Aurora Preseason I.D.: TrackMan Files


By Andy Sroka
Illinois and Wisconsin Assistant Director

On Feb. 27, the PBR Illinois team hosted the second annual Aurora Preseason I.D. at the Aurora Sports Dome in Aurora, Ill. The event featured nearly 100 players from high school graduates in classes 2022-25, from across the Chicagoland area.

Last week, our staff collaborated to highlight the biggest takeaways and highlights from this showcase, and published them within our Quick Hits piece. We also shared the event's traditional leaderboards, published inside this Statistical Analysis. Today, with the help of our TrackMan unit, we're diving a little deeper into the data to see what we can find.

MAX FASTBALL VELOCITY & PEak SPIN RATE

Rank Name State School Class Pos Velocity (max)
1 Christian Graves IL Marengo 2023 RHP 87.48 mph
2 Jake Kohanzo IL Barrington 2022 RHP 87.34 mph
3 Ethan Storm IL Sycamore 2022 OF 86.04 mph
4 Gavin Sitarz IL St. Charles East 2022 LHP 85.82 mph
5 Jonathan Ciullo IL Libertyville 2022 RHP 84.74 mph
6 Kaelan Natyshok IL Coal City 2023 OF 84.31 mph
7 Kyler Kennen IL Jacobs 2023 RHP 84.29 mph
8 Joshua Novak IL Benet 2022 RHP 84.26 mph
9 Eric Swanson IL Wheaton Warrenville South 2022 OF 83.12 mph
10 Drew Piaskowy IL South Elgin 2022 RHP 82.89 mph
11 Logan Samaniego IL Plainfield South 2022 RHP 82.85 mph
12 Connor Corrigan IL Yorkville 2022 RHP 82.66 mph
13 Daniel Krulak IL Bartlett 2023 LHP 82.56 mph
14 Christian Battista IL Oswego East 2022 C 82.24 mph

Rank Name State School Class Pos Spin Rate (max)
1 Ethan Storm IL Sycamore 2022 OF 2487 rpm
2 Eric Swanson IL Wheaton Warrenville South 2022 OF 2458 rpm
3 Daniel Krulak IL Bartlett 2023 LHP 2351 rpm
4 Jake Kohanzo IL Barrington 2022 RHP 2350 rpm
5 Gavin Sitarz IL St. Charles East 2022 LHP 2320 rpm
6 Kyler Kennen IL Jacobs 2023 RHP 2318 rpm
7 Drew Piaskowy IL South Elgin 2022 RHP 2299 rpm
8 Zach Bostrand IL Marmion 2023 RHP 2233 rpm
9 Johnny Carter IL Belvidere 2023 RHP 2227 rpm
10 Javy Garcia IL Harlem 2022 1B 2220 rpm
11 CJ Filipek IL Huntley 2023 1B 2210 rpm
12 Coy Dettmer IL United Township 2023 LHP 2210 rpm

Max Fastball Velocity: This metric calculates the speed of the pitch as it’s released from the pitcher’s hand.

Spin Rate: This metric calculates the rate of spin on the baseball as it leaves the pitcher’s hand, measured in revolutions per minute (rpm). Historical data shows that high-spin fastballs lessen the impact of gravity, allowing for more ‘rise’ (or less fall, in other words) as it carries through the zone. Low-spin fastballs typically indicate the pitch has greater horizontal action, often making it tougher to square up, but generally easier to make contact with, leading to more ground balls, while high-spin fastballs show a correlation with swings and misses.

AVERAGE FASTBALL HORIZONTAL MOVEMENT

Rank Name State School Class Pos HM (avg)
1 Logan Samaniego IL Plainfield South 2022 RHP 17.1
2 Anthony Valenza IL Plainfield North 2023 1B 16.8
3 Kyler Kennen IL Jacobs 2023 RHP 15.7
4 Derek Huber IL Huntley 2023 SS 12.8
5 Drew Piaskowy IL South Elgin 2022 RHP 12.1
6 Jeremy Jaehnig IL Huntley 2023 OF 11.9
7 Brian Bednarkiewicz IL Plainfield South 2024 3B 11.8

Horizontal Break: Outlined on TrackMan’s own website: “... horizontal movement is measured in inches between where the pitch actually crosses the front of home plate side-wise, and where it would have crossed home plate side-wise if had it traveled in a perfectly straight line from release. A positive number means the break was to the right from the pitcher’s perspective, while a negative number means the break was to the left from the pitcher’s perspective.”

