West Milwaukee Preseason I.D.: Statistical Analysis


By Andy Sroka
Illinois and Wisconsin Assistant Director

On Feb. 21, the PBR Wisconsin team hosted its second event of 2021, the West Milwaukee Preseason I.D., at STiKS Academy in Waukesha, 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 in Waukesha, check out our showcase page to see when we’re in the neighborhood next.

On Monday, 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 Sunday’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 Landon Behringer WI North Fond du Lac 2022 OF 6.76
2 Heath Venne WI Muskego 2022 C 6.84
3 Calvin Keesler WI Xavier 2022 OF 6.89
4 Cooper Kamlay WI Franklin 2024 SS 6.91
5 Andrew Niaves WI Oregon 2022 C 6.98
6 Tyler Umland WI Muskego 2023 OF 7.01
7 Ty Sagedal WI Burlington 2022 3B 7.03
8 Josh Bunyer WI Pewaukee 2023 C 7.09
9 Chandler Loveridge-Flores WI Badger 2022 SS 7.22
10 Charlie Jarvis WI Catholic Memorial 2022 C 7.24
11 Anthony Chung WI Homestead 2023 SS 7.25

North Fond du Lac junior Landon Behringer (2022; uncommitted) made waves in 2020 for his obvious athleticism, and he leapt out of gates this year by sprinting to a 6.76 mark in the 60-yard dash. He shined elsewhere on Sunday, as you’ll find out elsewhere on these leaderboards. As physical and strong as C Heath Venne (Muskego, 2022; uncommitted) is, his muscular stature does not get in the way of his foot speed – he ran a 6.84 over the weekend. Xavier junior Calvin Keesler (2022; uncommitted) was the only other sub-6.90 runner in attendance. He’s a lean 6-foot-2, 180-pound athlete who improved demonstrably over a year’s time, having run a 7.54 around this time in 2020. Freshman two-way player Cooper Kamlay (Franklin, 2024; uncommitted) is a compact, strong athlete and his 6.91 time here is advanced for his age. C Andrew Niaves (Oregon, 2022; uncommitted) is another physical, muscular backstop who’s still able to utilize above-average foot speed.

MAX FASTBALL VELOCITY

Rank Name State School Class Pos Max FB
1 Joey Schneider WI West Bend West 2022 RHP 90 mph
^ Jonah Conradt SC P27 Academy 2023 RHP 90 mph
^ Thomas Harper WI Wauwatosa East 2022 RHP 90 mph
2 Dylan Questad WI Waterford 2023 RHP 89 mph
3 Luke Agnew WI Marquette University 2023 RHP 88 mph
4 Willard Peterson WI Evansville 2022 LHP 87 mph
^ Gavyn Bowen WI Pewaukee 2023 LHP 87 mph
5 Kaiden Forsyth WI Oconomowoc 2022 RHP 85 mph

Sunday’s showcase heated up during the pitching session, where several prospects sat in the upper-80s, or higher, during their bullpens. Three prospects reached a 90 mph high with their fastballs, though RHP Jonah Conradt (Hortonville, 2023; Arizona commit) was the only one among them who’s just a sophomore. Conradt’s currently the top-ranked pitcher in the state’s 2023 class. Uncommitted junior right-handers Thomas Harper (Wauwatosa East, 2022) and Joey Schnieder (West Bend West, 2022) were the two others to reach a 90 mph max. Harper’s efficient three-pitch mix and lean, lanky 6-foot-4 frame places him squarely among the top uncommitted players in the area, at this point. Schneider has power arm traits inside a big, durable 6-foot-4, 230-pound stature.

RHP/OF Dylan Questad (Waterford Union, 2023) is a Notre Dame recruit with advanced strength and physicality, so it was no surprise that he reached an 89 mph high while sitting in that upper-80s range. Though RHP Luke Agnew’s (Marquette University, 2023; uncommitted) performance was arguably the day’s biggest takeaway. He reached an 88 mph high, sitting more so in the 83-85 mph range, with pitchability and poise attached to an uber projectable, athletic 6-foot-2, 203-pound frame.

Southpaws Gavyn Bowen (Pewaukee, 2023; uncommitted) and Willard Peterson (Evansville, 2022; uncommitted) matched one another for tops among left-handed arms, doing so in different builds. Bowen’s a lean, thin 5-foot-11, while Peterson’s a sturdy, strong 6-foot-3, 240 pounds.

RHP/INF Kaiden Forsyth (Oconomowoc, 2022; uncommitted) is another sturdy/physical junior with arm strength. Up to 85 mph on Sunday, Forsyth also wields a changeup that projects to earns swings and misses.

MAX EXIT VELOCITY

Rank Name State School Class Pos Exit Speed (max)
1 Kaiden Forsyth WI Oconomowoc 2022 RHP 99.64 mph
2 Charlie Jarvis WI Catholic Memorial 2022 C 98.73 mph
3 Heath Venne WI Muskego 2022 C 98.71 mph
4 Fred Pierce Jr. WI Brookfield East 2022 3B 96.97 mph
5 Henry Haverty WI Marquette University 2022 1B 96.00 mph
6 Landon Behringer WI North Fond du Lac 2022 OF 95.92 mph
7 Eli Pantzlaff WI Waukesha West 2023 RHP 95.46 mph
8 Alec Campbell WI Milton 2022 C 95.08 mph
9 Dylan Questad WI Waterford 2023 RHP 94.05 mph
10 Andrew Niaves WI Oregon 2022 C 93.22 mph
11 Keegan Norton WI Greendale 2022 1B 93.10 mph
12 Calvin Keesler WI Xavier 2022 OF 92.69 mph
13 Samuel Wronski WI Marquette University 2023 RHP 92.49 mph

These exit velocity readings were recorded during live batting practice, in front of our TrackMan unit. Forsyth, mentioned just above in the pitching section, generates some premium power potential from the right-handed batter’s box, having recorded some of the hardest and farthest batted balls of the event. His 100 mph max exit speed led the event.

