Hitter's Evaluation Results


I have based so much of my teaching as a hitting coach on the difference between bat speed and bat velocity and finally a tool that can help me show, objectively, the rate of improvement of both of these mechanical and physical skills.  What are these results about below?


Bat Velo:  This is the bat velocity in terms of MPH as the bat moves toward the ball.  Many people refer to this as Bat Speed but, to me, it is easier to refer to MPH as velocity.  This is a relativity new metric for hitters so it is difficult to say what is "good" and what is "great".  Soon, I will have enough data that you can at least compare to others in the Louisville area that are your age.  I would say that this number would indicate power in this sense that it indicates potential for the hitter to hit the ball harder as the velo is higher.  

Bat Speed:  This is how quick the bat gets from the loaded/beginning position to the contact point.  It is measured in hundredths of seconds which is pretty amazing when you think about it.  Based on some research, it takes the pitch about .405 seconds for the ball to get from the pitchers release to the plate for a pitch of 64 MPH which is a top velocity for a college level pitcher.  This means that for those that have a .202 bat speed swing, the swing must start by the time the pitch is half way.  Clearly, we are dealing with very quick reaction times but, trust me, there is a huge difference for a hitter that is .202 and .170.  Increased bat speed is more of a improved "shorter swing" so is a component of mechanics where Bat Velocity is more of a physical strength component.  Of the two, bat speed is more important as is a huge factor in the ability to swing at good pitches and "squaring up the ball".  In my lessons, I focus on bat speed improvement.

Peak Hand Speed:  This is a Blast Metrics of which I doubt the importance to be honest.  Time will tell as I look at the metrics.  The definition that Blast gives for the Peak Hand Speed is, "the observed maximum speed as measured on the handle of the bat (measured six inches from the knob of the bat). Peak Hand Speed will occur prior to the moment of impact, very close to the commit time in the swing when the wrists unhinge."  I am guessing this is the "wrist snap" of which we are all aware of but it is the snap before contact.  The number is measured in MPH so it does make sense that the higher the MPH the better in terms of power.  This can be improved greatly with strength but also "leading with the hands" technique of which I also emphasis in my lessons.    

Blast Factor:  The Blast Factor is also a trademarked metrics created by Blast that takes in consideration five different metrics.  They claim this is an indication of a balanced hitter between technique and power.  There really isn't a lot of importance, in my opinion, to base this number other than to compare to others your age but, most importantly, to compare to your personal improvement.

Power Rating:  This is a Blast metrics to determine the power of the swing based on the actual data from the same swings.  This number is based on Watts/Power and the higher the number the better.  This number is NOT based on how hard the ball is hit but based on all of metrics that Blast determines is important for Power.  In my opinion, there are a lot of other components that determine power and one of them is how well the sweet spot of the bat meets the middle of the ball but, again, this is a great metric to compare to others and compare to your personal improvement.  The higher the number the better.  

Timing Rating:  Now, this is my own creation.  It is something I noticed as I was looking at the numbers.  The maximum number for this rating is 100% and the higher the number the better your timing.  I won't revel completely how this is determined but it is a look at the hitters consistency so if the hitter is at 97% that means the hitter is at 97% consistent.  The goal would be 100%.  A component of timing is the ability to repeat your swing mechanically as well as speed/velocity.  If you have an inconsistent timing in your swing it makes it very difficult to be a hitter of a high batting average.

Exit Velocity:  This is measured by MPH as well and a radar gun is used to determine how fast the ball comes off the bat while hitting off of a batting Tee.  This is NOT a blast metrics and actually has been around for about a dozen years or more.  It is a good test to evaluate raw power.  There is one little glitch in this test in that the actual batting tee may slow the velocity depending on the type of tee and the type of contact (backspin vs topspin (rolling over).  (Note:  I will be conducting this test very soon and it will be done along with the Blast Testing)

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