Prep Baseball Report

Las Vegas Preseason ID: Pitching Data Dive


Cam Black-Araujo
Nevada Operations

On Wednesday, January 24th, the PBR Nevada staff hosted it's first open event of the 2024 season with the Las Vegas Preseason ID hosted on the campus of UNLV at Earl E. Wilson Baseball Stadium. This event featured 75 players from the Las Vegas area in the 2024 - 2027 classes, including some of the top players within their classes and a large crop of high-level uncommitted players. The Preseason ID allowed our staff to get an up close view, as well as updated metrics and data, on players before they hit the field for the high school season.

Earlier this week we began our post-event coverage within our Quick Hits (Upperclass), Quick Hits (Underclass) and Statistical Analysis articles. Now, we will take a further in-depth look at the top pitchers with the help of our tech partnerships, broken down by the categories down below:

For complete event results, click here.
To view upcoming event schedule, click here.

FASTBALL

MAX VELOCITY (MPH)

Rank Name State School Class Pos Velocity (max)
1 Cash Martin NV Faith Lutheran 2027 RHP 90.3 mph
2 Christian Gross NV Faith Lutheran 2024 OF 89.3 mph
3 Joseph Ponticello NV Las Vegas 2025 3B 88.8 mph
4 Shawn Mack NV Liberty 2026 1B 88.7 mph
5 Jordan Watkins NV Faith Lutheran 2025 RHP 86.9 mph
6 Gustavo Crawford NV Shadow Ridge HS 2025 RHP 84.5 mph
7 Joell Castro NV Desert Oasis 2024 RHP 84.2 mph
8 Hudson Ciulla NV Bishop Gorman 2026 SS 84.2 mph
9 Anthony Perez NV Eldorado HS 2026 RHP 83.9 mph
10 Lando Baxter NV Centennial 2025 RHP 83.2 mph

Max Fastball Velocity: This metric calculates the speed of the pitch as it’s released from the pitcher’s hand.

SPIN RATE (AVG)

Rank Name State School Class Pos Spin Rate (avg)
1 Logan Schouten NV Moapa Valley 2025 LHP 2405 rpm
2 Cash Martin NV Faith Lutheran 2027 RHP 2404 rpm
3 Dillon Victoravich NV Coronado 2025 RHP 2330 rpm
4 Joseph Ponticello NV Las Vegas 2025 3B 2311 rpm
5 Gavin Rogers NV Coronado 2025 3B 2297 rpm
6 Hudson Ciulla NV Bishop Gorman 2026 SS 2273 rpm
7 Hudson Inouye NV Coronado 2026 RHP 2169 rpm
8 Connor Gries NV Faith Lutheran 2026 C 2148 rpm
9 Karsen Smaka NV Palo Verde 2027 OF 2119 rpm
10 Lando Baxter NV Centennial 2025 RHP 2110 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.

INDUCED VERTICAL BREAK (AVG.)

Rank Name State School Class Pos IVB (avg)
1 Garrett Hadley NV Moapa Valley 2025 RHP 20.5 in
2 Ian Gries NV Faith Lutheran 2025 RHP 20.1 in
3 Ayden Timko NV Southeast Career Technical Academy 2025 LHP 19.9 in
4 Joseph Ponticello NV Las Vegas 2025 3B 19.7 in
5 Jordan Goodsell NV Virgin Valley HS 2026 C 19.0 in
6 Caden Figueroa NV Desert Oasis HS 2025 OF 18.1 in
7 Gustavo Crawford NV Shadow Ridge HS 2025 RHP 18.0 in
8 Payton Bryan NV Shadow Ridge 2026 RHP 17.6 in
9 Adrian Ramos NV Basic 2027 OF 17.4 in
10 Kyson Rollo NV Shadow Ridge 2026 2B 17.2 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 Owen Angelo NV Sierra Vista 2025 2B 18.8
2 Kane Barber NV Centennial 2026 LHP -18.7
3 Karsen Smaka NV Palo Verde 2027 OF 15.5
4 Liam Radke NV Faith Lutheran High School 2027 RHP 14.9
5 Broc Molfetta NV Bishop Gorman 2025 2B 14.5
6 Lando Baxter NV Centennial 2025 RHP 14.2
7 Hudson Inouye NV Coronado 2026 RHP 14.2
8 Cash Martin NV Faith Lutheran 2027 RHP 13.5
9 Adrian Ramos NV Basic 2027 OF -13.5
10 Hudson Ciulla NV Bishop Gorman 2026 SS 13.2

