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Tucson Preseason ID: TrackMan Files (Pitching)


Paul Panaccione
Arizona Scouting Director

On Saturday, Jan. 8th, the Tucson Preseason ID was hosted at Cienega High School. An open event for 2022-2025 graduates. Talents were on display in front of the PBR Arizona staff, while data was being recorded by state-of-the-art technology. 

Today, our post event coverage continues as we analyze pitching data collected from our TrackMan unit on site. TrackMan Portable combines the best of video and radar technology to output the most accurate data in every environment.

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Max FB and Peak FB Spin Rate

Rank Name State School Class Pos Velocity (max)
1 Andres Castro AZ Pusch Ridge Christian 2024 RHP 84.6 mph
2 Sal Valenzuela AZ Nogales 2024 OF 83.7 mph
3 Sam Pitts AZ Buena 2023 LHP 81.3 mph
4 Hudson Harrison NM Centennial 2024 1B 80.0 mph
5 Isaac Garza NM Canutillo 2024 OF 78.1 mph
^ Alek Felix AZ Nogales 2024 1B 78.1 mph

Rank Name State School Class Pos Spin Rate (max)
1 Andres Castro AZ Pusch Ridge Christian 2024 RHP 2237 rpm
2 Nate Shoemaker AZ Catalina Foothills 2025 SS 2182 rpm
3 Sal Valenzuela AZ Nogales 2024 OF 2141 rpm
4 Sam Pitts AZ Buena 2023 LHP 2122 rpm
5 Jaden Keenan AZ Catalina Foothills 2023 LHP 2115 rpm
6 Hudson Harrison NM Centennial 2024 1B 2025 rpm
7 Alek Felix AZ Nogales 2024 1B 2016 rpm
^ Isaac Garza NM Canutillo 2024 OF 2016 rpm
8 Alan Matthew Durazo AZ Nogales 2024 OF 2004 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.

AVG FB & Horizontal Break

Rank Name State School Class Pos Eff Velocity (avg)
1 Andres Castro AZ Pusch Ridge Christian 2024 RHP 82.7 mph
2 Sal Valenzuela AZ Nogales 2024 OF 82.6 mph
3 Sam Pitts AZ Buena 2023 LHP 80.1 mph
4 Hudson Harrison NM Centennial 2024 1B 78.0 mph
5 Isaac Garza NM Canutillo 2024 OF 77.4 mph
^ Alek Felix AZ Nogales 2024 1B 77.4 mph

Rank Name State School Class Pos HM (max)
1 Hudson Harrison NM Centennial 2024 1B 16.2 in
2 Sal Valenzuela AZ Nogales 2024 OF -14.2 in
3 Jaden Keenan AZ Catalina Foothills 2023 LHP -12.7 in
4 Isaac Garza NM Canutillo 2024 OF -12.5 in
^ Alek Felix AZ Nogales 2024 1B -12.5 in
5 Aleksander Krupa AZ Cienega 2023 OF 12.1 in
6 Max Pitts AZ Buena 2024 RHP 9.9 in
7 Sam Pitts AZ Buena 2023 LHP -9.8 in
8 Andres Castro AZ Pusch Ridge Christian 2024 RHP 9.1 in

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.”

AVG CB/SL Spin Rate

Rank Name State School Class Pos Spin Rate (avg)
1 Brennan Waldrop CA Mission Vista 2022 LHP 2193 rpm
2 Noah Scilley AZ Gilbert Classical 2023 RHP 2179 rpm
3 Jake Romaine AZ Desert Vista 2023 OF 2166 rpm
4 Steve Solorzano NM Las Cruces 2023 3B 2157 rpm
5 Cohen Baack AZ Centennial 2025 RHP 2066 rpm
6 Adem Wagner AZ Horizon 2025 RHP 2038 rpm
7 Jacob Mustain AZ Pusch Ridge Christian 2024 SS 2027 rpm
8 Hunter Heeringa AZ Valley Christian 2023 RHP 1995 rpm

AVG CH Horizontal Break

Rank Name State School Class Pos HM (avg)
1 Sal Valenzuela AZ Nogales 2024 OF -13.9
2 Isaac Garza NM Canutillo 2024 OF -12.5
^ Alek Felix AZ Nogales 2024 1B -12.5
3 Alan Matthew Durazo AZ Nogales 2024 OF -11.2
4 Andres Castro AZ Pusch Ridge Christian 2024 RHP 9.6
5 Jaden Keenan AZ Catalina Foothills 2023 LHP -9.4
6 Hudson Harrison NM Centennial 2024 1B 8.5
7 Aleksander Krupa AZ Cienega 2023 OF 8.4
8 Max Pitts AZ Buena 2024 RHP 6.1

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