Maryland Western Trials: TrackMan Pitching Data


Kyle Campbell
Maryland Scouting Director

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This year's Maryland Western Trials featured 30 players across the Old Line State, Pennsylvania, Virginia and New Jersey. Trackman was used to collect data on each players hitting and pitching throughout the event. TrackMan is used for player evaluation and development by all major league and minor league teams in the US and top NCAA D1 programs. The industry leading technology captures the most comprehensive and accurate ball tracking data during game-play and practice. Below is some of the pitching data recorded from the event across several categories. 


TRACKMAN Pitching Data

Spin Rate: Measures how fast the ball is spinning (reported in rotations per minute). 

FASTBALL SPIN RATES

When looking at fastball spin rates, coaches and scouts are looking for pitchers that are outside the norm. High spin rate fastball, typically, tend to ride on hitter, creating swing and miss, and playing at the top of the strike zone. Low spin rate guys, typically, are creating some sink on their fastball, or the appearance that the fastball is diving.

The pure spin rate does not tell the whole story on any one pitch. Coaches and scouts are also evaluating spin efficiency and spin direction. They also want to see some consistency, pitch-to-pitch, on the release point.

Average Fastball Spin Rates

- MLB = 2256 rpm
- College = 2148 rpm
- High School = 1977 rpm

BREAKING BALL SPIN RATES

Typically bigger spin can mean bigger break, but again on the breaking ball the spin efficiency can play a part. There are also studies that show the speed of the pitch can affect if the spin rate has a chance to take hold and create the break a pitcher is looking for. 

Average Curveball Spin Rates

- MLB = 2582 rpm
- College = 2340 rpm
- High School = 2069 rpm

To learn more about Trackman data and what it all means, click here.

Player Year R/L Peak FB Velo AVG FB Velo AVGFB Spin AVG CB Spin
Ethan Bowen 2022  RHP  85.9 mph 84.3 mph 1908 rpm 1965 rpm
Dalton Williams 2022  RHP  84.7 mph 83.0 mph 2248 rpm 2054 rpm
Maclelland Stiffler  2024  RHP  83.2 mph 81.0 mph 2151 rpm 2071 rpm
Ethan Grieb 2021  RHP  82.8 mph 81.6 mph 1787 rpm 2169 rpm
Owen Pierce 2022  RHP  81.3 mph 80.2 mph 2041 rpm 1831 rpm
Kai Hardesty 2021  RHP  81.0 mph 79.8 mph 1857 rpm 1876 rpm
Evan Weaver 2022  RHP  77.9 mph 76.1 mph 1872 rpm 1766 rpm
Scott Wilson 2021  RHP  77.5 mph 76.3 mph 2017 rpm 1813 rpm
Ryan Woolery 2023  LHP  77.5 mph 75.9 mph 1812 rpm 1977 rpm
Sean Wright 2021  RHP  76.6 mph 74.6 mph 1784 rpm 1643 rpm
Dylan Miller 2021  LHP  75.0 mph 73.1 mph 1924 rpm 1642 rpm
Jay Parente 2022  LHP  74.6 mph 73.2 mph 1981 rpm 1565 rpm
Justin Mentzell 2021  LHP  73.6 mph 72.2 mph 1868 rpm 1434 rpm
Nick Worch 2021  RHP  71.6 mph 70.8 mph 1626 rpm N/A 
Gage Strucko 2025  RHP  67.2 mph 64.6 mph 1463 rpm 1218 rpm