Prep Baseball Report

Nine to Know: Top Breaking Balls from Recent Scout Days

Brandon Hall
Executive Director of Scouting, PBR NC

Throughout the fall, PBR scouts have been across the state watching players and programs.  One of the events offered to area programs is a PBR Scout Day.  In the PBR Scout Day, PBR is able to evaluate players from each organization in a setting that is designed to see players at their best. 

Today in Nine to Know we take a little different path from most weeks.  Instead of diving deep on 9 players, we are taking a deep dive into multiple statistical avenues with pitchers from recent scout days.  In each statistical category, we will look at the top 9 performances from recent scout day.  This week we dive into some of the top breaking balls seen at recent scout days.

Click on the name of the players in each category will take you to the player's full PBR Profile with stats and video available.

These Scout Days were considered for this Nine to Know:


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Top Curveballs

Curveball - Average Spin Rate
High spin rate on a breaking ball can lend itself to the overall movement on the pitch.  There are many factors that can contribute to above average curveballs, but most of the top breaking balls have a high spin rate.

Rank Name State School Class Pos Spin Rate (avg)
1 Trent McBurnett NC Southern Lee County 2022 SS 2487 rpm
2 Josh Hammond NC Wesleyan Christian Academy 2025 RHP 2459 rpm
3 Evan Cecile NC West Stokes 2023 SS 2321 rpm
4 Matthew Lovitt NC Jacksonville 2022 RHP 2261 rpm
5 Grayson Myrick NC J.H. Rose 2022 3B 2210 rpm
6 Kaden Fuller NC West Stokes 2023 RHP 2180 rpm
7 Charlie Stogner NC Reagan 2024 OF 2171 rpm
8 Holden Phillips NC Hough 2024 OF 2144 rpm
9 Ethan Locklear NC Richmond Senior High 2023 SS 2124 rpm


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