East TN Preseason All-State: Trackman Breakdown


Colton Provey
Tennessee Scouting Director

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At the 2021 East TN Preseason All State Showcase this past weekend, our Trackman B1 portable unit was purring and spitting out advanced ball flight metrics, including exit velocities and distance for all 50 prospects.  During the pitching sessions, the Trackman unit collected critical pitch metrics, such as velocity and spin rate. TrackMan is the global leader in ball-tracking accuracy. Following a Prep Baseball Report event, all players will get unrivaled access to their performance data in the Trackman interactive app. For the event, we tested out the new Trackman Camera feature, allowing us to capture slo mo data pf swings and pitching mechanics.  Below we look at key Trackman terms and categories leaders from the event. 

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Trackman Key Terms

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. 

 

FASTBALL VELOCITY

Fastball velocity doesn't go much deeper than just looking at the numbers and comparing them to the graphic below! Fastball velocity complements just about all of the other metrics that are measured. If you throw hard, it makes all your other pitches/metrics even better.

FASTBALL SPIN RATE

Spin rate is a measurement that if you are below average or above average, you can pitch with more room for error. On the other hand, if you are average you should try to throw in the bottom half of the zone with exceptional command. High spin fastballs profile as one that is frequently described as having "late life". Low spin fastballs tend to profile as a fastball that has heavy feel to it. Pitch movement is still dependent on spin direction of the pitch but Trackman does not have that metric displayed on profiles. 


BAUER UNITS

Bauer Units are an easier way of determining how useful the spin numbers are compared to the velocity. We can calculate this metric by taking average spin rate and dividing it by average velocity. Bauer Units are useful because we can have a case of two pitchers with the same spin numbers, ex. 2200 RPM, but one pitcher throws 90 MPH and the other throws 83 MPH. The pitcher throwing 90 MPH with 2200 spin is not as impressive as the pitcher throwing 83 MPH with the same spin. Typically, we would tell the harder throwing pitcher to throw up in the zone purely off his velocity and his high spin, but because his Bauer Units would equate to around 24 that would be only 1 unit off of average (23), therefore he would want to hammer the bottom of the zone. On the other side, the pitcher throwing 83 MPH has a Bauer Unit measurement of 26 which is incredibly impressive. This would allow him to throw up in the zone even though his velocity is not blow away type numbers because he produces above average spin with that slated velocity. 

 

FASTBALL INDUCED VERTICAL BREAK

As far as deception and importance goes, fast induced vertical break (IVB) may be the most important. Induced vertical break is not what is sounds. IVB simply means the pitch is "breaking" upward from the average level a pitch falls from release to home plate. This is a stat that you want to stay away from being average at. Fortunately, this can be tweaked slightly depending on release height. To put it simply, the higher number =  more "rise" the pitch has compared to average. Lower number = more depth the pitch has to it. 

CURVEBALL SPIN RATE

Spin rate on curveballs is pretty simple: higher spin = nastier stuff. There are some ways to manipulate spin numbers slightly but for the most part spin is spin. At the moment, there are no well known ways to change your spin in a big way. Spin not only dictates how sharp your curveball is, but it can also aid in keeping hitters honest by having similar rotation matching that of your fastball. 

 

Max Exit Velo

Rank Name State School Class Pos Exit Speed (max)
1 Ryan Degges TN Christian Academy of Knoxville 2021 OF 98.56 mph
2 Colt Whaley TN Alcoa 2022 OF 95.85 mph
3 Caleb Hampton TN Baylor School 2023 OF 95.21 mph
4 Sebastian Hanks TN Silverdale Baptist 2022 C 94.88 mph
5 Andrew Hoover TN West Ridge 2023 1B 94.54 mph
6 Jaron Elkins TN Goodpasture Christian 2023 OF 93.67 mph
7 Brandon Coggin TN William Blount 2021 RHP 93.54 mph
8 Nathaniel Hartless TN Alcoa 2022 SS 92.27 mph
9 Nate Curtis TN Walker Valley 2022 C 92.27 mph
10 Jaxon Diamond TN Science Hill 2022 2B 91.91 mph

 

Average Exit Velo

Rank Name State School Class Pos Exit Speed (avg)
1 Ryan Degges TN Christian Academy of Knoxville 2021 OF 93.01 mph
2 Andrew Hoover TN West Ridge 2023 1B 90.32 mph
3 Sebastian Hanks TN Silverdale Baptist 2022 C 90.13 mph
4 Colt Whaley TN Alcoa 2022 OF 89.97 mph
5 Nathaniel Hartless TN Alcoa 2022 SS 88.38 mph
6 Jaxon Diamond TN Science Hill 2022 2B 86.54 mph
7 Hudson York TN Daniel Boone 2022 3B 86.26 mph
8 Caleb Hampton TN Baylor School 2023 OF 86.21 mph
9 Peyton Snyder TN Harriman 2022 C 85.84 mph
10 Riley Orr TN Maryville 2022 C 85.77 mph

 

