South Milwaukee Preseason I.D.: Statistical Analysis


By Andy Sroka
Staff Writer, Associate Scout

On Sunday, March 1, the PBR Wisconsin team hosted the longest-running annual showcase on its winter event circuit: the South Milwaukee Preseason I.D. Every year, our staff makes it out to Hitters Baseball Academy to host this event and every year it helps us evaluate some of the state’s best talent. Given the budding talent inside the state’s 2022 and 2023 classes, this year’s South MKE I.D. was especially star-studded.

On Monday, we dissected the best things we saw at Sunday’s showcase and published our findings inside of this Quick Hits post. Today, we’re taking a closer look at the statistical leaderboards.

Looking ahead, by the end of the month, videos from this I.D. event will be living within player profiles and we’ll begin rolling out our position-by-position scouting reports.

For now, here are the statistical leaders from the South Milwaukee Preseason I.D.

MAX FASTBALL VELOCITY

Rank Name State School Class Pos Max FB
1 Mitchell Voit WI Whitefish Bay 2022 3B 89 mph
^ Ben Plumley IL Lane Tech 2021 RHP 89 mph
2 Tommy Meyer WI Wauwatosa East 2021 LHP 88 mph
^ James Reese WI University School of Milwaukee 2022 RHP 88 mph
3 Tyler Peck WI Oak Creek 2021 RHP 87 mph
^ Mason Ruh WI Wisconsin Lutheran 2021 RHP 87 mph
4 Tyler Gall WI Oak Creek 2021 RHP 86 mph
^ Alex Windey WI Wrightstown 2021 RHP 86 mph
^ Luke Klekamp WI Oak Creek 2022 RHP 86 mph
^ Michael Mulhollon WI Westosha Central 2022 LHP 86 mph
5 Adam Switalski WI Westosha Central 2023 RHP 85 mph
^ Eric McLevige WI Janesville Craig 2021 RHP 85 mph
^ Tyler Deleskiewicz WI Lake Geneva Badger 2022 RHP 85 mph
^ Braydon Cooper WI Catholic Memorial 2022 RHP 85 mph

The lone pitcher from Sunday to touch 89 mph more than once was sophomore Mitchell Voit (Whitefish Bay; Michigan commit), who found himself at or near the top of multiple leaderboards on Sunday – a highly impressive feat when taking into account the talent level packed inside of the Hitters facility. Voit sat at an easy 86-89 mph with advanced control of his offspeed, and that arm strength showed up elsewhere, too. From Illinois, Chicago-area RHP Ben Plumley (Lane Tech, IL, 2021; uncommitted) showed a live and loose arm that was also up to 89 mph once, with one of the better breaking balls on the day. LHP Tommy Meyer (Wauwatosa East, 2021; Northern Illinois) sat 85-88 mph, and pieced together one of the better ‘pens on the day. The added velocity to Meyer’s arsenal was one of the biggest takeaways from Sunday. Another sophomore righty, James Reese (University School of Milwaukee; uncommitted), demonstrated some excellent arm strength, especially for his age, up to 88 mph himself. The 2022 class in attendance had several high-follow performers among them, listed on the leaderboard above.

Finally, freshman RHP Adam Switalski (Westosha Central; Indiana) sat 83-85 mph in his session, recording the highest velocity among the 2023s in attendance.

TOP 60-YARD DASH

Rank Name State School Class Pos 60-yard
1 Mitchell Voit WI Whitefish Bay 2022 3B 6.87
2 Ian Choi WI Indian Trail 2022 SS 6.88
^ Michael Lippe WI Whitefish Bay 2022 OF 6.88
3 Jonathan Kim WI Brookfield Academy 2022 OF 6.90
4 Alexander Alicea WI St. Thomas More 2023 SS 6.93
^ Gavin Roanhouse WI Waterford 2021 OF 6.93
5 Matthew Last WI Oconomowoc 2021 OF 6.98
6 Dylan Mass WI Franklin 2022 OF 7.00
7 Josh DeGroot WI Union Grove 2022 SS 7.01
8 Gavin Kilen WI Milton 2022 SS 7.02
9 Tristan Ellis WI Greendale 2022 2B 7.03
10 Hayden Christiansen IL Richmond-Burton 2022 C 7.05
^ Chance Jampole WI Cedarburg 2022 3B 7.05
11 John Ahler IL Marian Central Catholic 2022 SS 7.06
12 DJ Kojis WI Whitefish Bay 2022 OF 7.08
13 Maurice Rockette WI Wauwatosa East 2021 OF 7.09

