West TN Preseason ID: Trackman Breakdown


Colton Provey
Tennessee Scouting Director

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At the 2021 West TN Preseason ID 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 11 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 Velocity (max)
1 Kanon Lewis TN Beech 2021 3B 91.9 mph
2 Austin Breedlove TN McCallie 2022 RHP 91.3 mph
3 Ripken Clenny TN Scott Hill 2023 3B 90.5 mph
4 Donovan Peebles TN Smyrna 2023 1B 89.5 mph
5 Will Dobbs TN Milan 2022 3B 87.1 mph
6 Luke Jenkins TN Fayette Academy 2024 SS 86.7 mph
7 Vaughn Smith TN Christian Brothers 2022 2B 86.5 mph
8 Jack Wilson TN Ravenwood 2022 LHP 86.3 mph
9 Parker Nannie TN St. George's Independent 2022 OF 85.8 mph
10 Noah Wood TN Lexington 2024 C 80.7 mph

 

Average Exit Velo

Rank Name State School Class Pos Exit Velocity (avg)
1 Ripken Clenny TN Scott Hill 2023 3B 85.6 mph
2 Austin Breedlove TN McCallie 2022 RHP 84.7 mph
3 Kanon Lewis TN Beech 2021 3B 83.0 mph
4 Donovan Peebles TN Smyrna 2023 1B 82.4 mph
5 Luke Jenkins TN Fayette Academy 2024 SS 80.8 mph
6 Vaughn Smith TN Christian Brothers 2022 2B 79.4 mph
7 Will Dobbs TN Milan 2022 3B 78.6 mph
8 Parker Nannie TN St. George's Independent 2022 OF 74.6 mph
9 Jack Wilson TN Ravenwood 2022 LHP 73.6 mph
10 Noah Wood TN Lexington 2024 C 71.2 mph

 

Max Distance

Rank Name State School Class Pos Distance (max)
1 Ripken Clenny TN Scott Hill 2023 3B 338 ft
2 Jack Wilson TN Ravenwood 2022 LHP 318 ft
3 Donovan Peebles TN Smyrna 2023 1B 315 ft
4 Vaughn Smith TN Christian Brothers 2022 2B 304 ft
5 Austin Breedlove TN McCallie 2022 RHP 290 ft
6 Kanon Lewis TN Beech 2021 3B 269 ft
7 Will Dobbs TN Milan 2022 3B 266 ft
8 Parker Nannie TN St. George's Independent 2022 OF 259 ft
9 Noah Wood TN Lexington 2024 C 254 ft
10 Luke Jenkins TN Fayette Academy 2024 SS 248 ft

 

Average Distance

Rank Name State School Class Pos Distance (avg)
1 Donovan Peebles TN Smyrna 2023 1B 204 ft
2 Jack Wilson TN Ravenwood 2022 LHP 186 ft
3 Ripken Clenny TN Scott Hill 2023 3B 155 ft
4 Will Dobbs TN Milan 2022 3B 146 ft
5 Noah Wood TN Lexington 2024 C 145 ft
6 Vaughn Smith TN Christian Brothers 2022 2B 139 ft
7 Kanon Lewis TN Beech 2021 3B 133 ft
8 Luke Jenkins TN Fayette Academy 2024 SS 130 ft
9 Parker Nannie TN St. George's Independent 2022 OF 112 ft
10 Austin Breedlove TN McCallie 2022 RHP 112 ft

 

Max Fastball Velo

Rank Name State School Class Pos Velocity (max)
1 Austin Breedlove TN McCallie 2022 RHP 85.1 mph
2 Ripken Clenny TN Scott Hill 2023 3B 81.8 mph
3 Garrett Webber TN Trenton Peabody 2023 SS 80.7 mph
4 Jack Wilson TN Ravenwood 2022 LHP 79.3 mph
5 Kanon Lewis TN Beech 2021 3B 79.2 mph
6 Donovan Peebles TN Smyrna 2023 1B 77.3 mph
7 Parker Nannie TN St. George's Independent 2022 OF 76.3 mph

 

Peak FB Spin Rate

Rank Name State School Class Pos Spin Rate (max)
1 Garrett Webber TN Trenton Peabody 2023 SS 2533 rpm
2 Ripken Clenny TN Scott Hill 2023 3B 2320 rpm
3 Parker Nannie TN St. George's Independent 2022 OF 2320 rpm
4 Austin Breedlove TN McCallie 2022 RHP 2216 rpm
5 Jack Wilson TN Ravenwood 2022 LHP 2096 rpm
6 Donovan Peebles TN Smyrna 2023 1B 2003 rpm
7 Kanon Lewis TN Beech 2021 3B 1950 rpm

