Southern Wisconsin Open: TrackMan Files


By: Diego Solares
Staff Writer, Associate Scout

On Oct. 16, the PBR Wisconsin hosted its last open showcase of 2021: the Southern Wisconsin Open. Perennially, this showcase helps introduce our staff to new need-to-know players in the state that we’d not yet seen before, as well as provided us with updated looks at players who’ve earned our attention in the past.

Yesterday we published a Statistical Analysis, bringing you a quick statistical analysis of those that participated in the event, as well as a quick nugget on which players stood out.

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 Velocity (max)
1 Wyatt Rushing WI Elkhorn 2024 RHP 89.7 mph
2 Grant Schultz WI Menomonee Falls 2023 RHP 87.2 mph
3 Broden Jackson WI Milton 2024 OF 86.6 mph
4 Elijah Niemiec WI St Thomas More 2023 RHP 84.7 mph
5 Cael Lynch WI Franklin 2023 C 82.0 mph
6 Andrew Halser WI Marquette 2024 OF 81.8 mph

Rank Name State School Class Pos Spin Rate (max)
1 Elijah Niemiec WI St Thomas More 2023 RHP 2409 rpm
2 Wyatt Rushing WI Elkhorn 2024 RHP 2271 rpm
3 Grant Schultz WI Menomonee Falls 2023 RHP 2269 rpm
4 Broden Jackson WI Milton 2024 OF 2240 rpm
5 Joseph Halser WI Marquette University 2024 OF 2200 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 Cael Lynch WI Franklin 2023 C 17.6
2 Ben Olsen WI Sun Prairie 2023 LHP -15.5
3 Nolan Warzynski WI Waukesha North 2023 OF 14.8
4 Elijah Niemiec WI St Thomas More 2023 RHP 14.6

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 Elijah Niemiec WI St Thomas More 2023 RHP 2439
2 Grant Schultz WI Menomonee Falls 2023 RHP 2377

Average Curveball Spin Rate

Rank Name State School Class Pos Spin Rate (avg)
1 Evan Lauer WI Germantown 2025 RHP 2503 rpm
2 Elijah Niemiec WI St Thomas More 2023 RHP 2494 rpm
3 Myles Rewolinski WI New Berlin West 2023 OF 2492 rpm
4 Grant Schultz WI Menomonee Falls 2023 RHP 2419 rpm
5 Wyatt Rushing WI Elkhorn 2024 RHP 2225 rpm

Average Changeup Horizontal Movement

Rank Name State School Class Pos HM (avg)
1 Tristan Arnold WI Mukwonago 2023 RHP 20.8
2 Devin Gudenschwager WI Janesville Craig 2023 OF 16.2
3 Elijah Niemiec WI St Thomas More 2023 RHP 15.9
4 Eli Pantzlaff WI Waukesha West 2023 1B 15.8
5 Nolan Warzynski WI Waukesha North 2023 OF 15.8
6 Myles Rewolinski WI New Berlin West 2023 OF 14.5
7 Bennett Wolfe WI Mukwonago 2024 RHP 14.4
8 Ryan Quello WI Grafton 2023 SS 14.3

Average Exit Velocity (Hitting)

Rank Name State School Class Pos Exit Velocity (avg)
1 Dylan Bass IL Glenbrook North 2022 OF 91.5 mph
2 Eli Pantzlaff WI Waukesha West 2023 1B 89.3 mph
3 Myles Rewolinski WI New Berlin West 2023 OF 87.1 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 Dylan Bass IL Glenbrook North 2022 OF 99.0 mph
2 Eli Pantzlaff WI Waukesha West 2023 1B 98.5 mph
3 Broden Jackson WI Milton 2024 OF 98.0 mph
4 Bryce Heil WI Wausau West 2022 1B 93.3 mph
5 Nolan Warzynski WI Waukesha North 2023 OF 93.3 mph

Peak Estimated Batted Distance (Hitting)

Rank Name State School Class Pos Distance (max)
1 Eli Pantzlaff WI Waukesha West 2023 1B 354 ft
2 Bryce Heil WI Wausau West 2022 1B 339 ft
3 Dylan Patzfahl WI Greendale 2024 C 329 ft

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

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