Kent State Will Be Future Home For Solitaria


Bruce Hefflinger
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Kent State Will Be Future Home For Solitaria

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Sawyer Solitaria

Class of 2024 / 3B

Player Information

  • Graduating Class: 2024
  • Primary Position: 3B
    Secondary Position: RHP
  • High School: St. Ignatius
    State: OH
  • Summer Team: Force Ohio National Mosley
  • Height: 6-3
    Weight: 230lbs
  • Bat/Throw: R/R

Statistics

Pitching
90
Max FB
(07/28/21)
87 - 90
FB
(06/23/22)
76 - 78
CB
(07/28/21)
76 - 79
CH
(07/28/21)
78 - 79
SL
(06/08/21)
Pitching
Max FB
90
FB
87 - 90
CB
73 - 73
CH
75 - 77
Pitching
Max FB
90
FB
86 - 89
CH
76 - 79
Pitching
Max FB
90
FB
86 - 89
CB
76 - 78
CH
76 - 79
Pitching
Max FB
88
FB
86 - 88
CB
73 - 74
Pitching
Max FB
88
FB
85 - 88
CB
70 - 73
SL
78 - 79
Pitching
Max FB
81
FB
79 - 81
CB
60 - 63
CH
70 - 72
Pitching
Max FB
85
FB
81 - 85
CB
71 - 74
CH
76 - 78
Pitching
Max FB
81
FB
77 - 81
CB
63 - 67
CH
73 - 74
Pitching
Max FB
70
FB
68 - 70
CB
58 - 62
CH
60 - 62
Position
7.20
60-yard
(06/08/21)
88
INF Velo
(01/23/22)
98
Exit Velo
(06/08/21)
Position
60-yard
7.39
INF Velo
88
Exit Velo
98
Position
60-yard
7.21
INF Velo
86
Exit Velo
98
Position
INF Velo
87
Exit Velo
95
Position
INF Velo
87
Exit Velo
95
Position
60-yard
7.2
INF Velo
82
Exit Velo
98
Position
60-yard
7.53
INF Velo
76
Exit Velo
92
Position
60-yard
7.66
INF Velo
73
Exit Velo
91
Position
60-yard
8.25
INF Velo
64
Exit Velo
85
Trackman - Fastball
90.4
Velocity (max)
(07/28/21)
86.7 - 89.7
Velo Range
(07/28/21)
87.0
Eff Velocity (avg)
(07/28/21)
2191
Spin Rate (max)
(07/28/21)
2051
Spin Rate (avg)
(06/08/21)
20.3
IVB (max)
(10/08/22)
17.4
IVB (avg)
(06/08/21)
13.3
HM (max)
(10/08/22)
8.5
HM (avg)
(10/08/22)
6.2
Extension (avg)
(06/08/21)
6.0
Release Ht (avg)
(06/08/21)
25
Spin Score (max)
(06/08/21)
60
Zone %
(06/08/21)
Trackman - Fastball
Velocity (max)
89.3
Velo Range
86.3 - 88.5
Eff Velocity (avg)
85.9
Spin Rate (max)
2102
Spin Rate (avg)
1963
IVB (max)
IVB (avg)
HM (max)
HM (avg)
Extension (avg)
Release Ht (avg)
Spin Score (max)
Zone %
Trackman - Fastball
Velocity (max)
90.4
Velo Range
86.7 - 89.7
Eff Velocity (avg)
87
Spin Rate (max)
2191
Spin Rate (avg)
2013
Spin Score (max)
Trackman - Fastball
Velocity (max)
87.1
Velo Range
84.5 - 86.6
Eff Velocity (avg)
85.1
Spin Rate (max)
2184
Spin Rate (avg)
2051
IVB (max)
IVB (avg)
HM (max)
HM (avg)
Extension (avg)
Release Ht (avg)
Spin Score (max)
Zone %
Trackman - Curveball
75.9
Velocity (max)
(10/08/22)
72.3 - 75.0
Velo Range
(10/08/22)
72.0
Eff Velocity (avg)
(06/08/21)
2239
Spin Rate (max)
(10/08/22)
2154
Spin Rate (avg)
(06/08/21)
-8.2
IVB (max)
(06/08/21)
-7.8
IVB (avg)
(10/08/22)
-14.4
HM (max)
(10/08/22)
-8.6
HM (avg)
(10/08/22)
5.7
Extension (avg)
(06/08/21)
6.0
Release Ht (avg)
(06/08/21)
31
Spin Score (max)
(06/08/21)
71
Zone %
(10/08/22)
Trackman - Curveball
Velocity (max)
75.9
Velo Range
72.3 - 75
Eff Velocity (avg)
71.5
Spin Rate (max)
2239
Spin Rate (avg)
2073
IVB (avg)
HM (max)
HM (avg)
Extension (avg)
Release Ht (avg)
Spin Score (max)
Zone %
Trackman - Curveball
Velocity (max)
74.1
Velo Range
71.7 - 74.1
Eff Velocity (avg)
72
Spin Rate (max)
2228
Spin Rate (avg)
2154
IVB (max)
IVB (avg)
HM (max)
HM (avg)
Extension (avg)
Release Ht (avg)
Spin Score (max)
Trackman - Slider
79.1
Velocity (max)
(06/08/21)
78.3 - 79.0
Velo Range
(06/08/21)
76.4
Eff Velocity (avg)
(06/08/21)
1832
Spin Rate (max)
(06/08/21)
1619
Spin Rate (avg)
(06/08/21)
1.0
IVB (max)
(06/08/21)
3.8
IVB (avg)
(06/08/21)
-2.5
HM (max)
(06/08/21)
-1.8
HM (avg)
(06/08/21)
5.2
Extension (avg)
(06/08/21)
5.6
Release Ht (avg)
(06/08/21)
23
Spin Score (max)
(06/08/21)
100
Zone %
(06/08/21)
Trackman - Slider
Velocity (max)
78.4
Extension (avg)
Release Ht (avg)
Trackman - Slider
Velocity (max)
79.1
Velo Range
78.3 - 79
Eff Velocity (avg)
76.4
Spin Rate (max)
1832
Spin Rate (avg)
