Prep Baseball Report

Louisiana Top Prospect Games: Data Dive (Pitchers)


Alex Armand
Louisiana Scouting Director

Lafayette, LA - The Louisiana Top Prospect Games were held on Tuesday June 11, 2024, at the University of Louisiana-Lafayette.  This was our third event of the summer and consisted of over 100 of the top prospects from the 2025-2027 high school classes.  

Today, with the help of one of our tech partners, Trackman Baseball, we continue our post-event coverage with a deeper look at the metrics and data from the pitchers in attendance at this year's Louisiana Top Prospect Games. 

View all event stats HERE

FASTBALL

MAX VELOCITY

Rank Name State School Class Pos Velocity (max)
1 Hayden Pearson LA ASCENSION EPISCOPAL SCHOOL 2025 LHP 91.7 mph
2 Kade LaCoste LA POPE JOHN PAUL II CATHOLIC HIGH SCHOOL 2025 RHP 90.8 mph
3 Adam Brodnax LA Buckeye High School 2025 RHP 90.2 mph
4 Braden Mouton LA Central Catholic 2025 RHP 90.1 mph
5 Thomas Allen LA Benton High School 2025 RHP 89.2 mph
6 Jackson Beddoe LA Sulphur High School 2025 SS 89.1 mph
7 Owen Stempel LA ARCHBISHOP HANNAN HIGH SCHOOL 2025 RHP 89.1 mph
8 Peyton Starr LA West Monroe 2027 3B 88.9 mph
9 Cole Guidroz LA Central High School 2026 SS 88.8 mph
10 Brayden Clement LA South Terrebonne High School 2025 SS 88.6 mph

AVERAGE SPIN RATE

Rank Name State School Class Pos Spin Rate (avg)
1 Peyton Starr LA West Monroe 2027 3B 2397 rpm
2 Bradey Miller LA Covington High School 2026 RHP 2357 rpm
3 Ja'Vonte Gray LA Hahnville 2026 RHP 2334 rpm
4 Tanner Webb LA Benton 2025 RHP 2328 rpm
5 Bryce Wilson LA Chalmette High School 2025 LHP 2326 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.

AVERAGE SPIN EFFICIENCY PERCENTAGE

Rank Name State School Class Pos Spin Efficiency % (avg)
1 Jackson Beddoe LA Sulphur High School 2025 SS 99 %
2 Drew LeJeune LA NOTRE DAME HIGH SCHOOL 2026 3B 97 %
3 Jake Wooten LA PARKVIEW BAPTIST SCHOOL 2027 LHP 97 %
4 Brooks Bumstead LA Dutchtown 2027 3B 96 %
5 Ja'Derryian Washington LA Barbe 2026 SS 95 %

Spin Efficiency: This metric is the percentage of the raw spin that directly impacts pitch movement; so while raw spin is measured by revolutions per minute (RPM), spin efficiency is the ratio of trtue spin divided by raw spin.  It's important to understand that more is not alwasy 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.

AVERAGE INDUCED VERTICAL BREAK 

Rank Name State School Class Pos IVB (avg)
1 Bradey Miller LA Covington High School 2026 RHP 18.0 in
2 Jackson Watts LA St. Thomas More 2027 RHP 17.7 in
3 Hayden Pearson LA ASCENSION EPISCOPAL SCHOOL 2025 LHP 17.6 in
4 Peyton Starr LA West Monroe 2027 3B 17.3 in
5 Lenny Cline LA Archbishop Rummel 2025 C 16.7 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.  Fastballs and curveballs with large IVB usually 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, also known as "VAA".

