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NorCal ProCase Preview: Trackman Pitching Analysis


PBR CA Scouting Staff

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LATHROP, CALIF. - This summer and fall, Prep Baseball Report events across the country have been powered by TrackMan’s industry-leading portable system to capture pinpoint accurate, actionable data from player performances. Prep Baseball Report and TrackMan are dedicated to recognizing talent and unleashing their potential.

At the ProCase Preview, all pitchers had a chance to throw live while being monitored through our portable Trackman B1 unit. Each player threw their complete arsenal of pitches allowing us to collect metrics such as release velocity, spin rate, vertical & horizontal movement and much more.

This data goes directly into the player profiles allowing the PBR Staff, college coaches and professional scouts alike to evaluate and compare prospects on a national scale.

The event featured 2022 players and one 2023 pitcher, with the TrackMan system breaking down each pitch thrown during their bullpen session and now, we dive into the advanced metrics gathered at the event.

Spin Rate is defined as how fast the ball is spinning as it leaves the pitcher's hand, measured in "Revolutions per Minute or RPM"

Bauer Units = Spin Rate (RPM) / Velocity (MPH)

Driveline Baseball on Bauer Units: Bauer Units are intended to control for velocity when looking at spin rate. The equation was intended to be simple enough for coaches and players to use quickly in practice to compare pitchers to MLB average.

FASTBALL VELOCITY

NCAA Averages: Top 10% - 92.5 mph, Top 25% - 90.8 mph, Avg. 50% - 88.9 mph

Rank Name State School Class Pos Velocity (max)
1 Brandon Forrester CA Jesuit 2022 SS 88.2 mph
2 Sam Purgason CA Truckee 2022 3B 87.7 mph
3 Danny Peters CA Palo Alto 2022 RHP 87.5 mph
4 Jake Cross CA Alameda 2022 RHP 87.0 mph
5 Logan Gibson CA Enochs 2022 OF 86.0 mph
6 Bryce Cruz CA IMG Academy 2023 RHP 85.3 mph

FASTBALL SPIN

NCAA Averages (RPM): Top 10% - 2372, Top 25% - 2266, Avg. 50% - 2148

Rank Name State School Class Pos Spin Rate (max)
1 Sam Purgason CA Truckee 2022 3B 2613 rpm
2 Brandon Forrester CA Jesuit 2022 SS 2354 rpm
3 Bryce Cruz CA IMG Academy 2023 RHP 2333 rpm
4 Logan Gibson CA Enochs 2022 OF 2289 rpm
5 Danny Peters CA Palo Alto 2022 RHP 2209 rpm
6 Jake Cross CA Alameda 2022 RHP 2174 rpm

SLIDER SPIN

NCAA Averages (RPM): Top 10% - 2973, Top 25% - 2490, Avg. 50% - 2304

Rank Name State School Class Pos Spin Rate (max)
1 Brandon Forrester CA Jesuit 2022 SS 2583 rpm
2 Bryce Cruz CA IMG Academy 2023 RHP 2455 rpm
3 Danny Peters CA Palo Alto 2022 RHP 2270 rpm
4 Sam Purgason CA Truckee 2022 3B 2010 rpm
5 Jake Cross CA Alameda 2022 RHP 1968 rpm

CURVEBALL SPIN

NCAA Averages (RPM): Top 10% - 2730, Top 25% - 2539, Avg. 50% - 2339

Rank Name State School Class Pos Spin Rate (max)
1 Bryce Cruz CA IMG Academy 2023 RHP 2325 rpm
2 Logan Gibson CA Enochs 2022 OF 2222 rpm
3 Danny Peters CA Palo Alto 2022 RHP 2145 rpm
4 Sam Purgason CA Truckee 2022 3B 2125 rpm

CHANGEUP SPIN

NCAA Averages (RPM): Top 10% - 2024, Top 25% - 1867, Avg. 50% - 1688

Rank Name State School Class Pos Spin Rate (max)
1 Jake Cross CA Alameda 2022 RHP 1873 rpm
2 Bryce Cruz CA IMG Academy 2023 RHP 1839 rpm
3 Logan Gibson CA Enochs 2022 OF 1557 rpm
4 Brandon Forrester CA Jesuit 2022 SS 1553 rpm
5 Sam Purgason CA Truckee 2022 3B 1511 rpm
6 Danny Peters CA Palo Alto 2022 RHP 1419 rpm

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