Preisel Taking Strong Work Ethic To Miami


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Preisel Taking Strong Work Ethic To Miami

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Connor Preisel

Class of 2022 / LHP

Player Information

  • Graduating Class: 2022
  • Primary Position: LHP
    Secondary Position: 1B
  • High School: Holy Name
    State: OH
  • Summer Team: Brownlee Lookouts 17U
  • Height: 6-2
    Weight: 225lbs
  • Bat/Throw: R/L

Statistics

Pitching
89
Max FB
(02/15/21)
86 - 89
FB
(02/15/21)
77 - 78
CB
(02/15/21)
80 - 81
CH
(01/17/21)
79 - 80
SL
(02/15/21)
Pitching
Max FB
89
FB
86 - 89
CB
77 - 78
CH
80 - 81
SL
79 - 80
Pitching
Max FB
86
FB
84 - 86
CH
80 - 81
SL
75 - 78
Pitching
Max FB
88
FB
86 - 88
Pitching
Max FB
83
FB
80 - 83
CB
68 - 70
CH
71 - 74
Position
7.58
60-yard
(06/23/20)
84
INF Velo
(02/15/20)
86
OF Velo
(02/15/20)
91
Exit Velo
(01/17/21)
Position
60-yard
7.79
INF Velo
82
Exit Velo
91
Position
60-yard
7.58
INF Velo
84
Exit Velo
83
Position
60-yard
7.7
INF Velo
84
OF Velo
86
Exit Velo
89
Trackman - Fastball
89.26
Velocity (max)
(02/15/21)
84.50
Eff Velocity (avg)
(02/15/21)
2325
Spin Rate (max)
(01/17/21)
2111
Spin Rate (avg)
(01/17/21)
Trackman - Fastball
Velocity (max)
89.26
Velo Range
86.28 - 89.11
Eff Velocity (avg)
84.5
Spin Rate (max)
2239
Spin Rate (avg)
2044
IVB (max)
IVB (avg)
HM (max)
HM (avg)
Extension (avg)
Release Ht (avg)
Bauer Units (max)
Zone %
Trackman - Fastball
Velocity (max)
85.76
Velo Range
84.45 - 85.5
Eff Velocity (avg)
84.36
Spin Rate (max)
2325
Spin Rate (avg)
2111
IVB (max)
IVB (avg)
HM (max)
HM (avg)
Extension (avg)
Release Ht (avg)
Bauer Units (max)
Zone %
Trackman - Fastball
Velocity (max)
82
Velo Range
79.34 - 82
Eff Velocity (avg)
80.15
Spin Rate (max)
2219
Spin Rate (avg)
2090
IVB (max)
IVB (avg)
HM (max)
HM (avg)
Extension (avg)
Release Ht (avg)
Bauer Units (max)
Zone %
Trackman - Curveball
78.64
Velocity (max)
(02/15/21)
73.81
Eff Velocity (avg)
(02/15/21)
2730
Spin Rate (max)
(02/15/21)
2702
Spin Rate (avg)
(02/15/21)
Trackman - Curveball
Velocity (max)
78.64
Velo Range
77.16 - 78.38
Eff Velocity (avg)
73.81
Spin Rate (max)
2730
Spin Rate (avg)
2702
IVB (max)
IVB (avg)
HM (max)
HM (avg)
Extension (avg)
Release Ht (avg)
Bauer Units (max)
Zone %
Trackman - Curveball
Velocity (max)
71.18
Velo Range
69.28 - 71.17
Eff Velocity (avg)
69.38
Spin Rate (max)
2540
Spin Rate (avg)
2500
IVB (max)
IVB (avg)
HM (max)
HM (avg)
Extension (avg)
Release Ht (avg)
Bauer Units (max)
Zone %
Trackman - Slider
79.66
Velocity (max)
(02/15/21)
75.15
Eff Velocity (avg)
(02/15/21)
2816
Spin Rate (max)
(01/17/21)
2544
Spin Rate (avg)
(01/17/21)
Trackman - Slider
Velocity (max)
79.66
Velo Range
77.65 - 79.32
Eff Velocity (avg)
75.15
Spin Rate (max)
2659
Spin Rate (avg)
2325
IVB (max)
IVB (avg)
HM (max)
HM (avg)
Extension (avg)
Release Ht (avg)
Bauer Units (max)
Zone %
Trackman - Slider
Velocity (max)
78.33
Velo Range
75.2 - 77.62
Eff Velocity (avg)
74.68
Spin Rate (max)
2816
Spin Rate (avg)
2544
IVB (max)
IVB (avg)
HM (max)
HM (avg)
Extension (avg)
Release Ht (avg)
Bauer Units (max)
Zone %
Trackman - ChangeUp
81.69
Velocity (max)
(01/17/21)
78.23
Eff Velocity (avg)
(02/15/21)
1997
Spin Rate (max)
(01/17/21)
1977
Spin Rate (avg)
(01/17/21)
Trackman - ChangeUp
Velocity (max)
81.19
Velo Range
80.67 - 81.19
Eff Velocity (avg)
78.23
Spin Rate (max)
1996
Spin Rate (avg)
1961
IVB (max)
IVB (avg)
HM (max)
HM (avg)
Extension (avg)
Release Ht (avg)
Bauer Units (max)
Trackman - ChangeUp
Velocity (max)
81.69
Velo Range
80 - 81.69
Eff Velocity (avg)
78.08
Spin Rate (max)
1997
Spin Rate (avg)
1977
IVB (max)
IVB (avg)
HM (max)
HM (avg)
Extension (avg)
Release Ht (avg)
Bauer Units (max)
Trackman - Hitting
92.88
Exit Speed (max)
(06/23/20)
83.69
Exit Speed (avg)
(06/23/20)
237
Distance (avg)
(06/23/20)
320
Distance (max)
(06/23/20)
Trackman - Hitting
Exit Speed (max)
91.32
Exit Speed (avg)
76.57
Distance (avg)
161
Distance (max)
317
Ground Ball %
Line Drive %
Fly Ball %
Hard Hit %
Trackman - Hitting
Exit Speed (max)
92.88
Exit Speed (avg)
83.69
Distance (avg)
237
Distance (max)
320
Line Drive %
Fly Ball %
Hard Hit %
Blast - Hitting
23.30
Hand Speed (max)
(06/23/20)
22.35
Hand Speed (avg)
(06/23/20)
76.90
Bat Speed (max)
(01/17/21)
72.61
Bat Speed (avg)
(01/17/21)
Blast - Hitting
Hand Speed (max)
22.8
Hand Speed (avg)
21.34
Bat Speed (max)
76.9
Bat Speed (avg)
72.61
Rot. Acc (max)
Rot. Acc (avg)
On Plane Eff %
Blast - Hitting
Hand Speed (max)
23.3
Hand Speed (avg)
22.35
Bat Speed (max)
71.3
Bat Speed (avg)
67.91
Rot. Acc (max)
Rot. Acc (avg)
On Plane Eff %

