Prep Baseball Report

Yellowhammer State Games: Trackman Files


Prep Baseball Alabama Staff

ALBERTVILLE, AL - The inaugural Yellowhammer State Games was held on Tuesday, June 18th and Wednesday, June 19th at Sand Mountain Park in Albertville, AL. This event was the premier invite-only event of the summer that consisted of some of the top prospects from the 2025-2028 classes. These players went through extended pro-style workout that included batting practice using Trackman and Blast Motion, ran the 60-yard dash using Swift Performance, and much more. Pitchers were able to throw during a gameplay setting with a monitored pitch count 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 this week.

Continuing our post-event coverage for this event, we take a look back at some of the Trackman leaders gathered from our B1 unit during the event. Please continue to check back over the next week, as we will release other various event leaderboards, individual scouting reports, and much more 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 Ethan Walls AL PRATTVILLE CHRISTIAN ACADEMY 2025 RHP 92.1 mph
2 Evan Malone AL Northridge 2026 RHP 90.7 mph
3 Brady Wilson AL DECATUR HERITAGE CHRISTIAN ACADEMY 2025 RHP 90.3 mph
4 Gabe Jones AL Oak Mountain High School 2025 RHP 89.5 mph
5 William Andre AL Hoover High School 2025 RHP 88.9 mph
6 Colby Durden AL HewittTrussville High School 2025 RHP 88.2 mph
7 Cooper Pennington AL Shelby County 2026 1B 88.0 mph
8 Jack Shaw AL Bob Jones 2025 RHP 87.9 mph
9 Aaron Bailey AL McAdory High School 2026 3B 87.6 mph
10 Jack Doyle AL Madison Academy 2025 RHP 87.5 mph

Rank Name State School Class Pos Spin Rate (avg)
1 Cam Gentle AL Guntersville High School 2025 RHP 2335 rpm
2 Brenner VanDeWynckel AL Sparkman High School 2026 LHP 2333 rpm
3 Payton Hunsaker AL Chelsea High School 2025 LHP 2314 rpm
4 Dylan Rainey AL Westbrook Christian 2025 RHP 2309 rpm
5 Jackson Davis AL Virgil Grissom High School 2025 3B 2308 rpm
6 Caleb Simpson AL Hoover High School 2027 RHP 2304 rpm
7 Gabe Jones AL Oak Mountain High School 2025 RHP 2265 rpm
8 Matthew Drinkwater AL James Clemens High School 2026 3B 2257 rpm
9 Jack Ross AL Homewood High School 2025 3B 2218 rpm
10 Boston Brown AL Smiths Station 2027 RHP 2201 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 INDUCED VERTICAL BREAK

Rank Name State School Class Pos IVB (avg)
1 Bryce Masters AL PRATTVILLE CHRISTIAN ACADEMY 2025 LHP 21.7 in
2 Parks Woodruff AL Lincoln High School 2027 OF 21.5 in
3 Cole Ziak AL Hazel Green 2027 OF 20.4 in
4 Connor Stiles AL Athens High School 2026 RHP 18.8 in
5 Matthew Drinkwater AL James Clemens High School 2026 3B 18.7 in
6 Brody Lambert AL FAITH ACADEMY 2026 3B 18.6 in
7 Will Whatley AL Auburn High School 2025 OF 18.5 in
8 Gavin Smith AL Vestavia 2026 1B 18.4 in
9 Will Congo AL James Clemens 2027 OF 18.3 in
10 Tyler Johnson AL Wetumpka 2025 3B 18.3 in

Induced Vertical Break: As far as deception and importance goes, fast induced vertical break (IVB) may be the most important. Induced vertical break is not what is sounds. IVB simply means the pitch is "breaking" upward from the average level a pitch falls from release to home plate. This is a stat that you want to stay away from being average at. Fortunately, this can be tweaked slightly depending on release height. To put it simply, the higher number = more "rise" the pitch has compared to average. 


AVERAGE FASTBALL HORIZONTAL MOVEMENT

Rank Name State School Class Pos HM (avg)
1 Brenner VanDeWynckel AL Sparkman High School 2026 LHP -16.9
2 Jeffery Rich AL Huntsville 2028 SS 16.2
3 Israel Navarro AL Hazel Green High School 2025 SS 15.7
4 Jack Blanchard AL Daphne High School 2026 OF 15.7
5 Bradley Irish AL ST PAUL'S EPISCOPAL SCHOOL 2025 RHP 15.7
6 Boston Brown AL Smiths Station 2027 RHP 15.7
7 Brodie Jones AL Opelika High School 2025 SS 15.5
8 Andy Purvis AL UMS-WRIGHT PREPARATORY SCHOOL 2025 RHP 14.8
9 Ty Hunter AL Hazel Green High School 2028 OF -14.6
10 Harrison Cook AL Fairhope High School 2025 RHP 14.5

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 Gabe Jones AL Oak Mountain High School 2025 RHP 2734 rpm
2 Jack Ross AL Homewood High School 2025 3B 2500 rpm
3 Brady Sheppard AL Hoover High School 2025 RHP 2481 rpm
4 Dylan Rainey AL Westbrook Christian 2025 RHP 2387 rpm
5 Camden Martin AL Bob Jones High School 2025 2B 2376 rpm
6 Aaron Bailey AL McAdory High School 2026 3B 2368 rpm
7 Easton Nelms AL Florence High School 2025 SS 2351 rpm
8 Ty Hunter AL Hazel Green High School 2028 OF 2332 rpm
9 Jarret Morrison AL Jasper 2025 SS 2312 rpm
10 Will Congo AL James Clemens 2027 OF 2300 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 Jameson Scissum AL Etowah 2025 RHP 2422
2 Payton Hunsaker AL Chelsea High School 2025 LHP 2316
3 Brady Wilson AL DECATUR HERITAGE CHRISTIAN ACADEMY 2025 RHP 2294
4 Jack Doyle AL Madison Academy 2025 RHP 2282
5 Colman Gann AL Priceville 2025 RHP 2276
6 Cam Gentle AL Guntersville High School 2025 RHP 2274
7 Jack Shaw AL Bob Jones 2025 RHP 2257
8 Ethan Walls AL PRATTVILLE CHRISTIAN ACADEMY 2025 RHP 2238
9 Maxwell Crowder AL Hoover High School 2026 RHP 2192
10 Andy Purvis AL UMS-WRIGHT PREPARATORY SCHOOL 2025 RHP 2178

