Prep Baseball Report

CLASS OF 2026

LHP
OF

Sam
Higgins

Maine South (HS) • IL
6' 1" • 173LBS
R/L • 16yr 10mo
Travel Team: Top Tier Select/Americans

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2026 National

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Best Of Stats

Pitching

Fastball

82
Velocity (max)
7/06/23
78 - 81
Velo Range
7/06/23
2114
Spin Rate (avg)
6/06/23

Changeup

75 - 78
Velo Range
6/08/23
1849
Spin Rate (avg)
4/19/22

Curveball

68 - 73
Velo Range
6/08/23
2175
Spin Rate (avg)
2/24/24

Slider

70 - 72.1
Velo Range
2/24/24
2156
Spin Rate (avg)
2/12/23
Power
87.5
Exit Velocity (max)
2/12/23
77.4
Exit Velocity (avg)
2/12/23
282
Distance (max)
2/12/23
67
Sweet Spot %
4/19/22
Hitting
21.6
Hand Speed (max)
2/12/23
70.1
Bat Speed (max)
2/12/23
8.1
Rot. Acc (max)
2/12/23
-
Hard Hit %
Run
8
60
4/19/22
4.49
30-yd
2/12/23
1.9
10-yd
2/12/23
16.7
Run speed (max)
2/12/23
Defense
-
INF Velo
81
OF Velo
4/19/22
-
C Velo
-
Pop Time

Positional Tools

2023
2022
60 Yard Dash
8.17
Power / Speed Score
10.7
60 Yard Dash
8.00
Outfield Velocity
81.0
Power / Speed Score
10.6
O'Hare Preseason ID
Feb 12, 2023
Position
8.17
60-yard
88
Exit Velo
Power Speed Score
Lockport Rising Stars ID
Apr 19, 2022
Position
8.00
60-yard
81
OF Velo
85
Exit Velo
Power Speed Score

Hitting

2023
2022
Exit Velocity Max
87.5
Exit Velocity Avg
77.4
Distance Max
282
Distance Avg
145
Launch Angle Avg
15.3
Hard Hit %
Sweet Spot %
Line Drive %
Fly Ball %
Ground Ball %
Exit Velocity Max
84.9
Exit Velocity Avg
72.5
Distance Max
245
Distance Avg
182
Launch Angle Avg
24.4
Hard Hit %
Sweet Spot %
Line Drive %
Fly Ball %
Ground Ball %
O'Hare Preseason ID
Feb 12, 2023
Trackman - Hitting
87.5
Exit Velocity (max)
77.4
Exit Velocity (avg)
145
Distance (avg)
282
Distance (max)
Sweet Spot %
Line Drive %
Fly Ball %
Ground Ball %
Lockport Rising Stars ID
Apr 19, 2022
Trackman - Hitting
84.9
Exit Velocity (max)
72.5
Exit Velocity (avg)
182
Distance (avg)
245
Distance (max)
Sweet Spot %
Line Drive %
Fly Ball %
Ground Ball %

Hitting

2023
Hand Speed Max
21.6
Hand Speed Avg
20.0
Bat Speed Max
70.1
Bat Speed Avg
68.2
Rotational Acceleration Max
Rotational Acceleration Avg
On-Plane Efficiency Max
On-Plane Efficiency Avg
O'Hare Preseason ID
Feb 12, 2023
Blast - Hitting
21.6
Hand Speed (max)
20.0
Hand Speed (avg)
70.1
Bat Speed (max)
68.2
Bat Speed (avg)
Rot. Acc (max)
Rot. Acc (avg)
On Plane Eff (avg)
MaxOnPlaneEfficiency

