Baldwin County baseballers perform at preseason all-state showcase

Gulf Shores’ Gehr, Daphne’s Ackerman register top marks on statistical leaderboards

By Cole McNanna
Sports Editor
cole@gulfcoastmedia.com
Posted 1/12/23

Baseball season is right around the corner and some of the top prospects set to graduate between 2023 and 2026 were on display at Saraland High School Sunday, Jan. 8, during Prep Baseball …

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Baldwin County baseballers perform at preseason all-state showcase

Gulf Shores’ Gehr, Daphne’s Ackerman register top marks on statistical leaderboards

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Baseball season is right around the corner and some of the top prospects set to graduate between 2023 and 2026 were on display at Saraland High School Sunday, Jan. 8, during Prep Baseball Report’s South Alabama Preseason All-State showcase.

After the dust settled on the extended pro-style workout, stats were pulled from Trackman, Blast Motion and Swift Performance technologies and showed a few Baldwin County athletes at the top of leaderboards in categories like fastball velocity, batting hand speed and 60-yard dash.

The Daphne Trojans had the most participants with seven, followed by four Fairhope Pirates, three Gulf Shores Dolphins and one each from the Spanish Fort Toros, Baldwin County Tigers, Bayside Academy Admirals and Orange Beach Makos.

Daphne sophomore Dylan Ackerman found himself in the top 15 of four different categories, including hand speed, exit velocity, bat speed and fastball velocity. Gulf Shores junior Connor Gehr registered three top-10 marks in fastball velocity, infield velocity and 60-yard dash and Bayside Academy freshman Wyatt Williams was top 15 in bat speed and exit velocity.

Below are locals who recorded top-15 marks in statistical categories, as well as full results from local participants by school.

Infield velocity
4. Connor Gehr (Gulf Shores) – 88 mph

Catcher velocity
4. Tyler Sorrell (Daphne) – 74 mph

Max hand speed

3. Maddox Eady (Daphne) – 26.1 mph
14. Dylan Ackerman (Daphne) – 24.7 mph

Max bat speed
7. Wyatt Williams (Bayside Academy) – 79.5 mph
13. Coen Lambeth (Baldwin County) – 77.7 mph

14. Dylan Ackerman (Daphne) – 77.0 mph

Fastball velocity
5. Connor Gehr (Gulf Shores) – 87.1 mph
13. Dylan Ackerman (Daphne) – 83.8 mph
14. Ethan Kick (Spanish Fort) – 83.7 mph

60-yard dash
9. Connor Gehr (Gulf Shores) – 7.17
10. Price Stephens (Gulf Shores) – 7.18

Maximum exit velocity
14. Dylan Ackerman (Daphne) – 95 mph

Average exit velocity
14. Wyatt Williams (Bayside Academy) – 85.2 mph

All participants

Daphne Trojans
Dylan Ackerman: infield velocity – 84; fastball velocity – 83.8; range – 81.6-83.4; max spin rate – 2324; 60-yard dash – 7.69; max run speed – 17.9; max jump power – 1662; max hand speed – 24.7; max bat speed – 77

DJ Blackwood: outfield velocity – 75; 60-yard dash – 8.20; max run speed – 16.9; max jump power – 852; max hand speed – 20.9; max bat speed – 61.0

Jack Blanchard: outfield velocity – 76; 60-yard dash – 7.89; max run speed – 17.6; max jump power – 936; max hand speed – 21.4; max bat speed – 70.9

Maddox Eady: outfield velocity – 69; 60-yard dash – 7.53; max run speed – 18.4; max jump power – 1291; max hand speed – 26.1; max bat speed – 73.5

Timothy Will Fitzhugh: infield velocity – 66; 60-yard dash – 9.10; max run speed – 14.9; max jump power – 842; max hand speed – 18.3; max bat speed – 59.7

Tyler Sorrell: catcher velocity – 74; pop time 2.20-2.30; 60-yard dash – 7.75; max run speed – 18.1; max jump power – 1285; max hand speed – 21.5; max bat speed – 67.8

Fairhope Pirates
Declan King: catcher velocity – 70; pop time – 2.20-2.35; 60-yard dash – 7.73; max run speed – 17.7; max jump power 1049; max hand speed – 22.7; max bat speed – 64.0

Jake Sasser: outfield velocity – 74; 60-yard dash – 8.30; max run speed – 16.6; max jump power – 1090; max hand speed – 19.4; max bat speed – 65.7

Miles Drew Johnson: fastball velocity – 79.6; range of 78.1-79.4; max spin rate of 1965

Zach Jones: outfield velocity – 79; 60-yard dash – 7.71; max run speed – 17.9; max jump power – 1292; max hand speed – 22.3; max bat speed – 72.6

Gulf Shores Dolphins
Alex King: infield velocity – 76; 60-yard dash – 8.18; max run speed – 16.9; max jump power – 1096; max hand speed – 21.0; max bat speed – 62.1

Connor Gehr: fastball range – 84.8-87.1; max spin rate of 2377; 60-yard dash – 7.17; max run speed – 19.6; max jump power – 1305; max hand speed – 22.8; max bat speed – 76.8

Price Stephens: outfield velocity – 79; catcher velocity – 70; pop time – 2.24-2.39; 60-yard dash – 7.18; max run speed – 19.2; jump power – 1537; max hand speed – 21.1; max bat speed – 72.2

Baldwin County Tigers

Coen Lambeth: infield velocity – 78; fastball velocity – 78.5; range – 73.9-78.2; max spin rate – 2215; 60-yard dash – 8.07; max run speed – 17.2; max jump power – 1402; max hand speed – 22.7; max bat speed – 77.1

Bayside Academy Admirals
Wyatt Williams: infield velocity – 80; fastball velocity – 78.5; range – 73.7-78.5; max spin rate – 2039; 60-yard dash – 8.54; max run speed – 16.1; max jump power – 1176; max hand speed – 21.8; max bat speed – 79.5

Orange Beach Makos
Will Watts: fastball velocity – 81; range – 76.0-80.9; max spin rate – 2020

Spanish Fort Toros
Ethan Kick: fastball velocity – 83.7; range – 82.3-83.5; max spin rate – 2309

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