Perfect Game WWBA World Championship TrackMan Data

The innovative company TrackMan had its military grade 3-D Doppler radar tracking systems set up at five of the thirteen fields at Perfect Game’s WWBA World Champion in Jupiter Fla. The system precisely measures the location, spin, angles, release height and distance, velocity and trajectory of a ball in flight, among other measurables. Trackman and Perfect Game have reached a partnership (more on that Friday) and the two were kind enough to share some of the information with Baseball America. In total, TrackMan gathered data on 426 pitchers and 769 hitters, but not every team played on one of the five fields with the TrackMan systems. Here are the leaders in a number of different categories, including hitter’s exit velocity off the bat, fastball velocity and breaking ball spin rate, throughout the premier, and best attended, event of the showcase circuit.

Video of some of the players is also attached in the post, but the video does not always display the batted ball or pitch that placed the player on the event leaderboard.

The table below contains the 25 hardest hit balls of the event, regardless of the end result. Shortstop Shane Benes (first and sixth) is the only player to have two batted balls that finished in the top 10, and outfielder Justin Smith was the only other player with two batted balls in the top 25.

HIGHEST EXIT SPEED
Rank Hitter High School MPH Play Result
1 Shane Benes, ss/3b/rhp Westminster Christian Academy, Town and Country, Mo. 108.1 Foul
2 Blake Wiggins, 3b/c Pulaski Academy, Little Rock, Ark. 106.3 Foul
3 Ty Buck, 3b Red Wing (Minn.) HS 103.9 Single
4 Bobby Bradley, 3b/1b Harrison Central, Gulfport, Miss. 103.0 Home Run
5 Brian Gonzalez, 1b/lhp Archbishop McCarthy, Miramar, Fla. 102.9 Double
6 Shane Benes, ss/3b/rhp Westminster Christian Academy, Town and Country, Mo. 102.9 Out
7 Jacob Gatewood, ss/3b Clovis (Calif.) HS 102.4 Out
8 Justin Smith, of Bartram Trail HS, St. Johns, Fla. 101.9 Double
9 Jacob Barfield, 3b/rhp/1b Pearland (Texas) HS 101.7 Foul
10 Gareth Morgan, of North Toronto Collegiate, Toronto, On. 101.7 Single
11 R.J. Bates, of Oak Hills HS, Victorville, Calif. 101.3 Single
12 Justin Smith, of Bartram Trail HS, St. Johns, Fla. 101.3 Double
13 Griffin Helms, c Norcross HS, Duluth, Ga. 101.2 Single
14 Chandler Avant, 2b/ss Pike Libertal Arts HS, Troy, Ala. 101.1 Single
15 Cadyn Grenier, ss/rhp Bishop Gorman, Henderson, Nev. 101.1 Single
16 Taylor Lane, 2b/ss IMG Academy, Bradenton, Fla. 100.8 Out
17 Brendan Rodgers Lake Mary, Longwood, Fla. 100.7 Double
18 Joseph Freiday Jr., c/1b Bridgewater-Raynham HS, Bridgewater, Mass. 100.6 Out
19 Jackson Lueck, c/of Orangewood Christian Academy, Longwood, Fla. 100.6 Double
20 Corey Herndon, 1b/rhp/3b Christian Brothers, Marion, Ark. 100.5 Home Run
21 Dylan Busby, ss/of/3b Sarasota (Fla.) High 100.3 Foul
22 Daniel Reyes, of Mater Academy, Miami Springs, Fla. 100.3 Single
23 Ethan Skender, of/mif Metamora (Ill.) HS 100.3 Single
24 Colton Shaver, c/rhp Jordan HS, Riverton, Utah 100.1 Home Run
25 Desmond Lindsay, 1b/3b Out Of Door Academy, Bradenton, Fla 100.0 Out

Trackman also records batted ball distance and hang time.

