OBJ Scout Day: TrackMan Files (Pitching)


Cam Black-Araujo
Lead Scout, PBR Canada

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On Friday our staff was at the Athlete Matrix in Mississauga for the Ontario Blue Jays Scout Day as pitchers took the mound to showcases their stuff in front of our scouting staff and TrackMan unit. We got a look at an exciting 2022 draft arm and an impressive class of 2024 arms, highlighted by one of the best in the province and maybe even the country.

With our TrackMan unit on site, we begin breaking down the data collected throughout the day. 

MAX FASTBALL VELO

Rank Name State School Class Pos Velocity (max)
1 Kansai Sugimoto ON Blyth Academy 2022 RHP 90.5 mph
2 Andrew MacNeil ON Christ the King 2022 RHP 89.9 mph
3 Matt Sargeant ON Ancaster 2023 RHP 89.3 mph
4 Matthew Brown ON Waterdown District 2024 RHP 89.3 mph
5 James Wilson ON Humberside CI 2022 RHP 88.8 mph
6 Liam Cruickshank ON Loyola Catholic Secondary 2024 RHP 88.3 mph
7 John McDonald ON St- Aloysius Gonzaga S.S. 2023 RHP 88.0 mph
8 Makaio Cisneros ON All Saints Catholic secondary school 2024 RHP 87.1 mph
9 Liam Watt ON Nelson SS 2022 86.7 mph
10 Gabriel D'Addario ON Bishop Reding 2023 RHP 86.4 mph

AVG FASTBALL VELO

Rank Name State School Class Pos Eff Velocity (avg)
1 Kansai Sugimoto ON Blyth Academy 2022 RHP 90.9 mph
2 Matthew Brown ON Waterdown District 2024 RHP 90.3 mph
3 James Wilson ON Humberside CI 2022 RHP 89.6 mph
4 Matt Sargeant ON Ancaster 2023 RHP 89.0 mph
5 Andrew MacNeil ON Christ the King 2022 RHP 88.6 mph
6 John McDonald ON St- Aloysius Gonzaga S.S. 2023 RHP 88.5 mph
7 Liam Cruickshank ON Loyola Catholic Secondary 2024 RHP 87.3 mph
8 Lachlan Harrison ON Loyola Catholic Secondary School 2024 LHP 87.0 mph
9 Makaio Cisneros ON All Saints Catholic secondary school 2024 RHP 86.9 mph
10 Gabriel D'Addario ON Bishop Reding 2023 RHP 86.3 mph

PEAK FB SPIN RATE

Rank Name State School Class Pos Spin Rate (max)
1 Andrew MacNeil ON Christ the King 2022 RHP 2561 rpm
2 Kansai Sugimoto ON Blyth Academy 2022 RHP 2429 rpm
3 Jaiden McCully ON London central secondary school 2023 RHP 2331 rpm
4 Liam Cruickshank ON Loyola Catholic Secondary 2024 RHP 2329 rpm
5 Wil Yamka ON Holy Trinity 2022 LHP 2283 rpm
6 Matt Sargeant ON Ancaster 2023 RHP 2272 rpm
7 James Wilson ON Humberside CI 2022 RHP 2247 rpm
8 Makaio Cisneros ON All Saints Catholic secondary school 2024 RHP 2206 rpm
9 Thomas Reilly ON St. Thomas Aquinas 2023 RHP 2177 rpm
10 Eli Press ON CHAT 2023 RHP 2154 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.

AVG FB HORIZONTAL BREAK

Rank Name State School Class Pos HM (avg)
1 Aryan Sharma ON Turner Fenton Secondary School 2022 RHP 16.0
2 Matthew Spencer ON Banting Memorial 2024 RHP 15.0
3 Juan Cruz ON st martins 2027 SS 14.6
4 Jaiden McCully ON London central secondary school 2023 RHP 12.8
5 Gabriel D'Addario ON Bishop Reding 2023 RHP 12.8
6 James Wilson ON Humberside CI 2022 RHP 12.3
7 Joe Scott ON Riverdale Collegiate Insitute 2024 LHP -12.1
8 Zach Fishback ON Ingersoll 2023 1B -11.9
9 Liam Watt ON Nelson SS 2022 -11.9
10 Andrew MacNeil ON Christ the King 2022 RHP 11.8

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.”

