Eastern Wisconsin Open: Data Dive


By Isaiah Glidden
Area Scout, Staff Writer

On August 22, the PBR Wisconsin staff held our final event of the summer tour with the Eastern Wisconsin Open. This event was held at the Wildwood Baseball Park in Sheboygan, Wis. and roughly 50 players made it out to this event, providing us with updated looks and a new list of prospects to follow in an area of Wisconsin that we don’t get to venture to often enough.

Earlier this week we published our Quick Hits piece in which we highlighted the top prospects of the event by class. This was followed by our Statistical Analysis piece, in which we looked at leaders from several different statistical categories. Today, we will wrap up our post event coverage with this Data Dive piece where we take a look at leaders from more advanced metrics that we were able to capture with the help of our TrackMan, Blast Motion, and Visual Edge devices. 

TRACKMAN

We'll continue to roll out the data we gathered from this event, starting with the analytics we have at our disposal from our TrackMan units. Below we'll look at which players had noteworthy batted ball and pitch data.

MAX FASTBALL VELOCITY & SPIN RATE

Rank Name State School Class Pos Velocity (max)
1 Loren Georger WI Appleton West 2025 RHP 84.8 mph
2 Riker Blahnik WI Appleton West 2024 LHP 83.0 mph
3 Garrett Shupe WI Mosinee 2024 RHP 82.9 mph
4 Owen Ripley WI St. Mary Catholic 2023 RHP 82.5 mph
5 Arthur Curtis WI Waukesha North 2024 RHP 81.4 mph
6 Preston Steiner WI Potosi 2023 LHP 81.1 mph
7 PJ Hamel WI Arrowhead 2025 C 80.3 mph
8 Mason Schmahl WI Sheboygan Falls 2023 LHP 80.0 mph
9 Tucker Gegenfurtner WI Holmen 2023 1B 79.3 mph
10 Alex Kronfeld WI Holmen 2024 RHP 79.2 mph

Rank Name State School Class Pos Spin Rate (max)
1 Preston Steiner WI Potosi 2023 LHP 2575 rpm
2 Loren Georger WI Appleton West 2025 RHP 2472 rpm
3 Cuyler Soppe WI DC Everest 2023 SS 2331 rpm
4 Riker Blahnik WI Appleton West 2024 LHP 2254 rpm
5 Arthur Curtis WI Waukesha North 2024 RHP 2233 rpm
6 Owen Ripley WI St. Mary Catholic 2023 RHP 2231 rpm
7 Jacob Norris WI Cedar Grove 2023 RHP 2216 rpm
8 Sloan Welch WI Auburndale 2023 1B 2207 rpm
9 Connor Curtis WI Waukesha North 2025 C 2199 rpm
10 Garrett Shupe WI Mosinee 2024 RHP 2118 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 Alex Kronfeld WI Holmen 2024 RHP 19.7
2 Jacob Norris WI Cedar Grove 2023 RHP 15.2
3 Rory Dutton WI Kenosha Tremper 2024 SS 15.0
4 Brady Eader WI Grafton 2025 SS 14.5
5 Garrett Shupe WI Mosinee 2024 RHP 13.9
6 Aden Cherney WI Auburndale 2024 RHP 13.7
7 Kyler Wall WI Holmen 2023 LHP -11.9
8 Owen Ripley WI St. Mary Catholic 2023 RHP 11.9
9 PJ Hamel WI Arrowhead 2025 C 11.8
10 Arthur Curtis WI Waukesha North 2024 RHP 11.2

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 CURVEBALL & SLIDER SPIN RATE

Rank Name State School Class Pos Spin Rate (avg)
1 Loren Georger WI Appleton West 2025 RHP 2469 rpm
2 Jacob Norris WI Cedar Grove 2023 RHP 2339 rpm
3 Josh Dahlgren WI Hamilton 2023 RHP 2337 rpm
4 Riker Blahnik WI Appleton West 2024 LHP 2332 rpm
5 Aden Cherney WI Auburndale 2024 RHP 2311 rpm
6 PJ Hamel WI Arrowhead 2025 C 2284 rpm
7 Garrett Shupe WI Mosinee 2024 RHP 2251 rpm
8 Cuyler Soppe WI DC Everest 2023 SS 2215 rpm
9 Arthur Curtis WI Waukesha North 2024 RHP 2180 rpm
10 Austin Anderson WI Deerfield 2024 1B 2159 rpm

