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Top Prospect Games North Texas Data Dive: Pitchers


PBR Texas Staff

On July 17, the PBR Texas team hosted the Top Prospect Games: North Texas at TCU The event featured quality prospects from all HS classes. The day started off by the players running a 60, then throwing from their defensive positions, followed by each player taking a round of batting practice. It was capped off by splitting into teams and playing two simulated games where the pitchers threw to live batters. Today, we take a closer look at the top TrackMan metrics from the day.

 

FASTBALL

MAX VELOCITY (MPH)

Rank Name State School Class Pos Velocity (max)
1 Nick Wesloski TX McKinney Boyd 2025 RHP 90.1 mph
2 Jacob Gilbert TX McKinney Boyd 2025 RHP 89.7 mph
3 Cole Koeninger TX Keller 2026 SS 88.7 mph
4 Trent Collier TX Walnut Grove 2024 LHP 88.6 mph
5 Connor Davenport TX Keller 2026 OF 88.2 mph
6 Kade Johnson TX The Woodlands Christian Academy 2025 RHP 87.7 mph
7 Traelyn James TX Mesquite Poteet 2024 3B 87.6 mph
8 Gabriel Winans TX Birdville 2025 RHP 87.2 mph
9 Aiden Reed TX Klein Oak 2026 RHP 87.0 mph
10 Baron Mannis TX Argyle 2025 LHP 87.0 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 Jack Jones TX Walnut Grove 2025 RHP 2263 rpm
2 Traelyn James TX Mesquite Poteet 2024 3B 2245 rpm
3 Kannon Baird TX Salado 2025 OF 2220 rpm
4 Gabriel Winans TX Birdville 2025 RHP 2179 rpm
5 Elijah Webber TX Boyd 2026 RHP 2143 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 Kannon Baird TX Salado 2025 OF 18.7 in
2 Baron Mannis TX Argyle 2025 LHP 16.8 in
3 Connor Coon TX Lake Ridge 2027 C 16.5 in
4 Gabriel Winans TX Birdville 2025 RHP 15.7 in
5 Aiden Reed TX Klein Oak 2026 RHP 13.7 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 Jackson Hays TX Plano East 2025 SS 15.0
2 Austin Smith TX Prestonwood Christian 2026 3B 14.6
3 Jett Fifield TX Greenville 2024 LHP -14.2
4 Ryan Kelly TX Colleyville Heritage 2025 OF -10.1
5 Trent Collier TX Walnut Grove 2024 LHP -10.0

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.”


CURVEBALL

SPIN RATE (AVG.)

Rank Name State School Class Pos Spin Rate (avg)
1 Baron Mannis TX Argyle 2025 LHP 2401 rpm
2 Traelyn James TX Mesquite Poteet 2024 3B 2355 rpm
3 Kannon Baird TX Salado 2025 OF 2231 rpm
4 Cole Koeninger TX Keller 2026 SS 2162 rpm
5 Jackson Hays TX Plano East 2025 SS 2148 rpm

INDUCED VERTICAL BREAK (AVG.)

Rank Name State School Class Pos IVB (avg)
1 Baron Mannis TX Argyle 2025 LHP -16.4 in
2 Cole Koeninger TX Keller 2026 SS -10.8 in
3 Connor Davenport TX Keller 2026 OF 7.5 in
4 Traelyn James TX Mesquite Poteet 2024 3B -6.1 in
5 Kortland Stovall TX Mt Pleasant 2026 LHP -5.7 in

HORIZONTAL MOVEMENT (AVG.)

Rank Name State School Class Pos HM (avg)
1 Matthew Fletcher TX Cedar Ridge 2025 1B 13.5
2 Kortland Stovall TX Mt Pleasant 2026 LHP 11.3
3 Nick Wesloski TX McKinney Boyd 2025 RHP -9.2
4 Jack Richard Vasquez TX San Marcos 2027 LHP 8.1
5 Connor Davenport TX Keller 2026 OF 7.6

STRIKE ZONE RATE%

Rank Name State School Class Pos Zone %
1 Gabriel Winans TX Birdville 2025 RHP 100 %
^ Connor Davenport TX Keller 2026 OF 100 %
2 Nick Wesloski TX McKinney Boyd 2025 RHP 83 %
3 Jack Richard Vasquez TX San Marcos 2027 LHP 71 %


SLIDER

SPIN RATE (AVG.)

Rank Name State School Class Pos Spin Rate (avg)
1 Elijah Webber TX Boyd 2026 RHP 2439
2 Jacob Gilbert TX McKinney Boyd 2025 RHP 2302
3 Jack Jones TX Walnut Grove 2025 RHP 2189

INDUCED VERTICAL BREAK (AVG.)

Rank Name State School Class Pos IVB (avg)
1 Jacob Gilbert TX McKinney Boyd 2025 RHP -4.1 in
2 Trent Collier TX Walnut Grove 2024 LHP 2.8 in
3 Connor Davenport TX Keller 2026 OF 2.6 in

HORIZONTAL MOVEMENT (AVG.)

Rank Name State School Class Pos HM (avg)
1 Jacob Gilbert TX McKinney Boyd 2025 RHP -12.0
2 Jack Jones TX Walnut Grove 2025 RHP -8.3
3 Nick Wesloski TX McKinney Boyd 2025 RHP -6.0


CHANGEUP

HORIZONTAL MOVEMENT (AVG.)

Rank Name State School Class Pos HM (avg)
1 Nick Wesloski TX McKinney Boyd 2025 RHP 16.1
2 Austin Smith TX Prestonwood Christian 2026 3B 12.9
3 Rylan Alaniz TX Trinity 2026 SS 12.8
4 Logan Brown TX Keller 2026 3B 11.9
5 Jett Fifield TX Greenville 2024 LHP -11.7

CLICK HERE for a look at the complete statistics from the event.


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