There were 13 sub-7.10 times recorded in the 60-yard dash on Sunday, led by four high-follow 2022s. Of course, at the top of the list, was Voit. His premium athleticism shows all over the diamond. He led INF Ian Choi (Indian Trail; uncommitted) and OF Michael Lippe (Whitefish Bay; Louisville) by a fraction. Both Choi and Lippe are among the best in the class, too. Choi’s performance on Sunday was hugely impressive, while Lippe, the top-ranked sophomore in the state, is built at a defined 6-foot-2, 205 pounds, so he looks more like a running back when he’s at full speed. Jonathan Kim (Brookfield Academy; uncommitted) is a strong left/left athlete who was just behind Choi and Lippe here, and he showed a wealth of tools as well. Freshman Alexander Alicea (St. Thomas More; uncommitted) has great footspeed that he uses especially well out of the box and on the basepaths, and he clocked in with a top-five time from Sunday. It was also a pleasant surprise to see the 6-foot-5, 232-pound Gavin Roanhouse (Waterford, 2021; uncommitted) record a 6.93 in the 60. Like those before him, this wasn’t the only leaderboard Roanhouse found himself near the top.

TOP EXIT VELOCITY

Rank Name State School Class Pos Exit Velo
1 Hayden Christiansen IL Richmond-Burton 2022 C 98
2 Jared Mitchell WI Random Lake 2021 1B 95
3 Ian Choi WI Indian Trail 2022 SS 93
4 Benjamin Loyd WI Tremper 2021 SS 92
^ Gavin Roanhouse WI Waterford 2021 OF 92
^ Michael Lippe WI Whitefish Bay 2022 OF 92
^ Connor O'Reilly WI Burlington 2022 1B 92
^ James Reese WI University School of Milwaukee 2022 RHP 92
5 Mitchell Voit WI Whitefish Bay 2022 3B 91
^ Trevor Rockweiler IL McHenry 2021 C 91
^ Nolan Hodgins WI Case 2021 RHP 91
^ Jonathan Kim WI Brookfield Academy 2022 OF 91
6 Steve Marhefke WI Neenah 2020 3B 90
^ Noah Berndt WI Winneconne 2021 C 90
^ Maxamillion Martin WI Franklin 2023 C 90

Hayden Christiansen (Richmond-Burton, IL; Xavier) is one of the top sophomores in Illinois’ 2022 class because he can do a little of everything – he ran well, he was the quickest out of the crouch, and he also produces some excellent bat strength. Random Lake junior, 1B Jared Mitchell (uncommitted), has a thick/strong 6-foot, 227-pound build and he uses it well to generate some juice. The aforementioned Choi added some muscle in the offseason and he instantaneously applied it inside the right-handed batter’s box, creating more bat strength off the barrel than you’d expect from a prospect his size. Lippe, Roanhouse, Reese, Voit, and Kim were all some more previously mentioned names who showed well at this station, too. Uncommitted senior Steve Marhefke (Neenah) also took a loud round of BP and he topped 90 mph off the tee.

TOP INFIELD VELOCITY

Rank Name State School Class Pos INF Velo
1 Mitchell Voit WI Whitefish Bay 2022 3B 95
2 Darryl Jackson WI King 2021 SS 91
3 James Reese WI University School of Milwaukee 2022 RHP 90
4 Noah Miller WI Ozaukee 2021 SS 89
5 Gavin Kilen WI Milton 2022 SS 88
^ Camdin Jansen WI Racine Lutheran 2022 SS 88
^ Ian Choi WI Indian Trail 2022 SS 88
^ Josh DeGroot WI Union Grove 2022 SS 88
^ Adam Switalski WI Westosha Central 2023 RHP 88
6 Keegan Knutson NC Combine Academy 2022 SS 87
^ Tristan Ellis WI Greendale 2022 2B 87
7 Benjamin Loyd WI Tremper 2021 SS 86
^ Alexander Alicea WI St. Thomas More 2023 SS 86
8 Brady Counsell WI Whitefish Bay 2021 SS 85
^ Steve Marhefke WI Neenah 2020 3B 85
^ Brady Marget WI Whitefish Bay 2021 1B 85

This was an especially electric group, considering there were three infielders who recorded 90-plus mph highs, and 10 more names who topped 86 mph or greater. It was hardly a surprise to see Voit atop another chart, but a 94 mph max from the infield is significant. Darryl Jackson (King) is an uncommitted junior worth getting to know – he crept up on our radar in 2019 and has gotten even better since. He topped 91 mph across the infield. Reese’s arm is big across the infield, too, as he’s demonstrated some two-way abilities for us in the past. And one of the biggest names to know for future MLB Draft purposes, junior SS Noah Miller (Ozaukee; Alabama), topped 89 mph across the way, but his arm was the best of the bunch. Miller naturally flicks baseballs to first with precision from multiple arm slots and carry. Choi’s athleticism on defense is similar, and he, too, landed near the top of this list.

