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Battle for The Arch: Data Dive


Kevin Cronin
Tech Analyst, Area Scout

On Tuesday, September 27th, the PBR Illinois and PBR Missouri staffs converged at GCS Ballpark in Sauget, Illinois, to host the second annual Battle for The Arch event. This invite-only showcase featured prospects from Illinois and Missouri split into their respective teams, starting with a workout portion that was followed by gameplay.

To see which prospects attended this event, click HERE. Yesterday we rolled out our Quick Hits which highlighted prospects that stood out to our scouting staff. Earlier today, the event’s Statistical Analysis was published, compiling the names of who placed in the top ranks of the traditional stat categories.

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 Ajani Henke MO Home School 2023 RHP 88.3 mph
2 Charlie Mussorici MO Liberty 2023 RHP 86.3 mph
3 David Barker IL O'Fallon 2024 RHP 85.6 mph
4 Michael Barker IL O'Fallon 2024 RHP 85.5 mph
5 Chase Rubenacker IL Hamilton County 2023 RHP 85.4 mph

Rank Name State School Class Pos Spin Rate (max)
1 Charlie Mussorici MO Liberty 2023 RHP 2299 rpm
2 Michael Barker IL O'Fallon 2024 RHP 2256 rpm
3 Ajani Henke MO Home School 2023 RHP 2193 rpm
4 David Barker IL O'Fallon 2024 RHP 2192 rpm
5 Seth Impson IL Springfield 2024 C 2089 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 David Barker IL O'Fallon 2024 RHP 14.4
2 Hayden Boyd MO Seckman 2024 SS 13.8
3 Chase Rubenacker IL Hamilton County 2023 RHP 11.9
4 Seth Impson IL Springfield 2024 C 10.5
5 Danny Lindsey MO St. John Vianney 2023 RHP 8.5

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 Charlie Mussorici MO Liberty 2023 RHP 2396 rpm
2 Chase Rubenacker IL Hamilton County 2023 RHP 2201 rpm
3 Danny Lindsey MO St. John Vianney 2023 RHP 1840 rpm

Rank Name State School Class Pos Spin Rate (avg)
1 Chase Rubenacker IL Hamilton County 2023 RHP 2216
2 David Barker IL O'Fallon 2024 RHP 2067
3 Michael Barker IL O'Fallon 2024 RHP 1907

AVERAGE CHANGEUP HORIZONTAL MOVEMENT

Rank Name State School Class Pos HM (avg)
1 Michael Barker IL O'Fallon 2024 RHP 13.8
2 David Barker IL O'Fallon 2024 RHP 13.2
3 Seth Impson IL Springfield 2024 C 12.5
4 Danny Lindsey MO St. John Vianney 2023 RHP 11.4

MAX EXIT VELOCITY (HITTING)

Rank Name State School Class Pos Exit Velocity (max)
1 Edward Uschold MO Parkway South 2023 SS 99.2 mph
2 Carson McCaleb MO Timberland 2023 C 98.6 mph
3 Jayden Diaz IL Alton 2023 C 97.1 mph
4 Kody Brown MO Seckman 2024 C 96.9 mph
5 Easton Steck IL Galesburg 2023 SS 96.8 mph
6 Aaron Stuart IL St Ignatius 2023 SS 95.4 mph
7 Luke Burns MO Desmet 2023 OF 94.6 mph
8 Alec Marchetto IL Edwardsville 2024 RHP 93.3 mph
9 Trevor Geis IL Mascoutah 2024 OF 92.3 mph
10 Wyatt Miller MO Francis Howell Central 2023 SS 92.3 mph

MAX DISTANCE (HITTING)

