Future Games Trials/Uncommitted Showcase: Trackman Breakdown (6/16)


Colton Provey
Tennessee Scouting Director

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Our first HS open event of the summer was the Future Games Trials/Uncommitted Showcase at Rose Park on June 16th.  The 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 session, the Trackman unit collected critical pitch metrics, such as velocity, spin rate, and movement data. We saw 5 arms that were 80+ on the mound, including a 2024 that topped at 86 with a spin rate in the 2400s. On the offensive side of things, we had 16 players top 90+ exit velo and 9 players average 80+ during the BP session. 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. 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 Tyler Stephens TN Columbia Academy 2022 1B 96.46 mph
2 Cooper Derryberry TN Brentwood Academy 2022 3B 95.83 mph
3 Ripken Clenny TN Scott Hill 2023 3B 93.42 mph
4 Josyah Farner TN McMinn Central 2022 OF 93.36 mph
5 Donovan Peebles TN Smyrna 2023 1B 93.02 mph
6 Tripp Ray TN Briarcrest 2024 C 92.25 mph
7 Zateece Kennedy KY Frederick Douglas 2021 OF 91.79 mph
8 Walker Craig TN Cascade 2024 3B 91.74 mph
9 Griffin Orr TN Trinity Christian 2021 LHP 91.68 mph
10 Jack Pitts TN Arlington 2024 C 90.93 mph
11 Hunter McLerran TN TN HEAT 2023 3B 90.71 mph
12 Lantz Shirk TN Rossview 2023 C 90.55 mph
13 Connor Gannon TN Lebanon 2023 1B 90.52 mph
14 Conrad Hanna TN Grace Christian 2023 1B 90.46 mph
15 Kade Shultz TN Lawrence County 2023 SS 90.29 mph
16 PJ Mineo TN Battle Ground Academy 2023 OF 90.15 mph
17 Carter Giles TN Signal Mountain 2023 2B 89.32 mph
18 William Baker TN McCallie 2022 3B 89.08 mph
19 Owen Brewer TN Grace Christian 2024 C 88.37 mph
20 Parker Day TN Trousdale County 2024 RHP 87.87 mph

 

Average Exit Velo

Rank Name State School Class Pos Exit Speed (avg)
1 Tyler Stephens TN Columbia Academy 2022 1B 89.60 mph
2 Cooper Derryberry TN Brentwood Academy 2022 3B 88.44 mph
3 Tripp Ray TN Briarcrest 2024 C 87.68 mph
4 Kade Shultz TN Lawrence County 2023 SS 85.99 mph
5 Donovan Peebles TN Smyrna 2023 1B 85.18 mph
6 Ripken Clenny TN Scott Hill 2023 3B 84.93 mph
7 Griffin Orr TN Trinity Christian 2021 LHP 83.24 mph
8 Jack Pitts TN Arlington 2024 C 81.39 mph
9 Josyah Farner TN McMinn Central 2022 OF 80.88 mph
10 Connor Gannon TN Lebanon 2023 1B 79.90 mph

 

Max Distance

Rank Name State School Class Pos Distance (max)
1 Tyler Stephens TN Columbia Academy 2022 1B 346 ft
2 Jack Pitts TN Arlington 2024 C 338 ft
3 Ripken Clenny TN Scott Hill 2023 3B 337 ft
4 Cooper Derryberry TN Brentwood Academy 2022 3B 335 ft
5 Carter Giles TN Signal Mountain 2023 2B 333 ft
6 Donovan Peebles TN Smyrna 2023 1B 325 ft
7 Owen Brewer TN Grace Christian 2024 C 318 ft
8 Aidan Linder TN Cookeville 2023 RHP 318 ft
9 Josyah Farner TN McMinn Central 2022 OF 317 ft
10 PJ Mineo TN Battle Ground Academy 2023 OF 317 ft

 

Average Distance

Rank Name State School Class Pos Distance (avg)
1 Donovan Peebles TN Smyrna 2023 1B 266 ft
2 Jack Pitts TN Arlington 2024 C 257 ft
3 Ripken Clenny TN Scott Hill 2023 3B 255 ft
4 Owen Brewer TN Grace Christian 2024 C 253 ft
5 Griffin Orr TN Trinity Christian 2021 LHP 252 ft
6 Tyler Stephens TN Columbia Academy 2022 1B 231 ft
7 Cooper Buckner TN Green Hill 2024 OF 222 ft
8 Miller Cothron TN East Robertson 2025 C 214 ft
9 Chase Wright TN Nashville Christian 2022 2B 213 ft
10 Josyah Farner TN McMinn Central 2022 OF 210 ft

 