Union Grove has an intriguing roster ahead of Opening Day later this month, and Josh DeGroot (2022; uncommitted) looks like an underclass contributor, at this point, and he showed well on defense. The 5-foot-5 twitchy Alicea is one of the smoothest infielders in the state, despite being just a freshman, and he notably notched an 86 mph high across the diamond. The takeaways from the leaderboard above go further than we can really convey in this space.

TOP OUTFIELD VELOCITY

Rank Name State School Class Pos OF Velo
1 Michael Lippe WI Whitefish Bay 2022 OF 95
2 DJ Kojis WI Whitefish Bay 2022 OF 94
3 Kyle Mitchell WI Westosha Central 2021 OF 92
^ Jack Stecker WI Whitefish Bay 2021 OF 92
4 Tyler Deleskiewicz WI Lake Geneva Badger 2022 RHP 91
5 Gavin Roanhouse WI Waterford 2021 OF 90
^ Zachary Olson WI Muskego 2023 RHP 90
^ Tyler Gall WI Oak Creek 2021 RHP 90
6 Jonathan Kim WI Brookfield Academy 2022 OF 88
7 Dylan Mass WI Franklin 2022 OF 87
^ Tristan Ott WI Oconomowoc 2022 OF 87
^ Michael Rueth WI Wauwatosa West 2022 OF 87
8 James Duncan WI Arrowhead 2022 OF 86

Lippe's overwhelming physicality appears inside his arm strength, too, where he topped this group with a 95 mph high to home. High school teammate and fellow sophomore D.J. Kojis (uncommitted), was another one of the day’s big winners and he trailed Lippe by a tick here, topping 94 mph. A third Whitefish Bay product landed inside the top-three, junior OF Jack Stecker (uncommitted), reached a 92 mph high, tied with fellow unsigned 2021 Kyle Mitchell (Westosha Central). Among the freshmen in attendance, few enhanced their own stock like Zachary Olson (Oak Creek; uncommitted), who battered baseballs in BP and also recorded a 90 mph high to home plate. Junior high school teammate Tyler Gall (uncommitted) also reached 90 mph from the outfield, and he was also similarly effective on the mound.

Sophomores like Kim, Michael Rueth (Wauwatosa West; uncommitted), Dylan Mass (Franklin; uncommitted), Tristan Ott (Oconomowoc; uncommitted), and James Duncan (Arrowhead; Illinois State) could be categorized as prospects who recorded a well-rounded performance on Sunday and capped it off with above-average arm strength from the outfield.

TOP CATCHER VELOCITY

Rank Name State School Class Pos C Velo
1 Noah Berndt WI Winneconne 2021 C 81
2 Hayden Christiansen IL Richmond-Burton 2022 C 80
3 Joseph Ricchio WI Tremper 2021 C 79
4 TJ Schuyler IL Antioch 2023 C 78
5 Brady Katterhagen WI Union Grove 2021 C 77
^ Joe Turco WI Franklin 2021 C 77
^ Joshua Cartwright WI Iowa Grant 2021 C 77
6 Trevor Rockweiler IL McHenry 2021 C 76
^ Alec Campbell WI Milton 2022 C 76
^ Kyle Smith IL Warren Township 2022 C 76

Uncommitted junior backstop Noah Berndt (Winneconne) is built at a physical, large, and strong 6-foot-1, 210 pounds. Still, he maneuvers well from behind the late and recorded the day’s top velocity out of the crouch. The aforementioned Xavier recruit, Christiansen, was among the most efficient with his catch-and-throw skills, and he topped 80 mph. A junior who’s going to be climbing the ranks this spring is Tremper backstop Joseph Ricchio (uncommitted), who was excellent behind the plate and in the right-handed batter’s box. Indiana commit and freshman T.J. Schuyler (Antioch, IL) has an advanced defensive skillset and he topped 78 mph from out of the chute on Sunday.

TOP POP TIMES

Rank Name State School Class Pos Pop Time
1 Hayden Christiansen IL Richmond-Burton 2022 C 1.94-2.08
2 TJ Schuyler IL Antioch 2023 C 2.08-2.19
3 Alec Campbell WI Milton 2022 C 2.09-2.18
^ Sage Stellmacher WI Markesan 2021 C 2.09-2.18
4 Trevor Rockweiler IL McHenry 2021 C 2.09-2.19
5 Joseph Ricchio WI Tremper 2021 C 2.11-2.20
6 Noah Berndt WI Winneconne 2021 C 2.15-2.22

Christiansen averaged the day’s lowest pop times by a relatively healthy margin, as you can see for yourself. The freshman Schuyler was effectively tied for second lowest with three other catchers: Sage Stellmacher (Markesan, 2021; uncommitted), Alec Campbell (Milton, 2022; uncommitted), and Trevor Rockweiler (McHenry, IL, 2021; uncommitted). Berndt was a fraction behind the group above, too, and Ricchio was sandwiched in between.

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