Entering the 2021 season, the West Coast League continues to enhance technology and data Initiatives with the help of new and expanded partnerships. Among our growing partnerships is with TrackMan, which serves as an additional tool to aid player development and performance evaluation. TrackMan Baseball is used by all 30 Major League Baseball teams and throughout the minor leagues. The company’s technology precisely measures the location, trajectory, and spin rate of hit and pitched baseballs.
“I’ve now been with the West Coast League for three years,” said WCL Commissioner Rob Neyer, “and I consider our tremendous relationship with TrackMan among the more important things we’ve done. We can all see the future of player development and performance, and our league is committed to getting there first.”
The WCL-TrackMan relationship began in 2018, when TrackMan turned on the existing equipment in Oregon State’s Goss Stadium that was used in the summer by the Corvallis Knights.
The partnership grew substantially in 2019, when five more WCL member teams—the Walla Walla Sweets, Cowlitz Black Bears, Bend Elks, Wenatchee AppleSox, and Bellingham Bells—installed TrackMan radar systems in their ballparks. Now the relationship expands even further, with TrackMan’s latest technology gracing stadiums in Portland, Ridgefield, Port Angeles, and Yakima Valley. The result is 100% TrackMan coverage during the West Coast League’s 2021 season, which enhances player development and allows Major League Baseball to precisely evaluate the West’s top summer collegiate players.
In addition to increased TrackMan adoption, this spring the WCL announced an exciting new partnership with Driveline Baseball. But the West Coast League’s commitment to technology and player development hardly ends with TrackMan and Driveline, and in the coming weeks we’ll highlight even more initiatives that help create collegiate summer baseball’s No. 1 environment for player development.
About the West Coast League: The West Coast League is the West’s premier summer collegiate baseball league. Encompassing Oregon, Washington, British Columbia, and now Alberta, the WCL showcases pro prospects from major collegiate conferences around the nation. Every summer, the league features unparalleled fan and player experiences, with North America’s best baseball weather. The 2019 MLB amateur draft began with former Corvallis Knight Adley Rutschman selected with the overall No. 1 pick by the Baltimore Orioles. Also in 2019, 317 WCL alumni were active in affiliated professional baseball, including 45 in the major leagues, while overall attendance in the West Coast League increased to nearly half a million fans.