Prep Baseball Report

Georgia Southern Campus Tour: Data Dive, Pitchers


Hudson Graham
PBR Georgia Scouting Director

On October 29 , we traveled to Statesboro for the Georgia Southern Camps Tour. This event featured players from the 2024-2028 classes, and it provided our staff with an in-depth look at some high-follow players for the spring high school season. we were excited to get into the area to find some new players to keep an eye on as we head into the spring. 

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

Early this week, 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 Colby Vanhook NC Hickory Grove Christian 2024 RHP 88.5 mph
2 Logan Plymel GA Colquitt County 2026 RHP 85.1 mph
3 Ethan Strength GA Grovetown 2025 RHP 83.9 mph
4 Cade Harnage GA Southeast Bulloch 2025 RHP 81.5 mph
5 Zachary Simmons GA Piedmont Academy 2026 SS 81.5 mph

SPIN RATE (AVG.)

Rank Name State School Class Pos Spin Rate (avg)
1 Cade Harnage GA Southeast Bulloch 2025 RHP 2325 rpm
2 Colby Vanhook NC Hickory Grove Christian 2024 RHP 2154 rpm
3 Logan Plymel GA Colquitt County 2026 RHP 2074 rpm
4 Ethan Strength GA Grovetown 2025 RHP 2010 rpm
5 Brian Lowry GA Calvary Day 2024 RHP 1960 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 Noah Jordi GA Liberty university online academy 2025 1B 92 %
2 Logan Hatcher GA Ware County 2025 OF 90 %
3 Ethan Strength GA Grovetown 2025 RHP 84 %
4 Zachary Simmons GA Piedmont Academy 2026 SS 82 %
5 Cade Harnage GA Southeast Bulloch 2025 RHP 78 %

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 Colby Vanhook NC Hickory Grove Christian 2024 RHP 17.6 in
2 Ethan Strength GA Grovetown 2025 RHP 17.2 in
3 Noah Jordi GA Liberty university online academy 2025 1B 16.3 in
4 Logan Plymel GA Colquitt County 2026 RHP 16.0 in
5 Logan Hatcher GA Ware County 2025 OF 14.8 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 Brian Lowry GA Calvary Day 2024 RHP 16.3
2 Cade Harnage GA Southeast Bulloch 2025 RHP 15.3
3 Noah Jordi GA Liberty university online academy 2025 1B -12.4
4 Logan Hatcher GA Ware County 2025 OF 12.2
5 Colby Vanhook NC Hickory Grove Christian 2024 RHP 10.7

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.”

STRIKE ZONE RATE%

Rank Name State School Class Pos Zone %
1 Noah Jordi GA Liberty university online academy 2025 1B 77 %
2 Logan Hatcher GA Ware County 2025 OF 66 %
3 Ethan Strength GA Grovetown 2025 RHP 60 %
4 Cade Harnage GA Southeast Bulloch 2025 RHP 50 %
5 Colby Vanhook NC Hickory Grove Christian 2024 RHP 42 %

Average MLB pitchers throw 62 percent strikes, and better pitchers throw strikes 65 percent of the time, or a ratio of roughly 2:1, strikes to balls.


CURVEBALL

SPIN RATE (AVG.)

Rank Name State School Class Pos Spin Rate (avg)
1 Cade Harnage GA Southeast Bulloch 2025 RHP 2548 rpm
2 Logan Plymel GA Colquitt County 2026 RHP 2167 rpm
3 Colby Vanhook NC Hickory Grove Christian 2024 RHP 2156 rpm
4 Logan Hatcher GA Ware County 2025 OF 2003 rpm
5 Zachary Simmons GA Piedmont Academy 2026 SS 1941 rpm

INDUCED VERTICAL BREAK (AVG.)

Rank Name State School Class Pos IVB (avg)
1 Logan Plymel GA Colquitt County 2026 RHP -4.5 in
2 Noah Jordi GA Liberty university online academy 2025 1B 3.7 in
3 Logan Hatcher GA Ware County 2025 OF 2.8 in
4 Colby Vanhook NC Hickory Grove Christian 2024 RHP -2.6 in
5 Cade Harnage GA Southeast Bulloch 2025 RHP -1.9 in

HORIZONTAL MOVEMENT (AVG.)

