Winn Finds The Perfect Home In St. John's


Bruce Hefflinger
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Winn Finds The Perfect Home In St. John’s

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TJ Winn Jr

Class of 2023 / RHP

Player Information

  • Graduating Class: 2023
  • Primary Position: RHP
    Secondary Position: 1B
  • High School: East Catholic
    State: CT
  • Summer Team: CT Capitals
  • Height: 6-0
    Weight: 160lbs
  • Bat/Throw: R/R

Statistics

Pitching
86
Max FB
(03/17/21)
83 - 84
FB
(03/17/21)
72 - 74
CB
(07/28/21)
77 - 78
CH
(02/27/21)
73 - 74
SL
(03/17/21)
Pitching
Max FB
83
FB
80 - 83
CB
72 - 74
CH
77 - 78
Pitching
Max FB
83
FB
80 - 83
CB
72 - 74
CH
77 - 78
Pitching
Max FB
86
FB
83 - 84
CH
77 - 78
SL
73 - 74
Pitching
Max FB
83
FB
81 - 83
CB
71 - 73
CH
77 - 78
Pitching
Max FB
83
FB
80 - 83
CB
70 - 71
CH
74 - 76
Pitching
Max FB
83
FB
80 - 83
CB
70 - 71
CH
74 - 76
Pitching
Max FB
83
FB
80 - 82
CB
69 - 70
CH
74 - 75
Pitching
Max FB
81
FB
79 - 81
CB
67 - 70
CH
72 - 75
Pitching
Max FB
78
FB
75 - 77
CB
65 - 66
CH
68 - 70
Pitching
Max FB
73
FB
71 - 73
CB
59 - 65
CH
65 - 66
Position
7.71
60-yard
(08/03/19)
2.49 - 2.49
Pop Time
72
INF Velo
(08/03/19)
66
C Velo
73
Exit Velo
(08/03/19)
4.65
H-1st
(02/23/19)
Position
60-yard
7.71
INF Velo
72
Exit Velo
73
Position
INF Velo
70
H-1st
4.65
Exit Velo
71
Trackman - Fastball
84.5
Velocity (max)
(03/17/21)
84.2
Eff Velocity (avg)
(03/17/21)
2156
Spin Rate (max)
(02/27/21)
2108
Spin Rate (avg)
(02/27/21)
Trackman - Fastball
Velocity (max)
83.5
Velo Range
81.4 - 83.2
Eff Velocity (avg)
80.2
Spin Rate (max)
2058
Spin Rate (avg)
1927
Spin Score (max)
Trackman - Fastball
Velocity (max)
84.5
Velo Range
83.3 - 84.2
Eff Velocity (avg)
84.2
Spin Rate (max)
2104
Spin Rate (avg)
2064
IVB (max)
IVB (avg)
HM (max)
HM (avg)
Extension (avg)
Release Ht (avg)
Spin Score (max)
Zone %
Trackman - Fastball
Velocity (max)
82.7
Velo Range
81.8 - 82.7
Eff Velocity (avg)
81.3
Spin Rate (max)
2156
Spin Rate (avg)
2108
IVB (max)
IVB (avg)
HM (max)
HM (avg)
Extension (avg)
Release Ht (avg)
Spin Score (max)
Zone %
Trackman - Fastball
Velocity (max)
82.7
Velo Range
80.7 - 82
Eff Velocity (avg)
81.6
Spin Rate (max)
2041
Spin Rate (avg)
1929
IVB (max)
IVB (avg)
HM (max)
HM (avg)
Extension (avg)
Release Ht (avg)
Spin Score (max)
Zone %
Trackman - Curveball
73.7
Velocity (max)
(07/28/21)
70.9
Eff Velocity (avg)
(02/27/21)
2313
Spin Rate (max)
(02/27/21)
2215
Spin Rate (avg)
(02/27/21)
Trackman - Curveball
Velocity (max)
73.7
Velo Range
72 - 73.5
Eff Velocity (avg)
70.3
Spin Rate (max)
2306
Spin Rate (avg)
2086
Spin Score (max)
Trackman - Curveball
Velocity (max)
73.5
Velo Range
71.9 - 73.3
Eff Velocity (avg)
70.9
Spin Rate (max)
2313
Spin Rate (avg)
2215
IVB (max)
IVB (avg)
HM (max)
HM (avg)
Extension (avg)
Release Ht (avg)
Spin Score (max)
Zone %
Trackman - Curveball
Velocity (max)
71.7
Velo Range
69.3 - 71
Eff Velocity (avg)
69.2
Spin Rate (max)
2129
Spin Rate (avg)
1991
IVB (max)
IVB (avg)
HM (max)
HM (avg)
Extension (avg)
Release Ht (avg)
Spin Score (max)
Zone %
Trackman - Slider
74.4
Velocity (max)
(03/17/21)
73.6
Eff Velocity (avg)
(03/17/21)
2311
Spin Rate (max)
(03/17/21)
2235
Spin Rate (avg)
(03/17/21)
Trackman - Slider
Velocity (max)
72.9
Velo Range
72.8 - 72.9
Eff Velocity (avg)
69.9
Spin Rate (max)
2209
Spin Rate (avg)
2174
Spin Score (max)
Trackman - Slider
Velocity (max)
74.4
Velo Range
73 - 74.1
Eff Velocity (avg)
73.6
Spin Rate (max)
2311
Spin Rate (avg)
2235
IVB (max)
IVB (avg)
HM (max)
HM (avg)
Extension (avg)
Release Ht (avg)
Spin Score (max)
Zone %
Trackman - ChangeUp
78.6
Velocity (max)
(02/27/21)
78.1
Eff Velocity (avg)
(03/17/21)
1777
Spin Rate (max)
(02/27/21)
1630
Spin Rate (avg)
(08/02/20)
Trackman - ChangeUp
Velocity (max)
78.2
Velo Range
77.5 - 78.2
Eff Velocity (avg)
75.9
Spin Rate (max)
1361
Spin Rate (avg)
1226
Spin Score (max)
Trackman - ChangeUp
Velocity (max)
77.9
Velo Range
77.5 - 77.9
Eff Velocity (avg)
78.1
Spin Rate (max)
1640
Spin Rate (avg)
1548
IVB (max)
IVB (avg)
HM (max)
HM (avg)
Extension (avg)
Release Ht (avg)
Spin Score (max)
Zone %
Trackman - ChangeUp
Velocity (max)
78.6
Velo Range
77.3 - 78.4
Eff Velocity (avg)
76.1
Spin Rate (max)
1777
Spin Rate (avg)
1497
IVB (max)
IVB (avg)
HM (max)
HM (avg)
Extension (avg)
Release Ht (avg)
Spin Score (max)
Trackman - ChangeUp
Velocity (max)
76.3
Velo Range
74.8 - 76.3
Eff Velocity (avg)
75.5
Spin Rate (max)
1687
Spin Rate (avg)
1630
IVB (max)
IVB (avg)
HM (max)
HM (avg)
Extension (avg)
Release Ht (avg)
Spin Score (max)
Zone %

