Now that the 2017 Tournament of Stars is wrapped up, we can take a look at the players who had the top performances according to TrackMan data. As we did with the 2017 National High School Invitational (also held at USA Baseball’s National Training Complex in Cary, N.C.) we’ll give a list of the main statistical categories and dive into a few of the players who stood above the majority of the 80-player field.
You can find all of our 2017 Tournament of Stars coverage here, and more stories and reports will be added in the coming days.
With that, let’s dive into the data.
Average Exit Speed
• 98.5 — Triston Casas, American Heritage High, Plantation, Fla.
• 98.2 — Elijah Cabell, The Next Level Academy, Altamonte Springs, Fla.
• 94.4 — Bobby Witt Jr., Colleyville (Texas) Heritage High
• 94.0 — Josiah Sightler, Swansea (S.C.) High
• 92.0 — Matt McLain, Beckman High, Irvine, Calif.)
• 91.9 — Will Banfield, Brookwood High, Snellville, Ga.
• 90.8 — Nolan Gorman, Sandra Day O’Connor High, Phoenix
• 90.2 — Adrian Del Castillo, Gulliver Prep High, Miami
• 90.1 — Connor Scott, Plant High, Tampa
• 89.5 — Carter Young, Selah (Wash.) High
After showing off a strong arm at Perfect Game National a few weeks ago, Cabell made a lot of hard contact at the plate during TOS despite going just 1-for-12 during the week. Along with Triston Casas, Cabell was the only batter to average more than 98 mph off the bat. His one hit of the tournament drove in both of the two runs that team United managed in the Bronze medal game on Saturday.
— Hudson Belinsky (@hudsonbelinsky) July 1, 2017
Max Exit Speed
• 109.3 — Triston Casas, American Heritage High, Plantation, Fla.
• 108.2 — Elijah Cabell, The Next Level Academy, Altamonte Springs, Fla.
• 107.3 — Christian Robinson, Viera (Fla.) High
• 107.3 — Jeremiah Jackson, St. Luke’s Episcopal High, Mobile, Ala.
• 106.2 — Alek Thomas, Mt. Carmel High, Chicago
• 105.6 — Adrian Del Castillo, Gulliver Prep High, Miami
• 104.4 — Bobby Witt Jr., Colleyville (Texas) Heritage High
• 104.1 — Jonathan Gates, Nature Coast Technical High, Brooksville, Fla.
• 103.8 — Ryder Green, Knoxville (Tenn.) Christian High
• 103.8 — Alex Binelas, Oak Creek (Wisc.) High
It’s no surprise to see Casas at the top of this list, as the physical corner infielder seemingly always hits balls hard and far. While he might not have had the statistical performance he wanted throughout the week (going just 1-for-12 in four games), the Miami commit reminded scouts of his prodigious power with a grand slam to right field in Saturday’s Bronze game.
— Owen McCue (@Owen_McCue) July 1, 2017
Longest Hit Ball (feet)
• 394.2 — Bobby Witt Jr., Colleyville (Texas) Heritage High
• 391.3 — Ryder Green, Knoxville (Tenn.) Christian High
• 385.4 — Triston Casas, American Heritage High, Plantation, Fla.
• 382.4 — Matt McLain, Beckman High, Irvine, Calif.
• 380.5 — Alexander Binelas, Oak Creek (Wis.) High
• 371.4 — Jordan Groshans, Magnolia (Texas) High
• 367.9 — Adrian Del Castillo, Gulliver Prep High, Miami
• 367.8 — Jarred Kelenic, West High, Waukesha, Wis.
• 367.6 — Jared Poland, Cathedral High, Indianapolis
• 360.1 — Josiah Sightler, Swansea (S.C.) High
One of three members of the 2019 class invited to TOS, Bobby Witt Jr. showed exactly why he’s already regarded as one of the top players in the nation with the bat and the glove this week. During his first game on Tuesday, Witt Jr. got the start at second base, where he showed elite range moving to his left, making diving stops on three different ground balls. While he wasn’t able to convert any of these plays into outs, he showed his ability to create defensive chances. In the Gold medal game on Saturday, Witt hit the longest ball of the tournament, doubling off the bottom of the right-center field wall against 2018 California righty Chandler Champlain. The double had excellent backspin and carry, and Witt Jr. rounded first in 4.28 seconds.