Max Fastball Velo

Rank Name State School Class Pos Velocity (max)
1 Parker Day TN Trousdale County 2024 RHP 86.44 mph
2 Trent Miller TN Greenbrier 2023 RHP 86.24 mph
3 William Baker TN McCallie 2022 3B 84.20 mph
4 Hunter McLerran TN TN HEAT 2023 3B 83.51 mph
5 Lantz Shirk TN Rossview 2023 C 80.64 mph
6 Griffin Orr TN Trinity Christian 2021 LHP 79.24 mph
7 Aidan Linder TN Cookeville 2023 RHP 78.72 mph
8 Landon Parman TN Mt. Juliet 2024 LHP 77.98 mph
9 Elijah Shreeve TN Lebanon 2024 RHP 77.35 mph
10 Japhia Kennedy KY Frederick Douglas 2022 RHP 77.19 mph

 

Peak FB Spin Rate

Rank Name State School Class Pos Spin Rate (max)
1 Parker Day TN Trousdale County 2024 RHP 2424 rpm
2 Trent Miller TN Greenbrier 2023 RHP 2285 rpm
3 Lantz Shirk TN Rossview 2023 C 2282 rpm
4 Aidan Linder TN Cookeville 2023 RHP 2186 rpm
5 Griffin Orr TN Trinity Christian 2021 LHP 2134 rpm

 

Average FB Spin Rate

Rank Name State School Class Pos Spin Rate (avg)
1 Parker Day TN Trousdale County 2024 RHP 2260 rpm
2 Trent Miller TN Greenbrier 2023 RHP 2198 rpm
3 Lantz Shirk TN Rossview 2023 C 2185 rpm
4 Aidan Linder TN Cookeville 2023 RHP 2055 rpm
5 Griffin Orr TN Trinity Christian 2021 LHP 2002 rpm

 

Bauer Units

Rank Name State School Class Pos Spin Score (max)
1 Parker Day TN Trousdale County 2024 RHP 28
2 Lantz Shirk TN Rossview 2023 C 28
3 Aidan Linder TN Cookeville 2023 RHP 27
4 Trent Miller TN Greenbrier 2023 RHP 26
5 Griffin Orr TN Trinity Christian 2021 LHP 26
6 Max Paranjape TN Brentwood 2023 OF 26
7 Walker Craig TN Cascade 2024 3B 26
8 Zachary Faerber TN Clarksville 2022 LHP 26
9 Tyler Casserly TN Middle Tennessee Christian 2024 LHP 26
10 Jacob Wendland TN Lipscomb Academy 2024 3B 25

 

FB Avg. Induced Vertical Break

Rank Name State School Class Pos IVB (avg)
1 Zachary Faerber TN Clarksville 2022 LHP 19.7 in
2 Griffin Orr TN Trinity Christian 2021 LHP 18.5 in
3 Tyler Casserly TN Middle Tennessee Christian 2024 LHP 18.2 in
4 Japhia Kennedy KY Frederick Douglas 2022 RHP 17.9 in
5 Trent Miller TN Greenbrier 2023 RHP 16.4 in

 

Breaking Ball Velo Ranges (CB & SL)

Rank Name State School Class Pos Velo Range
1 Parker Day TN Trousdale County 2024 RHP 75.11-78.72 mph
2 Trent Miller TN Greenbrier 2023 RHP 71.56-72.89 mph
3 Hunter McLerran TN TN HEAT 2023 3B 68.83-72.34 mph
4 Aidan Linder TN Cookeville 2023 RHP 67.76-71.68 mph
5 Griffin Orr TN Trinity Christian 2021 LHP 69.09-70.15 mph

Rank Name State School Class Pos Velo Range
1 William Baker TN McCallie 2022 3B 71.69-77.09 mph

 

Max Breaking Ball Spin Rate (CB & SL)

Rank Name State School Class Pos Spin Rate (max)
1 Parker Day TN Trousdale County 2024 RHP 2689 rpm
2 Lantz Shirk TN Rossview 2023 C 2674 rpm
3 Trent Miller TN Greenbrier 2023 RHP 2330 rpm
4 Jon Payne TN Summit 2022 RHP 2161 rpm
5 Max Paranjape TN Brentwood 2023 OF 2065 rpm

Rank Name State School Class Pos Spin Rate (max)
1 William Baker TN McCallie 2022 3B 2000 rpm

 

Avg. Breaking Ball Spin Rate (CB & SL)

Rank Name State School Class Pos Spin Rate (avg)
1 Parker Day TN Trousdale County 2024 RHP 2626 rpm
2 Lantz Shirk TN Rossview 2023 C 2610 rpm
3 Trent Miller TN Greenbrier 2023 RHP 2216 rpm
4 Max Paranjape TN Brentwood 2023 OF 2050 rpm
5 Aidan Linder TN Cookeville 2023 RHP 2032 rpm

Rank Name State School Class Pos Spin Rate (avg)
1 William Baker TN McCallie 2022 3B 1951

 

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