Top Profiles of 2020: No. 5 Walter Ford


Austin Sharp
Director of Scouting

We continue our countdown of the Top Profiles of 2020 with '23 3B/RHP Walter Ford (Hoover) who comes in at No. 5. Ford, who is ranked #1 in the Alabama 2023 class and #33 nationally,  doubles as a power hitting 3B and a dominant pitcher on the mound. Ford is an Alabama baseball commit. 

The 6-2 190 pound 3B/RHP was very impressive this summer at the East Coast Sox Scout Day as he showed a 93 mph exit velocity and also jumped on the mound and showed his normal impressive stuff as he was up to 91 mph with a wipeout breaking ball. Ford is a guy that can easily continue to do both throughout his his high school career and when he arrives in Tuscaloosa in the fall of 2023. 

Walter Ford

Walter Ford

Class of 2022 / RHP

Player Information

  • Graduating Class: 2022
  • Primary Position: RHP
    Secondary Position: 3B
  • High School: Pace
    State: AL
  • Summer Team: East Cobb Astros
  • Height: 6-3
    Weight: 195lbs
  • Bat/Throw: R/R

Statistics

Pitching
94
Max FB
(01/17/21)
92 - 93
FB
(01/17/21)
76 - 79
CB
(01/17/21)
81 - 82
CH
(01/18/20)
80 - 83
SL
(06/03/21)
Pitching
Max FB
92
FB
90 - 92
SL
80 - 83
Pitching
Max FB
93
FB
92 - 93
SL
79 - 80
Pitching
Max FB
94
FB
92 - 93
CB
76 - 79
CH
80 - 81
Pitching
Max FB
91
FB
88 - 90
CB
74 - 76
CH
79 - 82
Pitching
Max FB
91
FB
89 - 90
CB
75 - 78
CH
81 - 82
Position
7.11
60-yard
(01/17/21)
90
INF Velo
(06/04/20)
100
Exit Velo
(01/17/21)
4.52
H-1st
(01/18/20)
Position
60-yard
7.11
INF Velo
90
Exit Velo
100
Position
INF Velo
90
Exit Velo
93
Position
INF Velo
88
Exit Velo
89
H-1st
4.52
Trackman - Fastball
94.4
Velocity (max)
(01/17/21)
93.2
Eff Velocity (avg)
(01/17/21)
2687
Spin Rate (max)
(01/17/21)
2513
Spin Rate (avg)
(01/17/21)
Trackman - Fastball
Velocity (max)
94.4
Velo Range
92.5 - 94.2
Eff Velocity (avg)
93.2
Spin Rate (max)
2687
Spin Rate (avg)
2513
IVB (max)
IVB (avg)
HM (max)
HM (avg)
Extension (avg)
Release Ht (avg)
Spin Score (max)
Zone %
Trackman - Slider
78.9
Velocity (max)
(01/17/21)
75.7
Eff Velocity (avg)
(01/17/21)
2703
Spin Rate (max)
(01/17/21)
2641
Spin Rate (avg)
(01/17/21)
Trackman - Slider
Velocity (max)
78.9
Velo Range
75.9 - 78.9
Eff Velocity (avg)
75.7
Spin Rate (max)
2703
Spin Rate (avg)
2641
IVB (max)
IVB (avg)
HM (max)
HM (avg)
Extension (avg)
Release Ht (avg)
Spin Score (max)
Trackman - ChangeUp
81.1
Velocity (max)
(01/17/21)
79.9
Eff Velocity (avg)
(01/17/21)
1660
Spin Rate (max)
(01/17/21)
1534
Spin Rate (avg)
(01/17/21)
Trackman - ChangeUp
Velocity (max)
81.1
Velo Range
80.9 - 81.1
Eff Velocity (avg)
79.9
Spin Rate (max)
1660
Spin Rate (avg)
1534
IVB (max)
IVB (avg)
HM (max)
HM (avg)
Extension (avg)
Release Ht (avg)
Spin Score (max)
Trackman - Cutter
84.6
Velocity (max)
(01/17/21)
83.9
Eff Velocity (avg)
(01/17/21)
2119
Spin Rate (max)
(01/17/21)
2119
Spin Rate (avg)
(01/17/21)
Trackman - Cutter
Velocity (max)
84.6
Eff Velocity (avg)
83.9
Spin Rate (max)
2119
Spin Rate (avg)
2119
IVB (max)
IVB (avg)
HM (max)
HM (avg)
Extension (avg)
Release Ht (avg)
Spin Score (max)
Trackman - Sinker
9
PeakHorizontalBreak
(01/17/21)
15
PeakInducedVerticalBreak
(01/17/21)
84.6
Velocity (max)
(01/17/21)
83.4
Eff Velocity (avg)
(01/17/21)
2311
Spin Rate (max)
(01/17/21)
2311
Spin Rate (avg)
(01/17/21)
Trackman - Sinker
PeakInducedVerticalBreak
15
PeakHorizontalBreak
9
Velocity (max)
84.6
Eff Velocity (avg)
83.4
Spin Rate (max)
2311
Spin Rate (avg)
2311
IVB (avg)
HM (avg)
Extension (avg)
Release Ht (avg)
Spin Score (max)
Zone %
Trackman - Hitting
99.7
Exit Velocity (max)
(01/17/21)
88.5
Exit Velocity (avg)
(01/17/21)
178
Distance (avg)
(01/17/21)
306
Distance (max)
(01/17/21)
Trackman - Hitting
Exit Velocity (max)
99.7
Exit Velocity (avg)
88.5
Distance (avg)
178
Distance (max)
306
Hard Hit %
Sweet Spot %
Line Drive %
Fly Ball %
Ground Ball %

Scouting Report

1/18/20

 

On the mound, Ford showed premium stuff and arm strength. Really pounded the zone with all three pitches from an athletic delivery. The fastball obviously came out of the hand easily and showed some late life. The fastball sat 89-91 mph with spin rates in the mid 2100’s- low 2300’s. The breaking ball showed sharp downward tilt at 75-78 mph. The change up showed plus deception in the lower 80’s and can be a plus pitch. Explosive arm. Ford was also impressive during the infield portion and he showed nice range laterally and the arm strength once again jumped out as he was 88 to 1B. The feet are even in the stance at the plate and he shows a simple, yet powerful approach at the plate. There is slight tilt in the swing plane and the barrel shows some violence in the hitting zone. Showed a middle to pull side approach and was 89 mpg off the tee. A definite two way ‘23 big time guy.

 



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