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Utah Preseason All-State: Trackman Files - Hitting


Jeff Scholzen
Utah Scouting Director

TRACKMAN HITTING LEADERS

The Preseason All-State event was held March 6th at state powerhouse Desert Hills HS, one of the better facilities not just in Utah, but the Four Corners. Today, we check out the leaders from the BP session recorded with TrackMan. Be sure to check out our other coverage of this event. Enjoy! 

Exit Velocity

Attaining a high Exit Velocity is one of a hitter's primary goals. A hard-hit ball won't always have a positive result, but the defense has less time to react, so the batter's chances of reaching base are higher. The Average MLB exit velocity is 89 MPH, 91 MPH is top 40, anything above 92 is top 15.

Rank Name State School Class Pos Exit Velocity (max)
1 Dax Watts UT American Fork 2024 1B 102.8 mph
2 Cole Kershaw UT Jordan 2023 1B 102.6 mph
3 Cade Nalder UT Jordan 2023 C 100.4 mph
4 Trey Evans UT Crimson Cliffs 2024 OF 100.1 mph
5 Tyler Ball UT Skyridge 2023 RHP 99.1 mph
6 Chris Billings UT Lone Peak 2022 LHP 98.2 mph
7 Crew McChesney UT Lone Peak 2023 OF 98.1 mph
8 Easton Gunn UT Mountain Ridge 2023 C 97.9 mph
9 Davis Andrews UT American Fork 2024 SS 97.6 mph
10 Ryder Robinson UT American Fork 2023 SS 96.8 mph

AVG Exit Velocity

Rank Name State School Class Pos Exit Velocity (avg)
1 Dax Watts UT American Fork 2024 1B 97.2 mph
2 Cole Kershaw UT Jordan 2023 1B 93.3 mph
3 Cade Nalder UT Jordan 2023 C 91.2 mph
4 Zach Carlson UT Juan Diego Catholic 2024 OF 90.8 mph
5 Luke (LT) Taylor UT Olympus 2024 C 90.4 mph
6 Ryder Robinson UT American Fork 2023 SS 89.9 mph
7 CJ Mascaro UT American Fork 2025 OF 89.5 mph
8 Ryker Schow UT Pleasant Grove 2023 OF 89.4 mph
9 Keaton Stinson UT Cottonwood 2024 OF 89.3 mph
10 Cooper Hansen UT Riverton 2024 LHP 89.3 mph

Peak Distance

Rank Name State School Class Pos Distance (max)
1 Trey Evans UT Crimson Cliffs 2024 OF 396 ft
2 Cole Kershaw UT Jordan 2023 1B 387 ft
3 Chris Billings UT Lone Peak 2022 LHP 375 ft
4 Easton Gunn UT Mountain Ridge 2023 C 367 ft
5 Cameron Nielson UT Cottonwood 2023 SS 366 ft
6 Cade Nalder UT Jordan 2023 C 364 ft
7 Ryder Robinson UT American Fork 2023 SS 363 ft
8 Dax Watts UT American Fork 2024 1B 361 ft
9 Samuel Johanson UT Hurricane 2023 OF 357 ft
10 Crew McChesney UT Lone Peak 2023 OF 352 ft

AVG Distance

Rank Name State School Class Pos Distance (avg)
1 Trey Evans UT Crimson Cliffs 2024 OF 304 ft
2 Cameron Nielson UT Cottonwood 2023 SS 296 ft
3 Corbin Gull UT Salem Hills 2024 RHP 281 ft
4 Austin Ellis UT Mountain Ridge 2024 C 280 ft
5 Cooper Hansen UT Riverton 2024 LHP 267 ft
6 Easton Gunn UT Mountain Ridge 2023 C 265 ft
7 Keaton Stinson UT Cottonwood 2024 OF 257 ft
8 Gage Olsen UT Copper Hills 2023 RHP 255 ft
9 Davis Andrews UT American Fork 2024 SS 254 ft
10 Oklan Vigil UT Jordan 2022 RHP 253 ft

Hard Hit Percentage

Hard hit % defines a 'hard-hit ball' as one hit with an exit velocity of 95 mph or higher, and a player's "hard-hit rate" is simply showing the percentage of batted balls that were hit at 95 mph or more. ... For true production, you need to get to 95 mph.

