Prep Baseball Report

Mississippi Preseason All-State: Data Dive, Pitchers


Colin Chamblin
Deep South Operations & Area Scout

 

CLINTON, MS - The Mississippi Preseason All-State was held on Saturday, January 27th at Clinton High School in Clinton, MS. This event was an invote-only event that consisted of some prospects from the 2024-2028 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 bullpens 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 back at some of the top performers and standouts from Saturday. Continuing over the course of the next week or so, we will release different statistical leaderboards for the event along with other pieces of content.

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FASTBALL 

MAX VELOCITY (MPH)

Rank Name State School Class Pos Velocity (max)
1 Drew Davis MS Sumrall 2027 RHP 87.9 mph
2 Kevin Landry Farr MS Northpoint Christian 2025 RHP 87.4 mph
3 Tucker Rice MS MADISON CENTRAL HIGH SCHOOL 2027 RHP 86.7 mph
4 Tyner Flynt MS Presbyterian Christian 2026 OF 85.5 mph
5 Cayden Prestage MS Itawamba 2026 OF 85.2 mph
6 Rece Atkinson MS Leake Academy 2027 RHP 85.0 mph
7 Corbyn Clayton MS Pontotoc City 2026 SS 84.5 mph
8 Jackson Meehan MS NORTHWEST RANKIN HIGH SCHOOL 2026 SS 84.1 mph
9 Brody Roberts MS Manchester Academy 2025 RHP 83.3 mph
10 Wyatt Pyron MS Biloxi 2025 3B 83.2 mph

SPIN RATE (AVG.)

Rank Name State School Class Pos Spin Rate (avg)
1 Kevin Landry Farr MS Northpoint Christian 2025 RHP 2448 rpm
2 Drew Davis MS Sumrall 2027 RHP 2337 rpm
3 Cayden Berryhill MS Pearl 2026 OF 2239 rpm
4 Tucker Rice MS MADISON CENTRAL HIGH SCHOOL 2027 RHP 2179 rpm
5 Corbyn Clayton MS Pontotoc City 2026 SS 2080 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 Cadyn Williamson MS SUMRALL HIGH SCHOOL 2025 OF 99 %
2 Tyner Flynt MS Presbyterian Christian 2026 OF 98 %
3 Rece Atkinson MS Leake Academy 2027 RHP 93 %
4 Tucker Rice MS MADISON CENTRAL HIGH SCHOOL 2027 RHP 93 %
5 Wes Pritchard MS Lamar School 2024 LHP 91 %

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 Wyatt Pyron MS Biloxi 2025 3B 24.0 in
2 Cadyn Williamson MS SUMRALL HIGH SCHOOL 2025 OF 23.3 in
3 Samuel Miller MS Jackson Prep 2027 3B 22.5 in
4 Corbyn Clayton MS Pontotoc City 2026 SS 20.9 in
5 Tucker Rice MS MADISON CENTRAL HIGH SCHOOL 2027 RHP 20.9 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 Brady Holmes MS Clinton 2027 RHP 18.5
2 Cayden Prestage MS Itawamba 2026 OF -15.9
3 Tyner Flynt MS Presbyterian Christian 2026 OF -15.5
4 Wes Pritchard MS Lamar School 2024 LHP -15.4
5 Matthew McKinley MS JACKSON PREPARATORY SCHOOL 2025 LHP -13.7

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 Jackson Meehan MS NORTHWEST RANKIN HIGH SCHOOL 2026 SS 85 %
2 Sawyer Bates MS Canton Academy 2025 LHP 71 %
3 Samuel Miller MS Jackson Prep 2027 3B 62 %
4 Cayden Prestage MS Itawamba 2026 OF 60 %
5 Rece Atkinson MS Leake Academy 2027 RHP 57 %
^ Drew Davis MS Sumrall 2027 RHP 57 %
^ Kevin Landry Farr MS Northpoint Christian 2025 RHP 57 %
^ Tyner Flynt MS Presbyterian Christian 2026 OF 57 %

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 Drew Davis MS Sumrall 2027 RHP 2730 rpm
2 Samuel Miller MS Jackson Prep 2027 3B 2284 rpm
3 Wyatt Pyron MS Biloxi 2025 3B 2198 rpm
4 Wes Pritchard MS Lamar School 2024 LHP 2075 rpm
5 Aidan Strong MS ITAWAMBA AGRICULTURAL HIGH SCHOOL 2026 RHP 2069 rpm

HORIZONTAL MOVEMENT (AVG.)

