South Alabama Games: Trackman Files


PBR Alabama Staff

MOBILE, AL - The South Alabama Games was held on Wednesday, July 13th at The Performance Lab in Mobile, AL. This event was an invite-only event that consisted of prospects from the 2023-2027 classes. These players went through extended pro-style workout that included batting practice using Trackman and Blast Motion, participated in defensive evaluations, ran the 60 yard-dash using Swift Performance, and much more. Pitchers were able to throw in simulated bullpens during the workout and were able to get numbers and metrics off of our Trackman unit, such as pitch velocity, spin rate, horizontal & vertical movement & much more. There were some players who showed up and continued to build off of prior performances, but there were also some new names who jumped onto our radar with a strong showing on Wednesday.

Continuing off our post-event coverage for this event, we take a look back at some of the leaders from each statistical category recorded on the Trackman B1 unit. Please continue to check back over the next week, as we will release individual scouting reports on each player present at the event. 

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MAX FASTBALL & AVERAGE SPIN RATE

Rank Name State School Class Pos Velocity (max)
1 Carson Joyner AL Bayside Academy 2024 RHP 89.2 mph
2 Michael Daniel AL Auburn 2024 RHP 86.2 mph
3 Parker Lomax AL Daphne 2023 RHP 85.1 mph
4 Anthony St. Vincent FL Crestview 2024 RHP 85.0 mph
5 Nathan Owen AL Evangel Christian 2024 SS 83.6 mph

Rank Name State School Class Pos Spin Rate (avg)
1 Dalton Fink AL Pell City 2024 3B 2200 rpm
2 Kaden Burgdorf AL Faith Academy 2027 SS 2169 rpm
3 Nathan Owen AL Evangel Christian 2024 SS 2126 rpm
4 Anthony St. Vincent FL Crestview 2024 RHP 2089 rpm
5 Michael Daniel AL Auburn 2024 RHP 2083 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 Jack Blanchard AL Daphne 2026 OF 16.7
2 Austin Heiden AL Foley 2025 OF -15.9
3 Kaden Burgdorf AL Faith Academy 2027 SS 15.5
4 Kepler Lively AL Chilton County 2024 RHP 14.7
5 Parker Lomax AL Daphne 2023 RHP 14.6

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 Kaden Burgdorf AL Faith Academy 2027 SS 2381
2 Parker Lomax AL Daphne 2023 RHP 2276
3 Anthony St. Vincent FL Crestview 2024 RHP 2224
4 Michael Daniel AL Auburn 2024 RHP 2187
5 Timothy Fitzhugh AL Daphne 2027 2B 2104

Spin Rate: The metric calculates how fast the ball is spinning as it leaves the pitcher’s hand, reported in the number of times the pitched ball would spin per minute (“revolutions per minute” or “rpm”).

AVERAGE CURVEBALL SPIN RATE

Rank Name State School Class Pos Spin Rate (avg)
1 Ethan Barrett GA Thomas County Central 2024 LHP 2655 rpm
2 Parker Lomax AL Daphne 2023 RHP 2432 rpm
3 Kaden Burgdorf AL Faith Academy 2027 SS 2304 rpm
4 Nathan Owen AL Evangel Christian 2024 SS 2130 rpm
5 Anthony St. Vincent FL Crestview 2024 RHP 2044 rpm

Spin Rate: The metric calculates how fast the ball is spinning as it leaves the pitcher’s hand, reported in the number of times the pitched ball would spin per minute (“revolutions per minute” or “rpm”).

AVERAGE CHANGEUP HORIZONTAL MOVEMENT

Rank Name State School Class Pos HM (avg)
1 Carson Joyner AL Bayside Academy 2024 RHP 15.9
2 Michael Daniel AL Auburn 2024 RHP 15.6
3 Jack Blanchard AL Daphne 2026 OF 14.9
4 Austin Heiden AL Foley 2025 OF -13.3
5 Kaden Burgdorf AL Faith Academy 2027 SS 13.0

Horizontal Break: This metric measures the distance, 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.

PEAK EXIT VELOCITY (HITTING)

Rank Name State School Class Pos Exit Velocity (max)
1 Carson Joyner AL Bayside Academy 2024 RHP 94.2 mph
2 Rock Gearhart AL Fairhope 2025 C 94.1 mph
3 Michael Daniel AL Auburn 2024 RHP 93.6 mph
4 Dalton Fink AL Pell City 2024 3B 93.5 mph
5 Damien Gatson AL Mobile Christian 2025 OF 92.0 mph

Exit Velocity: This metric measures the speed of the ball, measured in miles per hour, as it comes off the bat at the moment of contact.

PEAK ESTIMATED BATTED DISTANCE (HITTING)

Rank Name State School Class Pos Distance (max)
1 Michael Daniel AL Auburn 2024 RHP 348 ft
2 Nathan Owen AL Evangel Christian 2024 SS 323 ft
3 Devan Martin AL Autauga Academy 2023 C 319 ft
4 Dalton Fink AL Pell City 2024 3B 312 ft
5 Aden Catledge AL Mobile Christian 2024 3B 299 ft

Distance: This metric measures the estimated “carry flat” distance, measured in feet, meaning the distance that the ball travels before it lands, or would have landed if it were not caught or obstructed.

 

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