Preseason All-State: TrackMan Files


By Andy Sroka
Illinois and Wisconsin Assistant Director

On March 20, the PBR Illinois team hosted its annual Preseason All-State showcase, bringing together a collection of the state’s best juniors in one place, Bo Jackson’s Elite Sports Dome in Lockport, Ill.

We began our post-event breakdown on Monday, detailing the prospects who exited the event with their prospect arrows pointed way up inside of this Quick Hits post. We highlighted the showcase’s biggest takeaways, focusing on the high-follow uncommitted juniors in the class, accompanied by written analysis and video.

Today, we’re continuing our post-event analysis by examining the data measured by our TrackMan units. The technology is able to capture information that’s difficult to capture by the naked eye, like pitch-by-pitch metrics and batted-ball data. We’ll explain more below:

MAX FASTBALL VELOCITY & PEak SPIN RATE

Rank Name State School Class Pos Velocity (max)
1 Ethan Patera IL Downers Grove South 2022 RHP 93.72 mph
2 Owen Murphy IL Riverside-Brookfield 2022 RHP 91.60 mph
3 Kyle Rossy IL Glenbard West 2022 RHP 91.06 mph
4 Matthew Tarr IL West Aurora 2022 C 91.04 mph
5 Alex Alberico IL Providence Catholic 2022 RHP 90.87 mph
6 Jake Swartz IL Normal University 2022 RHP 90.40 mph
7 Luka Radicevich IL Joliet Catholic 2022 SS 90.38 mph
8 Evan Jones IL Normal University 2022 OF 90.14 mph
9 Jase Daley IL Chatham-Glenwood 2022 RHP 90.00 mph
10 Casey Hintz IL St. Viator 2022 SS 89.77 mph
11 Christopher Bieniek IL Notre Dame College Prep 2022 RHP 89.64 mph
12 Elias Hachem IL Mount Carmel 2022 RHP 89.46 mph
13 Hunter Pudlo IL Lakes 2022 RHP 89.30 mph
14 Julien Hachem IL Mount Carmel 2022 LHP 89.09 mph
15 Nathan Chapman IL Jacobs 2022 RHP 89.08 mph
16 Cade Nowik IL Lake Forest 2022 RHP 89.08 mph
17 Michael Kelly IL Mt. Carmel 2022 LHP 88.93 mph
18 Adam Guazzo IL Huntley 2022 RHP 88.68 mph
19 Matthew Cuzco IL St. Ignatius 2022 RHP 88.32 mph
20 Lucas Montesantos IL Hinsdale Central 2022 RHP 88.29 mph
21 Mitch Dye IL Sacred Heart-Griffin 2022 RHP 88.18 mph
22 Sebastian Gutierrez IL Nazareth 2022 3B 88.12 mph

Rank Name State School Class Pos Spin Rate (avg)
1 Braden Thelander IL Prairie Ridge 2022 RHP 2415 rpm
2 Christopher Bieniek IL Notre Dame College Prep 2022 RHP 2402 rpm
3 Waylon Deck IL Homewood Flossmoor 2022 RHP 2386 rpm
4 Landon Geragosian IL Breese Central 2022 RHP 2380 rpm
5 Alex Alberico IL Providence Catholic 2022 RHP 2371 rpm
6 Julien Hachem IL Mount Carmel 2022 LHP 2369 rpm
7 Michael Kelly IL Mt. Carmel 2022 LHP 2368 rpm
8 Owen Murphy IL Riverside-Brookfield 2022 RHP 2337 rpm
9 Will Goldberg IL Homewood-Flossmoor 2022 OF 2307 rpm
10 Jase Daley IL Chatham-Glenwood 2022 RHP 2302 rpm
11 Kyle Rossy IL Glenbard West 2022 RHP 2291 rpm
12 Evan Jones IL Normal University 2022 OF 2289 rpm
13 Mitch Dye IL Sacred Heart-Griffin 2022 RHP 2287 rpm
14 Elias Hachem IL Mount Carmel 2022 RHP 2283 rpm
15 Luka Radicevich IL Joliet Catholic 2022 SS 2282 rpm
16 Brandon Bak IL Plainfield North 2022 LHP 2244 rpm
17 Matthew Tarr IL West Aurora 2022 C 2241 rpm
18 Jake Swartz IL Normal University 2022 RHP 2226 rpm
19 Evan Eberle IL Oak Park-River Forest 2022 RHP 2215 rpm
20 Lucas Montesantos IL Hinsdale Central 2022 RHP 2214 rpm
21 Tyler Altenbaumer IL Saint Joseph-Ogden 2022 RHP 2201 rpm
22 CJ Byrdak IL Lockport 2022 RHP 2188 rpm

There were 12 pitchers who reached a max fastball velocity of at least 90 mph, five of at least 91. We touched on each of those arms in Monday’s Quick Hits story, but it’s worth noting those among them that were also able to impress our TrackMan unit on a more granular level.

