Bootheel Open Stat Story


Kevin Moulder
Missouri Scouting Director

The Bootheel Open in Kennett Missouri at the Ultimate Fitness facility Saturday January 30th showcased some of the top end talent from the area. A number of players stood out offensively including four players registering exit vlo's 90 plus. 2023's UALR commit Trey Gardner (Kennett), Hayden Nazarenus (Cooter) and Tanner Pierce (Kennett) showed they are players to know in the class having big days both performance and metrics wise. 2021 uncommitted Bodey Ellis (Kennett) was 93+ off the bat and had the top Blast Motion hand speed at the event. Behind the plate 2023 Carter Crosnoe (Cape Central) demonstrated soft hands and good receiving skills with a pop time as low as 2.04.

On the mound a couple of 2021 LHP's led the way.  Lindenwood signee Eli Brown (Saxony Lutheran) is a projectable framed arm that was up to 85 and showed plus feel for both his curveball and slider. Three Rivers CC signee Payton Heinley had one of the top curveballs at the event while topping out at 84 on the gun. A trio of 2022 arms showed upside and will be guys to follow this spring/summer. Kannon Carr (Poplar Bluff), Cayden Drum (Jackson Drum) and Ben Bledsoe (Charleston) all checked in in the top 5 in max fastball and fastball spin rate making them young arms to keep an eye on.

Below are the top statistical performers from the event.

TrackMan Exit Velocity

Rank Name State School Class Pos Exit Velocity (max)
1 Hayden Nazarenus MO Cooter 2023 OF 94.9 mph
2 Bodey Ellis MO Kennett 2021 SS 93.5 mph
3 Trey Gardner MO Kennett 2023 OF 92.9 mph
4 Kannon Carr MO Poplar Bluff 2022 RHP 90.6 mph
5 Tanner Pierce MO Kennett 2023 SS 89.6 mph

TrackMan Peak Distance

Rank Name State School Class Pos Distance (max)
1 Trey Gardner MO Kennett 2023 OF 332 ft
2 Hayden Nazarenus MO Cooter 2023 OF 328 ft
3 Tanner Pierce MO Kennett 2023 SS 325 ft
4 Bodey Ellis MO Kennett 2021 SS 320 ft
5 Jacob Kinsman IL Benton 2023 3B 305 ft

Blast Motion Peak Hand Speed

Rank Name State School Class Pos Hand Speed (max)
1 Bodey Ellis MO Kennett 2021 SS 25.9 mph
2 Jacob Kinsman IL Benton 2023 3B 25.4 mph
3 Ben Bledsoe MO Charleston 2022 RHP 25.3 mph
4 Trey Gardner MO Kennett 2023 OF 24.0 mph
5 Tanner Pierce MO Kennett 2023 SS 23.9 mph

Blast Motion Peak Bat Speed

Rank Name State School Class Pos Bat Speed (max)
1 Trey Gardner MO Kennett 2023 OF 74.8 mph
2 Andrew Nevenner MO Francis Howell North 2023 OF 74.4 mph
3 Tanner Pierce MO Kennett 2023 SS 73.6 mph
4 Jacob Kinsman IL Benton 2023 3B 73.5 mph
5 Bodey Ellis MO Kennett 2021 SS 72.8 mph

Infield Throwing Velocity

Rank Name State School Class Pos INF Velo
1 Tanner Pierce MO Kennett 2023 SS 81
2 Hayden Nazarenus MO Cooter 2023 OF 78
3 Ben Bledsoe MO Charleston 2022 RHP 77

Outfield Throwing Velocity

Rank Name State School Class Pos OF Velo
1 Hayden Nazarenus MO Cooter 2023 OF 85
2 Kannon Carr MO Poplar Bluff 2022 RHP 83
3 Trey Gardner MO Kennett 2023 OF 81

Catcher Pop Times

Rank Name State School Class Pos Pop Time
1 Carter Crosnoe MO Cape Central 2023 C 2.04-2.05

TrackMan Max Fastball

Rank Name State School Class Pos Velocity (max)
1 Eli Brown MO Saxony Lutheran 2021 LHP 85.2 mph
2 Payton Heinley MO Kennett 2021 LHP 83.7 mph
3 Kannon Carr MO Poplar Bluff 2022 RHP 83.5 mph
4 Cayden Drum MO Jackson 2022 RHP 82.5 mph
5 Ben Bledsoe MO Charleston 2022 RHP 81.0 mph

Fastball Peak Spin Rate

Rank Name State School Class Pos Spin Rate (max)
1 Payton Heinley MO Kennett 2021 LHP 2259 rpm
2 Kannon Carr MO Poplar Bluff 2022 RHP 2140 rpm
3 Ben Bledsoe MO Charleston 2022 RHP 2138 rpm
4 Samuel “Peyton” Hodges MO East Prairie 2023 RHP 2128 rpm
5 Cayden Drum MO Jackson 2022 RHP 2068 rpm

Curveball Spin Rate

Rank Name State School Class Pos Spin Rate (max)
1 Samuel “Peyton” Hodges MO East Prairie 2023 RHP 2192 rpm
2 Payton Heinley MO Kennett 2021 LHP 2188 rpm
3 Heath Glazebrook IL Normal University 2023 2B 2158 rpm

Curveball Peak Induced Vertical Break

Rank Name State School Class Pos IVB (max)
1 Jacob Kinsman IL Benton 2023 3B -12.5 in
2 Heath Glazebrook IL Normal University 2023 2B -12.4 in
3 Kannon Carr MO Poplar Bluff 2022 RHP -11.1 in

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