Prep Baseball Report

Preseason All-State: Pitching Data Dive (Underclass)


Cam Black-Araujo
Utah Operations

On Saturday, February 24th, the Prep Baseball Utah staff hosted the annual Invite-Only Utah Preseason All-State at Pine View High School in St. George, Utah. This event featured over 100 prospects from the 2024 - 2028 classes and allowed our staff an opportunity to get an in-depth look at the players in attendance ahead of the high school season, as well as collect updated metrics and data on each player utilizing our series of tech partners.

This event has become a staple in Prep Baseball Utah's calendar and continues to feature some of the top upperclass prospects, both committed and uncommitted, as well as a large crop of high-end underclassmen who will be on the scene for years to come. The Utah Preseason All-State allows our staff to identify players early on in the year who deserve invites to some of our National/Regional Events such as the Future Games, Senior Future Games, Junior Future Games, West Coast ProCase and West Coast Games.

Earlier this week, we broke down the top measurable data performers from the event with our Underclass Statistical Analysis. Now, we will take a further in-depth look at the underclassmen with the top pitchers, along 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 Beckham Stanger UT Woods Cross 2026 RHP 90.1 mph
2 Landon Fry UT Lone Peak High 2026 OF 86.3 mph
3 Ryder Huntsman UT Pleasant Grove 2027 RHP 86.2 mph
4 Samuel Smith UT Roy 2026 OF 85.0 mph
5 Kenny Johnson UT American Fork 2026 3B 84.4 mph
6 Cayman Sanchez UT Olympus 2026 SS 84.4 mph
7 Brayden Hansen UT Lehi 2026 RHP 84.3 mph
8 Royal Matthews UT Park City 2026 C 83.2 mph
9 Trig Richards UT Salem Hills High 2027 OF 82.2 mph
10 Dalton Fay UT Mountain Ridge 2027 3B 81.4 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 Brayden Hansen UT Lehi 2026 RHP 2412 rpm
2 Beckham Stanger UT Woods Cross 2026 RHP 2406 rpm
3 Royal Matthews UT Park City 2026 C 2276 rpm
4 Dalton Fay UT Mountain Ridge 2027 3B 2265 rpm
5 Cole Ybarra UT Lehi 2026 3B 2247 rpm
6 Samuel Smith UT Roy 2026 OF 2200 rpm
7 Ryder Huntsman UT Pleasant Grove 2027 RHP 2184 rpm
8 Trig Richards UT Salem Hills High 2027 OF 2165 rpm
9 Kenny Johnson UT American Fork 2026 3B 2099 rpm
10 Tage McKinley UT Park City 2026 SS 2056 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 Cole Ybarra UT Lehi 2026 3B 18.9 in
2 Ryder Huntsman UT Pleasant Grove 2027 RHP 17.1 in
3 Samuel Smith UT Roy 2026 OF 17.0 in
4 Kenny Johnson UT American Fork 2026 3B 17.0 in
5 Beckham Stanger UT Woods Cross 2026 RHP 16.5 in
6 Maddox LaHue UT JUAN DIEGO CATHOLIC HIGH SCHOOL 2026 1B 16.3 in
7 Royal Matthews UT Park City 2026 C 16.1 in
8 Joseph Peak UT Jordan 2027 OF 14.9 in
9 Brayden Hansen UT Lehi 2026 RHP 14.7 in
10 Dallon Molder UT Jordan 2027 OF 14.6 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 Cayman Sanchez UT Olympus 2026 SS 19.4
2 Brayden Hansen UT Lehi 2026 RHP 17.0
3 Tage McKinley UT Park City 2026 SS 14.7
4 Ryder Huntsman UT Pleasant Grove 2027 RHP 14.5
5 Landon Fry UT Lone Peak High 2026 OF 14.4
6 Blake Mawhinney UT Crimson Cliffs 2026 RHP 14.3
7 Dallon Molder UT Jordan 2027 OF -13.2
8 Beckham Rowley UT Stansbury 2027 LHP -12.2
9 Trig Richards UT Salem Hills High 2027 OF -11.6
10 Beckham Stanger UT Woods Cross 2026 RHP 11.0

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.”

