O'Hare Preseason I.D.: TrackMan Files


By Diego Solares
Staff Writer

On March 13, the PBR Illinois team hosted the first-ever O'Hare Preseason I.D. at the new Bo Jackson Dome in Bensenville, Ill. The event featured approximately 130 players from high school graduates in classes 2021-24, from across the Chicagoland area.

Our staff collaborated in the days that followed to highlight the biggest takeaways and highlights from Saturday’s showcase, and we’'ve published them throughout the week with our Quick Hits and Statistical Analysis. Today, we'll look into the analytical side of things with the help of the TrackMan unit we had on site.

MAX FASTBALL VELOCITY & PEak SPIN RATE

Rank Name State School Class Pos Velocity (max)
1 Ryan Henschel IL Glenbrook North 2022 OF 89.14 mph
2 Bennett Musser IL Mundelein 2023 RHP 88.35 mph
3 Michael Hilker Jr IL Yorkville 2022 RHP 86.04 mph
4 Connor Walters IL Libertyville 2022 RHP 85.06 mph
5 Luke Brown IL Plainfield North 2023 LHP 84.98 mph
6 Malachi Paplanus IL Huntley 2024 RHP 84.34 mph
7 Brady Chambers IL Lyons Township 2024 RHP 83.66 mph
8 Beau McBride IL New Trier 2024 LHP 83.51 mph
9 Calvin Proskey IL Oak Park-River Forest 2023 RHP 83.49 mph
10 Charlie Faoro IL Homewood-Flossmoor 2022 SS 83.01 mph

Rank Name State School Class Pos Spin Rate (max)
1 Charlie Faoro IL Homewood-Flossmoor 2022 SS 2642 rpm
2 Michael Hilker Jr IL Yorkville 2022 RHP 2420 rpm
3 Luke Brown IL Plainfield North 2023 LHP 2318 rpm
4 Malachi Paplanus IL Huntley 2024 RHP 2290 rpm
5 Beau McBride IL New Trier 2024 LHP 2287 rpm
6 Bennett Musser IL Mundelein 2023 RHP 2287 rpm
7 Charlie Lange IL Glenbard West 2022 RHP 2273 rpm
8 Lucas Bormann IL York 2023 RHP 2270 rpm
9 Cole Cacini IL Prospect 2023 RHP 2246 rpm
10 Connor Walters IL Libertyville 2022 RHP 2236 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 Graham Goodman IL Libertyville 2023 RHP 19.1
2 Carter Laureys IL Mundelein 2023 OF 17.5
3 Will Bartels IL Carmel Catholic 2023 OF 17.0
4 Bennett Musser IL Mundelein 2023 RHP 16.5
5 Nathan Tyrpin IL Mount Carmel 2022 1B 16.4
6 Jimmy Spagoletti IL Hinsdale Central 2023 RHP 16.0
7 Cayden Hart IL Lakes Community 2023 2B 15.5
8 Max Kaplan IL New Trier 2024 LHP -15.0
9 Dayne Meyer IL Willowbrook 2024 LHP -14.9
10 Aiden Zimmerman IL Huntley 2023 1B 14.4
11 James Schott IL Carmel Catholic 2023 RHP 14.2

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 Michael Hilker Jr IL Yorkville 2022 RHP 2505
2 Chris Iannuzzi IL Stevenson 2023 OF 2392
3 Charlie Lange IL Glenbard West 2022 RHP 2159
4 Joshua Wicker IL Fenwick 2024 SS 2156
5 Alex Kirages IL Lake Forest 2022 RHP 2132
6 Callahan Koch IL Fenwick 2023 RHP 2118

AVERAGE CURVEBALL SPIN RATE

Rank Name State School Class Pos Spin Rate (avg)
1 Malachi Paplanus IL Huntley 2024 RHP 2566 rpm
2 Graham Goodman IL Libertyville 2023 RHP 2532 rpm
3 Michael Hilker Jr IL Yorkville 2022 RHP 2527 rpm
4 Charlie Faoro IL Homewood-Flossmoor 2022 SS 2444 rpm
5 Calvin Proskey IL Oak Park-River Forest 2023 RHP 2379 rpm
6 Luke Brown IL Plainfield North 2023 LHP 2294 rpm
7 Connor Walters IL Libertyville 2022 RHP 2256 rpm
8 Bennett Musser IL Mundelein 2023 RHP 2239 rpm
9 Cole Cacini IL Prospect 2023 RHP 2239 rpm
10 Alex Kirages IL Lake Forest 2022 RHP 2238 rpm
11 Brady Chambers IL Lyons Township 2024 RHP 2220 rpm

