Fox Cities Preseason ID: TrackMan Files


Kevin Cronin
Tech Analyst, Area Scout

On Feb. 12, PBR Wisconsin hosted its latest event along the 2022 winter showcase circuit, the annual Fox Cities Preseason ID at Players Choice of the Fox Cities in Appleton, Wis. Nearly 50 players made it out to this event, providing us with updated looks and a new list of players to follow in Wisconsin in an area that continues to help us add myriad new names to follow this spring and summer.

Earlier this week we published Quick Hits highlighting the top prospects of the event by class. We also rolled out a Statistical Analysis pointing out the top recorded stats by category.

Now 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 metric data.

MAX FASTBALL & PEAK SPIN RATE

Rank Name State School Class Pos Velocity (max)
1 Brayden Olson WI Saint Croix Falls 2023 3B 90.5 mph
2 TJ Hauser WI Appleton East 2023 RHP 88.9 mph
3 Alex Vander Loop WI Kimberly 2024 RHP 85.0 mph
4 Ian Dohms WI Menasha 2024 SS 82.6 mph
5 Carter Kriewaldt WI Freedom 2023 3B 82.5 mph

Rank Name State School Class Pos Spin Rate (max)
1 Lucas Miller WI Denmark 2023 RHP 2340 rpm
2 Mitchel Meinke WI Westfield Area 2023 OF 2232 rpm
3 Greyson Wenger WI Fond du Lac 2025 LHP 2201 rpm
4 Zakary Vanlerberghe WI Neenah 2024 RHP 2188 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 Evan Cichanofsky WI Bay Port 2025 LHP -15.9
2 Michael Gwiazdon WI Appleton West 2025 RHP 14.8
3 Jobe Griesbach WI Fox Valley Lutheran 2024 OF 13.9
4 Brayden Olson WI Saint Croix Falls 2023 3B 13.4
5 Joe Bieganski WI Hartford Union 2024 LHP -13.2
6 Caden Popp WI Appleton North 2023 SS 12.8
7 Jordan Clementi WI Kettle Moraine Lutheran 2023 RHP 12.6
8 Gavin Markert WI Winneconne 2023 2B 12.3
9 Henry Williams WI Waupaca 2024 LHP -11.9
10 Taiven Gass WI Hortonville 2025 3B 11.7

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 TJ Hauser WI Appleton East 2023 RHP 2516
2 Mitchel Meinke WI Westfield Area 2023 OF 2239
3 Michael Gwiazdon WI Appleton West 2025 RHP 2158

Average Curveball Spin Rate

Rank Name State School Class Pos Spin Rate (avg)
1 Brayden Olson WI Saint Croix Falls 2023 3B 2325 rpm
2 Caden Popp WI Appleton North 2023 SS 2191 rpm
3 Ethan Peters WI Hortonville 2023 RHP 2123 rpm
4 Ryan Csida WI Kimberly 2023 OF 2028 rpm
5 Lucas Miller WI Denmark 2023 RHP 2023 rpm

Average Changeup Horizontal Movement

Rank Name State School Class Pos HM (avg)
1 Brayden Olson WI Saint Croix Falls 2023 3B 21.5
2 Evan Cichanofsky WI Bay Port 2025 LHP -18.2
3 Taiven Gass WI Hortonville 2025 3B 18.0
4 Michael Gwiazdon WI Appleton West 2025 RHP 14.6
5 Gavin Markert WI Winneconne 2023 2B 14.5
6 Ian Dohms WI Menasha 2024 SS 12.4
7 Henry Williams WI Waupaca 2024 LHP -11.5

Average Exit Velocity (Hitting)

Rank Name State School Class Pos Exit Velocity (avg)
1 Eli Pantzlaff WI Waukesha West 2023 1B 90.1 mph
2 Trevor Vande Hey WI Wrightstown 2025 OF 89.9 mph
3 Donatello Badalamenti WI Notre Dame Academy 2024 RHP 86.8 mph
4 Ian Dohms WI Menasha 2024 SS 86.7 mph
5 Brayden Olson WI Saint Croix Falls 2023 3B 86.3 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 Eli Pantzlaff WI Waukesha West 2023 1B 98.4 mph
2 Trevor Vande Hey WI Wrightstown 2025 OF 97.6 mph
3 Caden Popp WI Appleton North 2023 SS 95.4 mph
4 Brayden Olson WI Saint Croix Falls 2023 3B 94.9 mph
5 Bryson Koehne WI Norte Dame Academy 2024 1B 94.5 mph
6 Donatello Badalamenti WI Notre Dame Academy 2024 RHP 93.7 mph

Peak Estimated Batted Distance (Hitting)

Rank Name State School Class Pos Distance (max)
1 Eli Pantzlaff WI Waukesha West 2023 1B 361 ft
2 Trevor Vande Hey WI Wrightstown 2025 OF 355 ft
3 Caden Popp WI Appleton North 2023 SS 346 ft
4 Brayden Olson WI Saint Croix Falls 2023 3B 340 ft
5 TJ Hauser WI Appleton East 2023 RHP 332 ft

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

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