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Chicagoland Open: Data Dive


By: Peter Hamot
Area Scout, Staff Writer

On Sunday, Aug. 21, the PBR Illinois team hosted the Chicagoland Open at Triton College in River Grove, Ill. The open event featured close to 90 prospects from all high school classes (2023-2026), and gave our staff an ample look at a number of prospects to follow moving forward.

For a look into which prospects stood out to our scouting staff, check out the Quick Hits story we published from the event.

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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 

Rank Name State School Class Pos Velocity (max)
1 Chris Rogers IL Grayslake Central 2023 LHP 87.5 mph
2 Mason Denlow IL Evanston 2023 RHP 85.5 mph
3 David Anderson IL Homewood-Flossmoor 2023 RHP 85.1 mph
4 Nicholas Tinajero IL Fenton 2023 RHP 84.6 mph
5 Ryan Greifelt IL Notre Dame 2023 LHP 82.6 mph
6 Conor Mulcrone IL Lyons Township 2023 RHP 81.8 mph
7 Ryan Block IL Glenbrook North 2024 3B 81.7 mph
8 Anthony Sexton IL Lincoln-Way East 2024 RHP 81.3 mph
9 Antonio Brown Jr IL Homewood Flossmoor 2026 RHP 81.3 mph
10 Ryan Rossi IL Glenbrook North 2024 SS 80.6 mph

Max Fastball Velocity: This metric calculates the speed of the pitch as it’s released from the pitcher’s hand.

max fastball spin rate

Rank Name State School Class Pos Spin Rate (max)
1 Timothy McCormick IL Lyons Township 2025 LHP 2385 rpm
2 Nicholas Tinajero IL Fenton 2023 RHP 2346 rpm
3 Conor Mulcrone IL Lyons Township 2023 RHP 2334 rpm
^ David Anderson IL Homewood-Flossmoor 2023 RHP 2334 rpm
4 Chris Rogers IL Grayslake Central 2023 LHP 2325 rpm
5 Maximos Barriball IL Plainfield North 2025 LHP 2201 rpm

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 Antonio Brown Jr IL Homewood Flossmoor 2026 RHP 18.2
2 Nicholas Tinajero IL Fenton 2023 RHP 17.1
3 Carlo Cinabro IL Tinley Park 2024 RHP 15.4
4 Maximos Barriball IL Plainfield North 2025 LHP -15.3
5 Brady Carlson IL Grayslake Central 2025 RHP 14.3

Horizontal Break: 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 spin rate

Rank Name State School Class Pos Spin Rate (avg)
1 Ryan Greifelt IL Notre Dame 2023 LHP 2366 rpm
2 Michael Boenzi IL Lake Zurich 2025 RHP 2349 rpm
3 David Anderson IL Homewood-Flossmoor 2023 RHP 2231 rpm
4 Anthony Sexton IL Lincoln-Way East 2024 RHP 2229 rpm
5 Kasey Clark IA Bettendorf 2025 RHP 2201 rpm

average slider spin rate

Rank Name State School Class Pos Spin Rate (avg)
1 Nicholas Tinajero IL Fenton 2023 RHP 2614
2 Anthony Sexton IL Lincoln-Way East 2024 RHP 2210
3 Conor Mulcrone IL Lyons Township 2023 RHP 2129

average changeup horizontal movement 

Rank Name State School Class Pos HM (avg)
1 Maximos Barriball IL Plainfield North 2025 LHP -17.6
2 Antonio Brown Jr IL Homewood Flossmoor 2026 RHP 16.9
3 Braden Branecki IL Glenbard East 2023 LHP -15.8
4 Ryan Greifelt IL Notre Dame 2023 LHP -15.6
5 Ethan Kelby IL Lemont 2026 SS 15.4

max exit velocity (hitting)

Rank Name State School Class Pos Exit Velocity (max)
1 Ryne Crum IL Springfield 2023 1B 97.7 mph
2 Hank Gomric IL Althoff Catholic 2024 OF 97.0 mph
3 Chris Rogers IL Grayslake Central 2023 LHP 96.4 mph
4 Ryan Rossi IL Glenbrook North 2024 SS 96.2 mph
5 Morgan Wachler IL Palatine 2024 OF 95.8 mph
6 Brady Coon IL Triad 2024 RHP 95.7 mph
7 Joey Russo IL Mount Carmel 2023 C 94.6 mph
8 Matthew Ruttkay IL Glenbrook North 2024 1B 93.4 mph
9 Brendan Arnold IL Brother Rice 2023 OF 93.2 mph
10 Michael Hultman IL Andrew 2024 C 92.6 mph
11 Anthony Sexton IL Lincoln-Way East 2024 RHP 92.4 mph
12 Carlito Collins IL Notre Dame College Prep 2023 OF 92.3 mph
13 Denny Doelle MI Williamston 2024 3B 91.7 mph
14 Matthew Carrano IL St. Laurence 2024 C 91.6 mph
15 Matt Spell IL Brother Rice 2023 3B 91.5 mph

max distance (Hitting)

