Top Prospect Games (Upperclass): TrackMan Files


PBR Alabama Staff

OXFORD, AL - The Top Prospect Games: Upperclass event was held on Tuesday, June 21st at Choccolocco Park in Oxford, AL. This event was an invite-only event that consisted of prospects from the 2023 and 2024 classes. These players went through a pro-style workout and took batting practice using Trackman and Blast Motion to record hitting metrics. Pitchers were able to throw in simulated bullpens and were able to get numbers and metrics off of our Trackman unit, such as pitch velocity, spin rate, horizontal & vertical movement & much more. 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 Tuesday.

Continuing off our post-event coverage for this event, we take a look back at some of the leaders from each statistical category recorded from the showcase. Please continue to check back over the next week, as we will release individual scouting reports on each player present at the event. 

 

MAX FASTBALL & AVERAGE SPIN RATE

Rank Name State School Class Pos Velocity (max)
1 Garrison Kahn AL Oak Mountain 2023 RHP 89.8 mph
2 Gabe Young AL Mountain Brook 2023 OF 88.9 mph
3 Chris Billingsley AL Bibb County 2023 RHP 88.8 mph
4 Carson Joyner AL Bayside Academy 2024 RHP 88.2 mph
5 Ethan Clark AL Sparkman 2023 RHP 86.7 mph
6 John Robicheaux AL Mountain Brook 2024 OF 86.7 mph
7 Ryan Everly AL Sparkman 2024 SS 86.1 mph
8 Nicholas McCord AL Oak Mountain 2024 SS 86.0 mph
9 Matthew Sheffield AL Northridge 2023 RHP 85.9 mph
10 Brian Henson Jr AL Buckhorn 2023 1B 85.1 mph

Rank Name State School Class Pos Spin Rate (avg)
1 Bo Bachtel AL Gardendale 2024 OF 2343 rpm
2 Ryan Everly AL Sparkman 2024 SS 2268 rpm
3 Nathan Owen AL Evangel Christian 2024 SS 2244 rpm
4 Hayden Greer AL John Carroll Catholic 2024 OF 2221 rpm
5 Will Greenwood AL Jacksonville 2024 RHP 2207 rpm
6 Ryan Vermillion AL Vestavia Hills 2023 RHP 2159 rpm
7 Andrew Allen AL Alexandria 2024 RHP 2153 rpm
8 Judson Collins AL Hartselle 2024 OF 2148 rpm
9 Andrew Pitts AL Hoover 2024 OF 2122 rpm
10 Evan Snow AL Alexandria 2024 SS 2101 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 Kenneth Diddell AL Mountain Brook 2024 RHP 19.1
2 Andrew Allen AL Alexandria 2024 RHP 15.6
3 Alex Petty AL Munford 2024 RHP 15.5
4 Brian Henson Jr AL Buckhorn 2023 1B -14.2
5 Ryan Everly AL Sparkman 2024 SS 14.1
6 Ryan Vermillion AL Vestavia Hills 2023 RHP 14.0
7 John Robicheaux AL Mountain Brook 2024 OF 13.9
8 Nicholas McCord AL Oak Mountain 2024 SS 13.3
9 Lawson Williams AL Hartselle 2024 1B 13.1
10 Eli Tidwell AL Hartselle 2023 3B 13.0

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 Ryan Vermillion AL Vestavia Hills 2023 RHP 2346
2 Carson Joyner AL Bayside Academy 2024 RHP 2333
3 Garrison Kahn AL Oak Mountain 2023 RHP 2260
4 Matthew Sheffield AL Northridge 2023 RHP 2208
5 Kenneth Diddell AL Mountain Brook 2024 RHP 2150
6 Ryan Everly AL Sparkman 2024 SS 2144
7 Easton Peed AL Cullman 2023 RHP 2077
8 Andrew Allen AL Alexandria 2024 RHP 2033
9 Alex Petty AL Munford 2024 RHP 1965
10 Brian Henson Jr AL Buckhorn 2023 1B 1937

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 Chris Billingsley AL Bibb County 2023 RHP 2621 rpm
2 Bo Bachtel AL Gardendale 2024 OF 2535 rpm
3 Nathan Owen AL Evangel Christian 2024 SS 2441 rpm
4 Gabe Young AL Mountain Brook 2023 OF 2365 rpm
5 Evan Snow AL Alexandria 2024 SS 2346 rpm
6 Sam Carter AL Chelsea 2024 3B 2274 rpm
7 Garrison Kahn AL Oak Mountain 2023 RHP 2244 rpm
8 Andrew Pitts AL Hoover 2024 OF 2208 rpm
9 Will Greenwood AL Jacksonville 2024 RHP 2113 rpm
10 Ford Moffatt AL Mountain Brook 2023 RHP 2095 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 Gabe Young AL Mountain Brook 2023 OF -19.7
2 Kenneth Diddell AL Mountain Brook 2024 RHP 19.1
3 Brian Henson Jr AL Buckhorn 2023 1B -18.7
4 Andrew Allen AL Alexandria 2024 RHP 18.0
5 Carson Joyner AL Bayside Academy 2024 RHP 16.2
6 Bo Bachtel AL Gardendale 2024 OF 14.8
7 Lawson Williams AL Hartselle 2024 1B 13.9
8 Easton Peed AL Cullman 2023 RHP 13.8
9 Andrew Pitts AL Hoover 2024 OF -12.6
10 Matthew Sheffield AL Northridge 2023 RHP 12.3

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 Will Lawrence AL Hoover 2023 C 100.5 mph
2 Trent Wright AL Mountain Brook 2023 UTILITY 99.9 mph
3 Taurus Ceasor Jr. AL Faith Academy 2024 3B 99.8 mph
4 Jack Holley AL Spanish Fort 2024 C 97.1 mph
5 John Robicheaux AL Mountain Brook 2024 OF 96.8 mph
6 Jack Stowers AL St. Pauls Episcopal 2023 C 95.8 mph
7 Chase Cartron AL Huntsville 2024 1B 95.5 mph
8 James Graphos AL Mountain Brook 2024 2B 95.1 mph
9 Kurt Kizer AL Hewitt-Trussville 2023 2B 95.1 mph
10 Carson Joyner AL Bayside Academy 2024 RHP 95.0 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 Trent Wright AL Mountain Brook 2023 UTILITY 377 ft
2 Taurus Ceasor Jr. AL Faith Academy 2024 3B 371 ft
3 Will Lawrence AL Hoover 2023 C 371 ft
4 Jack Holley AL Spanish Fort 2024 C 370 ft
5 Asa Morrison AL Springville 2023 C 361 ft
6 Walker Allen AL Mountain Brook 2023 SS 359 ft
7 Clay Spencer AL Spain Park 2023 C 358 ft
8 Brady Waugh AL Briarwood 2023 3B 358 ft
9 James Graphos AL Mountain Brook 2024 2B 357 ft
10 RJ Brooks AL Oxford 2024 OF 356 ft

Distance: This 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.

 

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