Prep Baseball Report

Joliet Preseason ID: Pitching Data Dive


Kevin Cronin
Illinois & Wisconsin Data Analyst, Area Scout

On Feb. 25th, the Prep Baseball Illinois staff hosted the Joliet Preseason ID at the Rhino Sports Academy in Shorewood, Ill. Over 80 players participated in a pro-style workout, gathering unrivaled access to data through our state-of-the-art tech partners, as well as in-depth scouting analysis from our Prep Baseball Illinois staff.

Earlier today, we looked at the top measurable data performers from the event, found in our Statistical Analysis, where we broke down the stat leaders from the more traditional categories.

We will now 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 Nolan Hooper IL Yorkville Christian High School 2025 RHP 88.2 mph
2 Bo Anselmi IL John Hersey High School 2025 RHP 88.0 mph
3 Jackson Schlott IL Plainfield North 2026 3B 85.8 mph
4 Kyle Christensen IL Joliet Catholic 2026 RHP 85.7 mph
5 Ryan Sobun IL Joliet West 2025 SS 85.1 mph
6 Cameron Barnes IL Oak Park-River Forest 2026 RHP 84.7 mph
7 Tyree Taylor IL Galesburg High School 2025 SS 83.7 mph
8 Peyton Horowicz IL McHenry 2026 RHP 83.5 mph
9 Matthew Fox IL Lockport 2025 RHP 83.0 mph
10 Liam Darre IL Batavia 2026 3B 82.9 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 Tyree Taylor IL Galesburg High School 2025 SS 2550 rpm
2 Matthew Fox IL Lockport 2025 RHP 2407 rpm
3 Bo Anselmi IL John Hersey High School 2025 RHP 2406 rpm
4 Sam Beringer IL Plainfield North 2025 SS 2266 rpm
5 Kyle Christensen IL Joliet Catholic 2026 RHP 2253 rpm
6 Ryan Sobun IL Joliet West 2025 SS 2213 rpm
7 Nolan Hooper IL Yorkville Christian High School 2025 RHP 2169 rpm
8 Dylan Ignacek IL Barrington 2026 LHP 2161 rpm
9 Liam Darre IL Batavia 2026 3B 2113 rpm
10 Seth Gilliland IL Waubonsie Valley High School 2025 LHP 2068 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 Liam Darre IL Batavia 2026 3B 19.2 in
2 Adam Simmons IL Plainfield North 2025 LHP 19.1 in
3 Kaden Chalus IL MARQUETTE ACADEMY 2026 LHP 19.1 in
4 John Dollinger IL Grant Community High School 2026 C 18.4 in
5 Santino Vicencio II IL Oswego East 2026 OF 16.1 in
6 Tyree Taylor IL Galesburg High School 2025 SS 16.0 in
7 Cole Bissias IL Plainfield South High School 2026 1B 15.9 in
8 Nolan Hooper IL Yorkville Christian High School 2025 RHP 15.8 in
9 Kyle Christensen IL Joliet Catholic 2026 RHP 15.8 in
10 Matthew Fox IL Lockport 2025 RHP 14.8 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 Lucas Farabaugh IL Ottawa Township High School 2026 3B 16.1
2 Anthony Kilimnik IL JOLIET CATHOLIC ACADEMY 2027 LHP -14.8
3 Nolan Buchen IL Orion 2025 RHP 14.5
4 Ryan Sobun IL Joliet West 2025 SS 14.3
5 Peyton Horowicz IL McHenry 2026 RHP 12.3
6 Tim Flanagan IL St. Patrick 2026 C 12.0
7 Joshua Hill IL MARIAN CATHOLIC HIGH SCHOOL 2024 RHP 11.9
8 Nathan Scates IL Plainfield Central 2026 RHP 11.8
9 Santino Vicencio II IL Oswego East 2026 OF 11.6
10 Kaden Chalus IL MARQUETTE ACADEMY 2026 LHP -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 Evan Stinson IL Kenwood Academy High School 2025 RHP 83 %
2 Nolan Buchen IL Orion 2025 RHP 80 %
3 Joshua Hill IL MARIAN CATHOLIC HIGH SCHOOL 2024 RHP 62 %

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


CURVEBALL

SPIN RATE (AVG.)

Rank Name State School Class Pos Spin Rate (avg)
1 Matthew Fox IL Lockport 2025 RHP 2499 rpm
2 Tyree Taylor IL Galesburg High School 2025 SS 2459 rpm
3 Nolan Hooper IL Yorkville Christian High School 2025 RHP 2408 rpm
4 Dylan Ignacek IL Barrington 2026 LHP 2391 rpm
5 Ryan Sobun IL Joliet West 2025 SS 2379 rpm
6 Jackson Schlott IL Plainfield North 2026 3B 2268 rpm
7 Bo Anselmi IL John Hersey High School 2025 RHP 2182 rpm
8 Adam Simmons IL Plainfield North 2025 LHP 2067 rpm
9 Seth Gilliland IL Waubonsie Valley High School 2025 LHP 2058 rpm
10 Evan Stinson IL Kenwood Academy High School 2025 RHP 2051 rpm

INDUCED VERTICAL BREAK (AVG.)

Rank Name State School Class Pos IVB (avg)
1 Bo Anselmi IL John Hersey High School 2025 RHP -17.5 in
2 Nolan Hooper IL Yorkville Christian High School 2025 RHP -15.6 in
3 Jackson Schlott IL Plainfield North 2026 3B -15.4 in
4 Cameron Barnes IL Oak Park-River Forest 2026 RHP -15.0 in
5 Matthew Fox IL Lockport 2025 RHP -12.8 in

HORIZONTAL MOVEMENT (AVG.)