Max Distance

Rank Name State School Class Pos Distance (max)
1 Ryan Degges TN Christian Academy of Knoxville 2021 OF 354 ft
2 Caleb Hampton TN Baylor School 2023 OF 332 ft
3 Brandon Coggin TN William Blount 2021 RHP 331 ft
4 Ben Smith TN Hardin Valley 2022 OF 323 ft
5 Jaron Elkins TN Goodpasture Christian 2023 OF 321 ft
6 Sebastian Hanks TN Silverdale Baptist 2022 C 320 ft
7 Cole Torbett TN Science Hill 2022 LHP 318 ft
8 Turner Stout TN Dobyns Bennett 2023 1B 315 ft
9 Nathaniel Hartless TN Alcoa 2022 SS 313 ft
10 Colt Whaley TN Alcoa 2022 OF 311 ft

 

Average Distance

Rank Name State School Class Pos Distance (avg)
1 Jaxon Diamond TN Science Hill 2022 2B 249 ft
2 Ben Smith TN Hardin Valley 2022 OF 234 ft
3 Turner Stout TN Dobyns Bennett 2023 1B 225 ft
4 Jaron Elkins TN Goodpasture Christian 2023 OF 209 ft
5 Ian Hubbard TN Knoxville Catholic 2023 1B 205 ft
6 Zac Workman TN Elizabethton 2022 OF 203 ft
7 Harrison Garrett TN Karns 2021 C 199 ft
8 Cole Torbett TN Science Hill 2022 LHP 198 ft
9 Kain Collins TN Roane County 2022 OF 197 ft
10 Ryan Bell TN Hardin Valley 2022 1B 196 ft

 

Max Fastball Velo

Rank Name State School Class Pos Velocity (max)
1 Jaron Elkins TN Goodpasture Christian 2023 OF 87.46 mph
2 Logan Quales TN Tennessee 2022 RHP 85.42 mph
3 Andrew Moore TN Christian Academy of Knoxville 2023 RHP 85.18 mph
4 Brandon Coggin TN William Blount 2021 RHP 85.00 mph
5 Jacob Sitton TN Milan 2022 RHP 84.85 mph
6 Tanner Lane TN Goodpasture Christian 2023 LHP 84.50 mph
7 Luke Jones TN Christian Academy of Knoxville 2023 RHP 83.66 mph
8 Reilly Byers TN Gibbs 2023 LHP 81.74 mph
9 Gage Treadway TN Elizabethton 2022 C 80.74 mph
10 Sunny Smith TN Claiborne 2022 RHP 80.13 mph

 

Peak FB Spin Rate

Rank Name State School Class Pos Spin Rate (max)
1 Jacob Sitton TN Milan 2022 RHP 2401 rpm
2 Jaron Elkins TN Goodpasture Christian 2023 OF 2316 rpm
3 Brandon Coggin TN William Blount 2021 RHP 2314 rpm
4 Reilly Byers TN Gibbs 2023 LHP 2264 rpm
5 Logan Quales TN Tennessee 2022 RHP 2257 rpm
6 Tyler Jenkins TN Christian Academy of Knoxville 2022 OF 2122 rpm
7 Ian Hubbard TN Knoxville Catholic 2023 1B 2112 rpm
8 Andrew Moore TN Christian Academy of Knoxville 2023 RHP 2101 rpm
9 Jackson Cruze TN Powell 2022 RHP 2093 rpm
10 Sunny Smith TN Claiborne 2022 RHP 2092 rpm

 

Average FB Spin Rate

Rank Name State School Class Pos Spin Rate (avg)
1 Jaron Elkins TN Goodpasture Christian 2023 OF 2246 rpm
2 Jacob Sitton TN Milan 2022 RHP 2226 rpm
3 Brandon Coggin TN William Blount 2021 RHP 2223 rpm
4 Logan Quales TN Tennessee 2022 RHP 2152 rpm
5 Reilly Byers TN Gibbs 2023 LHP 2152 rpm
6 Ian Hubbard TN Knoxville Catholic 2023 1B 2040 rpm
7 Jackson Cruze TN Powell 2022 RHP 2032 rpm
8 Andrew Moore TN Christian Academy of Knoxville 2023 RHP 2011 rpm
9 Luke Jones TN Christian Academy of Knoxville 2023 RHP 2009 rpm
10 Sunny Smith TN Claiborne 2022 RHP 1992 rpm

 

Bauer Units

Rank Name State School Class Pos Bauer Units (max)
1 Jacob Sitton TN Milan 2022 RHP 28
2 Jackson Cruze TN Powell 2022 RHP 28
3 Tyler Jenkins TN Christian Academy of Knoxville 2022 OF 27
4 Reilly Byers TN Gibbs 2023 LHP 27
5 Brandon Coggin TN William Blount 2021 RHP 27
6 Ian Hubbard TN Knoxville Catholic 2023 1B 27
7 Austin Hailey TN Rhea County 2022 RHP 27
8 Jaron Elkins TN Goodpasture Christian 2023 OF 26
9 Sunny Smith TN Claiborne 2022 RHP 26
10 Jacob Camfield TN Knoxville Catholic 2023 RHP 26