Uncommitted junior catchers Charlie Jarvis (Catholic Memorial, 2022) and the aforementioned Heath Venne were, as expected, right near the top of this leaderboard. The pair are two of the state’s top-ranked uncommitted players, and they showed like it on Sunday, both wielding athletic, fast, and strong right-handed bats.

It was a welcome surprise, however, to see 3B Fred Pierce Jr. (Brookfield East, 2022; uncommitted) here. The work the strong 6-foot-1, 198-pound junior has put it in is evident, and he recorded some of the loudest batted balls of the day.

1B Henry Haverty (Marquette University, 2022; uncommitted) also showed some pull-side power potential from the right-handed batter’s box, reaching a 96 mph high on a ball that travelled an estimated 345 feet.

And Landon Behringer’s well-rounded day continued in batting practice, where he was all over the barrel, producing gap-to-gap liners while averaging an exit speed of 89 mph.

Sophomore 1B Eli Pantzlaff (Waukesha West, 2023; uncommitted) was responsible for one of the day’s best rounds of BP, too, demonstrating a keen awareness for the barrel on repeat. He recorded both the top and average exit speeds among sophomores in attendance.

MAX INFIELD VELOCITY

Rank Name State School Class Pos INF Velo
1 Kaiden Forsyth WI Oconomowoc 2022 RHP 86
2 Ty Sagedal WI Burlington 2022 3B 84
^ Noah Hoffman WI Brookfield Central 2022 2B 84
3 Fred Pierce Jr. WI Brookfield East 2022 3B 82
4 Gabriel Wendt WI Hartford Union 2022 SS 81
5 Noah Lahner WI Waukesha South 2022 SS 80
^ Michael Kleinhans WI West Bend West 2022 SS 80

Forsyth paced another leaderboard with his 86 mph high across the infield. Burlington’s Ty Sagedal (2022; uncommitted) is a wiry 5-foot-11, 170 pounds with some arm strength to monitor, reaching an 84 mph high on Sunday. Same goes for Brookfield Central junior Noah Hoffman (2022; uncommitted), who topped 84 mph in the infield and 82 from the mound. In June of 2020, Fred Pierce Jr. topped 77 mph across, and he reached an 82 high on Sunday for more evidence of his diligent work in between looks.

MAX OUTFIELD VELOCITY

Rank Name State School Class Pos OF Velo
1 Landon Behringer WI North Fond du Lac 2022 OF 88
2 Ty Sagedal WI Burlington 2022 3B 85
3 Calvin Keesler WI Xavier 2022 OF 83
^ Gabriel Wendt WI Hartford Union 2022 SS 83
^ Andrew Niaves WI Oregon 2022 C 83
4 Alex Amin WI Oconomowoc 2022 RHP 81
5 Samuel Wronski WI Marquette University 2023 RHP 80

Here was yet another area in which Behringer found a way to stand out, reaching an 88 mph to home, leading the rest of his outfield peers by three ticks. Sagedal topped 85 mph here after placing among near the top of the infield leaderboard. Hartford Union junior Gabriel Wendt (2022; uncommitted) demonstrated above-average defensive actions on both the infield and outfield, and he recorded 80-plus mph velocity from both positions. The two sub-7.00 runners who earned some attention earlier, Keesler and Niaves, also did well to place on this leaderboard, too.

MAX CATCHER VELOCITY

Rank Name State School Class Pos C Velo
1 Charlie Jarvis WI Catholic Memorial 2022 C 83
2 Heath Venne WI Muskego 2022 C 81
3 Alec Campbell WI Milton 2022 C 78
4 Salvatore Zizzo WI Muskego 2022 C 74
5 Andrew Niaves WI Oregon 2022 C 73
^ Josh Bunyer WI Pewaukee 2023 C 73

TOP POP TIMES

Rank Name State School Class Pos Pop Time
1 Charlie Jarvis WI Catholic Memorial 2022 C 1.90-2.16
2 Heath Venne WI Muskego 2022 C 2.01-2.12
3 Salvatore Zizzo WI Muskego 2022 C 2.04-2.19
4 Andrew Niaves WI Oregon 2022 C 2.10-2.27
5 Alex Esser WI Wauwatosa East 2022 C 2.11-2.30
6 Alec Campbell WI Milton 2022 C 2.12-2.26

Jarvis has previously earned praise as, arguably, the best defensive catcher in the state’s junior class. He’s an excellent athlete in a strong physique, and he’s quick and athletic from the chute, complete with advanced arm strength that lands on target with frequency. Venne has made strides defensively, and his own big arm strength now plays with greater accuracy from the crouch. C Alec Campbell (Milton, 2022; uncommitted) was another one of a handful of catchers to show well on Sunday. He reached a 78 mph high to second while having recorded a loud round of BP.

Salvatore Zizzo (Muskego, 2022; uncommitted) has a sturdy, strong 5-foot-11, 190-pound physique. His quick overall actions helped record the day’s third-lowest average pop time. Niaves was also quick and accurate to the bag, and his athleticism shined through on his block.

For a complete look at the day’s statistical leaderboards, click here.

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