Ryan Black Jr
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Stance & Load
"Stance" describes the starting position of the hitter's feet, hands, bat,body and balance. "Loading" involves shifting body weight towards the back leg for power and quickness. The loading of the hands should be small, quiet and diagonally upward creating rhythm and proper timing. The barrel of the bat MUST be controlled.
Stride & Direction
"Stride" describes the movement and distance of the front foot stepping forward. Sometimes involving an inward kick, it creates the timing of the swing. The hitter should "Stay Back" with their weight and balance slightly on the back leg.
Swing & Finish
The "Swing Path" is how the bat moves through the strike zone. There should be a level or flat lifting path as the barrel of the bat enters the back of the zone and explodes to contacting the ball. The path needs to be more linear than rotational in this phase allowing for more plate coverage and opportunity to hit the ball.
An aggressive hitter swings hard every time, attacks the pitch, and is fun to watch. A hitter who swings tentatively to avoid missing the pitch will create bad habits.
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Bat Exit Velo
Exit velocity is measured using a radar gun and is the only direct measure of the power behind a hit. Studies have shown that for every extra one mile-per-hour added to exit velocity, the ball will travel an estimated four to six feet further, depending on its trajectory and launch angle.
Launch Angle represents the vertical angle at which the ball leaves a player's bat after being struck. Average Launch Angle (aLA) is calculated by dividing the sum of all Launch Angles by all Batted Ball Events. If you have a good Attack Angle when hitting the ball and a good finish in your swing, your Launch Angle will generally be good too.
Distance in Zone
Distance In The Zone measures the length of the hitting zone along a line toward the pitcher. It is determined by the region ‘swept’ by the bat. A longer hitting zone means a greater opportunity for the bat to make contact with the ball and gives the batter an opportunity to put the ball in fair territory.
The maximum speed of the bat’s barrel during your swing, at a point 20% from the tip of the bat. Max Barrel Speed greatly affects both the distance and speed at which the ball travels after impact. Faster barrel speed leads to more hard hit balls and a higher ball exit velocity.
DI/All-American/Pro Standout. Your swing is OUTSTANDING and now it's all about the fine tuning and staying consistent throughout your baseball journey. Work hard to keep what you have! Great swing here!
DI/All-American/Pro Player. Excellent job here. You're on your way to OUTSTANDING. The main goal when working on your game is to have "PLUS" mechanics and not only did you accomplish that goal, but you have surpassed it. Now reach for the Gold, and keep working hard on your game to achieve ultimate greatness in achieving all "8's", a Perfect Score!
DI/All-American/Pro Potential. In the MLB Scouting world, we call this "Above Average" or a "Plus" swing. Nice job in putting a very nice-looking swing together here. There are obviously always things you can do to improve, so pay attention to the videos that are recommended here to help your swing advance. Great job here!
High School Player/College Potential. Very nice-looking swing. It's good to know as a player that you have a nice AVERAGE swing, but there are pieces here in your swing that can improve, so work hard and focus on the areas of your swing here that have been identified that are not well above average (6+). Watch and learn from the videos attached and work hard. You can do this!
Middle School, High School Player. You have some really good qualities in your swing, and then there are areas that you need to improve in so pay attention to the videos that are recommended for you to watch and learn from, and go out and practice what you are being taught. I know you can improve here from BELOW AVERAGE with hard work, and believe you can achieve anything!
Middle School Recreational/JV,Freshman High School Player. Looks like there are some good things happening and there are categories in your BELOW AVERAGE MINUS swing we need to improve on to help you be the hitter you want to be. Take one category of your swing at a time, watch the video, and then go out and practice hard for a few days on that "one" piece of your swing. Keep things simple here and only work on the one part of your swing to make it better. Then move on to the next category and video and do the same thing. Practice that one thing you're working on in your tee work or batting practice. Don't get caught up in working on multiple areas in one batting practice session. One thing at a time. Move down your list in your scouting report here and practice-practice-practice. Your hard work will pay off!
Recreational Player. So, we have some work to do to climb out of the POOR category here and begin your journey to get better. The best way to get better in anything you do in life is to understand what you need to work on and accept that you need to work hard to get better. So, let’s get better. Take it one category at a time and watch and learn from the video in each category, and then go out and practice that one lesson and part of your swing one category or part at a time until you feel like you've mastered it. Rome wasn't built in a day, so realize that your swing will not just magically be great overnight. Takes time and practice to perfect it. I believe in you and so I want you to believe in yourself. You can do this!