AVERAGE HORIZONTAL MOVEMENT

Rank Name State School Class Pos HM (avg)
1 Bryce Wilson LA Chalmette High School 2025 LHP -17.8
2 Brooks Bumstead LA Dutchtown 2027 3B 15.4
3 Aiden Melna LA ST FREDERICK HIGH SCHOOL 2025 RHP 14.2
4 Tanner Webb LA Benton 2025 RHP 13.5
5 Jackson Beddoe LA Sulphur High School 2025 SS 13.4

Horizontal Movement: 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 it had 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 PERCENTAGE

Rank Name State School Class Pos Zone %
1 Bryce Wilson LA Chalmette High School 2025 LHP 66 %
^ Tanner Webb LA Benton 2025 RHP 66 %
^ Caden Amie LA POPE JOHN PAUL II CATHOLIC HIGH SCHOOL 2026 LHP 66 %
^ James Guidry TOURNEYS VANDEBILT CATHOLIC HIGH SCHOOL 2025 LHP 66 %
^ Kade LaCoste LA POPE JOHN PAUL II CATHOLIC HIGH SCHOOL 2025 RHP 66 %
2 Brooks Bumstead LA Dutchtown 2027 3B 63 %
3 Drew LeJeune LA NOTRE DAME HIGH SCHOOL 2026 3B 62 %
4 Luke Hewitt LA Catholic 2027 LHP 60 %
^ Jake Tompkins Jr. LA Catholic 2025 RHP 60 %
^ Tanner Savoy LA Livonia 2027 RHP 60 %
5 Brayden Clement LA South Terrebonne High School 2025 SS 57 %

Strike Zone Rate Percentage: Average MLB pitchers throw 62% strikes and better pitchers throw 65% strikes, or a strike to ball ratio of rougly 2:1.

AVERAGE EXTENSION

Rank Name State School Class Pos Extension (avg)
1 Ace Daigle LA Sulphur High School 2025 RHP 6.5 ft
2 Lucas Lawrence LA Catholic High School 2026 LHP 6.3 ft
3 Owen Stempel LA ARCHBISHOP HANNAN HIGH SCHOOL 2025 RHP 6.1 ft
4 Ja'Vonte Gray LA Hahnville 2026 RHP 6.1 ft
5 Cole Guidroz LA Central High School 2026 SS 5.9 ft

Extension: The distance in feet from the pitching rubber to where a pitcher releases the ball.  The pitching rubber is 60 feet 6 inches from home plate, but pitchers usually release the ball a few feet closer.  Extension is different from release height, and it can favor taller pitchers with longer wingspans.

CURVEBALL

AVERAGE SPIN RATE

Rank Name State School Class Pos Spin Rate (avg)
1 Landon Guidry LA POPE JOHN PAUL II CATHOLIC HIGH SCHOOL 2026 RHP 2460 rpm
2 Cooper Austin LA Central 2027 C 2371 rpm
3 Jackson Beddoe LA Sulphur High School 2025 SS 2351 rpm
4 Jake Wooten LA PARKVIEW BAPTIST SCHOOL 2027 LHP 2343 rpm
5 Hayden Pearson LA ASCENSION EPISCOPAL SCHOOL 2025 LHP 2332 rpm

AVERAGE HORIZONTAL MOVEMENT

Rank Name State School Class Pos HM (avg)
1 Jake Wooten LA PARKVIEW BAPTIST SCHOOL 2027 LHP 19.3
2 Cooper Austin LA Central 2027 C -16.6
3 Brennan Champagne LA COVENANT CHRISTIAN ACADEMY 2025 1B 16.2
4 Lucas Lawrence LA Catholic High School 2026 LHP 12.4
5 Drew LeJeune LA NOTRE DAME HIGH SCHOOL 2026 3B -11.4

STRIKE ZONE RATE PERCENTAGE

Rank Name State School Class Pos Zone %
1 Caden Amie LA POPE JOHN PAUL II CATHOLIC HIGH SCHOOL 2026 LHP 100 %
^ Dylan Navarre LA Loreauville High School 2025 LHP 100 %
^ Brennan Champagne LA COVENANT CHRISTIAN ACADEMY 2025 1B 100 %
2 Tanner Savoy LA Livonia 2027 RHP 71 %
3 Jackson Watts LA St. Thomas More 2027 RHP 66 %
^ Larry Rodrigue LA Destrehan High School 2027 LHP 66 %
4 James Guidry TOURNEYS VANDEBILT CATHOLIC HIGH SCHOOL 2025 LHP 50 %
^ Hayden Pearson LA ASCENSION EPISCOPAL SCHOOL 2025 LHP 50 %
^ Lucas Lawrence LA Catholic High School 2026 LHP 50 %
5 Drew LeJeune LA NOTRE DAME HIGH SCHOOL 2026 3B 40 %

