Prep Baseball Report

Magnolia State Games: TrackMan Files


Colin Chamblin
Deep South Operations & Area Scout

HATTIESBURG, MS - The 2024 Magnolia State Games was held on June 18th and 19th at Pete Taylor Park on the campus of Southern Miss in Hattiesburg, MS. This event was an invite-only event that consisted of some prospects from the 2025-2028 classes across all parts of Mississippi. These players went through extended pro-style workout that included batting practice using Trackman, and much more. Pitchers were able to throw simulated innings during gameplay and were able to get numbers and metrics via TrackMan. There were some players who showed up and continued to build off of prior performances, but there were also some new names who jumped onto our radar with a strong showing at the event.

Continuing our post-event coverage for this event, we take a look at some of the standouts from the Magnolia State Games. Below, you can find the TrackMan leaderboards from the Magnolia State Games.

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MAX FASTBALL & AVERAGE SPIN RATE

Rank Name State School Class Pos Velocity (max)
1 Cannon Hensarling MS OCEAN SPRINGS HIGH SCHOOL 2025 RHP 91.2 mph
2 Maddox Miller MS OAK GROVE HIGH SCHOOL 2025 1B 89.3 mph
3 Bankston Walters MS PRESBYTERIAN CHRISTIAN SCHOOL 2026 RHP 88.2 mph
4 Sawyer Bates MS Canton Academy 2025 LHP 86.9 mph
5 Jackson Meehan MS Northwest Rankin 2026 SS 86.8 mph
6 Rylan Kentner MS North Pontotoc High School 2027 RHP 86.8 mph
7 Aidan Strong MS ITAWAMBA AGRICULTURAL HIGH SCHOOL 2026 RHP 86.6 mph
8 Elijah Sanders MS Lewisburg High School 2026 RHP 86.2 mph
9 Aiden Peets MS MADISON RIDGELAND ACADEMY 2026 2B 86.0 mph
10 Rece Atkinson MS Kosciusko 2027 RHP 85.9 mph

Rank Name State School Class Pos Spin Rate (avg)
1 Grady Mitchell MS CORINTH HIGH SCHOOL 2026 OF 2266 rpm
2 Bankston Walters MS PRESBYTERIAN CHRISTIAN SCHOOL 2026 RHP 2241 rpm
3 Rylan Kentner MS North Pontotoc High School 2027 RHP 2226 rpm
4 Cannon Hensarling MS OCEAN SPRINGS HIGH SCHOOL 2025 RHP 2209 rpm
5 Parker Orr MS Jackson Academy 2027 OF 2180 rpm
6 Aidan Strong MS ITAWAMBA AGRICULTURAL HIGH SCHOOL 2026 RHP 2172 rpm
7 Connor Simpson MS DESOTO CENTRAL HIGH SCHOOL 2025 LHP 2171 rpm
8 Maddox Miller MS OAK GROVE HIGH SCHOOL 2025 1B 2093 rpm
9 Conner Black MS CALEDONIA HIGH SCHOOL 2025 SS 2065 rpm
10 Jackson Meehan MS Northwest Rankin 2026 SS 2060 rpm

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

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 Woods Roberson MS Hartfield 2025 RHP 16.8
2 Weston Stanton MS MYRTLE ATTENDANCE CENTER 2027 RHP 16.5
3 Rylan Kentner MS North Pontotoc High School 2027 RHP 15.7
4 Cash James MS Presbyterian Christian School 2026 OF 15.7
5 Tre Adcox MS BRANDON HIGH SCHOOL 2027 3B 15.5
6 Maddox Miller MS OAK GROVE HIGH SCHOOL 2025 1B -14.6
7 Eli Bagley MS Hernando 2027 OF 13.7
8 Jaxon Herod MS WEST UNION ATTENDANCE CENTER 2028 2B 13.6
9 Eli Withers MS FRENCH CAMP ACADEMY 2026 RHP 13.6
10 Austin Sanders MS PISGAH HIGH SCHOOL 2026 RHP 13.3

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.”

