Rapsodo Pitching at Baseball Rebellion

Hey Everyone Dave Shinskie at baseball rebellion. We’re gonna go over some Rapsodo data and how we use it here at Baseball Rebellion. This is one of my players, one of my pitchers, Jackson, he’s 11 years old We’re going to be using the the 50 feet meter here You can change it, you know to whatever length that you’re pitching at that season So we’re gonna go ahead and and and use the 50 because you’re a travel ball, right? Alright, cool. So What does it usually start out? We usually start out with the four seam fastball So we’ll just press the four seam button and let it go. Here we go Great so as we’re waiting for this it usually takes It usually takes like 10 seconds to load which isn’t bad Again, getting the ball back from the catcher is probably going to be pretty similar. So what it says here We got a reading on miles per hour, which is 61 that’s anywhere from average to you know Where he’s at pretty much and what we see here is the spin access. So the spin axis is telling us how he’s basically Releasing the ball off of his off of his hand. Okay. So 16 1556 you know close to 1600 is I would say above-average to You know average to for his age at 11 years old. An 89% spin efficiency, meaning that it’s staying on that spin access at 89% That’s what that true spins means Okay at thirteen hundred and seventy nine rpms. Now I think this is the coolest feature down here. Now. It says that he He had eleven point eight inches in horizontal break and fifteen point four inches in vertical break and that tells you exactly when and where The first initial break was into the second initial break Horizontally and then if you’ve changed the view It says twenty three point three and fifteen point one And that is the vertical. Now the catcher view, it tracks it also where it’s coming out of his hand So you see it starts just a little bit over the the middle the middle inner third to a righty and finishes down to the middle and inner third To that righty as well. Okay. So that’s pitch one. We’re gonna go to a two seam I also use the 65 inch TV so that you know I’m talking to him in the cage. The parents could also see what we’re talking about It also just you know gives us a little bit of a focal point And behind us so let’s go ahead and throw your two seam, which I think is his best pitch and see what we get here It’s pretty good. So again that was a little bit out of the zone Okay Grab another ball and we’ll see if we pick that one up but usually when it’s out of the zone It has a it has trouble picking it up So that way it actually did pick it up so again You know consistent with his miles per hour Went down in rpms just a little bit and you can see that the access of the ball changed a little bit So that is where you’ll see a change in a spin efficiency So that means just a little bit of a cut on his ball So I’ll ask him as a teaching point is what finger did you think that ball came off of? Probably middle finger a little bit, right? So it got a little bit of a cut So with a two seamer I want you to focus on just a little bit more pressure on that index finger and Pretty much what we’ll see is probably that spin efficiency go up. Let’s see if we see that And you heard that bang that means it was in the strike zone So, let’s see if we we got we picked up any spin efficiency on that one So again, you can see the spin access the blue line went up a little bit So that means he’s getting off his index finger a little bit more so that spin efficiency goes up now You’ll see with a two-seam, you know, it sinks a little bit more, but this is a really good I call this a disappearing two-seam basically because he’s got the same amount of horizontal break as vertical break and You’ll see a lot of times when that happens that it breaks pretty much at the same level horizontally horizontally as it does vertically and that’s What we call a disappearing two seamer. Nice job right there buddy. Now we’re gonna go to is breaking stuff an off-speed again change up. It’s early in the year. So again, I don’t I don’t care if you’re out of the zone here. Let’s just it’s a feel pitch. So let’s get a feel for your change-up How do you hold their change-up? Circle chains you’ve heard the hold the circle change. So again, depending on what we see with his spin with his spin axis, we might you know change his change his His grip up If he’s cutting it a little bit so again, it’s a teaching point at that aspect too, especially at this age when their hands are smaller than you know a Big leaguers hands or even a high schoolers. Okay. So here we go. Let’s go. What’s your change? So again, right you haven’t thrown that pitch in a while that was out of the zone probably not gonna pick that up So what we’re gonna do is just go, Hey forget about that pitch. Let’s go to the next one. Okay, here we go Yep Feel that middle finger be part of where you’re where you’re going with that ball your thumb should be pointing literally where you want to go so you’re you’re your ring finger and middle finger are really the Driving force off the ball and your thumb is should be on the bottom side of that ball Good and that’s a way better pitch. Good job, man Let’s see if we got that one So it’s just on a little bit inside to a lefty So we got that one and we see we got a speed change of 53 from 61, okay, and we got a spin spin total change It’s been efficiency. I mean so he cut that one a little bit, but if we can focus on being repeated Repeatable with that cut change. I don’t mind it. A lot of guys in the big leagues throw a cut change But again, it’s on that spin access and a really good job with location. Next we’ll go to your curveball now again, he’s 11 years old And I don’t condone throwing a Curveball all the time at this age but we’ve worked on his movements and mechanics and and made sure that he’s really efficient with repeating and I feel comfortable with him at this age being able to throw a curveball and not trying to do anything to manipulate the ball So what we’ll try to do is again Look at your grip Perfect go through your movements and see what kind of spin we get. Great Good, a nice job Now again, you want to make sure that you change Change the setting on the pitch type when you’re going through it. So for instance We went from fastball to two seemed, to change up, to now curveball if you have it on the two-seam and he’s thrown a curveball Sometimes it won’t come up as a total spin and it also messes up your spin efficiency. But again here you can see He’s throwing more of a slurve type deal if that was a true curve. That would be a higher spin efficiency So I might change it to a slider next time but that’s a really good really good job for an eleven-year-old on that spin access and that speed change along with that total spin Great job, man

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