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Fox River Open: TrackMan Files


Diego Solares
Staff Writer, Associate Scout

On Tuesday, June 15, the PBR Illinois Staff traveled to Hoffer Field at Judson University to hold the annual Fox River Open. This event was open to all high school graduates from the 2022-to-2024 classes and served as an identifier for future invite-only events, including the prestigious PBR Future Games.

We published our Quick Hits from the event shortly after, providing a few highlight performances that stood out on Wednesday and followed that up with our traditional Statistical Analysis, an article that looks at some standouts from a pure numerical standpoint.

Today, we'll be taking a look at batted ball and pitch data captured by our portable TrackMan units that allow us to provide more data-filled information from this event.

MAX FASTBALL VELOCITY & PEak SPIN RATE

Rank Name State School Class Pos Velocity (max)
1 Cole Modrich IL Huntley 2022 RHP 84.90 mph
2 Michael Vitellaro IL Huntley 2022 LHP 84.67 mph
3 Evan Chung IL Lake Zurich 2022 RHP 82.97 mph
4 Eric Gonzalez IL Batavia 2022 SS 82.37 mph
5 Frank Freeman IL St Ignatius 2022 C 81.98 mph
6 Braden Alfano IL Rochelle 2022 LHP 81.74 mph
7 Owen Drummond IL Jacobs 2022 SS 80.94 mph
8 Anthony Fedele IL St. Charles North 2022 RHP 80.68 mph
9 Owen Hensler IL Central 2022 RHP 79.13 mph
10 Daniel Alworth IL Geneva 2022 RHP 78.76 mph
11 Joshua Caccia IL St. Charles North 2024 RHP 76.81 mph
12 Evan Davidson IL Stillman Valley 2022 RHP 76.58 mph
13 Andrew Shall IL South Elgin 2024 OF 76.54 mph
14 Caden Sladek IL Huntley 2025 RHP 74.82 mph

Rank Name State School Class Pos Spin Rate (max)
1 Cole Modrich IL Huntley 2022 RHP 2451 rpm
2 Michael Vitellaro IL Huntley 2022 LHP 2211 rpm
3 William Klumpp IL Sycamore 2024 OF 2200 rpm
4 Evan Chung IL Lake Zurich 2022 RHP 2173 rpm
5 Frank Freeman IL St Ignatius 2022 C 2129 rpm
6 Joshua Caccia IL St. Charles North 2024 RHP 2096 rpm
7 Joshua Schumacher IL Dixon 2024 C 2046 rpm
8 Evan Davidson IL Stillman Valley 2022 RHP 2027 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 Michael Vitellaro IL Huntley 2022 LHP -19.9
2 Eric Gonzalez IL Batavia 2022 SS 17.9
3 Joe Krantz IL Batavia 2022 LHP -15.8
4 Evan Davidson IL Stillman Valley 2022 RHP 13.0
5 Cole Modrich IL Huntley 2022 RHP 11.8
6 William Klumpp IL Sycamore 2024 OF 11.5
7 Braden Alfano IL Rochelle 2022 LHP -11.5
8 Braylon Kilduff IL Byron 2024 RHP 10.1

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 Owen Hensler IL Central 2022 RHP 2055
2 Joshua Caccia IL St. Charles North 2024 RHP 1819

AVERAGE CURVEBALL SPIN RATE

Rank Name State School Class Pos Spin Rate (avg)
1 Anthony Fedele IL St. Charles North 2022 RHP 2202 rpm
2 Evan Davidson IL Stillman Valley 2022 RHP 2189 rpm
3 Cole Modrich IL Huntley 2022 RHP 2082 rpm
4 William Klumpp IL Sycamore 2024 OF 2045 rpm
5 Braden Alfano IL Rochelle 2022 LHP 2035 rpm
6 Evan Chung IL Lake Zurich 2022 RHP 1981 rpm
7 Michael Vitellaro IL Huntley 2022 LHP 1916 rpm
8 Owen Hensler IL Central 2022 RHP 1869 rpm
9 Andrew Shall IL South Elgin 2024 OF 1817 rpm
10 Caden Sladek IL Huntley 2025 RHP 1810 rpm