Rank Name State School Class Pos Distance (max)
1 Jayden Diaz IL Alton 2023 C 380 ft
2 Carson McCaleb MO Timberland 2023 C 368 ft
3 Kody Brown MO Seckman 2024 C 366 ft
4 Edward Uschold MO Parkway South 2023 SS 366 ft
5 Seth Impson IL Springfield 2024 C 356 ft
6 Luke Burns MO Desmet 2023 OF 350 ft
7 Trevor Geis IL Mascoutah 2024 OF 347 ft
8 Alec Marchetto IL Edwardsville 2024 RHP 346 ft
9 Hayden Boyd MO Seckman 2024 SS 341 ft
10 Aaron Stuart IL St Ignatius 2023 SS 339 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 Ayden Rogers MO Francis Howell 2023 C 27.3 mph
2 Kody Brown MO Seckman 2024 C 26.8 mph
3 Aaron Stuart IL St Ignatius 2023 SS 26.7 mph
4 Easton Steck IL Galesburg 2023 SS 25.0 mph
5 Luke Burns MO Desmet 2023 OF 24.1 mph

Rank Name State School Class Pos Hand Speed (avg)
1 Aaron Stuart IL St Ignatius 2023 SS 25.6 mph
2 Ayden Rogers MO Francis Howell 2023 C 24.5 mph
3 Easton Steck IL Galesburg 2023 SS 24.5 mph
4 Nolan Turner IL Routt Catholic 2024 SS 22.5 mph
5 Kody Brown MO Seckman 2024 C 22.4 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 Easton Steck IL Galesburg 2023 SS 75.9 mph
2 Alex Schreckenberg IL Columbia 2023 2B 73.8 mph
3 Kody Brown MO Seckman 2024 C 73.7 mph
4 Carson McCaleb MO Timberland 2023 C 73.6 mph
5 Jayden Diaz IL Alton 2023 C 73.1 mph
6 Alec Marchetto IL Edwardsville 2024 RHP 72.4 mph
7 Aaron Stuart IL St Ignatius 2023 SS 72.0 mph
8 Luke Burns MO Desmet 2023 OF 70.6 mph
9 Griffin Graue IL Glenwood 2023 C 70.2 mph
10 Tyler Laskowski MO Christian Brothers College 2024 1B 70.0 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 Wyatt Miller MO Francis Howell Central 2023 SS 27.7 g
2 Aaron Stuart IL St Ignatius 2023 SS 26.5 g
3 Kody Brown MO Seckman 2024 C 26.3 g
4 Nolan Turner IL Routt Catholic 2024 SS 23.9 g
5 Jordan Vazquez IL Fenwick 2023 SS 23.2 g

Rank Name State School Class Pos Rot. Acc (avg)
1 Wyatt Miller MO Francis Howell Central 2023 SS 21.9 g
2 Aaron Stuart IL St Ignatius 2023 SS 20.1 g
3 Nolan Turner IL Routt Catholic 2024 SS 19.7 g
4 Easton Steck IL Galesburg 2023 SS 18.9 g
5 Alec Marchetto IL Edwardsville 2024 RHP 18.4 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.

Vizual Edge

A look at the top Vizual Edge scores from the event.

Rank Name State School Class Pos Edge Score
1 Easton Steck IL Galesburg 2023 SS 80.61
2 Seth Impson IL Springfield 2024 C 78.94
3 Trevor Geis IL Mascoutah 2024 OF 78.66
4 Griffin Graue IL Glenwood 2023 C 78.44
5 Aaron Stuart IL St Ignatius 2023 SS 78.32
6 Kody Brown MO Seckman 2024 C 78.18
7 Jayden Diaz IL Alton 2023 C 77.38
8 Reed Drabant IL Columbia 2023 OF 77.03
9 Jake Schulte MO Russellville 2023 C 76.49
10 Wyatt Miller MO Francis Howell Central 2023 SS 74.79

The Edge Score is a comprehensive score out of 100 that takes the core-six visual skills into account, providing athletes, parents, coaches and scouts with a benchmark number for assessing an athlete’s overall visual ability. In general the higher the Edge Score, the higher chance of athletic success. Think of the Edge Score as the 'Sixth Metric' in the standard Five-Tools that make up a ball player.

The average Edge Score for the 2020 MLB Draft Class was 79.3 (of hitters who completed a Vizual Edge test). MLB players we've worked with typically show stronger scores, with elite hitters scoring consistently above 87.0 on their Edge Score.

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