1619
IVB (max)
IVB (avg)
HM (max)
HM (avg)
Extension (avg)
Release Ht (avg)
Spin Score (max)
Zone %
Trackman - ChangeUp
80.4
Velocity (max)
(10/08/22)
78.6 - 80.2
Velo Range
(10/08/22)
77.8
Eff Velocity (avg)
(10/08/22)
1835
Spin Rate (max)
(07/28/21)
1820
Spin Rate (avg)
(07/28/21)
12.0
IVB (max)
(10/08/22)
9.0
IVB (avg)
(10/08/22)
18.1
HM (max)
(10/08/22)
16.5
HM (avg)
(10/08/22)
5.6
Extension (avg)
(10/08/22)
4.8
Release Ht (avg)
(10/08/22)
24
Spin Score (max)
(07/28/21)
29
Zone %
(10/08/22)
Trackman - ChangeUp
Velocity (max)
80.4
Velo Range
78.6 - 80.2
Eff Velocity (avg)
77.8
Spin Rate (max)
1485
Spin Rate (avg)
1371
IVB (max)
IVB (avg)
HM (max)
HM (avg)
Extension (avg)
Release Ht (avg)
Spin Score (max)
Zone %
Trackman - ChangeUp
Velocity (max)
76.2
Velo Range
75.9 - 76.2
Eff Velocity (avg)
74.1
Spin Rate (max)
1835
Spin Rate (avg)
1820
Spin Score (max)
Trackman - Cutter
78.7
Velocity (max)
(07/28/21)
76.3
Eff Velocity (avg)
(07/28/21)
1783
Spin Rate (max)
(07/28/21)
1783
Spin Rate (avg)
(07/28/21)
23
Spin Score (max)
(07/28/21)
Trackman - Cutter
Velocity (max)
78.7
Eff Velocity (avg)
76.3
Spin Rate (max)
1783
Spin Rate (avg)
1783
Spin Score (max)
Trackman - Hitting
102.9
Exit Velocity (max)
(10/08/22)
97.6
Exit Velocity (avg)
(10/08/22)
349
Distance (avg)
(10/08/22)
389
Distance (max)
(10/08/22)
91
Hard Hit %
(10/08/22)
27
Barrel %
(10/08/22)
91
Sweet Spot %
(10/08/22)
45
Line Drive %
(10/08/22)
54.5
Fly Ball %
(10/08/22)
50
Ground Ball %
(10/30/21)
Trackman - Hitting
Exit Velocity (max)
102.9
Exit Velocity (avg)
97.6
Distance (avg)
349
Distance (max)
389
Hard Hit %
Barrel %
Sweet Spot %
Line Drive %
Fly Ball %
Trackman - Hitting
Exit Velocity (max)
98.3
Exit Velocity (avg)
91.5
Distance (avg)
261
Distance (max)
339
Hard Hit %
Sweet Spot %
Line Drive %
Fly Ball %
Ground Ball %
Trackman - Hitting
Exit Velocity (max)
97.7
Exit Velocity (avg)
91.2
Distance (avg)
174
Distance (max)
358
Hard Hit %
Sweet Spot %
Line Drive %
Fly Ball %
Ground Ball %
Trackman - Hitting
Exit Velocity (max)
94.6
Exit Velocity (avg)
75.4
Distance (avg)
232
Distance (max)
356
Hard Hit %
Sweet Spot %
Line Drive %
Fly Ball %
Trackman - Hitting
Exit Velocity (max)
94.6
Exit Velocity (avg)
75.4
Distance (avg)
232
Distance (max)
356
Hard Hit %
Sweet Spot %
Line Drive %
Fly Ball %
Trackman - Hitting
Exit Velocity (max)
98.1
Exit Velocity (avg)
82.5
Distance (avg)
201
Distance (max)
356
Hard Hit %
Sweet Spot %
Line Drive %
Fly Ball %
Ground Ball %
Blast - Hitting
25.3
Hand Speed (max)
(07/28/21)
22.1
Hand Speed (avg)
(07/28/21)
85.4
Bat Speed (max)
(10/08/22)
82.0
Bat Speed (avg)
(10/08/22)
13.7
Rot. Acc (max)
(07/28/21)
9.5
Rot. Acc (avg)
(07/28/21)
48
On Plane Eff (avg)
(10/08/22)
63
MaxOnPlaneEfficiency
(07/28/21)
Blast - Hitting
Hand Speed (max)
22.7
Hand Speed (avg)
21.6
Bat Speed (max)
85.4
Bat Speed (avg)
82
Rot. Acc (max)
Rot. Acc (avg)
On Plane Eff (avg)
MaxOnPlaneEfficiency
Blast - Hitting
Hand Speed (max)
22.2
Hand Speed (avg)
21.5
Bat Speed (max)
84
Bat Speed (avg)
75.7
Rot. Acc (max)
Rot. Acc (avg)
On Plane Eff (avg)
MaxOnPlaneEfficiency
Blast - Hitting
Hand Speed (max)
20.9
Hand Speed (avg)
19.9
Bat Speed (max)
73.3
Bat Speed (avg)
70.3
Rot. Acc (max)
Rot. Acc (avg)
On Plane Eff (avg)
MaxOnPlaneEfficiency
Blast - Hitting
Hand Speed (max)
25.3
Hand Speed (avg)
22.1
Bat Speed (max)
82.1
Bat Speed (avg)
76.5
Rot. Acc (max)
Rot. Acc (avg)
On Plane Eff (avg)
Blast - Hitting
Hand Speed (max)
25.3
Hand Speed (avg)
22.1
Bat Speed (max)
82.1
Bat Speed (avg)
76.5
Rot. Acc (max)
Rot. Acc (avg)
On Plane Eff (avg)
MaxOnPlaneEfficiency
Blast - Hitting
Hand Speed (max)
21.2
Hand Speed (avg)
20.3
Bat Speed (max)
72.9
Bat Speed (avg)
70.6
Rot. Acc (max)
Rot. Acc (avg)
On Plane Eff (avg)
MaxOnPlaneEfficiency
Blast - Hitting
Hand Speed (max)
22.6
Hand Speed (avg)
20.6
Bat Speed (max)
76.9
Bat Speed (avg)
72.5
Rot. Acc (max)
Rot. Acc (avg)
On Plane Eff (avg)
MaxOnPlaneEfficiency

