Underclass Games: Velocity Leaderboard


Brett Thorney
Arizona Scouting Director

On Wednesday, June 16th PBR Arizona had a chance to hold its Underclass Games. This event is held at the beginning of the summer each year and gives us an opportunity to start to get a feel for some of the younger prospects that our state has to offer. This event features some of the top prospects in the 2024-2025 grad class from all around the state of Arizona. This has become a popular event as players start to get their names out there and start their HS baseball careers.

The event at Cactus Shadows included 35 + players including 13 pitchers that participated in a pro-style workout followed by simulated game play. As always, we gathered loads of valuable information on players that will live in player profiles that include Trackman & Blast data as well as 60-yard dash, positional velocities and more. Surly progress will be made in these statistics while players get older and mature physically but players were able to get a baseline of data to help understand their starting points. Scouts will use this information along with video to start to separate players more in the future.

Today we will be taking a look at the top-5 velocities recorded using Trackman from the event in 4 pitch different types.

To view the full event stats click here.

TOP VELOCITY OF THE DAY: 84.79mph | 2024 RHP Reece Van Devander

Here are the leaders in Peak Release Speed in four different pitch types:

MAX FB VELOCITY

Rank Name State School Class Pos Velocity (max)
1 Reece Van Devander AZ Chaparral 2024 1B 84.8 mph
2 Brody Matcuk AZ Casteel 2024 OF 84.0 mph
3 Jimmy Diaz AZ Cienega 2024 SS 83.7 mph
4 Gavin Short AZ Sunnyslope 2024 3B 81.5 mph
5 Brendan Burke AZ Desert Vista 2024 C 80.5 mph

MAX CV VELOCITY

Rank Name State School Class Pos Velocity (max)
1 Andrew Earle AZ Mesquite 2024 LHP 67.7 mph
2 Wyatt Schottel AZ Cactus Shadows 2024 LHP 67.0 mph
3 Gavin Short AZ Sunnyslope 2024 3B 66.9 mph
4 David Sheppard AZ Millennium 2025 LHP 66.6 mph
5 Gavin Mesa AZ Chaparral 2025 OF 66.0 mph

MAX CH VELOCITY

Rank Name State School Class Pos Velocity (max)
1 Reece Van Devander AZ Chaparral 2024 1B 74.3 mph
2 Brody Matcuk AZ Casteel 2024 OF 72.9 mph
3 Zack Garrard AZ Hamilton 2025 LHP 68.9 mph
4 Andrew Earle AZ Mesquite 2024 LHP 67.8 mph
5 Jimmy Diaz AZ Cienega 2024 SS 67.7 mph

MAX SL Velocity

Rank Name State School Class Pos Velocity (max)
1 Reece Van Devander AZ Chaparral 2024 1B 74.2 mph
2 Aidan Yancy AZ Queen Creek 2024 3B 72.8 mph
3 Christopher Humphreys AZ Canyon del Oro 2024 OF 71.1 mph
4 Brendan Burke AZ Desert Vista 2024 C 70.0 mph
5 Gavin Mesa AZ Chaparral 2025 OF 66.3 mph

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