Average Fastball Velocity
• 94.6 — J.T. Ginn, Brandon (Miss.) High
• 93.6 — Lineras Torres, Beacon High, New York
• 93.5 — Ethan Hankins, Forsyth Central High, Cumming, Ga.
• 93.5 — Slade Cecconi, Trinity Prep High, Winter Park, Fla.
• 93.4 — Mason Denaburg, Merritt Island (Fla.) High
• 92.9 — Cole Wilcox, Heritage High, Ringgold, Ga.
• 92.9 — Kumar Rocker, North Oconee High, Bogart, Ga.
• 92.7 — Ryan Weathers, Loretto (Tenn.) High
• 92.5 — Jack Perkins, Kokomo (Ind.) High
• 92.0 — Mike Vasil, Wellesley (Mass.) High
Ginn threw three innings in two different appearances during TOS, striking out seven batters and allowing just one hit. That success stems from a live arm, and a fastball that averaged the highest velocity of any player at the event (which featured many talented pitchers). His first strikeout came in his first inning on Tuesday when he attacked Witt Jr. with a 93 mph fastball in on the hands, successfully handcuffing him. He later fanned 2018 Florida outfielder Isaiah Thomas with a sharp 85 mph slider, which also looked like a potential plus pitch. In his final inning on Saturday in the Bronze medal game, Ginn cruised through his lone inning, facing three batters and striking each of them out. He sat 94-96 with his fastball and touched 97, got three swings and misses with his mid 80s slider and also showed a firm, 87 mph changeup that generated a swinging strike.
Average Fastball Spin (RPM)
• 2,499 — Slade Cecconi, Trinity Prep High, Winter Park, Fla.
• 2,417 — Ryan Weathers, Loretto (Tenn.) High
• 2,401 — Lyon Richardson, Jensen Beach (Fla.) High
• 2,367 — Bret Soulages, San Ramon Valley High, Danville, Calif.
• 2,359 — Ethan Hankins, Forsyth Central High, Cumming, Ga.
• 2,351 — Jack Perkins, Kokomo (Ind.) High
• 2,344 — Bobby Witt Jr., Colleyville (Texas) Heritage High
• 2,337 — Mike Vasil, Wellesley (Mass.) High
• 2,336 — Lineras Torres, Beacon High, New York
• 2,327 — Mason Denaburg, Merritt Island (Fla.) High
Weathers tossed four shutout innings after getting the start for team Brave in the first game of the tournament against Matt Liberatore and team Pride. While Liberatore may have doubled Weathers’ strikeout total (six to three), Weathers recorded the game’s best fastball velocity (94.8), highest fastball spin rate (2,534 rpm) and highest breaking ball spin rate (2,647).
Ryan Weathers (Tenn.) goes to the curveball for the strikeout looking: pic.twitter.com/bszdz65So7
— Shawn McFarland (@McFarland_Shawn) June 27, 2017
Average Breaking Ball Spin (RPM)
• 3,286 — Carter Stewart, Eau Gallie High, Melbourne, Fla.
• 2,792 — Davis Sharpe, Mill Creek (Hoschton, Ga.) High
• 2,748 — Landon Marceaux, Destrehan (La.) High
• 2,617 — Cole Winn, Silver Creek High, Longmont, Co.
• 2,550 — Chandler Champlain, Santa Margarita (Calif.) High
• 2,547 — Matthew Liberatore, Mountain Ridge High, Glendale, Ariz.
• 2,509 — Connor Scott, Plant High, Tampa
• 2,502 — Mason Denaburg, Merritt Island (Fla.) High
• 2,482 — Mike Vasil, Wellesley (Mass.) High
• 2,479 — Bret Soulages, San Ramon Valley High, Danville, Calif.
Stewart dazzled scouts a few weeks ago at Perfect Game National, where he struck out six of the seven batters he faced and showed a big, sweeping low 80s curve. While he only struck out two batters during his three-inning outing on Wednesday, he still avoided any runs and again showed how dangerous his breaking ball can be, getting both of his strikeouts with the pitch.
His first came against 2018 Georgia outfielder Parker Meadows, who swung through the pitch, and his second was a backdoor breaker that snuck onto the outside corner to sit down Triston Casas. Looking at the numbers, Stewart’s average breaking ball is almost 500 rpms higher than the second-best on this list.
— Shawn McFarland (@McFarland_Shawn) June 28, 2017