Framework Athletics Scout Day: Trackman Breakdown


Colton Provey
Tennessee Scouting Director

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We hosted the Framework Athletics Scout Day as theirs guys get cranked up for the 2021 season, and our Trackman B1 portable unit was purring and spitting out advanced ball flight metrics, including exit velocities and distance for all 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 Deakins TN Beech 2022 OF 86.55 mph
2 Houston Clark TN Beech 2023 C 86.07 mph
3 Walker Denning TN Goodpasture Christian 2024 1B 85.56 mph
4 Isaiah Cates TN Beech 2023 2B 81.81 mph

 

Average Exit Velo

Rank Name State School Class Pos Exit Speed (avg)
1 Walker Denning TN Goodpasture Christian 2024 1B 77.87 mph
2 Ryan Deakins TN Beech 2022 OF 76.84 mph
3 Houston Clark TN Beech 2023 C 74.56 mph
4 Isaiah Cates TN Beech 2023 2B 72.34 mph

 

Max Distance

Rank Name State School Class Pos Distance (max)
1 Ryan Deakins TN Beech 2022 OF 299 ft
2 Walker Denning TN Goodpasture Christian 2024 1B 256 ft
3 Houston Clark TN Beech 2023 C 253 ft
4 Isaiah Cates TN Beech 2023 2B 225 ft

 

Average Distance

Rank Name State School Class Pos Distance (avg)
1 Walker Denning TN Goodpasture Christian 2024 1B 157 ft
2 Ryan Deakins TN Beech 2022 OF 154 ft
3 Houston Clark TN Beech 2023 C 132 ft
4 Isaiah Cates TN Beech 2023 2B 111 ft

 

Max Fastball Velo

Rank Name State School Class Pos Velocity (max)
1 Luke Payne TN Goodpasture Christian 2023 LHP 89.77 mph
2 Zach McWilliams TN Beech 2021 RHP 85.35 mph
3 Carey Myers TN Baylor 2021 RHP 82.64 mph
4 Bryce Fuller TN Lebanon 2022 LHP 82.47 mph
5 Trevor Marcin TN Hendersonville 2022 RHP 81.77 mph
6 Jacob Oeser TN Hendersonville 2023 LHP 67.36 mph

 

Peak FB Spin Rate

Rank Name State School Class Pos Spin Rate (max)
1 Luke Payne TN Goodpasture Christian 2023 LHP 2131 rpm
2 Carey Myers TN Baylor 2021 RHP 1980 rpm
3 Trevor Marcin TN Hendersonville 2022 RHP 1881 rpm
4 Bryce Fuller TN Lebanon 2022 LHP 1877 rpm
5 Zach McWilliams TN Beech 2021 RHP 1805 rpm
6 Jacob Oeser TN Hendersonville 2023 LHP 1769 rpm

 

Average FB Spin Rate

Rank Name State School Class Pos Spin Rate (avg)
1 Luke Payne TN Goodpasture Christian 2023 LHP 1969 rpm
2 Carey Myers TN Baylor 2021 RHP 1918 rpm
3 Trevor Marcin TN Hendersonville 2022 RHP 1784 rpm
4 Bryce Fuller TN Lebanon 2022 LHP 1766 rpm
5 Jacob Oeser TN Hendersonville 2023 LHP 1717 rpm
6 Zach McWilliams TN Beech 2021 RHP 1665 rpm

 

Bauer Units

Rank Name State School Class Pos Spin Score (max)
1 Jacob Oeser TN Hendersonville 2023 LHP 26
2 Luke Payne TN Goodpasture Christian 2023 LHP 24
3 Carey Myers TN Baylor 2021 RHP 24
4 Trevor Marcin TN Hendersonville 2022 RHP 23
5 Bryce Fuller TN Lebanon 2022 LHP 23
6 Zach McWilliams TN Beech 2021 RHP 21

 

FB Avg. Induced Vertical Break

Rank Name State School Class Pos IVB (avg)
1 Bryce Fuller TN Lebanon 2022 LHP 18.9 in
2 Jacob Oeser TN Hendersonville 2023 LHP 18.8 in
3 Luke Payne TN Goodpasture Christian 2023 LHP 17.4 in
4 Carey Myers TN Baylor 2021 RHP 15.5 in
5 Trevor Marcin TN Hendersonville 2022 RHP 14.7 in
6 Zach McWilliams TN Beech 2021 RHP 11.3 in

 

Breaking Ball Velo Ranges (CB & SL)

Rank Name State School Class Pos Velo Range
1 Zach McWilliams TN Beech 2021 RHP 70.22-73.09 mph
2 Trevor Marcin TN Hendersonville 2022 RHP 66.41-69.28 mph
3 Carey Myers TN Baylor 2021 RHP 65.52-67.32 mph
4 Bryce Fuller TN Lebanon 2022 LHP 63.93-64.98 mph
5 Jacob Oeser TN Hendersonville 2023 LHP 53.09-54.99 mph

Rank Name State School Class Pos Velo Range
1 Zach McWilliams TN Beech 2021 RHP 77.96-78.71 mph
2 Luke Payne TN Goodpasture Christian 2023 LHP 68.67-74.52 mph
3 Carey Myers TN Baylor 2021 RHP 69.05-71.66 mph

 

Max Breaking Ball Spin Rate (CB & SL)

Rank Name State School Class Pos Spin Rate (max)
1 Zach McWilliams TN Beech 2021 RHP 2588 rpm
2 Carey Myers TN Baylor 2021 RHP 2443 rpm
3 Bryce Fuller TN Lebanon 2022 LHP 2356 rpm
4 Trevor Marcin TN Hendersonville 2022 RHP 2196 rpm
5 Jacob Oeser TN Hendersonville 2023 LHP 1514 rpm

Rank Name State School Class Pos Spin Rate (max)
1 Carey Myers TN Baylor 2021 RHP 2604 rpm
2 Zach McWilliams TN Beech 2021 RHP 2176 rpm
3 Luke Payne TN Goodpasture Christian 2023 LHP 2082 rpm

 

Avg. Breaking Ball Spin Rate (CB & SL)

Rank Name State School Class Pos Spin Rate (avg)
1 Zach McWilliams TN Beech 2021 RHP 2479 rpm
2 Carey Myers TN Baylor 2021 RHP 2382 rpm
3 Bryce Fuller TN Lebanon 2022 LHP 2292 rpm
4 Trevor Marcin TN Hendersonville 2022 RHP 2083 rpm
5 Jacob Oeser TN Hendersonville 2023 LHP 1466 rpm

Rank Name State School Class Pos Spin Rate (avg)
1 Carey Myers TN Baylor 2021 RHP 2504
2 Zach McWilliams TN Beech 2021 RHP 2136
3 Luke Payne TN Goodpasture Christian 2023 LHP 1924

 

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