IMPACT Baseball Data Collection -
At the January 12, 2019 IMPACT Baseball Preseason College Coach Camp, every camper (position players, pitchers, and two-way players) will get 3rd party verified data from Blast Motion and Hittrax (position players) which captures all the data pre-contact (how the swing works) and post-contact (what the ball did after it was hit). Pitchers will receive all their pitch data from Rapsodo, a ball tracking machine that tells everything about each pitch a pitcher throws. This data is commonly used and understood by college coaches and professionals counts and is imperative in the projection process in both industries.
At the completion of your session, this data will be sent directly to you via email. You will then be able to use this data to send out to college coaches and professional scouts as well as to see where your numbers stand against your peers (High School Data Comparison Chart Included).
Rapsodo for Pitchers
WATCH VIDEO ON RAPSODO
All pitchers will get eight different pitching metrics sent directly to them to access and send to college coaches and professional scouts. These metrics include:
- Pitch Velocity: How fast the pitch travels from the time it leaves a pitcher's hand, measured in Miles Per Hour (MPH)
- Spin Rate: The velocity rate at which the ball spins from the time it leaves the pitcher’s hand, measured in Rotations Per Minute (RPM). There is a stronger correlation between spin rate and swinging-strike-percentage than between velocity and swinging-strike-percentage.
- True Spin Rate: The spin directly creating movement on a pitch. Also called “useful spin”, it is perpendicular to the direction the ball is traveling. It deflects the path of the ball, thus has direct implications on the balls movement and trajectory.
- Spin Axis: The tilt (or angle) of the baseball, measured in degrees, created by the Magnus Effect. The Magnus Effect is created by the air pressure surrounding the spinning baseball on its path to home plate.
- Strike Zone Analysis: Shows exact pitch locations in a nine box strike quadrant.
- Spin Efficiency: The percentage of spin directly creating movement on a pitch. This is calculated by taking the ratio of the true spin of the ball divided by the total spin. The true spin takes out the side spin of the ball which offers more RPM’s but does not affect the movement of the pitch in anyway.
- 3D Trajectory: Shows three different actual ball flight trajectories from release to crossing home plate. The model shows pitcher, catcher, and overhead views.
HitTrax and Blast Motion for Hitters
All hitters will get both pre-contact (Blast Motion) and post-contact (HitTrax) date sent directly to them to access and send to college coaches and professional scouts.
These metrics include:
Blast Motion - WATCH VIDEO BLAST MOTION
Bat Speed: How quickly (in Miles Per Hour) the bat is turned in the swing from start to barrel impact.
Attack Angle: The angle of the bat’s path, at contact, relative to horizontal. A positive value indicated swing up, and a negative attack angle indicates swinging down, where zero is exactly level.
Time to Contact: The elapsed time between start of swing and impact. How efficient and quickly the bat gets to contact from the time the bat first begins its descent to contact.
HitTrax - WATCH VIDEO ON HITTRAX
Exit Velocity: Measures the speed of the baseball in Miles Per Hour (MPH) as it comes off the bat, immediately after a batter makes contact.
Average Exit Velocity: The average of all batted balls in a sessions exit velocity.
Max Exit Velocity: The hardest hit ball in MPH during a session.
Launch Angle: Represents the vertical angle at which the ball leaves a player's bat after being struck.
Average Launch Angle: Is calculated by dividing the sum of all Launch Angles by all Batted Ball Events. As a guideline, here are the Launch Angles for different types of contact:
• Ground ball: Less than 10 degrees
• Line drive: 10-28 degrees
• Fly ball: 28-48 degrees
• Pop up: Greater than 48 degrees