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Green Bay Preseason ID: Statistical Analysis


By: Isaiah Glidden
PBR Wisconsin Staff

On Feb. 27th, the PBR Wisconsin team hosted its fourth event of 2022, the first-ever Green Bay Preseason ID, at Impact Sports Academy in De Pere, Wis. This was an open event for all high school classes (2022-25) and gave our staff an ample look at the area's top players.

If you missed us in De Pere, check out our showcase page to see when we’re in the neighborhood next.

On Monday we published our biggest takeaways and highlights from Sunday’s showcase within our Quick Hits story. Today, we’ll dive right into the statistical side of things, analyzing Sunday’s top performers from several different statistical categories. Throughout the rest of this week, we’ll be diving deeper into all of the data we collected, too, with the help of our Blast Motion and TrackMan devices.

TOP 60 TIMES

Rank Name State School Class Pos 60-yard
1 Benje Hencke WI West De Pere 2023 3B 6.64
2 Cole Bensen WI Bay Port 2023 RHP 6.86
3 AJ Korth WI Menasha 2023 OF 7.00
4 Elliot Swanson WI Neenah 2023 SS 7.01
5 Brady Coons WI Kimberly 2024 C 7.02
^ Landen Lozier WI Notre Dame Academy 2023 2B 7.02
^ William Hoerner WI Appleton North 2024 C 7.02
6 Carter Kallies WI Bay Port 2024 UTILITY 7.05

Making his PBR debut, INF Benje Hencke (West De Pere, 2023) started off his day by running the fastest 60 time of the event at 6.64. Built at a physical 6-foot, 185 pounds, Hencke moves well for his size and left Green Bay as a name to closely monitor throughout this year. Another winner from this event was OF AJ Korth (Menasha, 2023) as the multi-sport junior ran the day's third fastest 60-yard dash.

MAX FASTBALL VELOCITY

Rank Name State School Class Pos Velocity (max)
1 TJ Hauser WI Appleton East 2023 RHP 89.0 mph
2 Benje Hencke WI West De Pere 2023 3B 87.8 mph
3 Cole Bensen WI Bay Port 2023 RHP 87.0 mph
4 Avery Duncan WI Notre Dame Academy 2024 SS 85.9 mph
5 Austin Grube WI Chilton 2023 SS 84.5 mph
6 Easton Arendt WI De Pere 2024 OF 84.0 mph

One of the biggest winners of the entire winter thus far has been RHP TJ Hauser (Appleton East, 2023) who impressed again in Green Bay, throwing the hardest fastball of the event. A couple of weeks ago, at our Fox Cities Preseason ID event, Hauser’s ‘pen impressed our staff and he backed it up this past weekend in Green Bay. Hauser’s stock is on the rise as he remains a top uncommitted name in the Badger State. The second hardest bullet of the day came from Benje Hencke, a major winner during Sunday’s event. Rounding the top three of the hardest fastballs from Sunday’s event was Cole Bensen, showing an uptick in velocity since we last saw him in the summer. This velocity jump, along with improved offspeed offerings makes Bensen a name to know going into the high school season.

MAX EXIT VELOCITY

Rank Name State School Class Pos Exit Velocity (max)
1 Bryson Koehne WI Norte Dame Academy 2024 1B 98.8 mph
2 Eli Retzlaff WI Fox Valley Lutheran 2023 LHP 98.4 mph
3 Benje Hencke WI West De Pere 2023 3B 98.3 mph
4 Alex Hanneman WI Appleton East 2023 LF 98.2 mph
5 AJ Korth WI Menasha 2023 OF 97.7 mph
6 Cole Bensen WI Bay Port 2023 RHP 96.2 mph
7 Brady Koester WI Kimberly 2024 1B 95.3 mph
8 Aaron Young WI West Bend West 2023 3B 94.6 mph
9 Javin Gauthier WI De Pere 2024 3B 94.5 mph
10 TJ Hauser WI Appleton East 2023 RHP 94.0 mph

INF Bryson Koehne (Notre Dame Academy, 2024) led all hitters when it came to max exit velocity. Koehne is another name that attended our Fox Cities Preseason and seemed to make some minor adjustments within the weeks between the events, as he gained roughly four mph in his max exit velocity, averaged the highest exit velocity, and hit the furthest ball of the day at 378 feet. Right behind Koehne was INF Eli Retzlaff (Fox Valley Lutheran, 2023) who put together a solid round BP. Retzlaff used his 6-foot-3, 230 pound stature to barrel balls, his hardest being 98.4 mph. During BP is where the aforementioned Benje Hencke really caught our scouts attention as he had one of the most put together rounds of the event, where he utilizes quite and repeatable movements to consistently drive the ball hard to all fields.

