Heney Knew Right Away Richmond Was The Right Fit


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Heney Knew Right Away Richmond Was The Right Fit

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Kellan Heney

Class of 2023 / LHP

Player Information

  • Graduating Class: 2023
  • Primary Position: LHP
    Secondary Position: OF
  • High School: Governor's Academy
    State: MA
  • Summer Team: East Cobb New England Expos
  • Height: 6-3
    Weight: 165lbs
  • Bat/Throw: L/L

Statistics

Pitching
83
Max FB
(03/17/21)
82 - 83
FB
(03/17/21)
69 - 72
CB
(07/28/21)
78 - 79
CH
(03/17/21)
69 - 73
SL
(06/29/21)
Pitching
Max FB
83
FB
82 - 83
CB
69 - 72
CH
70 - 72
Pitching
Max FB
82
FB
80 - 82
CB
67 - 71
CH
76 - 77
Pitching
Max FB
83
FB
82 - 83
CB
69 - 72
CH
70 - 72
Pitching
Max FB
80
FB
79 - 80
CB
69 - 70
Pitching
Max FB
80
FB
79 - 80
CB
64 - 68
SL
69 - 73
Pitching
Max FB
83
FB
82 - 83
CB
69 - 70
CH
78 - 79
SL
71 - 72
Pitching
Max FB
81
FB
80 - 81
CH
74 - 75
SL
68 - 71
Pitching
Max FB
80
FB
79 - 80
CB
68 - 69
CH
72 - 75
Position
7.00
60-yard
(07/08/20)
83
OF Velo
(06/29/21)
88
Exit Velo
(07/08/20)
Trackman - Fastball
83.6
Velocity (max)
(03/17/21)
85.4
Eff Velocity (avg)
(03/17/21)
2120
Spin Rate (max)
(03/17/21)
1900
Spin Rate (avg)
(03/17/21)
Trackman - Fastball
Velocity (max)
83.6
Velo Range
77.6 - 83.6
Eff Velocity (avg)
79.6
Spin Rate (max)
1950
Spin Rate (avg)
1582
Spin Score (max)
Trackman - Fastball
Velocity (max)
80.9
Velo Range
79.6 - 80.6
Eff Velocity (avg)
78.4
Spin Rate (max)
2015
Spin Rate (avg)
1662
IVB (max)
IVB (avg)
HM (max)
HM (avg)
Extension (avg)
Release Ht (avg)
Spin Score (max)
Zone %
Trackman - Fastball
Velocity (max)
83.6
Velo Range
82.6 - 83.5
Eff Velocity (avg)
85.4
Spin Rate (max)
2120
Spin Rate (avg)
1900
IVB (max)
IVB (avg)
HM (max)
HM (avg)
Extension (avg)
Release Ht (avg)
Spin Score (max)
Zone %
Trackman - Fastball
Velocity (max)
80.9
Velo Range
76.9 - 80.4
Eff Velocity (avg)
77.7
Spin Rate (max)
1860
Spin Rate (avg)
1620
IVB (max)
IVB (avg)
HM (max)
HM (avg)
Extension (avg)
Release Ht (avg)
Spin Score (max)
Zone %
Trackman - Fastball
Velocity (max)
80.1
Velo Range
77.9 - 79.6
Eff Velocity (avg)
78.6
Spin Rate (max)
1925
Spin Rate (avg)
1788
IVB (max)
IVB (avg)
HM (max)
HM (avg)
Extension (avg)
Release Ht (avg)
Spin Score (max)
Zone %
Trackman - Fastball
Velocity (max)
79.2
Velo Range
78.5 - 79.2
Eff Velocity (avg)
79.7
Spin Rate (max)
1922
Spin Rate (avg)
1785
IVB (max)
IVB (avg)
HM (max)
HM (avg)
Extension (avg)
Release Ht (avg)
Spin Score (max)
Zone %
Trackman - Curveball
79.7
Velocity (max)
(07/28/21)
71.3
Eff Velocity (avg)
(03/17/21)
1980
Spin Rate (max)
(07/28/21)
1852
Spin Rate (avg)
(07/08/20)
Trackman - Curveball
Velocity (max)
79.7
Velo Range
67.8 - 75.7
Eff Velocity (avg)
69.4
Spin Rate (max)
1980
Spin Rate (avg)
1834
Spin Score (max)
Trackman - Curveball
Velocity (max)
67.6
Velo Range
65.5 - 67.6
Eff Velocity (avg)
64.2
Spin Rate (max)
1759
Spin Rate (avg)
1743
IVB (max)
IVB (avg)
HM (max)
HM (avg)
Extension (avg)
Release Ht (avg)
Spin Score (max)
Zone %
Trackman - Curveball
Velocity (max)
70.7
Velo Range
69.7 - 70.7
Eff Velocity (avg)
71.3
Spin Rate (max)
1899
Spin Rate (avg)
1849
IVB (max)
IVB (avg)
HM (max)
HM (avg)
Extension (avg)
Release Ht (avg)
Spin Score (max)
Zone %
Trackman - Curveball
Velocity (max)
