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All American Game  | Story  | 8/18/2022

The Next Elijah Green? PG Tech Can Help

Blake Dowson     
Photo: Elijah Green (Perfect Game)
By the end of the 2022 MLB Draft cycle, Perfect Game scouts settled on Elijah Green as the No. 1 overall prospect in the 2022 class. His scouting report on the PG website touts an “unrivaled combination of speed and power” seen at the plate, which is obvious to both scouts and people with ears and eyes who simply watch Green take batting practice.

The Washington Nationals believed so strongly in Green’s swing and projection at the plate that they signed him for $6.5 million as the No. 5 overall pick in this year’s MLB Draft.

With the 2023 draft cycle now squarely in focus, it begs the question, who could this year’s Elijah Green be? With PG Tech data collected at hundreds of Perfect Game showcases on tens of thousands of players in the past year, we can compare Green’s swing data collected in the PG Tech Cage to every other prospect with a similar build (Green stands at 6-foot-3, 225 pounds).

The athlete who most closely compares to Green in the 2023 class is recently named Perfect Game All-American Antonio Anderson, the No. 15 overall prospect in the class out of Atlanta, Georgia.

Elijah Green Antonio Anderson
Max Exit Velo 97 93
Avg. Exit Velo 90 91.8
Pelvis 63 78
Torso 95 94
Arm 97 83
Hand 80 98

The numbers for Max Exit Velo and Avg. Exit Velo are measured in miles per hour in the above graph, while Pelvis, Torso, Arm, and Hand numbers listed are percentiles among athletes with similar builds to Green and Anderson.

“Both players exhibit efficient swings and are in the top percentiles when compared to other players of similar builds,” Kyle Crawford, Head of Baseball at K-Motion, which partnered with Perfect Game to create PG Tech, explained. “No one segment is having to carry the entire load of the swing. They are working together and that produces a similar outcome for the two players.”

Even in elite prospects, it is extremely common to see one weak link in the swing chain, which in turn makes the other segments compensate for that weak link. In the case of Green and Anderson, that’s not the case. The efficiency in which the two prospects move is evident in the data collected in the PG Tech Cage.

It is also evident when looking at their swings side-by-side on the high-speed Edgertronic cameras used in the cage.

PG Tech takes the guesswork out of player development. If Green or Anderson had a weak link that needed worked on, they could download the PG Tech App, get a personalized training plan with individualized drills that attacks the targeted segment, and gain exit velocity.

On average, players have gained 3+ mph in exit velocity after only four weeks of training with the PG Tech App. Similar gains take over six months with traditional training methods.

To learn more about PG Tech and the PG Tech App, visit PGTech.com.