Trackman Hitting Leaders: Preseason All State West


Matt Payne
Director of Scouting, PBR of NC

On Sunday January 30th PBR of North Carolina hosted it’s Preseason All State West event at Caromont Health Park in Gastonia, NC. The Preseason All State Events are the top winter events in North Carolina. Each year these events feature some of the top talent from each area of the state. Players ranged from the 2022-2026 grad classes. 

Pitchers and catchers were up first. Catchers were able to go through a full defensive workout, throwing through to 2B.  Pitchers threw controlled bullpens with Trackman collecting ball flight analytics.  Following the pitchers, infielders and outfielders went through a defensive workout, followed by all of the position players taking live BP on the field with Trackman gathering ball flight data. 

Below we look at what Trackman had to see about the hitters.

CLICK HERE for the full roster and stats from the event

Trackman Hitting Leaders

PEAK EXIT VELOCITY

TrackMan is able to track every ball hit into fair territory, throughout the BP sessions.  Below are the exit velocities produced by individual players.

Rank Name State School Class Pos Exit Velocity (max)
1 Jake Absher NC Hibriten 2023 OF 97.8 mph
2 Ryley Norton NC O'Neal School 2024 1B 97.6 mph
3 Jack McGowan NC Cox Mill 2022 1B 97.3 mph
4 Kaden Fuller NC West Stokes 2023 RHP 97.2 mph
5 Caleb Williams NC Alexander Central 2023 RHP 95.3 mph
6 Boone Herman NC Hickory 2023 3B 94.9 mph
7 Dawson Shelton NC Oak Grove 2024 MIF 94.1 mph
8 Kyle Moshier NC Asheville 2023 SS 93.3 mph
9 Cade Gardner NC A.C. Reynolds 2024 SS 93.0 mph
10 Davis Horton NC Orange 2022 C 92.8 mph

AVERAGE EXIT VELOCITY

The average exit velocity measures a players ability to consistently produce hard contact.  The average was taken based on every ball tracked by TrackMan throughout the player's BP session.

Rank Name State School Class Pos Exit Velocity (avg)
1 Jack McGowan NC Cox Mill 2022 1B 91.0 mph
2 Ryley Norton NC O'Neal School 2024 1B 87.4 mph
3 Konor Davis NC Alexander Central 2023 LHP 86.6 mph
4 Boone Herman NC Hickory 2023 3B 86.5 mph
5 Jake Absher NC Hibriten 2023 OF 86.1 mph
6 Trey Spees NC East Lincoln 2024 3B 85.8 mph
7 Lucas Whitcomb NC Hickory Ridge 2023 SS 85.8 mph
8 Dawson Shelton NC Oak Grove 2024 MIF 85.1 mph
9 Caleb Williams NC Alexander Central 2023 RHP 85.1 mph
10 Kaden Fuller NC West Stokes 2023 RHP 85.0 mph

PEAK DISTANCE

Rank Name State School Class Pos Distance (max)
1 Jack McGowan NC Cox Mill 2022 1B 384 ft
2 Boone Herman NC Hickory 2023 3B 366 ft
3 Kaden Fuller NC West Stokes 2023 RHP 360 ft
4 Caleb Williams NC Alexander Central 2023 RHP 359 ft
5 Cade Gardner NC A.C. Reynolds 2024 SS 358 ft
6 Dawson Shelton NC Oak Grove 2024 MIF 355 ft
7 Ryley Norton NC O'Neal School 2024 1B 346 ft
8 Aiden Perkins NC East Lincoln 2024 OF 344 ft
9 Trey Spees NC East Lincoln 2024 3B 344 ft
10 Davis Horton NC Orange 2022 C 343 ft

AVERAGE DISTANCE

Rank Name State School Class Pos Distance (avg)
1 Jack McGowan NC Cox Mill 2022 1B 301 ft
2 Caleb Williams NC Alexander Central 2023 RHP 299 ft
3 Boone Herman NC Hickory 2023 3B 297 ft
4 Alex Robinson NC Bandys 2024 OF 285 ft
5 Kaden Fuller NC West Stokes 2023 RHP 263 ft
6 Konor Davis NC Alexander Central 2023 LHP 258 ft
7 Trey Spees NC East Lincoln 2024 3B 251 ft
8 Hudson Morgan NC East Forsyth 2023 SS 249 ft
9 Kyle Moshier NC Asheville 2023 SS 243 ft
10 Jackson Gordon SC Legion Collegiate Academy 2025 OF 243 ft

HARD HIT PERCENTAGE

TrackMan is able to track and follow exit velocities of each hitter.  Based on the individual's top exit velocity, TrackMan is able to give us a percentage of hard hit balls.  This percentage is based off of each individual hitter's top exit velocity.

