West Tennessee Fall ID: TrackMan Files


PBR Tennessee Staff

On Sunday, September 4, the PBR Tennessee scouting staff hosted the West Tennessee Fall ID. at The University of Memphis. 

Today, we’re continuing our post-event analysis by examining the data measured by our TrackMan units. The technology is able to capture information that’s difficult to capture by the naked eye, like pitch-by-pitch metrics and batted-ball data. We’ll explain more below:

MAX FASTBALL & PEAK SPIN RATE

Rank Name State School Class Pos Velocity (max)
1 Miles Harper Jr TN Bartlett 2023 RHP 86.75 mph
2 Merik Carter TN Rockvale 2022 2B 86.54 mph
3 Elijah DeBerry TN University School of Jackson 2024 RHP 84.00 mph
4 Jack Newman TN Briarcrest 2022 LHP 82.72 mph
5 Joseph Romines TN Scotts Hill 2023 OF 82.14 mph

Rank Name State School Class Pos Spin Rate (max)
1 Miles Harper Jr TN Bartlett 2023 RHP 2502 rpm
2 Joseph Romines TN Scotts Hill 2023 OF 2487 rpm
3 Merik Carter TN Rockvale 2022 2B 2403 rpm
4 Elijah DeBerry TN University School of Jackson 2024 RHP 2338 rpm
5 Jack Newman TN Briarcrest 2022 LHP 2263 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 Hank Hisky TN White Station 2022 RHP 13.7
2 Jack Newman TN Briarcrest 2022 LHP -13.2
3 Miles Harper Jr TN Bartlett 2023 RHP 12.7
4 Tyler Rice TN Bolivar Central 2022 3B 11.8
5 Zachary Faerber TN Clarksville 2022 LHP -11.2

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 Merik Carter TN Rockvale 2022 2B 2312
2 Miles Harper Jr TN Bartlett 2023 RHP 2297

AVERAGE CURVEBALL SPIN RATE

Rank Name State School Class Pos Spin Rate (avg)
1 Hank Hisky TN White Station 2022 RHP 2495 rpm
2 Jack Newman TN Briarcrest 2022 LHP 2418 rpm
3 Elijah DeBerry TN University School of Jackson 2024 RHP 2326 rpm
4 Tyler Rice TN Bolivar Central 2022 3B 2268 rpm
5 Zachary Faerber TN Clarksville 2022 LHP 2117 rpm

AVERAGE CHANGEUP HORIZONTAL MOVEMENT

Rank Name State School Class Pos HM (avg)
1 Miles Harper Jr TN Bartlett 2023 RHP 17.4
2 Hank Hisky TN White Station 2022 RHP 17.2
3 Elijah DeBerry TN University School of Jackson 2024 RHP 15.5
4 Joseph Romines TN Scotts Hill 2023 OF 14.1
5 Merik Carter TN Rockvale 2022 2B 13.6

AVERAGE EXIT VELOCITY (HITTING)

Rank Name State School Class Pos Exit Speed (avg)
1 Nathan Brown TN Rockvale 2024 C 86.24 mph
2 Joshua Maharrey TN Arlington 2023 1B 85.90 mph
3 Miles Harper Jr TN Bartlett 2023 RHP 84.78 mph
4 South McCoy MS Tupelo 2025 OF 84.50 mph
5 Tyler Rice TN Bolivar Central 2022 3B 84.49 mph
6 Pete Daniel TN Ensworth 2023 SS 84.36 mph
7 Merik Carter TN Rockvale 2022 2B 83.08 mph

Exit Speed: Also according to TrackMan’s own website: “The speed of the ball, measured in miles per hour, as it comes off the bat at the moment of contact.”

PEAK EXIT VELOCITY (HITTING)

Rank Name State School Class Pos Exit Speed (max)
1 Tyler Rice TN Bolivar Central 2022 3B 95.38 mph
2 Miles Harper Jr TN Bartlett 2023 RHP 94.46 mph
3 Tyson Henderlight TN Wilson Central 2024 SS 92.68 mph
4 Jamycus Dawson TN Whitehaven 2022 OF 92.06 mph
5 Nathan Brown TN Rockvale 2024 C 91.60 mph

PEAK ESTIMATED BATTED DISTANCE (HITTING)

Rank Name State School Class Pos Distance (max)
1 Merik Carter TN Rockvale 2022 2B 350 ft
2 Miles Harper Jr TN Bartlett 2023 RHP 339 ft
3 Tyson Henderlight TN Wilson Central 2024 SS 334 ft
4 Joshua Maharrey TN Arlington 2023 1B 331 ft
5 South McCoy MS Tupelo 2025 OF 327 ft
6 Vaughn Smith TN Christian Brothers 2022 2B 325 ft
7 Nathan Brown TN Rockvale 2024 C 324 ft
8 Pete Daniel TN Ensworth 2023 SS 322 ft

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

UPCOMING SHOWCASES

SHOWCASE STATE DATE LOCATION
2021 Tennessee/Kentucky Border Battle TN 10/02 University of Tennessee
5 Star Mid South Scout Day TN 10/16 Rose Park
Tennessee Senior Games (Invite-Only) TN 10/23 Friendship Christian
Tennessee Fall Underclass Trials TN 10/24 Friendship Christian
Knights TN Scout Day TN 10/31 Trevecca University
East Tennessee Fall I.D. TN 11/06 Lakeway Christian
Tri Star Titans + JC Thunder Scout Day TN 11/07 Cardinal Park