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Preseason All-State: Upperclass TrackMan Files


Kevin Cronin
Tech Analyst, Area Scout

On Feb. 26, the PBR Illinois staff hosted the Preseason All-State: Upperclass showcase at The MAX in McCook, Ill., featuring many of the state’s top players inside both the 2024 and 2025 classes. This event helped our staff gain a clearer picture of the state’s junior class, featuring a number of the top uncommitted players inside the state’s Class of 2023. Inside today’s Quick Hits post, we’re highlighting the best of the best – the talent that exited the event as with arrows pointed way up headed into the spring.

Earlier this week we published Quick Hits highlighting the top prospects of the event by class. We also rolled out a Statistical Analysis pointing out the top recorded stats by category.

Now we'll continue to roll out the data we gathered from this event, starting with the analytics we have at our disposal from our TrackMan units. Below we'll look at which players had noteworthy batted ball and pitch metric data.

MAX FASTBALL & PEAK SPIN RATE

Rank Name State School Class Pos Velocity (max)
1 Dimitrios Bourmas IL Harvard 2023 RHP 91.5 mph
2 Adam Behrens IL Warren Township 2023 RHP 90.7 mph
3 Colin Miller IL Hampshire 2023 RHP 90.6 mph
4 Drew Zemaitis IL Providence Catholic 2023 RHP 90.6 mph
5 Michael Belbot IL Stevenson 2023 RHP 90.5 mph
6 Donald Tober IL Timothy Christian 2023 RHP 90.3 mph
7 Grant Tenuta IL Sandburg 2023 RHP 89.8 mph
8 Taylor Waldron IL Marquette Academy 2023 RHP 89.7 mph
9 Bennett Musser IL Mundelein 2023 RHP 89.6 mph
10 Hank Liss IL Evanston 2023 RHP 89.6 mph
11 Gabe Smith IL Father McGivney 2023 RHP 89.2 mph
12 Ean DiPasquale IL Belleville East 2023 RHP 89.0 mph

Rank Name State School Class Pos Spin Rate (max)
1 Dimitrios Bourmas IL Harvard 2023 RHP 2493 rpm
2 Drew Zemaitis IL Providence Catholic 2023 RHP 2481 rpm
3 Vince Waterman IL Homewood-Flossmoor 2023 LHP 2472 rpm
4 Finn O'Meara IL Nazareth Academy 2023 RHP 2464 rpm
5 Dalton Miller IL Quincy Notre Dame 2023 1B 2440 rpm
6 Donald Tober IL Timothy Christian 2023 RHP 2436 rpm
7 Colin Tarr IL West Aurora 2023 RHP 2416 rpm
8 Hank Liss IL Evanston 2023 RHP 2412 rpm
9 Charlie Wolf IL St. Ignatius 2023 RHP 2378 rpm
10 TJ Schlageter IL Joliet Catholic 2023 LHP 2359 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 Eli Kieser IL Normal University 2023 SS 17.7
2 Gabe Smith IL Father McGivney 2023 RHP 16.5
3 Dimitrios Bourmas IL Harvard 2023 RHP 16.0
4 Colin Miller IL Hampshire 2023 RHP 16.0
5 Carter Green IL Homewood-Flossmoor 2023 LHP -15.9
6 Evan Foster IL Maroa-Forsyth 2023 LHP -15.5
7 Dalton Miller IL Quincy Notre Dame 2023 1B 14.7
8 Lleyton Grubich IL McHenry 2023 LHP -14.6
9 Jackson Rodgers IL Father McGivney 2023 RHP 14.5
10 Evan Nieter IL Homewood-Flossmoor 2023 LHP -14.4

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 Hank Liss IL Evanston 2023 RHP 2740
2 Finn O'Meara IL Nazareth Academy 2023 RHP 2606
3 Colin Tarr IL West Aurora 2023 RHP 2555
4 Dalton Miller IL Quincy Notre Dame 2023 1B 2519
5 Cooper Cohn IL McHenry 2023 C 2413
6 Xzavier Vargas IL Lyons Township 2023 RHP 2321

Average Curveball Spin Rate

Rank Name State School Class Pos Spin Rate (avg)
1 Colin Tarr IL West Aurora 2023 RHP 2712 rpm
2 Hank Liss IL Evanston 2023 RHP 2602 rpm
3 Drew Zemaitis IL Providence Catholic 2023 RHP 2583 rpm
4 Dimitrios Bourmas IL Harvard 2023 RHP 2578 rpm
5 Cooper Cohn IL McHenry 2023 C 2558 rpm
6 Michael Belbot IL Stevenson 2023 RHP 2539 rpm
7 Dylan Mayer IL New Trier 2023 OF 2499 rpm