Pitching

2024
2023
2022
Fastball
Velocity Max
81.0
Fastball
Velocity Avg
79.7
Fastball
Spin Rate Avg
1920
Fastball
Spin Score Avg
24.1
Fastball
Total Movement Avg
Curveball
Velocity Avg
67.4
Curveball
Spin Rate Avg
2051
Curveball
Total Movement Avg
Changeup
Velocity Avg
73.3
Changeup
Spin Rate Avg
1410
Changeup
Total Movement Avg
Slider
Velocity Avg
69.3
Slider
Spin Rate Avg
2014
Slider
Total Movement Avg
Fastball
Velocity Max
80.7
Fastball
Velocity Avg
78.3
Fastball
Spin Rate Avg
1765
Fastball
Spin Score Avg
22.5
Fastball
Total Movement Avg
Curveball
Velocity Avg
66.5
Curveball
Spin Rate Avg
2014
Curveball
Total Movement Avg
Changeup
Velocity Avg
74.1
Changeup
Spin Rate Avg
1469
Changeup
Total Movement Avg
Slider
Velocity Avg
69.7
Slider
Spin Rate Avg
2049
Slider
Total Movement Avg
Fastball
Velocity Max
75.9
Fastball
Velocity Avg
74.1
Fastball
Spin Rate Avg
1932
Fastball
Spin Score Avg
26.1
Fastball
Total Movement Avg
Changeup
Velocity Avg
61.6
Changeup
Spin Rate Avg
1849
Changeup
Total Movement Avg
Slider
Velocity Avg
63.7
Slider
Spin Rate Avg
1921
Slider
Total Movement Avg
Top Tier Scout Day
Jun 4, 2024
Trackman - Fastball
80.6
Velocity (max)
78.0 - 80.3
Velo Range
77.5
Eff Velocity (avg)
2,090
Spin Rate (max)
1,890
Spin Rate (avg)
IVB (max)
IVB (avg)
HM (max)
HM (avg)
Extension (avg)
Release Ht (avg)
Spin Score (max)
Zone %
Trackman - Curveball
68.6
Velocity (max)
65.1 - 67.8
Velo Range
64.0
Eff Velocity (avg)
2,025
Spin Rate (max)
1,967
Spin Rate (avg)
IVB (max)
IVB (avg)
HM (max)
HM (avg)
Extension (avg)
Release Ht (avg)
Spin Score (max)
Zone %
Trackman - Slider
69.6
Velocity (max)
67.0 - 69.4
Velo Range
66.0
Eff Velocity (avg)
2,026
Spin Rate (max)
1,940
Spin Rate (avg)
IVB (max)
IVB (avg)
HM (max)
HM (avg)
Extension (avg)
Release Ht (avg)
Spin Score (max)
Zone %
Spin Efficiency % (avg)
Trackman - ChangeUp
73.3
Velocity (max)
71.0 - 72.7
Velo Range
70.4
Eff Velocity (avg)
1,551
Spin Rate (max)
1,436
Spin Rate (avg)
IVB (max)
IVB (avg)
HM (max)
HM (avg)
Extension (avg)
Release Ht (avg)
Spin Score (max)
Zone %
Spin Efficiency % (avg)
Preseason All-State: Underclass (Invite-Only)
Feb 24, 2024
Trackman - Fastball
81.0
Velocity (max)
79.9 - 80.8
Velo Range
81.7
Eff Velocity (avg)
2,036
Spin Rate (max)
1,955
Spin Rate (avg)
IVB (max)
IVB (avg)
HM (max)
HM (avg)
Extension (avg)
Release Ht (avg)
Spin Score (max)
Zone %
Spin Efficiency % (avg)
Trackman - Curveball
69.7
Velocity (max)
68.0 - 69.7
Velo Range
68.2
Eff Velocity (avg)
2,206
Spin Rate (max)
2,175
Spin Rate (avg)
IVB (max)
IVB (avg)
HM (max)
HM (avg)
Extension (avg)
Release Ht (avg)
Spin Score (max)
Zone %
Spin Efficiency % (avg)
Trackman - Slider
72.3
Velocity (max)
70.0 - 72.1
Velo Range
71.5
Eff Velocity (avg)
2,186
Spin Rate (max)
2,126
Spin Rate (avg)
IVB (max)
IVB (avg)
HM (max)
HM (avg)
Extension (avg)
Release Ht (avg)
Spin Score (max)
Zone %
Spin Efficiency % (avg)
Trackman - ChangeUp
76.5
Velocity (max)
75.6 - 76.5
Velo Range
77.1
Eff Velocity (avg)
1,391
Spin Rate (max)
1,364
Spin Rate (avg)
IVB (max)
IVB (avg)
HM (max)
HM (avg)
Extension (avg)
Release Ht (avg)
Spin Score (max)
Zone %
Spin Efficiency % (avg)
Illinois State Games (Invite-Only)
Aug 8, 2023
Trackman - Fastball
80.6
Velocity (max)
76.3 - 79.1
Velo Range
76.1
Eff Velocity (avg)
1,912
Spin Rate (max)
1,624
Spin Rate (avg)
IVB (max)
IVB (avg)
HM (max)
HM (avg)
Extension (avg)
Release Ht (avg)
Spin Score (max)
Zone %
Spin Efficiency % (avg)
Trackman - Curveball