Vizual_Edge

Visual Skills
68.48
Edge Score
(07/28/21)
Visual Skills
Edge Score
68.48

Pitch_Scores

Pitch Scores - Fastball
98
Hop+
(10/08/22)
73
Rise+
(06/08/21)
78
Sink+
(10/08/22)
Pitch Scores - Curveball
77
Hammer+
(10/08/22)
85
Sweep+
(10/08/22)
Pitch Scores - Slider
52
Hammer+
(06/08/21)
56
Sweep+
(06/08/21)

ProPlayAI

ProPlayAI - Foot Plant
95
Elbow Flexion (avg)
(07/28/21)
93
Shoulder Abduction (avg)
(07/28/21)
55
Hip Shoulder Seperation (avg)
(07/28/21)
ProPlayAI - Foot Plant
Elbow Flexion (avg)
Shoulder Abduction (avg)
Hip Shoulder Seperation (avg)
ProPlayAI - Foot Plant
Elbow Flexion (avg)
Shoulder Abduction (avg)
Hip Shoulder Seperation (avg)
ProPlayAI - MER
187
External Rotation (avg)
(07/28/21)
81
Stride Length (avg)
(07/28/21)
-6
Horizontal Abduction (avg)
(07/28/21)
ProPlayAI - MER
External Rotation (avg)
Stride Length (avg)
Horizontal Abduction (avg)
ProPlayAI - MER
External Rotation (avg)
Stride Length (avg)
Horizontal Abduction (avg)
ProPlayAI - Release
22
Arm Speed (max)
(07/28/21)
22
Arm Speed (avg)
(07/28/21)
-222
Knee Extension Velocity (max)
(07/28/21)
-222
Knee Extension Velocity (avg)
(07/28/21)
18
Knee Flexion (avg)
(07/28/21)
17
Lateral Trunk Tilt (avg)
(07/28/21)
121
Arm Path (avg)
(07/28/21)
75
Deception (avg)
(07/28/21)
73
Torque (avg)
(07/28/21)
47
Efficiency (avg)
(07/28/21)
100
Sequencing (avg)
(07/28/21)
ProPlayAI - Release
Arm Speed (max)
Arm Speed (avg)
Knee Extension Velocity (max)
Knee Extension Velocity (avg)
Knee Flexion (avg)
Lateral Trunk Tilt (avg)
Arm Path (avg)
Deception (avg)
Torque (avg)
Efficiency (avg)
Sequencing (avg)
ProPlayAI - Release
Arm Speed (max)
Arm Speed (avg)
Knee Extension Velocity (max)
Knee Extension Velocity (avg)
Knee Flexion (avg)
Lateral Trunk Tilt (avg)
Arm Path (avg)
Deception (avg)
Torque (avg)
Efficiency (avg)
Sequencing (avg)

