Unsigned Senior Showcase: Data Dive


Kevin Cronin
Area Scout, Tech Analyst

On Oct. 22, the PBR Wisconsin staff hosted our final event of the year: the Unsigned Senior Showcase, as it does each and every fall, at The MOSH Performance Center in Franklin, Wis., where roughly 30 prospects participated. Most of which are uncommitted prospects that are currently in their final year of high school. 

This week, we published our Quick Hits piece that contained the highlights from the event. Today, we're going to continue breaking down the takeaways from the event by diving deeper into all of the data we collected at the showcase in the form of our Data Dive.

TRACKMAN

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 data.

MAX FASTBALL VELOCITY & AVERAGE SPIN RATE

Rank Name State School Class Pos Velocity (max)
1 Brady Wotruba WI Pulaski 2023 SS 83.2 mph
2 Parker Meifert WI Greenfield 2024 RHP 83.1 mph
3 Jackson Golatke WI Wauwatosa East 2023 SS 82.6 mph
4 Miles Burchardt WI Kettle Moraine 2024 RHP 82.5 mph
5 Brayden Steinbecker WI Manitowoc Lincoln 2025 SS 81.9 mph

Rank Name State School Class Pos Spin Rate (avg)
1 Brolan Frost WI Elkhorn Area 2025 LHP 2212 rpm
2 Jackson Golatke WI Wauwatosa East 2023 SS 2200 rpm
3 Brady Wotruba WI Pulaski 2023 SS 2140 rpm
4 Brayden Steinbecker WI Manitowoc Lincoln 2025 SS 2060 rpm
5 Parker Meifert WI Greenfield 2024 RHP 2057 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 Max Kurth WI Evansville 2023 RHP 15.9
2 Nolan Meis WI Lakeside Lutheran 2025 SS 14.3
3 Jackson Golatke WI Wauwatosa East 2023 SS 13.9
4 Miles Burchardt WI Kettle Moraine 2024 RHP 12.5
5 Elliot Bednar WI Washington Park 2023 SS 12.4

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 CURVEBALL & SLIDER SPIN RATE

Rank Name State School Class Pos Spin Rate (avg)
1 Brady Wotruba WI Pulaski 2023 SS 2669 rpm
2 Jacob Norris WI Cedar Grove 2023 RHP 2381 rpm
3 Nolan Meis WI Lakeside Lutheran 2025 SS 2375 rpm
4 Parker Meifert WI Greenfield 2024 RHP 2311 rpm
5 Brolan Frost WI Elkhorn Area 2025 LHP 2231 rpm

Rank Name State School Class Pos Spin Rate (avg)
1 Nolan Meis WI Lakeside Lutheran 2025 SS 2535
2 Jackson Golatke WI Wauwatosa East 2023 SS 2226
3 Jake Eichstaedt WI Waukesha North 2023 OF 2077
4 Alex Petasek WI Green Bay Preble 2023 LHP 2071
5 Elliot Bednar WI Washington Park 2023 SS 2057

AVERAGE CHANGEUP HORIZONTAL MOVEMENT

Rank Name State School Class Pos HM (avg)
1 Parker Meifert WI Greenfield 2024 RHP 17.4
2 Brady Wotruba WI Pulaski 2023 SS 16.5
3 Jacob Norris WI Cedar Grove 2023 RHP 15.7
4 Elliot Bednar WI Washington Park 2023 SS 14.4
5 Alex Petasek WI Green Bay Preble 2023 LHP -13.8
6 Max Kurth WI Evansville 2023 RHP 13.5
7 Miles Burchardt WI Kettle Moraine 2024 RHP 12.6
8 Jackson Golatke WI Wauwatosa East 2023 SS 11.7
9 Angelo Amador IL Solorio Academy 2023 RHP 11.4
10 Brolan Frost WI Elkhorn Area 2025 LHP -8.8

MAX EXIT VELOCITY (HITTING)

Rank Name State School Class Pos Exit Velocity (max)
1 Christian Counard WI Southern Door 2023 OF 99.3 mph
2 Hayden Reich WI Sussex Hamilton 2023 1B 98.1 mph
3 Stephen Combs IL Harvest Christian 2023 SS 94.8 mph
4 Jedvier Garcia WI Riverside University 2023 SS 94.1 mph
5 Jack Peterson WI Southern Door 2023 2B 92.2 mph
6 Alex Pluta WI Germantown 2023 OF 91.0 mph
7 Bryce Erdmann WI Manitowoc Lincoln 2023 2B 90.5 mph
8 Dylan Cunningham WI Franklin 2023 C 90.4 mph
9 Carl Biechler WI Stevens Point 2023 SS 90.1 mph
10 Peyton Ryback WI Nathan Hale 2024 C 90.1 mph

MAX DISTANCE (HITTING)

Rank Name State School Class Pos Distance (max)
1 Hayden Reich WI Sussex Hamilton 2023 1B 354 ft
2 Stephen Combs IL Harvest Christian 2023 SS 342 ft
3 Peyton Ryback WI Nathan Hale 2024 C 338 ft
4 Christian Counard WI Southern Door 2023 OF 334 ft
5 Alex Pluta WI Germantown 2023 OF 332 ft
6 Max Kurth WI Evansville 2023 RHP 321 ft
7 Chase Huettl MN Mound Westonka 2023 OF 317 ft
8 Bryce Erdmann WI Manitowoc Lincoln 2023 2B 313 ft
9 Jedvier Garcia WI Riverside University 2023 SS 312 ft
10 Jackson Golatke WI Wauwatosa East 2023 SS 308 ft

BLAST MOTION

With the help of our Blast Motion sensors, we're analyzing the swing metrics measured at this open showcase.

