PBR and ProPlayAI partner to bring biomechanics assessments to amateur baseball

PBR Staff

In the world of velocity, spin rate, and launch angle - knowing HOW you move is just as important as knowing what pitch to throw next. Biomechanics has become an integral component in every major league baseball organization, and helps baseball players achieve peak performance and health. 

ProPlayAI is excited to announce partnerships with two of North America’s leading scouting and player development companies, Prep Baseball Report (PBR) and Driveline Baseball Enterprises. In the inaugural partnerships, ProPlayAI will be delivering lab-accurate biomechanics data for purposes of player assessments and in-game analysis, all from a single video camera.

ProPlayAI’s biomechanics platform for baseball pitchers, PitchAI, is powered by computer vision algorithms that extract 3D skeletal data from a single 2D video camera such as an iPhone. The platform provides full-body kinematics to analyze lead-knee dynamics, torso and pelvic motion, arm motion, and aspects of the kinetic chain and pitch efficiency. 

Nate Pearson (Toronto Blue Jays)

“We used to need a full biomechanics lab, or complex multi-camera systems to deliver these types of reports in the past, but with PitchAI - one camera is all we need to deliver an accurate biomechanics assessment to identify deficiencies, strengths, and areas for development in these top prospects” says ProPlayAI’s Chief Scientist, Dr. Michael Sonne. “Working with PBR and Driveline Baseball has really helped us understand how to use biomechanics assessments in the player development process - both in practice, bullpens, and games”. 

"ProPlayAI is a groundbreaking technology that will provide pitchers immediate, actionable feedback that will help them learn about how their body moves, become more efficient in their sequencing and, ultimately, help prevent injuries," said Prep Baseball Report President Sean Duncan. "We couldn't be more excited to be partnering with ProPlayAI so we, along with Driveline, can provide this amazing product to the masses."

"The pairing of these respected parties is a massive step forward for accessibility and consumption of data in amateur player evaluation,” said Tosh Semlacher, Driveline’s Senior Business Manager. “In the past, obtaining introductory level biomechanics data on a large scale would take a massive investment of money and time from all parties involved. This partnership serves to eliminate this major hurdle. By having an intuitive, resource-efficient, and Driveline-validated product like pitchAI be distributed through a channel as effective as PBR will ultimately serve as a significant step forward for evaluation in amateur baseball. 

“We are excited to see these two parties join together to make such resources available for so many on a mass scale. All at Driveline greatly look forward to continuing our work with them both as we pursue our common goal of pushing the game of baseball forward for all.”

About ProPlayAI: Based in Toronto, Canada, ProPlayAI is a leading human motion intelligence company that brings lab-grade biomechanics data and insights to the fingertips of users through proprietary computer vision software. 

For further information or to see ProPlayAI products in action, contact [email protected].

About Prep Baseball Report: Since its inception in 2005, the Prep Baseball Report has evolved into one of the country’s biggest and most respected independent scouting services, with a singular focus of providing  comprehensive year-round coverage in every state we are in. The mission of the Prep Baseball Report is to scout and promote amateur baseball - high school, junior college and college - and, ultimately, help athletes achieve their dreams of playing baseball at the next level. With more than 150 scouts, we have the largest baseball scouting infrastructure across all levels of amateur baseball in the country. 

The Prep Baseball Report is the No. 1 resource for amateur baseball in each state we cover through our variety of events, boots-on-the-ground scouting staff, daily coverage, and multimedia platforms. Our multimedia platforms and events work in tandem, ultimately creating the most powerful source of high school baseball promotion in each state. 

About Driveline Baseball: Utilizing contemporary methods and modern day technology, Driveline Baseball focuses on uncovering the most efficient and effective ways to bolster the development and success of both amateur and professional athletes alike. By evaluating training methodologies through a review, replication, and proof of application method for peer-reviewed sports-science articles, Driveline Baseball has been able to root its history and success in Research and Development. From Optical Tracking and Bio-mechanical Analysis, to monitoring and utilizing Baseball Physics, the Washington-state based company has become the foremost expert in the application of data into actionable training for all baseball players

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