Average Changeup Horizontal Movement

Rank Name State School Class Pos HM (avg)
1 Dimitrios Bourmas IL Harvard 2023 RHP 19.9
2 Michael Belbot IL Stevenson 2023 RHP 18.6
3 Zachary Kwasny IL Lincoln-Way East 2023 3B 17.1
4 Lucas Foley IL Lake Zurich 2023 LHP -17.1
5 Tommy Haggerty IL Homewood-Flossmoor 2023 RHP 16.9
6 Cooper Cohn IL McHenry 2023 C 16.2
7 Joe Richardson IL Stevenson 2023 LHP -16.0
8 Finn O'Meara IL Nazareth Academy 2023 RHP 15.9
9 Evan Nieter IL Homewood-Flossmoor 2023 LHP -15.7
10 Gabe Smith IL Father McGivney 2023 RHP 15.7

Average Exit Velocity (Hitting)

Rank Name State School Class Pos Exit Velocity (avg)
1 Christian Graves IL Jacobs 2023 3B 96.5 mph
2 Ryan Niedzwiedz IL West Aurora 2023 SS 94.4 mph
3 Gavin Parkerson IL Armstrong 2023 RHP 93.8 mph
4 Zachary Kwasny IL Lincoln-Way East 2023 3B 93.2 mph
5 Trey Swiderski IL Joliet Catholic 2023 OF 92.7 mph
6 Cooper Cohn IL McHenry 2023 C 92.3 mph
7 Danny Rollins IL Lake Park 2023 C 92.2 mph
8 Dalton Miller IL Quincy Notre Dame 2023 1B 91.6 mph
9 Donald Tober IL Timothy Christian 2023 RHP 91.0 mph
10 Mikey Murphy IL Minooka 2023 OF 91.0 mph
11 Bryce Nevils IL Brother Rice 2023 C 90.8 mph
12 Luke Stulga IL St. Laurence 2023 OF 90.8 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 Velocity (max)
1 Mikey Murphy IL Minooka 2023 OF 102.5 mph
2 Ryan Niedzwiedz IL West Aurora 2023 SS 101.8 mph
3 Josh Polubinski IL Oswego East 2023 3B 101.1 mph
4 Gavin Parkerson IL Armstrong 2023 RHP 100.6 mph
^ Christian Graves IL Jacobs 2023 3B 100.6 mph
5 Trey Swiderski IL Joliet Catholic 2023 OF 100.4 mph
6 Dalton Miller IL Quincy Notre Dame 2023 1B 100.2 mph
7 Luka Romic IL Mount Carmel 2023 3B 99.6 mph
8 Zachary Kwasny IL Lincoln-Way East 2023 3B 98.7 mph
9 Sheppard Graf IL Lake Forest 2023 3B 98.7 mph
10 Danny Rollins IL Lake Park 2023 C 98.2 mph
11 Bryce Nevils IL Brother Rice 2023 C 97.8 mph
12 Luke Stulga IL St. Laurence 2023 OF 96.8 mph
13 Rocco Tenuta IL St. Francis 2023 SS 96.7 mph
14 Tony Konopiots IL Downers Grove North 2023 3B 96.5 mph
15 Gianni Royer IL Lake Forest 2023 OF 96.3 mph

Peak Estimated Batted Distance (Hitting)

Rank Name State School Class Pos Distance (max)
1 Mikey Murphy IL Minooka 2023 OF 391 ft
2 Luke Stulga IL St. Laurence 2023 OF 371 ft
3 Sheppard Graf IL Lake Forest 2023 3B 370 ft
4 Trey Swiderski IL Joliet Catholic 2023 OF 363 ft
5 Christian Graves IL Jacobs 2023 3B 362 ft
6 Eduardo Letamendi IL Von Steuben 2023 SS 359 ft
7 Kaden Griffitts IL Williamsville 2023 OF 357 ft
8 Gianni Royer IL Lake Forest 2023 OF 356 ft
9 Luka Romic IL Mount Carmel 2023 3B 355 ft
10 Isaiah White IL Homewood Flossmoor 2023 2B 355 ft
11 Bryce Nevils IL Brother Rice 2023 C 354 ft
12 Cooper Cohn IL McHenry 2023 C 352 ft

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

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