Donovan, A Lifelong Michigan State Fan, Will Be A Spartan


Bruce Hefflinger
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Donovan, A Lifelong Michigan State Fan, Will Be A Spartan

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Aidan Donovan

Class of 2024 / RHP

Player Information

  • Graduating Class: 2024
  • Primary Position: RHP
    Secondary Position: 1B
  • High School: Orchard Lake St. Marys Prep
    State: MI
  • Summer Team: Southwest Oakland Warriors
  • Height: 6-4
    Weight: 200lbs
  • Bat/Throw: R/R

Statistics

Pitching
89
Max FB
(07/27/22)
87 - 89
FB
(07/27/22)
73 - 75
CB
(07/27/22)
77 - 78
CH
(07/27/22)
82 - 84
CT
(06/21/22)
Pitching
Max FB
89
FB
87 - 89
CB
73 - 75
CH
77 - 78
Pitching
Max FB
88
FB
86 - 87
CB
68 - 71
CT
82 - 84
Pitching
Max FB
83
FB
81 - 83
CB
64 - 67
CH
71 - 72
Pitching
Max FB
83
FB
80 - 83
CB
64 - 67
Pitching
Max FB
82
FB
80 - 81
CB
67 - 69
CH
71 - 72
Pitching
Max FB
79
FB
73 - 79
CB
66 - 69
Position
6.90
60-yard
(06/21/22)
81
INF Velo
(06/21/22)
96
Exit Velo
(06/21/22)
Trackman - Fastball
89.7
Velocity (max)
(07/27/22)
84.1 - 89.7
Velo Range
(07/27/22)
86.6
Eff Velocity (avg)
(07/27/22)
2301
Spin Rate (max)
(06/21/22)
2192
Spin Rate (avg)
(06/21/22)
13.9
IVB (max)
(06/21/22)
10.0
IVB (avg)
(06/21/22)
11.1
HM (max)
(06/21/22)
7.2
HM (avg)
(03/07/21)
5.8
Extension (avg)
(06/21/22)
6.0
Release Ht (avg)
(06/21/22)
27
Spin Score (max)
(07/27/22)
46
Zone %
(06/21/22)
Trackman - Fastball
Velocity (max)
89.7
Velo Range
84.1 - 89.7
Eff Velocity (avg)
86.6
Spin Rate (max)
2191
Spin Rate (avg)
1997
Spin Score (max)
Trackman - Fastball
Velocity (max)
88.2
Velo Range
84.8 - 87.1
Eff Velocity (avg)
85.2
Spin Rate (max)
2301
Spin Rate (avg)
2192
IVB (max)
IVB (avg)
HM (max)
HM (avg)
Extension (avg)
Release Ht (avg)
Spin Score (max)
Zone %
Trackman - Fastball
Velocity (max)
82.2
Velo Range
79.1 - 82.2
Eff Velocity (avg)
78.6
Spin Rate (max)
2014
Spin Rate (avg)
1963
IVB (max)
IVB (avg)
HM (max)
HM (avg)
Extension (avg)
Release Ht (avg)
Spin Score (max)
Zone %
Trackman - Curveball
75.8
Velocity (max)
(07/27/22)
71.1 - 74.8
Velo Range
(07/27/22)
71.8
Eff Velocity (avg)
(07/27/22)
2136
Spin Rate (max)
(07/27/22)
1933
Spin Rate (avg)
(07/27/22)
1.1
IVB (max)
(06/21/22)
-3.5
IVB (avg)
(06/21/22)
3.0
HM (max)
(06/21/22)
-8.9
HM (avg)
(06/21/22)
5.2
Extension (avg)
(06/21/22)
5.9
Release Ht (avg)
(06/21/22)
29
Spin Score (max)
(06/21/22)
50
Zone %
(06/21/22)
Trackman - Curveball
Velocity (max)
75.8
Velo Range
71.1 - 74.8
Eff Velocity (avg)
71.8
Spin Rate (max)
2136
Spin Rate (avg)
1933
Spin Score (max)
Trackman - Curveball
Velocity (max)
73.7
Velo Range
68.2 - 73.3
Eff Velocity (avg)
69.1
Spin Rate (max)
2037
Spin Rate (avg)
1761
IVB (max)
IVB (avg)
HM (max)
HM (avg)
Extension (avg)
Release Ht (avg)
Spin Score (max)
Zone %
Trackman - Curveball
Velocity (max)
69.4
Velo Range
67.1 - 69.4
Eff Velocity (avg)
65.7
Spin Rate (max)
1924
Spin Rate (avg)
1868
IVB (max)
IVB (avg)
HM (max)
HM (avg)
Extension (avg)
