Prep Baseball Report

Kennesaw State Campus Tour: Data Dive, Pitchers


Logan Nelson
PBR Georgia Staff

On November 4th , we traveled to Kennesaw for the Kennesaw State Campus 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 Braegan Cravey GA Bleckley County 2025 LHP 88.4 mph
2 Drew Harmon GA Sequoyah 2026 RHP 86.5 mph
3 Colin Thomas GA The Paideia School 2026 OF 84.3 mph
4 Shannon Dickert GA Oconee County 2025 OF 82.5 mph
5 Kurtis Maher GA Denmark 2026 LHP 78.6 mph

SPIN RATE (AVG.)

Rank Name State School Class Pos Spin Rate (avg)
1 Colin Thomas GA The Paideia School 2026 OF 2290 rpm
2 Jose Vega Matos GA Telfair County 2024 LHP 2112 rpm
3 Robert Bahr GA Richmond Hill 2025 2B 2041 rpm
4 Braegan Cravey GA Bleckley County 2025 LHP 2014 rpm
5 Cam Folan GA Woodstock 2025 RHP 1974 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 Braegan Cravey GA Bleckley County 2025 LHP 94 %
2 Ethan Hulsey GA East Forsyth High School 2024 RHP 90 %
3 Daniel Gilroy GA South Forsyth 2026 1B 88 %
4 Evan Beckstrand GA North Forsyth High School 2026 LHP 87 %
5 Colin Thomas GA The Paideia School 2026 OF 86 %

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 Braegan Cravey GA Bleckley County 2025 LHP 19.9 in
2 Colin Thomas GA The Paideia School 2026 OF 16.1 in
3 Shannon Dickert GA Oconee County 2025 OF 15.5 in
4 Caden Jackson GA Creekview 2026 RHP 15.4 in
5 Evan Beckstrand GA North Forsyth High School 2026 LHP 14.5 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 Colin Thomas GA The Paideia School 2026 OF 15.3
2 Ethan Hulsey GA East Forsyth High School 2024 RHP 13.8
3 Robert Bahr GA Richmond Hill 2025 2B 12.3
4 Evan Beckstrand GA North Forsyth High School 2026 LHP -12.2
5 Cam Folan GA Woodstock 2025 RHP 9.4

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 Cam Folan GA Woodstock 2025 RHP 62 %
2 Ethan Hulsey GA East Forsyth High School 2024 RHP 50 %
^ Caden Jackson GA Creekview 2026 RHP 50 %
^ Patrick Honeyman GA Kell 2026 LHP 50 %
3 Colin Thomas GA The Paideia School 2026 OF 44 %
4 Drew Harmon GA Sequoyah 2026 RHP 42 %
5 Shannon Dickert GA Oconee County 2025 OF 40 %

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 Kurtis Maher GA Denmark 2026 LHP 2207 rpm
2 Robert Bahr GA Richmond Hill 2025 2B 2172 rpm
3 Cam Folan GA Woodstock 2025 RHP 2118 rpm
4 Jose Vega Matos GA Telfair County 2024 LHP 2040 rpm
5 Shannon Dickert GA Oconee County 2025 OF 1970 rpm

INDUCED VERTICAL BREAK (AVG.)

Rank Name State School Class Pos IVB (avg)
1 Braegan Cravey GA Bleckley County 2025 LHP -11.0 in
2 Caden Jackson GA Creekview 2026 RHP -11.0 in
3 Jose Vega Matos GA Telfair County 2024 LHP -10.3 in
4 Ethan Hulsey GA East Forsyth High School 2024 RHP 8.0 in
5 Cam Folan GA Woodstock 2025 RHP 3.9 in

HORIZONTAL MOVEMENT (AVG.)

