Prep Baseball Report

Top Prospect Games Underclass: Data Dive, Pitchers


Colin Chamblin
Manager, Deep South Operations & Area Scout

STARKVILLE, MS - The Top Prospect Games: Underclass was held on Saturday, October 28th at Dudy Noble Field on the campus of the Mississippi State University. This event was an invite-only event that consisted of some of the top prospects from the 2026-2027 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 in simulated outings during gameplay and were able to get numbers and metrics. 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.

View all positional stats HERE.

 

FASTBALL 

MAX VELOCITY (MPH)

Rank Name State School Class Pos Velocity (max)
1 Taylor Latham MS Hartfield Academy 2026 RHP 90.4 mph
2 JD Harvey MS Seminary 2026 C 86.9 mph
3 Caleb Authement MS Brookhaven Academy 2026 C 86.9 mph
4 Rece Atkinson MS Leake Academy 2027 RHP 86.1 mph
5 Cooper Bierman MS Lewisburg 2026 3B 85.8 mph

SPIN RATE (AVG.)

Rank Name State School Class Pos Spin Rate (avg)
1 Ashton Hoots MS Itawamba 2027 3B 2296 rpm
2 Wil Drew MS Copiah Academy 2026 RHP 2201 rpm
3 Caleb Authement MS Brookhaven Academy 2026 C 2192 rpm
4 Parker Orr MS Jackson Academy 2027 OF 2170 rpm
5 Peyton Patridge MS Tri County Academy 2026 SS 2061 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 Cole Gregg MS Hernando 2026 OF 93 %
2 Taylor Latham MS Hartfield Academy 2026 RHP 91 %
3 Whit Davis MS Jackson Academy 2027 1B 89 %
4 Cooper Bierman MS Lewisburg 2026 3B 89 %
5 Miller Finn MS PONTOTOC HIGH SCHOOL 2026 OF 89 %

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 Cole Gregg MS Hernando 2026 OF 17.2 in
2 Peyton Patridge MS Tri County Academy 2026 SS 16.0 in
3 Crews Albritton MS Tri-County Academy 2027 OF 15.9 in
4 Miller Finn MS PONTOTOC HIGH SCHOOL 2026 OF 15.7 in
5 JD Harvey MS Seminary 2026 C 15.3 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 Cooper Bierman MS Lewisburg 2026 3B 15.1
2 Taylor Latham MS Hartfield Academy 2026 RHP 14.0
3 Whit Davis MS Jackson Academy 2027 1B 13.6
4 Cole Gregg MS Hernando 2026 OF -10.6
5 Austin Sanders MS Pisgah 2026 RHP 9.5

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 Whit Davis MS Jackson Academy 2027 1B 69 %
2 Cole Gregg MS Hernando 2026 OF 57 %
3 Cooper Bierman MS Lewisburg 2026 3B 47 %
4 Parker Orr MS Jackson Academy 2027 OF 46 %
5 Ashton Hoots MS Itawamba 2027 3B 45 %
^ Hayden Wilson MS Madison Central 2026 SS 45 %

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 Taylor Latham MS Hartfield Academy 2026 RHP 2601 rpm
2 Parker Orr MS Jackson Academy 2027 OF 2317 rpm
3 Ashton Hoots MS Itawamba 2027 3B 2267 rpm
4 Caleb Authement MS Brookhaven Academy 2026 C 2152 rpm
5 Cooper Bierman MS Lewisburg 2026 3B 2057 rpm

INDUCED VERTICAL BREAK (AVG.)

Rank Name State School Class Pos IVB (avg)
1 Crews Albritton MS Tri-County Academy 2027 OF -9.8 in
2 Aidan Strong MS Itawamba Agricultual 2026 RHP -8.0 in
3 Peyton Patridge MS Tri County Academy 2026 SS -7.5 in
4 Cayden Berryhill MS Pearl 2026 OF -6.2 in
5 Taylor Latham MS Hartfield Academy 2026 RHP -6.0 in

HORIZONTAL MOVEMENT (AVG.)

Rank Name State School Class Pos HM (avg)
1 JD Harvey MS Seminary 2026 C -16.2
2 Aidan Strong MS Itawamba Agricultual 2026 RHP -12.7
3 Taylor Latham MS Hartfield Academy 2026 RHP -12.5
4 Ashton Hoots MS Itawamba 2027 3B -11.9
5 Cayden Berryhill MS Pearl 2026 OF -10.2

STRIKE ZONE RATE%

Rank Name State School Class Pos Zone %
1 Peyton Patridge MS Tri County Academy 2026 SS 100 %
2 Ashton Hoots MS Itawamba 2027 3B 71 %
3 JD Harvey MS Seminary 2026 C 66 %
4 Caleb Authement MS Brookhaven Academy 2026 C 55 %
5 Cooper Bierman MS Lewisburg 2026 3B 50 %
^ Whit Davis MS Jackson Academy 2027 1B 50 %


CHANGEUP

SPIN RATE (AVG.)

Rank Name State School Class Pos Spin Rate (avg)
1 Taylor Latham MS Hartfield Academy 2026 RHP 2099 rpm
2 JD Harvey MS Seminary 2026 C 1718 rpm
3 Aidan Strong MS Itawamba Agricultual 2026 RHP 1664 rpm
4 Whit Davis MS Jackson Academy 2027 1B 1649 rpm
5 Caleb Authement MS Brookhaven Academy 2026 C 1566 rpm

HORIZONTAL MOVEMENT (AVG.)

Rank Name State School Class Pos HM (avg)
1 Taylor Latham MS Hartfield Academy 2026 RHP 16.3
2 Whit Davis MS Jackson Academy 2027 1B 15.7
3 Aidan Strong MS Itawamba Agricultual 2026 RHP 12.6
4 Parker Hicks MS New Albany 2027 3B 11.3
5 Ashton Hoots MS Itawamba 2027 3B 11.1

STRIKE ZONE RATE%

Rank Name State School Class Pos Zone %
1 Caleb Authement MS Brookhaven Academy 2026 C 100 %
2 Ashton Hoots MS Itawamba 2027 3B 50 %
^ Whit Davis MS Jackson Academy 2027 1B 50 %
3 Miller Finn MS PONTOTOC HIGH SCHOOL 2026 OF 33 %
^ JD Harvey MS Seminary 2026 C 33 %

 

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