Prep Baseball Report

2023 Rising Stars State Games: Data Dive, Pitchers


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PBR Florida Staff

 

The 2023 Rising Stars State Games took place October 28-29 at Jackie Robinson Ballpark in Daytona, FL. The event featured players from the 2027-2028 classes participating in a pro-style workout and three games over the two day span in front of the PBR Florida Scouting Staff.

Inside today’s Pitching Data Dive we will highlight the players with top metrics per Trackman. 

Monday, 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 pitchers in attendance with the help of our tech partners, broken down by the categories and leaderboards below.

FASTBALL

MAX VELOCITY (MPH)

Rank Name State School Class Pos Velocity (max)
1 Preston Cole FL St Johns Country Day 2027 SS 84.6 mph
2 Alex Wise FL Eustis 2027 84.2 mph
3 Nolan Slaymaker FL Undecided 2028 RHP 82.5 mph
4 Maximus Sakala FL Orangewood Christian 2027 3B 81.9 mph
5 Maximillian Pliske FL Saint Thomas Aquinas 2027 OF 80.7 mph

SPIN RATE (AVG.)

Rank Name State School Class Pos Spin Rate (avg)
1 Michael Singer FL Horizon Highschool 2027 3B 2341 rpm
2 Alex Wise FL Eustis 2027 2252 rpm
3 Maximus Sakala FL Orangewood Christian 2027 3B 2147 rpm
4 Trigg Listerman FL Undecided 2028 RHP 2113 rpm
5 Jaden Colon FL Deltona 2027 OF 2110 rpm

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.

SPIN EFFICIENCY% (AVG.)

Rank Name State School Class Pos Spin Efficiency % (avg)
1 Logan Gurney FL OCOEE HIGH 2027 LHP 96 %
2 Maximus Sakala FL Orangewood Christian 2027 3B 95 %
3 Cody Byrd FL Marianna 2028 SS 93 %
4 Christian Gomez FL Foundation Academy 2027 OF 93 %
5 Christian Yamashita FL Montverde Academy 2028 SS 92 %

Spin Efficiency: This metric is the percentage of the raw spin rate that directly impacts pitch movement; so while raw spin is measured by revolutions per minute (rpm), spin efficiency is the ratio of true spin divided by raw spin. It’s important to understand that more is not always better when it comes to spin efficiency. The optimal spin efficiency on a pitch depends on the pitch type and should be understood in the context of a pitcher’s entire arsenal. Regarding the true four-seam fastball, a spin efficiency close to 100 percent is preferable, indicating that nearly all the backspin generated on the ball as it leaves the pitcher’s hand is contributing to the “riding” action the pitch has as it enters and exits the strike zone, making it especially effective in the upper third of the strike zone.

INDUCED VERTICAL BREAK (AVG.)

Rank Name State School Class Pos IVB (avg)
1 Maximus Sakala FL Orangewood Christian 2027 3B 23.2 in
2 Christian Yamashita FL Montverde Academy 2028 SS 23.2 in
3 Cody Byrd FL Marianna 2028 SS 22.4 in
4 Logan Gurney FL OCOEE HIGH 2027 LHP 19.7 in
5 Jathan DeHaven FL Tocoi Creek 2027 SS 19.6 in

Induced Vertical Break: Used in short form as "IVB," this metric is most important on fastballs for creating rise and on curveballs for creating depth – it can also have some use when measuring sliders and cutters as well. Sliders tend to be closer to zero inches while cutters are generally between 5 and 15 inches. Usually fastballs and curveballs with large IVB have higher spin efficiencies as well. Sliders generally have very little (closer to zero) IVB and very low spin efficiency. You could also categorize IVB into spin rate as this is part of the “useful movement” you’re looking for. IVB is also a huge part of the vertical approach angle.

HORIZONTAL MOVEMENT (AVG.)

Rank Name State School Class Pos HM (avg)
1 Sam Heintz FL Clearwater Central Catholic 2027 SS 12.4
2 Christian Gomez FL Foundation Academy 2027 OF -12.4
3 Jathan DeHaven FL Tocoi Creek 2027 SS 12.3
4 Christian Yamashita FL Montverde Academy 2028 SS 12.2
5 Maximillian Pliske FL Saint Thomas Aquinas 2027 OF 11.9

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.”

