Fall Upperclass: TrackMan Files (Pitching)


Paul Panaccione
Arizona Scouting Director

On Sunday, Oct. 17, the annual Fall Upperclass Showcase was hosted at Grand Canyon University. An open event for 2022/2023 graduates. Talents were on display in front of the PBR Arizona staff, while data was being recorded by state-of-the-art technology. 

Today, our post event coverage continues as we analyze pitching data collected from our TrackMan unit on site. TrackMan Portable combines the best of video and radar technology to output the most accurate data in every environment.

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Max FB and Peak Spin Rate

Rank Name State School Class Pos Velocity (max)
1 Collin Riff AZ Saguaro 2022 RHP 89.1 mph
2 Deegan Cordova AZ Lake Havasu 2023 RHP 88.6 mph
3 Ruben Villaescusa AZ Tucson 2022 OF 85.7 mph
4 Carson Stoller AZ Sandra Day O'Connor 2023 LHP 84.2 mph
5 Santiago DiBene AZ Nogales 2022 RHP 84.0 mph
6 Ryan Weller AZ Horizon 2023 OF 83.3 mph
7 Samuel Brown AZ Bradshaw Mountain 2022 RHP 83.1 mph
8 Trevor Collins AZ Sunnyslope 2023 RHP 82.3 mph

Rank Name State School Class Pos Spin Rate (max)
1 Diego Garcia AZ Salpointe Catholic 2023 SS 2475 rpm
2 Ryan Weller AZ Horizon 2023 OF 2339 rpm
3 Sean Jeffries AZ Gilbert 2022 SS 2277 rpm
4 Ruben Villaescusa AZ Tucson 2022 OF 2276 rpm
5 Santiago DiBene AZ Nogales 2022 RHP 2252 rpm
6 Kyle Jeffries AZ Gilbert 2023 SS 2219 rpm
7 Carson Stoller AZ Sandra Day O'Connor 2023 LHP 2203 rpm
8 Bronson Sluiter AZ Higley 2023 RHP 2195 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.

AVG FB and Horizontal Break

Rank Name State School Class Pos Eff Velocity (avg)
1 Deegan Cordova AZ Lake Havasu 2023 RHP 85.8 mph
2 Collin Riff AZ Saguaro 2022 RHP 85.5 mph
3 Samuel Brown AZ Bradshaw Mountain 2022 RHP 81.6 mph
4 Santiago DiBene AZ Nogales 2022 RHP 80.6 mph
5 Ryan Weller AZ Horizon 2023 OF 80.3 mph
6 Landon Turnage AZ Sandra Day O'Connor 2023 RHP 80.3 mph
7 Ruben Villaescusa AZ Tucson 2022 OF 79.8 mph
8 Trevor Collins AZ Sunnyslope 2023 RHP 79.2 mph

Rank Name State School Class Pos HM (max)
1 Trevor Collins AZ Sunnyslope 2023 RHP 20.1 in
2 Carson Stoller AZ Sandra Day O'Connor 2023 LHP -19.9 in
3 Sean Jeffries AZ Gilbert 2022 SS 17.9 in
4 Bronson Sluiter AZ Higley 2023 RHP 17.5 in
5 Ruben Villaescusa AZ Tucson 2022 OF 16.1 in
6 Kyle Jeffries AZ Gilbert 2023 SS 15.6 in
7 Blake Tigges AZ Sandra Day O'Connor 2022 SS 15.4 in
8 Collin Cartee AZ Deer Valley 2022 RHP 15.3 in

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.”

AVG Slider Spin Rate

Rank Name State School Class Pos Spin Rate (avg)
1 Diego Garcia AZ Salpointe Catholic 2023 SS 2567
2 Blake Tigges AZ Sandra Day O'Connor 2022 SS 2318
3 Bronson Sluiter AZ Higley 2023 RHP 2223
4 Jackson Nealy AZ Perry 2022 RHP 2042
5 Demario Faison AZ Estrella Foothills 2023 OF 1999
6 Deegan Cordova AZ Lake Havasu 2023 RHP 1983
7 Samuel Brown AZ Bradshaw Mountain 2022 RHP 1971
8 Trevor Collins AZ Sunnyslope 2023 RHP 1965

AVG Curveball Spin Rate

Rank Name State School Class Pos Spin Rate (avg)
1 Ryan Weller AZ Horizon 2023 OF 2667 rpm
2 Diego Garcia AZ Salpointe Catholic 2023 SS 2565 rpm
3 Collin Riff AZ Saguaro 2022 RHP 2495 rpm
4 Sean Jeffries AZ Gilbert 2022 SS 2377 rpm
5 Kyle Jeffries AZ Gilbert 2023 SS 2217 rpm
6 Collin Cartee AZ Deer Valley 2022 RHP 2204 rpm
7 Max Slavin CO Rock Canyon 2022 OF 2166 rpm
8 Nathan Nichols AZ Basha 2023 OF 2139 rpm

AVG Changeup Horizontal Break

Rank Name State School Class Pos HM (avg)
1 Sean Jeffries AZ Gilbert 2022 SS 19.0
2 Carson Stoller AZ Sandra Day O'Connor 2023 LHP -13.9
3 Bronson Sluiter AZ Higley 2023 RHP 13.6
4 Collin Cartee AZ Deer Valley 2022 RHP 12.8
5 Collin Riff AZ Saguaro 2022 RHP 12.3
6 Jackson Nealy AZ Perry 2022 RHP 11.9
7 Jerry Coyle AZ Salpointe Catholic 2023 2B 11.6
8 Max Slavin CO Rock Canyon 2022 OF 11.2

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