Rank Name State School Class Pos Spin Rate (avg)
1 Riker Blahnik WI Appleton West 2024 LHP 2381
2 Arthur Curtis WI Waukesha North 2024 RHP 2131
3 Austin Anderson WI Deerfield 2024 1B 2101
4 Sloan Welch WI Auburndale 2023 1B 2026
5 Cody Fredrick WI Oconomowoc 2023 RHP 2008
6 Aden Cherney WI Auburndale 2024 RHP 1954
7 Tucker Gegenfurtner WI Holmen 2023 1B 1826
8 Kyler Wall WI Holmen 2023 LHP 1635
9 Brady Eader WI Grafton 2025 SS 1588
10 Preston Steiner WI Potosi 2023 LHP 1571

AVERAGE CHANGEUP HORIZONTAL MOVEMENT

Rank Name State School Class Pos HM (avg)
1 Garrett Shupe WI Mosinee 2024 RHP 18.0
2 Alex Kronfeld WI Holmen 2024 RHP 16.2
3 Jacob Norris WI Cedar Grove 2023 RHP 15.8
4 Loren Georger WI Appleton West 2025 RHP 14.7
5 PJ Hamel WI Arrowhead 2025 C 14.2
6 Kyler Wall WI Holmen 2023 LHP -13.9
7 Rory Dutton WI Kenosha Tremper 2024 SS 12.4
8 Austin Anderson WI Deerfield 2024 1B 11.9
9 Brady Eader WI Grafton 2025 SS 11.8
10 Arthur Curtis WI Waukesha North 2024 RHP 11.8

BATTED BALL DISTANCE (PEAK & AVERAGE)

Rank Name State School Class Pos Distance (max)
1 Tucker Gegenfurtner WI Holmen 2023 1B 366 ft
2 Dylan Dobratz WI Wausau West 2023 OF 348 ft
3 Jack Gerbasi IL Grayslake Central 2023 OF 341 ft
4 Connor Curtis WI Waukesha North 2025 C 338 ft
5 Hunter Loser WI Kewaskum 2023 C 337 ft
6 Max Kurth WI Evansville 2023 RHP 316 ft
7 Preston Steiner WI Potosi 2023 LHP 308 ft
8 Arthur Curtis WI Waukesha North 2024 RHP 306 ft
9 Sloan Welch WI Auburndale 2023 1B 305 ft
10 Owen Ripley WI St. Mary Catholic 2023 RHP 302 ft

Rank Name State School Class Pos Distance (avg)
1 Connor Curtis WI Waukesha North 2025 C 252 ft
2 Jack Gerbasi IL Grayslake Central 2023 OF 244 ft
3 Ryan Stephen WI Sheboygan South 2025 3B 241 ft
4 Nolan Tomsyck WI Muskego 2023 3B 228 ft
5 Peyton Schumann WI Sun Prairie 2023 3B 224 ft
6 River Lindsey WI New Berlin Eisenhower 2023 SS 223 ft
7 Hunter Loser WI Kewaskum 2023 C 220 ft
8 Wade Spoerl WI Westosha Central 2025 RHP 219 ft
9 Joey Olsen WI Milton 2023 2B 217 ft
10 PJ Hamel WI Arrowhead 2025 C 216 ft

BLAST MOTION

With the help of our Blast Motion sensors, we're analyzing the swing metrics measured at this open showcase.

HAND SPEED (PEAK & AVERAGE)

Rank Name State School Class Pos Hand Speed (max)
1 Tucker Gegenfurtner WI Holmen 2023 1B 24.7 mph
2 Aden Cherney WI Auburndale 2024 RHP 24.2 mph
3 Cole Dornfeld WI Appleton West 2023 OF 24.1 mph
4 Sloan Welch WI Auburndale 2023 1B 24.0 mph
5 Dylan Dobratz WI Wausau West 2023 OF 23.9 mph
6 Preston Steiner WI Potosi 2023 LHP 23.3 mph
7 Nolan Tomsyck WI Muskego 2023 3B 23.1 mph
8 Mason Gray WI Antigo 2023 OF 22.9 mph
^ Peyton Schumann WI Sun Prairie 2023 3B 22.9 mph
9 PJ Hamel WI Arrowhead 2025 C 22.7 mph
^ Chase McQuade WI River Falls 2024 C 22.7 mph
10 Ryan Stephen WI Sheboygan South 2025 3B 22.6 mph

Rank Name State School Class Pos Hand Speed (avg)
1 Tucker Gegenfurtner WI Holmen 2023 1B 23.6 mph
2 Dylan Dobratz WI Wausau West 2023 OF 23.4 mph
3 Cole Dornfeld WI Appleton West 2023 OF 23.1 mph
4 Aden Cherney WI Auburndale 2024 RHP 22.7 mph
5 Sloan Welch WI Auburndale 2023 1B 22.3 mph
6 Preston Steiner WI Potosi 2023 LHP 22.1 mph
7 Peyton Schumann WI Sun Prairie 2023 3B 21.8 mph
8 Chase McQuade WI River Falls 2024 C 21.8 mph
9 Alex Ames WI Plymouth 2023 SS 21.7 mph
10 PJ Hamel WI Arrowhead 2025 C 21.6 mph

Peak Hand Speed: The observed maximum speed as measured on the handle of the bat (measured six inches from the knob of the bat). Peak Hand Speed will occur prior to the moment of impact, very close to the commit time in the swing when the wrists unhinge.

