Top FB Velos — 2016 Baseball Factory All-America Pre-Season Rookie Tournament
Prior to the 2016 Baseball Factory All-America Pre-Season Rookie Tournament, the best fastball velocity recorded at one of our events by a 2019 graduate was 85 mph — which we’d seen from three pitchers, followed by two each at 84 and 83 mph. That mark was shattered by a 92 mph fastball from Chris McElvain at the 2016 Pre-Season Rookie event, while two others reached the previous high.
2019 3B/RHP Chris McElvain (Thompson’s Station, TN) was part of the South Nashville (TN) Little League team that represented the Southeast Region of the United States in the 2013 Little League World Series. That team lost their opener to the New England Region (Westport, CT) team — the eventual champion of the United States pool — then won their next two games prior to elimination at the hands of the Northwest Region (Sammamish, WA) team in the semi-finals. McElvain was primarily a catcher for this team in 2013, and hit in the 2nd slot in the batting order.
His progress since the 2013 LLWS is nothing short of amazing. In less than three years, he went from a twelve-year-old pitching from a distance of 46 feet to a high school freshman with a low-90s fastball / low-80s slider combo on a mound 60 feet, 6 six inches from the rear point of home plate. He’s moved out from behind the plate to third base, and showed four advanced tools that appear well-suited for a corner profile as he matures.
Not to be outdone, 2019 LHP/1B Tyler Rigot (Weddington, NC) has seen his fastball increase by 20 mph in the last three years. Over the course of four events in 2013, he went from the low 60s to the upper 60s, and then by late summer into the early fall of 2015 he’d reached the upper 70s. Most recently, he threw a high volume of fastball strikes between 76 and 82 mph with late arm side life.
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The most notable short-term velocity jump belonged to 2019 LHP/1B Mathew Santos (Houston, TX), who gained eight ticks on his fastball from 77 to 85 since the Pearland, TX Under Armour Baseball Factory National Tryout about two months ago. LHP/OF Mason Roach (Argyle, TX) went from 80 mph at the 2015 Pre-Season Rookie event to 85 mph one year later, while 2019 RHP/3B Eric Camacho (Portland, TX) also gained 5 mph on his fastball since the July 2015 Baseball Factory National World Series at Pirate City.
92 — Chris McElvain (2019 – 3B/RHP) Thompson’s Station, TN
85 — Mason Roach (2019 – LHP/OF) Argyle, TX
85 — Mathew Santos (2019 – LHP/1B) Houston, TX
84 — Kaden Dydalewicz (2019 – 3B/RHP) Frisco, TX
83 — Eric Camacho (2019 – RHP/3B) Portland, TX
83 — Jacob Wilson (2019 – SS/RHP) Kansas City, MO
82 — Tyler Rigot (2019 – LHP/1B) Weddington, NC
82 — Dylan Rogers (2019 – LHP/OF) Spartanburg, SC
82 — Christian Rollinson (2019 – RHP) Ponte Vedra Beach, FL
82 — Jarin Turner (2019 – C) Oxford, AL
82 — Noah Webb (2019 – C/RHP) Kodak, TN
81 — Joe Biancone (2019 – SS/RHP) Waccabuc, NY
80 — Patrick Coyne (2019 – RHP/3B) Randolph, NJ
80 — Justin Travis (2019 – RHP/OF) Cypress, TX
79 — Kevin Bowrosen (2020 – 1B/RHP) Miller Place, NY
79 — Will Carpenter (2020 – SS/RHP) Aurora, OH
79 — Zach Clover (2019 – OF/RHP) Cary, NC
79 — Derek Crum (2019 – LHP) Tampa, FL
79 — Logan Ransom (2019 – LHP/OF) Mechanicsville, VA
79 — Ryan Targac (2020 – SS/RHP) Hallettsville, TX
79 — Gregory Verano (2019 – OF/RHP) Raritan, NJ
79 — Tyer Vermillion (2019 – RHP) Minneola, FL
To see the most current fastball velocity leaders in each graduation class, please visit the Top Performers page. Fastball velocity leaderboards are updated weekly, as are those for the 60 yard dash, pop times, raw velocity and exit velocity.