Prep Baseball Report

Utah Preseason ID (Session II): Pitching Data Dive


Cam Black-Araujo
Utah Operations

On Saturday, February 10th, the Prep Baseball Utah staff hosted the Utah Preseason ID (Session II) at The Hive - Juab High School Fieldhouse in Nephi, Utah. This event featured roughly 37 prospects from the 2024 - 2027 classes and allowed our staff an opportunity to get an in-depth look at the players in attendance ahead of the high school season.

Earlier this week, we broke down the top measurable data performers from the event with our Statistical Analysis. Now, we will take a further in-depth look at the top pitchers 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 Blake Sweat UT Wasatch 2025 RHP 86.4 mph
2 Landon Fry UT Lone Peak High 2026 OF 84.5 mph
3 Cutter Christensen UT Crimson Cliffs 2026 C 82.7 mph
4 Malakai Hansen UT Juab 2025 C 80.3 mph
5 Carson Hunt UT Desert Hills 2027 1B 79.9 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 Cutter Christensen UT Crimson Cliffs 2026 C 2306 rpm
2 Blake Sweat UT Wasatch 2025 RHP 2283 rpm
3 Jackson Young UT Riverton 2025 RHP 2095 rpm
4 Carson Hunt UT Desert Hills 2027 1B 2077 rpm
5 Kayson Bailey UT Manti 2024 LHP 1981 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 Braxton Faller UT Wasatch 2027 SS 18.9 in
2 Ryker Morton UT Mountain Ridge 2027 SS 17.7 in
3 Kobe Nance UT Fremont High 2024 LHP 12.7 in
4 Zeke Kleven UT Timpview 2025 RHP 11.9 in
5 Kayson Bailey UT Manti 2024 LHP 11.5 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 Young UT Riverton 2025 RHP 14.2
2 Zeke Kleven UT Timpview 2025 RHP 13.1
3 Landon Fry UT Lone Peak High 2026 OF 10.9
4 Kayson Bailey UT Manti 2024 LHP -8.5
5 Malakai Hansen UT Juab 2025 C 7.7

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 Braxton Faller UT Wasatch 2027 SS 100 %
2 Landon Fry UT Lone Peak High 2026 OF 71 %
3 Blake Sweat UT Wasatch 2025 RHP 66 %
4 Zeke Kleven UT Timpview 2025 RHP 57 %
^ Cutter Christensen UT Crimson Cliffs 2026 C 57 %
^ Reece Johnson UT Maple Mountain 2025 3B 57 %

CURVEBALL

SPIN RATE (AVG.)

Rank Name State School Class Pos Spin Rate (avg)
1 Landon Fry UT Lone Peak High 2026 OF 2405 rpm
2 Kayson Bailey UT Manti 2024 LHP 2064 rpm
3 Braxton Faller UT Wasatch 2027 SS 2045 rpm
4 Malakai Hansen UT Juab 2025 C 1971 rpm
5 Carson Hunt UT Desert Hills 2027 1B 1964 rpm

INDUCED VERTICAL BREAK (AVG.)

Rank Name State School Class Pos IVB (avg)
1 Blake Sweat UT Wasatch 2025 RHP -10.9 in
2 Reece Johnson UT Maple Mountain 2025 3B -5.7 in
3 Levi Stevenson UT Alta 2025 RHP -3.8 in
4 Kayson Bailey UT Manti 2024 LHP -3.2 in
5 Carson Hunt UT Desert Hills 2027 1B -3.1 in

HORIZONTAL MOVEMENT (AVG.)

Rank Name State School Class Pos HM (avg)
1 Levi Stevenson UT Alta 2025 RHP -10.5
2 Bryson Perry UT North Sanpete 2024 SS -9.0
3 Kayson Bailey UT Manti 2024 LHP 8.4
4 Reece Johnson UT Maple Mountain 2025 3B -6.4
5 Kobe Nance UT Fremont High 2024 LHP 3.6

STRIKE ZONE RATE%

Rank Name State School Class Pos Zone %
1 Braxton Faller UT Wasatch 2027 SS 100 %
2 Landon Fry UT Lone Peak High 2026 OF 71 %
3 Blake Sweat UT Wasatch 2025 RHP 66 %

SLIDER

VELOCITY (MAX)

Rank Name State School Class Pos Velocity (max)
1 Blake Sweat UT Wasatch 2025 RHP 77.8 mph
2 Landon Fry UT Lone Peak High 2026 OF 73.1 mph
3 Cutter Christensen UT Crimson Cliffs 2026 C 72.8 mph

SPIN RATE (AVG)

Rank Name State School Class Pos Spin Rate (avg)
1 Blake Sweat UT Wasatch 2025 RHP 2276
2 Landon Fry UT Lone Peak High 2026 OF 2242
3 Cutter Christensen UT Crimson Cliffs 2026 C 2223

CHANGEUP

HORIZONTAL MOVEMENT (AVG.)

Rank Name State School Class Pos HM (avg)
1 Landon Fry UT Lone Peak High 2026 OF 13.0
2 Braxton Faller UT Wasatch 2027 SS 9.8
3 Bryson Perry UT North Sanpete 2024 SS 9.3
4 Cutter Christensen UT Crimson Cliffs 2026 C 8.2
5 Carson Hunt UT Desert Hills 2027 1B 8.0

STRIKE ZONE RATE%

Rank Name State School Class Pos Zone %
1 Levi Stevenson UT Alta 2025 RHP 100 %
2 Jackson Young UT Riverton 2025 RHP 50 %
^ Braxton Faller UT Wasatch 2027 SS 50 %

UPCOMING EVENTS

SHOWCASE STATE DATE LOCATION
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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