Decision Time Is Nearing For Hard-Throwing Rabatin


Bruce Hefflinger
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Decision Time Is Nearing For Hard-Throwing Rabatin

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Benjamin Rabatin

Class of 2023 / RHP

Player Information

  • Graduating Class: 2023
  • Primary Position: RHP
    Secondary Position: SS
  • High School: Normandy
    State: OH
  • Summer Team: Release
  • Height: 5-11
    Weight: 180lbs
  • Bat/Throw: R/R

Statistics

Pitching
93
Max FB
(02/13/21)
90 - 93
FB
(02/13/21)
68 - 77
CB
(07/23/20)
80 - 81
CH
(06/24/21)
78 - 81
SL
(06/24/21)
Pitching
Max FB
89
FB
85 - 89
CB
75 - 77
Pitching
Max FB
88
FB
86 - 88
CB
73 - 76
CH
80 - 81
SL
78 - 81
Pitching
Max FB
93
FB
90 - 93
CB
72 - 74
CH
77 - 78
SL
76 - 78
Pitching
Max FB
81
FB
78 - 81
CB
63 - 66
CH
73 - 75
SL
73 - 75
Pitching
Max FB
86
FB
81 - 83
CB
68 - 71
CH
73 - 74
Pitching
Max FB
86
FB
81 - 83
CB
68 - 71
SL
73 - 74
Pitching
Max FB
85
FB
80 - 85
CB
68 - 77
CH
76 - 76
Pitching
Max FB
85
FB
83 - 85
CB
67 - 69
CH
74 - 76
SL
71 - 72
Pitching
Max FB
85
FB
80 - 85
CB
69 - 71
Pitching
Max FB
83
FB
79 - 83
CB
64 - 67
CH
70 - 72
SL
69 - 71
Position
6.96
60-yard
(02/13/21)
94
INF Velo
(02/13/21)
94
OF Velo
(02/13/21)
94
Exit Velo
(02/13/21)
Position
60-yard
6.96
INF Velo
94
OF Velo
94
Exit Velo
94
Position
60-yard
6.98
INF Velo
85
Exit Velo
82
Trackman - Fastball
91.88
Velocity (max)
(02/13/21)
90.51
Eff Velocity (avg)
(02/13/21)
2212
Spin Rate (max)
(02/13/21)
2131
Spin Rate (avg)
(02/13/21)
Trackman - Fastball
Velocity (max)
91.88
Velo Range
87.8 - 91.78
Eff Velocity (avg)
90.51
Spin Rate (max)
2212
Spin Rate (avg)
2131
IVB (max)
IVB (avg)
HM (max)
HM (avg)
Extension (avg)
Release Ht (avg)
Spin Score (max)
Zone %
Trackman - Fastball
Velocity (max)
83.38
Velo Range
80.87 - 82.92
Eff Velocity (avg)
82.9
Spin Rate (max)
2048
Spin Rate (avg)
1914
IVB (max)
IVB (avg)
HM (max)
HM (avg)
Extension (avg)
Release Ht (avg)
Spin Score (max)
Zone %
Trackman - Fastball
Velocity (max)
83.76
Velo Range
79.07 - 83.18
Eff Velocity (avg)
81.41
Spin Rate (max)
1859
Spin Rate (avg)
1799
IVB (max)
IVB (avg)
HM (max)
HM (avg)
Extension (avg)
Release Ht (avg)
Spin Score (max)
Zone %
Trackman - Curveball
73.76
Velocity (max)
(02/13/21)
73.50
Eff Velocity (avg)
(02/13/21)
2646
Spin Rate (max)
(02/13/21)
2610
Spin Rate (avg)
(02/13/21)
Trackman - Curveball
Velocity (max)
73.76
Velo Range
73.73 - 73.76
Eff Velocity (avg)
73.5
Spin Rate (max)
2646
Spin Rate (avg)
2610
IVB (max)
IVB (avg)
HM (max)
HM (avg)
Extension (avg)
Release Ht (avg)
Spin Score (max)
Zone %
Trackman - Curveball
Velocity (max)
72.33
Velo Range
68.86 - 72.33
Eff Velocity (avg)
70.02
Spin Rate (max)
2383
Spin Rate (avg)
2287
IVB (max)
IVB (avg)
HM (max)
HM (avg)
Extension (avg)
Release Ht (avg)
Spin Score (max)
Zone %
Trackman - Curveball
Velocity (max)
71.4
Velo Range
68.84 - 71.27
Eff Velocity (avg)
68.31
Spin Rate (max)
1965
Spin Rate (avg)
1828
IVB (max)
IVB (avg)
HM (max)
HM (avg)
Extension (avg)
Release Ht (avg)
Spin Score (max)
Zone %
Trackman - Slider
76.62
Velocity (max)
(02/13/21)
76.13
Eff Velocity (avg)
(02/13/21)
2450
Spin Rate (max)
(02/13/21)
2355
Spin Rate (avg)
(02/13/21)
Trackman - Slider
Velocity (max)
76.62
Velo Range
76.04 - 76.62
Eff Velocity (avg)
76.13
Spin Rate (max)
2450
Spin Rate (avg)
2355
IVB (max)
IVB (avg)
HM (max)
HM (avg)
Extension (avg)
Release Ht (avg)
Spin Score (max)
Zone %
Trackman - ChangeUp
77.97
Velocity (max)
(02/13/21)
78.17
Eff Velocity (avg)
(02/13/21)
1867
Spin Rate (max)
(08/02/20)
1801
Spin Rate (avg)
(08/02/20)
Trackman - ChangeUp
Velocity (max)
77.97
Velo Range
77.9 - 77.97
Eff Velocity (avg)
78.17
Spin Rate (max)
1728
Spin Rate (avg)
1702
IVB (max)
IVB (avg)
HM (max)
HM (avg)
Extension (avg)
Release Ht (avg)
Spin Score (max)
Zone %
Trackman - ChangeUp
Velocity (max)
76.07
Velo Range
74.15 - 75.81
Eff Velocity (avg)
75.18
Spin Rate (max)
1867
Spin Rate (avg)
1801
IVB (max)
IVB (avg)
HM (max)
HM (avg)
Extension (avg)
Release Ht (avg)
Spin Score (max)
Zone %
Trackman - ChangeUp
Velocity (max)
76.32
Velo Range
72.86 - 76.32
Eff Velocity (avg)
74.99
Spin Rate (max)
1688
Spin Rate (avg)
1644
IVB (max)
IVB (avg)
HM (max)
HM (avg)
Extension (avg)
Release Ht (avg)
Spin Score (max)
Zone %
Trackman - Hitting
91.48
Exit Speed (max)
(02/13/21)
89.19
Exit Speed (avg)
(02/13/21)
225
Distance (avg)
(02/13/21)
333
Distance (max)
(02/13/21)
Trackman - Hitting
Exit Speed (max)
91.48
Exit Speed (avg)
89.19
Distance (avg)
225
Distance (max)
333
Ground Ball %
Line Drive %
Fly Ball %
Hard Hit %
Trackman - Hitting
Exit Speed (max)
90.95
Exit Speed (avg)
84.31
Distance (avg)
186
Distance (max)
293
Ground Ball %
Line Drive %
Fly Ball %
Hard Hit %
Blast - Hitting
22.80
Hand Speed (max)
(02/13/21)
22.05
Hand Speed (avg)
(02/13/21)
74.40
Bat Speed (max)
(02/13/21)
67.59
Bat Speed (avg)
(02/13/21)
Blast - Hitting
Hand Speed (max)
22.8
Hand Speed (avg)
22.05
Bat Speed (max)
74.4
Bat Speed (avg)
67.59
Rot. Acc (max)
Rot. Acc (avg)
On Plane Eff %

