Prep Baseball Report

Burlington Preseason ID: TrackMan Pitching Leaders


Patrick Johnson
North Carolina Assistant Scouting Director

Prep Baseball of North Carolina opened the 2024 event season with the Burlington Preseason ID.  An indoor event at Triad Baseball Academy, players had a chance to go through athletic testing, positional evaluations, as well as pitching and BP evaluations.  Prep Baseball scouts were on hand to run the event verify stats, and evaluate the players involved.

Triad Baseball Academy offered a spacious workout facility.  Players had plenty or room to run a laser timed 30, while catchers, infielders, and outfielders were able to stretch their arms in their evaluation phase.  Pitchers threw off of indoor mounds on a day that saw rain pummel the Carolinas.

In all, twenty players took part in the event.  Below we take a data dive into the results of the workout.

CLICK HERE to see the full roster and statistical out put from the Burlington Preseason ID.

By The Numbers
+ 3 catchers saw pop times below 2.10
+ 5 infielder or outfielder arms were at 84 or higher from their position
+ 5 hitters posted an exit velocity of 90mph or higher
+ 364' was the furthest ball hit, as measured by TrackMan in the cage workout
+ 9 hitters had their average bat speed measured at 65mph or higher
+ 8 players ran 4.05 or better in the laser timed 30yd sprint
+ 3 players recorded a vertical jump above 30"
+ 4 Pitchers popped 83.9mph or better
+ 5 Pitchers spun their breaking ball at 2350rpm or higher

BURLINGTON PRESEASON ID: TRACKMAN PITCHING LEADERS

FASTBALL STATS

Peak Velocity

Rank Name State School Class Pos Velocity (max)
1 Garrett Byrd NC North Lenoir High 2025 C 87.1 mph
2 Hayden Fones NC Apex Friendship 2025 SS 85.3 mph
3 Luke Haltom NC Athens Drive 2025 RHP 84.4 mph
4 Preston Smith NC John T Hoggard 2026 SS 83.9 mph
5 Andrew Helfen NC Raleigh Homeschool Hawks 2025 RHP 82.3 mph


Average Effective Velocity

Effective velocity is taking into account the velocity of each pitch, its release distance, the pitches time to the plate / hitting area, and the pitches movement.  With all of this information, Effective Velocity is allowing coaches and scouts to more accurately compare how a pitch is affecting a hitter.

Rank Name State School Class Pos Eff Velocity (avg)
1 Garrett Byrd NC North Lenoir High 2025 C 86.6 mph
2 Hayden Fones NC Apex Friendship 2025 SS 85.2 mph
3 Luke Haltom NC Athens Drive 2025 RHP 84.0 mph
4 Preston Smith NC John T Hoggard 2026 SS 82.7 mph
5 Andrew Helfen NC Raleigh Homeschool Hawks 2025 RHP 82.3 mph


Peak Spin Rate

Rank Name State School Class Pos Spin Rate (max)
1 Hayden Fones NC Apex Friendship 2025 SS 2502 rpm
2 Luke Haltom NC Athens Drive 2025 RHP 2377 rpm
3 Aiden Parker NC South Central 2027 SS 2219 rpm
4 Andrew Helfen NC Raleigh Homeschool Hawks 2025 RHP 2126 rpm
5 Preston Smith NC John T Hoggard 2026 SS 2080 rpm


Average Spin Rate

Rank Name State School Class Pos Spin Rate (avg)
1 Hayden Fones NC Apex Friendship 2025 SS 2437 rpm
2 Luke Haltom NC Athens Drive 2025 RHP 2269 rpm
3 Aiden Parker NC South Central 2027 SS 2111 rpm
4 Andrew Helfen NC Raleigh Homeschool Hawks 2025 RHP 2064 rpm
5 Preston Smith NC John T Hoggard 2026 SS 2023 rpm


Average Induced Vertical Movement

Induced vertical movement tracks how the ball rides through the zone, or sinks through the zone.  For the purpose of this board we are tracking which fastballs showed the most ride, typically leading to more swing and miss opportunities

Rank Name State School Class Pos IVB (avg)
1 Luke Haltom NC Athens Drive 2025 RHP 15.2 in
2 Garrett Byrd NC North Lenoir High 2025 C 14.2 in
3 Preston Smith NC John T Hoggard 2026 SS 13.8 in
4 Aiden Parker NC South Central 2027 SS 13.3 in
5 Calvin Tourville NC Northwood 2026 SS 13.3 in


Average Horizontal Movement

Horizontal movement is often referred to as run.  This measurement does not distinguish between early and late movement, just the overall amount the ball tracks to the arm side out of the hand.

Rank Name State School Class Pos HM (avg)
1 Andrew Helfen NC Raleigh Homeschool Hawks 2025 RHP -18.0
2 Hayden Fones NC Apex Friendship 2025 SS -14.5
3 Calvin Tourville NC Northwood 2026 SS -10.9
4 Luke Haltom NC Athens Drive 2025 RHP -9.8
5 Preston Smith NC John T Hoggard 2026 SS -8.9


Peak Spin Score

The Spin Score is a measurement linking velocity and spin.  It is calculated by dividing the spin rate by the velocity of each pitch.  

