Prep Baseball Report

AL/MS Border Battle: Data Dive, Position Players


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.

SYNCRO ATHLETIC TESTING

60-YARD DASH

Rank Name State School Class Pos 60-yd
1 Justin Word MS St. Andrew's Episcopal 2026 SS 7.06 s
2 Jackson Howell MS Amory 2025 LHP 7.07 s
3 JB Upton AL Auburn 2027 SS 7.08 s
4 Charlie Cassingham AL Grissom 2025 SS 7.11 s
5 Aiden Peets MS Madison-Ridgeland Academy 2026 OF 7.12 s
6 Stone Myrick MS St. Andrews Episcopal 2025 1B 7.13 s
7 Joshua Burrell Jr AL Grissom 2025 SS 7.15 s
8 Zackary Johnson AL Bob Jones 2025 C 7.23 s
9 Cole Gideon MS Jackson Prep 2025 OF 7.25 s
^ Jack Ross AL Homewood 2025 3B 7.25 s
^ Landon Swinney MS Tupelo 2027 SS 7.25 s
10 Andrew Summers AL Whitesburg Christian Academy 2025 OF 7.27 s
^ Cruise Baker AL Muscle Shoals 2026 OF 7.27 s

10-YARD SPLIT

Rank Name State School Class Pos 10-yd
1 Charlie Cassingham AL Grissom 2025 SS 1.74 s
2 Caden Nelson MS Lewisburg 2026 SS 1.75 s
3 Zackary Johnson AL Bob Jones 2025 C 1.76 s
^ Jackson Howell MS Amory 2025 LHP 1.76 s
4 Clark Janzen MS Booneville 2025 RHP 1.77 s
^ Joshua Burrell Jr AL Grissom 2025 SS 1.77 s
5 Justin Word MS St. Andrew's Episcopal 2026 SS 1.78 s
^ Grant Walendzik MS Lewisburg 2026 C 1.78 s
^ JJ Wright MS Marshall Academy 2025 OF 1.78 s
^ Memphis Scott AL Madison County 2025 2B 1.78 s

Traditionally, the 60-yard dash has been the in-event standard to help measure a player's speed tool. While the measurement still has its utility, the 10-yard split has started to become more and more applicable in determining the player's burst and reaction time in-game, whether that's in the outfield or on the basepaths.


TRACKMAN

EXIT VELOCITY (MAX)

Rank Name State School Class Pos Exit Velocity (max)
1 Zackary Johnson AL Bob Jones 2025 C 102.9 mph
2 James Lucas AL Vestavia Hills 2025 C 102.0 mph
3 Tinnin Potts MS Clinton 2025 3B 99.5 mph
4 Charley Dunn MS Washington School 2025 C 97.9 mph
5 Cole Gideon MS Jackson Prep 2025 OF 97.2 mph
6 Jack Ross AL Homewood 2025 3B 97.0 mph
7 Nick Peters AL Helena 2025 C 96.8 mph
8 Wyatt Williams AL Thompson 2026 C 95.0 mph
9 Justin Word MS St. Andrew's Episcopal 2026 SS 94.9 mph
10 Levi Pinder AL Glenwood 2025 3B 94.4 mph

EXIT VELOCITY (AVG.)

Rank Name State School Class Pos Exit Velocity (avg)
1 James Lucas AL Vestavia Hills 2025 C 98.4 mph
2 Zackary Johnson AL Bob Jones 2025 C 93.8 mph
3 Cole Gideon MS Jackson Prep 2025 OF 93.7 mph
4 Charley Dunn MS Washington School 2025 C 90.1 mph
5 Levi Pinder AL Glenwood 2025 3B 89.7 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.

