Prep Baseball Report

2023 Sophomore State Games: Data Dive, Pitchers


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The 2023 Sophomore State Games took place October 21-22 at Jackie Robinson Ballpark in Daytona, FL. The event featured players from the 2026 class 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 Jordan Martinez FL Trinity Christian Academy (JAX) 2026 SS 89.1 mph
2 Tyler Arafet FL The First Academy 2026 RHP 88.7 mph
3 Cody Boshell FL Bishop Snyder 2026 1B 86.9 mph
4 Christopher Reali FL Fleming Island 2026 RHP 86.9 mph
5 Ethan DeJesus FL Sumner 2026 RHP 86.8 mph

SPIN RATE (AVG.)

Rank Name State School Class Pos Spin Rate (avg)
1 Andrew Thalleen FL Academy at the Lakes 2026 RHP 2374 rpm
2 Julian Diaz FL St Thomas Aquinas 2026 SS 2278 rpm
3 Jordan Martinez FL Trinity Christian Academy (JAX) 2026 SS 2213 rpm
4 Jeremy Wright FL DeLand 2026 1B 2172 rpm
5 Christopher Reali FL Fleming Island 2026 RHP 2154 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 Braden Myers FL Deland High School 2026 RHP 97 %
2 Chase Andress FL Wharton 2026 OF 96 %
3 Gunner Rawlins FL Deland High School 2026 RHP 96 %
4 Hunter Myrick FL Inspiration Academy 2026 RHP 95 %
5 Brett Garcy FL Calvary Christian 2026 3B 93 %

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 Braden Myers FL Deland High School 2026 RHP 22.6 in
2 Nicolas Sabatino FL St. Thomas Aquinas 2026 OF 22.6 in
3 Jordan Martinez FL Trinity Christian Academy (JAX) 2026 SS 20.4 in
4 Zack Weiselberg FL Stoneman Douglas 2026 RHP 20.1 in
5 Brett Garcy FL Calvary Christian 2026 3B 20.0 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 Alex Edisis FL Elite Squad Academy 2026 1B -19.4
2 Andrew Thalleen FL Academy at the Lakes 2026 RHP 15.8
3 Tyler Arafet FL The First Academy 2026 RHP 14.9
4 Cody Boshell FL Bishop Snyder 2026 1B -14.8
5 Colby Smith FL Jupiter High School 2026 SS 14.3

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 Braden Myers FL Deland High School 2026 RHP 2468 rpm
2 Angel Rodriguez FL Stoneman Douglas 2026 OF 2466 rpm
3 Andrew Thalleen FL Academy at the Lakes 2026 RHP 2379 rpm
4 Colt Miller FL John Carroll Catholic 2026 2B 2208 rpm
5 Lucas Argudin FL Westminster Christian 2026 1B 2169 rpm

INDUCED VERTICAL BREAK (AVG.)

Rank Name State School Class Pos IVB (avg)
1 Kasey Mink FL Palm Harbor University 2026 2B -13.3 in
2 Braden Myers FL Deland High School 2026 RHP -12.2 in
3 Angel Rodriguez FL Stoneman Douglas 2026 OF -12.0 in
4 Brett Garcy FL Calvary Christian 2026 3B -7.8 in
5 Xander Perrin FL IMG Academy 2026 RHP 6.7 in

HORIZONTAL MOVEMENT (AVG.)

Rank Name State School Class Pos HM (avg)
1 Briggs Tibbals FL Berkeley Prep 2026 OF -13.4
2 Braden Myers FL Deland High School 2026 RHP -12.2
3 Angel Rodriguez FL Stoneman Douglas 2026 OF -11.8

 
SLIDER

SPIN RATE (AVG.)

Rank Name State School Class Pos Spin Rate (avg)
1 Ethan DeJesus FL Sumner 2026 RHP 2682
2 Julian Diaz FL St Thomas Aquinas 2026 SS 2569
3 Gunner Dixon FL Spruce Creek 2026 RHP 2470
4 Jeremy Wright FL DeLand 2026 1B 2419
5 Cody Boshell FL Bishop Snyder 2026 1B 2262

INDUCED VERTICAL BREAK (AVG.)

Rank Name State School Class Pos IVB (avg)
1 Jayden Wise FL Eustis 2026 C 8.2 in
2 Brennan Sink FL IMG ACADEMY 2026 LHP 5.9 in
3 Christopher Reali FL Fleming Island 2026 RHP 5.4 in
4 Victor Escobar FL Belen Jesuit Prep 2026 RHP 5.3 in
5 Tommy Hayes FL Seabreeze 2026 RHP 5.3 in

HORIZONTAL MOVEMENT (AVG.)

Rank Name State School Class Pos HM (avg)
1 Ethan DeJesus FL Sumner 2026 RHP -16.1
2 Gunner Dixon FL Spruce Creek 2026 RHP -14.0
3 Lorenzo Farrell FL Dwyer 2026 1B -13.2
4 Julian Diaz FL St Thomas Aquinas 2026 SS -13.1
5 Jaiden Palmer FL Deland 2026 SS -13.1

 
CHANGEUP

SPIN RATE (AVG.)

Rank Name State School Class Pos Spin Rate (avg)
1 Tommy Hayes FL Seabreeze 2026 RHP 1932 rpm
2 Angel Rodriguez FL Stoneman Douglas 2026 OF 1916 rpm
3 Lucas Argudin FL Westminster Christian 2026 1B 1895 rpm
4 Hunter Myrick FL Inspiration Academy 2026 RHP 1883 rpm
5 Cody Boshell FL Bishop Snyder 2026 1B 1877 rpm

HORIZONTAL MOVEMENT (AVG.)

Rank Name State School Class Pos HM (avg)
1 Alex Edisis FL Elite Squad Academy 2026 1B -20.0
2 Tommy Hayes FL Seabreeze 2026 RHP 18.5
3 Cody Boshell FL Bishop Snyder 2026 1B -17.0
4 Matt Altman FL Bishop McLaughlin 2026 RHP 16.3
5 Hunter Myrick FL Inspiration Academy 2026 RHP 15.3

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

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