67.4
Velo Range
65.9 - 67.3
Eff Velocity (avg)
65.3
Spin Rate (max)
1780
Spin Rate (avg)
1760
IVB (max)
IVB (avg)
HM (max)
HM (avg)
Extension (avg)
Release Ht (avg)
Spin Score (max)
Zone %
Trackman - Curveball
Velocity (max)
69.1
Velo Range
67 - 68.9
Eff Velocity (avg)
67.6
Spin Rate (max)
1906
Spin Rate (avg)
1852
IVB (max)
IVB (avg)
HM (max)
HM (avg)
Extension (avg)
Release Ht (avg)
Spin Score (max)
Zone %
Trackman - Slider
73.6
Velocity (max)
(03/17/21)
72.8
Eff Velocity (avg)
(03/17/21)
1842
Spin Rate (max)
(03/17/21)
1840
Spin Rate (avg)
(06/29/21)
Trackman - Slider
Velocity (max)
67.1
Spin Rate (max)
1840
Spin Rate (avg)
1840
Extension (avg)
Release Ht (avg)
Spin Score (max)
Trackman - Slider
Velocity (max)
73.6
Velo Range
70.3 - 73.3
Eff Velocity (avg)
72.8
Spin Rate (max)
1842
Spin Rate (avg)
1775
IVB (max)
IVB (avg)
HM (max)
HM (avg)
Extension (avg)
Release Ht (avg)
Spin Score (max)
Zone %
Trackman - Slider
Velocity (max)
71.7
Velo Range
65.5 - 71.7
Spin Rate (max)
1825
Spin Rate (avg)
1717
IVB (max)
IVB (avg)
HM (max)
HM (avg)
Extension (avg)
Release Ht (avg)
Spin Score (max)
Trackman - Slider
Velocity (max)
69.6
Velo Range
68.2 - 69.6
Eff Velocity (avg)
68.1
Spin Rate (max)
1777
Spin Rate (avg)
1750
IVB (max)
IVB (avg)
HM (max)
HM (avg)
Extension (avg)
Release Ht (avg)
Spin Score (max)
Zone %
Trackman - ChangeUp
78.1
Velocity (max)
(03/17/21)
81.1
Eff Velocity (avg)
(03/17/21)
1643
Spin Rate (max)
(03/17/21)
1641
Spin Rate (avg)
(10/04/20)
Trackman - ChangeUp
Velocity (max)
77
Velo Range
76.5 - 77
Eff Velocity (avg)
75.5
Spin Rate (max)
1583
Spin Rate (avg)
1538
Spin Score (max)
Trackman - ChangeUp
Velocity (max)
78.1
Velo Range
78 - 78.1
Eff Velocity (avg)
81.1
Spin Rate (max)
1643
Spin Rate (avg)
1564
IVB (max)
IVB (avg)
HM (max)
HM (avg)
Extension (avg)
Release Ht (avg)
Spin Score (max)
Trackman - ChangeUp
Velocity (max)
70.4
Eff Velocity (avg)
69
Spin Rate (max)
1641
Spin Rate (avg)
1641
IVB (max)
IVB (avg)
HM (max)
HM (avg)
Extension (avg)
Release Ht (avg)
Spin Score (max)
Trackman - ChangeUp
Velocity (max)
75.2
Velo Range
73.3 - 75.2
Eff Velocity (avg)
74.7
Spin Rate (max)
1477
Spin Rate (avg)
1466
IVB (max)
IVB (avg)
HM (max)
HM (avg)
Extension (avg)
Release Ht (avg)
Spin Score (max)
Trackman - Hitting
85.3
Exit Velocity (max)
(07/08/20)
81.1
Exit Velocity (avg)
(07/08/20)
198
Distance (avg)
(07/08/20)
267
Distance (max)
(07/16/20)
Trackman - Hitting
Exit Velocity (max)
84.1
Exit Velocity (avg)
75.8
Distance (avg)
161
Distance (max)
267
Sweet Spot %
Line Drive %
Fly Ball %
Ground Ball %
Trackman - Hitting
Exit Velocity (max)
85.3
Exit Velocity (avg)
81.1
Distance (avg)
198
Distance (max)
258
Sweet Spot %
Line Drive %
Fly Ball %
Ground Ball %
Blast - Hitting
24.5
Hand Speed (max)
(06/29/21)
22.9
Hand Speed (avg)
(06/29/21)
69.0
Bat Speed (max)
(07/08/20)
66.6
Bat Speed (avg)
(07/08/20)
Blast - Hitting
Rot. Acc (max)
Rot. Acc (avg)
Hand Speed (max)
24.5
Hand Speed (avg)
22.9
Bat Speed (max)
68.7
Bat Speed (avg)
65.1
On Plane Eff (avg)
Blast - Hitting
Rot. Acc (max)
Rot. Acc (avg)
Hand Speed (max)
23.7
Hand Speed (avg)
22.2
Bat Speed (max)
63.2
Bat Speed (avg)
61.7
On Plane Eff (avg)
Blast - Hitting
Rot. Acc (max)
Rot. Acc (avg)
Hand Speed (max)
24.1
Hand Speed (avg)
22.8
Bat Speed (max)
69
Bat Speed (avg)
66.6
On Plane Eff (avg)

