Underclass Trials - North: TrackMan Files


Diego Solares
Staff Writer, Associate Scout

On June 8, the PBR Illinois team hosted players ranging from the classes of 2023 through 2025 at The MAX facility in McCook for its Underclass Trials - North showcase.

As the Illinois scout team began to break down a lot of the talent being seen for the first time, there were a lot of takeaways. This event previewed what the northern part of the state has to look forward to in years to come.

We published our Quick Hits from the event shortly after, providing a few highlight performances that stood out on Wednesday and followed that up with our traditional Statistical Analysis, an article that looks at some standouts from a pure numerical standpoint.

Today, we'll be taking a look at batted ball and pitch data captured by our portable TrackMan units that allow us to provide more data-filled information from this event.

MAX FASTBALL VELOCITY & PEak SPIN RATE

Rank Name State School Class Pos Velocity (max)
1 Maksymilian Pierga IL Barrington 2023 RHP 90.44 mph
2 Colin Miller IL Hampshire 2023 RHP 89.16 mph
3 Henry Stried IL Zion-Benton 2023 C 84.52 mph
4 Jimmie Shifflett IN Valparaiso 2023 RHP 83.72 mph
5 Carter Storti IL Lemont 2023 SS 83.39 mph
6 Tyler Martini IL Stevenson 2024 RHP 80.68 mph

Rank Name State School Class Pos Spin Rate (max)
1 Jimmie Shifflett IN Valparaiso 2023 RHP 2335 rpm
2 Maksymilian Pierga IL Barrington 2023 RHP 2284 rpm
3 Henry Stried IL Zion-Benton 2023 C 2270 rpm
4 Colin Miller IL Hampshire 2023 RHP 2258 rpm
5 Jayce Maranell IL Wheaton Warrenville South 2024 SS 2169 rpm
6 Olin Hemingway IL Walter Payton College Prep 2023 OF 2127 rpm
7 Jack Rocen IL Cary Grove 2024 RHP 2107 rpm
8 Kenny Nanos IL Mundelein 2024 RHP 2026 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 Henry Stried IL Zion-Benton 2023 C 15.8
2 Michael Dabe IL Huntley 2023 3B 14.9
3 Kenny Nanos IL Mundelein 2024 RHP 14.6
4 Tyler Martini IL Stevenson 2024 RHP 12.2
5 Aiden Bernau IL South Elgin 2025 SS 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 State School Class Pos Spin Rate (avg)
1 Jimmie Shifflett IN Valparaiso 2023 RHP 2066
2 Ryan Dabe IL Huntley 2025 SS 1621

AVERAGE CURVEBALL SPIN RATE

Rank Name State School Class Pos Spin Rate (avg)
1 Jimmie Shifflett IN Valparaiso 2023 RHP 2112 rpm
2 Colin Miller IL Hampshire 2023 RHP 2106 rpm
3 Maksymilian Pierga IL Barrington 2023 RHP 2008 rpm
4 Henry Stried IL Zion-Benton 2023 C 1922 rpm
5 Jayce Maranell IL Wheaton Warrenville South 2024 SS 1874 rpm
6 Kenny Nanos IL Mundelein 2024 RHP 1850 rpm
7 Carter Storti IL Lemont 2023 SS 1847 rpm
8 Declan Smith IL New Trier 2024 SS 1755 rpm
9 Connor Anderson IL Cary-Grove 2024 OF 1740 rpm
10 Olin Hemingway IL Walter Payton College Prep 2023 OF 1677 rpm

AVERAGE CHANGEUP HORIZONTAL MOVEMENT

Rank Name State School Class Pos HM (avg)
1 Carter Storti IL Lemont 2023 SS 13.7
2 Tyler Martini IL Stevenson 2024 RHP 13.4
3 Olin Hemingway IL Walter Payton College Prep 2023 OF 13.0
4 Henry Stried IL Zion-Benton 2023 C 12.4
5 Michael Dabe IL Huntley 2023 3B 11.8
6 Colin Miller IL Hampshire 2023 RHP 11.7
7 Patrick Gryzik IL South Elgin 2023 RHP 11.3

AVERAGE EXIT VELOCITY (HITTING)

Rank Name State School Class Pos Exit Speed (avg)
1 Tyler Martini IL Stevenson 2024 RHP 84.10 mph
2 Michael Dabe IL Huntley 2023 3B 82.11 mph
3 Cole Kardatzke IL Downers Grove South 2023 OF 81.45 mph
4 Declan Smith IL New Trier 2024 SS 80.81 mph
5 Kiefer Tarnoki IL Sycamore 2023 OF 79.98 mph
6 Isaac Sobieszczyk IL Willowbrook 2023 3B 79.62 mph
7 Ryne Woods IL Batavia 2024 1B 79.55 mph
8 Carter Storti IL Lemont 2023 SS 79.24 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 Cole Kardatzke IL Downers Grove South 2023 OF 95.43 mph
2 Ryan Dabe IL Huntley 2025 SS 89.56 mph
3 Carter Storti IL Lemont 2023 SS 89.37 mph
4 Henry Stried IL Zion-Benton 2023 C 89.34 mph
5 Kiefer Tarnoki IL Sycamore 2023 OF 89.21 mph
6 Tyler Martini IL Stevenson 2024 RHP 88.50 mph
7 Jayce Maranell IL Wheaton Warrenville South 2024 SS 88.34 mph
8 Cal Darling IL Bradley-Bourbonnais 2024 OF 88.31 mph
9 Jack Rocen IL Cary Grove 2024 RHP 87.66 mph
10 Danny Kilmer IL IMG Academy 2023 C 87.31 mph

PEAK ESTIMATED BATTED DISTANCE (HITTING)

Rank Name State School Class Pos Distance (max)
1 Carter Storti IL Lemont 2023 SS 323 ft
2 Cole Kardatzke IL Downers Grove South 2023 OF 320 ft
3 Tyler Martini IL Stevenson 2024 RHP 314 ft
4 Vinny Tiberi IL Huntley 2024 C 304 ft
5 Michael Dabe IL Huntley 2023 3B 304 ft
6 Isaac Sobieszczyk IL Willowbrook 2023 3B 300 ft
7 Ryne Woods IL Batavia 2024 1B 299 ft

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

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