Prep Baseball Report

AL/MS Border Battle: Data Dive, Pitchers


PBR Alabama Staff

 

BOONEVILLE, MS - The AL/MS Border Battle was held on October 14th-15th at Northeast Mississippi CC in Booneville, MS. This was an invite-only event that consisted of prospects in the 2025, 2026, & 2027 classes from both Alabama & Mississippi. These players went through a pro-style workout on Saturday and took batting practice using Trackman to record hitting metrics, then followed it up with gameplay on Sunday with pitchers throwing multiple innings. To see full statistics gathered from the event, CLICK HERE. 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 this weekend.

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Last week, we broke down the stat leaders from the more traditional categories in our statistical analysis. Today, we will take an even closer look at the position players in attendance with the help of our tech partners, broken down by the categories and leaderboards below.

FASTBALL 

MAX VELOCITY (MPH)

Rank Name State School Class Pos Velocity (max)
1 Caleb Barnett AL Mountain Brook 2025 3B 88.7 mph
2 Jon Grey Morrisson MS West Union Attendance Center 2026 1B 87.0 mph
3 Jack Doyle AL Madison Academy 2025 RHP 86.8 mph
4 Charlie Cassingham AL Grissom 2025 SS 85.9 mph
5 Cannon Turner MS Purvis 2025 3B 85.4 mph
6 Jackson Howell MS Amory 2025 LHP 85.2 mph
7 Brody Roberts MS Manchester Academy 2025 RHP 84.6 mph
8 Wyatt Williams AL Bayside 2026 1B 84.4 mph
9 Noel LeBlanc TN Lausanne Collegiate 2025 RHP 84.2 mph
10 Ayden Wilbanks MS Kossuth 2026 3B 84.2 mph

SPIN RATE (AVG.)

Rank Name State School Class Pos Spin Rate (avg)
1 Cannon Turner MS Purvis 2025 3B 2355 rpm
2 Noel LeBlanc TN Lausanne Collegiate 2025 RHP 2337 rpm
3 Caleb Barnett AL Mountain Brook 2025 3B 2296 rpm
4 Jack Ross AL Homewood 2025 3B 2253 rpm
5 Charlie Cassingham AL Grissom 2025 SS 2194 rpm
6 Addison Jayroe MS Madison Central 2025 RHP 2186 rpm
7 Jon Grey Morrisson MS West Union Attendance Center 2026 1B 2155 rpm
8 Payton Hunsaker AL Chelsea 2025 LHP 2147 rpm
9 Hudson Campbell AL Glenwood 2026 OF 2131 rpm
10 Cullen Patrick AL McGill-Toolen Catholic 2026 RHP 2121 rpm

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.

SPIN EFFICIENCY% (AVG.)

Rank Name State School Class Pos Spin Efficiency % (avg)
1 Brody Roberts MS Manchester Academy 2025 RHP 96 %
2 Lawson Hare AL Auburn 2027 3B 94 %
3 Payton Hunsaker AL Chelsea 2025 LHP 94 %
4 Clark Janzen MS Booneville 2025 RHP 89 %
5 Karter Perry AL Pell City 2026 OF 89 %
6 Corbyn Clayton MS Pontotoc City 2026 SS 89 %
7 Hudson Campbell AL Glenwood 2026 OF 88 %
8 Jack Blanchard AL Daphne 2026 OF 88 %
9 Aiden Peets MS Madison-Ridgeland Academy 2026 OF 88 %
10 Colin Watson AL Daphne 2027 OF 87 %

Spin Efficiency: This metric is the percentage of the raw spin rate that directly impacts pitch movement; so while raw spin is measured by revolutions per minute (rpm), spin efficiency is the ratio of true spin divided by raw spin. It’s important to understand that more is not always better when it comes to spin efficiency. The optimal spin efficiency on a pitch depends on the pitch type and should be understood in the context of a pitcher’s entire arsenal. Regarding the true four-seam fastball, a spin efficiency close to 100 percent is preferable, indicating that nearly all the backspin generated on the ball as it leaves the pitcher’s hand is contributing to the “riding” action the pitch has as it enters and exits the strike zone, making it especially effective in the upper third of the strike zone.