BATTED BALL DISTANCE (MAX)

Rank Name State School Class Pos Distance (max)
1 Tinnin Potts MS Clinton 2025 3B 365 ft
2 Wyatt Williams AL Thompson 2026 C 362 ft
3 Cole Gideon MS Jackson Prep 2025 OF 361 ft
4 JB Upton AL Auburn 2027 SS 358 ft
5 Stone Myrick MS St. Andrews Episcopal 2025 1B 358 ft
6 Zackary Johnson AL Bob Jones 2025 C 354 ft
7 Charley Dunn MS Washington School 2025 C 351 ft
8 Charlie Cassingham AL Grissom 2025 SS 350 ft
9 Collin Smith MS Parklane 2025 3B 348 ft
10 Memphis Scott AL Madison County 2025 2B 345 ft

SWEET SPOT%

Rank Name State School Class Pos Sweet Spot %
1 Haiden Harper AL Lee Scott Academy 2026 SS 88 %
^ James Lucas AL Vestavia Hills 2025 C 88 %
2 Addison Jayroe MS Madison Central 2025 RHP 85 %
^ Jack Blanchard AL Daphne 2026 OF 85 %
3 Caden Nelson MS Lewisburg 2026 SS 80 %
4 Levi Pinder AL Glenwood 2025 3B 77 %
^ Cole Gideon MS Jackson Prep 2025 OF 77 %
^ Landon Swinney MS Tupelo 2027 SS 77 %
5 Jackson Howell MS Amory 2025 LHP 75 %
^ Will Fitzhugh AL Bayside Academy 2027 1B 75 %
^ Brayden Bennett MS Lewisburg 2025 SS 75 %

Sweet Spot percentage: This metric is determined by how often the player produces a batted ball during the session with a launch angle between 8 to 32 degrees.


BLAST MOTION

HAND SPEED (AVG.)

Rank Name State School Class Pos Hand Speed (avg)
1 Addison Jayroe MS Madison Central 2025 RHP 26.6 mph
2 Tinnin Potts MS Clinton 2025 3B 24.2 mph
3 Maddox Eady AL Daphne 2025 OF 23.4 mph
4 Jack Ross AL Homewood 2025 3B 23.1 mph
5 Justin Word MS St. Andrew's Episcopal 2026 SS 23.1 mph
6 Tate Murphy MS St. Stanislaus 2026 3B 22.6 mph
7 Cole Gideon MS Jackson Prep 2025 OF 22.6 mph
8 Levi Pinder AL Glenwood 2025 3B 22.4 mph
9 James Lucas AL Vestavia Hills 2025 C 22.3 mph
10 Wyatt Williams AL Bayside 2026 1B 22.3 mph

Hand Speed: The observed speed as measured on the handle of the bat (measured six inches from the knob of the bat). Peak Hand Speed will occur prior to the moment of impact, very close to the commit time in the swing when the wrists unhinge.

BAT SPEED (AVG.)

Rank Name State School Class Pos Bat Speed (avg)
1 Tinnin Potts MS Clinton 2025 3B 78.4 mph
2 Justin Word MS St. Andrew's Episcopal 2026 SS 77.0 mph
3 James Lucas AL Vestavia Hills 2025 C 75.9 mph
4 Addison Jayroe MS Madison Central 2025 RHP 75.4 mph
5 Jack Ross AL Homewood 2025 3B 75.1 mph
6 Cole Gideon MS Jackson Prep 2025 OF 74.3 mph
7 Grant Walendzik MS Lewisburg 2026 C 74.2 mph
8 Joshua Burrell Jr AL Grissom 2025 SS 73.8 mph
9 JB Upton AL Auburn 2027 SS 73.4 mph
10 John Lindsey III MS Meridian 2026 3B 73.4 mph

Bat Speed: The observed speed of the sweet spot of the bat at impact. The sweet spot of the bat is measured six inches from the tip of the bat.

ROTATIONAL ACCELERATION (AVG.)

Rank Name State School Class Pos Rot. Acc (avg)
1 Justin Word MS St. Andrew's Episcopal 2026 SS 23.4 g
2 Tinnin Potts MS Clinton 2025 3B 22.5 g
3 JJ Wright MS Marshall Academy 2025 OF 21.4 g
4 Collin Smith MS Parklane 2025 3B 21.1 g
5 Landon Swinney MS Tupelo 2027 SS 21.0 g

Body Rotation: A swing that has the appropriate relative contributions of body and bat rotations is an efficient and Powerful swing that maintains proper sequencing. An efficient baseball swing is one in which the body creates the initial movements, which is then transferred to the arms and out to the bat, thereby maximizing Bat Speed through this proximal-to-distal kinematic sequencing movement pattern.

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