Release Ht (avg)
Spin Score (max)
Trackman - ChangeUp
79.3
Velocity (max)
(07/27/22)
75.5 - 78.4
Velo Range
(07/27/22)
76.1
Eff Velocity (avg)
(07/27/22)
1311
Spin Rate (max)
(07/27/22)
1293
Spin Rate (avg)
(06/21/22)
3.6
IVB (max)
(06/21/22)
3.6
IVB (avg)
(06/21/22)
7.5
HM (max)
(03/07/21)
6.9
HM (avg)
(03/07/21)
5.6
Extension (avg)
(03/07/21)
5.6
Release Ht (avg)
(06/21/22)
17
Spin Score (max)
(07/27/22)
50
Zone %
(03/07/21)
Trackman - ChangeUp
Velocity (max)
79.3
Velo Range
75.5 - 78.4
Eff Velocity (avg)
76.1
Spin Rate (max)
1311
Spin Rate (avg)
1164
Spin Score (max)
Trackman - ChangeUp
Velocity (max)
76
Eff Velocity (avg)
74.2
Spin Rate (max)
1293
Spin Rate (avg)
1293
IVB (max)
IVB (avg)
HM (max)
HM (avg)
Extension (avg)
Release Ht (avg)
Spin Score (max)
Trackman - ChangeUp
Velocity (max)
72.4
Velo Range
71.8 - 72.4
Eff Velocity (avg)
70.4
Spin Rate (max)
1221
Spin Rate (avg)
1174
IVB (max)
IVB (avg)
HM (max)
HM (avg)
Extension (avg)
Release Ht (avg)
Spin Score (max)
Zone %
Trackman - Cutter
84.2
Velocity (max)
(06/21/22)
82.2 - 83.7
Velo Range
(06/21/22)
82.2
Eff Velocity (avg)
(06/21/22)
2160
Spin Rate (max)
(06/21/22)
2057
Spin Rate (avg)
(06/21/22)
10.4
IVB (max)
(06/21/22)
9.2
IVB (avg)
(06/21/22)
11.7
HM (max)
(06/21/22)
6.7
HM (avg)
(06/21/22)
6.0
Extension (avg)
(06/21/22)
6.0
Release Ht (avg)
(06/21/22)
26
Spin Score (max)
(06/21/22)
40
Zone %
(06/21/22)
Trackman - Cutter
Velocity (max)
84.2
Velo Range
82.2 - 83.7
Eff Velocity (avg)
82.2
Spin Rate (max)
2160
Spin Rate (avg)
2057
IVB (max)
IVB (avg)
HM (max)
HM (avg)
Extension (avg)
Release Ht (avg)
Spin Score (max)
Zone %
Trackman - Hitting
96.2
Exit Velocity (max)
(06/21/22)
84.1
Exit Velocity (avg)
(07/27/22)
243
Distance (avg)
(06/21/22)
371
Distance (max)
(07/27/22)
25
Hard Hit %
(06/21/22)
75
Sweet Spot %
(06/21/22)
50
Line Drive %
(03/07/21)
63.6
Fly Ball %
(07/27/22)
27
Ground Ball %
(07/27/22)
Trackman - Hitting
Exit Velocity (max)
94.3
Exit Velocity (avg)
84.1
Distance (avg)
234
Distance (max)
371
Hard Hit %
Sweet Spot %
Fly Ball %
Ground Ball %
Trackman - Hitting
Exit Velocity (max)
96.2
Exit Velocity (avg)
82.8
Distance (avg)
243
Distance (max)
317
Hard Hit %
Sweet Spot %
Line Drive %
Fly Ball %
Trackman - Hitting
Exit Velocity (max)
92.7
Exit Velocity (avg)
84.1
Distance (avg)
216
Distance (max)
306
Hard Hit %
Sweet Spot %
Line Drive %
Fly Ball %
Ground Ball %
Blast - Hitting
23.6
Hand Speed (max)
(07/27/22)
22.3
Hand Speed (avg)
(07/27/22)
79.8
Bat Speed (max)
(06/21/22)
71.6
Bat Speed (avg)
(06/21/22)
15.1
Rot. Acc (max)
(06/21/22)
11.0
Rot. Acc (avg)
(06/21/22)
72
On Plane Eff (avg)
(07/27/22)
81
MaxOnPlaneEfficiency
(07/27/22)
Blast - Hitting
Hand Speed (max)
23.6
Hand Speed (avg)
22.3
Bat Speed (max)
74.7
Bat Speed (avg)
70
Rot. Acc (max)
Rot. Acc (avg)
On Plane Eff (avg)
MaxOnPlaneEfficiency
Blast - Hitting
Hand Speed (max)
21.9
Hand Speed (avg)
20.4
Bat Speed (max)
79.8
Bat Speed (avg)
71.6
Rot. Acc (max)
Rot. Acc (avg)
On Plane Eff (avg)
MaxOnPlaneEfficiency