FARTHEST HIT BALLS
Rank Batter High School Distance Speed off Bat Hang Time (sec) PlayResult
1 Colton Shaver, c/rhp Jordan HS, Riverton, Utah 420 100.1 5.4 Home Run
2 Cole Daily, ss/2b Sacred Heart Griffin, Springfield, Ill. 385 93.3 4.7 Home Run
3 Jacob Gatewood, ss/3b Clovis (Calif.) HS 381 94.9 5.3 Triple
4 Reese Cooley, of Fleming Island HS, Orange Park, Fla. 381 95.5 5.2 Out
5 Brandon Elmy, of/1b/rhp Venice (Fla.) HS 376 94.5 5.0 Out
6 Lorenzo Hampton, of/rhp Monsignor Pace, Opalocka, Fla. 374 95.3 4.8 Out
7 Blake Wiggins, 3b/c Pulaski Academy, Little Rock, Ark. 373 91.1 5.0 Double
8 Noah Hughes, 3b/rhp Jackson Prep, Ridgeland, Miss. 373 100.0 6.0 Out
9 Drew Lugbauer, c Arlington HS, Pleasant Valley, N.Y. 373 96.1 5.3 Home Run
10 Nick Bottari, c/1b Montverde (Fla.) Academy 370 97.5 5.0 Double

 

 

Trackman measures a pitcher’s peak velocity and average velocity throughout their outing. The column on the far right side is the difference between the pitcher’s average and peak velocity. Righthanders Sean Reid-Foley and Grant Holmes finished with the smaller difference between the two measurements, which shows the ability to hold their velocities. The top four velocities all belonged to Florida pitchers, and seven of the top 20 come from the Sunshine State. Lefthander Kodi Medeiros was the only southpaw to make the list dominated by 19 righthanders. Two 2015 righthanders, Donnie Everett and Kyle Molnar, made the top 10.

FASTBALL VELOCITY
Rank Pitcher High School Top MPH Avg MPH Difference
1 Sean Reid-Foley, rhp Sandalwood HS, Jacksonville 94.7 93.3 1.4
2 Cre Finfrock, rhp Martin County HS, Jensen Beach, Fla. 94.5 92.4 2.1
3 Keith Weisenberg, rhp Osceola HS, Seminole, Fla. 94.5 91.4 3.1
4 Touki Toussaint, rhp Coral Springs (Fla.) Christian HS 94.2 92.4 1.8
5 Donnie Everett, rhp/1b Clarksville (Tenn.) HS 94.2 90.3 3.9
6 Grant Holmes, rhp Conway (S.C.) HS 94.2 92.5 1.7
7 Zach Shannon, rhp Anderson HS, Cincinnati, Ohio 94.1 92.6 1.4
8 Kyle Molnar, rhp Aliso Niguel HS, Aliso Viejo, Calif. 93.6 87.2 6.4
9 Gabriel Gonzalez, rhp Arbor View HS, Las Vegas 93.5 89.8 3.8
10 Scott Blewett, rhp Baker High, Baldwinsville, N.Y. 93.5 88.7 4.9
11 Blake Bivens, rhp George Washington HS, Sutherlin, Va. 93.4 90.9 2.5
12 Weston Davis, rhp Manatee HS, Bradenton, Fla. 93.3 91.1 2.2
13 Gray Fenter, rhp West Memphis (Ark.) HS 93.2 90.1 3.1
14 Brendan Spagnuolo, rhp Chaminade HS, Massapequa, N.Y. 93.2 90.8 2.3
15 Brandon Murray, rhp Hobart (Ind.) HS 93.1 91.5 1.6
16 Kodi Medeiros, lhp Waiakea HS, Hilo, Hawaii 93.0 90.7 2.2
17 Anthony Molina, rhp American Heritage, Pembroke Pines, Fla. 92.9 90.2 2.7
18 Jake Nelson, rhp Hopkinton (N.H.) HS 92.9 90.5 2.3
19 Brad Deppermann, rhp East Lake High, Palm Harbor, Fla. 92.8 91.0 1.8
20 Maddux Conger, rhp Stephenville (Texas) HS 92.8 90.2 2.6

 

 

Breaking ball spin rate is critical because it correlates with movement and break, as well as deception. The more a breaking ball rotates, the harder it is for a hitter to see the seams of the baseball, which makes the pitch look more like a fastball. Data collected at the major league level shows that higher spin rates produce higher whiff rates. According to 2010 numbers, for example, a below-average spin rate produced a swinging strike rate of eight percent, an average spin rate was 10 percent and an above-average spin rate was 12 percent, while the best curveballs (2,700 RPMs or more) finished with 15 percent. The average 2010 major league curveball had a spin rate of 2,450 and Justin Verlander had the highest curveball spin rate at 3,004. Please note that RPMs are not the sole indicator of a breaking ball’s prowess, which is also dependent upon launch angle of the pitch and proper tilt, among other things.

