Unsigned Senior Showcase: TrackMan Files


By Andy Sroka
Illinois and Wisconsin Assistant Director

On Feb. 21, the PBR Illinois team hosted the final Unsigned Senior Showcase for 2021 prospects at The MAX in McCook, Ill. The event featured 50 unsigned seniors, with the majority hailing from Illinois.

On Monday, our staff collaborated to highlight the biggest takeaways and highlights from Sunday’s showcase and published them within this Quick Hits piece. Tuesday, we analyzed the traditional statistics we measured on Sunday and published our findings within this Statistical Analysis. Today, with the help of our TrackMan unit, we're diving a little deeper into the data to see what we can find.

MAX FASTBALL VELOCITY & PEak SPIN RATE

Rank Name State School Class Pos Velocity (max)
1 Chris Whelton IL Mount Carmel 2021 RHP 91.09 mph
2 Meade Johnson IL Mattoon 2021 RHP 90.23 mph
3 Noah Klein IL Loyola Academy 2021 RHP 89.91 mph
4 Christian Jensik IL Oswego East 2021 RHP 88.71 mph
5 Jack Gillespie IL Libertyville 2021 RHP 87.68 mph
6 Conner Lutes IL Libertyville 2021 RHP 87.59 mph
7 Ryan Wong IL Lane Tech 2021 RHP 87.10 mph
8 Robert Pauly IL Fenwick 2021 RHP 85.21 mph
9 Xavier Hart IN Jeffersonville 2021 RHP 84.75 mph
10 Timmy O'Brien IL Maine South 2021 SS 84.00 mph
11 Scott Porter IL Hononegah 2021 1B 83.79 mph
12 Holter Gette IL Batavia 2021 RHP 83.74 mph
13 Hunter Parkman IL Grant 2021 RHP 82.52 mph

Rank Name State School Class Pos Spin Rate (max)
1 Ryan Wong IL Lane Tech 2021 RHP 2563 rpm
2 Spencer Anton IL Westmont 2021 RHP 2550 rpm
3 Chris Whelton IL Mount Carmel 2021 RHP 2507 rpm
4 Bryce Nicholls IL Mt. Zion 2021 OF 2392 rpm
5 Hunter Parkman IL Grant 2021 RHP 2372 rpm
6 Robert Pauly IL Fenwick 2021 RHP 2347 rpm
7 Meade Johnson IL Mattoon 2021 RHP 2277 rpm
8 Timmy O'Brien IL Maine South 2021 SS 2269 rpm
9 Scott Porter IL Hononegah 2021 1B 2256 rpm
10 Christian Jensik IL Oswego East 2021 RHP 2240 rpm
11 Jalen Williams IL Joliet West 2021 RHP 2135 rpm
12 Jalen Hardiman IL Kenwood 2021 LHP 2119 rpm
13 Xavier Hart IN Jeffersonville 2021 RHP 2100 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 Jack Gillespie IL Libertyville 2021 RHP 12.9
2 Scott Porter IL Hononegah 2021 1B 12.8
3 Noah Klein IL Loyola Academy 2021 RHP 12.7
4 Dorian Andrews IL Chicago Agricultural Sciences 2021 C 12.1
5 Mateo Herrera WI Muskego 2021 2B 11.6
6 Meade Johnson IL Mattoon 2021 RHP 10.3

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 SLIDER SPIN RATE

Rank Name State School Class Pos Spin Rate (avg)
1 Meade Johnson IL Mattoon 2021 RHP 2425
2 Ryan Wong IL Lane Tech 2021 RHP 2289
3 Christian Jensik IL Oswego East 2021 RHP 2107
4 Kyle Jiracek WI Grafton 2021 LHP 2085
5 Conner Lutes IL Libertyville 2021 RHP 2057
6 Jalen Hardiman IL Kenwood 2021 LHP 2024
7 Jack Gillespie IL Libertyville 2021 RHP 2020
8 Dorian Andrews IL Chicago Agricultural Sciences 2021 C 2006