 

FB Avg. Induced Vertical Break

Rank Name State School Class Pos IVB (avg)
1 Andrew Hoover TN West Ridge 2023 1B 23.3 in
2 Preston Hodges TN Walker Valley 2022 SS 21.8 in
3 Brandon Coggin TN William Blount 2021 RHP 20.2 in
4 Jaron Elkins TN Goodpasture Christian 2023 OF 20.0 in
5 Ian Hubbard TN Knoxville Catholic 2023 1B 19.6 in
6 Case Simpson TN Bearden 2022 OF 19.2 in
7 Logan Quales TN Tennessee 2022 RHP 19.0 in
8 Brayden Hendrickson TN Unicoi County 2023 3B 18.9 in
9 Tanner Lane TN Goodpasture Christian 2023 LHP 18.8 in
10 Tyler Jenkins TN Christian Academy of Knoxville 2022 OF 18.7 in

 

Breaking Ball Velo Ranges (CB & SL)

Rank Name State School Class Pos Velo Range
1 Tanner Lane TN Goodpasture Christian 2023 LHP 70.15-71.90 mph
2 Jaron Elkins TN Goodpasture Christian 2023 OF 68.16-70.85 mph
3 Jacob Sitton TN Milan 2022 RHP 68.94-70.17 mph
4 Luke Jones TN Christian Academy of Knoxville 2023 RHP 67.31-69.73 mph
5 Ryan Bell TN Hardin Valley 2022 1B 67.96-69.72 mph
6 Sunny Smith TN Claiborne 2022 RHP 67.08-69.15 mph
7 Preston Hodges TN Walker Valley 2022 SS 67.33-69.06 mph
8 Jackson Cruze TN Powell 2022 RHP 67.22-68.80 mph
9 Reilly Byers TN Gibbs 2023 LHP 64.92-68.21 mph
10 Turner Stout TN Dobyns Bennett 2023 1B 66.70-67.99 mph

Rank Name State School Class Pos Velo Range
1 Logan Quales TN Tennessee 2022 RHP 72.44-74.98 mph
2 Andrew Moore TN Christian Academy of Knoxville 2023 RHP 72.24-74.56 mph
3 Jacob Sitton TN Milan 2022 RHP 70.45-71.80 mph
4 Austin Hailey TN Rhea County 2022 RHP 63.57-66.19 mph

 

Max Breaking Ball Spin Rate (CB & SL)

Rank Name State School Class Pos Spin Rate (max)
1 Tyler Jenkins TN Christian Academy of Knoxville 2022 OF 2423 rpm
2 Tanner Lane TN Goodpasture Christian 2023 LHP 2359 rpm
3 Reilly Byers TN Gibbs 2023 LHP 2307 rpm
4 Jackson Cruze TN Powell 2022 RHP 2303 rpm
5 Brayden Hendrickson TN Unicoi County 2023 3B 2262 rpm
6 Jacob Sitton TN Milan 2022 RHP 2232 rpm
7 Jaron Elkins TN Goodpasture Christian 2023 OF 2109 rpm
8 Dawson Walker TN Loudon 2023 RHP 2082 rpm
9 Gage Treadway TN Elizabethton 2022 C 2079 rpm
10 Tyler Pickens TN Hardin Valley 2023 3B 2012 rpm

Rank Name State School Class Pos Spin Rate (max)
1 Jacob Sitton TN Milan 2022 RHP 2254 rpm
2 Andrew Moore TN Christian Academy of Knoxville 2023 RHP 2167 rpm
3 Austin Hailey TN Rhea County 2022 RHP 1863 rpm
4 Logan Quales TN Tennessee 2022 RHP 1861 rpm

 

Avg. Breaking Ball Spin Rate (CB & SL)

Rank Name State School Class Pos Spin Rate (avg)
1 Jackson Cruze TN Powell 2022 RHP 2252 rpm
2 Tyler Jenkins TN Christian Academy of Knoxville 2022 OF 2220 rpm
3 Jacob Sitton TN Milan 2022 RHP 2196 rpm
4 Brayden Hendrickson TN Unicoi County 2023 3B 2171 rpm
5 Tanner Lane TN Goodpasture Christian 2023 LHP 2143 rpm
6 Gage Treadway TN Elizabethton 2022 C 2057 rpm
7 Reilly Byers TN Gibbs 2023 LHP 2035 rpm
8 Jaron Elkins TN Goodpasture Christian 2023 OF 2024 rpm
9 Dawson Walker TN Loudon 2023 RHP 2008 rpm
10 Tyler Pickens TN Hardin Valley 2023 3B 1943 rpm

Rank Name State School Class Pos Spin Rate (avg)
1 Jacob Sitton TN Milan 2022 RHP 2185
2 Andrew Moore TN Christian Academy of Knoxville 2023 RHP 2027
3 Logan Quales TN Tennessee 2022 RHP 1832
4 Austin Hailey TN Rhea County 2022 RHP 1827

 

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