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Denver Preseason ID: TrackMan Files (Pitching)


Cam Black-Araujo
PBR Colorado Operations Assistant

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On Sunday, Jan. 23rd, the Denver Preseason ID was hosted by Slammers South, an open event for 2022-2025 graduates. Talents were on display in front of the PBR Colorado 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.

MAX FASTBALL & AVERAGE FASTBALL

Rank Name State School Class Pos Velocity (max)
1 Darian Burnett CO Erie 2023 RHP 87.6 mph
2 Cameron Ochoa CO Grand Junction 2023 RHP 87.2 mph
3 Grant Shepardson CO Mountain Vista 2024 RHP 87.2 mph
4 Jonah Johnson CO Discovery Canyon 2022 RHP 85.8 mph
5 Jack Novak CO ThunderRidge 2023 RHP 84.4 mph
6 Anton Keith CO Fairview 2024 RHP 83.9 mph
7 Ethan McGraw CO Columbine 2024 RHP 83.3 mph
8 Zach Butler CO Columbine 2022 SS 82.9 mph
9 Matthew Yarish CO Columbine 2022 RHP 82.4 mph
10 Paul Hughes CO Cherry Creek 2024 RHP 82.2 mph

Rank Name State School Class Pos Eff Velocity (avg)
1 Grant Shepardson CO Mountain Vista 2024 RHP 85.3 mph
2 Darian Burnett CO Erie 2023 RHP 84.7 mph
3 Cameron Ochoa CO Grand Junction 2023 RHP 83.7 mph
4 Jack Novak CO ThunderRidge 2023 RHP 82.2 mph
5 Jonah Johnson CO Discovery Canyon 2022 RHP 82.0 mph
6 Anton Keith CO Fairview 2024 RHP 81.1 mph
7 Paul Hughes CO Cherry Creek 2024 RHP 80.0 mph
8 Matthew Yarish CO Columbine 2022 RHP 79.8 mph
9 Zach Butler CO Columbine 2022 SS 79.6 mph
10 Chase Ruden CO Mountain Vista 2025 RHP 79.6 mph

PEAK FB SPIN RATE & HORIZONTAL BREAK

Rank Name State School Class Pos Spin Rate (max)
1 Chase Ruden CO Mountain Vista 2025 RHP 2278 rpm
2 Matthew Yarish CO Columbine 2022 RHP 2249 rpm
3 Anton Keith CO Fairview 2024 RHP 2214 rpm
4 Ethan McGraw CO Columbine 2024 RHP 2212 rpm
5 Daniel Balderas-Lujan CO Boulder 2023 3B 2177 rpm
6 Jonah Johnson CO Discovery Canyon 2022 RHP 2174 rpm
7 Grant Shepardson CO Mountain Vista 2024 RHP 2156 rpm
8 Darian Burnett CO Erie 2023 RHP 2151 rpm
9 Alexander Dalton CO Ponderosa 2025 OF 2146 rpm
10 Austin Bowlan CO Rifle 2023 SS 2127 rpm

Rank Name State School Class Pos HM (max)
1 Darian Burnett CO Erie 2023 RHP 15.7 in
2 Grant Shepardson CO Mountain Vista 2024 RHP 14.1 in
3 Connor Carlson CO Cherokee Trail 2025 RHP 13.5 in
4 Ethan McGraw CO Columbine 2024 RHP 12.8 in
5 Anton Keith CO Fairview 2024 RHP 11.5 in
6 Alexander Dalton CO Ponderosa 2025 OF 10.6 in
7 Donovan Baca CO Green Mountain 2023 OF 10.4 in
8 Paul Hughes CO Cherry Creek 2024 RHP 10.3 in
9 Daniel Balderas-Lujan CO Boulder 2023 3B 9.9 in
10 Logan Wilson CO Ellicott 2024 RHP 9.3 in

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.

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 Austin Bowlan CO Rifle 2023 SS 2430 rpm
2 Matthew Yarish CO Columbine 2022 RHP 2271 rpm
3 Darian Burnett CO Erie 2023 RHP 2260 rpm
4 Liam OConnor CO Conifer 2023 SS 2246 rpm
5 Anton Keith CO Fairview 2024 RHP 2230 rpm

Rank Name State School Class Pos Spin Rate (avg)
1 Darian Burnett CO Erie 2023 RHP 2730
2 Grant Shepardson CO Mountain Vista 2024 RHP 2330
3 Cameron Ochoa CO Grand Junction 2023 RHP 2256
4 Chase Ruden CO Mountain Vista 2025 RHP 2195
5 Connor Carlson CO Cherokee Trail 2025 RHP 2024

AVG CH HORIZONTAL BREAK

Rank Name State School Class Pos HM (avg)
1 Grant Shepardson CO Mountain Vista 2024 RHP 15.8
2 Cameron Ochoa CO Grand Junction 2023 RHP 13.0
3 Daniel Balderas-Lujan CO Boulder 2023 3B 10.8
4 Darian Burnett CO Erie 2023 RHP 10.0
5 Chase Ruden CO Mountain Vista 2025 RHP 9.4
6 Liam OConnor CO Conifer 2023 SS 9.1
7 Anton Keith CO Fairview 2024 RHP 6.1
8 Donovan Baca CO Green Mountain 2023 OF 6.0
9 Carter Gonzales CO Pueblo West 2025 3B -5.7
10 Connor Carlson CO Cherokee Trail 2025 RHP 5.3


UPCOMING EVENTS

SHOWCASE STATE DATE LOCATION
Northern Colorado Preseason ID CO 01/29 DBAT Norco
Super 60 Pro Showcase NATIONAL 02/06 The MAX - McCook, Ill.
Preseason All-State (Invite-Only) CO 02/27 Marucci Clubhouse
Northern Colorado Rising Stars ID CO 03/13 DBAT Norco - Windsor, CO

 

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