Vizual_Edge

Visual Skills
62.94
Edge Score
(07/27/22)
Visual Skills
Edge Score
62.94

Pitch_Scores

Pitch Scores - Fastball
69
Hop+
(03/07/21)
46
Rise+
(03/07/21)
Pitch Scores - Fastball
Hop+
Rise+
Pitch Scores - Curveball
55
Hammer+
(03/07/21)
82
Sweep+
(03/07/21)
Pitch Scores - Curveball
Hammer+
Sweep+

ProPlayAI

ProPlayAI - Foot Plant
74
Elbow Flexion (avg)
(07/27/22)
89
Shoulder Abduction (avg)
(07/27/22)
15
Hip Shoulder Seperation (avg)
(07/27/22)
ProPlayAI - Foot Plant
Elbow Flexion (avg)
Shoulder Abduction (avg)
Hip Shoulder Seperation (avg)
ProPlayAI - MER
179
External Rotation (avg)
(07/27/22)
81
Stride Length (avg)
(07/27/22)
ProPlayAI - MER
External Rotation (avg)
Stride Length (avg)
ProPlayAI - Release
20
Arm Speed (max)
(07/27/22)
20
Arm Speed (avg)
(07/27/22)
-174
Knee Extension Velocity (max)
(07/27/22)
-174
Knee Extension Velocity (avg)
(07/27/22)
-174
Knee Flexion (avg)
(07/27/22)
108
Arm Slot (avg)
(07/27/22)
19
Lateral Trunk Tilt (avg)
(07/27/22)
95
Arm Path (avg)
(07/27/22)
92
Deception (avg)
(07/27/22)
40
Torque (avg)
(07/27/22)
45
Efficiency (avg)
(07/27/22)
100
Sequencing (avg)
(07/27/22)
ProPlayAI - Release
Arm Speed (max)
Arm Speed (avg)
Knee Extension Velocity (max)
Knee Extension Velocity (avg)
Knee Flexion (avg)
Arm Slot (avg)
Lateral Trunk Tilt (avg)
Arm Path (avg)
Deception (avg)
Torque (avg)
Efficiency (avg)
Sequencing (avg)