Heney Knew Right Away Richmond Was The Right Fit

MANCHESTER-BY-THE.-SEA, Ma. - After performing well at the Future Games numerous schools became enamoured with Kellan Heney. A month later, the sixth-ranked junior left-handed pitcher in New England found the right college fit.

“They originally saw me at a prospect camp the first week of September,” Heney said of Richmond, which is where the southpaw recently committed. “I pitched well, striking out eight or nine out of 11 and they basically offered before I left. They followed it up with money a week later.”

There was little contact with schools before the Future Games but that all changed after fanning the side while allowing one hit in the first inning while pitching two shutout frames in relief for Team Massachusetts against Team Connecticut.

“That helped out a huge amount,” Heney reflected about the PBR event in Georgia at the beginning of August. “It opened so many doors with other schools. A couple more were gonna come watch me in Florida but I ended up committing before going there.”

Richmond was the only offer on the table when the 18-year-old made his college choice.

“I was talking with Bucknell and Radford and 10 or more others were going to watch me after the Future Games, but I knew Richmond was where I wanted to go,” the 63rd-rated 2023 in New England said.

It did not take Heney long to decide that the Atlantic 10 school was the right fit.

“I walked on campus before the camp and I had that feeling right away,” Heney related. “I talked to the coaches and built a relationship with them. They genuinely wanted me the most and the academics are also a huge plus.”

Business is the planned major for Heney, who took a cumulative 3.4 GPA to Governor’s Academy where he recently transferred after reclassifying before the current school year.

“I started thinking about college my freshman year,” noted Heney, who was the winning pitcher in the Division 4 state title game for Manchester-Essex. “I had a really successful  year and after I pitched at state, I started getting attention. From there I’ve worked my butt off to reach that goal.”

Richmond sees a lot of promise in the third-ranked 2023 southpaw in Massachusetts.

“They said I’m projectable,” related the 6-2 165-pounder. “I still have a lot of room to grow and fill out. They like my competitiveness and my work ethic. I’m always working to get better. They also like that I can command three or four pitches in the zone.”

That has gotten better of late.

“I’ve improved a huge amount,” Heney pointed out. “I’ve put on 15 pounds but I still have a ways to go. I want to get to 180 before next season. But I’ve gotten stronger and really been working on my repertoire. I mix in my offspeed and place my fastball which has made me more effective.”

In addition to his parents, Heney credited Gardy O’Flynn, the director of NPA East; James Baker, Colby College pitching coach; Charlie Bilton and BJ Weed, from North Shore Freedom; Rich Gilbride from East Cobb New England Expos; and James Cramphin, Governor’s baseball coach, with being influential in development and recruitment in helping him land at the university located in northern Virginia, a 90-minute plane ride from home.

“I really enjoyed the whole recruiting process,” Heney said. “I hear a lot of kids felt pressure trying to find the right fit for them, but I knew it would come for me. I learned a lot of things throughout it that I’ll use for the rest of my life.

“It was all really exciting,” Heney added. “It all happened quickly ... in a two-or-three-week span. When I called the coach the first week of school and said I was ready to call Richmond home it was an awesome feeling.” 

As for Richmond, the third left-handed pitcher in the New England 2023 class to make a college commitment believes he can contribute immediately to the program.

“I’ll bring a strong work ethic and competitiveness to help push all my teammates around me,” Heney said.



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