MAX INFIELD VELOCITY

Rank Name State School Class Pos INF Velo
1 TJ Hauser WI Appleton East 2023 RHP 90
2 Benje Hencke WI West De Pere 2023 3B 87
3 Landen Lozier WI Notre Dame Academy 2023 2B 85
4 Avery Duncan WI Notre Dame Academy 2024 SS 84
5 Sam Hoeft WI Port Washington 2025 SS 83
^ Garrett Hietpas WI Appleton North 2023 SS 83
6 Duke Shovald WI West De Pere 2024 SS 82
^ Logan Kurth WI Coleman 2024 SS 82
^ Javin Gauthier WI De Pere 2024 3B 82
^ Austin Grube WI Chilton 2023 SS 82

Showing off his innate arm speed, TJ Hauser led all infielders velocity across the diamond, up two mph since the Fox Cities event a couple of weeks ago with a 90 mph max. Adding to an already impressive performance, Benje Hencke had the second hardest throw across the infield. Hencke’s athleticism definitely is shown while on the infield dirt as he travels well side-to-side with clean infield actions and solid glove. INF Landen Lozier (Notre Dame Academy, 2023) has long been on our radar for his controlled defensive skill-set and his arm reached an 85 mph max in this showing.

MAX OUTFIELD VELOCITY

Rank Name State School Class Pos OF Velo
1 Alex Hanneman WI Appleton East 2023 LF 89
^ AJ Price WI Neenah 2024 LHP 89
2 Easton Arendt WI De Pere 2024 OF 87
3 Drew Van Oss WI West de Pere 2024 CF 85
4 Elliot Swanson WI Neenah 2023 SS 83

OF Alex Hanneman (Appleton East, 2023) and OF AJ Price (Neenah, 2024) each hit 89 mph on their hardest throws to home. After a solid round of BP, Hanneman jumped out into the outfield and showcased athletic footwork coupled with a strong arm and emerged as a name to keep on eye on throughout the spring and summer. At 5-foot-9, 135 pounds, Price’s arm strength is something that is very intriguing and if he can translate it to the mound will make him a name to know. Another member of the 2024 class, OF Easton Arendt (De Pere), showed off advanced arm strength on his throws from the outfield, topping at 87 mph. 

MAX CATCHER VELOCITY

Rank Name State School Class Pos C Velo
1 Rheis Johnson WI Denmark 2023 C 79
2 William Hoerner WI Appleton North 2024 C 76
^ Bryan Gerbers WI De Pere 2023 C 76
^ Grant Gill WI Bay Port 2023 C 76
3 Evan Olson WI Kimberly 2023 C 75
^ Carson Popp WI Shawano 2022 C 75

Like many other players in attendance on Sunday, we last saw C Rheis Johnson (Denmark, 2023) at our Fox Cities event. In Green Bay, Johnson threw one mph harder than he did a couple of weeks ago, at 79 mph, leading all catchers. C William Hoerner (Appleton North, 2024) and C Bryan Gerbers (De Pere, 2024) each topped at 76 on their throws down to second. Hoerner, making his PBR event debut, showcased a quality skill-set from behind the plate that should only improve as he matures.

TOP POP TIMES

Rank Name State School Class Pos Pop Time
1 Evan Olson WI Kimberly 2023 C 1.94-2.03
2 Bryan Gerbers WI De Pere 2023 C 2.00-2.09
3 Carson Popp WI Shawano 2022 C 2.06-2.13
4 Grant Gill WI Bay Port 2023 C 2.06-2.16
5 William Hoerner WI Appleton North 2024 C 2.09-2.22
^ Brady Coons WI Kimberly 2024 C 2.09-2.22

Despite not having the hardest throws of the day, C Evan Olson (Kimberly, 2023) made up for it with his quick feet and fast transition on his throws down to second, to have the fastest average pop times. The aforementioned Gerbers' arm strength coupled with fluid actions behind the plate led to him having the second quickest average pop times.

For a complete look at all the statistics from this event, CLICK HERE.

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