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Western Wisconsin Open: Data Dive


By Isaiah Glidden
Area Scout, Staff Writer

On June 28, the PBR Wisconsin staff held our second event of the summer tour with the Western Wisconsin Open. This event was originally set to be held at the historic Carson Park in Eau Claire, Wis., but rain moved the event indoors to the brand new Valley Sports Academy facility in nearby Lake Hallie. Nearly 40 players made it out to this event, providing us with updated looks and a new list of prospects to follow in an area of Wisconsin that we don’t get to venture to often enough.

Earlier this week we published our Quick Hits piece in which we highlighted the top prospects of the event by class. This was followed by our Statistical Analysis piece that showed the leaders in several difference statistical categories. Today, we will wrap up our post event coverage with this Data Dive piece where we take a look at leaders from more advanced metrics that we were able to capture with the help of our TrackMan and Blast Motion devices. 

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 & SPIN RATE

Rank Name State School Class Pos Velocity (max)
1 Andrew Harris MN Stillwater 2023 RHP 86.0 mph
2 Giles Groothousen WI Flambeau 2024 SS 85.7 mph
3 Hayden Hellenbrand WI Middleton 2023 SS 82.9 mph
4 Jakeb Lequia WI Chippewa Falls 2024 RHP 82.9 mph
5 Masen Werner WI Baldwin-Woodville 2023 SS 81.8 mph
6 Giovanni Basile WI Eau Claire North 2023 RHP 80.7 mph
7 Logan Burzynski WI Stanley-Boyd 2023 OF 79.2 mph
8 Braylen Nystrom WI Stevens Point Area 2024 OF 79.1 mph
9 Tyson LaPoint WI Rice Lake 2023 3B 78.6 mph
10 Sam Abrahamson WI Hudson 2026 3B 78.2 mph

Rank Name State School Class Pos Spin Rate (max)
1 Giles Groothousen WI Flambeau 2024 SS 2408 rpm
2 Braylen Nystrom WI Stevens Point Area 2024 OF 2385 rpm
3 Hayden Hellenbrand WI Middleton 2023 SS 2273 rpm
4 Nick Stellrecht WI New Richmond 2026 RHP 2269 rpm
5 Tyson LaPoint WI Rice Lake 2023 3B 2129 rpm
6 Sam Baum WI Monona Grove 2023 RHP 2114 rpm
7 Logan Burzynski WI Stanley-Boyd 2023 OF 2106 rpm
8 Masen Werner WI Baldwin-Woodville 2023 SS 2082 rpm
9 Giovanni Basile WI Eau Claire North 2023 RHP 2068 rpm
10 Jaden Diller WI Southern Door 2023 OF 2063 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 Sam Baum WI Monona Grove 2023 RHP 16.9
2 Andrew Harris MN Stillwater 2023 RHP 16.2
3 Jakeb Lequia WI Chippewa Falls 2024 RHP 15.5
4 Masen Werner WI Baldwin-Woodville 2023 SS 14.0
5 Giles Groothousen WI Flambeau 2024 SS 13.1
6 Logan Burzynski WI Stanley-Boyd 2023 OF 8.8
7 Hayden Hellenbrand WI Middleton 2023 SS 8.3
8 Giovanni Basile WI Eau Claire North 2023 RHP 8.0
9 Nick Stellrecht WI New Richmond 2026 RHP 6.7
10 Jaden Diller WI Southern Door 2023 OF -5.8

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.”

AVERAGE CURVEBALL & SLIDER SPIN RATE

Rank Name State School Class Pos Spin Rate (avg)
1 Braylen Nystrom WI Stevens Point Area 2024 OF 2305 rpm
2 Hayden Hellenbrand WI Middleton 2023 SS 2285 rpm
3 Nick Stellrecht WI New Richmond 2026 RHP 2170 rpm
4 Masen Werner WI Baldwin-Woodville 2023 SS 2124 rpm
5 Tyson LaPoint WI Rice Lake 2023 3B 1974 rpm
6 Giovanni Basile WI Eau Claire North 2023 RHP 1903 rpm
7 Sam Baum WI Monona Grove 2023 RHP 1887 rpm
8 Jaden Diller WI Southern Door 2023 OF 1882 rpm
9 Mike Sterr WI Lake Country Lutheran 2023 OF 1854 rpm
10 Jakeb Lequia WI Chippewa Falls 2024 RHP 1814 rpm

Rank Name State School Class Pos Spin Rate (avg)
1 Logan Burzynski WI Stanley-Boyd 2023 OF 2257
2 Sam Baum WI Monona Grove 2023 RHP 2050
3 Tyson LaPoint WI Rice Lake 2023 3B 2003
4 Alex Hoff WI St Croix Falls 2026 OF 1634

AVERAGE CHANGEUP HORIZONTAL MOVEMENT

Rank Name State School Class Pos HM (avg)
1 Sam Baum WI Monona Grove 2023 RHP 16.9
2 Masen Werner WI Baldwin-Woodville 2023 SS 15.4
3 Sam Abrahamson WI Hudson 2026 3B 14.0
4 Nick Stellrecht WI New Richmond 2026 RHP 11.9
5 Jaden Diller WI Southern Door 2023 OF -11.6
6 Logan Burzynski WI Stanley-Boyd 2023 OF 9.8
7 Andrew Harris MN Stillwater 2023 RHP 9.0
8 Giovanni Basile WI Eau Claire North 2023 RHP 7.0
9 Tyson LaPoint WI Rice Lake 2023 3B 6.1
10 Hayden Hellenbrand WI Middleton 2023 SS 5.6

BATTED BALL DISTANCE (PEAK & AVERAGE)