  • RHP/INF Owen Murphy (Riverside-Brookfield; Notre Dame commit) produces excellent spin and carry on his 90-92 mph fastball. Spinning at an average rate of 2,337 rpm, his fastball also carries through the zone at 18.7 inches of induced vertical break on average, suggesting it’s capable of missing bats on its own. These metrics, when coupled with Murphy’s premium athleticism, strike-throwing capabilities, and low-effort arm strength, underscore his status as one of the top players in the Midwest’s 2022 class.

  • RHP Alex Alberico’s (Providence Catholic; uncommitted) fastball is similarly impressive on its own. It hit 91 mph a couple times on Sunday with even greater spin, averaging 2,371 rpm, and over 20 inches of induced vertical break on average.

  • RHP Braden Thelander (Prairie Ridge; uncommitted) can really spin it, and on more than just the fastball you see above. His fastball averaged the highest spin rate of any arm in attendance (2,415 rpm) while also featuring big carry. So while he wasn’t on the velo leaderboard, his high spin allows his mid-80s fastball to play up substantially.

AVERAGE FASTBALL HORIZONTAL MOVEMENT

Rank Name State School Class Pos HM (avg)
1 Matthew Cuzco IL St. Ignatius 2022 RHP 17.6
2 Julien Hachem IL Mount Carmel 2022 LHP -16.1
3 Matthew Cruise IL Seneca 2022 RHP 15.9
4 Joshua Novak IL Benet 2022 RHP 15.5
5 Tyler Altenbaumer IL Saint Joseph-Ogden 2022 RHP 14.8
6 Wes Hunt IL Peoria Christian 2022 RHP 14.5
7 Luka Radicevich IL Joliet Catholic 2022 SS 13.7
8 Matt Miscik IL Highland 2022 RHP 13.6
9 Will Goldberg IL Homewood-Flossmoor 2022 OF -13.2

  • RHP Matthew Cuzco (St. Ignatius; uncommitted) has a really heavy run/sink fastball that averaged the most horizontal action of any other pitcher at 17.6 inches, and a 21.6 max (also the most). He has a loose arm from a ¾ slot attached to a sturdy 6-foot-3, 215-pound build, and his splitter is a complementary secondary that should make for plenty of groundball outs at the next level.

  • The Oklahoma-committed southpaw Julien Hachem (Mount Carmel) has an imposing, workhorse 6-foot-8, 230-pound stature, and he sat 88-89 mph in his ‘pen at 2,369 rpm on average, with large horizontal action measured at -16.1 inches on average.

  • RHP Wes Hunt (Peoria Christian; uncommitted) is another tall, long-levered pitcher who utilizes a heavy-type fastball with arm-side run, at 14.5 inches on average. His loose arm creates a fastball that jumps with low spin that appears as if it’ll entice batters to ground into outs.

AVERAGE SLIDER SPIN RATE

Rank Name State School Class Pos Spin Rate (avg)
1 Adam Guazzo IL Huntley 2022 RHP 2618
2 Casey Hintz IL St. Viator 2022 SS 2507
3 Luka Radicevich IL Joliet Catholic 2022 SS 2471
4 Kyle Rossy IL Glenbard West 2022 RHP 2426
5 Larnce White IL Kenwood 2022 RHP 2391
6 Hunter Pudlo IL Lakes 2022 RHP 2361

  • RHP Adam Guazzo (Huntley; uncommitted) can really spin a breaking ball, both a slider and curve. The slider features tighter spin, at 2,618 rpm on average, that works off a more horizontal plane. He has a quality feel mix, also up to 89 mph on Saturday, and has been one of the winter winners these past couple months.

  • RHP/INF Casey Hintz (St. Viator; uncommitted) is a lanky, athletic 5-foot-11 who reached 90 mph a couple times, and also demonstrated the feel to spin a slider that flashed biting action and depth at a 2,507 rpm average.

  • RHP/INF Luka Radicevich (Joliet Catholic; uncommitted) is a quick-armed athlete with an aptitude to spin a breaking ball. His short action slider has swing-and-miss potential, spinning at an average of 2,471 rpm. Radicevich was another one of the day’s uncommitted juniors to reach the 90 mph mark.

  • RHP Larnce White (Kenwood; uncommitted) is a sturdy/strong 6-foot-2, 210 pounds, with upside. He sat 82-84 mph, touching 85, with a downhill fastball complemented by a sharp, downer 12/6 slider that averaged 2,391 rpm.