 

Average FB Spin Rate

Rank Name State School Class Pos Spin Rate (avg)
1 Garrett Webber TN Trenton Peabody 2023 SS 2471 rpm
2 Ripken Clenny TN Scott Hill 2023 3B 2235 rpm
3 Parker Nannie TN St. George's Independent 2022 OF 2189 rpm
4 Austin Breedlove TN McCallie 2022 RHP 2150 rpm
5 Jack Wilson TN Ravenwood 2022 LHP 2033 rpm
6 Donovan Peebles TN Smyrna 2023 1B 1876 rpm
7 Kanon Lewis TN Beech 2021 3B 1831 rpm

 

Bauer Units

Rank Name State School Class Pos Spin Score (max)
1 Garrett Webber TN Trenton Peabody 2023 SS 32
2 Parker Nannie TN St. George's Independent 2022 OF 30
3 Ripken Clenny TN Scott Hill 2023 3B 28
4 Austin Breedlove TN McCallie 2022 RHP 26
5 Jack Wilson TN Ravenwood 2022 LHP 26
6 Donovan Peebles TN Smyrna 2023 1B 25
7 Kanon Lewis TN Beech 2021 3B 24

 

FB Avg. Induced Vertical Break

Rank Name State School Class Pos IVB (avg)
1 Donovan Peebles TN Smyrna 2023 1B 24.3 in
2 Jack Wilson TN Ravenwood 2022 LHP 22.7 in
3 Ripken Clenny TN Scott Hill 2023 3B 22.1 in
4 Kanon Lewis TN Beech 2021 3B 20.5 in
5 Austin Breedlove TN McCallie 2022 RHP 19.1 in
6 Parker Nannie TN St. George's Independent 2022 OF 14.4 in
7 Garrett Webber TN Trenton Peabody 2023 SS 12.7 in

 

Breaking Ball Velo Ranges (CB & SL)

Rank Name State School Class Pos Velo Range
1 Donovan Peebles TN Smyrna 2023 1B 67.5-71.7 mph
2 Kanon Lewis TN Beech 2021 3B 70.2-71.5 mph
3 Jack Wilson TN Ravenwood 2022 LHP 68.5-71.3 mph
4 Garrett Webber TN Trenton Peabody 2023 SS 68.8-70.4 mph
5 Parker Nannie TN St. George's Independent 2022 OF 62.7-65.5 mph
6 Ripken Clenny TN Scott Hill 2023 3B 61.1-64.0 mph

Rank Name State School Class Pos Velo Range
1 Austin Breedlove TN McCallie 2022 RHP 74.3-75.9 mph
2 Donovan Peebles TN Smyrna 2023 1B 67.8-72.2 mph

 

Max Breaking Ball Spin Rate (CB & SL)

Rank Name State School Class Pos Spin Rate (max)
1 Parker Nannie TN St. George's Independent 2022 OF 2448 rpm
2 Garrett Webber TN Trenton Peabody 2023 SS 2420 rpm
3 Kanon Lewis TN Beech 2021 3B 2284 rpm
4 Ripken Clenny TN Scott Hill 2023 3B 2214 rpm
5 Jack Wilson TN Ravenwood 2022 LHP 2187 rpm
6 Donovan Peebles TN Smyrna 2023 1B 2065 rpm

Rank Name State School Class Pos Spin Rate (max)
1 Austin Breedlove TN McCallie 2022 RHP 2333 rpm
2 Donovan Peebles TN Smyrna 2023 1B 1900 rpm

 

Avg. Breaking Ball Spin Rate (CB & SL)

Rank Name State School Class Pos Spin Rate (avg)
1 Garrett Webber TN Trenton Peabody 2023 SS 2380 rpm
2 Parker Nannie TN St. George's Independent 2022 OF 2286 rpm
3 Kanon Lewis TN Beech 2021 3B 2228 rpm
4 Jack Wilson TN Ravenwood 2022 LHP 2141 rpm
5 Ripken Clenny TN Scott Hill 2023 3B 2115 rpm
6 Donovan Peebles TN Smyrna 2023 1B 1962 rpm

Rank Name State School Class Pos Spin Rate (avg)
1 Austin Breedlove TN McCallie 2022 RHP 2218
2 Donovan Peebles TN Smyrna 2023 1B 1791

 

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