North Alabama Preseason All-State: Trackman Files


PBR Alabama Staff

The North Alabama Preseason All-State was held this past Sunday, January 16th at the Hartselle High School Indoor Facility in Hartselle, AL. This event consisted of some of the top players ranging from the classes of 2022-2025. These players went through an extended pro-style workout and took batting practice using Trackman and Blast Motion sensors. Pitchers were able to throw in simulated bullpens and were able to get numbers and metrics off of our Trackman unit. There were some players who showed up and continued to build off of prior performances, but there were also some new names who jumped onto our radar with a strong showing on Sunday.

We continue our post-event coverage today by taking a look at those players that posted some of the best metrics using our Trackman B1 unit during batting practice and bullpens. Please continue to check back over the next few weeks as we will release individual scouting reports on each player present at the event. 

 

Max Fastball & Peak Spin Rate

Rank Name State School Class Pos Velocity (max)
1 Christian Chatterton AL Brooks 2024 RHP 90.5 mph
2 Alex Wade AL Madison Academy 2022 OF 89.7 mph
3 Colin Patterson AL West Limestone 2023 RHP 89.2 mph
4 Joseph Garrison AL Priceville 2023 RHP 88.7 mph
5 Carter Wells AL Sparkman 2023 RHP 86.8 mph
6 Sam Carter AL Chelsea 2024 3B 85.5 mph
7 John Robicheaux AL Mountain Brook 2024 OF 85.3 mph
8 Charlie Cassingham AL Grissom 2025 SS 85.1 mph

Rank Name State School Class Pos Spin Rate (max)
1 Luke Davenport AL James Clemens 2024 RHP 2354 rpm
2 Charlie Cassingham AL Grissom 2025 SS 2328 rpm
3 Colin Patterson AL West Limestone 2023 RHP 2307 rpm
4 Peyton Steele AL Hartselle 2024 3B 2248 rpm
5 Joseph Garrison AL Priceville 2023 RHP 2242 rpm

Max Fastball Velocity: This metric calculates the speed of the pitch as it’s released from the pitcher’s hand.

Spin Rate: This metric calculates the rate of spin on the baseball as it leaves the pitcher’s hand, measured in revolutions per minute (rpm). Historical data shows that high-spin fastballs lessen the impact of gravity, allowing for more ‘rise’ (or less fall, in other words) as it carries through the zone. Low-spin fastballs typically indicate the pitch has greater horizontal action, often making it tougher to square up, but generally easier to make contact with, leading to more ground balls, while high-spin fastballs show a correlation with swings and misses.

Average Fastball Horizontal Movement

Rank Name State School Class Pos HM (avg)
1 Christian Chatterton AL Brooks 2024 RHP 15.4
2 Jackson Prickett AL Priceville 2023 SS 14.8
3 Carter Lee AL Hartselle 2026 SS 11.5
4 Chase Cartron AL Huntsville 2024 1B -11.2
5 Greyson Howard AL Hartselle 2023 1B 10.4
6 Joseph Garrison AL Priceville 2023 RHP 10.3

Horizontal Break: Outlined on TrackMan’s own website: “... horizontal movement is measured in inches between where the pitch actually crosses the front of home plate side-wise, and where it would have crossed home plate side-wise if had it traveled in a perfectly straight line from release. A positive number means the break was to the right from the pitcher’s perspective, while a negative number means the break was to the left from the pitcher’s perspective.”

Average Slider Spin Rate

Rank Name State School Class Pos Spin Rate (avg)
1 Luke Davenport AL James Clemens 2024 RHP 2735
2 Sam Carter AL Chelsea 2024 3B 2390
3 Colin Patterson AL West Limestone 2023 RHP 2299

Spin Rate: The metric calculates how fast the ball is spinning as it leaves the pitcher’s hand, reported in the number of times the pitched ball would spin per minute (“revolutions per minute” or “rpm”).

Average Curveball Spin Rate

Rank Name State School Class Pos Spin Rate (avg)
1 Brody McCain AL Arab 2023 RHP 2799 rpm
2 Christian Chatterton AL Brooks 2024 RHP 2619 rpm
3 Charlie Cassingham AL Grissom 2025 SS 2578 rpm
4 Carter Wells AL Sparkman 2023 RHP 2539 rpm
5 Sam Carter AL Chelsea 2024 3B 2331 rpm

Spin Rate: The metric calculates how fast the ball is spinning as it leaves the pitcher’s hand, reported in the number of times the pitched ball would spin per minute (“revolutions per minute” or “rpm”).

Average Changeup Horizontal Movement

Rank Name State School Class Pos HM (avg)
1 Alex Wade AL Madison Academy 2022 OF 16.6
2 Carter Wells AL Sparkman 2023 RHP 16.3
3 Christian Chatterton AL Brooks 2024 RHP 15.3
4 Logan Mooney AL Athens 2023 LHP -13.4
5 Brayden Spurgeon AL Russellville 2023 RHP 12.7

Horizontal Break: This metric measures the distance, measured in inches, between where the pitch actually crosses the front of home plate side-wise, and where it would have crossed home plate side-wise if had it traveled in a perfectly straight line from release. A positive number means the break was to the right from the pitcher’s perspective, while a negative number means the break was to the left from the pitcher’s perspective.

Peak Exit Velocity (Hitting)

Rank Name State School Class Pos Exit Velocity (max)
1 Alex Wade AL Madison Academy 2022 OF 99.4 mph
2 Javen Hunter AL Clay Chalkville 2022 SS 99.2 mph
3 Cade Carr AL Hoover 2023 C 99.0 mph
4 Josey Williamson AL Hartselle 2024 SS 98.6 mph
5 Peyton Steele AL Hartselle 2024 3B 98.0 mph
6 Carter Wells AL Sparkman 2023 RHP 97.5 mph
7 Jay Faulkner AL Vestavia Hills 2022 OF 97.2 mph

Exit Velocity: This metric measures the speed of the ball, measured in miles per hour, as it comes off the bat at the moment of contact.

Peak Estimated Batted Distance (Hitting)

Rank Name State School Class Pos Distance (max)
1 Charles Harbin AL New Hope 2024 C 350 ft
2 Brant Stringer AL Hartselle 2023 1B 339 ft
3 Nolan Daversa AL Madison County 2023 3B 335 ft
4 Payne Bryan AL Springville 2023 3B 333 ft
5 Payton Purser AL Hamilton 2024 3B 333 ft
6 Nate Mayfield AL Bob Jones 2023 SS 331 ft
7 Jack Buening AL Sparkman 2023 OF 331 ft
8 RJ Hamilton AL Hoover 2023 SS 331 ft

DistanceThis metric measures the estimated “carry flat” distance, measured in feet, meaning the distance that the ball travels before it lands, or would have landed if it were not caught or obstructed.

For a complete look at each of the statistics measured at this showcase, CLICK HERE.

 

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