From Tommy John To Big 10 Commitment For Storey


Bruce Hefflinger
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From Tommy John To Big 10 Commitment For Storey

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Easton Storey

Class of 2023 / LHP

Player Information

  • Graduating Class: 2023
  • Primary Position: LHP
    Secondary Position: OF
  • High School: Brighton
    State: MI
  • Summer Team: East Coast Sox & Hawks Gold
  • Height: 6-0
    Weight: 205lbs
  • Bat/Throw: L/L

Statistics

Pitching
88
Max FB
(01/18/21)
85 - 87
FB
(01/18/21)
75 - 77
CB
(01/18/21)
77 - 79
CH
(01/18/21)
Pitching
Max FB
88
FB
85 - 86
CB
74 - 77
CH
78 - 79
Pitching
Max FB
88
FB
85 - 87
CB
75 - 77
CH
77 - 79
Pitching
Max FB
83
FB
82 - 83
CB
68 - 69
CH
72 - 73
Trackman - Fastball
87.8
Velocity (max)
(03/06/21)
86.4 - 87.6
Velo Range
(03/06/21)
85.7
Eff Velocity (avg)
(03/06/21)
2504
Spin Rate (max)
(03/06/21)
2376
Spin Rate (avg)
(03/06/21)
18.8
IVB (max)
(01/18/21)
16.6
IVB (avg)
(01/18/21)
-10.8
HM (max)
(03/06/21)
-7.8
HM (avg)
(03/06/21)
6.5
Extension (avg)
(01/18/21)
6.1
Release Ht (avg)
(01/18/21)
29
Spin Score (max)
(07/07/20)
36
Zone %
(07/07/20)
Trackman - Fastball
Velocity (max)
87.8
Velo Range
86.4 - 87.6
Eff Velocity (avg)
85.7
Spin Rate (max)
2504
Spin Rate (avg)
2376
IVB (max)
IVB (avg)
HM (max)
HM (avg)
Extension (avg)
Release Ht (avg)
Spin Score (max)
Zone %
Trackman - Fastball
Velocity (max)
87.6
Velo Range
84.7 - 86.8
Eff Velocity (avg)
85.3
Spin Rate (max)
2220
Spin Rate (avg)
2107
IVB (max)
IVB (avg)
HM (max)
HM (avg)
Extension (avg)
Release Ht (avg)
Spin Score (max)
Zone %
Trackman - Fastball
Velocity (max)
84.4
Velo Range
81.9 - 83.9
Eff Velocity (avg)
82
Spin Rate (max)
2403
Spin Rate (avg)
2248
IVB (max)
IVB (avg)
HM (max)
HM (avg)
Extension (avg)
Release Ht (avg)
Spin Score (max)
Zone %
Trackman - Curveball
77.8
Velocity (max)
(03/06/21)
74.6 - 77.8
Velo Range
(03/06/21)
74.5
Eff Velocity (avg)
(03/06/21)
2576
Spin Rate (max)
(03/06/21)
2359
Spin Rate (avg)
(03/06/21)
-20.7
IVB (max)
(03/06/21)
-18.4
IVB (avg)
(03/06/21)
15.0
HM (max)
(07/07/20)
13.5
HM (avg)
(07/07/20)
6.3
Extension (avg)
(01/18/21)
6.0
Release Ht (avg)
(01/18/21)
33
Spin Score (max)
(03/06/21)
50
Zone %
(03/06/21)
Trackman - Curveball
Velocity (max)
77.8
Velo Range
74.6 - 77.8
Eff Velocity (avg)
74.5
Spin Rate (max)
2576
Spin Rate (avg)
2359
IVB (max)
IVB (avg)
HM (max)
HM (avg)
Extension (avg)
Release Ht (avg)
Spin Score (max)
Zone %
Trackman - Curveball
Velocity (max)
76.4
Velo Range
74.9 - 76.3
Eff Velocity (avg)
74.5
Spin Rate (max)
2352
Spin Rate (avg)
2212
IVB (max)
IVB (avg)
HM (max)
HM (avg)
Extension (avg)
Release Ht (avg)
Spin Score (max)
Zone %
Trackman - Curveball
Velocity (max)
70.2
Velo Range
67 - 70.2
Eff Velocity (avg)
67.5
Spin Rate (max)
2090
Spin Rate (avg)
2069
IVB (max)
IVB (avg)
HM (max)
HM (avg)
Extension (avg)
Release Ht (avg)
Spin Score (max)
Zone %
Trackman - ChangeUp
79.9
Velocity (max)
(03/06/21)
78.1 - 79.9
Velo Range
(03/06/21)
78.4
Eff Velocity (avg)
(03/06/21)
1900
Spin Rate (max)
(03/06/21)
1762
Spin Rate (avg)
(03/06/21)
16.4
IVB (max)
(03/06/21)
13.5
IVB (avg)
(03/06/21)
-13.0
HM (max)
(03/06/21)
-11.4
HM (avg)
(03/06/21)
6.5
Extension (avg)
(01/18/21)
5.9
Release Ht (avg)
(01/18/21)
24
Spin Score (max)
(03/06/21)
67
Zone %
(03/06/21)
Trackman - ChangeUp
Velocity (max)
79.9
Velo Range
78.1 - 79.9
Eff Velocity (avg)
78.4
Spin Rate (max)
1900
Spin Rate (avg)
1762
IVB (max)
IVB (avg)
HM (max)
HM (avg)
Extension (avg)
Release Ht (avg)
Spin Score (max)
Zone %
Trackman - ChangeUp
Velocity (max)
78.8
Velo Range
77.5 - 78.8
Eff Velocity (avg)
77.6
Spin Rate (max)
1626
Spin Rate (avg)
1609
IVB (max)
IVB (avg)
HM (max)
HM (avg)
Extension (avg)
Release Ht (avg)
Spin Score (max)