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 Jack Shaw AL Bob Jones 2025 RHP 24.5
2 Gavin Smith AL Vestavia 2026 1B 19.7
3 Jaylen Malone AL Athens High School 2025 RHP 17.9
4 Boston Brown AL Smiths Station 2027 RHP 17.8
5 Camden Martin AL Bob Jones High School 2025 2B 17.2
6 Brayton Goode AL Alexandria 2025 LHP -17.2
7 Brodie Jones AL Opelika High School 2025 SS 16.0
8 William Andre AL Hoover High School 2025 RHP 15.7
9 Jack Doyle AL Madison Academy 2025 RHP 15.4
10 Jack Ross AL Homewood High School 2025 3B 15.1

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 Slade Bounds AL Spain Park High School 2027 OF 100.9 mph
2 Kennith Dalton Jackson AL Florala High School 2025 3B 100.5 mph
3 Rocco Maniscalco AL Oxford 2027 SS 100.1 mph
4 JB Upton AL Auburn High School 2027 SS 99.4 mph
5 Jack Ross AL Homewood High School 2025 3B 99.3 mph
6 Easton Nelms AL Florence High School 2025 SS 99.3 mph
7 Cooper Pennington AL Shelby County 2026 1B 98.9 mph
8 Andrew Beaverson AL Hazel Green 2026 RHP 98.9 mph
9 Carson Mann AL Vestavia Hills High School 2025 OF 98.8 mph
10 Angelo Santiago AL Auburn High School 2026 3B 98.7 mph
11 Ethan Walls AL PRATTVILLE CHRISTIAN ACADEMY 2025 RHP 98.3 mph
12 Steven Cavaco AL Huntsville High School 2025 1B 98.0 mph
13 Corbin Driskell AL Southside 2025 C 97.8 mph
14 Steele Hall AL HewittTrussville High School 2026 SS 97.7 mph
15 Aaron Bailey AL McAdory High School 2026 3B 97.5 mph
16 John Stowers AL St. Paul's Episcopal 2026 C 97.5 mph
17 Trip Morgan AL James Clemens High School 2025 1B 97.4 mph
18 Cayden Boutwell AL Enterprise High School 2025 SS 97.3 mph
19 Will Langston AL Vestavia Hills High School 2025 C 97.3 mph
20 James Lucas AL Vestavia Hills High School 2025 C 97.3 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.


TOP AVERAGE EXIT VELOCITY (HITTING)

Rank Name State School Class Pos Exit Velocity (avg)
1 Jack Ross AL Homewood High School 2025 3B 93.8 mph
2 Steele Hall AL HewittTrussville High School 2026 SS 92.4 mph
3 Gabe Jones AL Oak Mountain High School 2025 RHP 92.4 mph
4 Clayton Rice AL AMERICAN CHRISTIAN ACADEMY 2026 OF 91.4 mph
5 Trip Morgan AL James Clemens High School 2025 1B 91.4 mph
6 Easton Nelms AL Florence High School 2025 SS 90.5 mph
7 Carson Mann AL Vestavia Hills High School 2025 OF 90.5 mph
8 Luke Holbrook AL WHITESBURG CHRISTIAN ACADEMY 2025 RHP 90.1 mph
9 Rocco Maniscalco AL Oxford 2027 SS 89.9 mph
10 James Lucas AL Vestavia Hills High School 2025 C 89.9 mph


PEAK ESTIMATED BATTED DISTANCE (HITTING)

Rank Name State School Class Pos Distance (max)
1 Jack Ross AL Homewood High School 2025 3B 392 ft
2 JB Upton AL Auburn High School 2027 SS 386 ft
3 Aaron Bailey AL McAdory High School 2026 3B 385 ft
4 Kennith Dalton Jackson AL Florala High School 2025 3B 385 ft
5 John Stowers AL St. Paul's Episcopal 2026 C 385 ft
6 James Lucas AL Vestavia Hills High School 2025 C 377 ft
7 Ethan Prickett AL Chelsea 2025 OF 376 ft
8 Luke Holbrook AL WHITESBURG CHRISTIAN ACADEMY 2025 RHP 374 ft
9 Cayden Boutwell AL Enterprise High School 2025 SS 373 ft
10 Mikey Vanderheyden AL Enterprise High School 2025 C 372 ft
11 Nick Peters AL Helena 2025 C 371 ft
12 Brue Milner AL Tallassee High School 2027 C 370 ft
13 Cooper Pennington AL Shelby County 2026 1B 364 ft
14 Memphis Scott AL Madison County High School 2025 3B 363 ft
15 Will Whatley AL Auburn High School 2025 OF 362 ft
16 Gavin Smith AL Vestavia 2026 1B 360 ft
17 Zachary Grossmann AL Evangel Christian School 2025 SS 360 ft
18 Glavine Lamberth AL Hokes Bluff High School 2025 1B 360 ft
19 Slade Bounds AL Spain Park High School 2027 OF 359 ft
20 Ethan Walls AL PRATTVILLE CHRISTIAN ACADEMY 2025 RHP 357 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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