Southwest Suburban Open: Data Dive


Kevin Cronin
Tech Analyst, Area Scout

TRACKMAN

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 data.

MAX FASTBALL VELOCITY & SPIN RATE

Rank Name State School Class Pos Velocity (max)
1 Jason Sullivan IL Sandburg 2023 OF 86.1 mph
2 Colin McCormick IL New Trier 2023 SS 83.2 mph
3 Madden Johnson IL Mattoon 2025 RHP 82.1 mph
4 Heath Hornke IL Normal West 2023 RHP 81.6 mph
5 Kyle Demay IL Plainfield North 2024 RHP 79.3 mph

Rank Name State School Class Pos Spin Rate (max)
1 Heath Hornke IL Normal West 2023 RHP 2275 rpm
2 Colin McCormick IL New Trier 2023 SS 2231 rpm
3 Madden Johnson IL Mattoon 2025 RHP 2222 rpm
4 Joey Kafka IL Mundelein 2025 3B 2184 rpm
5 Quinn Hacker IL Plainfield North 2024 RHP 2167 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 Allen Chorba IL Oswego East 2024 LHP -18.2
2 Heath Hornke IL Normal West 2023 RHP 17.5
3 Krish Dhodda IL Stevenson 2025 RHP 14.1
4 Michael Lio IL Marmion Academy 2025 1B -13.5
5 Casey Tyrell IL Joliet West 2024 LHP -13.1
6 Kyle Christensen IL Joliet Catholic 2026 RHP 12.3

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 CURVEBALL & SLIDER SPIN RATE

Rank Name State School Class Pos Spin Rate (avg)
1 Heath Hornke IL Normal West 2023 RHP 2422 rpm
2 Kyle Demay IL Plainfield North 2024 RHP 2371 rpm
3 Colin McCormick IL New Trier 2023 SS 2368 rpm
4 Quinn Hacker IL Plainfield North 2024 RHP 2280 rpm
5 Joey Kafka IL Mundelein 2025 3B 2012 rpm

Rank Name State School Class Pos Spin Rate (avg)
1 Heath Hornke IL Normal West 2023 RHP 2652
2 Madden Johnson IL Mattoon 2025 RHP 2172
3 Rocco Szambelan IL Joliet Catholic 2026 LHP 2009

AVERAGE CHANGEUP HORIZONTAL MOVEMENT

Rank Name State School Class Pos HM (avg)
1 Jason Sullivan IL Sandburg 2023 OF 19.6
2 Colin McCormick IL New Trier 2023 SS 14.6
3 Allen Chorba IL Oswego East 2024 LHP -14.1
4 Joey Kafka IL Mundelein 2025 3B 13.1
5 Madden Johnson IL Mattoon 2025 RHP 12.7
6 Kyle Demay IL Plainfield North 2024 RHP 12.2

MAX EXIT VELOCITY (HITTING)

Rank Name State School Class Pos Exit Velocity (max)
1 Alex Nahas IL Joliet Catholic Academy 2024 OF 94.5 mph
2 Christian Seminaro IL Mundelein 2023 2B 93.5 mph
3 Mick Graham IL Salisbury CT 2024 OF 93.4 mph
4 Parker Reinke IL St. Charles North 2024 OF 93.4 mph
5 Wrigley Matthys IA Bettendorf 2025 OF 91.6 mph
6 Aaron Stuart IL St Ignatius 2023 SS 91.5 mph
7 Ryan Yurisich IL Joliet Catholic 2025 1B 91.5 mph
8 Colin McCormick IL New Trier 2023 SS 91.2 mph
9 Jason Sullivan IL Sandburg 2023 OF 90.5 mph
10 Colin Doyle IL Plainfield North 2024 1B 89.9 mph

MAX DISTANCE (HITTING)

Rank Name State School Class Pos Distance (max)
1 Mick Graham IL Salisbury CT 2024 OF 360 ft
2 Alex Nahas IL Joliet Catholic Academy 2024 OF 354 ft
3 Aaron Stuart IL St Ignatius 2023 SS 353 ft
4 George Haracz IL Loyola Academy 2023 SS 340 ft
5 Wrigley Matthys IA Bettendorf 2025 OF 337 ft
6 Parker Reinke IL St. Charles North 2024 OF 329 ft


BLAST MOTION

With the help of our Blast Motion sensors, we're analyzing the swing metrics measured at this open showcase.

