Underclass Open: TrackMan Files


Kevin Cronin & Katherine Andolina
PBR Illinois Staff

On June 7, the PBR Illinois staff kicked off our summer tour with the Underclass Open, held at Triton College in River Grove, Ill. Previously touted as the Underclass Trials, this event has been a staple on our summer calendar since 2014. It routinely provides us an opportunity to check see prospects prior to the summer circuit kicking off, and this year’s event featured players from the 2024-2026 grad classes.

Last 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 Max FB
1 Bryce Koch IL Barrington 2024 RHP 88 mph
2 Aiden Elliott IL Champaign Central 2025 SS 82 mph
^ Beau McBride IL New Trier 2024 LHP 82 mph
3 Jack Wilson IL New Trier 2024 RHP 81 mph
4 Owen Walsh IL Saint Ignatius 2025 3B 80 mph
^ Jacob Parr IL Montini Catholic 2025 OF 80 mph
5 Eddie Olszta IL Providence Catholic 2025 SS 78 mph
^ Caleb Ochs IL St. Joseph-Ogden 2024 RHP 78 mph
6 Clancy Rogers IL Glenbrook South 2026 3B 76 mph

Rank Name State School Class Pos Spin Rate (max)
1 Bryce Koch IL Barrington 2024 RHP 2500 rpm
2 Jack Wilson IL New Trier 2024 RHP 2306 rpm
3 Alexander Schiefer IL Kaneland 2024 RHP 2228 rpm
4 Peter Mulhern IL Palatine 2025 3B 2131 rpm
5 Owen Walsh IL Saint Ignatius 2025 3B 2104 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 Jacob Parr IL Montini Catholic 2025 OF 17.1
2 Caleb Ochs IL St. Joseph-Ogden 2024 RHP 15.8
3 Eddie Olszta IL Providence Catholic 2025 SS 13.4
4 Shawn Krieps IL Providence Catholic 2025 2B 12.3
5 Kyle Boma IL Saint Patrick 2024 OF -11.0

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 Owen Walsh IL Saint Ignatius 2025 3B 2240
2 Beau McBride IL New Trier 2024 LHP 2232
3 Jack Wilson IL New Trier 2024 RHP 2178

Average Curveball Spin Rate

Rank Name State School Class Pos Spin Rate (avg)
1 Jack Wilson IL New Trier 2024 RHP 2299 rpm
2 Eddie Olszta IL Providence Catholic 2025 SS 2285 rpm
3 Alexander Schiefer IL Kaneland 2024 RHP 2268 rpm
4 Peter Mulhern IL Palatine 2025 3B 2232 rpm

Average Changeup Horizontal Movement

Rank Name State School Class Pos HM (avg)
1 Beau McBride IL New Trier 2024 LHP -15.4
2 Eddie Olszta IL Providence Catholic 2025 SS 14.6
3 Caleb Ochs IL St. Joseph-Ogden 2024 RHP 14.6
4 Jack Wilson IL New Trier 2024 RHP 13.1
5 Peter Mulhern IL Palatine 2025 3B 12.5
6 Kyle Boma IL Saint Patrick 2024 OF -12.0

Average Exit Velocity (Hitting)

Rank Name State School Class Pos Exit Velocity (avg)
1 Cameron Steinbaugh IL Georgetown-Ridgefarm 2025 OF 87.7 mph
2 AJ Manganello IL Montini 2024 C 86.8 mph
3 Quinn Schambow IL Libertyville 2025 C 86.5 mph
4 David DiStefano WI Janesville Craig 2024 1B 82.7 mph
5 Jude Warwick IL Downers Grove North 2024 SS 82.4 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 Cameron Steinbaugh IL Georgetown-Ridgefarm 2025 OF 93.8 mph
2 AJ Manganello IL Montini 2024 C 93.7 mph
3 Beau McBride IL New Trier 2024 LHP 93.3 mph
4 Quinn Schambow IL Libertyville 2025 C 91.4 mph
5 Sam Ruden IL Lyons Township 2024 OF 91.0 mph
6 Jude Warwick IL Downers Grove North 2024 SS 90.4 mph

Peak Estimated Batted Distance (Hitting)

Rank Name State School Class Pos Distance (max)
1 Sam Ruden IL Lyons Township 2024 OF 348 ft
2 AJ Manganello IL Montini 2024 C 339 ft
3 Cameron Steinbaugh IL Georgetown-Ridgefarm 2025 OF 336 ft
4 Quinn Schambow IL Libertyville 2025 C 331 ft
5 Justin Butcher IL Taft 2024 1B 326 ft
6 George Holland IL Oak Park-River Forest 2025 321 ft

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

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