BAT SPEED (AVERAGE)

Rank Name State School Class Pos Bat Speed (avg)
1 Dylan Dobratz WI Wausau West 2023 OF 76.4 mph
2 Preston Steiner WI Potosi 2023 LHP 76.0 mph
3 Tucker Gegenfurtner WI Holmen 2023 1B 73.4 mph
4 Hunter Loser WI Kewaskum 2023 C 72.8 mph
5 Cole Dornfeld WI Appleton West 2023 OF 72.3 mph
6 Max Kurth WI Evansville 2023 RHP 71.4 mph
7 Mason Gray WI Antigo 2023 OF 71.3 mph
8 Jack Gerbasi IL Grayslake Central 2023 OF 69.3 mph
9 Chase McQuade WI River Falls 2024 C 68.6 mph
10 Alex Ames WI Plymouth 2023 SS 68.5 mph

Bat Speed: The observed speed of the sweet spot of the bat at impact. The sweet spot of the bat is measured six inches from the tip of the bat.

ROTATIONAL ACCELERATION (PEAK & AVERAGE)

Rank Name State School Class Pos Rot. Acc (max)
1 Cole Dornfeld WI Appleton West 2023 OF 31.2 g
2 Tucker Gegenfurtner WI Holmen 2023 1B 30.6 g
3 Aden Cherney WI Auburndale 2024 RHP 27.4 g
4 Preston Steiner WI Potosi 2023 LHP 26.2 g
5 Alex Ames WI Plymouth 2023 SS 25.7 g
6 Wade Spoerl WI Westosha Central 2025 RHP 24.4 g
7 Caleb Hahn WI Oak Creek 2024 OF 24.1 g
8 Hunter Loser WI Kewaskum 2023 C 22.9 g
9 Nolan Tomsyck WI Muskego 2023 3B 22.7 g
10 Ryan Stephen WI Sheboygan South 2025 3B 20.9 g

Rank Name State School Class Pos Rot. Acc (avg)
1 Tucker Gegenfurtner WI Holmen 2023 1B 26.6 g
2 Cole Dornfeld WI Appleton West 2023 OF 26.4 g
3 Caleb Hahn WI Oak Creek 2024 OF 20.7 g
4 Aden Cherney WI Auburndale 2024 RHP 20.5 g
5 Alex Ames WI Plymouth 2023 SS 19.7 g
6 Preston Steiner WI Potosi 2023 LHP 19.4 g
7 Wade Spoerl WI Westosha Central 2025 RHP 19.3 g
8 Nolan Tomsyck WI Muskego 2023 3B 18.8 g
9 Hunter Loser WI Kewaskum 2023 C 18.7 g
10 Mason Schmahl WI Sheboygan Falls 2023 LHP 17.6 g

Body Rotation: A swing that has the appropriate relative contributions of body and bat rotations is an efficient and Powerful swing that maintains proper sequencing. An efficient baseball swing is one in which the body creates the initial movements, which is then transferred to the arms and out to the bat, thereby maximizing Bat Speed through this proximal-to-distal kinematic sequencing movement pattern.

Visual Edge

We’ll take a look at the top Vizual Edge scores from the event.

Top Edge Score

Rank Name State School Class Pos Edge Score
1 River Lindsey WI New Berlin Eisenhower 2023 SS 88.01
2 Owen Ripley WI St. Mary Catholic 2023 RHP 81.31
3 Dylan Dobratz WI Wausau West 2023 OF 81.23
4 Gabriel Ciralsky WI University School of Milwaukee 2025 OF 80.36
5 Mason Schmahl WI Sheboygan Falls 2023 LHP 79.80
6 Sloan Welch WI Auburndale 2023 1B 79.65
7 Caleb Hahn WI Oak Creek 2024 OF 79.30
8 Alex Ames WI Plymouth 2023 SS 78.84
9 Preston Steiner WI Potosi 2023 LHP 78.80
10 PJ Hamel WI Arrowhead 2025 C 78.38

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