Eastern Wisconsin Open: Trackman Files


Kevin Cronin
Area Scout

On Monday, Aug. 16, the PBR Wisconsin team will host its final event on the summer slate: the fourth annual Eastern Wisconsin Open, coming to you from Wildwood Baseball Park in Sheboygan. Every year, the state’s staff reconvenes in Sheboygan where we get a closer look at prospects in the state that we don’t often get to see, and there are plenty of new faces we’re set to see for the first time.

Earlier in the week, our scouting staff collaborated to highlight several standouts and performances from Monday’s showcase inside our Quick Hits piece, which you can find HERE. We then started our deep dive into the data collected by highlighting those who topped our statistical leaderboards and put up noteworthy numbers inside our Stat Story, found HERE.

Today, we’re continuing our post-event analysis by examining the data measured by our TrackMan units. The technology is able to capture information that’s difficult to capture by the naked eye, like pitch-by-pitch metrics and batted-ball data. We’ll explain more below:

MAX FASTBALL & PEAK SPIN RATE

Rank Name State School Class Pos Velocity (max)
1 Grant Meulemans WI Freedom 2022 SS 84.53 mph
2 Jack Ryan WI Janesville Craig 2022 RHP 83.90 mph
3 Kahler Key WI Aquinas 2022 RHP 83.80 mph
4 Eamonn Mulhern WI Madison East 2022 RHP 82.44 mph
5 Luke Miller WI Shorewood 2022 RHP 82.05 mph
6 Erik Jaschinski WI Verona Area 2022 RHP 80.95 mph
7 Austin Grube WI Chilton 2023 SS 80.93 mph
8 Trent Oiler WI Brookfield East 2025 RHP 80.70 mph
9 Kolden Hunter WI Hortonville 2023 RHP 80.68 mph

Rank Name State School Class Pos Spin Rate (max)
1 Austin Grube WI Chilton 2023 SS 2325 rpm
2 Jack Ryan WI Janesville Craig 2022 RHP 2249 rpm
3 Matthew Eiden WI Stevens Point 2023 OF 2102 rpm
4 Owen DeGrand WI Denmark 2022 RHP 2095 rpm
5 Eamonn Mulhern WI Madison East 2022 RHP 2093 rpm
6 Luke Miller WI Shorewood 2022 RHP 2071 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 Ethan Ovsak WI Denmark 2023 OF 21.8
2 Owen DeGrand WI Denmark 2022 RHP 17.7
3 Jack Ryan WI Janesville Craig 2022 RHP 16.8
4 Trent Oiler WI Brookfield East 2025 RHP 16.7
5 Eamonn Mulhern WI Madison East 2022 RHP 14.2
6 Dylan Costello WI New Berlin Eisenhower 2022 3B 13.9
7 Preston Manthei WI Lake Country Lutheran 2025 1B 13.2

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 Slider Spin Rate

Rank Name State School Class Pos Spin Rate (avg)
1 Kolden Hunter WI Hortonville 2023 RHP 2184
2 Kahler Key WI Aquinas 2022 RHP 2086

Average Curveball Spin Rate

Rank Name State School Class Pos Spin Rate (avg)
1 Jack Ryan WI Janesville Craig 2022 RHP 2610 rpm
2 Austin Grube WI Chilton 2023 SS 2375 rpm
3 Trent Oiler WI Brookfield East 2025 RHP 2210 rpm
4 Kahler Key WI Aquinas 2022 RHP 2196 rpm
5 Brandon Kerns WI Oregon 2022 LHP 2192 rpm
6 Luke Miller WI Shorewood 2022 RHP 2137 rpm

Average Changeup Horizontal Movement

Rank Name State School Class Pos HM (avg)
1 Ethan Ovsak WI Denmark 2023 OF 18.7
2 Owen DeGrand WI Denmark 2022 RHP 16.3
3 Austin Grube WI Chilton 2023 SS 13.7
4 Matthew Eiden WI Stevens Point 2023 OF 13.6
5 Eamonn Mulhern WI Madison East 2022 RHP 13.0
6 Luke Miller WI Shorewood 2022 RHP 11.7
7 Samuel Mommer WI St. Thomas More 2024 C 11.6
8 Kahler Key WI Aquinas 2022 RHP 11.4
9 Preston Manthei WI Lake Country Lutheran 2025 1B 10.4

Average Exit Velocity (Hitting)

Rank Name State School Class Pos Exit Speed (avg)
1 Luke Erickson WI Eau Claire Memorial 2022 OF 87.51 mph
2 Brett Sommer WI Hortonville 2023 2B 85.73 mph
3 Hayden Konkol WI Denmark 2022 OF 85.22 mph
4 Matthew Eiden WI Stevens Point 2023 OF 84.65 mph
5 Ethan Ovsak WI Denmark 2023 OF 84.56 mph
6 Tyler Meyer WI Wauwatosa East 2023 3B 84.39 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 Speed (max)
1 Braeden Ryan WI Waupaca 2022 1B 96.66 mph
2 Luke Erickson WI Eau Claire Memorial 2022 OF 93.89 mph
3 Brett Sommer WI Hortonville 2023 2B 92.49 mph
4 Matthew Eiden WI Stevens Point 2023 OF 92.24 mph
5 Tyler Meyer WI Wauwatosa East 2023 3B 92.14 mph
6 Hayden Konkol WI Denmark 2022 OF 91.94 mph
7 Christopher Wiesman WI DC Everest 2022 SS 91.89 mph
8 Trenton Feucht WI Freedom 2023 C 90.82 mph
9 Evan Sellnow WI Watertown 2022 OF 90.60 mph

Peak Estimated Batted Distance (Hitting)

Rank Name State School Class Pos Distance (max)
1 Luke Erickson WI Eau Claire Memorial 2022 OF 357 ft
2 Matthew Eiden WI Stevens Point 2023 OF 342 ft
3 Christopher Wiesman WI DC Everest 2022 SS 333 ft
4 Hayden Konkol WI Denmark 2022 OF 321 ft
5 Alex Pankratz WI Waupaca 2022 SS 320 ft

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

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