AVERAGE SLIDER SPIN RATE

Rank Name State School Class Pos Spin Rate (avg)
1 Daniel Krulak IL Bartlett 2023 LHP 2409
2 Christian Battista IL Oswego East 2022 C 2332
3 Gavin Sitarz IL St. Charles East 2022 LHP 2016
4 CJ Filipek IL Huntley 2023 1B 1996
5 Kaelan Natyshok IL Coal City 2023 OF 1980

AVERAGE CURVEBALL SPIN RATE

Rank Name State School Class Pos Spin Rate (avg)
1 Johnny Carter IL Belvidere 2023 RHP 2404 rpm
2 Jeremy Jaehnig IL Huntley 2023 OF 2397 rpm
3 Zach Bostrand IL Marmion 2023 RHP 2373 rpm
4 Coy Dettmer IL United Township 2023 LHP 2311 rpm
5 Dominic Stringham IL Oswego 2024 SS 2238 rpm
6 Eric Swanson IL Wheaton Warrenville South 2022 OF 2222 rpm

AVERAGE CHANGEUP HORIZONTAL MOVEMENT

Rank Name State School Class Pos HM (avg)
1 Logan Samaniego IL Plainfield South 2022 RHP 18.2
2 Anthony Valenza IL Plainfield North 2023 1B 16.8
3 Derek Huber IL Huntley 2023 SS 16.0
4 Kyler Kennen IL Jacobs 2023 RHP 15.2
5 Joshua Novak IL Benet 2022 RHP 15.1
6 Jake Kohanzo IL Barrington 2022 RHP 14.0
7 Brian Bednarkiewicz IL Plainfield South 2024 3B 13.8
8 Kiran Yasuda IL Batavia 2023 RHP 13.7
9 Drew Piaskowy IL South Elgin 2022 RHP 12.1

AVERAGE EXIT VELOCITY (HITTING)

Rank Name State School Class Pos Exit Speed (avg)
1 Cade Duffin IL Oswego 2023 1B 99.61 mph
2 Christian Graves IL Marengo 2023 RHP 95.31 mph
3 Adam Schilz IL Warren 2023 SS 94.92 mph
4 Javy Garcia IL Harlem 2022 1B 94.71 mph
5 Jake Kohanzo IL Barrington 2022 RHP 91.74 mph
6 Lorenzo Rios IL Joliet Catholic 2022 C 90.82 mph
7 Jude Allen IL Providence Catholic 2023 1B 90.81 mph
8 Mac Eccher IL Marmion 2022 C 90.22 mph
9 Michael Zedak IL St. Laurence 2022 OF 89.31 mph
10 Ben Wisniewski IL West Aurora 2022 C 88.62 mph
11 CJ Filipek IL Huntley 2023 1B 88.58 mph
12 Anthony Edge IL Jacobs 2023 C 88.15 mph

Exit Speed: Also according to TrackMan’s own website: “The speed of the ball, measured in miles per hour, as it comes off the bat at the moment of contact.”

PEAK EXIT VELOCITY (HITTING)

Rank Name State School Class Pos Exit Speed (max)
1 Cade Duffin IL Oswego 2023 1B 107.50 mph
2 Christian Graves IL Marengo 2023 RHP 101.94 mph
3 Javy Garcia IL Harlem 2022 1B 99.75 mph
4 Jake Kohanzo IL Barrington 2022 RHP 98.35 mph
5 Adam Schilz IL Warren 2023 SS 97.80 mph
6 Michael Zedak IL St. Laurence 2022 OF 97.58 mph
7 Tyler Murray IL Herscher 2022 1B 96.71 mph
8 CJ Filipek IL Huntley 2023 1B 96.64 mph
9 Tyler Vasey IL Prairie Ridge 2023 C 96.21 mph
10 Jude Allen IL Providence Catholic 2023 1B 95.05 mph
11 Mac Eccher IL Marmion 2022 C 94.93 mph
12 Nathan Jonas IL Jacobs 2023 SS 94.82 mph
13 Lorenzo Rios IL Joliet Catholic 2022 C 94.39 mph
14 Vince Polizzi IL St Francis 2022 2B 94.37 mph
15 AJ Gaca IL St. Charles East 2022 C 93.64 mph
16 Ben Wisniewski IL West Aurora 2022 C 93.54 mph
17 Ryan Harris IL Yorkville 2022 OF 93.38 mph
18 Eric Swanson IL Wheaton Warrenville South 2022 OF 93.03 mph

PEAK ESTIMATED BATTED DISTANCE (HITTING)

Rank Name State School Class Pos Distance (max)
1 Cade Duffin IL Oswego 2023 1B 389 ft
2 Javy Garcia IL Harlem 2022 1B 386 ft
3 Adam Schilz IL Warren 2023 SS 377 ft
4 Christian Graves IL Marengo 2023 RHP 368 ft
5 Jake Kohanzo IL Barrington 2022 RHP 362 ft
6 Shea Gaffney IL Glenbard North 2022 OF 358 ft
7 Michael Zedak IL St. Laurence 2022 OF 348 ft
8 Jude Allen IL Providence Catholic 2023 1B 347 ft
9 Charlie Breen IL Lyons Township 2022 OF 347 ft
10 Kevin Niedzwiedz IL Batavia 2022 3B 346 ft
11 Lorenzo Rios IL Joliet Catholic 2022 C 343 ft
12 Tyler Murray IL Herscher 2022 1B 338 ft
13 Jacob Stewart IL South Elgin 2022 OF 337 ft
14 Kyler Kennen IL Jacobs 2023 RHP 335 ft
15 Ryan Harris IL Yorkville 2022 OF 332 ft
16 Eric Swanson IL Wheaton Warrenville South 2022 OF 331 ft
17 Victor Rodriguez IL Hampshire 2023 SS 330 ft

For a complete look at each of the statistics measured at this showcaseCLICK HERE.

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