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Nick Rossini

Nicholas Rossini is the Product Development Coordinator at Rapsodo. He graduated from Elon University with a degree in Finance and minored in Computer Science. Nick was involved in the Baseball Analytics Club at Elon University and participated in multiple SABR Analytics Conference's case study competitions. He competed in two Illinois State Junior Amateur Golf Championships and won an IJGA Tournament in a playoff! Questions for Nick? Email him at nicholas@rapsodo.com.

Fastest Pitchers on Baseball America’s Top 2021 MLB Draft Prospect List

Baseball America released their 500 Top 2021 MLB Draft Prospects List. Since 85% of players on this list use Rapsodo data for player development and evaluation, we decided to make some rankings of our own based on their data.  Just how hard are these top prospects throwing? We ranked the top 20 pitchers by velocity below:  Rankings as of …

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Hardest Hitters on Baseball America’s MLB Top Draft Prospects List

Baseball America has released their Top 500 MLB Draft Prospect List for the 2021 season. Since 85% of players on this list use Rapsodo data for player development and evaluation, we decided to make some rankings of our own based on their data.  If you’re curious to know a little more about just how hard the top MLB draft prospects mash taters, …

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Understanding Rapsodo Hitting Data: Exit Direction

From moving the third basemen to short right field to adding another outfielder altogether, teams pay attention to exit direction. A player’s exit direction is seen by MLB teams as something that stays consistent, which can lead to more accurate defensive positioning and less opportunity for the hitter.

Understanding Rapsodo Hitting Data: Launch Angle

Launch angle (LA) is a hot topic in baseball as of late. Ever since Statcast introduced launch angle along with many other metrics in 2015, there has been a discussion about its relevance. Some have called launch angle a “type of swing”, but let’s call it exactly what it is: a metric to describe a batted ball.

Understanding Rapsodo Hitting Data: Spin Rate

The use of spin rate has mostly been referred to as a characteristic of pitching, but it can be applied to hitting as well. Every batted ball has a spin rate which can be used to determine a hitter’s quality of contact. Dialing in a hitter’s spin rate can lead to greater success in exit speed, launch angle, and other important statistics.