Rank Name State School Class Pos Distance (max)
1 Chris Rogers IL Grayslake Central 2023 LHP 366 ft
2 Hank Gomric IL Althoff Catholic 2024 OF 357 ft
3 Ryne Crum IL Springfield 2023 1B 356 ft
4 Carlito Collins IL Notre Dame College Prep 2023 OF 344 ft
5 Myles Brincks IL Harvard 2023 C 343 ft
6 Michael Hultman IL Andrew 2024 C 341 ft
^ Joey Russo IL Mount Carmel 2023 C 341 ft
^ Ryan Rossi IL Glenbrook North 2024 SS 341 ft
7 Morgan Wachler IL Palatine 2024 OF 337 ft
8 Matthew Carrano IL St. Laurence 2024 C 336 ft
9 Denny Doelle MI Williamston 2024 3B 335 ft
10 Tayden Washington IL Plainfield East 2025 SS 328 ft

blast motion

With the help of our Blast Motion sensors, we're analyzing the swing metrics measured at this open showcase.

max peak hand speed

Rank Name State School Class Pos Hand Speed (max)
1 Carlito Collins IL Notre Dame College Prep 2023 OF 26.4 mph
2 Chris Rogers IL Grayslake Central 2023 LHP 26.0 mph
3 Ethan Kelby IL Lemont 2026 SS 25.0 mph
4 Antonio Brown Jr IL Homewood Flossmoor 2026 RHP 24.6 mph
5 Brady Coon IL Triad 2024 RHP 24.1 mph
^ Evan Olesker IL New Trier 2024 SS 24.1 mph

average peak hand speed

Rank Name State School Class Pos Hand Speed (avg)
1 Chris Rogers IL Grayslake Central 2023 LHP 25.2 mph
2 Carlito Collins IL Notre Dame College Prep 2023 OF 24.2 mph
3 Evan Olesker IL New Trier 2024 SS 23.3 mph
4 Brady Coon IL Triad 2024 RHP 22.7 mph
5 Antonio Brown Jr IL Homewood Flossmoor 2026 RHP 22.6 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 Ryne Crum IL Springfield 2023 1B 75.3 mph
2 Chris Rogers IL Grayslake Central 2023 LHP 73.9 mph
3 Joey Russo IL Mount Carmel 2023 C 73.6 mph
4 Hank Gomric IL Althoff Catholic 2024 OF 72.7 mph
5 Tayden Washington IL Plainfield East 2025 SS 72.3 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.

max rotational acceleration 

Rank Name State School Class Pos Rot. Acc (max)
1 Declan Drumm IL Oak Park River Forest 2025 RHP 29.9 g
2 Matt Spell IL Brother Rice 2023 3B 28.7 g
3 Jace Weaver IL Spoon River Valley 2024 OF 26.0 g
^ Stephen Dillender II IL Rock Island 2023 SS 26.0 g
4 Chris Rogers IL Grayslake Central 2023 LHP 25.8 g
5 Adam Bovinett IL Collinsville 2025 3B 24.2 g

average rotational acceleration

Rank Name State School Class Pos Rot. Acc (avg)
1 Matt Spell IL Brother Rice 2023 3B 23.9 g
2 Stephen Dillender II IL Rock Island 2023 SS 22.6 g
3 Chris Rogers IL Grayslake Central 2023 LHP 22.4 g
4 Declan Drumm IL Oak Park River Forest 2025 RHP 21.9 g
5 Adam Bovinett IL Collinsville 2025 3B 20.1 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

We’ll take a look at the top Visual Edge scores from the event.

Rank Name State School Class Pos Edge Score
1 Matthew Ruttkay IL Glenbrook North 2024 1B 83.50
2 Logan Tomlinson IL Maine South 2024 3B 81.61
3 Dylan Sherwin IL Vernon Hills 2023 OF 81.22
4 Evan Olesker IL New Trier 2024 SS 79.30
5 Timmy Leark IL Oak Park River Forest 2025 OF 79.02
6 Nikolas Nudo IL Norte Dame College Prep 2024 OF 78.58
7 Morgan Wachler IL Palatine 2024 OF 78.49
8 Francisco Toro IL Lindblom 2023 RHP 77.97
9 Tyler Rosenberg IL Wauconda 2025 C 77.67
10 Ryan Rossi IL Glenbrook North 2024 SS 77.01

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.

For a complete look at the date collected from the event, click HERE.

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