 
CURVEBALL

SPIN RATE (AVG.)

Rank Name State School Class Pos Spin Rate (avg)
1 Benjamin Jameson FL Inspiration Academy 2027 SS 2332 rpm
2 Owen Lenzen FL Bishop Moore Catholic 2028 OF 2292 rpm
3 Jack Hurlburt FL A3 Academy 2027 RHP 2179 rpm
4 Alex Wise FL Eustis 2027 2137 rpm
5 Jaden Colon FL Deltona 2027 OF 2136 rpm

INDUCED VERTICAL BREAK (AVG.)

Rank Name State School Class Pos IVB (avg)
1 Jack Hurlburt FL A3 Academy 2027 RHP -14.4 in
2 Alex Wise FL Eustis 2027 -9.3 in
3 Jaden Colon FL Deltona 2027 OF -8.9 in
4 Max McCawley FL Pine Crest 2027 RHP -8.0 in
5 Owen Lenzen FL Bishop Moore Catholic 2028 OF -7.8 in

HORIZONTAL MOVEMENT (AVG.)

Rank Name State School Class Pos HM (avg)
1 Ryder Widick FL Melbourne Central Catholic 2027 LHP 13.0
2 Jack Hurlburt FL A3 Academy 2027 RHP -12.3
3 Benjamin Jameson FL Inspiration Academy 2027 SS -11.7

 
SLIDER

SPIN RATE (AVG.)

Rank Name State School Class Pos Spin Rate (avg)
1 Michael Singer FL Horizon Highschool 2027 3B 2339
2 Preston Cole FL St Johns Country Day 2027 SS 2314
3 Owen Lenzen FL Bishop Moore Catholic 2028 OF 2302
4 Brandyn Figueroa FL N/A 2028 C 2238
5 Dylan Monile FL Calvary Christian 2027 1B 2081

INDUCED VERTICAL BREAK (AVG.)

Rank Name State School Class Pos IVB (avg)
1 Jack Hurlburt FL A3 Academy 2027 RHP 5.8 in
2 Cody Byrd FL Marianna 2028 SS 5.1 in
3 Preston Cole FL St Johns Country Day 2027 SS 4.6 in
4 Samuel Rodgers FL DeLand High school 2028 LHP 4.1 in
5 Michael Singer FL Horizon Highschool 2027 3B -4.0 in

HORIZONTAL MOVEMENT (AVG.)

Rank Name State School Class Pos HM (avg)
1 Dylan Monile FL Calvary Christian 2027 1B 17.1
2 Jack Hurlburt FL A3 Academy 2027 RHP 15.3
3 Kline Cummings FL Bolles 2028 LHP 14.6
4 Owen Lenzen FL Bishop Moore Catholic 2028 OF -13.9
5 Brandyn Figueroa FL N/A 2028 C -11.9

 
CHANGEUP

SPIN RATE (AVG.)

Rank Name State School Class Pos Spin Rate (avg)
1 Michael Singer FL Horizon Highschool 2027 3B 2352 rpm
2 Brandyn Figueroa FL N/A 2028 C 2095 rpm
3 Christian Gomez FL Foundation Academy 2027 OF 2065 rpm
4 Christian Yamashita FL Montverde Academy 2028 SS 2020 rpm
5 Miles Tyson FL Trinity Christian Academy 2027 2B 2014 rpm

HORIZONTAL MOVEMENT (AVG.)

Rank Name State School Class Pos HM (avg)
1 Jacob Collins FL Wesley Chapel 2028 C 16.3
2 Jack Hurlburt FL A3 Academy 2027 RHP 15.1
3 Logan Gurney FL OCOEE HIGH 2027 LHP -14.1
4 Preston Cole FL St Johns Country Day 2027 SS 13.7
5 Jeyden DeJesus FL TBD 2028 3B 13.2

+ CLICK HERE for a look at the complete statistics from the event.

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