McHenry Preseason ID: TrackMan Files


Kevin Cronin
Tech Analyst, Area Scout

On Feb. 12, the PBR Illinois team hosted its second Preseason ID event of the new year: the McHenry Preseason ID. For the past six years, this event has provided our staff with an opportunity to evaluate high school-aged prospects from northern Illinois, primarily. The McHenry event has historically revealed to us some of the area’s top talent, and this year was no different.

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 Andrew Ressler IL Huntley 2023 RHP 89.0 mph
2 Ryan Skwarek IL Crystal Lake South 2023 SS 87.9 mph
3 Cooper Cohn IL McHenry 2023 C 87.6 mph
4 Chandler Alderman IL North Boone 2023 LHP 87.6 mph
5 Lleyton Grubich IL McHenry 2023 LHP 86.9 mph
6 Lucas Foley IL Lake Zurich 2023 LHP 86.4 mph
7 Ian Boal IL Johnsburg 2023 LHP 85.7 mph
8 Spencer Kennamann IL Lakes Community 2024 RHP 84.8 mph

Rank Name State School Class Pos Spin Rate (max)
1 Andrew Ressler IL Huntley 2023 RHP 2484 rpm
2 Chandler Alderman IL North Boone 2023 LHP 2408 rpm
3 Jayden Gumprecht IL Crystal Lake South 2023 OF 2324 rpm
4 Cooper Cohn IL McHenry 2023 C 2309 rpm
5 Caden Vogt IL Marengo 2023 LHP 2232 rpm
6 Lleyton Grubich IL McHenry 2023 LHP 2231 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 Charlie Taczy IL Cary-Grove 2025 RHP 20.0
2 Jackson Cavaliero IL Barrington 2025 SS 17.9
3 Mason Willis IL Antioch 2025 C 17.6
4 Ryan Polly IL Sycamore 2023 RHP 16.9
5 Lleyton Grubich IL McHenry 2023 LHP -16.8
6 Will Bartels IL Carmel Catholic 2023 OF 16.6
7 Nolan Rotundo IL McHenry 2025 LHP -16.6
8 Jacob Dorn IL Barrington 2025 OF -16.3

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 Andrew Ressler IL Huntley 2023 RHP 2675
2 Cole Kenyon IL Lake Zurich 2025 RHP 2422
3 Cooper Cohn IL McHenry 2023 C 2415
4 Chandler Alderman IL North Boone 2023 LHP 2202
5 Cooper Jaworski IL Hampshire 2023 C 2103

Average Curveball Spin Rate

Rank Name State School Class Pos Spin Rate (avg)
1 Cooper Cohn IL McHenry 2023 C 2469 rpm
2 Jayden Gumprecht IL Crystal Lake South 2023 OF 2464 rpm
3 Cole Kenyon IL Lake Zurich 2025 RHP 2448 rpm
4 Isaiah Vance IL Libertyville 2023 RHP 2311 rpm
5 Jacob Wagner IL McHenry 2023 RHP 2251 rpm

Average Changeup Horizontal Movement

Rank Name State School Class Pos HM (avg)
1 Ryan Skwarek IL Crystal Lake South 2023 SS 23.2
2 Charlie Taczy IL Cary-Grove 2025 RHP 20.7
3 James Allie IL Crystal Lake South 2023 RHP 19.6
4 Jackson Cavaliero IL Barrington 2025 SS 19.4
5 Lleyton Grubich IL McHenry 2023 LHP -18.7
6 Jayden Gumprecht IL Crystal Lake South 2023 OF 18.6
7 Cooper Cohn IL McHenry 2023 C 18.2
8 Kaiden Herman IL Grayslake North 2023 LHP -16.8
9 Lucas Foley IL Lake Zurich 2023 LHP -16.6
10 Parker Schuring IL Huntley 2023 RHP 16.6

Average Exit Velocity (Hitting)

Rank Name State School Class Pos Exit Velocity (avg)
1 Ryan Quinlan IL Huntley 2023 2B 94.8 mph
2 Christian Graves IL Jacobs 2023 3B 93.3 mph
3 Dillon Putty IL Huntley 2023 1B 92.3 mph
4 Blake Binkowski IL Lincoln-Way East 2023 1B 90.7 mph
5 Austin Leonard IL Hampshire 2023 C 90.5 mph
6 Sean Kempf IL Crystal Lake Central 2024 C 90.4 mph
7 Cooper Cohn IL McHenry 2023 C 89.6 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 Christian Graves IL Jacobs 2023 3B 99.4 mph
2 Ryan Quinlan IL Huntley 2023 2B 99.3 mph
3 Blake Binkowski IL Lincoln-Way East 2023 1B 98.2 mph
4 Sheppard Graf IL Lake Forest 2023 3B 96.2 mph
5 Cooper Cohn IL McHenry 2023 C 96.2 mph
6 Dillon Putty IL Huntley 2023 1B 95.9 mph
7 Sean Kempf IL Crystal Lake Central 2024 C 94.8 mph

Peak Estimated Batted Distance (Hitting)

Rank Name State School Class Pos Spin Rate (max)
1 Cooper Cohn IL McHenry 2023 C 2155 rpm
2 James Allie IL Crystal Lake South 2023 RHP 2069 rpm
3 Lleyton Grubich IL McHenry 2023 LHP 2004 rpm
4 Andrew Ressler IL Huntley 2023 RHP 1919 rpm
5 Cooper Jaworski IL Hampshire 2023 C 1911 rpm

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

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