Prep Baseball Report

AL/MS Border Battle: Trackman Files


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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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. 

View entire event stats HERE.

MAX FASTBALL & AVERAGE SPIN RATE

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

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

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 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

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 CURVEBALL SPIN RATE

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

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 SLIDER SPIN RATE

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

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 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

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 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: 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 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

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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