STRIKE ZONE RATE%

Rank Name State School Class Pos Zone %
1 Royal Matthews UT Park City 2026 C 71 %
2 Cayman Sanchez UT Olympus 2026 SS 57 %
^ Kenny Johnson UT American Fork 2026 3B 57 %
^ Dalton Fay UT Mountain Ridge 2027 3B 57 %
3 Jaxton Tolman UT Desert Hills 2027 OF 50 %
^ Brayden Hansen UT Lehi 2026 RHP 50 %
4 Trig Richards UT Salem Hills High 2027 OF 42 %
^ Dallon Molder UT Jordan 2027 OF 42 %
^ Landon Fry UT Lone Peak High 2026 OF 42 %

CURVEBALL

SPIN RATE (AVG.)

Rank Name State School Class Pos Spin Rate (avg)
1 Ryder Huntsman UT Pleasant Grove 2027 RHP 2389 rpm
2 Trig Richards UT Salem Hills High 2027 OF 2347 rpm
3 Beckham Rowley UT Stansbury 2027 LHP 2305 rpm
4 Landon Fry UT Lone Peak High 2026 OF 2293 rpm
5 Royal Matthews UT Park City 2026 C 2198 rpm

INDUCED VERTICAL BREAK (AVG.)

Rank Name State School Class Pos IVB (avg)
1 Trig Richards UT Salem Hills High 2027 OF -12.4 in
2 Brayden Hansen UT Lehi 2026 RHP -9.8 in
3 Jaxton Tolman UT Desert Hills 2027 OF -8.8 in
4 Samuel Smith UT Roy 2026 OF -8.2 in
5 Cayman Sanchez UT Olympus 2026 SS -7.6 in

HORIZONTAL MOVEMENT (AVG.)

Rank Name State School Class Pos HM (avg)
1 Trig Richards UT Salem Hills High 2027 OF 19.0
2 Ryder Huntsman UT Pleasant Grove 2027 RHP -17.4
3 Jaxton Tolman UT Desert Hills 2027 OF -16.2
4 Dalton Fay UT Mountain Ridge 2027 3B -15.5
5 Beckham Stanger UT Woods Cross 2026 RHP -14.8

STRIKE ZONE RATE%

Rank Name State School Class Pos Zone %
1 Royal Matthews UT Park City 2026 C 71 %
2 Cayman Sanchez UT Olympus 2026 SS 57 %
^ Kenny Johnson UT American Fork 2026 3B 57 %
^ Dalton Fay UT Mountain Ridge 2027 3B 57 %
3 Jaxton Tolman UT Desert Hills 2027 OF 50 %
^ Brayden Hansen UT Lehi 2026 RHP 50 %
4 Trig Richards UT Salem Hills High 2027 OF 42 %
^ Dallon Molder UT Jordan 2027 OF 42 %
^ Landon Fry UT Lone Peak High 2026 OF 42 %

CHANGEUP

HORIZONTAL MOVEMENT (AVG.)

Rank Name State School Class Pos HM (avg)
1 Brayden Hansen UT Lehi 2026 RHP 20.4
2 Landon Fry UT Lone Peak High 2026 OF 19.7
3 Beckham Stanger UT Woods Cross 2026 RHP 18.3
4 Cayman Sanchez UT Olympus 2026 SS 18.1
5 Tage McKinley UT Park City 2026 SS 17.9
6 Ryder Huntsman UT Pleasant Grove 2027 RHP 14.3
7 Joseph Peak UT Jordan 2027 OF -14.1
8 Beckham Rowley UT Stansbury 2027 LHP -14.1

STRIKE ZONE RATE%

Rank Name State School Class Pos Zone %
1 Cole Ybarra UT Lehi 2026 3B 100 %
^ Joseph Peak UT Jordan 2027 OF 100 %
2 Dalton Fay UT Mountain Ridge 2027 3B 75 %
^ Samuel Smith UT Roy 2026 OF 75 %
3 Blake Mawhinney UT Crimson Cliffs 2026 RHP 50 %

UPCOMING EVENTS

SHOWCASE STATE DATE LOCATION
2024 PBR Scout Day: Canes West Utah UT 06/08 St. George, Utah (Location TBD)

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