PBR IL - Rock Valley Scout Day: Trackman Files


By: Kevin Cronin
Tech Analyst, Area Scout

On Tuesday, October 12, the PBR Illinois staff traveled to Rockford, Illinois, to host the Rock Valley College Scout Day. There were 25+ prospects from the Golden Eagles’ roster that participated in a pro-style workout in front of our staff, all of which are still uncommitted.

Earlier today we published a Statistical Analysis, bringing you a quick statistical analysis of those that participated in the event, as well as a quick nugget on which players stood out.

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 School HS Grad Year Pos Velocity (max)
1 Steven Kleyheeg Rock Valley JC 2020 RHP 87.6 mph
2 Michael Spano Rock Valley JC 2021 RHP 87.2 mph
3 Ryan Wilwers Rock Valley JC 2019 RHP 86.8 mph
4 Kody Kleve Rock Valley JC 2020 RHP 86.5 mph
5 Drew Burkholder Rock Valley JC 2021 RHP 86.4 mph
6 AJ Hamilton Rock Valley JC 2021 RHP 85.7 mph

Rank Name School HS Grad Year Pos Spin Rate (max)
1 Michael Spano Rock Valley JC 2021 RHP 2412 rpm
2 Drew Burkholder Rock Valley JC 2021 RHP 2281 rpm
3 Steven Kleyheeg Rock Valley JC 2020 RHP 2234 rpm
4 Ryan Sell Rock Valley JC 2021 LHP 2225 rpm
5 Kody Kleve Rock Valley JC 2020 RHP 2212 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 School HS Grad Year Pos HM (avg)
1 Kaileb Lyon Rock Valley JC 2021 RHP 15.9
2 Jimmy Fairley Rock Valley JC 2020 RHP 15.5
3 Ryan Sell Rock Valley JC 2021 LHP -14.9
4 Michael Spano Rock Valley JC 2021 RHP 12.2

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 School HS Grad Year Pos Spin Rate (avg)
1 Steven Kleyheeg Rock Valley JC 2020 RHP 2306
2 Kody Kleve Rock Valley JC 2020 RHP 2299

Average Curveball Spin Rate

Rank Name School HS Grad Year Pos Spin Rate (avg)
1 Michael Spano Rock Valley JC 2021 RHP 2333 rpm
2 Kody Kleve Rock Valley JC 2020 RHP 2264 rpm
3 Steven Kleyheeg Rock Valley JC 2020 RHP 2202 rpm

Average Changeup Horizontal Movement

Rank Name School HS Grad Year Pos HM (avg)
1 Trevor Samuelson Rock Valley JC 2019 LHP -15.9
2 James Akers Harlem 2020 RHP 15.8
3 Jimmy Fairley Rock Valley JC 2020 RHP 15.5
4 Kaileb Lyon Rock Valley JC 2021 RHP 15.3
5 Ryan Wilwers Rock Valley JC 2019 RHP 14.6

Average Exit Velocity (Hitting)

Rank Name School HS Grad Year Pos Exit Velocity (avg)
1 Lucas Rick Rock Valley JC 2021 1B 86.1 mph
2 Payton Matthews Rock Valley JC 2021 OF 85.9 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 School HS Grad Year Pos Exit Velocity (max)
1 Lucas Rick Rock Valley JC 2021 1B 96.6 mph
2 Payton Matthews Rock Valley JC 2021 OF 93.8 mph
3 Ethan Glossa Rock Valley JC 2021 C 92.9 mph

Peak Estimated Batted Distance (Hitting)

Rank Name School HS Grad Year Pos Distance (max)
1 Ethan Glossa Rock Valley JC 2021 C 355 ft
2 Matthew Cusumano Rock Valley JC 2019 C 344 ft
3 AJ Christoffer Rock Valley JC 2020 OF 340 ft
4 Evan Tocmo Rock Valley JC 2020 OF 326 ft
5 Matt Heinrich Wausau East 2021 C 325 ft

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

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