This month we’ve been taking a look at various pieces of data from Single-A Daytona from the Hawkeye system that is used throughout the league (the same that’s used in Major League Baseball to give us the Statcast data). Today we’re going to take a look at some of the hitting data for the 39 batters that came through Daytona for the Cincinnati Reds this season who registered at least one batted ball under the Hawkeye cameras.

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There are a few things worth nothing before we start diving into the data: This data is only for the road games played by Daytona. The Tortugas are the only team in the league who doesn’t play in a big league spring training ballpark. As such, they are also the only team without the Hawkeye system installed. That leaves us without the ability to get the information when Daytona is playing at home (the Reds have a Trackman system installed there are get much of the same data – but it is not published publicly like the Hawkeye information is). The sample size isn’t very large for most players – only four players registered 75 tracked batted balls on the season among the Tortugas hitters.

The Top Exit Velocity

Two different players had the top exit velocity for Daytona this season. One of the players is a guy who I would have guessed. The other guy is not. Ruben Ibarra, known for his plus raw power, was atop of the list with a 113.1 MPH exit velocity on a home run that he hit. The other player was Jack Rogers. His 113.1 MPH exit velocity also came on a home run, but his went much further – 441 feet, compared to 359 for Ibarra’s home run (launch angle, spin direction and RPM matter).

Two other Tortugas hitters topped the 110 MPH mark. Michel Triana topped out at 110.6 MPH with a 358-foot home run. Hayden Jones also joined the group with a 110.1 MPH single.

The Top Average Exit Velocity

As noted above – the sample size here is very limited on all of the hitters, but even more so on a large majority of hitters. To keep things “fair”, we are only going to talk about hitters with at least 30 batted balls. That leaves us with 19 players. Bunts were not included in this data since the purpose wasn’t exactly to hit the ball with authority.

Not surprising that the two players with the top exit velocities on the season also sit atop of the list for the top average exit velocities, too. Ruben Ibarra averaged 94.8 MPH on his 33 batted balls that were recorded this season. Jack Rogers came in at 93.2 MPH on the 63 batted balls in his season. Only Austin Hendrick was above 90 MPH (90.3) among the remaining players with at least 30 batted balls that registered this season among the Tortugas hitters.

The Furthest Batted Ball

Another disclaimer here that this is only for the road games – but the top distance on a batted ball overall that I have knowledge of for Daytona this year was 451 feet by Ruben Ibarra, but it was on a home run hit in Daytona and thus won’t be listed as such below.

The 441-foot home run from Jack Rogers was a clear winner for the furthest hit baseball on the road by a Tortugas this year. Yassel Pino’s 419-foot home run came in second. Jay Allen II and Michel Triana also topped the 415-foot mark.

All of the Data

9 Responses

  1. LDS

    One would think, given the Reds alleged focus on analytics, that they’d spring for the Hawkeye system in Daytona. As for the prospects list next week, looking forward to that. Trying my best to guess who’s #1 this time around.

    • Doug Gray

      Trackman tracks the batted ball and pitching stuff. They have something else that tracked the fielding stuff. They’re getting the data – the public isn’t.

      • Doug Gray

        It’s not really secretive in a sense that only they are getting it – Trackman is in every minor league park and the teams all share that data amongst themselves. They just don’t share it with us local idiots lol.

      • LDS

        Haha, they shouldn’t sell the “local idiots” short. In the modern media game, it the guys that run sites like these, that engage the fans, indulge their moaning and groaning, etc. that do more to promote the teams than the teams themselves do. They should pay commissions without any expectations of editorial control. Yeah, I’m a cynical idealist.

  2. MK

    Bell is great but top 2 guys didn’t hit .250, #3 .204, #4 .233

    So in my thinking a fairly worthless stat when it come to actual performance.

    • Doug Gray

      It’s a useless stat if someone tries to say it’s the only thing that matters. But like every stat, there’s not one that gives enough information to do such a thing.

      • MK

        Well getting on base and scoring runs is the only thing that matters

      • Doug Gray

        Hitting the ball hard helps both of those things happen. They just aren’t the only things that lead to it.