Rank Name State School Class Pos Hard Hit %
1 Boone Herman NC Hickory 2023 3B 71 %
2 Jack McGowan NC Cox Mill 2022 1B 70 %
3 Jake Absher NC Hibriten 2023 OF 61 %
4 Caleb Williams NC Alexander Central 2023 RHP 60 %
5 Konor Davis NC Alexander Central 2023 LHP 50 %
6 Ryley Norton NC O'Neal School 2024 1B 42 %
7 Davis Horton NC Orange 2022 C 30 %
8 Kaden Fuller NC West Stokes 2023 RHP 30 %
^ Jake Smith NC West Stokes 2023 LHP 30 %
9 Cade Gardner NC A.C. Reynolds 2024 SS 27 %
^ Daniel Shuta NC Myers Park 2023 OF 27 %
10 Dawson Shelton NC Oak Grove 2024 MIF 22 %
^ Lucas Whitcomb NC Hickory Ridge 2023 SS 22 %

LAUNCH ANGLE PERCENTAGE

Based on the ball flight, TrackMan is able to identify each hit as a ground ball, line drive, or fly ball.  While there are many factors as to why a hitter may approach each pitch in a certain way, the overall groupings of BP can give some insight to each hitter's approach.

Line Drive %

Rank Name State School Class Pos Line Drive %
1 Ayden Sumner NC East Henderson 2024 RHP 62 %
2 Tate Allison NC Pine Lake Prep 2023 OF 60 %
^ Gannon Anthony NC Weddington 2024 3B 60 %
3 Seth Lumpkin NC Northern 2023 C 55 %
4 Evan Matile NC East Lincoln 2025 1B 50 %
^ Gavin Trantham NC West Davidson 2023 RHP 50 %
^ Konor Davis NC Alexander Central 2023 LHP 50 %
^ James Tate NC St. Stephens 2023 OF 50 %
5 Davis Horton NC Orange 2022 C 46 %
6 Bennett Baldassarre NC Providence 2025 1B 45 %
7 Elijah Pomeroy NC Gaston Day 2023 RHP 44 %
8 Jorge Torres NC Western Guilford 2025 SS 42 %
^ Zach Smith NC East Lincoln 2024 2B 42 %
9 Luka Rose NC Christ School 2025 LHP 41 %
10 Dylan Brandt NC Pine Lake Prep 2025 SS 40 %
^ Jack McGowan NC Cox Mill 2022 1B 40 %
^ Trey Spees NC East Lincoln 2024 3B 40 %
^ Braylon Whitaker NC Cox Mill 2024 OF 40 %

Ground Ball %

Rank Name State School Class Pos Ground Ball %
1 Joe Javier NC Cox Mill 2022 SS 63 %
2 Jake Absher NC Hibriten 2023 OF 53 %
3 Jake Smith NC West Stokes 2023 LHP 50 %
^ James Tate NC St. Stephens 2023 OF 50 %
^ Brady Simonich NC Weddington 2024 SS 50 %
^ Gavin Blackwood NC Highland School of Technological 2023 C 50 %
^ Christian Glaze SC Legion Colligate 2023 OF 50 %
4 Dawson Shelton NC Oak Grove 2024 MIF 44 %
^ Aiden Perkins NC East Lincoln 2024 OF 44 %
5 Jorge Torres NC Western Guilford 2025 SS 42 %
6 Bryce Meachem NC Combine Academy 2023 1B 40 %
^ Gannon Anthony NC Weddington 2024 3B 40 %
7 Dominic Robinson NC Bandys 2025 C 36 %
8 Gavin Griffith NC North Davidson 2024 OF 33 %
^ Connor Woodward NC Hibriten 2023 LHP 33 %
^ Lucas Whitcomb NC Hickory Ridge 2023 SS 33 %
^ Elijah Pomeroy NC Gaston Day 2023 RHP 33 %
9 Evan Matile NC East Lincoln 2025 1B 30 %
10 Ryley Norton NC O'Neal School 2024 1B 28 %

Fly Ball %

Rank Name State School Class Pos Fly Ball %
1 Caleb Williams NC Alexander Central 2023 RHP 90.0 %
2 Kaden Fuller NC West Stokes 2023 RHP 80.0 %
^ Joseph Cavallaro NC Lake Norman 2024 3B 80.0 %
3 Hudson Morgan NC East Forsyth 2023 SS 77.8 %
4 Alex Robinson NC Bandys 2024 OF 72.7 %
5 Boone Herman NC Hickory 2023 3B 71.4 %
6 Jackson Gordon SC Legion Collegiate Academy 2025 OF 66.7 %
^ Wyatt Hardin NC Highland School of Technology 2024 2B 66.7 %
7 Bryce Meachem NC Combine Academy 2023 1B 60.0 %
^ Ulrick Volk NC Piedmont 2025 C 60.0 %
8 Matthew Connolly NC West Rowan 2023 C 50.0 %
^ Brady Simonich NC Weddington 2024 SS 50.0 %
^ Ethan Rose NC Christ School 2024 OF 50.0 %
^ Jack McGowan NC Cox Mill 2022 1B 50.0 %
9 Cade Gardner NC A.C. Reynolds 2024 SS 45.5 %
10 Dawson Shelton NC Oak Grove 2024 MIF 44.4 %
^ Palmer Tucker NC Hibriten 2024 2B 44.4 %
^ Jahdier Rodriguez NC Corvian Community 2025 C 44.4 %
^ Gavin Griffith NC North Davidson 2024 OF 44.4 %
^ Connor Woodward NC Hibriten 2023 LHP 44.4 %