CURVEBALL SPIN RATE
Rank Pitcher High School MPH RPM
1 Mike Soroka, rhp Ernest Manning HS, Calgary, Alb. 74 2,931
2 Fernando Guerrero, rhp Elizabeth (N.J.) HS 76 2,850
3 Touki Toussaint, rhp Coral Springs (Fla.) Christian HS 75 2,788
4 Alex Gironda, rhp Santa Monica (Calif.) HS 72 2,749
5 Parker Mushinski, lhp Argyle (Texas) HS 74 2,744
6 Andres Nunez, rhp Archbishop McCarthy, Miramar, Fla. 76 2,670
7 Wesley Rodriguez, rhp George Washington, Bronx, N.Y. 74 2,646
8 Grant Holmes, rhp Conway (S.C.) HS 82 2,582
9 Pearson McMahan, rhp Middleburg HS, Fernandina Beach, Fla. 69 2,569
10 Aaron Soto, lhp Archbishop McCarthy, Miramar, Fla. 67 2,567
11 James McArthur, rhp New Braunfels (Texas) HS 71 2,565
12 Jacob Craver, lhp West Stokes, King, N.C. 73 2,554
13 Patrick Sandoval, lhp Mission Viejo (Calif.) HS 75 2,553
14 Donnie Everett, rhp/1b Clarksville (Tenn.) HS 77 2,552
15 Eric Luecht, rhp Huntley (Ill.) HS 71 2,524

 

 

Slider spin rate follows the same principles as curveball spin rate, which is detailed above.

SLIDER SPIN RATE
Rank Pitcher High School MPH RPM
1 Kyle Molnar, rhp Aliso Niguel, Aliso Viejo, Calif. 79 2,890
2 Garett King, rhp Orange County (Calif.) Lutheran 75 2,591
3 Bret Mathis, lhp Bosqueville HS, Waco, Texas 72 2,514
4 Josh Roberson, rhp North Davidson HS, Clemmons, N.C. 78 2,508
5 Rylan Thomas, rhp/3b West Orange HS, Winter Garden, Fla. 79 2,507
6 Tyler Carr, rhp Lake Placid (Fla.) HS 76 2,496
7 Bryan Pall, rhp Carl Sandburg HS, Orland Park, Ill. 84 2,471
8 Alex Destino, lhp North Buncombe High, Weaverville, N.C 80 2,471
9 Kodi Medeiros, lhp Waiakea HS, Hilo, Hawaii 78 2,465
10 Matthew Tepedino, rhp Mainland Regional HS, Linwood, N.J. 75 2,449

 

The top 10 fastball spin rates are below. The more a ball spins the less it sinks. High-spin fastballs sink less and tend to generate more swinging strikes. Hitters sometimes describe a fastball that “hops” or “jumps” or “rises.” These are likely high-spin fastballs that sink less than the average fastball. Conversely, low spin fastballs tend to sink more and generate more ground balls.

FASTBALL SPIN RATE
Rank Pitcher High School MPH RPM
1 Fernando Guerrero, rhp Fernando Guerrero, rhp 89 2545
2 Michael Bono, rhp/3b/of Buchanan HS, Clovis, Calif. 87 2537
3 Alec Bridges, lhp Concordia Lutheran HS, Tomball, Texas 85 2482
4 Rylan Thomas, rhp/3b West Orange HS, Winter Garden, Fla. 86 2436
5 Ryan Day, rhp/ss Los Osas HS, Phelan, Calif. 88 2432
6 Grant Holmes, rhp Conway (S.C.) HS 92 2432
7 Call Graham, rhp South Sumter, Chiefland, Fla. 87 2423
8 Stetson Woods, rhp Liberty HS, Madera, Calif. 88 2411
9 Ryder Ryan, rhp/3b North Mecklenburg, Huntersville, N.C. 88 2404
10 Kodi Medeiros, lhp Waiakea HS, Hilo, Hawaii 91 2398