HAND SPEED (PEAK & AVERAGE)

Rank Name State School Class Pos Hand Speed (max)
1 Angelo Amador IL Solorio Academy 2023 RHP 25.0 mph
2 Christian Counard WI Southern Door 2023 OF 24.6 mph
3 Jack Peterson WI Southern Door 2023 2B 24.2 mph
4 Dylan Cunningham WI Franklin 2023 C 23.8 mph
5 Max Kurth WI Evansville 2023 RHP 23.3 mph
6 Hayden Reich WI Sussex Hamilton 2023 1B 23.1 mph
7 Carl Biechler WI Stevens Point 2023 SS 23.0 mph
8 Jackson Golatke WI Wauwatosa East 2023 SS 22.6 mph
9 Alex Pluta WI Germantown 2023 OF 22.1 mph
10 Stephen Combs IL Harvest Christian 2023 SS 21.7 mph

Rank Name State School Class Pos Hand Speed (avg)
1 Christian Counard WI Southern Door 2023 OF 23.6 mph
2 Angelo Amador IL Solorio Academy 2023 RHP 23.5 mph
3 Jack Peterson WI Southern Door 2023 2B 22.9 mph
4 Dylan Cunningham WI Franklin 2023 C 22.9 mph
5 Max Kurth WI Evansville 2023 RHP 22.7 mph
6 Carl Biechler WI Stevens Point 2023 SS 21.6 mph
7 Jackson Golatke WI Wauwatosa East 2023 SS 21.2 mph
8 Wade Menard IL Oswego 2023 OF 20.9 mph
9 Stephen Combs IL Harvest Christian 2023 SS 20.8 mph
10 Alex Pluta WI Germantown 2023 OF 20.8 mph

Peak Hand Speed: The observed maximum speed as measured on the handle of the bat (measured six inches from the knob of the bat). Peak Hand Speed will occur prior to the moment of impact, very close to the commit time in the swing when the wrists unhinge.

BAT SPEED (AVERAGE)

Rank Name State School Class Pos Bat Speed (avg)
1 Christian Counard WI Southern Door 2023 OF 77.3 mph
2 Hayden Reich WI Sussex Hamilton 2023 1B 73.7 mph
3 Jack Peterson WI Southern Door 2023 2B 72.8 mph
4 Jedvier Garcia WI Riverside University 2023 SS 71.1 mph
5 Carl Biechler WI Stevens Point 2023 SS 70.8 mph

Bat Speed: The observed speed of the sweet spot of the bat at impact. The sweet spot of the bat is measured six inches from the tip of the bat.

ROTATIONAL ACCELERATION (PEAK & AVERAGE)

Rank Name State School Class Pos Rot. Acc (max)
1 Angelo Amador IL Solorio Academy 2023 RHP 28.9 g
2 Christian Counard WI Southern Door 2023 OF 25.9 g
3 Dylan Cunningham WI Franklin 2023 C 21.0 g
4 Wade Menard IL Oswego 2023 OF 20.6 g
5 Hayden Reich WI Sussex Hamilton 2023 1B 20.2 g

Rank Name State School Class Pos Rot. Acc (avg)
1 Christian Counard WI Southern Door 2023 OF 23.1 g
2 Angelo Amador IL Solorio Academy 2023 RHP 23.0 g
3 Wade Menard IL Oswego 2023 OF 18.5 g
4 Dylan Cunningham WI Franklin 2023 C 17.3 g
5 Stephen Combs IL Harvest Christian 2023 SS 14.8 g

Body Rotation: A swing that has the appropriate relative contributions of body and bat rotations is an efficient and Powerful swing that maintains proper sequencing. An efficient baseball swing is one in which the body creates the initial movements, which is then transferred to the arms and out to the bat, thereby maximizing Bat Speed through this proximal-to-distal kinematic sequencing movement pattern.

VIZUAL EDGE

A look at the top Vizual Edge scores from the event.

Rank Name State School Class Pos Edge Score
1 Dylan Cunningham WI Franklin 2023 C 90.27
2 Alex Pluta WI Germantown 2023 OF 84.79
3 Peyton Ryback WI Nathan Hale 2024 C 81.66
4 Glen Cole WI Whitnall 2023 1B 81.25
5 Cooper Kuemmel WI Muskego 2023 2B 81.02
6 Addison Blough IL Evanston Township 2023 OF 80.35
7 Jackson Golatke WI Wauwatosa East 2023 SS 79.36
8 Hayden Reich WI Sussex Hamilton 2023 1B 79.24
9 Max Kurth WI Evansville 2023 RHP 78.11
10 Carl Biechler WI Stevens Point 2023 SS 78.05

The Edge Score is a comprehensive score out of 100 that takes the core-six visual skills into account, providing athletes, parents, coaches and scouts with a benchmark number for assessing an athlete’s overall visual ability. In general the higher the Edge Score, the higher chance of athletic success. Think of the Edge Score as the 'Sixth Metric' in the standard Five-Tools that make up a ball player.

The average Edge Score for the 2020 MLB Draft Class was 79.3 (of hitters who completed a Vizual Edge test). MLB players we've worked with typically show stronger scores, with elite hitters scoring consistently above 87.0 on their Edge Score.

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