Top Prospect Games (Underclass): TrackMan Files


PBR Alabama Staff

OXFORD, AL - The Top Prospect Games: Underclass event was held on Wednesday, June 22nd at Choccolocco Park in Oxford, AL. This event was an invite-only event that consisted of prospects from the 2024-2026 classes. These players went through a pro-style workout and took batting practice using Trackman and Blast Motion to record hitting metrics. Pitchers were able to throw in simulated bullpens 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 from the showcase. Please continue to check back over the next week, as we will release individual scouting reports on each player present at the event. 

 

MAX FASTBALL & AVERAGE SPIN RATE

Rank Name State School Class Pos Velocity (max)
1 Brayley Smith AL Pell City 2024 RHP 84.8 mph
2 Tre Bryant AL Orange Beach 2025 3B 84.0 mph
3 James Tapley AL Oxford 2025 3B 83.6 mph
4 Logan Fitzgerald AL Gardendale 2024 LHP 82.2 mph
5 Hunter Morton AL Auburn 2025 RHP 81.6 mph

Rank Name State School Class Pos Spin Rate (avg)
1 Brayley Smith AL Pell City 2024 RHP 2359 rpm
2 Steven Cavaco AL Huntsville 2025 1B 2133 rpm
3 Zane Rogers AL Orange Beach 2025 OF 2113 rpm
4 Cole Dean AL Bayshore Christian 2025 OF 2081 rpm
5 Hunter Morton AL Auburn 2025 RHP 2019 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 Brayley Smith AL Pell City 2024 RHP 19.4
2 Coen Lambeth AL Baldwin County 2026 RHP 16.9
3 Logan Fitzgerald AL Gardendale 2024 LHP -16.0
4 Davis Ford AL Opelika 2025 LHP -13.2
5 Hunter Morton AL Auburn 2025 RHP 12.8

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 Brayley Smith AL Pell City 2024 RHP 2422
2 Davis Ford AL Opelika 2025 LHP 2265

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 Hunter Morton AL Auburn 2025 RHP 2473 rpm
2 Zane Rogers AL Orange Beach 2025 OF 2431 rpm
3 Brodie Johnson AL Westbrook Christian 2026 SS 2132 rpm
4 Steven Cavaco AL Huntsville 2025 1B 2095 rpm
5 James Tapley AL Oxford 2025 3B 1932 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 Brayley Smith AL Pell City 2024 RHP 16.4
2 Davis Ford AL Opelika 2025 LHP -12.1
3 Steven Cavaco AL Huntsville 2025 1B -11.1
4 Logan Fitzgerald AL Gardendale 2024 LHP -10.0
5 Brodie Johnson AL Westbrook Christian 2026 SS 6.3

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 Ty McGraw AL Gardendale 2024 1B 96.4 mph
2 Steven Cavaco AL Huntsville 2025 1B 94.1 mph
3 Hunter Morton AL Auburn 2025 RHP 92.4 mph
4 Corbin Driskell AL Southside 2025 C 91.5 mph
5 Tre Bryant AL Orange Beach 2025 3B 91.1 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 Ty McGraw AL Gardendale 2024 1B 373 ft
2 Brayley Smith AL Pell City 2024 RHP 352 ft
3 Corbin Driskell AL Southside 2025 C 342 ft
4 Steven Cavaco AL Huntsville 2025 1B 332 ft
5 Cole Dean AL Bayshore Christian 2025 OF 332 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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