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Utah Preseason ID (Session I): Pitching Data Dive


Cam Black-Araujo
Utah Operations

On Saturday, February 3rd, the PBR Utah staff hosted the Utah Preseason ID (Session I) at The Hive - Juab High School Fieldhouse in Nephi, Utah. This event featured roughly 36 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.

Today we'll start our deep dive into the data collected at this event within this Pitching Data Dive article. Over the next couple of days we’ll be diving deeper into all of the data we collected, rolling out even more coverage from our signature summer event.

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 Luke Christensen UT Lone Peak 2025 OF 84.5 mph
2 Madex Vonhatten UT Tooele 2025 OF 81.8 mph
3 Dalton Fay UT Mountain Ridge 2027 3B 81.0 mph
4 Trig Richards UT Salem Hills 2027 OF 80.8 mph
5 Parker Van Buren UT Orem 2025 1B 80.8 mph
6 Paxton Healy UT Woods Cross 2027 OF 80.8 mph
7 Grady Slesk UT Lone Peak 2026 3B 80.6 mph
8 Daniel Strope UT Jordan 2026 RHP 80.1 mph
9 Alexander Allen UT Logan 2024 C 79.5 mph
10 Boston Swain UT Mountain Ridge 2026 RHP 78.3 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 Luke Christensen UT Lone Peak 2025 OF 2219 rpm
2 Daniel Strope UT Jordan 2026 RHP 2183 rpm
3 Dalton Fay UT Mountain Ridge 2027 3B 2124 rpm
4 Boston Swain UT Mountain Ridge 2026 RHP 2106 rpm
5 Trig Richards UT Salem Hills 2027 OF 2092 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 Dax Bradford UT Bingham 2026 LHP 15.9 in
2 Boston Swain UT Mountain Ridge 2026 RHP 15.5 in
3 Grady Slesk UT Lone Peak 2026 3B 15.1 in
4 Luke Christensen UT Lone Peak 2025 OF 13.3 in
5 Paxton Healy UT Woods Cross 2027 OF 13.3 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 Boston Swain UT Mountain Ridge 2026 RHP 11.6
2 Luke Christensen UT Lone Peak 2025 OF 9.6
3 Paxton Healy UT Woods Cross 2027 OF -9.2
4 Dax Bradford UT Bingham 2026 LHP -9.0
5 Luis Fernando Rendon UT Summit Academy 2024 RHP 8.5

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 Daniel Strope UT Jordan 2026 RHP 62 %
2 Beckham Lindsey UT Bingham 2026 RHP 55 %
^ Trig Richards UT Salem Hills 2027 OF 55 %
^ Parker Van Buren UT Orem 2025 1B 55 %
3 Dalton Fay UT Mountain Ridge 2027 3B 50 %

CURVEBALL

SPIN RATE (AVG.)

Rank Name State School Class Pos Spin Rate (avg)
1 Trig Richards UT Salem Hills 2027 OF 2407 rpm
2 Luke Christensen UT Lone Peak 2025 OF 2258 rpm
3 Daniel Strope UT Jordan 2026 RHP 2057 rpm
4 Boston Swain UT Mountain Ridge 2026 RHP 2014 rpm
5 Alexander Allen UT Logan 2024 C 1980 rpm

INDUCED VERTICAL BREAK (AVG.)

Rank Name State School Class Pos IVB (avg)
1 Trig Richards UT Salem Hills 2027 OF -10.4 in
2 Daniel Strope UT Jordan 2026 RHP -8.8 in
3 Grady Slesk UT Lone Peak 2026 3B -5.5 in
4 Madex Vonhatten UT Tooele 2025 OF -3.9 in
5 Beckham Lindsey UT Bingham 2026 RHP -2.5 in

HORIZONTAL MOVEMENT (AVG.)

Rank Name State School Class Pos HM (avg)
1 Trig Richards UT Salem Hills 2027 OF 13.9
2 Daniel Strope UT Jordan 2026 RHP -11.8
3 Grady Slesk UT Lone Peak 2026 3B -7.5
4 Dalton Fay UT Mountain Ridge 2027 3B -6.4
5 Beckham Lindsey UT Bingham 2026 RHP -4.5

STRIKE ZONE RATE%

Rank Name State School Class Pos Zone %
1 Daniel Strope UT Jordan 2026 RHP 62 %
2 Beckham Lindsey UT Bingham 2026 RHP 55 %
^ Trig Richards UT Salem Hills 2027 OF 55 %
^ Parker Van Buren UT Orem 2025 1B 55 %
3 Dalton Fay UT Mountain Ridge 2027 3B 50 %

CHANGEUP

HORIZONTAL MOVEMENT (AVG.)

Rank Name State School Class Pos HM (avg)
1 Ledger Holmes UT Salem Hills 2027 SS 14.0
2 Boston Swain UT Mountain Ridge 2026 RHP 11.3
3 Trig Richards UT Salem Hills 2027 OF -11.2
4 Grady Slesk UT Lone Peak 2026 3B 11.2
5 Luke Christensen UT Lone Peak 2025 OF 7.9

STRIKE ZONE RATE%

Rank Name State School Class Pos Zone %
1 Madex Vonhatten UT Tooele 2025 OF 100 %
2 Beckham Lindsey UT Bingham 2026 RHP 50 %
^ Dax Bradford UT Bingham 2026 LHP 50 %
^ Dalton Fay UT Mountain Ridge 2027 3B 50 %
^ Grady Slesk UT Lone Peak 2026 3B 50 %
^ Kye Sivo UT Park City 2026 RHP 50 %
^ Luke Christensen UT Lone Peak 2025 OF 50 %

UPCOMING EVENTS

SHOWCASE STATE DATE LOCATION
Utah Preseason ID - Session 2 UT 02/10 The Hive (Juab HS Fieldhouse) - Nephi, UT
2024 Preseason All-State (Invite-Only) UT 02/24 Pine View High School
2024 PBR Scout Day: Canes West Utah UT 06/08 St. George, Utah (Location TBD)

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