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Showcase  | Story  | 12/17/2021

FAQ Showcase Questions: Part 3

For many heading into their first Perfect Game showcase, there’s an element of the unknown for players and families as they simply haven’t experienced an event in a showcase setting before. During the first two segments of this series we looked at FAQs pertaining to the pre-showcase and what to expect, as well as what scouts are looking for once the event is underway. The final installment below will break down what all the metrics mean in regard to a player's performance and how they compare amongst their peers and other levels of competition. 

With the addition of 13u and 14u showcases to the Perfect Game showcase schedule, players now have the opportunity to attend at a young age, post a baseline of numbers and watch their progress over the years. Whether it’s a 13u or 14u showcase or the National Showcase with 300 of the top rising seniors, the structure of a Perfect Game showcase remains the same, providing continuity from one event to the next. Beginning with the 60-yard dash, players will move into the defensive workout portion of the event where they’ll be split up between outfielders, infielders, first baseman and catchers before entering batting practice and the live action where pitchers will take the mound, all the while Perfect Game staff will be recording the results.



A couple FAQs that were answered in the second part of this showcase series that pertain to post showcase as well:

Are players automatically ranked after a showcase?
•While players are not automatically ranked following a showcase, their performances are taken into consideration. All the numbers, selection to the Top Prospect List and Top Prospect Team, and performance during live action will all be taken into consideration when updating the latest iteration of the rankings for all respective classes. Once a player receives their scouting report and grade from a showcase they can expect that to be factored into their classes national player rankings very soon.
 
How long does it take for the written report and videos to be posted?
•Our scouts work diligently and quickly when it comes to getting the player reports posted as we know players and families are waiting for the reports to send to college coaches. Reports are typically returned within 4 to 5 weeks during the busy summer season and even quicker during the winter and early spring showcases. 

PG Grades
Number grades will always be included in all drill notes (BP, fielding) and for pitching as well.

10 - Top level tool typical of a very high draft pick
9.5 - Professional level tool or a very high-level college tool
9 - Solid high Division-I college tool
8.5 - Good mid-level college level tool 
8 - A tool that fits into a college or junior college
7.5 - A plus varsity high school tool
7 - A better than average high school tool
6.5 - A solid high school level tool 
6 - A developing high school tool

Top Prospect List
This team is post showcase and combines raw numbers, projection of the prospect, and the evaluation from our Perfect Game scouts. This is not based on one skill at the showcase, but on the overall performance and what type of ceiling the prospect possesses. This list of prospects comes out immediately after the event concludes.

Top Prospect Team
This team is post showcase and focuses on the raw numbers that the prospect produced from your workouts. It’s a raw tool or score that is in the top tier of the showcase you are participating in. This list comes out after the player reports are completed so all of the event data is evaluated and posted. 

The numbers listed below are not based on the 20-80 professional scale. They are a collection of data based on all the workout numbers from Perfect Game Showcases during the 2019 circuit, at each age level.  

Level

60-Yard Dash

10-Yard Dash

Fastball Velocity

 

Average

Plus

Elite

Average

Plus

Elite

Average

Plus

Elite

14U

7.71

7.20

7.00

1.79

1.70

1.65

72

80

83

15U

7.52

7.10

6.95

1.75

1.61

1.63

76

81

85

16U

7.50

7.13

6.91

1.74

1.62

1.60

79

86

89

17U

7.26

6.80

6.65

1.71

1.58

1.58

82

88

92

Level

Catcher pop

Catcher Velocity

First Base Velocity

 

Average

Plus

Elite

Average

Plus

Elite

Average

Plus

Elite

14U

2.20

2.03

1.98

68

73

75

71

78

80

15U

2.12

1.96

1.91

71

76

79

74

79

82

16U

2.16

1.94

1.89

73

78

80

74

80

83

17U

2.01

1.90

1.84

75

79

82

76

82

84

Level

Infield Velocity

Outfield Velocity

Pocket Radar Exit Velocity

 

Average

Plus

Elite

Average

Plus

Elite

Average

Plus

Elite

14U

72

80

83

75

82

85

75

82

84

15U

76

83

85

77

84

87

78

83

86

16U

77

84

86

79

87

89

81

85

90

17U

78

86

88

82

88

91

83

90

93


Diamond Kinetics – National Percentages By Competition Level
(Based on 2018 swing data – Millions of swings taken nationally) 
-All information provided by Diamond Kinetics 
Swing Metrics Rating Table