AVERAGE SLIDER SPIN RATE

Rank Name State School Class Pos Spin Rate (avg)
1 Cannon Hensarling MS OCEAN SPRINGS HIGH SCHOOL 2025 RHP 2539
2 Rylan Kentner MS North Pontotoc High School 2027 RHP 2510
3 Bankston Walters MS PRESBYTERIAN CHRISTIAN SCHOOL 2026 RHP 2409
4 Conner Black MS CALEDONIA HIGH SCHOOL 2025 SS 2409
5 Hayden Wilson MS MADISON CENTRAL 2026 SS 2359

Spin Rate: The metric calculates how fast the ball is spinning as it leaves the pitcher’s hand, reported in the number of times the pitched ball would spin per minute (“revolutions per minute” or “rpm”).

AVERAGE CURVEBALL SPIN RATE

Rank Name State School Class Pos Spin Rate (avg)
1 James Blackwood MS Oxford 2026 OF 2423 rpm
2 Conner Black MS CALEDONIA HIGH SCHOOL 2025 SS 2409 rpm
3 Cash James MS Presbyterian Christian School 2026 OF 2318 rpm
4 Parker Orr MS Jackson Academy 2027 OF 2298 rpm
5 Aidan Strong MS ITAWAMBA AGRICULTURAL HIGH SCHOOL 2026 RHP 2197 rpm

Spin Rate: The metric calculates how fast the ball is spinning as it leaves the pitcher’s hand, reported in the number of times the pitched ball would spin per minute (“revolutions per minute” or “rpm”).

AVERAGE CHANGEUP HORIZONTAL MOVEMENT

Rank Name State School Class Pos HM (avg)
1 Rylan Kentner MS North Pontotoc High School 2027 RHP 19.2
2 Aidan Strong MS ITAWAMBA AGRICULTURAL HIGH SCHOOL 2026 RHP 18.1
3 Weston Stanton MS MYRTLE ATTENDANCE CENTER 2027 RHP 16.4
4 Tre Adcox MS BRANDON HIGH SCHOOL 2027 3B 15.9
5 Jackson Meehan MS Northwest Rankin 2026 SS 15.5

Horizontal Break: This metric measures the distance, 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.

PEAK EXIT VELOCITY (HITTING)

Rank Name State School Class Pos Exit Velocity (max)
1 Adyn Westmoreland MS Heritage Academy 2025 OF 97.2 mph
2 Reid Garrett MS CALEDONIA HIGH SCHOOL 2026 RHP 96.6 mph
3 Eric EJ Booth Jr. MS Oak Grove 2026 OF 96.6 mph
4 John Lindsey III MS PETAL HIGH SCHOOL 2026 C 96.2 mph
5 Ryder White MS PISGAH HIGH SCHOOL 2026 OF 96.2 mph
6 Wyatt McDaniels MS MOOREVILLE HIGH SCHOOL 2027 C 96.0 mph
7 Tyler Martin MS Brandon 2025 3B 95.8 mph
8 Tate Murphy MS ST STANISLAUS HIGH SCHOOL 2026 2B 95.7 mph
9 Chad Bates MS CLINTON HIGH SCHOOL 2026 OF 95.4 mph
10 Matthew McKinley MS JACKSON PREPARATORY SCHOOL 2025 LHP 95.3 mph

Exit Velocity: This metric measures the speed of the ball, measured in miles per hour, as it comes off the bat at the moment of contact.

PEAK ESTIMATED BATTED DISTANCE (HITTING)

Rank Name State School Class Pos Distance (max)
1 John Lindsey III MS PETAL HIGH SCHOOL 2026 C 369 ft
2 Parker Hicks MS New Albany 2027 3B 360 ft
3 Eric EJ Booth Jr. MS Oak Grove 2026 OF 355 ft
4 Ryder White MS PISGAH HIGH SCHOOL 2026 OF 354 ft
5 Grady Mitchell MS CORINTH HIGH SCHOOL 2026 OF 351 ft
6 Colson Alexander MS LEWISBURG HIGH SCHOOL 2026 SS 350 ft
7 Adyn Westmoreland MS Heritage Academy 2025 OF 349 ft
8 Cody Pigford MS WEST LAUDERDALE HIGH SCHOOL 2027 3B 346 ft
9 Tate Murphy MS ST STANISLAUS HIGH SCHOOL 2026 2B 345 ft
10 Matthew McKinley MS JACKSON PREPARATORY SCHOOL 2025 LHP 345 ft

Distance: This metric measures the estimated “carry flat” distance, measured in feet, meaning the distance that the ball travels before it lands, or would have landed if it were not caught or obstructed.

 

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