Preisel Taking Strong Work Ethic To Miami

SAGAMORE HILLS TOWNSHIP - Connor Preisel has a lot going for him.

The Holy Name junior carries a 4.1 GPA with honors in collegiate courses. This past fall the 6-2 225-pound defensive end earned first-team all-state honors on a regional finalist football squad that recorded three shutouts during the season. Things got even better for the left-handed pitcher this winter with a recent commitment to play baseball at Miami University in Oxford.

“Initially, I started talking to Miami with coach (Matthew) Passauer, the pitching coach,” Preisel reflected. “He and Ben Simon have a good relationship and Ben introduced me to him. His first questions to me were about what kind of person I am. We talked about football and the role I played being one of the leaders on that team. He asked what I was looking for in a college and it progressed from there for about a month. He must have liked what he heard.”

A strong work ethic was one of the attractions in the eyes of Preisel.

“I’m in the facility about every day of the week working out,” the seventh-rated 2022 southpaw in Ohio said. “Not being in school in person has been an advantage. I’ve made a big jump from the start of that until now.”

The 16-year-old has a fastball that is now nearing 90 on the radar gun and colleges like Miami as well as Toledo and Akron took notice.

“Through the pandemic I did a Driveline program,” Preisel explained. “Coming into summer I was dialed in and probably had my best pitching season ever. Then I went into football and put baseball aside. Now I’m back to work with baseball.”

Admittedly, playing at the next level was not in the picture until only a short time ago.

“College baseball didn’t cross my mind until only a few months ago,” noted Preisel, who at the recent PBR Ohio Procase event had the top fastball among left-handed pitchers at 89.26 mph. “At the end of the summer season I’m like … ‘wow, I can do this.’ It never clicked until the pandemic. But I worked my butt off and was able to see the results at the end of the summer season.

“I knew I was good at football and I’d have opportunities there, but I never thought about trying to take baseball to the next level. I’m still open to football, but that decision is for later on if something were to come.”

For now, the focus ahead is on baseball after a recent trip to the Miami campus, four hours away from home in northeast Ohio.

“As soon as I was on campus I loved it,” Preisel related. “As far as academics, it’s known as a Public Ivy (League), so to be able to go to that, it sets me up for a successful world in baseball and in the real world.”

When it comes to baseball, the 49th-ranked junior in the state likes what he heard in talking to the coaches at Miami during his recruitment.

“I love their views of high ethics and high morals,” Preisel said. “They push their guys both in the classroom and on the field. I love that.”

The second-rated uncommitted 2022 left-handed pitcher in Ohio prior to his decision to attend Miami believes he will fit right in at the Mid-American Conference school.

“I work hard every day and I’ll bring in a strong work ethic to the program,” Preisel explained. “I love to do my stuff and push others to stay up to their highest level of potential.”

Preisel points to his father, Greg, as playing a pivotal role in that regard.

“From start to finish my father has been my biggest influence,” Precisely noted. “He played D-III football at John Carroll and has always pushed me to be the best I can be no matter what I’m doing, football or baseball. He’s one of the people that kept me on track during the pandemic and would give me a kick in the butt when I needed it.

“Ben Simon is another who was vital in everything that’s happened to me. He’s an unbelievable coach and understands the game of baseball’s analytic side of things.”

Once a commitment was made, Preisel admits to plenty of delightment.

“There was a lot of excitement on both sides,” Preisel said. “Coach Passauer was excited as well as we were as a family. To have the process over and not have to worry about it senior year is exciting. I can focus on being the best I can be when I step on the field at Miami.”