66.7
Velocity (max)
61.6 - 66.5
Velo Range
62.1
Eff Velocity (avg)
1,968
Spin Rate (max)
1,909
Spin Rate (avg)
IVB (max)
IVB (avg)
HM (max)
HM (avg)
Extension (avg)
Release Ht (avg)
Spin Score (max)
Trackman - Slider
72.2
Velocity (max)
68.9 - 71.4
Velo Range
68.2
Eff Velocity (avg)
2,104
Spin Rate (max)
1,986
Spin Rate (avg)
IVB (max)
IVB (avg)
HM (max)
HM (avg)
Extension (avg)
Release Ht (avg)
Spin Score (max)
Zone %
Spin Efficiency % (avg)
Trackman - ChangeUp
73.8
Velocity (max)
69.7 - 73.7
Velo Range
68.8
Eff Velocity (avg)
1,372
Spin Rate (max)
1,327
Spin Rate (avg)
IVB (max)
IVB (avg)
HM (max)
HM (avg)
Extension (avg)
Release Ht (avg)
Spin Score (max)
Spin Efficiency % (avg)
Top Tier Scout Day
Jun 6, 2023
Trackman - Fastball
80.7
Velocity (max)
79.7 - 80.6
Velo Range
79.4
Eff Velocity (avg)
2,212
Spin Rate (max)
2,114
Spin Rate (avg)
IVB (max)
IVB (avg)
HM (max)
HM (avg)
Extension (avg)
Release Ht (avg)
Spin Score (max)
Zone %
Spin Efficiency % (avg)
Trackman - Curveball
69.6
Velocity (max)
64.8 - 68.6
Velo Range
64.9
Eff Velocity (avg)
2,102
Spin Rate (max)
1,980
Spin Rate (avg)
IVB (max)
IVB (avg)
HM (max)
HM (avg)
Extension (avg)
Release Ht (avg)
Spin Score (max)
Zone %
Spin Efficiency % (avg)
Trackman - Slider
70.3
Velocity (max)
68.0 - 70.3
Velo Range
67.8
Eff Velocity (avg)
2,167
Spin Rate (max)
2,123
Spin Rate (avg)
IVB (max)
IVB (avg)
HM (max)
HM (avg)
Extension (avg)
Release Ht (avg)
Spin Score (max)
Zone %
Spin Efficiency % (avg)
Trackman - ChangeUp
75.8
Velocity (max)
73.6 - 75.5
Velo Range
73.7
Eff Velocity (avg)
1,574
Spin Rate (max)
1,531
Spin Rate (avg)
IVB (max)
IVB (avg)
HM (max)
HM (avg)
Extension (avg)
Release Ht (avg)
Spin Score (max)
Spin Efficiency % (avg)
O'Hare Preseason ID
Feb 12, 2023
Trackman - Fastball
79.3
Velocity (max)
78.4 - 79.2
Velo Range
78.9
Eff Velocity (avg)
2,088
Spin Rate (max)
1,944
Spin Rate (avg)
IVB (max)
IVB (avg)
HM (max)
HM (avg)
Extension (avg)
Release Ht (avg)
Spin Score (max)
Zone %
Spin Efficiency % (avg)
Trackman - Curveball
70.9
Velocity (max)
67.4 - 70.1
Velo Range
67.4
Eff Velocity (avg)
2,213
Spin Rate (max)
2,154
Spin Rate (avg)
IVB (max)
IVB (avg)
HM (max)
HM (avg)
Extension (avg)
Release Ht (avg)
Spin Score (max)
Spin Efficiency % (avg)
Trackman - Slider
70.5
Velocity (max)
67.8 - 70.3
Velo Range
68.0
Eff Velocity (avg)
2,239
Spin Rate (max)
2,156
Spin Rate (avg)
IVB (max)
IVB (avg)
HM (max)
HM (avg)
Extension (avg)
Release Ht (avg)
Spin Score (max)
Zone %
Spin Efficiency % (avg)
Trackman - ChangeUp
77.5
Velocity (max)
73.8 - 76.7
Velo Range
72.8
Eff Velocity (avg)
1,683
Spin Rate (max)
1,492
Spin Rate (avg)
IVB (max)
IVB (avg)
HM (max)
HM (avg)
Extension (avg)
Release Ht (avg)
Spin Score (max)
Zone %
Spin Efficiency % (avg)
Lockport Rising Stars ID
Apr 19, 2022
Trackman - Fastball
75.9
Velocity (max)
73.2 - 75.3
Velo Range
74.7
Eff Velocity (avg)
2,011
Spin Rate (max)
1,932
Spin Rate (avg)
IVB (max)
IVB (avg)
HM (max)
HM (avg)
Extension (avg)
Release Ht (avg)
Spin Score (max)
Zone %
Trackman - Slider
65.0
Velocity (max)
62.6 - 64.7
Velo Range
63.3
Eff Velocity (avg)
2,012
Spin Rate (max)
1,921
Spin Rate (avg)
IVB (max)
IVB (avg)
HM (max)
HM (avg)
Extension (avg)
Release Ht (avg)
Spin Score (max)
Zone %
Trackman - ChangeUp
62.3
Velocity (max)
60.9 - 62.2
Velo Range
61.1
Eff Velocity (avg)
1,925
Spin Rate (max)
1,849
Spin Rate (avg)
IVB (max)
IVB (avg)
HM (max)
HM (avg)
Extension (avg)
Release Ht (avg)
Spin Score (max)
Zone %