Pitch_Scores

Pitch Scores - Fastball
83
Hop+
(03/06/21)
67
Rise+
(03/06/21)
94
Sink+
(07/07/20)
Pitch Scores - Curveball
111
Hammer+
(03/06/21)
101
Sweep+
(07/07/20)

From Tommy John To Big 10 Commitment For Storey

BRIGHTON - Easton Storey can be excused for having “no idea” of what he plans to major in at college.

After all, it has been a long year for the Brighton senior, who had Tommy John Surgery nearly 14 months ago.

“It was mentally challenging at first,” the 29th-rated 2023 in Michigan explained. “The hardest part was the high school season and fall season watching teammates play and you can’t. That was the hardest thing.”

There was also the loss of interest from college coaches.

“I had a handful of offers before surgery but they all got pulled once they heard I was hurt,” Storey said.

It was far from easy.

“I went from throwing 90-91 to a couple of weeks later I could barely move my arm,” Storey reflected. “After that, PT was a super long time. The first couple months after surgery I was working to get a full range of motion back which was a challenge. In December I started throwing. There were four to five months of throwing 10 feet away to being 100 percent in the bullpen.” 

But the difficult times have come to an end with a commitment to Purdue.

“When I was 100 percent I talked with 45 to 50 schools that were all interested and wanted to see me throw,” the 6-0 205-pound left-hander related. “I came back throwing in 11 months which was quicker than most. I struggled some, but figured it out the last tournament and picked up a handful of offers.”

While Western Kentucky, Toledo, Miami and Michigan State all offered since Storey returned from surgery, it was Purdue that stood out to the 17-year-old.

“The first time they saw me was a video of me throwing my first bullpen after I was 100 percent,” the third-rated senior southpaw in Michigan noted. “That’s when they were first interested in me. Then they saw me throw in two or three tournaments. After that I went to a camp and that sealed the deal.”

The fact that his grandfather played football at Purdue was just one of the factors that swayed Storey to the Big 10 school in Indiana.

“One of the things I liked about Purdue was that a lot of schools saw me throw badly and disappeared,” Storey explained. “But (assistant) coach (Chris) Marx understood this was a long injury. They watched me throw well and they watched me when I threw badly. They trust in me, which is a big thing.”

After all, Storey is a southpaw with a lot of promise.

“Obviously, they like that I’m a left-handed pitcher which is a big thing,” Storey noted. “They like my curve which has a lot of movement. They see the potential of me growing, getting stronger, bigger and getting better.”

Storey believes he can make a big impact in the program at West Lafayette.

“The thing I’ll bring is a competitor,” Storey said. “I enjoy pushing myself and pushing others. I’m a good teammate and I want to win.”

To have that opportunity at Purdue brings a sense of relief.

“The recruiting process the past two or three years has been pretty stressful,” Storey admitted. “I wasn’t a fan to be honest. I did a lot of throwing at tournaments and I went to two or three PBRs which helped a lot before I was hurt. But once I was hurt, after that everyone kind of left.”

Throwing 40-pitch limits in summer tournaments brought renewed interest in the lefty.

“I ended up finding a school that I really like,” Storey said. “Now I’m giving my arm time to rest. I’m shut down for the fall and preparing for the high school season.”

It comes with a feeling of excitement after a commitment to Purdue.

“That took a lot off my shoulders,” pointed out Storey, a 3.46 student who joked he planned on a major in “baseball” at the Big 10 school. “It felt good to not have to throw and think if I throw badly they’re going to leave or that maybe I’ll get hurt again. It feels good to find somebody that trusts me and I trust them.

“I’m really looking forward to playing in the Big 10,” Storey added. “With USC and UCLA joining the conference, there will be a lot of travel which I look forward to. Ultimately, I want to bring a Big 10 championship back to Purdue.”



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