Rank Name State School Class Pos HM (avg)
1 Cade Harnage GA Southeast Bulloch 2025 RHP -18.8
2 Zachary Simmons GA Piedmont Academy 2026 SS -9.7
3 Ethan Strength GA Grovetown 2025 RHP -8.1
4 Logan Hatcher GA Ware County 2025 OF -5.6
5 Colby Vanhook NC Hickory Grove Christian 2024 RHP -4.2

STRIKE ZONE RATE%

Rank Name State School Class Pos Zone %
1 Zachary Simmons GA Piedmont Academy 2026 SS 80 %
2 Colby Vanhook NC Hickory Grove Christian 2024 RHP 66 %
3 Logan Hatcher GA Ware County 2025 OF 40 %
^ Cade Harnage GA Southeast Bulloch 2025 RHP 40 %
4 Noah Jordi GA Liberty university online academy 2025 1B 25 %
^ Logan Plymel GA Colquitt County 2026 RHP 25 %
5 Ethan Strength GA Grovetown 2025 RHP 20 %


SLIDER

SPIN RATE (AVG.)

Rank Name State School Class Pos Spin Rate (avg)
1 Brian Lowry GA Calvary Day 2024 RHP 2220
2 Logan Plymel GA Colquitt County 2026 RHP 2188
3 Colby Vanhook NC Hickory Grove Christian 2024 RHP 1990
4 Noah Jordi GA Liberty university online academy 2025 1B 1667

INDUCED VERTICAL BREAK (AVG.)

Rank Name State School Class Pos IVB (avg)
1 Brian Lowry GA Calvary Day 2024 RHP 4.7 in
2 Colby Vanhook NC Hickory Grove Christian 2024 RHP -3.2 in
3 Logan Plymel GA Colquitt County 2026 RHP -2.1 in
4 Noah Jordi GA Liberty university online academy 2025 1B -0.2 in

HORIZONTAL MOVEMENT (AVG.)

Rank Name State School Class Pos HM (avg)
1 Brian Lowry GA Calvary Day 2024 RHP -18.7
2 Logan Plymel GA Colquitt County 2026 RHP -13.1
3 Noah Jordi GA Liberty university online academy 2025 1B 5.5
4 Colby Vanhook NC Hickory Grove Christian 2024 RHP -4.7

STRIKE ZONE RATE%

Rank Name State School Class Pos Zone %
1 Colby Vanhook NC Hickory Grove Christian 2024 RHP 80 %
2 Brian Lowry GA Calvary Day 2024 RHP 50 %


CHANGEUP

SPIN RATE (AVG.)

Rank Name State School Class Pos Spin Rate (avg)
1 Cade Harnage GA Southeast Bulloch 2025 RHP 2112 rpm
2 Ethan Strength GA Grovetown 2025 RHP 1617 rpm
3 Noah Jordi GA Liberty university online academy 2025 1B 1574 rpm
4 Logan Hatcher GA Ware County 2025 OF 1433 rpm
5 Brian Lowry GA Calvary Day 2024 RHP 1364 rpm

HORIZONTAL MOVEMENT (AVG.)

Rank Name State School Class Pos HM (avg)
1 Cade Harnage GA Southeast Bulloch 2025 RHP 17.0
2 Colby Vanhook NC Hickory Grove Christian 2024 RHP 11.2
3 Noah Jordi GA Liberty university online academy 2025 1B -10.8
4 Zachary Simmons GA Piedmont Academy 2026 SS 9.7
5 Ethan Strength GA Grovetown 2025 RHP 9.7

STRIKE ZONE RATE%

Rank Name State School Class Pos Zone %
1 Noah Jordi GA Liberty university online academy 2025 1B 100 %
2 Zachary Simmons GA Piedmont Academy 2026 SS 60 %
3 Cade Harnage GA Southeast Bulloch 2025 RHP 50 %
4 Brian Lowry GA Calvary Day 2024 RHP 33 %
5 Logan Hatcher GA Ware County 2025 OF 20 %
^ Ethan Strength GA Grovetown 2025 RHP 20 %

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