Prep Baseball Report

Top Prospect Games Underclass: TrackMan Pitching Files


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.

 

MAX FASTBALL VELO & AVERAGE SPIN RATE

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
 

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

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 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.”

Max & AVERAGE SLIDER SPIN RATE

Rank Name State School Class Pos Spin Rate (max)
1 Rece Atkinson MS Leake Academy 2027 RHP 1896 rpm
2 Wil Drew MS Copiah Academy 2026 RHP 1752 rpm

Rank Name State School Class Pos Spin Rate (avg)
1 Rece Atkinson MS Leake Academy 2027 RHP 1810
2 Wil Drew MS Copiah Academy 2026 RHP 1752

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”).

Max & AVERAGE CURVEBALL SPIN RATE

Rank Name State School Class Pos Spin Rate (max)
1 Taylor Latham MS Hartfield Academy 2026 RHP 2691 rpm
2 Parker Orr MS Jackson Academy 2027 OF 2421 rpm
3 Wil Drew MS Copiah Academy 2026 RHP 2354 rpm
4 Ashton Hoots MS Itawamba 2027 3B 2326 rpm
5 Caleb Authement MS Brookhaven Academy 2026 C 2227 rpm

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

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 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

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.

 

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SHOWCASE DATE LOCATION
Mississippi Preseason ID 1/20 Southern Performance Institute - Madison, MS
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