Prep Baseball Report

Class of 2025 Showcase: Pitching Data Dive


Kevin Cronin
Tech Analyst, Area Scout

On Sunday, October 8th, the PBR Illinois staff traveled to The MAX in McCook, Ill., to host the Class of 2025 Showcase. This annual event is for players who just started their junior years, in this case the state’s 2025 class, and hosted more than 40 players from across the state.

For a closer look at the showcase details and the technologies we'll have on-site to assist our in-person evaluation for all in attendance, click here. For a complete look at those registered to attend this event, view the most up-to-date version of the roster by clicking here.

Monday, we took a closer look at some of the immediate standouts who caught our attention with our Quick Hits. Yesterday, we published our Statistical Analysis, where we broke down the stat leaders from the more traditional categories. Now, we will take a further in-depth look at the top pitchers with the help of our tech partnerships, broken down by the categories down below:

TRACKMAN

FASTBALL

VELOCITY (MAX)

Rank Name State School Class Pos Velocity (max)
1 Will Burke IL Plainfield North 2025 RHP 85.4 mph
2 Patrick Kennedy IL Champaign Central 2025 RHP 84.0 mph
3 Ryan Frano IL Glenbard East 2025 LHP 83.7 mph
4 Evion Rodriguez IL Morgan Park 2025 3B 81.8 mph
5 Braylon McNair IL Lindblom Math & Science 2025 1B 81.6 mph

Max Fastball Velocity: This metric calculates the speed of the pitch as it’s released from the pitcher’s hand.

SPIN RATE (AVG.)

Rank Name State School Class Pos Spin Rate (avg)
1 Mercer Krantz IL Lyons Township 2025 RHP 2223 rpm
2 Joseph DalPonte IL Lockport 2025 SS 2207 rpm
3 Braylon McNair IL Lindblom Math & Science 2025 1B 2131 rpm
4 Nick Francis-Miller IL Metamora 2025 OF 2087 rpm
5 Ryan Frano IL Glenbard East 2025 LHP 2036 rpm

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.

INDUCED VERTICAL BREAK (AVG.)

Rank Name State School Class Pos IVB (avg)
1 Braylon McNair IL Lindblom Math & Science 2025 1B 21.7 in
2 Nick Francis-Miller IL Metamora 2025 OF 19.3 in
3 Nicholas Zoberis IL Benet Academy 2025 RHP 18.4 in
4 Luke Krumwiede IL Paxton-Buckley-Loda 2025 1B 17.7 in
5 Joseph DalPonte IL Lockport 2025 SS 17.4 in
6 Patrick Kennedy IL Champaign Central 2025 RHP 17.3 in
7 Oliver Brandow IL Champaign Central 2025 SS 17.1 in
8 Nick Reno IL Lemont 2025 RHP 16.2 in
9 Ryan Frano IL Glenbard East 2025 LHP 15.6 in
10 Wyatt Pierson IL Delavan 2025 RHP 15.1 in

Induced Vertical Break: Used in short form as "IVB," this metric is most important on fastballs for creating rise and on curveballs for creating depth – it can also have some use when measuring sliders and cutters as well. Sliders tend to be closer to zero inches while cutters are generally between 5 and 15 inches. Usually fastballs and curveballs with large IVB have higher spin efficiencies as well. Sliders generally have very little (closer to zero) IVB and very low spin efficiency. You could also categorize IVB into spin rate as this is part of the “useful movement” you’re looking for. IVB is also a huge part of the vertical approach angle.

HORIZONTAL MOVEMENT (AVG.)

Rank Name State School Class Pos HM (avg)
1 Bernabe Astorga III IL Morgan Park 2025 SS 15.4
2 Roan Orlanes IL Naperville Central 2025 SS 15.0
3 Evion Rodriguez IL Morgan Park 2025 3B 14.0
4 Nick Reno IL Lemont 2025 RHP 13.3
5 Jackson Newton IL Dunlap 2025 OF -13.0
6 Nick Francis-Miller IL Metamora 2025 OF 12.8
7 Sean Campbell IL Riverside-Brookfield 2025 SS 12.1
8 Oliver Brandow IL Champaign Central 2025 SS 11.8
9 Nicholas Zoberis IL Benet Academy 2025 RHP 11.7
10 Luke Krumwiede IL Paxton-Buckley-Loda 2025 1B 11.3

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.”

