Music City Saints Scout Day: TrackMan Files


Colin Chamblin
Manager, Deep South Operations

On August 14th the PBR Tennessee staff hosted the Music City Saints Scout Day event at Ezell Harding in Antioch, TN, featuring many of the state’s top players inside the 2023-2027 classes. Inside today’s TrackMan Files, we’re highlighting the top performers from this event from the data and metrics from our TrackMan unit.

Earlier this week we published our Statistical Leaderboard pointing out the top recorded stats by category.

Now we'll continue to roll out the data we gathered from this event, starting with the analytics we have at our disposal from our TrackMan unit. Below we'll look at which players had noteworthy batted ball and pitch metric data.

 

MAX FASTBALL

Rank Name State School Class Pos Velocity (max)
1 Sanders Lucas KY Central Hardin 2024 UTILITY 86.1 mph
2 Kellen Brandenburg KY Central Hardin 2025 1B 85.3 mph
3 Fox Connor IL Herrin 2023 RHP 84.9 mph
4 Ryan Grubbs KY Taylor County 2024 RHP 82.5 mph
5 Harrison Zgonina IL Nashville Community 2024 RHP 81.3 mph

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

PEAK SPIN RATE

Rank Name State School Class Pos Spin Rate (max)
1 Tyler Bartley KY Na 2027 SS 2261 rpm
2 Zach Smith TN Pope John Paul II Prep 2024 RHP 2251 rpm
3 Aidan Carr TN Father Ryan 2024 RHP 2216 rpm
4 Kolton Hudson KY Butler Co 2023 MIF 2178 rpm
5 Sanders Lucas KY Central Hardin 2024 UTILITY 2177 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.

AVERAGE FASTBALL HORIZONTAL MOVEMENT

Rank Name State School Class Pos HM (avg)
1 Bryce Russell KY Adair County 2026 UTILITY 14.1
2 Zach Smith TN Pope John Paul II Prep 2024 RHP 11.7
3 Harrison Zgonina IL Nashville Community 2024 RHP 11.5
4 Andrew Walker TN University School of Nashville 2026 OF 8.9
5 Aidan Carr TN Father Ryan 2024 RHP 7.5

Average Curveball Spin Rate

Rank Name State School Class Pos Spin Rate (avg)
1 Sanders Lucas KY Central Hardin 2024 UTILITY 2318 rpm
2 Hayden Campbell TN Father Ryan 2025 3B 2223 rpm
3 Kolton Hudson KY Butler Co 2023 MIF 2193 rpm
4 Tyler Bartley KY Na 2027 SS 2150 rpm
5 Ryan Grubbs KY Taylor County 2024 RHP 2136 rpm

AVERAGE CHANGEUP HORIZONTAL MOVEMENT

Rank Name State School Class Pos HM (avg)
1 Harrison Zgonina IL Nashville Community 2024 RHP 14.4
2 Bryce Russell KY Adair County 2026 UTILITY 11.0
3 Zach Smith TN Pope John Paul II Prep 2024 RHP 10.1
4 Joseph Derrick TN Father Ryan 2025 C 9.0
5 Sanders Lucas KY Central Hardin 2024 UTILITY 8.4

AVERAGE EXIT VELOCITY (HITTING)

Rank Name State School Class Pos Exit Velocity (avg)
1 Konner Forbis KY Campbellsville 2024 C 88.9 mph
2 Kellen Brandenburg KY Central Hardin 2025 1B 88.8 mph
3 Samuel Sanders KY Bardstown 2024 C 84.5 mph
4 Jack Ellis KY Campbellsville 2025 3B 84.1 mph
5 Bryce Russell KY Adair County 2026 UTILITY 84.1 mph

Exit Speed: Also according to TrackMan’s own website: “The speed of the ball, measured in miles per hour, as it comes off the bat at the moment of contact.”

PEAK EXIT VELOCITY (HITTING)

Rank Name State School Class Pos Exit Velocity (max)
1 Kellen Brandenburg KY Central Hardin 2025 1B 94.9 mph
2 Konner Forbis KY Campbellsville 2024 C 93.9 mph
3 Kolton Hudson KY Butler Co 2023 MIF 93.8 mph
4 Cruz Harlan IL Centralia 2024 SS 93.4 mph
5 Samuel Sanders KY Bardstown 2024 C 93.1 mph
6 Bryce Russell KY Adair County 2026 UTILITY 90.8 mph
7 Jack Ellis KY Campbellsville 2025 3B 90.8 mph
8 Sanders Lucas KY Central Hardin 2024 UTILITY 90.0 mph
9 Fox Connor IL Herrin 2023 RHP 88.7 mph
10 Ethan Stout TN Jefferson County 2025 SS 86.9 mph

PEAK ESTIMATED BATTED DISTANCE (HITTING)

Rank Name State School Class Pos Distance (max)
1 Kolton Hudson KY Butler Co 2023 MIF 357 ft
2 Bryce Russell KY Adair County 2026 UTILITY 345 ft
3 Samuel Sanders KY Bardstown 2024 C 339 ft
4 Cruz Harlan IL Centralia 2024 SS 339 ft
5 Kellen Brandenburg KY Central Hardin 2025 1B 337 ft
6 Harry Fitzgibbon TN University School of Nashville 2023 OF 323 ft
7 Konner Forbis KY Campbellsville 2024 C 319 ft
8 Caleb Riffle KY North Hardin 2024 OF 317 ft
9 Ethan Stout TN Jefferson County 2025 SS 317 ft
10 Chase Niemeyer IL Marion 2025 C 314 ft

 

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