AVERAGE CHANGEUP HORIZONTAL MOVEMENT

Rank Name State School Class Pos HM (avg)
1 Luke Brown IL Plainfield North 2023 LHP -20.5
2 Will Bartels IL Carmel Catholic 2023 OF 18.3
3 Luke Brabham IL Nazareth 2022 SS 17.2
4 Chris Iannuzzi IL Stevenson 2023 OF 17.0
5 Callahan Koch IL Fenwick 2023 RHP 16.4
6 Charlie Lange IL Glenbard West 2022 RHP 16.4
7 Kaiden Herman IL Grayslake North 2023 LHP -15.9
8 Hank Babwin IL Oak Park-River Forest 2023 RHP 15.0
9 Matthew Richert IL St. Ignatius 2024 RHP 15.0

AVERAGE EXIT VELOCITY (HITTING)

Rank Name State School Class Pos Exit Speed (avg)
1 John Rings IL Maine West 2022 3B 93.05 mph
2 Ryan Henschel IL Glenbrook North 2022 OF 91.92 mph
3 Cash Campbell IL Montini Catholic 2024 3B 90.81 mph
4 Owen Duffy IL Marist 2023 OF 90.73 mph
5 Alec Wiersema IL Mount Carmel 2023 OF 88.24 mph
6 Chris Iannuzzi IL Stevenson 2023 OF 88.09 mph
7 Ethan Serrano IL Von Steuben 2023 OF 87.58 mph
8 Cole Collins IL Libertyville 2022 1B 87.47 mph
9 Michael O'Conor IL Notre Dame College Prep 2022 SS 87.35 mph
10 Patrick Carmody IL Oak Park-River Forest 2023 3B 86.45 mph
11 William Klumpp IL Sycamore 2024 OF 86.33 mph
12 Mark DeCicco IL Crystal Lake South 2022 RHP 86.31 mph
13 Justin Orloff IL Deerfield 2022 3B 86.20 mph
14 Jacob White IL Mount Carmel 2022 3B 85.56 mph
15 Troy Stukenberg IL Lyons Township 2023 SS 85.53 mph
16 Connor Dickson IL Libertyville 2022 OF 85.39 mph
17 Luke Brabham IL Nazareth 2022 SS 85.37 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 John Rings IL Maine West 2022 3B 99.34 mph
2 Ryan Henschel IL Glenbrook North 2022 OF 99.19 mph
3 Michael O'Conor IL Notre Dame College Prep 2022 SS 98.70 mph
4 Troy Stukenberg IL Lyons Township 2023 SS 96.92 mph
5 Chris Iannuzzi IL Stevenson 2023 OF 96.85 mph
6 Owen Duffy IL Marist 2023 OF 96.66 mph
7 Jacob White IL Mount Carmel 2022 3B 96.20 mph
8 Cole Collins IL Libertyville 2022 1B 96.14 mph
9 Cash Campbell IL Montini Catholic 2024 3B 95.62 mph
10 Alec Wiersema IL Mount Carmel 2023 OF 95.31 mph
11 Sir Jamison Jones IL St. Rita 2024 C 94.76 mph
12 Julian Sumner IL Lyons Township 2023 C 94.57 mph
13 Justin Orloff IL Deerfield 2022 3B 93.86 mph
14 Luke Brabham IL Nazareth 2022 SS 93.21 mph
15 Mark DeCicco IL Crystal Lake South 2022 RHP 93.21 mph
16 Tyler O'Connor IL Wheaton North 2023 SS 92.87 mph
17 Leo Anderson IL Lake Forest 2022 OF 92.68 mph
18 Alex Vasquez IL Evanston 2022 SS 92.65 mph
19 Justin Butcher IL Taft 2024 OF 92.38 mph
20 Michael Zedak IL St. Laurence 2022 OF 92.25 mph

PEAK ESTIMATED BATTED DISTANCE (HITTING)

Rank Name State School Class Pos Distance (max)
1 Ryan Henschel IL Glenbrook North 2022 OF 375 ft
2 Michael O'Conor IL Notre Dame College Prep 2022 SS 347 ft
3 Ryan Kempf IL Crystal Lake Central 2022 C 338 ft
4 Michael Zedak IL St. Laurence 2022 OF 335 ft
5 Leo Anderson IL Lake Forest 2022 OF 330 ft
6 Jacob Hall IL Warren Township 2023 C 329 ft
7 Jack Hayden IL Marian Central Catholic 2022 3B 329 ft
8 Julian Sumner IL Lyons Township 2023 C 328 ft
9 Alex Vasquez IL Evanston 2022 SS 328 ft
10 Luke Brabham IL Nazareth 2022 SS 327 ft
11 Graham Goodman IL Libertyville 2023 RHP 325 ft
12 Sir Jamison Jones IL St. Rita 2024 C 324 ft
13 Dominic Jacoby IL Taft 2023 SS 324 ft

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

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