STRIKE ZONE RATE%

Rank Name State School Class Pos Zone %
1 Patrick Kennedy IL Champaign Central 2025 RHP 100 %
2 Nick Reno IL Lemont 2025 RHP 80 %
^ Mercer Krantz IL Lyons Township 2025 RHP 80 %
3 Wyatt Pierson IL Delavan 2025 RHP 60 %

Average MLB pitchers throw 62% strikes, and better pitchers throw strikes 65% of the time, or roughly 2:1 strikes to balls.

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CURVEBALL

SPIN RATE (AVG.)

Rank Name State School Class Pos Spin Rate (avg)
1 Joseph DalPonte IL Lockport 2025 SS 2256 rpm
2 Mercer Krantz IL Lyons Township 2025 RHP 2255 rpm
3 Braylon McNair IL Lindblom Math & Science 2025 1B 2249 rpm
4 Will Burke IL Plainfield North 2025 RHP 2218 rpm
5 Ryan Frano IL Glenbard East 2025 LHP 2136 rpm

INDUCED VERTICAL BREAK (AVG.)

Rank Name State School Class Pos IVB (avg)
1 Mercer Krantz IL Lyons Township 2025 RHP -13.7 in
2 Braylon McNair IL Lindblom Math & Science 2025 1B -13.0 in
3 Nick Reno IL Lemont 2025 RHP -11.7 in
4 Oliver Brandow IL Champaign Central 2025 SS -9.8 in
5 Jackson Newton IL Dunlap 2025 OF -9.6 in

HORIZONTAL MOVEMENT (AVG.)

Rank Name State School Class Pos HM (avg)
1 Joseph DalPonte IL Lockport 2025 SS -13.5
2 Will Burke IL Plainfield North 2025 RHP -12.3
3 Wyatt Pierson IL Delavan 2025 RHP -11.1
4 Oliver Brandow IL Champaign Central 2025 SS -9.6
5 Ryan Frano IL Glenbard East 2025 LHP 9.3

STRIKE ZONE RATE%

Rank Name State School Class Pos Zone %
1 Ryan Frano IL Glenbard East 2025 LHP 75 %
^ Nick Reno IL Lemont 2025 RHP 75 %
2 Will Burke IL Plainfield North 2025 RHP 60 %
3 Sean Campbell IL Riverside-Brookfield 2025 SS 50 %

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SLIDER

SPIN RATE (AVG.)

Rank Name State School Class Pos Spin Rate (avg)
1 Mercer Krantz IL Lyons Township 2025 RHP 2367
2 Joseph DalPonte IL Lockport 2025 SS 2309
3 Will Burke IL Plainfield North 2025 RHP 2253
4 Jackson Newton IL Dunlap 2025 OF 2250
5 Evion Rodriguez IL Morgan Park 2025 3B 2122

INDUCED VERTICAL BREAK (AVG.)

Rank Name State School Class Pos IVB (avg)
1 Nick Reno IL Lemont 2025 RHP -6.7 in
2 Mercer Krantz IL Lyons Township 2025 RHP -5.1 in
3 Nick Francis-Miller IL Metamora 2025 OF 4.6 in

HORIZONTAL MOVEMENT (AVG.)

Rank Name State School Class Pos HM (avg)
1 Mercer Krantz IL Lyons Township 2025 RHP -18.9
2 Ryan Frano IL Glenbard East 2025 LHP 14.3
3 Joseph DalPonte IL Lockport 2025 SS -11.7

STRIKE ZONE RATE%

Rank Name State School Class Pos Zone %
1 Roan Orlanes IL Naperville Central 2025 SS 100 %
2 Will Burke IL Plainfield North 2025 RHP 80 %
3 Max Russ IL Immaculate Conception Catholic 2025 OF 50 %
^ Nick Reno IL Lemont 2025 RHP 50 %

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CHANGEUP

HORIZONTAL MOVEMENT (AVG.)

Rank Name State School Class Pos HM (avg)
1 Roan Orlanes IL Naperville Central 2025 SS 15.7
2 Patrick Kennedy IL Champaign Central 2025 RHP 15.4
3 Wyatt Pierson IL Delavan 2025 RHP 15.2
4 Nick Reno IL Lemont 2025 RHP 15.2
5 Sean Campbell IL Riverside-Brookfield 2025 SS 12.1

STRIKE ZONE RATE%

Rank Name State School Class Pos Spin Score (max)
1 Mercer Krantz IL Lyons Township 2025 RHP 30
2 Joseph DalPonte IL Lockport 2025 SS 29

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