SLIDER

AVERAGE SPIN RATE

Rank Name State School Class Pos Spin Rate (avg)
1 Slade Shove-Knox LA Sulphur High School 2025 RHP 2759
2 Ty Lamartina LA Acadiana High School 2026 C 2515
3 Ja'Vonte Gray LA Hahnville 2026 RHP 2448
4 Logan McNamara LA Mandeville 2025 RHP 2427
5 Koa Romero LA Hahnville High School 2027 3B 2411

AVERAGE HORIZONTAL MOVEMENT

Rank Name State School Class Pos HM (avg)
1 Cole Guidroz LA Central High School 2026 SS -14.5
2 Slade Shove-Knox LA Sulphur High School 2025 RHP -14.1
3 Henry Beckers LA PARKVIEW BAPTIST SCHOOL 2026 RHP -14.0
4 Ashton Bultron LA Sam Houston 2025 RHP -12.2
5 Owen Stempel LA ARCHBISHOP HANNAN HIGH SCHOOL 2025 RHP -10.9

STRIKE ZONE PERCENTAGE

Rank Name State School Class Pos Zone %
1 Adam Brodnax LA Buckeye High School 2025 RHP 100 %
^ Peyton Starr LA West Monroe 2027 3B 100 %
^ Brennan Champagne LA COVENANT CHRISTIAN ACADEMY 2025 1B 100 %
2 Jake Tompkins Jr. LA Catholic 2025 RHP 75 %
3 Cohen LeBlanc LA Catholic 2025 RHP 66 %
^ Ja'Vonte Gray LA Hahnville 2026 RHP 66 %
4 Tanner Webb LA Benton 2025 RHP 55 %
5 Carter Wilson LA Sulphur 2026 OF 50 %
^ Braden Mouton LA Central Catholic 2025 RHP 50 %
^ Kade LaCoste LA POPE JOHN PAUL II CATHOLIC HIGH SCHOOL 2025 RHP 50 %
^ Ty Lamartina LA Acadiana High School 2026 C 50 %
^ Sam Marse LA Mandeville 2026 RHP 50 %
^ Lenny Cline LA Archbishop Rummel 2025 C 50 %

CHANGEUP

AVERAGE SPIN RATE

Rank Name State School Class Pos Spin Rate (avg)
1 Koa Romero LA Hahnville High School 2027 3B 2111 rpm
2 Jake Tompkins Jr. LA Catholic 2025 RHP 1988 rpm
3 Bradey Miller LA Covington High School 2026 RHP 1829 rpm
4 Lucas Lawrence LA Catholic High School 2026 LHP 1718 rpm
5 Hayden Pearson LA ASCENSION EPISCOPAL SCHOOL 2025 LHP 1709 rpm

AVERAGE HORIZONTAL MOVEMENT

Rank Name State School Class Pos HM (avg)
1 Jake Wooten LA PARKVIEW BAPTIST SCHOOL 2027 LHP -17.6
2 Brooks Bumstead LA Dutchtown 2027 3B 17.6
3 Sam Marse LA Mandeville 2026 RHP 17.3
4 Hayden Pearson LA ASCENSION EPISCOPAL SCHOOL 2025 LHP -15.8
5 Lucas Lawrence LA Catholic High School 2026 LHP -15.4

STRIKE ZONE PERCENTAGE

Rank Name State School Class Pos Zone %
1 Brooks Bumstead LA Dutchtown 2027 3B 100 %
^ Bryce Wilson LA Chalmette High School 2025 LHP 100 %
^ Hayden Pearson LA ASCENSION EPISCOPAL SCHOOL 2025 LHP 100 %
2 Logan McNamara LA Mandeville 2025 RHP 50 %
^ Brody Mayeux LA University Lab 2026 RHP 50 %
3 Dane Bodin LA Lutcher 2026 SS 20 %

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