Prep Baseball Report

Southern Illinois Preseason ID: Pitching Data Dive


Kevin Cronin
Tech Analyst, Area Scout

On Saturday, February 17th, the Prep Baseball Illinois staff traveled to the SportsBarn in Wood River, IL, to host the inaugural Southern Illinois Preseason ID. This event, which was open to all current HS grad classes, featured 60+ players from southern Illinois that participated in a pro-style workout in front of our staff, gathering unrivaled data and measurables in the process.

Yesterday, we published our Statistical Analysis, where we broke down the stat leaders from the more traditional categories and our Quick Hits, where we dove into some of the top players from the event. Today, 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 Tommy Kramkowski IL Belleville East 2025 RHP 89.0 mph
2 Austin Borries IL Teutopolis High School 2026 RHP 85.9 mph
3 Ethan Murphy IL Springfield Southeast 2025 RHP 85.8 mph
4 Kaleb Weber IL O'Fallon 2026 RHP 85.5 mph
5 Tyson Filyaw IL O'Fallon 2026 OF 85.4 mph
6 Garrick Winkeler IL Mater Dei 2024 RHP 85.3 mph
7 Dylan Huff IL Chatham Glenwood 2026 RHP 84.9 mph
8 Alex McCarthy MO Francis Howell 2027 RHP 84.7 mph
9 Evan Day IL O'Fallon Township 2024 RHP 84.4 mph
10 Ajay Runkel IL Rochester 2026 3B 84.1 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 Tommy Kramkowski IL Belleville East 2025 RHP 2353 rpm
2 Tyson Filyaw IL O'Fallon 2026 OF 2334 rpm
3 Brody Lindemann IL Belleville East 2027 C 2309 rpm
4 Michael Lucas IL Chatham Glenwood 2026 SS 2240 rpm
5 Brayden Saling IL Williamsville 2025 SS 2216 rpm
6 Garrick Winkeler IL Mater Dei 2024 RHP 2191 rpm
7 Evan Day IL O'Fallon Township 2024 RHP 2189 rpm
8 Ajay Runkel IL Rochester 2026 3B 2180 rpm
9 Ty Etcheson IL Father McGivney 2026 SS 2172 rpm
10 Kaleb Weber IL O'Fallon 2026 RHP 2167 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 Logan Faust IL Belleville East 2025 OF 21.0 in
2 Jayce Baedke MO MARSHFIELD HIGH 2027 OF 19.0 in
3 Michael Lucas IL Chatham Glenwood 2026 SS 18.9 in
4 Cameron Crowe IL Sullivan 2025 LHP 18.8 in
5 Alex McCarthy MO Francis Howell 2027 RHP 18.6 in
6 Brayden Saling IL Williamsville 2025 SS 17.1 in
7 Ethan Murphy IL Springfield Southeast 2025 RHP 16.1 in
8 Chase Butler IL Bunker Hill 2026 OF 15.4 in
9 Wyatt Pierson IL Delavan 2025 RHP 15.3 in
10 Tommy Kramkowski IL Belleville East 2025 RHP 14.9 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 Evan Day IL O'Fallon Township 2024 RHP 18.0
2 Frank Stefano IL Rochester High School 2027 RHP 17.5
3 Chase Knebel IL Highland 2025 LHP -16.9
4 Quinn Ford IL Mascoutah High School 2026 OF 15.9
5 Lucas Owen IL Collinsville 2025 2B 15.5
6 Jack Puent IL Alton High School 2026 OF 15.4
7 Andrew Zacha IL Marquette Catholic 2025 RHP 15.2
8 Logan Faust IL Belleville East 2025 OF -15.2
9 Tommy Kramkowski IL Belleville East 2025 RHP 14.7
10 Carter Murphy IL Springfield Southeast 2025 RHP 14.7