AVG CURVEBALL SPIN RATE

Rank Name State School Class Pos Spin Rate (avg)
1 Jaiden McCully ON London central secondary school 2023 RHP 2682 rpm
2 Eli Press ON CHAT 2023 RHP 2280 rpm
3 Kansai Sugimoto ON Blyth Academy 2022 RHP 2248 rpm
4 Quinn Tavares ON St Martins 2022 RHP 2216 rpm
5 Noah Arkell ON St Martin 2026 2B 2213 rpm
6 Matt Sargeant ON Ancaster 2023 RHP 2165 rpm
7 Alex Hunter ON Barrie North Collegiate Institute 2027 3B 1984 rpm
8 Hank Lloyd BC Western Tech (Gifted Program) 2025 RHP 1962 rpm
9 Makaio Cisneros ON All Saints Catholic secondary school 2024 RHP 1953 rpm
10 Lachlan Harrison ON Loyola Catholic Secondary School 2024 LHP 1915 rpm

AVG CB VERTICAL BREAK

Rank Name State School Class Pos IVB (avg)
1 Kansai Sugimoto ON Blyth Academy 2022 RHP 22.7 in
2 Michael Perrotta ON Port Credit High School 2024 RHP 21.5 in
3 Andrew MacNeil ON Christ the King 2022 RHP 20.9 in
4 Cole Zalzal ON Iroquois Ridge High School 2025 LHP 20.3 in
5 Liam Cruickshank ON Loyola Catholic Secondary 2024 RHP 20.0 in
6 Hank Lloyd BC Western Tech (Gifted Program) 2025 RHP 19.4 in
7 Erik Iseppon ON A.N. Myer 2024 OF 19.3 in
8 Julian Alvarez ON Tommy Douglas 2023 RHP 18.9 in
9 Zach Ali Khan ON Upper Canada College 2025 3B 18.8 in
10 Liam Watt ON Nelson SS 2022 18.3 in

AVG SLIDER SPIN RATE

Rank Name State School Class Pos Spin Rate (avg)
1 Andrew MacNeil ON Christ the King 2022 RHP 2611
2 Matt Sargeant ON Ancaster 2023 RHP 2516
3 Thomas Reilly ON St. Thomas Aquinas 2023 RHP 2349
4 Joe Scott ON Riverdale Collegiate Insitute 2024 LHP 2348
5 John McDonald ON St- Aloysius Gonzaga S.S. 2023 RHP 2282
6 Owen Newman ON Streetsville 2025 RHP 2257
7 Wil Yamka ON Holy Trinity 2022 LHP 2240
8 Liam Watt ON Nelson SS 2022 2196
9 James Wilson ON Humberside CI 2022 RHP 2135
10 Makaio Cisneros ON All Saints Catholic secondary school 2024 RHP 2093

AVG SL HORIZONTAL BREAK

Rank Name State School Class Pos HM (avg)
1 Andrew MacNeil ON Christ the King 2022 RHP -16.9
2 Joe Scott ON Riverdale Collegiate Insitute 2024 LHP 14.0
3 Nathan Mazer ON Stephen Lewis 2024 LHP 12.8
4 Wil Yamka ON Holy Trinity 2022 LHP 12.4
5 Zach Fishback ON Ingersoll 2023 1B 12.3
6 Juan Cruz ON st martins 2027 SS -12.3
7 Agastya Kushari ON Northern Secondary School 2024 LHP 11.0
8 Charlie Firth ON St Martin Secondary School 2026 RHP -10.6
9 Aryan Sharma ON Turner Fenton Secondary School 2022 RHP -9.9
10 Owen Newman ON Streetsville 2025 RHP -9.8

AVG CH HORIZONTAL BREAK

Rank Name State School Class Pos HM (avg)
1 Aryan Sharma ON Turner Fenton Secondary School 2022 RHP 18.0
2 Andrew MacNeil ON Christ the King 2022 RHP 16.9
3 Jaiden McCully ON London central secondary school 2023 RHP 16.8
4 Zach Ali Khan ON Upper Canada College 2025 3B 16.6
5 Zach Fishback ON Ingersoll 2023 1B -16.4
6 James Wilson ON Humberside CI 2022 RHP 15.9
7 Gabriel D'Addario ON Bishop Reding 2023 RHP 15.7
8 Makaio Cisneros ON All Saints Catholic secondary school 2024 RHP 15.6
9 Kansai Sugimoto ON Blyth Academy 2022 RHP 15.6
10 Thomas Reilly ON St. Thomas Aquinas 2023 RHP 15.3

UPCOMING EVENTS

SHOWCASE STATE DATE LOCATION
Niagara Preseason Uncommitted ON 04/08 Niagara University
2022 Future Games Trials ON 04/15 The Athlete Matrix
PBR Junior Future Games NATIONAL 07/26 LakePoint
Improve My Profile with Game Video (Ontario) ON 08/29 Ontario