Pitch Scores

2023
2022
Fastball
Hop+
Fastball
Sink+
Fastball
Rise+
Curveball
Hammer+
Curveball
Sweep+
Slider
Hammer+
Slider
Sweep+
Fastball
Hop+
Fastball
Sink+
Fastball
Rise+
Slider
Hammer+
Slider
Sweep+
O'Hare Preseason ID
Feb 12, 2023
Pitch Scores - Fastball
Hop+
Rise+
Sink+
Pitch Scores - Curveball
Hammer+
Sweep+
Pitch Scores - Slider
Hammer+
Sweep+
Lockport Rising Stars ID
Apr 19, 2022
Pitch Scores - Fastball
Hop+
Rise+
Sink+
Pitch Scores - Slider
Hammer+
Sweep+

Pitching Velos

2024
2023
2022
Fastball
Velocity Max
81.0
Fastball
Velocity Avg
79.3
Curveball
Velocity Avg
67.2
Changeup
Velocity Avg
73.3
Slider
Velocity Avg
69.5
Fastball
Velocity Max
81.0
Fastball
Velocity Avg
78.8
Curveball
Velocity Avg
66.5
Changeup
Velocity Avg
74.0
Slider
Velocity Avg
69.3
Fastball
Velocity Max
76.0
Fastball
Velocity Avg
74.0
Changeup
Velocity Avg
61.5
Slider
Velocity Avg
64.0
National Program Invitational (NPI)
Jun 6, 2024
Pitching
80
Max FB
77 - 80
FB
64 - 68
CB
71 - 73
CH
Top Tier Scout Day
Jun 4, 2024
Pitching
81
Max FB
78 - 80
FB
65 - 68
CB
71 - 73
CH
67 - 69
SL
Preseason All-State: Underclass (Invite-Only)
Feb 24, 2024
Pitching
81
Max FB
80 - 81
FB
68 - 70
CB
76 - 76
CH
70 - 72
SL
Illinois State Games (Invite-Only)
Aug 8, 2023
Pitching
81
Max FB
76 - 79
FB
62 - 66
CB
70 - 74
CH
69 - 71
SL
15U National Championship
Jul 6, 2023
Pitching
82
Max FB
78 - 81
FB
65 - 68
CB
73 - 75
CH
National Program Invitational (NPI)
Jun 8, 2023
Pitching
82
Max FB
79 - 81
FB
68 - 73
CB
75 - 78
CH
Top Tier Scout Day
Jun 6, 2023
Pitching
81
Max FB
80 - 81
FB
65 - 69
CB
74 - 75
CH
68 - 70
SL
O'Hare Preseason ID
Feb 12, 2023
Pitching
79
Max FB
78 - 79
FB
67 - 70
CB
74 - 77
CH
68 - 70
SL
Lockport Rising Stars ID
Apr 19, 2022
Pitching
76
Max FB
73 - 75
FB
61 - 62
CH
63 - 65
SL