Level

Max Barrel Speed (MPH)

Max Acceleration (G’s)

Impact Momentum (KG/M)

 

Average

Plus

Elite

Average

Plus

Elite

Average

Plus

Elite

12U

46.8

54.1

65.6

22.7

31.9

47.5

12

14.7

18.7

13U

47.3

55.1

69.3

25.2

34.6

50.6

12.3

15.7

22

14U

49.7

57.7

70.5

25.5

35.2

51.8

14

18.6

26.4

15U

52.6

59.2

71.4

26.6

36.6

53.7

18.6

22.4

28.7

16U

54.8

62.7

76.1

27.9

37.5

53.9

19.2

23.7

31.5

17U

56.3

65.4

80.9

31.2

42

58.1

20.9

25.2

32.5

18U

60.5

68.7

82.2

32.3

42

60.5

22.3

26.2

32.8

D2-JC

61.1

68.9

82.7

32.6

43.1

61.5

22.9

27.1

34.2

D1

62.9

71.1

83.9

38.5

49.9

69.4

23.8

27.8

34.5

(The three metrics that most elite hitter have in common are 70-Max Barrel Speed, 45-Max Acceleration, and 27-Impact Momentum)

Max Barrel Speed
•The maximum speed of the bat’s barrel during your swing, at a point 20% from the tip of the bat. 

Max Acceleration 
•Maximum Acceleration captures how quickly a batter speeds up their swing from start to impact, and relates directly to the force and torque applied to the bat.  

Impact Momentum 
•Impact Momentum is the amount of the momentum in the bat when the bat makes contact with the ball.  It is determined by the barrel speed at impact, and the weight of the bat. 

PG Tech at Perfect Game Showcases

What is PG Tech
 
PG Tech is a technology company formed by Perfect Game and K-Motion, created to apply best-in-class technologies in baseball to better understand and analyze prospects. The data incorporated in the PG Tech Cage is THE tool to build your swing, and gives coaches and scouts a much better picture of your swing, providing them with data to see the full potential of each player.
 
What your PG Tech Profile gives you
 
The ability to capture and synchronize data across all of these technologies has always been prohibitively expensive, and until now, only the most elite organizations like MLB have been able to do it. Click below on the PG Tech FAQ for a more in-depth explanation on all things PG Tech.
 
What data from the PG TECH Cage experience will be on my Perfect Game player profile page?
 
• K-Motion 3D data
• Edgertronics high speed video
• Pocket Radar ball data
• Diamond Kinetics bat data
• TrackMan launch monitor data
 
On my PG player profile page, I see my kinematic peak speed sequence; what does it tell me about my swing?
 
The kinematic peak speed sequence tells you the order in which during the swing your body segments hit their peak rotational velocities. In the chart, the pelvis is labeled 1, the torso 2, the arm 3, and the hand/bat 4.
 
What do I need to know to understand my kinematic peak speed sequence pattern?
 
• Every hitter has their own pattern. This is not one-size-fits-all. There are players in college and pro baseball with lots of different peak speed sequence patterns.
• The key is to understand your pattern, which will help you understand how you move to hit a baseball and how you can swing your best.
• While each pattern has strengths and weaknesses, generally speaking, a peak swing sequence pattern that works from the ground up is more efficient. That’s why coaches like to see the pelvis speed peak first and the hand/bat last.
 
What other data will I get?
 
The technologies we have highlighted above give you the cause data of your swing – they tell or show you what you do in your swing.
 
We also record exit velocity and ball flight data. This is the effect of your swing. Increasing exit velocity is key to hitting the ball hard, getting more hits, and hitting it further. Having batted ball data and 3D and video, we can start to see the full picture of you as a hitter. From here, we can break down what you’re doing well and areas to improve.
 
You will notice a sensor at the bottom of your bat as well. This sensor provides insight into the way your bat moves through space. The bat is the final piece to measure before you make contact with the baseball.
 
Enjoy the PG Tech Cage experience. You will see a number of staff members at the cage with PG Tech t-shirts, ask them questions. They are here to help you understand the data and your swing.