INDUCED VERTICAL BREAK (AVG.)

Rank Name State School Class Pos IVB (avg)
1 Hudson Campbell AL Glenwood 2026 OF 21.0 in
2 Payton Hunsaker AL Chelsea 2025 LHP 19.5 in
3 Noel LeBlanc TN Lausanne Collegiate 2025 RHP 18.9 in
4 Brody Roberts MS Manchester Academy 2025 RHP 18.7 in
5 Jackson Howell MS Amory 2025 LHP 18.0 in
6 Corbyn Clayton MS Pontotoc City 2026 SS 17.5 in
7 Caleb Barnett AL Mountain Brook 2025 3B 17.4 in
8 Braden Martin AL Lee-Scott Academy 2027 LHP 17.2 in
9 Karter Perry AL Pell City 2026 OF 17.2 in
10 Levi Pinder AL Glenwood 2025 3B 17.0 in

Induced Vertical Break: Used in short form as "IVB," this metric is most important on fastballs for creating rise and on curveballs for creating depth – it can also have some use when measuring sliders and cutters as well. Sliders tend to be closer to zero inches while cutters are generally between 5 and 15 inches. Usually fastballs and curveballs with large IVB have higher spin efficiencies as well. Sliders generally have very little (closer to zero) IVB and very low spin efficiency. You could also categorize IVB into spin rate as this is part of the “useful movement” you’re looking for. IVB is also a huge part of the vertical approach angle.

HORIZONTAL MOVEMENT (AVG.)

Rank Name State School Class Pos HM (avg)
1 Jack Blanchard AL Daphne 2026 OF 15.5
2 Payton Hunsaker AL Chelsea 2025 LHP -14.9
3 Karter Perry AL Pell City 2026 OF -14.0
4 Jon Grey Morrisson MS West Union Attendance Center 2026 1B 13.5
5 Stone Myrick MS St. Andrews Episcopal 2025 1B 11.8
6 Ayden Wilbanks MS Kossuth 2026 3B 11.8
7 Cole Gideon MS Jackson Prep 2025 OF -11.7
8 Hudson Campbell AL Glenwood 2026 OF -11.3
9 Jackson Howell MS Amory 2025 LHP -11.0
10 Addison Jayroe MS Madison Central 2025 RHP 10.7

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.”

STRIKE ZONE RATE%

Rank Name State School Class Pos Zone %
1 Nolan Hansen AL Auburn 2027 RHP 80 %
2 Reid Raper MS Nettleton 2027 SS 76 %
3 Clark Janzen MS Booneville 2025 RHP 71 %
4 Mason McCain MS Jackson Prep 2027 C 66 %
^ Ayden Wilbanks MS Kossuth 2026 3B 66 %
5 Charlie Cassingham AL Grissom 2025 SS 62 %
6 Noel LeBlanc TN Lausanne Collegiate 2025 RHP 58 %
7 Cade Lott MS Booneville 2026 LHP 56 %
^ Stone Myrick MS St. Andrews Episcopal 2025 1B 56 %
8 Joshua Burrell Jr AL Grissom 2025 SS 55 %
9 Rhys Jones AL Spain Park 2026 SS 53 %
10 Caleb Barnett AL Mountain Brook 2025 3B 52 %

Average MLB pitchers throw 62 percent strikes, and better pitchers throw strikes 65 percent of the time, or a ratio of roughly 2:1, strikes to balls.


CURVEBALL

SPIN RATE (AVG.)

Rank Name State School Class Pos Spin Rate (avg)
1 Noel LeBlanc TN Lausanne Collegiate 2025 RHP 2671 rpm
2 Charlie Cassingham AL Grissom 2025 SS 2582 rpm
3 Rhys Jones AL Spain Park 2026 SS 2515 rpm
4 Brody Roberts MS Manchester Academy 2025 RHP 2442 rpm
5 DJ Blackwood AL Daphne 2027 LHP 2245 rpm

HORIZONTAL MOVEMENT (AVG.)

