South Milwaukee Preseason I.D.: Statistical Analysis


By Andy Sroka
Illinois and Wisconsin Assistant Director

On March 7, the PBR Wisconsin team hosted the South Milwaukee Preseason I.D., at Hitters Baseball Academy in Caledonia, Wis. This was an open event for all high school classes (2021-24), and gave our staff an ample look at the area's top players.

If you missed us on Sunday, check out our showcase page to see when we’re in the neighborhood next.

On Tuesday, we published our biggest takeaways and highlights from Sunday’s showcase within our Quick Hits story. Today, we’ll dive right into the statistical side of things, analyzing the event’s top performers from several different statistical categories. Throughout the rest of this week, we’ll be taking diving deeper into all of the data we collected, too, with the help of our Blast Motion and TrackMan devices.

TOP 60-YARD DASH

Rank Name State School Class Pos 60-yard
1 TJ Williams WI Racine Horlick 2022 SS 6.70
^ Dylan Mass WI Franklin 2022 OF 6.70
2 John Ahler IL Marian Central Catholic 2022 SS 6.71
^ Alexander Alicea WI St. Thomas More 2023 SS 6.71
3 Josh DeGroot WI Union Grove 2022 SS 6.73
4 Jonathan Kim WI Brookfield Academy 2022 OF 6.76
5 Mitchell Voit WI Whitefish Bay 2022 3B 6.80
6 Heath Venne WI Muskego 2022 C 6.83
7 Ian Choi WI Indian Trail 2022 SS 6.87
8 Gianni Royer IL Lake Forest 2023 OF 6.92
9 Jack Counsell WI Whitefish Bay 2023 SS 7.02
^ Hayden Christiansen IL Richmond-Burton 2022 C 7.02
10 Gavin Kilen WI Milton 2022 SS 7.04
11 Sam Meidenbauer WI Waukesha West 2022 1B 7.10
12 RJ Thomae WI Hartford Union 2024 OF 7.11
13 Owen Bond WI Kettle Moraine 2023 OF 7.12
^ Camdin Jansen WI Racine Lutheran 2022 SS 7.12
14 Tristan Ellis WI Greendale 2022 2B 7.13

Ten players sprinted to a time under 7.00 flat, led by two uncommitted juniors in the state: OF Dylan Mass (Franklin, 2022) and INF T.J. Williams (Racine Horlick, 2022). One of the state’s top-ranked sophomores, INF Alexander Alicea (St. Thomas More, 2023; Louisville commit), comfortably led all ‘23s in attendance, just a fraction off the day’s leaders. More uncommitted juniors make up the next set of names, including INF Josh DeGroot (Union Grove) who is near the top of each of the categories he participated in – similar to OF Jonathan Kim (Brookfield Academy). OF R.J. Thomae (Hartford Union, 2024) led all freshmen with his 7.11 mark.

MAX FASTBALL VELOCITY

Rank Name State School Class Pos Max FB
1 Mitchell Voit WI Whitefish Bay 2022 3B 92 mph
2 Luke Klekamp WI Oak Creek 2022 RHP 90 mph
^ Kendall Lyons IL Warren Township 2022 RHP 90 mph
3 Adam Switalski WI Westosha Central 2023 RHP 89 mph
^ Michael Mulhollon WI Westosha Central 2022 LHP 89 mph
^ Hunter Schmitt WI Grafton 2022 RHP 89 mph
4 Brady Banker IL Carmel Catholic 2022 LHP 88 mph
5 Adison Tevz WI New Berlin Eisenhower 2023 RHP 87 mph
^ Adam Behrens IL Warren Township 2023 RHP 87 mph
^ TJ Schuyler IL Antioch 2023 C 87 mph
6 Nolan Buss WI Arrowhead 2024 RHP 86 mph
^ Austin Kutz WI Hartford Union 2023 RHP 86 mph
7 Jaxson Easterlin WI Franklin 2022 RHP 85 mph

RHP/INF Mitchell Voit (Whitefish Bay, 2022; Michigan) produced one of the most memorable statistical performances in recent years – topping his own performance at this same last year. Voit started the day by running a 6.80, drew a crowd by reaching an in-stride 97 mph high to first base, and hopped on the mound shortly after to hit a pair of 92 mph highs – and he nearly reached triple digits off the barrel in the batter’s box, too.

A couple other juniors hit the 90 mph mark more than once, and both are still uncommitted: RHP Luke Klekamp (Oak Creek, 2022) and RHP Kendall Lyons (Warren, IL, 2022).