AVERAGE CHANGEUP HORIZONTAL MOVEMENT

Rank Name State School Class Pos HM (avg)
1 Eric Gonzalez IL Batavia 2022 SS 18.3
2 Evan Chung IL Lake Zurich 2022 RHP 18.2
3 Joe Krantz IL Batavia 2022 LHP -15.2
4 Cole Modrich IL Huntley 2022 RHP 14.8
5 Owen Drummond IL Jacobs 2022 SS 13.9
6 Michael Vitellaro IL Huntley 2022 LHP -12.7
7 Braden Alfano IL Rochelle 2022 LHP -12.0

AVERAGE EXIT VELOCITY (HITTING)

Rank Name State School Class Pos Exit Speed (avg)
1 Nolan Czako IL Bishop McNamara 2022 SS 91.36 mph
2 Eric Gonzalez IL Batavia 2022 SS 88.28 mph
3 Brennan Luz IL Joliet Catholic 2022 3B 86.84 mph
4 Owen Hensler IL Central 2022 RHP 86.31 mph
5 Blake Stempowski IL Geneva 2022 SS 85.30 mph
6 Matthew Schuring IL Dundee Crown 2023 C 85.27 mph
7 Anthony Bagnole IL East Leyden 2022 OF 85.05 mph
8 Drew Bennett IL Jacobs 2022 SS 84.69 mph
9 Preston Sewell IL Belvidere North 2022 C 84.34 mph
10 Shea Gaffney IL Glenbard North 2022 OF 84.23 mph
11 Colin Ryder IL St Charles North 2024 1B 84.01 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 Owen Hensler IL Central 2022 RHP 99.87 mph
2 Eric Gonzalez IL Batavia 2022 SS 96.96 mph
3 Nolan Czako IL Bishop McNamara 2022 SS 96.27 mph
4 Shea Gaffney IL Glenbard North 2022 OF 95.20 mph
5 Matthew Schuring IL Dundee Crown 2023 C 94.72 mph
6 Charlie Saul IL Batavia 2022 OF 93.26 mph
7 Owen Drummond IL Jacobs 2022 SS 93.03 mph
8 Blake Stempowski IL Geneva 2022 SS 92.36 mph
9 Brennan Luz IL Joliet Catholic 2022 3B 92.11 mph
10 Braylon Kilduff IL Byron 2024 RHP 91.89 mph
11 Evan Chung IL Lake Zurich 2022 RHP 91.88 mph
12 Colin Ryder IL St Charles North 2024 1B 91.79 mph
13 Peter Mitchell IL Jacobs 2022 OF 91.71 mph

PEAK ESTIMATED BATTED DISTANCE (HITTING)

Rank Name State School Class Pos Distance (max)
1 Blake Stempowski IL Geneva 2022 SS 346 ft
2 Matthew Schuring IL Dundee Crown 2023 C 345 ft
3 Owen Drummond IL Jacobs 2022 SS 343 ft
4 Brennan Luz IL Joliet Catholic 2022 3B 339 ft
5 Braylon Kilduff IL Byron 2024 RHP 337 ft
6 Anthony Bagnole IL East Leyden 2022 OF 337 ft
7 Owen Hensler IL Central 2022 RHP 335 ft
8 Nolan Czako IL Bishop McNamara 2022 SS 334 ft
9 Shea Gaffney IL Glenbard North 2022 OF 332 ft
10 Aiden Kashuba IL St Charles North 2022 OF 330 ft
11 Sam Rizzo IL Wheaton Warrenville South 2023 1B 327 ft
12 Eric Gonzalez IL Batavia 2022 SS 326 ft
13 Daniel Alworth IL Geneva 2022 RHP 323 ft
14 Henry Saul IL Batavia 2023 C 322 ft
15 Daniel Bastidas IL Metea Valley 2024 C 315 ft
16 Cooper Burkel IL Lincoln-Way West 2022 OF 314 ft

For a complete look at each of the statistics measured at this showcase, CLICK HERE

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