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Top Prospect Games: TrackMan Files


Colin Chamblin
Manager, Deep South Operations

On July 19th, the PBR Mississippi staff hosted the Top Prospect Games at Pearl River Community College in Poplarville, MS, featuring many of the state’s top players inside the 2023-2026 classes. Inside today’s TrackMan Files, we’re highlighting the best of the best – the talent that exited the event with arrows pointed way up at the end of the summer.

Earlier this week we published Quick Hits highlighting the top prospects of the event. We also rolled out a Statistical Leaderboard pointing out the top recorded stats by category.

Now we'll continue to roll out the data we gathered from this event, starting with the analytics we have at our disposal from our TrackMan unit. Below we'll look at which players had noteworthy batted ball and pitch metric data.

MAX FASTBALL

Rank Name State School Class Pos Velocity (max)
1 Drew Harrison MS Germantown 2024 SS 87.6 mph
2 Ty Long MS Ripley 2024 SS 86.8 mph
3 Tanner Busby MS Picayune Memorial 2024 RHP 86.7 mph
4 Barrett McKenney MS Simpson County Academy 2025 SS 86.3 mph
5 Jacob Johnson MS Pearl River Central 2024 RHP 85.6 mph
6 Caleb Authement MS Brookhaven Academy 2026 RHP 85.0 mph
7 Maddox Miller MS Oak Grove 2025 LHP 84.4 mph
8 Connor Tice MS Stone 2024 RHP 84.0 mph
9 John Abt MS Brandon 2025 SS 82.6 mph
10 Dylan Welter MS Pass Christian 2023 SS 81.9 mph

Max Fastball Velocity: This metric calculates the speed of the pitch as it’s released from the pitcher’s hand.

PEAK SPIN RATE

Rank Name State School Class Pos Spin Rate (max)
1 Caleb Authement MS Brookhaven Academy 2026 RHP 2337 rpm
2 Ty Long MS Ripley 2024 SS 2311 rpm
3 Connor Tice MS Stone 2024 RHP 2296 rpm
4 Brody Hale AL St. Luke's Episcopal 2024 OF 2261 rpm
5 Jacob Johnson MS Pearl River Central 2024 RHP 2206 rpm
6 Currie Jones MS Northwest Rankin 2023 LHP 2148 rpm
7 John Abt MS Brandon 2025 SS 2123 rpm
8 Drew Harrison MS Germantown 2024 SS 2119 rpm
9 Barrett McKenney MS Simpson County Academy 2025 SS 2106 rpm
10 Dylan Welter MS Pass Christian 2023 SS 2104 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 FASTBALL HORIZONTAL MOVEMENT

Rank Name State School Class Pos HM (avg)
1 Jacob Johnson MS Pearl River Central 2024 RHP 19.7
2 Dylan Welter MS Pass Christian 2023 SS 15.9
3 Walker Polk MS Simpson Academy 2025 OF 12.9
4 Connor Tice MS Stone 2024 RHP 11.7
5 Ty Long MS Ripley 2024 SS 11.2
6 Tanner Busby MS Picayune Memorial 2024 RHP 10.9
7 Caleb Authement MS Brookhaven Academy 2026 RHP 8.7
8 John Abt MS Brandon 2025 SS 8.6
9 Cole Gideon MS Jackson Prep 2025 OF -8.5
10 Barrett McKenney MS Simpson County Academy 2025 SS 8.3

AVERAGE SLIDER SPIN RATE

Rank Name State School Class Pos Spin Rate (avg)
1 Ty Long MS Ripley 2024 SS 2435
2 Tanner Busby MS Picayune Memorial 2024 RHP 2098
3 John Abt MS Brandon 2025 SS 2039
4 Caleb Authement MS Brookhaven Academy 2026 RHP 2010
5 Jacob Johnson MS Pearl River Central 2024 RHP 1935

AVERAGE CURVEBALL SPIN RATE

Rank Name State School Class Pos Spin Rate (avg)
1 Ty Long MS Ripley 2024 SS 2104 rpm
2 Currie Jones MS Northwest Rankin 2023 LHP 1927 rpm
3 Drew Harrison MS Germantown 2024 SS 1906 rpm
4 Barrett McKenney MS Simpson County Academy 2025 SS 1828 rpm
5 Walker Polk MS Simpson Academy 2025 OF 1565 rpm

AVERAGE CHANGEUP HORIZONTAL MOVEMENT

Rank Name State School Class Pos HM (avg)
1 Tanner Busby MS Picayune Memorial 2024 RHP 17.7
2 Barrett McKenney MS Simpson County Academy 2025 SS 16.8
3 Drew Harrison MS Germantown 2024 SS 13.8
4 Jacob Johnson MS Pearl River Central 2024 RHP 12.3
5 Cole Gideon MS Jackson Prep 2025 OF -10.5

AVERAGE EXIT VELOCITY (HITTING)

Rank Name State School Class Pos Exit Velocity (avg)
1 Cole Gideon MS Jackson Prep 2025 OF 90.7 mph
2 Drew Harrison MS Germantown 2024 SS 89.3 mph
3 John Abt MS Brandon 2025 SS 88.9 mph
4 Caleb Authement MS Brookhaven Academy 2026 RHP 86.5 mph
5 Ty Long MS Ripley 2024 SS 85.7 mph
6 Barrett McKenney MS Simpson County Academy 2025 SS 85.7 mph
7 Tristan Baldwyn MS East Union Attendance Center 2025 OF 84.9 mph
8 Colin Flurry MS Booneville 2025 C 83.2 mph
9 Samuel Tumminello MS Pearl River Central 2025 C 81.9 mph
10 Bryson Jackson MS Kossuth 2024 C 81.5 mph

Exit Speed: Also according to TrackMan’s own website: “The speed of the ball, measured in miles per hour, as it comes off the bat at the moment of contact.”

PEAK EXIT VELOCITY (HITTING)

Rank Name State School Class Pos Exit Velocity (max)
1 Drew Harrison MS Germantown 2024 SS 99.5 mph
2 Tristan Baldwyn MS East Union Attendance Center 2025 OF 96.5 mph
3 Joshua Jones MS Desoto Central 2023 OF 93.9 mph
4 Colin Flurry MS Booneville 2025 C 93.6 mph
5 Cole Gideon MS Jackson Prep 2025 OF 93.4 mph
6 Caleb Authement MS Brookhaven Academy 2026 RHP 92.8 mph
7 Ty Long MS Ripley 2024 SS 92.1 mph
8 Barrett McKenney MS Simpson County Academy 2025 SS 91.7 mph
9 John Abt MS Brandon 2025 SS 90.3 mph
10 Kyler King MS Picayune 2024 SS 89.6 mph

PEAK ESTIMATED BATTED DISTANCE (HITTING)

Rank Name State School Class Pos Distance (max)
1 Drew Harrison MS Germantown 2024 SS 357 ft
2 Barrett McKenney MS Simpson County Academy 2025 SS 355 ft
3 Tristan Baldwyn MS East Union Attendance Center 2025 OF 348 ft
4 Connor Tice MS Stone 2024 RHP 345 ft
5 Braden Maranto MS Amory 2025 SS 334 ft
6 Kyler King MS Picayune 2024 SS 332 ft
7 Caleb Authement MS Brookhaven Academy 2026 RHP 327 ft
8 Ty Long MS Ripley 2024 SS 325 ft
9 Kannon Cato MS Lawrence County 2024 OF 315 ft
10 Drew Hollimon MS East Union Attendance Center 2025 OF 313 ft

 

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