Rank Name State School Class Pos HM (avg)
1 Rhys Jones AL Spain Park 2026 SS -20.8
2 Caleb Barnett AL Mountain Brook 2025 3B -20.0
3 Levi Pinder AL Glenwood 2025 3B -19.3
4 Noel LeBlanc TN Lausanne Collegiate 2025 RHP -17.8
5 Jack Doyle AL Madison Academy 2025 RHP -17.7

STRIKE ZONE RATE%

Rank Name State School Class Pos Zone %
1 Colin Watson AL Daphne 2027 OF 100 %
2 Cannon Turner MS Purvis 2025 3B 75 %
3 Jack Doyle AL Madison Academy 2025 RHP 66 %
4 Cole Gideon MS Jackson Prep 2025 OF 60 %
5 Charlie Cassingham AL Grissom 2025 SS 57 %
^ Rhys Jones AL Spain Park 2026 SS 57 %


SLIDER

SPIN RATE (AVG.)

Rank Name State School Class Pos Spin Rate (avg)
1 Jack Ross AL Homewood 2025 3B 2439
2 Levi Pinder AL Glenwood 2025 3B 2407
3 Payton Hunsaker AL Chelsea 2025 LHP 2197
4 Corbyn Clayton MS Pontotoc City 2026 SS 2181
5 Clark Janzen MS Booneville 2025 RHP 2145

HORIZONTAL MOVEMENT (AVG.)

Rank Name State School Class Pos HM (avg)
1 Levi Pinder AL Glenwood 2025 3B -14.4
2 Corbyn Clayton MS Pontotoc City 2026 SS -11.1
3 Jack Ross AL Homewood 2025 3B -10.3
4 Clark Janzen MS Booneville 2025 RHP -3.8
5 Jon Grey Morrisson MS West Union Attendance Center 2026 1B -1.7

STRIKE ZONE RATE%

Rank Name State School Class Pos Zone %
1 Corbyn Clayton MS Pontotoc City 2026 SS 50 %
2 Jack Ross AL Homewood 2025 3B 46 %
3 Payton Hunsaker AL Chelsea 2025 LHP 40 %
4 Jon Grey Morrisson MS West Union Attendance Center 2026 1B 25 %


CHANGEUP

SPIN RATE (AVG.)

Rank Name State School Class Pos Spin Rate (avg)
1 Cole Gideon MS Jackson Prep 2025 OF 1807 rpm
2 Charlie Cassingham AL Grissom 2025 SS 1741 rpm
3 Caleb Barnett AL Mountain Brook 2025 3B 1719 rpm
4 Braden Martin AL Lee-Scott Academy 2027 LHP 1675 rpm
5 Payton Hunsaker AL Chelsea 2025 LHP 1640 rpm

HORIZONTAL MOVEMENT (AVG.)

Rank Name State School Class Pos HM (avg)
1 Payton Hunsaker AL Chelsea 2025 LHP -17.7
2 DJ Blackwood AL Daphne 2027 LHP -16.2
3 Hudson Campbell AL Glenwood 2026 OF -14.0
4 Cole Gideon MS Jackson Prep 2025 OF -12.6
5 Ayden Wilbanks MS Kossuth 2026 3B 12.2

STRIKE ZONE RATE%

Rank Name State School Class Pos Zone %
1 Grant Walendzik MS Lewisburg 2026 C 100 %
^ Charlie Cassingham AL Grissom 2025 SS 100 %
^ Cade Lott MS Booneville 2026 LHP 100 %
2 Braden Martin AL Lee-Scott Academy 2027 LHP 66 %
3 Hudson Campbell AL Glenwood 2026 OF 50 %
^ Stone Myrick MS St. Andrews Episcopal 2025 1B 50 %
^ Rhys Jones AL Spain Park 2026 SS 50 %
4 Cole Gideon MS Jackson Prep 2025 OF 33 %

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