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 Kane Barber NV Centennial 2026 LHP 85 %
2 Lando Baxter NV Centennial 2025 RHP 80 %
3 Joseph Ponticello NV Las Vegas 2025 3B 75 %
4 Cash Martin NV Faith Lutheran 2027 RHP 66 %
^ Quin Thomson NV Sierra Vista 2025 RHP 66 %
5 Cole Diaz NV Liberty 2025 LHP 60 %
^ Jovanni Jackson NV Legacy 2024 OF 60 %
^ Payton Bryan NV Shadow Ridge 2026 RHP 60 %
6 Hudson Inouye NV Coronado 2026 RHP 58 %
7 Kyson Rollo NV Shadow Ridge 2026 2B 50 %
^ Joell Castro NV Desert Oasis 2024 RHP 50 %
^ Ian Gries NV Faith Lutheran 2025 RHP 50 %

CURVEBALL

SPIN RATE (AVG.)

Rank Name State School Class Pos Spin Rate (avg)
1 Cash Martin NV Faith Lutheran 2027 RHP 2735 rpm
2 Joseph Ponticello NV Las Vegas 2025 3B 2574 rpm
3 Hudson Ciulla NV Bishop Gorman 2026 SS 2530 rpm
4 Logan Schouten NV Moapa Valley 2025 LHP 2452 rpm
5 Shawn Mack NV Liberty 2026 1B 2380 rpm
6 Ayden Timko NV Southeast Career Technical Academy 2025 LHP 2264 rpm
7 Bryce Judd NV Shadow Ridge 2026 C 2245 rpm
8 Gavin Rogers NV Coronado 2025 3B 2215 rpm
9 Jordan Watkins NV Faith Lutheran 2025 RHP 2200 rpm
10 Gustavo Crawford NV Shadow Ridge HS 2025 RHP 2200 rpm

INDUCED VERTICAL BREAK (AVG.)

Rank Name State School Class Pos IVB (avg)
1 Gustavo Crawford NV Shadow Ridge HS 2025 RHP -21.2 in
2 Jordan Goodsell NV Virgin Valley HS 2026 C -17.1 in
3 Drew Steffen NV Coronado 2025 OF -13.1 in
4 Bryce Judd NV Shadow Ridge 2026 C -13.0 in
5 Cash Martin NV Faith Lutheran 2027 RHP -10.2 in
6 Shawn Mack NV Liberty 2026 1B -9.0 in
7 Gavin Rogers NV Coronado 2025 3B -9.0 in
8 Hudson Ciulla NV Bishop Gorman 2026 SS -8.7 in
9 Jordan Watkins NV Faith Lutheran 2025 RHP -8.1 in
10 Jovanni Jackson NV Legacy 2024 OF -6.2 in

HORIZONTAL MOVEMENT (AVG.)

Rank Name State School Class Pos HM (avg)
1 Cash Martin NV Faith Lutheran 2027 RHP -15.7
2 Bryce Judd NV Shadow Ridge 2026 C -15.5
3 Ayden Timko NV Southeast Career Technical Academy 2025 LHP 14.4
4 Gavin Rogers NV Coronado 2025 3B -13.8
5 Connor Gries NV Faith Lutheran 2026 C -13.3
6 Hudson Ciulla NV Bishop Gorman 2026 SS -12.8
7 Shawn Mack NV Liberty 2026 1B -12.8
8 Jordan Watkins NV Faith Lutheran 2025 RHP -11.8
9 Brody Newquist NV Palo Verde HS 2027 OF -10.9
10 Christian Gross NV Faith Lutheran 2024 OF -10.7