Winn Finds The Perfect Home In St. John’s

MANCHESTER, Ct. - “My secondary pitches got coach Brown’s attention,” TJ Winn said.

“The chance to play in a baseball program in the Big East got my attention.”

With that, St. John’s University proved to be the perfect match for the East Catholic High School junior.

“The first time they saw me was at the Future Games,” related the 30th-rated 2023 right-handed pitcher in New England. “After that I pitched a game in Northborough, Ma., and their pitching coach (George Brown) was there. He liked it and we started talking on the phone.

“I told him I was going to pitch a game at Staten Island and he said since it was on my way, come on a visit. I visited there and I loved it. I ended up pitching well at Staten Island and they made me an offer the next day. Later that week I made a decision. It was between St. John’s and two others, but St. John’s just checked more boxes for me.”

Playing baseball in the Big East was only one of the things that helped Winn decide on St. John’s.

“I loved the whole vibe on campus,” the 13th-ranked junior RHP in Connecticut noted. “I also loved that it was just outside New York City.”

An improved game helped Winn make an impression on colleges during the recruiting process, with one other Division I offer made before deciding on St. John’s.

“Over the last year or two my slider developed a lot,” the 6-0 160-pounder related. “This summer I started throwing a changeup more and I'm also throwing a little harder.”

One additional vital element stood out about his work on the mound, which featured two scoreless innings pitching for Team Connecticut at the Future Games.

“My overall command is everything,” Winn said.

It has helped the 86th-ranked 2023 in New England find a college home, two hours away from where he now lives in Manchester.

“I always knew I wanted to play college baseball but I didn’t know much about it,” Winn explained. “Two years ago I became more interested in it and knew it was what I wanted to do.”

The journey there did not take long.

“What surprised me was how quickly it all went for me,” admitted Winn. “I know with others it can be drawn out and stressful, but I liked how short it was for me. It was easy to make a decision.”

Winn pointed to his dad, Tommie, as being one of the most influential people in helping him become a D-I commit.

“Above everyone my father has been the biggest,” noted Winn, who also credited coaches on his travel team Connecticut Capitals with playing a key role. “He’s been my pitching coach since I started baseball and helped me the most of anyone. I really appreciate everything he’s done for me. It’s nice to have your pitching coach live with you and be able to help you at any time.”

Sport management and business are under consideration as college majors for Winn, a 3.51 student who believes he will be a major asset to the St. John’s program.

“I like to think I’ll work very hard and bring a lot of energy to the team.” Winn said. “I’m going to try to contribute as soon as I can.”

As for college in general, the 16-year-old is eagerly anticipating what lies ahead.

“I’m going to live the lifestyle of going to other sporting events,” Winn concluded. “I’m really looking forward to doing things like that.”


Videos

(7/28/21)

TJ Winn - Future Games

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