Rank Name State School Class Pos HM (avg)
1 Dylan Ignacek IL Barrington 2026 LHP 19.1
2 Derrick Holmes IL Brother Rice 2025 OF -16.5
3 Tyree Taylor IL Galesburg High School 2025 SS -16.0
4 Matthew Fox IL Lockport 2025 RHP -15.8
5 Owen Chudzinski IL Lincoln-Way West 2027 SS -14.8

STRIKE ZONE RATE%

Rank Name State School Class Pos Zone %
1 Nolan Hooper IL Yorkville Christian High School 2025 RHP 100 %
2 Derrick Holmes IL Brother Rice 2025 OF 66 %
^ Lucas Farabaugh IL Ottawa Township High School 2026 3B 66 %
3 Tim Flanagan IL St. Patrick 2026 C 60 %
^ Ryan Sobun IL Joliet West 2025 SS 60 %


SLIDER

SPIN RATE (AVG.)

Rank Name State School Class Pos Spin Rate (avg)
1 Adam Simmons IL Plainfield North 2025 LHP 2514
2 Nolan Hooper IL Yorkville Christian High School 2025 RHP 2429
3 Kyle Christensen IL Joliet Catholic 2026 RHP 2412
4 Bo Anselmi IL John Hersey High School 2025 RHP 2356
5 Sam Beringer IL Plainfield North 2025 SS 2298

INDUCED VERTICAL BREAK (AVG.)

Rank Name State School Class Pos IVB (avg)
1 Nolan Hooper IL Yorkville Christian High School 2025 RHP -15.9 in
2 Kaden Chalus IL MARQUETTE ACADEMY 2026 LHP 12.5 in
3 Adam Simmons IL Plainfield North 2025 LHP -8.9 in
4 Bo Anselmi IL John Hersey High School 2025 RHP -4.4 in
5 Nathan Scates IL Plainfield Central 2026 RHP -3.8 in

HORIZONTAL MOVEMENT (AVG.)

Rank Name State School Class Pos HM (avg)
1 Nolan Hooper IL Yorkville Christian High School 2025 RHP -15.0
2 Adam Simmons IL Plainfield North 2025 LHP 12.9
3 Bo Anselmi IL John Hersey High School 2025 RHP -12.6
4 Sam Beringer IL Plainfield North 2025 SS -12.2
5 Noah Pharo IL Minooka 2025 SS -10.8

STRIKE ZONE RATE%

Rank Name State School Class Pos Zone %
1 Liam Darre IL Batavia 2026 3B 100 %
2 Adam Simmons IL Plainfield North 2025 LHP 50 %
^ Bo Anselmi IL John Hersey High School 2025 RHP 50 %


CHANGEUP

SPIN RATE (AVG.)

Rank Name State School Class Pos Spin Rate (avg)
1 Matthew Fox IL Lockport 2025 RHP 2090 rpm
2 Mason Garcia IL Plainfield East High School 2026 RHP 1950 rpm
3 Dylan Ignacek IL Barrington 2026 LHP 1853 rpm
4 Bo Anselmi IL John Hersey High School 2025 RHP 1814 rpm
5 Ryan Sobun IL Joliet West 2025 SS 1807 rpm
6 Noah Pharo IL Minooka 2025 SS 1791 rpm
7 Lucas Farabaugh IL Ottawa Township High School 2026 3B 1727 rpm
8 Nolan Hooper IL Yorkville Christian High School 2025 RHP 1708 rpm
9 Seth Gilliland IL Waubonsie Valley High School 2025 LHP 1682 rpm
10 Cole Bissias IL Plainfield South High School 2026 1B 1632 rpm

INDUCED VERTICAL BREAK (AVG.)

Rank Name State School Class Pos IVB (avg)
1 Kaden Chalus IL MARQUETTE ACADEMY 2026 LHP 19.3 in
2 Liam Darre IL Batavia 2026 3B 16.3 in
3 John Dollinger IL Grant Community High School 2026 C 16.0 in
4 Peyton Horowicz IL McHenry 2026 RHP 12.6 in
5 Mason Garcia IL Plainfield East High School 2026 RHP 12.3 in
6 Bo Anselmi IL John Hersey High School 2025 RHP 12.3 in
7 Matthew Fox IL Lockport 2025 RHP 11.9 in
8 Ryan Sobun IL Joliet West 2025 SS 11.0 in
9 Anthony Kilimnik IL JOLIET CATHOLIC ACADEMY 2027 LHP 10.3 in
10 Kamden Muell IL Yorkville 2026 SS 10.0 in

HORIZONTAL MOVEMENT (AVG.)

Rank Name State School Class Pos HM (avg)
1 Derrick Holmes IL Brother Rice 2025 OF 18.6
2 Lucas Farabaugh IL Ottawa Township High School 2026 3B 18.3
3 Owen Chudzinski IL Lincoln-Way West 2027 SS 17.0
4 Ryan Sobun IL Joliet West 2025 SS 16.8
5 Sam Beringer IL Plainfield North 2025 SS 15.9
6 Seth Gilliland IL Waubonsie Valley High School 2025 LHP -15.1
7 Matthew Fox IL Lockport 2025 RHP 14.9
8 Cole Bissias IL Plainfield South High School 2026 1B 13.7
9 Joshua Hill IL MARIAN CATHOLIC HIGH SCHOOL 2024 RHP 13.3
10 Noah Pharo IL Minooka 2025 SS 13.2

STRIKE ZONE RATE%

Rank Name State School Class Pos SL
1 Kyle Christensen IL Joliet Catholic 2026 RHP 75-76 mph
2 Liam Darre IL Batavia 2026 3B 73-75 mph
3 Nolan Hooper IL Yorkville Christian High School 2025 RHP 72-75 mph

+ CLICK HERE for a look at the complete statistics from the event.

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