Rank Name State School Class Pos HM (avg)
1 Jose Vega Matos GA Telfair County 2024 LHP 16.9
2 Patrick Honeyman GA Kell 2026 LHP 16.0
3 Caden Jackson GA Creekview 2026 RHP -10.4
4 Cam Folan GA Woodstock 2025 RHP -5.1
5 Shannon Dickert GA Oconee County 2025 OF -4.9

STRIKE ZONE RATE%

Rank Name State School Class Pos Zone %
1 Cam Folan GA Woodstock 2025 RHP 100 %
2 Daniel Gilroy GA South Forsyth 2026 1B 75 %
3 Jose Vega Matos GA Telfair County 2024 LHP 57 %
4 Ethan Hulsey GA East Forsyth High School 2024 RHP 50 %
5 Patrick Honeyman GA Kell 2026 LHP 40 %
^ Kurtis Maher GA Denmark 2026 LHP 40 %
^ Robert Bahr GA Richmond Hill 2025 2B 40 %


SLIDER

SPIN RATE (AVG.)

Rank Name State School Class Pos Spin Rate (avg)
1 Colin Thomas GA The Paideia School 2026 OF 2360
2 Drew Harmon GA Sequoyah 2026 RHP 2270
3 Cam Folan GA Woodstock 2025 RHP 2117
4 Braegan Cravey GA Bleckley County 2025 LHP 2045
5 Luke Nease GA Buford 2025 2B 1995

INDUCED VERTICAL BREAK (AVG.)

Rank Name State School Class Pos IVB (avg)
1 Luke Nease GA Buford 2025 2B -4.5 in
2 Cam Folan GA Woodstock 2025 RHP 4.4 in
3 Braegan Cravey GA Bleckley County 2025 LHP -3.8 in
4 Drew Harmon GA Sequoyah 2026 RHP -2.9 in
5 Ethan Hulsey GA East Forsyth High School 2024 RHP 1.5 in

HORIZONTAL MOVEMENT (AVG.)

Rank Name State School Class Pos HM (avg)
1 Drew Harmon GA Sequoyah 2026 RHP -11.4
2 Ethan Hulsey GA East Forsyth High School 2024 RHP -11.0
3 Colin Thomas GA The Paideia School 2026 OF -7.3
4 Cam Folan GA Woodstock 2025 RHP -4.4
5 Braegan Cravey GA Bleckley County 2025 LHP 2.4

STRIKE ZONE RATE%

Rank Name State School Class Pos Zone %
1 Cam Folan GA Woodstock 2025 RHP 100 %
2 Braegan Cravey GA Bleckley County 2025 LHP 50 %
^ JC Slavis GA Pope 2026 3B 50 %
3 Colin Thomas GA The Paideia School 2026 OF 40 %
4 Drew Harmon GA Sequoyah 2026 RHP 33 %


CHANGEUP

SPIN RATE (AVG.)

Rank Name State School Class Pos Spin Rate (avg)
1 Braegan Cravey GA Bleckley County 2025 LHP 1898 rpm
2 Colin Thomas GA The Paideia School 2026 OF 1744 rpm
3 Luke Nease GA Buford 2025 2B 1720 rpm
4 Daniel Gilroy GA South Forsyth 2026 1B 1710 rpm
5 Ethan Hulsey GA East Forsyth High School 2024 RHP 1572 rpm

HORIZONTAL MOVEMENT (AVG.)

Rank Name State School Class Pos HM (avg)
1 Evan Beckstrand GA North Forsyth High School 2026 LHP -15.6
2 Patrick Honeyman GA Kell 2026 LHP -15.2
3 Cam Folan GA Woodstock 2025 RHP 10.4
4 Ethan Hulsey GA East Forsyth High School 2024 RHP 10.3
5 Colin Thomas GA The Paideia School 2026 OF 9.6

STRIKE ZONE RATE%

Rank Name State School Class Pos Zone %
1 Jose Vega Matos GA Telfair County 2024 LHP 60 %
2 Cam Folan GA Woodstock 2025 RHP 50 %
3 Kurtis Maher GA Denmark 2026 LHP 25 %
^ Ethan Hulsey GA East Forsyth High School 2024 RHP 25 %
4 Drew Harmon GA Sequoyah 2026 RHP 20 %

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