Aspiring college baseball players often ask us what it takes to make it to the next level. A high exit velocity certainly helps. In a recent post, we explained the five keys to exit velocity. Essentially, exit velocity measures your bat speed in addition to the efficiency and power of your mechanics. It’s always a good idea to measure your exit velocity as a way to see where you are in comparison with your competition and where you want to go. Plus, an exit velocity reading that’s below your standards allows you to work on both your swing mechanics and explosiveness overall. Keep reading as we dive deeper into this important baseball scouting measurement.
How is exit velocity measured?
This is somewhat of a process, as you will need a tee, ball, wooden bat, and radar gun. Whoever is holding the radar gun should sit behind the tee so they can get a reading on the ball as it goes out toward the pitcher. Why use a wooden bat? Well, as you may already know, you can actually get a higher reading when the hitter uses an aluminum bat.
What is a good exit velocity?
Our staff is asked this question on a fairly regular basis. If you want to not only be recruited by a Division I school but also excel when you get there, an exit velocity of at least 90 miles per hour is a must. That number isn’t set in stone, though. There are plenty of talented baseball players who have an exit velocity in the upper-80s.
Who has the highest average exit velocity in the majors?
Are you looking for players to emulate in terms of exit velocity? Well, it doesn’t hurt to start with Aaron Judge. The Yankee phenom had an average exit velocity of 95.3 in 2017. It’s no surprise considering he smashed a league-leading 52 home runs to go with 114 runs batted in. Joey Gallo and Nelson Cruz finished slightly behind Judge with an average exit velocity of 94.0. Taking this one step further, what do all these players have in common besides similar exit velocity measurements? Simply put, they hit the ball a long way. The trio of Judge, Gallo, and Cruz combined to hit 132 home runs last season.
There’s no question that hitting a baseball is one of the most difficult things to do in sports. That said, having the proper swing mechanics and explosiveness makes it a whole lot easier.
How Our Athlete Training Programs Can Help
Whether you’re looking to increase your exit velocity or throwing velocity, the coaches at BRX Performance can help. We know the power that comes with individualized strength programs. Our staff understands how to bridge the gap between the weight room and the unique demands of overhead athletes. Taking your game to the next level involves more than just lifting weights in the same fashion as athletes in other sports. It’s about becoming more flexible, agile, powerful, and explosive.
Take your baseball training or softball training to the next level with BRX. Our programs involve a combination of the following:
- Endurance training
- Functional training
- Speed training
- Agility training
- And more
Call us today to get started.