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 Tommy Kramkowski IL Belleville East 2025 RHP 100 %
2 Anderson Kaufmann IL Alton 2028 C 83 %
3 Owen Hodapp IL Belleville East 2025 RHP 75 %
4 Tyson Filyaw IL O'Fallon 2026 OF 66 %
^ Luke Schuckenbrock IL Gillespie High School 2026 SS 66 %
^ Andrew Zacha IL Marquette Catholic 2025 RHP 66 %
5 Chase Butler IL Bunker Hill 2026 OF 62 %
^ Jack Puent IL Alton High School 2026 OF 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 Frank Stefano IL Rochester High School 2027 RHP 2466 rpm
2 Michael Lucas IL Chatham Glenwood 2026 SS 2465 rpm
3 Dylan Huff IL Chatham Glenwood 2026 RHP 2412 rpm
4 Tommy Kramkowski IL Belleville East 2025 RHP 2407 rpm
5 Brayden Saling IL Williamsville 2025 SS 2364 rpm
6 Nolan Lebert IL Mascoutah High School 2026 RHP 2276 rpm
7 Alex McCarthy MO Francis Howell 2027 RHP 2234 rpm
8 Ajay Runkel IL Rochester 2026 3B 2221 rpm
9 Jonathon Caudle IL O'Fallon 2027 RHP 2126 rpm
10 Evan Day IL O'Fallon Township 2024 RHP 2120 rpm

INDUCED VERTICAL BREAK (AVG.)

Rank Name State School Class Pos IVB (avg)
1 Ajay Runkel IL Rochester 2026 3B -11.1 in
2 Ethan Murphy IL Springfield Southeast 2025 RHP -10.5 in
3 Carter Murphy IL Springfield Southeast 2025 RHP -10.2 in
4 Evan Day IL O'Fallon Township 2024 RHP -9.9 in
5 Frank Stefano IL Rochester High School 2027 RHP -9.9 in

HORIZONTAL MOVEMENT (AVG.)

Rank Name State School Class Pos HM (avg)
1 Frank Stefano IL Rochester High School 2027 RHP -20.7
2 Dylan Huff IL Chatham Glenwood 2026 RHP -18.0
3 Michael Lucas IL Chatham Glenwood 2026 SS -17.6
4 Brayden Saling IL Williamsville 2025 SS -16.7
5 Jack Puent IL Alton High School 2026 OF -15.9
6 Carter Murphy IL Springfield Southeast 2025 RHP -15.6
7 Austin Borries IL Teutopolis High School 2026 RHP -15.3
8 Jonathon Caudle IL O'Fallon 2027 RHP -15.3
9 Chase Knebel IL Highland 2025 LHP 15.3
10 Evan Day IL O'Fallon Township 2024 RHP -15.0

STRIKE ZONE RATE%

Rank Name State School Class Pos Zone %
1 Beau Breyman IL Freeburg Community High Sch 2027 C 100 %
2 Ethan Murphy IL Springfield Southeast 2025 RHP 75 %
^ Chase Knebel IL Highland 2025 LHP 75 %
3 Quinn Ford IL Mascoutah High School 2026 OF 66 %
4 Tommy Kramkowski IL Belleville East 2025 RHP 50 %
^ Ajay Runkel IL Rochester 2026 3B 50 %
5 Tyson Filyaw IL O'Fallon 2026 OF 40 %
^ Ty Etcheson IL Father McGivney 2026 SS 40 %
^ Anderson Kaufmann IL Alton 2028 C 40 %
^ Brayden Saling IL Williamsville 2025 SS 40 %
^ Cameron Crowe IL Sullivan 2025 LHP 40 %


SLIDER

SPIN RATE (AVG.)

Rank Name State School Class Pos Spin Rate (avg)
1 Tommy Kramkowski IL Belleville East 2025 RHP 2425
2 Brody Lindemann IL Belleville East 2027 C 2404
3 Dylan Huff IL Chatham Glenwood 2026 RHP 2349
4 Ethan Murphy IL Springfield Southeast 2025 RHP 2310
5 Ajay Runkel IL Rochester 2026 3B 2309
6 Garrick Winkeler IL Mater Dei 2024 RHP 2267
7 Nolan Lebert IL Mascoutah High School 2026 RHP 2194
8 Wyatt Pierson IL Delavan 2025 RHP 2165
9 Kaleb Weber IL O'Fallon 2026 RHP 2147
10 Jack Puent IL Alton High School 2026 OF 2138

INDUCED VERTICAL BREAK (AVG.)

Rank Name State School Class Pos IVB (avg)
1 Carter Murphy IL Springfield Southeast 2025 RHP 12.0 in
2 Lucas Owen IL Collinsville 2025 2B 10.0 in
3 Jonathon Caudle IL O'Fallon 2027 RHP 5.0 in
4 Ajay Runkel IL Rochester 2026 3B 4.8 in
5 Ethan Murphy IL Springfield Southeast 2025 RHP -3.1 in

HORIZONTAL MOVEMENT (AVG.)

