Stars Scout Day: Trackman/Blast Traits


Mason McRae
PBR Virginia/DC

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The expanded usage of data, and the importance of it in regards to player development and player assessment is a legitimate, undeniable tool used by high school, college, and professional teams across the country. Today we break down some of the data from our Stars Baseball Scout Day. See which players stood out in regards to Trackman and blast data.


Jae'dan Carter

Class of 2023 / C

Player Information

  • Graduating Class: 2023
  • Primary Position: C
  • High School: Colgan
    State: VA
  • Summer Team: Stars Carroll
  • Height: 5-11
    Weight: 185lbs
  • Bat/Throw: R/R


Hit 3 balls harder than 95 mph with launch angles on the sweet spot (10-30 degrees), swing path is neither flat or steep, has neutral attack angle (3 degrees) and flat VBA (-20 degrees). It’s geared for line drives. Although his VBA varies heavily (around -30 degrees down in zone versus -7 degrees up) )based on pitch depth which suggest that he’s attacking pitches with swing paths meant to mirror the angle (VAA) of incoming pitch. Increases likelihood of him maximizing the spin on his batted balls by creating more backspin. Had the second highest max EV of the event (96.7 mph) and the highest average EV (89.6 mph). Turns on balls very quick with 26.8g RA and combines that with above average bat speed (73.1 mph on average). 

 


Bradley Armour

Class of 2022 / OF

Player Information

  • Graduating Class: 2022
  • Primary Position: OF
    Secondary Position: OF
  • High School: Bishop O'Connell
    State: VA
  • Summer Team: Stars 17U Devitt
  • Height: 6-1
    Weight: 211lbs
  • Bat/Throw: R/R

Was the only player to hit a ball in the triple-digits. Hit 5 balls higher than 90 mph, all of which between 0 and 20 degrees. Combines above average bat speed with above average hands (2.97 efficiency). Had an average EV of 86.4 mph. Average VBA was -23 degrees, attack angle at 5 degrees. Lack of positive attack angles suggest his raw power is coming from a shorter, ground ball oriented swing profile. This checks out given the average EV on fly balls was 80.7 mph, it was 92.4 mph on LD and 92.8 mph on GB.

 


Ethan Jones

Class of 2022 / OF

Player Information

  • Graduating Class: 2022
  • Primary Position: OF
    Secondary Position: OF
  • High School: Oakton
    State: VA
  • Summer Team: Stars Baseball
  • Height: 6-0
    Weight: 180lbs
  • Bat/Throw: R/R

One of the few players to hit a ball over 90 mph with a LA at 25 degrees or steeper. It means he’s able to hit balls hard at ball flights with a higher correlation to run production. Has somewhat high efficiency (3.37) with hand speed that matches bat speed. It’s slightly above average bat speed that he optimizes with an extremely steep swing path. Average VBA was -32 degrees, but he had numerous at -34 to -37 degrees. Had the third highest max EV (96.2 mph) and the third highest average EV (89.0 mph). He has the best chance to hit for in-game power of the players mentioned before even with slightly less raw power due to the swing path.