HAND SPEED (PEAK & AVERAGE)

Rank Name State School Class Pos Hand Speed (max)
1 Aaron Stuart IL St Ignatius 2023 SS 25.8 mph
2 Niko Iatrides IN Munster 2026 OF 23.4 mph
3 Madden Johnson IL Mattoon 2025 RHP 23.2 mph
4 Lorenzo Zdanwic IL Morris 2025 2B 23.1 mph
^ Colin Doyle IL Plainfield North 2024 1B 23.1 mph
5 Quinn Hacker IL Plainfield North 2024 RHP 23.0 mph
6 Conor Murray IL Lemont 2023 3B 22.9 mph
7 Mick Graham IL Salisbury CT 2024 OF 22.8 mph
^ Jason Sullivan IL Sandburg 2023 OF 22.8 mph
8 Colin Schock IL Crystal Lake South 2024 C 22.7 mph
9 Vince McDowell IL Montini Catholic 2023 C 22.5 mph
10 Kyle Demay IL Plainfield North 2024 RHP 22.2 mph

Rank Name State School Class Pos Hand Speed (avg)
1 Aaron Stuart IL St Ignatius 2023 SS 25.1 mph
2 Niko Iatrides IN Munster 2026 OF 22.6 mph
3 Lorenzo Zdanwic IL Morris 2025 2B 22.4 mph
4 Madden Johnson IL Mattoon 2025 RHP 22.2 mph
5 Colin Doyle IL Plainfield North 2024 1B 22.0 mph
6 Colin Schock IL Crystal Lake South 2024 C 21.8 mph
7 Ryan Yurisich IL Joliet Catholic 2025 1B 21.6 mph
8 Mick Graham IL Salisbury CT 2024 OF 21.6 mph
9 Quinn Hacker IL Plainfield North 2024 RHP 21.4 mph
10 Alex Nahas IL Joliet Catholic Academy 2024 OF 21.3 mph

Peak Hand Speed: The observed maximum speed as measured on the handle of the bat (measured six inches from the knob of the bat). Peak Hand Speed will occur prior to the moment of impact, very close to the commit time in the swing when the wrists unhinge.

BAT SPEED (AVERAGE)

Rank Name State School Class Pos Bat Speed (avg)
1 Wrigley Matthys IA Bettendorf 2025 OF 72.6 mph
2 Aaron Stuart IL St Ignatius 2023 SS 71.9 mph
3 Mick Graham IL Salisbury CT 2024 OF 70.3 mph
4 Alex Nahas IL Joliet Catholic Academy 2024 OF 70.2 mph
5 Parker Reinke IL St. Charles North 2024 OF 69.8 mph

Bat Speed: The observed speed of the sweet spot of the bat at impact. The sweet spot of the bat is measured six inches from the tip of the bat.

ROTATIONAL ACCELERATION (PEAK & AVERAGE)

Rank Name State School Class Pos Exit Velocity (avg)
1 Mick Graham IL Salisbury CT 2024 OF 90.0 mph
2 Christian Seminaro IL Mundelein 2023 2B 89.9 mph
3 Parker Reinke IL St. Charles North 2024 OF 89.3 mph
4 Conor Murray IL Lemont 2023 3B 86.9 mph
5 Alex Nahas IL Joliet Catholic Academy 2024 OF 85.9 mph

Rank Name State School Class Pos Rot. Acc (avg)
1 Lorenzo Zdanwic IL Morris 2025 2B 27.1 g
2 Niko Iatrides IN Munster 2026 OF 21.3 g
3 Aaron Stuart IL St Ignatius 2023 SS 21.3 g

Body Rotation: A swing that has the appropriate relative contributions of body and bat rotations is an efficient and Powerful swing that maintains proper sequencing. An efficient baseball swing is one in which the body creates the initial movements, which is then transferred to the arms and out to the bat, thereby maximizing Bat Speed through this proximal-to-distal kinematic sequencing movement pattern.

VIZUAL EDGE

We’ll take a look at the top Visual Edge scores from the event.

EDGE SCORE

Rank Name State School Class Pos Edge Score
1 Will Strehl IL Normal West 2023 3B 84.17
2 Connor Drowns IL Pekin 2023 C 83.05
3 Andrew Gillihan IL Mount Carmel 2024 SS 76.09
4 Cam Semelroth IL Limestone 2023 OF 75.22
5 Cole Wilson IL LeRoy 2025 2B 74.78
6 Sawyer Laffoon IL Milford 2023 C 74.54

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