AVERAGE CURVEBALL SPIN RATE

Rank Name State School Class Pos Spin Rate (avg)
1 Meade Johnson IL Mattoon 2021 RHP 2473 rpm
2 Timmy O'Brien IL Maine South 2021 SS 2473 rpm
3 Spencer Anton IL Westmont 2021 RHP 2470 rpm
4 Hunter Parkman IL Grant 2021 RHP 2345 rpm
5 Christian Jensik IL Oswego East 2021 RHP 2288 rpm
6 Dorian Andrews IL Chicago Agricultural Sciences 2021 C 2219 rpm
7 Noah Klein IL Loyola Academy 2021 RHP 2219 rpm
8 Robert Pauly IL Fenwick 2021 RHP 2190 rpm
9 Chris Whelton IL Mount Carmel 2021 RHP 2166 rpm
10 Bryce Nicholls IL Mt. Zion 2021 OF 2144 rpm

AVERAGE CHANGEUP HORIZONTAL MOVEMENT

Rank Name State School Class Pos HM (avg)
1 Chris Whelton IL Mount Carmel 2021 RHP 21.0
2 Jack Gillespie IL Libertyville 2021 RHP 18.2
3 Kyle Jiracek WI Grafton 2021 LHP -15.4
4 Robert Pauly IL Fenwick 2021 RHP 14.5
5 Ryan Wong IL Lane Tech 2021 RHP 13.8
6 Holter Gette IL Batavia 2021 RHP 13.1
7 Meade Johnson IL Mattoon 2021 RHP 11.9
8 Christian Jensik IL Oswego East 2021 RHP 11.4
9 Dorian Andrews IL Chicago Agricultural Sciences 2021 C 10.7

AVERAGE EXIT VELOCITY (HITTING)

Rank Name State School Class Pos Exit Speed (avg)
1 Ryan Schmidt IL West Chicago 2021 C 91.15 mph
2 Jayden Gonzalez IL De La Salle 2021 3B 90.65 mph
3 Conor Diedrich WI Ripon 2021 C 89.57 mph
4 Ryan Kendziorski WI Whitnall 2021 SS 89.16 mph
5 Harrison Toone WI Brookfield East 2021 2B 89.01 mph
6 Christian Raddatz IL Effingham 2021 OF 85.55 mph
7 Riken Frost WI Omro 2021 C 84.69 mph
8 Grant Peterson WI Lake Geneva Badger 2021 1B 84.15 mph
9 Oscar Calhoun IL Grayslake North 2021 3B 84.09 mph
10 Timmy O'Brien IL Maine South 2021 SS 84.05 mph
11 Jorge Garcia IL Chicago Bulls College Prep 2021 C 83.95 mph
12 Dan Reddin WI Brookfield East 2021 C 83.52 mph
13 Robert Otero IL Lake View 2021 2B 83.45 mph
14 Aaron Barrera IL Lakeview 2021 C 83.10 mph
15 Joseph Forte IL Conant 2021 OF 82.62 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 Conor Diedrich WI Ripon 2021 C 98.02 mph
2 Jayden Gonzalez IL De La Salle 2021 3B 96.81 mph
3 Ryan Kendziorski WI Whitnall 2021 SS 96.48 mph
4 Iyari Hill IL Simeon 2021 1B 96.28 mph
5 Ryan Schmidt IL West Chicago 2021 C 95.05 mph
6 Aaron Barrera IL Lakeview 2021 C 94.77 mph
7 Luke Lange IL Taft 2021 1B 93.75 mph
8 Timmy O'Brien IL Maine South 2021 SS 93.07 mph
9 Harrison Toone WI Brookfield East 2021 2B 92.72 mph
10 Oscar Calhoun IL Grayslake North 2021 3B 92.70 mph

PEAK ESTIMATED BATTED DISTANCE (HITTING)

Rank Name State School Class Pos Distance (max)
1 Jayden Gonzalez IL De La Salle 2021 3B 337 ft
2 Robert Otero IL Lake View 2021 2B 335 ft
3 Conor Diedrich WI Ripon 2021 C 334 ft
4 Dan Reddin WI Brookfield East 2021 C 332 ft
5 Riken Frost WI Omro 2021 C 327 ft
6 Ryan Schmidt IL West Chicago 2021 C 325 ft
7 Christian Raddatz IL Effingham 2021 OF 324 ft
8 Jorge Garcia IL Chicago Bulls College Prep 2021 C 321 ft
^ Grant Peterson WI Lake Geneva Badger 2021 1B 321 ft

For a complete look at each of the statistics measured at Sunday's showcaseCLICK HERE.

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