Swift

Swift
1.71
10-yd
(06/21/22)
3.88
30-yd
(06/21/22)
6.91
60-yd
(06/21/22)
20.3
Run speed (max)
(06/21/22)
8.1
Run Speed (avg)
(06/21/22)
2.11
RSi (max)
(07/27/22)
1.71
RSi (avg)
(07/27/22)
1866
Jump Power (max)
(07/27/22)
30.9
Jump Height (max)
(07/27/22)
30.7
Jump Height (avg)
(07/27/22)
Swift
RSi (max)
2.11
RSi (avg)
1.71
Jump Power (max)
1866
Jump Height (max)
30.9
Jump Height (avg)
30.7
Swift
10-yd
1.71
30-yd
3.88
60-yd
6.91
Run speed (max)
20.3
Run Speed (avg)
8.1

Donovan, A Lifelong Michigan State Fan, Will Be A Spartan

COMMERCE - A Michigan State flag flies at the Donovan household. After all, both of Aidan Donovan’s parents are MSU grads.

“We’re all huge Michigan State fans,” Donovan revealed. “I’ve had season tickets for seven years, we have a flag at home, the wall in my bedroom has a big Michigan State neon sign on it and my basement is full of Fatheads of Michigan State.”

The love for the Green-and-White now looks to grow even more after the Orchard Lake St. Mary’s junior committed to the Big 10 school.

“Interest from Michigan State started a couple of years ago, in February of 2021, when my pitching coach contacted them and said good things about me,” the second-rated 2024 right-handed pitcher in Michigan reflected. “From there we had a phone call and we’ve kept in contact.”

Eventually, the recruiting process turned serious.

“This year I went to Fort Myers and hit good numbers,” Donovan said. “They were at the Future Game Trial when I hit 88 and they called me and said they wanted to come watch me the next week at Novi. They came and they gave me an offer. Then I went to the Future Games and generated a buzz there. But I liked that Michigan State was loyal the whole time and I decided to commit.”

There was more that attracted the 16-year-old to MSU.

“I went to a Michigan State camp in October of last year and really liked the coaches, they have a ton of knowledge,” Donovan explained. “It’s a beautiful campus and I’ve been a Michigan State fan my whole life. I’ve been going to football games since 2015 with season tickets. It’s just the perfect fit for me.”

Notre Dame and Butler were other schools talking with Donovan, while Duke and Xavier also made some contact.

“In the end, Michigan State showed the most interest and it was the school I decided on,” Donovan said.

Pitchability, size and projectability are three things the 6-4 200-pounder pointed to that MSU liked about him.

“The first thing they said they liked was my changeup,” Donovan noted. “They said it could be a third pitch of mine in college. Another thing they said they liked was that I get batters out.”

The desire to play beyond high school has been a long-time goal.

“Very early on I wanted to play college baseball,” Donovan said. “I’ve always been a huge college baseball fan and we bought Big 10-Plus so I could watch games. I started seriously wanting to play college baseball four or five years ago and my big dream ever since has been to play at the next level.”

To have it happen at MSU, in the Big 10, makes it even more exhilarating.

“This means everything,” the 12th-ranked junior in the state said. “Coming from a family with parents that went to Michigan State, it has always been a big deal in my home. To play in the Big 10 means everything.”

Donovan pointed to PBR with aiding in his recruitment.

“The recruiting process was fun, but also has been stressful,” Donovan admitted. “PBR really helped with the Future Games. What I think the Future Games does best is it prepares you to be able to perform in front of coaches. PBR puts you in front of them and you learn to perform in front of them. You see guys put up radars and that can be intimidating, but what PBR is doing helps get you prepared to be successful when you’re in college and in life.”

For Donovan, making a commitment to Michigan State when the time was right was certainly a memorable experience.

“We were in Florida for vacation and I was with my family on the phone with coach,” Donovan reflected. “We were talking with (assistant) coach (Graham) Sikes for an hour. He’s awesome. When I committed everyone was excited. There was a little celebrating going on. What a great night.”

While things could change according to Donovan, the hope at the moment is to major in accounting to go along with a minor in sport management for the 3.7 student at Orchard Lake St. Mary’s.

“The thing I’m looking forward to the most when it comes to college is the whole campus life,” Donovan concluded. “It’s a great school and I’m excited, not just to play baseball but being a student and going to all the football and basketball games. They have a lot of great fans and it will be exciting to immerse myself in the student culture.”



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