Rank Name State School Class Pos HM (avg)
1 Aidan Strong MS ITAWAMBA AGRICULTURAL HIGH SCHOOL 2026 RHP -15.4
2 Wes Pritchard MS Lamar School 2024 LHP 14.3
3 Cayden Berryhill MS Pearl 2026 OF -12.9
4 Matthew McKinley MS JACKSON PREPARATORY SCHOOL 2025 LHP 12.7
5 Austin Sanders MS Pisgah 2026 RHP -11.7

STRIKE ZONE RATE%

Rank Name State School Class Pos Zone %
1 Aiden Peets MS MADISON RIDGELAND ACADEMY 2026 2B 80 %
2 Tucker Rice MS MADISON CENTRAL HIGH SCHOOL 2027 RHP 75 %
3 Wyatt Pyron MS Biloxi 2025 3B 60 %
4 Cayden Prestage MS Itawamba 2026 OF 50 %
^ Austin Sanders MS Pisgah 2026 RHP 50 %
5 Wes Pritchard MS Lamar School 2024 LHP 40 %


SLIDER

SPIN RATE (AVG.)

Rank Name State School Class Pos Spin Rate (avg)
1 Kevin Landry Farr MS Northpoint Christian 2025 RHP 2522
2 Brody Roberts MS Manchester Academy 2025 RHP 2396
3 Corbyn Clayton MS Pontotoc City 2026 SS 2316
4 Kellen Garcia MS Sumrall 2025 SS 2252
5 Jackson Meehan MS NORTHWEST RANKIN HIGH SCHOOL 2026 SS 2081

HORIZONTAL MOVEMENT (AVG.)

Rank Name State School Class Pos HM (avg)
1 Kellen Garcia MS Sumrall 2025 SS -18.2
2 Brady Holmes MS Clinton 2027 RHP -14.9
3 Brody Roberts MS Manchester Academy 2025 RHP -12.4
4 Jackson Meehan MS NORTHWEST RANKIN HIGH SCHOOL 2026 SS -12.1
5 Corbyn Clayton MS Pontotoc City 2026 SS -12.0

STRIKE ZONE RATE%

Rank Name State School Class Pos Zone %
1 Corbyn Clayton MS Pontotoc City 2026 SS 75 %
2 Aidan Strong MS ITAWAMBA AGRICULTURAL HIGH SCHOOL 2026 RHP 66 %
3 Kevin Landry Farr MS Northpoint Christian 2025 RHP 60 %
^ Jackson Meehan MS NORTHWEST RANKIN HIGH SCHOOL 2026 SS 60 %
4 Sawyer Bates MS Canton Academy 2025 LHP 50 %
^ Kellen Garcia MS Sumrall 2025 SS 50 %
^ Matthew McKinley MS JACKSON PREPARATORY SCHOOL 2025 LHP 50 %
5 Brody Roberts MS Manchester Academy 2025 RHP 40 %


CHANGEUP

SPIN RATE (AVG.)

Rank Name State School Class Pos Spin Rate (avg)
1 Corbyn Clayton MS Pontotoc City 2026 SS 1908 rpm
2 Brody Roberts MS Manchester Academy 2025 RHP 1850 rpm
3 Tyner Flynt MS Presbyterian Christian 2026 OF 1772 rpm
4 Wes Pritchard MS Lamar School 2024 LHP 1749 rpm
5 Drew Davis MS Sumrall 2027 RHP 1723 rpm

HORIZONTAL MOVEMENT (AVG.)

Rank Name State School Class Pos HM (avg)
1 Wes Pritchard MS Lamar School 2024 LHP -21.4
2 Matthew McKinley MS JACKSON PREPARATORY SCHOOL 2025 LHP -19.7
3 Brody Roberts MS Manchester Academy 2025 RHP 19.6
4 Tucker Rice MS MADISON CENTRAL HIGH SCHOOL 2027 RHP 18.0
5 Corbyn Clayton MS Pontotoc City 2026 SS 17.4

STRIKE ZONE RATE%

Rank Name State School Class Pos Zone %
1 Cadyn Williamson MS SUMRALL HIGH SCHOOL 2025 OF 80 %
2 Cayden Prestage MS Itawamba 2026 OF 75 %
3 Tyner Flynt MS Presbyterian Christian 2026 OF 60 %
^ Rece Atkinson MS Leake Academy 2027 RHP 60 %
^ Wyatt Pyron MS Biloxi 2025 3B 60 %


 

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