STRIKE ZONE %

Rank Name State School Class Pos Zone %
1 Garrett Hadley NV Moapa Valley 2025 RHP 100 %
2 Gavin Rogers NV Coronado 2025 3B 75 %
3 Kyson Rollo NV Shadow Ridge 2026 2B 66 %
^ Jordan Watkins NV Faith Lutheran 2025 RHP 66 %
4 Ayden Timko NV Southeast Career Technical Academy 2025 LHP 62 %
5 Logan Schouten NV Moapa Valley 2025 LHP 60 %
^ Cash Martin NV Faith Lutheran 2027 RHP 60 %
^ Shawn Mack NV Liberty 2026 1B 60 %
^ Lando Baxter NV Centennial 2025 RHP 60 %
6 Hudson Ciulla NV Bishop Gorman 2026 SS 50 %
^ Connor Gries NV Faith Lutheran 2026 C 50 %
^ Hudson Inouye NV Coronado 2026 RHP 50 %
^ Dillon Victoravich NV Coronado 2025 RHP 50 %

SLIDER

SPIN RATE (AVG.)

Rank Name State School Class Pos Spin Rate (avg)
1 Shawn Mack NV Liberty 2026 1B 2690
2 Hudson Ciulla NV Bishop Gorman 2026 SS 2459
3 Quin Thomson NV Sierra Vista 2025 RHP 2368
4 Adrian Ramos NV Basic 2027 OF 2284
5 Joell Castro NV Desert Oasis 2024 RHP 2277

INDUCED VERTICAL BREAK (AVG.)

Rank Name State School Class Pos IVB (avg)
1 Quin Thomson NV Sierra Vista 2025 RHP -17.4 in
2 Owen Angelo NV Sierra Vista 2025 2B -8.1 in
3 Liam Radke NV Faith Lutheran High School 2027 RHP -7.8 in
4 Joell Castro NV Desert Oasis 2024 RHP -7.0 in
5 Gustavo Crawford NV Shadow Ridge HS 2025 RHP -6.9 in

HORIZONTAL MOVEMENT (AVG.)

Rank Name State School Class Pos HM (avg)
1 Shawn Mack NV Liberty 2026 1B -18.7
2 Quin Thomson NV Sierra Vista 2025 RHP -18.1
3 Liam Radke NV Faith Lutheran High School 2027 RHP -17.2
4 Gustavo Crawford NV Shadow Ridge HS 2025 RHP -16.8
5 Payton Bryan NV Shadow Ridge 2026 RHP -12.2

STRIKE ZONE %

Rank Name State School Class Pos Zone %
1 Jordan Watkins NV Faith Lutheran 2025 RHP 100 %
2 Mark Hyde NV Sierra Vista 2024 RHP 50 %
^ Sawyer Violand NV Faith Lutheran 2027 OF 50 %
^ Quin Thomson NV Sierra Vista 2025 RHP 50 %

CHANGEUP

HORIZONTAL MOVEMENT (AVG.)

Rank Name State School Class Pos HM (avg)
1 Liam Radke NV Faith Lutheran High School 2027 RHP 21.7
2 Hudson Ciulla NV Bishop Gorman 2026 SS 21.4
3 Jordan Watkins NV Faith Lutheran 2025 RHP 20.1
4 Joell Castro NV Desert Oasis 2024 RHP 19.2
5 Kane Barber NV Centennial 2026 LHP -19.1
6 Cash Martin NV Faith Lutheran 2027 RHP 18.2
7 Lando Baxter NV Centennial 2025 RHP 17.7
8 Gustavo Crawford NV Shadow Ridge HS 2025 RHP 17.1
9 Broc Molfetta NV Bishop Gorman 2025 2B 15.5
10 Karsen Smaka NV Palo Verde 2027 OF 15.0

STRIKE ZONE %

Rank Name State School Class Pos Zone %
1 Jordan Goodsell NV Virgin Valley HS 2026 C 80 %
2 Broc Molfetta NV Bishop Gorman 2025 2B 66 %
^ Gavin Rogers NV Coronado 2025 3B 66 %
3 Cash Martin NV Faith Lutheran 2027 RHP 60 %
4 Garrett Hadley NV Moapa Valley 2025 RHP 50 %
^ Sawyer Violand NV Faith Lutheran 2027 OF 50 %

UPCOMING EVENTS

SHOWCASE STATE DATE LOCATION
Reno Preseason ID NV 02/04 University of Nevada - Peccole Park
Super 60 Pro Showcase NATIONAL 02/04 The MAX - McCook, IL
Las Vegas Rising Stars ID NV 03/10
Reno Rising Stars ID NV 03/30 Reed High School - Sparks, NV

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