Rank Name State School Class Pos Distance (max)
1 Owen Eddy WI Galesville Ettrick Trempealeau 2023 C 339 ft
2 Liam Brennan WI Chippewa Falls 2023 1B 329 ft
3 Braylen Nystrom WI Stevens Point Area 2024 OF 326 ft
4 Logan Burzynski WI Stanley-Boyd 2023 OF 323 ft
5 Giles Groothousen WI Flambeau 2024 SS 319 ft
6 Alex Slivensky WI northwestern wi 2024 OF 316 ft
7 Jack Peterson WI Southern Door 2023 2B 312 ft
8 Jakeb Lequia WI Chippewa Falls 2024 RHP 310 ft
9 Andrew Harris MN Stillwater 2023 RHP 308 ft
10 Tyson LaPoint WI Rice Lake 2023 3B 303 ft

Rank Name State School Class Pos Distance (avg)
1 Owen Eddy WI Galesville Ettrick Trempealeau 2023 C 235 ft
2 Jack Peterson WI Southern Door 2023 2B 225 ft
3 Liam Brennan WI Chippewa Falls 2023 1B 211 ft
4 Sam Abrahamson WI Hudson 2026 3B 209 ft
5 Benjamin Doherty WI Pius XI 2023 C 203 ft
6 Giles Groothousen WI Flambeau 2024 SS 201 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 Braylen Nystrom WI Stevens Point Area 2024 OF 24.9 mph
2 Andrew Harris MN Stillwater 2023 RHP 24.2 mph
3 Jack Gorman WI North 2025 C 24.1 mph
4 Owen Eddy WI Galesville Ettrick Trempealeau 2023 C 24.0 mph
5 Cole Perlberg WI Chippewa Falls 2025 SS 23.6 mph
^ James-Dean Olson WI Sparta 2024 C 23.6 mph
6 Preston Alger WI Chippewa Falls 2024 SS 23.4 mph
7 Jack Peterson WI Southern Door 2023 2B 23.2 mph
8 Mike Sterr WI Lake Country Lutheran 2023 OF 23.0 mph
9 Thomas Richter WI Rice Lake 2023 C 22.9 mph
^ Alex Slivensky WI northwestern wi 2024 OF 22.9 mph
10 Tyson LaPoint WI Rice Lake 2023 3B 22.7 mph

Rank Name State School Class Pos Hand Speed (avg)
1 Owen Eddy WI Galesville Ettrick Trempealeau 2023 C 23.4 mph
2 Andrew Harris MN Stillwater 2023 RHP 23.1 mph
3 Braylen Nystrom WI Stevens Point Area 2024 OF 22.9 mph
4 Jack Gorman WI North 2025 C 22.9 mph
5 James-Dean Olson WI Sparta 2024 C 22.8 mph
6 Cole Perlberg WI Chippewa Falls 2025 SS 22.5 mph
7 Preston Alger WI Chippewa Falls 2024 SS 22.1 mph
8 Thomas Richter WI Rice Lake 2023 C 22.1 mph
9 Jack Peterson WI Southern Door 2023 2B 22.0 mph
10 Tyson LaPoint WI Rice Lake 2023 3B 21.8 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 Jack Peterson WI Southern Door 2023 2B 76.6 mph
2 Alex Slivensky WI northwestern wi 2024 OF 72.6 mph
3 Jack Gorman WI North 2025 C 72.2 mph
4 Liam Brennan WI Chippewa Falls 2023 1B 71.5 mph
5 Braylen Nystrom WI Stevens Point Area 2024 OF 70.9 mph
6 Sam Abrahamson WI Hudson 2026 3B 70.8 mph
7 Preston Alger WI Chippewa Falls 2024 SS 70.2 mph
8 Owen Eddy WI Galesville Ettrick Trempealeau 2023 C 69.7 mph
9 Warren Bowe WI Cadott 2025 1B 69.6 mph
10 Andrew Harris MN Stillwater 2023 RHP 69.2 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 Jaden Diller WI Southern Door 2023 OF 29.9 g
2 Jakeb Lequia WI Chippewa Falls 2024 RHP 23.2 g
3 Braylen Nystrom WI Stevens Point Area 2024 OF 22.8 g
^ Mayson Tester WI Chippewa Falls 2023 SS 22.8 g
4 Owen Eddy WI Galesville Ettrick Trempealeau 2023 C 21.7 g
5 Masen Werner WI Baldwin-Woodville 2023 SS 20.6 g
6 Alex Hoff WI St Croix Falls 2026 OF 20.5 g
7 Alex Slivensky WI northwestern wi 2024 OF 20.1 g
8 Jack Gorman WI North 2025 C 20.0 g
9 Christian Varsho WI Altoona 2023 OF 19.2 g
^ Andrew Harris MN Stillwater 2023 RHP 19.2 g
10 Giles Groothousen WI Flambeau 2024 SS 17.4 g

Rank Name State School Class Pos Rot. Acc (avg)
1 Jakeb Lequia WI Chippewa Falls 2024 RHP 20.3 g
2 Braylen Nystrom WI Stevens Point Area 2024 OF 19.8 g
3 Owen Eddy WI Galesville Ettrick Trempealeau 2023 C 18.8 g
4 Jaden Diller WI Southern Door 2023 OF 17.2 g
5 Mayson Tester WI Chippewa Falls 2023 SS 16.9 g
6 Andrew Harris MN Stillwater 2023 RHP 16.7 g
7 Christian Varsho WI Altoona 2023 OF 16.2 g
8 Masen Werner WI Baldwin-Woodville 2023 SS 15.9 g
9 Alex Hoff WI St Croix Falls 2026 OF 15.7 g
10 Alex Slivensky WI northwestern wi 2024 OF 15.3 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.

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