Battle For The Arch: TrackMan Files


By: Kevin Cronin
Tech Analyst, Area Scout

On Thursday, September 28, the PBR Illinois and PBR Missouri scouting staffs collaborated to host the first annual Battle for The Arch event at GCS Ballpark in Sauget, Missouri. This invite-only event pitted several talented uncommitted prospects from both states against each other, starting with a workout portion and concluding with a quick game between the teams afterwards.

Now, at the event's conclusion, it's time for our staff to start the post-event process by rolling out several different content pieces based on the day's performances. We previously rolled out our Statistical Analysis, where we looked at which prospects topped our leaderboards from the event.

Today, we'll start to further unravel the data we collected throughout the showcase, starting with the deeper, more analytical outputs we have through our TrackMan portable units, found below.

MAX FASTBALL & PEAK SPIN RATE

Rank Name State School Class Pos Velocity (max)
1 Cannon Stuckey MO Lafayette 2023 C 89.0 mph
2 Joseph Swanson IL Pekin 2022 RHP 86.8 mph
3 Brysen Nepute MO Christian Brothers College 2023 OF 84.6 mph
4 Luke Aubuchon MO Fort Zumwalt East 2022 SS 83.9 mph
5 Danny Mack IL O'Fallon 2022 RHP 83.5 mph

Rank Name State School Class Pos Spin Rate (max)
1 Danny Mack IL O'Fallon 2022 RHP 2433 rpm
2 Joseph Swanson IL Pekin 2022 RHP 2414 rpm
3 Cannon Stuckey MO Lafayette 2023 C 2304 rpm
4 Luke Aubuchon MO Fort Zumwalt East 2022 SS 2282 rpm
5 Brysen Nepute MO Christian Brothers College 2023 OF 2275 rpm

Max Fastball Velocity: This metric calculates the speed of the pitch as it’s released from the pitcher’s hand.

Spin Rate: This metric calculates the rate of spin on the baseball as it leaves the pitcher’s hand, measured in revolutions per minute (rpm). Historical data shows that high-spin fastballs lessen the impact of gravity, allowing for more ‘rise’ (or less fall, in other words) as it carries through the zone. Low-spin fastballs typically indicate the pitch has greater horizontal action, often making it tougher to square up, but generally easier to make contact with, leading to more ground balls, while high-spin fastballs show a correlation with swings and misses.

Average Fastball Horizontal Movement

Rank Name State School Class Pos HM (avg)
1 Jack Niedringhaus MO MICDS 2022 LHP -12.9
2 Evan Foster IL Maroa-Forsyth 2023 LHP -12.9
3 Eli Kieser IL Normal University 2023 SS 11.8
4 Nolan Folks MO Holt 2023 LHP -11.0

Horizontal Break: Outlined on TrackMan’s own website: “... horizontal movement is measured in inches between where the pitch actually crosses the front of home plate side-wise, and where it would have crossed home plate side-wise if had it traveled in a perfectly straight line from release. A positive number means the break was to the right from the pitcher’s perspective, while a negative number means the break was to the left from the pitcher’s perspective.”

Average Slider Spin Rate

Rank Name State School Class Pos Spin Rate (avg)
1 Joseph Swanson IL Pekin 2022 RHP 2445
2 Danny Mack IL O'Fallon 2022 RHP 2329
3 Gannon Burns IL Edwardsville 2022 SS 2211
4 Cannon Stuckey MO Lafayette 2023 C 1931

Average Curveball Spin Rate

Rank Name State School Class Pos Spin Rate (avg)
1 Evan Foster IL Maroa-Forsyth 2023 LHP 2226 rpm
2 Brysen Nepute MO Christian Brothers College 2023 OF 2093 rpm
3 Logan Geggus IL Edwardsville 2023 LHP 1968 rpm

Average Changeup Horizontal Movement

Rank Name State School Class Pos HM (avg)
1 Gannon Burns IL Edwardsville 2022 SS 14.4
2 Nolan Folks MO Holt 2023 LHP -12.7
3 Jack Niedringhaus MO MICDS 2022 LHP -10.2

Average Exit Velocity (Hitting)

Rank Name State School Class Pos Exit Velocity (avg)
1 Edward Uschold MO Parkway South 2023 3B 91.4 mph
2 Riley Iffrig IL Edwardsville 2023 1B 90.5 mph
3 Tyler Whitworth MO Hazelwood West 2023 1B 90.0 mph
4 Joe Siervo MO Parkway Central 2022 SS 89.2 mph
5 Owen Cornett IL Du Quoin 2023 1B 89.2 mph
6 Caeleb Copeland IL Edwardsville 2023 OF 88.3 mph
7 David Broughton MO St. John Vianney 2023 3B 87.8 mph
8 Connor Earleywine MO Jefferson City 2022 2B 87.6 mph

Exit Speed: Also according to TrackMan’s own website: “The speed of the ball, measured in miles per hour, as it comes off the bat at the moment of contact.”

Peak Exit Velocity (Hitting)

Rank Name State School Class Pos Exit Velocity (max)
1 Caeleb Copeland IL Edwardsville 2023 OF 104.5 mph
2 Cannon Stuckey MO Lafayette 2023 C 100.1 mph
3 Owen Cornett IL Du Quoin 2023 1B 97.7 mph
4 Riley Iffrig IL Edwardsville 2023 1B 95.6 mph
5 Tyler Whitworth MO Hazelwood West 2023 1B 95.2 mph
6 Edward Uschold MO Parkway South 2023 3B 94.9 mph
7 Brian Twomey IL Riverside Brookfield 2022 C 94.9 mph
8 Joe Siervo MO Parkway Central 2022 SS 94.8 mph

Peak Estimated Batted Distance (Hitting)

Rank Name State School Class Pos Distance (max)
1 Owen Cornett IL Du Quoin 2023 1B 378 ft
2 Brysen Nepute MO Christian Brothers College 2023 OF 348 ft
3 Tyler Whitworth MO Hazelwood West 2023 1B 348 ft
4 Joe Siervo MO Parkway Central 2022 SS 346 ft
5 Caeleb Copeland IL Edwardsville 2023 OF 345 ft
6 Edward Uschold MO Parkway South 2023 3B 342 ft
7 Riley Iffrig IL Edwardsville 2023 1B 342 ft
8 Kyle Byrne MO CBC 2023 1B 338 ft
9 Avery Oravetz MO Lafayette 2023 OF 334 ft

For a complete look at each of the statistics measured at this showcase, CLICK HERE.

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