Rank Name State School Class Pos Spin Score (max)
1 Hayden Fones NC Apex Friendship 2025 SS 29
2 Luke Haltom NC Athens Drive 2025 RHP 28
3 Aiden Parker NC South Central 2027 SS 28
4 Andrew Helfen NC Raleigh Homeschool Hawks 2025 RHP 26
5 Calvin Tourville NC Northwood 2026 SS 25


CURVEBALL STATS

Peak Velocity

Rank Name State School Class Pos Velocity (max)
1 Luke Haltom NC Athens Drive 2025 RHP 74.5 mph
2 Bryce Smith NC Voyager Academy 2025 LHP 74.0 mph
3 Andrew Helfen NC Raleigh Homeschool Hawks 2025 RHP 71.3 mph
4 Calvin Tourville NC Northwood 2026 SS 70.6 mph
5 Preston Smith NC John T Hoggard 2026 SS 69.9 mph


Peak Spin Rate

Rank Name State School Class Pos Spin Rate (max)
1 Andrew Helfen NC Raleigh Homeschool Hawks 2025 RHP 2727 rpm
2 Luke Haltom NC Athens Drive 2025 RHP 2603 rpm
3 Hayden Fones NC Apex Friendship 2025 SS 2587 rpm
4 Bryce Smith NC Voyager Academy 2025 LHP 2350 rpm
5 Calvin Tourville NC Northwood 2026 SS 2283 rpm


Average Spin Rate

Rank Name State School Class Pos Spin Rate (avg)
1 Andrew Helfen NC Raleigh Homeschool Hawks 2025 RHP 2628 rpm
2 Luke Haltom NC Athens Drive 2025 RHP 2563 rpm
3 Hayden Fones NC Apex Friendship 2025 SS 2494 rpm
4 Calvin Tourville NC Northwood 2026 SS 2263 rpm
5 Bryce Smith NC Voyager Academy 2025 LHP 2088 rpm


Average Induced Vertical Movement

This is a measurement of how much the ball drops from its original position and trajectory.  It does not measure how late the movement happens.  This can be referred to as depth on a breaking ball.

Rank Name State School Class Pos IVB (avg)
1 Luke Haltom NC Athens Drive 2025 RHP -14.2 in
2 Hayden Fones NC Apex Friendship 2025 SS -13.5 in
3 Andrew Helfen NC Raleigh Homeschool Hawks 2025 RHP -9.3 in
4 Calvin Tourville NC Northwood 2026 SS -6.5 in
5 Gavin Jackson NC Cleveland 2026 1B -5.7 in


Average Horizontal Movement

Rank Name State School Class Pos HM (avg)
1 Andrew Helfen NC Raleigh Homeschool Hawks 2025 RHP -18.0
2 Hayden Fones NC Apex Friendship 2025 SS -14.5
3 Calvin Tourville NC Northwood 2026 SS -10.9
4 Luke Haltom NC Athens Drive 2025 RHP -9.8
5 Preston Smith NC John T Hoggard 2026 SS -8.9


Peak Spin Score

Rank Name State School Class Pos Spin Score (max)
1 Hayden Fones NC Apex Friendship 2025 SS 40
2 Andrew Helfen NC Raleigh Homeschool Hawks 2025 RHP 38
3 Luke Haltom NC Athens Drive 2025 RHP 34
4 Calvin Tourville NC Northwood 2026 SS 33
5 Bryce Smith NC Voyager Academy 2025 LHP 32

SLIDER STATS

Peak Velocity

Rank Name State School Class Pos Velocity (max)
1 Garrett Byrd NC North Lenoir High 2025 C 79.8 mph
2 Hayden Fones NC Apex Friendship 2025 SS 69.0 mph


Peak Spin Rate

Rank Name State School Class Pos Spin Rate (max)
1 Hayden Fones NC Apex Friendship 2025 SS 2680 rpm
2 Garrett Byrd NC North Lenoir High 2025 C 2006 rpm


Average Spin Rate

Rank Name State School Class Pos Spin Rate (avg)
1 Hayden Fones NC Apex Friendship 2025 SS 2651
2 Garrett Byrd NC North Lenoir High 2025 C 1924


Average Induced Vertical Movement

Rank Name State School Class Pos IVB (avg)
1 Hayden Fones NC Apex Friendship 2025 SS -12.4 in
2 Garrett Byrd NC North Lenoir High 2025 C 5.1 in


Average Horizontal Movement

Rank Name State School Class Pos HM (avg)
1 Hayden Fones NC Apex Friendship 2025 SS -14.4
2 Garrett Byrd NC North Lenoir High 2025 C -1.8


Peak Spin Score

Rank Name State School Class Pos Spin Score (max)
1 Hayden Fones NC Apex Friendship 2025 SS 39
2 Garrett Byrd NC North Lenoir High 2025 C 26

CHANGEUP STATS

Peak Velocity

Rank Name State School Class Pos Velocity (max)
1 Garrett Byrd NC North Lenoir High 2025 C 81.4 mph
2 Andrew Helfen NC Raleigh Homeschool Hawks 2025 RHP 77.2 mph
3 Preston Smith NC John T Hoggard 2026 SS 76.3 mph
4 Calvin Tourville NC Northwood 2026 SS 75.5 mph
5 Luke Haltom NC Athens Drive 2025 RHP 75.4 mph


Average Induced Vertical Movement

Rank Name State School Class Pos IVB (avg)
1 Gavin Jackson NC Cleveland 2026 1B 12.2 in
2 Calvin Tourville NC Northwood 2026 SS 10.2 in
3 Garrett Byrd NC North Lenoir High 2025 C 7.5 in
4 Aiden Parker NC South Central 2027 SS 6.2 in
5 Preston Smith NC John T Hoggard 2026 SS 5.9 in


Average Horizontal Movement

Rank Name State School Class Pos HM (avg)
1 Andrew Helfen NC Raleigh Homeschool Hawks 2025 RHP 18.0
2 Luke Haltom NC Athens Drive 2025 RHP 16.2
3 Preston Smith NC John T Hoggard 2026 SS 15.1
4 Garrett Byrd NC North Lenoir High 2025 C 13.1
5 Bryce Smith NC Voyager Academy 2025 LHP -12.8