AVERAGE CURVEBALL SPIN RATE

Rank Name State School Class Pos Spin Rate (avg)
1 Sebastian Gutierrez IL Nazareth 2022 3B 2604 rpm
2 Matthew Tarr IL West Aurora 2022 C 2568 rpm
3 CJ Byrdak IL Lockport 2022 RHP 2540 rpm
4 Adam Guazzo IL Huntley 2022 RHP 2495 rpm
5 Matt Miscik IL Highland 2022 RHP 2491 rpm
6 Owen Murphy IL Riverside-Brookfield 2022 RHP 2487 rpm
7 Michael Addari IL Libertyville 2022 RHP 2486 rpm
8 Braden Thelander IL Prairie Ridge 2022 RHP 2445 rpm

  • RHP Sebastian Gutierrez (Nazareth Academy; uncommitted) threw a quality, complete ‘pen on Saturday, sitting 87-88 mph for strikes while spinning a swing-and-miss breaking ball that averaged the highest spin of the day, at 2,604 rpm.

  • RHP/C Matthew Tarr (West Aurora; uncommitted) was one of the day’s statistical winners, as we’ll continue to see throughout the week’s post-event coverage. While up to 91 mph, Tarr can also spin a sharp, biting curveball that he landed consistently under the zone.

  • RHP C.J. Byrdak (Lockport; uncommitted) sat at a highly effective 83-85 mph with the feel to snap off sharp, high-spin curveballs where he wants – and conversely, he can also stifle the spin on a feel knuckleball that dances its way to the plate.

AVERAGE CHANGEUP HORIZONTAL MOVEMENT

Rank Name State School Class Pos HM (avg)
1 Lucas Montesantos IL Hinsdale Central 2022 RHP 19.1
2 Chase Krueger IL Glenbard West 2022 RHP 17.8
3 Will Goldberg IL Homewood-Flossmoor 2022 OF -17.8
4 Sebastian Gutierrez IL Nazareth 2022 3B 17.2
5 Kyle Rossy IL Glenbard West 2022 RHP 17.1
6 Matthew Cruise IL Seneca 2022 RHP 17.1
7 Waylon Deck IL Homewood Flossmoor 2022 RHP 17.0
8 Matt Miscik IL Highland 2022 RHP 16.9

  • RHP Lucas Montesantos (Hinsdale Central; uncommitted) flashed one of the day’s best and most effective changeups, featuring plus action at times. Montesantos was up to 88 mph from an athletic high ¾ arm action and lower average release height that helped his changeup play up alongside it.

AVERAGE EXIT VELOCITY (HITTING)

Rank Name State School Class Pos Exit Speed (avg)
1 Will Plattner IL Glenwood 2022 C 96.70 mph
2 Owen Murphy IL Riverside-Brookfield 2022 RHP 94.56 mph
3 Matthew Tarr IL West Aurora 2022 C 94.48 mph
4 Evan Jones IL Normal University 2022 OF 93.31 mph
5 Kyle Odeshoo IL Prospect 2022 C 92.32 mph
6 Matthew Merk IL Lockport 2022 C 91.71 mph
7 Jacob Filip IL Lakes Community 2022 C 91.68 mph
8 Brendan Summerhill IL Whitney Young 2022 OF 91.51 mph
9 Jayden Lobliner IL St. Charles North 2022 C 91.13 mph
10 Luke Adams IL Hinsdale Central 2022 3B 90.91 mph
11 Lucas Pajeau IL Lockport 2022 OF 90.36 mph
12 Logan Wagner IL Home School 2022 SS 90.21 mph
13 Jack Zebig IL Marmion Academy 2022 SS 89.93 mph
14 Nolan McMasters IL Glenwood 2022 SS 89.86 mph
15 Blake Edmonds IL Hinsdale Central 2022 2B 89.76 mph
16 Estevan Moreno IL Montini Catholic 2022 SS 89.69 mph
17 Caleb Royer IL Grant 2022 1B 89.57 mph
18 Tristan Kerr IL Lake Forest 2022 C 89.34 mph
19 Colin Horneman IL Mount Carmel 2022 C 89.32 mph
20 Josh Outlaw IL Maine West 2022 OF 89.22 mph

PEAK EXIT VELOCITY (HITTING)