Decision Time Is Nearing For Hard-Throwing Rabatin

PARMA - The velocity just continues to go up, and up, and up, and …

Interest from the next level is doing the same for Ben Rabatin.

“Through the offseason before 2020 I moved to Release and coach (Matt) Rosinski exposed me to PBR,” the Normandy sophomore reflected about his improvement. “I also went to Mike Grady (pitching school) to learn to be more efficient and the first day my velocity went up a mile an hour.”

That trend has continued for the second-rated uncommitted 2023 in Ohio.

“During the velocity phase of my offseason I started to use my legs more, knowing how important that is,” explained Rabatin.

The velo climb has become noticeable as evident by PBR events.

On Release Scout Day in February of 2020, Rabatin maxed out at 83.

In June of that year at the Southern Ohio Top Prospect Games it reached 85.

Two months later playing for Team Connecticut at the Future Games Rabatin touched 86.

In February of 2021, at the most recent scout day for Release, the velocity was now at 93.

“Ben has some of the most electric stuff in the state,” said Jordan Chiero, PBR Ohio Director of Scouting. “His fastball peaking at 93 with a sharp array of secondary offerings … that combination of stuff and pitchability could allow him to find an early role at the next level.”

Colleges are taking notice.

“I’m talking to two or three major D-I schools,” related the fourth-ranked sophomore right-handed pitcher in the state. “My first conversation came in late July and then there was a long break. After that I got up to 87 in the offseason and calls started coming in. It really amped up in February after I hit 93. I was getting a lot of phone calls every week. Now I’m trying to keep 93 consistently.”

There is more than consistency that Rabatin feels he can improve upon.

“I need to command my offspeed pitches more and keep them down in the zone better,” Rabatin pointed out.

Now that high school season has come to an end, a decision is looming closer.

“Once the season is over, I plan to get after it with colleges and think about why I should go there,” noted the 5-11 180-pounder.

A 4.0 student planning to major in some area of engineering, the 119th-ranked RHP in the nation feels there is an abundance he can provide a program at the next level.

“I have the ability to be coachable and the want-to-win when I’m out there,” Rabatin pointed out. “It’s just me and my catcher. I think that sets me apart.

“I’m a very valuable teammate,” added Rabatin, who just turned 16 in March. “I’m always the first one to be out there. I like getting the guys together for two hours to be a family.”

The idea of playing after high school has been there for some time.

“I always wanted to play in college, but when it became reality was with showcases in late July of 2019,” the 37th-ranked uncommitted sophomore RHP in the nation said. “It put me on the radar that I could play in college when I hit 83 five or six times.”

There have been a number of individuals that have been valuable throughout his development.

“The first person that brought me out was Mike Mancuso,” Rabatin reflected. “He was my pitching coach who took me under his wing and changed up my mechanics. That advanced me to my next coach, David Boranelli, who passed away two years ago. He brought my game to a higher level. Then coach Rosinski got me exposed to colleges.”

Admittedly, the process has not gone as rapidly as originally believed.

“My recruitment started off slow as a snail,” Rabatin explained. “But after a while it took a huge jump and went as fast as I thought it would. Now I’m visiting campuses that are interested in me and checking out the academics part of it.”

Where that takes the 407th-ranked 2023 in the country is to be determined, likely sooner than later.

“I want to go some place I can call home,” Rabatin said. “If I was to be stuck there for 10 years I’d be happy. I want to wake up happy and go out on the field with a great group of guys and coaches that can take me to the next level to play professionally.”



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