Committed southpaws Michael Mulhollon (Westosha Central, 2022; Wichita State) and Brady Banker (Carmel Catholic, IL; Illinois) led the left-handers with an 89 mph and 88 high, respectively.

One of the top pitchers in the state’s 2023 class, RHP Adam Switalski (Westosha Central; Indiana), led all sophomores with an 89 mph high here. Three other sophomores touched 87 mph: RHP Adam Behrens (Warren, IL, 2023), C/RHP T.J. Schuyler (Antioch, IL, 2023; Indiana), and RHP Adison Tevz (New Berlin Eisenhower, 2023).

Freshman RHP Nolan Buss (Arrowhead, 2024) touched 86 mph twice, three ticks higher than the next highest among ‘24s.

MAX EXIT VELOCITY

Rank Name State School Class Pos Exit Speed (max)
1 Hayden Christiansen IL Richmond-Burton 2022 C 101.78 mph
2 Jonathan Kim WI Brookfield Academy 2022 OF 99.77 mph
3 Heath Venne WI Muskego 2022 C 98.55 mph
4 Mitchell Voit WI Whitefish Bay 2022 3B 98.47 mph
5 Ethan Brown WI Waukesha West 2023 3B 97.00 mph
6 Will Vierling WI Homestead 2022 C 96.93 mph
7 Jack Anderson WI Oconomowoc 2022 OF 96.72 mph
8 Owen Bond WI Kettle Moraine 2023 OF 96.50 mph
9 Gavin Kilen WI Milton 2022 SS 96.36 mph
10 Ian Choi WI Indian Trail 2022 SS 95.74 mph
11 Camdin Jansen WI Racine Lutheran 2022 SS 94.87 mph
12 Austin Kutz WI Hartford Union 2023 RHP 94.73 mph
13 Kyle Smith IL Warren 2022 C 94.66 mph
14 DJ Kojis WI Whitefish Bay 2022 OF 94.65 mph
15 Jake Petasek WI Green Bay Preble 2022 SS 94.42 mph
16 Sam Meidenbauer WI Waukesha West 2022 1B 94.03 mph

C Hayden Christiansen (Richmond-Burton, IL, 2022; Xavier) was the lone batter to pass the 100 mph threshold on Sunday – and he did three times, in one of the day’s pound-for-pound top performances. Fellow backstop Heath Venne (Muskego, 2022) and the aforementioned Kim are two of the strongest players in the class, and they both reached the upper-90s in their rounds of BP as a pair of the top uncommitted players in the state.

3B/RHP Ethan Brown (Waukesha West, 2023) led all sophomores in max exit speed after hitting a 97.0 mph line-drive into the right-center gap on his final swing. Oconomowoc’s Jack Anderson (2022) averaged an exit speed of 92 mph, and topped 96.7. Uncommitted INF Camdin Jansen (Racine Lutheran, 2022) added strength over the offseason and it enhanced his batted-ball profile, as he reached a 94.9 mph here on Sunday, way up from last summer.

MAX INFIELD VELOCITY

Rank Name State School Class Pos INF Velo
1 Mitchell Voit WI Whitefish Bay 2022 3B 97
2 Gavin Kilen WI Milton 2022 SS 92
3 Ian Choi WI Indian Trail 2022 SS 91
^ Josh DeGroot WI Union Grove 2022 SS 91
4 Alexander Alicea WI St. Thomas More 2023 SS 90
5 Grayson Flugaur WI Franklin 2024 RHP 88
^ John Ahler IL Marian Central Catholic 2022 SS 88
6 Jake Petasek WI Green Bay Preble 2022 SS 87
^ Boston Halloran WI Franklin 2023 3B 87
^ Camdin Jansen WI Racine Lutheran 2022 SS 87
7 JD Dix WI Whitefish Bay 2024 SS 86
8 Paul Nuetzel WI Homestead 2024 SS 85
^ CJ Trask WI Oak Creek 2024 SS 85
^ Michael Clarkson IL Loyola Academy 2023 C 85
9 Tristan Ellis WI Greendale 2022 2B 84
^ Jackson Brewer WI Homestead 2024 1B 84

Five infielders touched 90 mph or higher on Sunday, and even more impressively, they managed to reach that number while defending in rhythm, fundamentally. We referenced Voit’s 97 mph max earlier, and fellow junior Gavin Kilen (Milton, 2022; Louisville) is next up with a 92 best. Kilen’s round of defense was especially impressive, too, looking like a true shortstop and like the latest Wisconsin shortstop to earn MLB Draft attention this summer and early next.