Rank Name State School Class Pos Hard Hit %
1 Dax Watts UT American Fork 2024 1B 100 %
2 Cole Kershaw UT Jordan 2023 1B 83 %
3 Zach Carlson UT Juan Diego Catholic 2024 OF 75 %
4 Luke (LT) Taylor UT Olympus 2024 C 72 %
5 Ryder Robinson UT American Fork 2023 SS 68 %
6 Trey Evans UT Crimson Cliffs 2024 OF 66 %
^ Ryker Schow UT Pleasant Grove 2023 OF 66 %
7 Cade Nalder UT Jordan 2023 C 63 %
8 Easton Gunn UT Mountain Ridge 2023 C 60 %
9 Davis Andrews UT American Fork 2024 SS 58 %
10 Chris Billings UT Lone Peak 2022 LHP 54 %
^ Tyler Ball UT Skyridge 2023 RHP 54 %
^ Andrew Lombana UT Juan Diego Catholic 2024 LHP 54 %
^ Andrew Wilson UT Desert Hills 2025 C 54 %

Sweet Spot Percentage

The only statistic of those that needs some explanation is Sweet Spot %. Sweet Spot % is the percentage of batted balls between 8 and 32 degrees. As well, while we all know what LA is, it is important to know what each LA is classified as:

  • Less than 10 degrees – Ground ball
  • 10 – 25 degrees – Line drive
  • 25 – 50 degrees – Fly ball
  • Greater than 50 degrees – Pop up

Rank Name State School Class Pos Sweet Spot %
1 Jett Walker UT American Fork 2024 SS 90 %
2 Cooper Cluff UT Desert Hills 2024 OF 80 %
^ Easton Gunn UT Mountain Ridge 2023 C 80 %
3 Ryder Robinson UT American Fork 2023 SS 78 %
4 Brexten Starley UT Crimson Cliffs 2023 C 77 %
5 Davis Andrews UT American Fork 2024 SS 75 %
^ CJ Mascaro UT American Fork 2025 OF 75 %
^ Petey Soto Jr. UT Crimson Cliffs 2023 SS 75 %
^ Logan Leavitt UT Dixie 2024 3B 75 %
^ Keaton Stinson UT Cottonwood 2024 OF 75 %
6 Crew Secrist UT Snow Canyon 2024 SS 70 %
^ Dax Watts UT American Fork 2024 1B 70 %
^ Cooper Hansen UT Riverton 2024 LHP 70 %
^ Hayden Smith UT Snow Canyon 2024 C 70 %
7 Cole Kershaw UT Jordan 2023 1B 66 %
^ Oklan Vigil UT Jordan 2022 RHP 66 %
^ Bradlee Farrer UT Pleasant Grove 2025 SS 66 %
8 Luke (LT) Taylor UT Olympus 2024 C 63 %
^ Crew McChesney UT Lone Peak 2023 OF 63 %
^ Ike Pickle UT Skyridge 2024 SS 63 %
9 Grant Scholzen UT Hurricane 2023 SS 61 %
10 Ethan Johnson UT Cedar Valley 2024 C 60 %
^ Hayden Hudman UT Cottonwood 2024 LHP 60 %
^ Naulivou Lauaki Jr. UT Springville 2024 3B 60 %
^ Nolan Miller UT Salem Hills 2023 OF 60 %

Line Drive Percentage

Rank Name State School Class Pos Line Drive %
1 CJ Mascaro UT American Fork 2025 OF 75 %
2 Jett Walker UT American Fork 2024 SS 63 %
3 Logan Leavitt UT Dixie 2024 3B 62 %
4 Nolan Miller UT Salem Hills 2023 OF 60 %
^ Keaton Stinson UT Cottonwood 2024 OF 60 %
5 Davis Andrews UT American Fork 2024 SS 58 %
6 Brexten Starley UT Crimson Cliffs 2023 C 55 %
7 Ryder Robinson UT American Fork 2023 SS 52 %
8 Ethan Johnson UT Cedar Valley 2024 C 50 %
^ Petey Soto Jr. UT Crimson Cliffs 2023 SS 50 %
^ Cooper Cluff UT Desert Hills 2024 OF 50 %
^ Josh Heaton UT Lone Peak 2023 LHP 50 %
^ Naulivou Lauaki Jr. UT Springville 2024 3B 50 %
^ Dax Watts UT American Fork 2024 1B 50 %
^ Slater Schow UT Pleasant Grove 2025 SS 50 %
^ Bradlee Farrer UT Pleasant Grove 2025 SS 50 %
9 Drew Beck UT Bountiful 2022 OF 45 %
^ Samuel Johanson UT Hurricane 2023 OF 45 %
10 Logan Penland UT Fremont 2024 SS 44 %
^ Jordan Jones UT Mountain Crest 2024 1B 44 %

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