Efficiency (avg)
Sequencing (avg)
ProPlayAI - Release
Arm Speed (max)
Arm Speed (avg)
Knee Extension Velocity (max)
Knee Extension Velocity (avg)
Knee Flexion (avg)
Lateral Trunk Tilt (avg)
Arm Path (avg)
Deception (avg)
Torque (avg)
Efficiency (avg)
Sequencing (avg)



 

TRACKMAN DATA ANALYSIS

We caught up with Kunst a few times during the 2020 season as he was at the PA State Games and the PA Unsigned Senior Night. At both events, he put up impressive numbers, especially considering his age, but we'll focus strictly on his performance at the State Games. Let's take a look at the Trackman numbers and dive in. 

Exit Velocity-  Checking it at just under 94 MPH, Kunst showed an impressive max exit velocity during his BP round. He is a big, strong kid which help generate those big numbers. He averaged an exit speed of 82.33 MPH, which are both very strong showings for his class. For some perspective, he ranked 6th among all 2023 grads in max exit velocity and 15th in average exit speed during the PA State Games. 

Distance- This is where Kunst showed some pop, his furthest hit ball traveled 345 ft. His average ball hit during BP went 250 ft. While some previous features had more eye-popping numbers in these categories, perspective again is important. When comparing against other 2023 grads at the PA State Games, he finished third in max distance and sixth in average distance.

Batted Ball Percentages-  Kunst, like most players these days sees a majority of his batted balls being launched in the air as his fly ball % is right at 50%. He mixed in 37.5% line drives and 12.5% ground balls. In the case of Kunst, a younger player who is still far from a finished product, hitting fly balls might be beneficial to him in the future as he continues to get stronger. But at the moment, hitting fly balls does a disservice to his chance of success. At this stage for Kunst, it would make the most sense to hit more line drives. To compare the differences and back that claim up, we'll go back to the Statcast Exit Velocity & Launch Angle Field Breakdown. This tool, for those unfamiliar, allows you to input a combination of exit velocity and launch angle and it displays all the times that exact combination has happened in an MLB game. We'll use his average exit velocity, 82 MPH and compare the results of line drives hit with a 15 degree launch angle and the results of fly balls hit with a 30 degree launch angle.

Line Drive Plot

Fly Ball Plot

Quite a difference there, huh? The top plot shows the results of hitting line drives, the bottom plot shows the results of hitting fly balls. The batting average on those line drives hit at 82 MPH with a 15 degree launch angle go for hits 97% of the time and the fly balls hit at 82 MPH and a 30 degree launch angle end up as hits 4.5% of the time. Need I explain more?

BLAST CONNECTION

Trackman does a great job showing the outcomes of players swings and their batted ball events. Its data is results based, the best numbers come when you get off your best swing and make your best contact. Blast Motion technology, also implemented at the same time this summer as the Trackman, tracks the swing data of a player and can shine a light into what a player does well in their swing. When paired with Trackman data, it can paint a more complete picture of a hitter and help explain why a player is able to hit the ball harder, farther, and more consistently than others. 

Like I mentioned earlier, Kunst is still a young player who is still far from a finished product. There will be plenty of time for refinement as he gets older, but there are some encouraging signs for his bat already. He was a Blast darling through and through, measuring above average in all of these Blast metrics. 

While all of these numbers are good, a few stand out in particular to me. HIs on plane effieciency % stands out first and foremost to me. For this metric, numbers at or above 70% are considered ideal, so 87% really jumps out at me. Another metric that pops is his rotational acceleration. Driveline considers a high rotational acceleration as anything above 15, so he is clearly above average here as well. Both of those numbers help work together to create a swing with more adjustability. If you are better equipped to make adjustments, the more success you will find. 

CONCLUSION

The 2023 PA Class is loaded with talent, and James Kunst is no exception to that. We look forward to catching back up with Kunst during the 2021 season.



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UPCOMING EVENTS

SHOWCASE STATE DATE LOCATION
2021 Preseason All-State - South/Central PA 02/06 Iron Horse Sports Complex
Super 60 Pro Showcase NATIONAL 02/07 MOSH Performance Center
2021 Preseason All-State - Pittsburgh (3PM Session) PA 02/07 All American Fieldhouse
2021 Preseason All-State - Pittsburgh (9AM Session) PA 02/07 All American Fieldhouse
2021 Northeast ProCase (2021 Grads Only) PA 02/13 Liberty Sports Arena
2021 Preseason All-State - Erie PA 02/13 Erie Premier Sports
2021 Preseason All-State - North/Central PA 02/14 Liberty Sports Arena
2021 Preseason All-State - East (11AM Session) PA 02/27 Keystone State Baseball Academy
2021 Preseason All-State East (3PM Session) PA 02/27 Keystone State Baseball Academy
2021 JR PA State Games Trials - Central PA 03/06 Liberty Sports Arena
2021 JR PA State Games Trials - East PA 03/14 Keystone State Baseball Academy
2021 JR PA State Games Trials - West PA 03/14 All American Fieldhouse