Rank Name State School Class Pos Exit Speed (max)
1 Luke Adams IL Hinsdale Central 2022 3B 101.07 mph
2 Will Plattner IL Glenwood 2022 C 100.34 mph
3 Matthew Tarr IL West Aurora 2022 C 100.00 mph
4 Logan Wagner IL Home School 2022 SS 99.98 mph
5 Lucas Pajeau IL Lockport 2022 OF 99.77 mph
6 Jake Collins IL Lockport 2022 OF 99.50 mph
7 Ryan Kramer IL The Latin School of Chicago 2022 3B 99.04 mph
8 Jack Scheri IL LaSalle Peru 2022 SS 98.71 mph
9 Kyle Schupmann WI Luther Prep 2022 SS 98.67 mph
10 Brendan Summerhill IL Whitney Young 2022 OF 98.53 mph
11 Owen Murphy IL Riverside-Brookfield 2022 RHP 98.08 mph
12 Estevan Moreno IL Montini Catholic 2022 SS 98.07 mph
13 Ivan Dahlberg IL Minooka 2022 C 97.65 mph
14 Matthew Merk IL Lockport 2022 C 97.59 mph
15 Harry Fandre IL Hinsdale Central 2022 3B 97.57 mph
16 Jayden Lobliner IL St. Charles North 2022 C 97.21 mph
17 Horacio Cabrales Jr IL Thornwood 2022 1B 96.93 mph
18 Evan Jones IL Normal University 2022 OF 96.54 mph
19 Brek Baranoski IL Joliet Catholic 2022 2B 96.37 mph
20 Jack Zebig IL Marmion Academy 2022 SS 96.24 mph

  • C Will Plattner (Glenwood; uncommitted) is a strong 6-foot, 195-pound right-handed hitter who averaged the highest exit speed of any other batter in attendance by a couple of ticks, at 96.7 mph. He repeated line-drive contact up the middle of the field well, and reached a 100.3 max – one of only four batters to reach that triple-digit threshold.

  • Tarr’s physicality is not limited to the mound, as he recorded the hardest throws from the crouch (84 mph) while also slugging some of the day’s hardest and farthest hit balls.

  • Like Tarr, OF/RHP Evan Jones (Normal University; uncommitted) is another big statistical winner from Saturday. His physical 6-foot-3, 185-pound stature supplies premium bat and arm strength, and he averaged one of the top exit speeds at this event.

  • C Kyle Odeshoo (Prospect; uncommitted) repeats a loose right-handed bat well that flashed some pull-side pop while using the whole field well, averaging some of the hardest-hit contact of any batter.

  • OF Brendan Summerhill (Whitney Young; Kentucky) generated arguably the most quality left-handed contact of the day, averaging an exit speed of 91.5 mph with a 98.5 max. He gets to that bat strength with ease, too.

  • OF Luke Adams (Hinsdale Central; Michigan State) is another highly physical right-handed hitter with surprising athleticism, which turned him into a statistical stand-out on Saturday. He averaged an exit speed of nearly 91 mph and hit the day’s single hardest ball (101.1) – and this was after running a 6.66 and before reaching a 93 mph max throw to home.

PEAK ESTIMATED BATTED DISTANCE (HITTING)

Rank Name State School Class Pos Distance (max)
1 Lucas Pajeau IL Lockport 2022 OF 376 ft
2 Matthew Tarr IL West Aurora 2022 C 374 ft
3 Ivan Dahlberg IL Minooka 2022 C 374 ft
4 Owen Murphy IL Riverside-Brookfield 2022 RHP 371 ft
5 Brek Baranoski IL Joliet Catholic 2022 2B 370 ft
6 Logan Wagner IL Home School 2022 SS 369 ft
7 Kyle Odeshoo IL Prospect 2022 C 367 ft
8 Jayden Lobliner IL St. Charles North 2022 C 362 ft
9 Brandon Hanley IL Huntley 2022 C 357 ft
10 Nolan McMasters IL Glenwood 2022 SS 357 ft
11 Chase Adams IL Normal University 2022 LHP 352 ft
12 Matthew Merk IL Lockport 2022 C 351 ft
13 Brendan Summerhill IL Whitney Young 2022 OF 350 ft

  • OF Lucas Pajeau (Lockport; uncommitted) was one of this event’s biggest winners, as referenced in Monday’s Quick Hits. He averaged an exit speed over 90 mph, with a 99.8 max, and he crushed the farthest ball of the day, one that travelled an estimated 376 feet. He’ll be heavily featured throughout the rest of the week, too.

  • C Ivan Dahlberg (Minooka; uncommitted) uses the whole field well from the right-handed batter’s box, and he recorded one of the day’s hardest and farthest hit balls, at 97.7 mph and 374 feet.

  • INF Logan Wagner (Homeschool; Louisville) made the most of his first-ever PBR event, showcasing a repeat switch-hit bat from both boxes that generates a real impactful batted-ball profile. His hardest-hit ball left the bat at 100.0 mph, and was measured at a max distance of 369 feet, estimated.

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

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