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A look at numbers: Day 1

August, 7, 2011
We all love numbers when it comes to sports. We love the stats, especially those who play fantast sports online. This week at the Area Code Baseball Games presented by New Balance, TrackMan is in attendance and like last year will provide us with some interesting numbers.

Highest exit speed:

Here we have the numbers of the ball coming off the bat. Remember these players are using wood bats so the exit speed will be slower in comparison to the aluminum bats.
  • Kevin Ross (White Sox), Nathan Mikolas (White Sox) and Courtney Hawkins (Rangers) had the highest exit speed at 100mph. Only Ross got a single on the play.
  • Courtney Hawkins and Clint Coulter were listed three times each of the players with the top exit speeds. Hawkins posted 100, 95 and 93. Coulter posted 97, 93 and 92.

The longest hit on day 1 came from Clint Coulter, who blasted on 353 feet. That was good enough for a double. Gavin Cecchini (Rangers) was the only other player (out of 10) who had a hit. His 254 foot shot also got him a double.

On day 1, Ty Hensley (White Sox) had the hardest fastball at 93.3mph. He did not have the highest average. That went to Zaach Quintana who averaged 91.5mph. Quintana's hardest fastball was 92.6.

Five pitchers had an average over 90mph: Ty Hensley (91.1), Zach Quintana (91.5), Tony Blanford (Reds, 90.4) and Andrew Sopko (Royals, 90.2).

Another fun number to look at is the spin rate on the breaking balls. So TrackMan calculated the RPM on the pitch and the velocity. As a standard, according to TrackMan an average MLB curveball is 76mph and 2450 RPM. Five pitchers had a higher RPM than the MLB average.
  1. Tony Blanford (Reds) | 2649 RPM | 75mph
  2. Brady Lail (Reds) | 2624 RPM | 75mph
  3. Michael Rucker (Royals) |2556 RPM | 77mph
  4. Ryan Warner (Reds) | 2536 RPM | 70mph
  5. Andrew Pullin (Royals) | 2454 RPM | 70mph

So there are some more numbers for you to look at and digest.

Four Corners' workouts yield talented players

June, 26, 2011
The Cincinnati Reds once again will bring players from the Four Corners, Nevada and Hawaii. And like years' past, the Reds will use three workouts (Nevada, Colorado and Arizona) to build the roster. In 2010, the Reds went 3-2 over the week.

Sin City was the first stop of three for the Reds and there was a change in venue, as the workout shifted to College of Southern Nevada from Cashman Field. If the new location sounds familiar, it should, Bryce Harper played one year there before the Nationals selected him No. 1 in the 2010 MLB Draft.

A couple of players to stand out in Vegas were Zach Quintana and Christian Donahue.

Quintana is a pitcher out of Arbor View (Las Vegas, Nev.) and throws from the right side. When not on the mound he plays at short. At the workout he was up to 93mph on the gun. Mostly known for the bat, when he pitched he definately turned some heads.

Donahue is a 2014 player out of Hawaii. The youngest player at the tryout he is on the radar now. This was a huge opportunity for Donahue, one big reason is that scouts can't get over to Hawaii like they can to other parts of their scouting areas. He was solid with the stick and the glove. More years to develop and improve the strength and skill, he should turn out to be a fine ball player.

When the workouts move to Arizona, the numbers seem to get larger. This year was no exception as 90 players attended the workout and some 30 of those were pitchers. If there was a workout in which most of the players who will make the team will be at, chances are it's Arizona.

There were a couple of pitchers who stood out at the tryout in Chander. David Graybill and Tony Blanford.

Graybill, out of Brophy College Prep (Phoenix, Ariz.) was sitting 89mph-91mph. His ball had some sink to it as well and add that to his solid frame, he may be one of the best pitchers in Arizona next Spring.

Blanford is out of Boulder Creek (Anthem, Ariz.) and had perhaps the hardest fastball, touching 93mph at the workout.

Colorado was the smallest of the three workouts.

Casey Burns out of Grand Junction (Grand Junction, Colo.), covers ground at the shortstop position. Combine those defensive skills with his projectable body, he is going to be fun to watch this upcoming year.

T.J. Garhart out of Poudre (Fort Collins, Colo), plays shortstop and pitcher. He threw the hardest of the day touching 90 mph.

The Reds tryouts boasted some quality talent, and no surprise there. This region of the country has great baseball and has great baseball players as well. Look for another strong team this summer in Long Beach. They'll play hard and be fun to watch.