Swift

Swift
1.70
10-yd
(10/08/22)
3.89
30-yd
(10/08/22)
6.96
60-yd
(10/08/22)
20.0
Run speed (max)
(10/08/22)
3.01
RSi (max)
(10/08/22)
2.54
RSi (avg)
(10/08/22)
2111
Jump Power (max)
(10/08/22)
26.5
Jump Height (max)
(10/08/22)
26.0
Jump Height (avg)
(10/08/22)
Swift
10-yd
1.7
30-yd
3.89
60-yd
6.96
Run speed (max)
20
RSi (max)
3.01
RSi (avg)
2.54
Jump Power (max)
2111
Jump Height (max)
26.5
Jump Height (avg)
26

Kent State Will Be Future Home For Solitaria

NORTH OLMSTED - Sawyer Solitaria had a decision to make after making a decommitment with Ohio State.

“I was either going to gamble on myself to go big or go with what I had,” the second-rated 2024 third baseman in the state said. “I decided on Kent State. All those coaches are really cool. When I first started communicating with them they were always engaged and always had something positive to say.”

The Saint Ignatius junior pointed to a coaching change at Ohio State with bringing on the need to look elsewhere for a college.

“There were some things going on,’ Solitaria related. “The new guys came in and there wasn’t as much active communication with me. I get it, they had a lot going on. My coaches said they wanted to make me a Pitcher Only so I decided not to go there. I wanted to be on both sides.”

So the recruiting process started over.

“At that point I had some idea what was going on,” the 261st-ranked 2024 in the nation explained. “Kent State was the first to reach out, then Wright State and then a couple of other colleges. But I was still in the big Power 5 mindset. So I went to the (PBR) State Games to try and get some attention. I played well there and thought I’d get more attention but it was the same stuff. Then I went to a Notre Dame camp and almost went to one at Indiana and Michigan. But after Notre Dame I didn’t think I was going to get what I was getting from the smaller schools.”

So the 6-3 180-pounder concluded that Kent State was best for him.

“Over the summer Kent went to four tournaments to look at me,” Solitaria noted. “They had a feeling about what was going on and as soon as they found out (I decommitted) they jumped on me. I appreciated that a lot.”

The ninth-rated junior in Ohio pointed to his parents and Saint Ignatius head coach Brad Ganor along with his advisor and summer coach with helping out in his second recruiting process.

“At first I thought it would be hard for me to decommit, but in the end there wasn’t communication,” Solitaria said. “I just used that for fuel that they’re making a mistake.”

Kent State coaches witnessed plenty about Solitaria that could help the Mid-American Conference program.

“They liked everything they saw over the summer, the way I could flip the switch and lock in when it was time to go,” Solitaria related. “As we talked more they said how they like me as a person to go along with my baseball skills.”

There was one more thing that stood out.

“They offered me as a two-way,” Solitaria noted. “They have a couple there and said some of their best pitchers now also play the field, including their top reliever.”

That was crucial in the eyes of the 23rd-ranked 2024 third baseman in the country.

“I didn’t want to go to college without a chance to do both,” Solitaria explained. “Whatever pans out, I’ll deal with it when it gets to that point.”

The 16-year-old is confident he can make an impact at Kent State wherever he is on the field.

“I think I can come in and add to the environment which Kent State is all about,” Solitaria said. “I want them to introduce me to what’s going on, and when the older guys leave, help keep the culture the same, keep the environment the same, and maybe even improve it if I can. I want to get them back to the College World Series and I think I can make an impact to help do that.”

A 3.4 student at Saint Ignatius, Solitaria is considering a major in business sales at Kent, which is located an hour from home.

“To me, going to a new school is super exciting,” Solitaria said. “I’m going to meet new people that will be buddies for life. It’s an opportunity to make new friends and improve your life.

“It’s relieving knowing I chose somewhere that will help develop me as a person and player,” Solitaria concluded. “You know you’re going somewhere that wants you.”


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