Consider Alicea the next in line, whose best skill is his elite defense – and his ability to reach a 90 mph high to first inside an athletic 5-foot-7 build is really noteworthy.

Freshman INF/RHP Grayson Fluguar (Franklin, 2024) led all ‘24s with an 88 mph best to first, with athletic up-the-middle actions that look like a long-term fit at shortstop.

MAX OUTFIELD VELOCITY

Rank Name State School Class Pos OF Velo
1 DJ Kojis WI Whitefish Bay 2022 OF 97
2 Adam Switalski WI Westosha Central 2023 RHP 94
3 Charlie Marion WI Franklin 2022 OF 92
4 Dylan Mass WI Franklin 2022 OF 91
^ Jonathan Kim WI Brookfield Academy 2022 OF 91
5 James Duncan WI Arrowhead 2022 OF 90
6 Michael Rueth WI Wauwatosa West 2022 OF 88
7 Nick Doubek WI Pewaukee 2022 OF 87
8 JT Kelenic WI Catholic Memorial 2023 OF 86
^ Luca Royer IL Lake Forest 2024 OF 86

OF D.J. Kojis (Whitefish Bay, 2022) is another one of the state’s top uncommitted talents and his huge 97 mph arm strength underscores this. He offers high projection, too, listed at 6-foot-2, 170 pounds, with hand speed that should help him unlock even more bat strength as he continues to mature.

Up to 89 mph on the mound, it’s unsurprising to see Switalski reach a 94 mph high to home from the outfield. The right-hander is highly athletic, and he uses it well in the outfield and it naturally translates to the bump.

Uncommitted OF Charlie Marion (Franklin) shaved some time off his 60-yard dash mark between this event and last year’s, and he also added notable strength which allowed him to reach 90-plus mph highs to home and off his left-handed barrel.

Illinois State commit OF James Duncan (Arrowhead, 2022) is another high-ceiling player, with a 6-foot-2, 185-pound, left/left frame that reached a 90 mph high here and also recorded a max exit speed of 93.8 mph.

And it’s worth monitoring the development of OF Michael Rueth (Wauwatosa West, 2022), an uncommitted junior in a 6-foot-4, 190-pound physique who offers athleticism within it. He ran a 7.27, reached an 88 mph high to home, and topped 96.2 in BP.

MAX CATCHER VELOCITY

Rank Name State School Class Pos C Velo
1 Hayden Christiansen IL Richmond-Burton 2022 C 85
2 TJ Schuyler IL Antioch 2023 C 83
3 Heath Venne WI Muskego 2022 C 81
4 Will Vierling WI Homestead 2022 C 80
5 Kyle Smith IL Warren 2022 C 79
6 Michael Clarkson IL Loyola Academy 2023 C 77
7 Justin Kretz IL Warren 2023 C 74
8 Samuel Mommer WI St. Thomas More 2024 C 72
9 Nathan Hanel WI Oak Creek 2024 C 71
^ Deed Capper WI Homestead 2024 OF 71

TOP POP TIMES

Rank Name State School Class Pos Pop Time
1 TJ Schuyler IL Antioch 2023 C 1.93-2.08
2 Hayden Christiansen IL Richmond-Burton 2022 C 1.94-2.09
3 Kyle Smith IL Warren 2022 C 1.94-2.11
4 Will Vierling WI Homestead 2022 C 1.97-2.08
5 Heath Venne WI Muskego 2022 C 1.98-2.04
6 Michael Clarkson IL Loyola Academy 2023 C 2.19-2.27
7 Justin Kretz IL Warren 2023 C 2.19-2.36
8 Nathan Hanel WI Oak Creek 2024 C 2.29-2.37
9 Samuel Mommer WI St. Thomas More 2024 C 2.33-2.40
10 Deed Capper WI Homestead 2024 OF 2.36-2.41

Several catchers managed to stand out in previous categories, mentioned earlier, but it’s worth touching back on Christiansen’s tremendous day, measuring an 85 mph high out of the chute and some of the day’s lowest pop times. Schuyler clearly provides advanced arm strength, and he’s an all-around premium defender, and not just for his sophomore age. Kyle Smith (Warren, IL) moves well inside his durable 5-foot-11, 202-pound frame – and he reached a 94.7 mph high from the right-handed batter’s box.

Another one of the state’s Louisville commits, Will Vierling (Homestead, 2022), continues to show as a high-follow prospect. Veriling’s left-handed bat looks polished and prepared to take on a middle-of-the-order responsibility at the next level, and he can really catch, too.

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