Game Performance

2024
2023
Vertical Jump
10 Yard Dash
1.90
30 Yard Dash
4.49
60 Yard Dash
8.17
Top Speed (MPH)
Vertical Jump
O'Hare Preseason ID
Feb 12, 2023
Swift
1.90
10-yd
4.49
30-yd
8.17
60-yd
16.7
Run speed (max)
1.77
RSi (max)
1.77
RSi (avg)
1,223
Jump Power (max)
22.4
Jump Height (max)
21.7
Jump Height (avg)
Lockport Rising Stars ID
Apr 19, 2022
Swift
4
SwiftThirtyYard
8
SwiftSixtyYard
1.85
10-yd
2
SwiftTenYard
4.34
30-yd
8.00
60-yd
16.7
Run speed (max)
7.5
Run Speed (avg)

Visual Edge

Pitch Ai

Notes

Comments

3/15/23

Uncommitted. 6-foot, 165-pound build with plenty of room to add on strength in the coming years. Higgins was impressive over his two innings of work, not allowing a single hit or run and striking out one with one walk - not to mention it was his high school debut against one of the top teams in the state. Higgins worked his fastball up to 79 mph, sitting mostly 77-78 mph. He went to a 1/7 breaking ball at 66-69 mph, flashing sharp action. Impressive varsity debut for the freshman, follow 2026 arm moving forward. 

2/17/23

LHP Sam Higgins (Maine South, 2026) became a follow freshman at this event after using a mechanically sound delivery to sit 78-79 mph with his fastball, working off a high release while creating steepness through the zone. It’s clean, loose arm attached to a lean 6-foot build, and he moves well enough to project like a reliable strike-thrower as he continues to develop. He used two different breaking balls, but it was the slider that looked best on this day, spinning tighter than his curveball, thrown with greater confidence that allowed him to locate it more consistently, and his changeup looks capable of becoming another useful offering too.

2/12/23

Positional Profile: LHP/OF
Body: 6-0, 165-pounds. Well-proportioned frame.
Delivery: Short leg-lift, tall/fall, works in-line to the plate.
Arm Action: LH. Long arm swing into a high 3/4 slot.
FB: T79, 78-79 mph. Mostly straight through the zone.  T2088, 1944 average rpm.
CB: 67-70 mph. Downer 1/7 shape.  T2213, 2154 average rpm.
SL: 68-70 mph. Shorter shape than the CB, 2/8. T2239, 2156 average rpm.
CH: 74-77 mph. Similar FB action.  T1683, 1492 average rpm.

4/19/22

Positional Profile: OF
Body: 5-9, 158-pounds.
Hit: RHH. Closed front side. Sets up off the plate. Quiet hands. Toe-tap trigger. Short stride. Loose hands, rotates well out of load. Barrel stays in the zone, uphill path to contact, hard off the barrel when synced up.
Power: 84.9 max exit velocity, averaged 72.5 mph. 244’ max distance.
Arm: LH. OF - 81 mph. Long/loose arm, quick to release with easy velocity and carry.
Defense: Two-hand gather out front,  moves into an athletic crow hop.
Run: 8.00 runner in the 60. 

Positional Profile: LHP
Delivery: Medium leg-lift into balance point, tall/fall operation, remains in-line to the plate, simple and repeats.
Arm Action: LH. Deliberate draw out of the glove into a high 3/4 slot.
FB: T75.9, 73.2-75.3 mph. Four-seam, mainly straight.  T2010, 1932 average rpm.
CB:  mph. 1/7 shape, downer action. T,  average rpm.
SL: 62.6-64.7 mph. 2/8 shape. T2012, 1920 average rpm.
CH: 60.9-62.2 mph.  T1924, 1848 average rpm.

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