Rank Name State School Class Pos HM (avg)
1 Dylan Huff IL Chatham Glenwood 2026 RHP -17.3
2 Nolan Lebert IL Mascoutah High School 2026 RHP -16.9
3 Brody Lindemann IL Belleville East 2027 C -14.4
4 Jack Puent IL Alton High School 2026 OF -13.0
5 Tommy Kramkowski IL Belleville East 2025 RHP -12.8

STRIKE ZONE RATE%

Rank Name State School Class Pos Zone %
1 Jonathon Caudle IL O'Fallon 2027 RHP 100 %
2 Tommy Kramkowski IL Belleville East 2025 RHP 75 %
3 Beau Breyman IL Freeburg Community High Sch 2027 C 66 %
^ Lucas Owen IL Collinsville 2025 2B 66 %
4 Garrick Winkeler IL Mater Dei 2024 RHP 60 %
5 Luke Schuckenbrock IL Gillespie High School 2026 SS 50 %
^ Wyatt Pierson IL Delavan 2025 RHP 50 %
^ Owen Hodapp IL Belleville East 2025 RHP 50 %
^ Chase Butler IL Bunker Hill 2026 OF 50 %
^ Dylan Huff IL Chatham Glenwood 2026 RHP 50 %


CHANGEUP

SPIN RATE (AVG.)

Rank Name State School Class Pos Spin Rate (avg)
1 Ajay Runkel IL Rochester 2026 3B 1958 rpm
2 Evan Day IL O'Fallon Township 2024 RHP 1863 rpm
3 Ty Etcheson IL Father McGivney 2026 SS 1840 rpm
4 Garrick Winkeler IL Mater Dei 2024 RHP 1835 rpm
5 Austin Borries IL Teutopolis High School 2026 RHP 1809 rpm
6 Chase Knebel IL Highland 2025 LHP 1787 rpm
7 Anderson Kaufmann IL Alton 2028 C 1764 rpm
8 Brayden Saling IL Williamsville 2025 SS 1719 rpm
9 Alex McCarthy MO Francis Howell 2027 RHP 1714 rpm
10 Andrew Zacha IL Marquette Catholic 2025 RHP 1712 rpm

INDUCED VERTICAL BREAK (AVG.)

Rank Name State School Class Pos IVB (avg)
1 Logan Faust IL Belleville East 2025 OF 20.1 in
2 Brayden Saling IL Williamsville 2025 SS 15.9 in
3 Andrew Zacha IL Marquette Catholic 2025 RHP 15.5 in
4 Frank Stefano IL Rochester High School 2027 RHP 14.8 in
5 Alex McCarthy MO Francis Howell 2027 RHP 14.3 in

HORIZONTAL MOVEMENT (AVG.)

Rank Name State School Class Pos HM (avg)
1 Beau Breyman IL Freeburg Community High Sch 2027 C 19.9
2 Austin Borries IL Teutopolis High School 2026 RHP 18.0
3 Evan Day IL O'Fallon Township 2024 RHP 18.0
4 Anderson Kaufmann IL Alton 2028 C 17.0
5 Jayce Baedke MO MARSHFIELD HIGH 2027 OF -16.6
6 Brody Lindemann IL Belleville East 2027 C 16.6
7 Nolan Lebert IL Mascoutah High School 2026 RHP 16.2
8 Wyatt Pierson IL Delavan 2025 RHP 15.8
9 Garrick Winkeler IL Mater Dei 2024 RHP 15.8
10 Ty Etcheson IL Father McGivney 2026 SS 15.7

STRIKE ZONE RATE%

Rank Name State School Class Pos Zone %
1 Brayden Saling IL Williamsville 2025 SS 100 %
^ Ajay Runkel IL Rochester 2026 3B 100 %
2 Andrew Zacha IL Marquette Catholic 2025 RHP 80 %
^ Quinn Ford IL Mascoutah High School 2026 OF 80 %
3 Kaleb Weber IL O'Fallon 2026 RHP 75 %
4 Chase Knebel IL Highland 2025 LHP 66 %
5 Chase Butler IL Bunker Hill 2026 OF 50 %
^ Michael Lucas IL Chatham Glenwood 2026 SS 50 %
^ Nolan Lebert IL Mascoutah High School 2026 RHP 50 %
^ Alex McCarthy MO Francis Howell 2027 RHP 50 %
^ Wyatt Pierson IL Delavan 2025 RHP 50 %
^ Tommy Kramkowski IL Belleville East 2025 RHP 50 %

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

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