Aurora Preseason I.D.: Statistical Analysis


By Andy Sroka
Illinois and Wisconsin Assistant Director

On Feb. 27, the PBR Illinois team hosted the second annual Aurora Preseason I.D. at the Aurora Sports Dome in Aurora, Ill. The event featured nearly 100 players from high school graduates in classes 2022-25, from across the Chicagoland area.

On Monday, our staff collaborated to highlight the biggest takeaways and highlights from Saturday's showcase, and we’re publishing them within our Quick Hits piece. Over the next couple of days we’ll be diving deeper into all of the data we collected rolling out even more coverage from the event.

Jacobs High is well-represented on these leaderboards, as sophomores OF Nicholas Gottfried (2023), 3B/RHP Kyler Kennen (2023), INF Nathan Jonas (2023), and C/INF Anthony Edge (2023) each found ways to earn places on these lists.

Gottfried was one of several players to make significant first impressions at Saturday’s showcase, including on both the 60-yard dash (7.12) and outfield velo leaderboards (86 mph).

Kennen attended a pair of 2020 events and he’s made big strides in the time since. The two-way sophomore climbed from 74 mph to 84 during his ‘pen on Saturday, and his long-levered 6-foot-5 stature suggests there’s even more development left for Kennen to get to. Even more substantially, Kennen’s max velocity across the infield a year ago was 68 mph and it also reached an 84 high last weekend.

Jonas’ max exit speed measured at Underclass Trials last June was 88.6 mph, and he improved upon it to reach a 94.8 high on Saturday, averaging a speed three ticks higher (83.3) than that aforementioned event in 2020.

As for Edge, his arm strength placed him atop the boards of both the catcher and infielder groups. He attended this same event in 2020, and here’s how he compared: Edge added 11 mph to his max velocity in the infield (85 mph) and 12 mph to his max exit speed (92.4).

Prairie Ridge C/INF Tyler Vasey (2023), like Gottfried, made a loud debut here. He comfortably clocked the top 60-yard dash time (6.97), and he generates some surprising strength for his wiry size, which helped him land spots on both the catcher velocity (79 mph) and max exit speed (96) leaderboards.

INF/RHP Christian Graves (Marengo, 2023) came away from this event as one of its best all-around performers in attendance, and it shows among the stat leaders. He recorded the day's highest fastball velocity (88 mph) as well as one of the top max exit speed marks (102) – and the arm strength translates to the infield as well, where he reached an 84 high.

Barrington’s RHP/OF Jake Kohanzo (2022) has become known for his inherent strength, and it helped him land places at or near the top of the max fastball (87 mph), max exit (98), and max outfield velo (89) boards.

For a complete look at the day's leaderboards, continue on below. 

TOP 60-YARD DASH

Rank Name State School Class Pos 60-yard
1 Tyler Vasey IL Prairie Ridge 2023 C 6.86
2 Shea Gaffney IL Glenbard North 2022 OF 6.97
^ Eric Swanson IL Wheaton Warrenville South 2022 OF 6.97
3 Charlie Breen IL Lyons Township 2022 OF 6.98
4 Ryan Quinlan IL Huntley 2023 2B 7.01
5 Anthony Biancalana IL Addison Trail 2022 LHP 7.04
6 Nicholas Gottfried IL Jacobs 2023 OF 7.12
^ Luke Bafia IL Benet Academy 2023 OF 7.12
7 Adam Schilz IL Warren 2023 SS 7.13
8 Brody Ferko IL Yorkville 2022 OF 7.17

MAX FASTBALL VELOCITY

Rank Name State School Class Pos Max FB
1 Christian Graves IL Jacobs 2023 RHP 88 mph
2 Jake Kohanzo IL Barrington 2022 RHP 87 mph
3 Ethan Storm IL Sycamore 2022 OF 86 mph
^ Gavin Sitarz IL St. Charles East 2022 LHP 86 mph
4 Jonathan Ciullo IL Libertyville 2022 RHP 85 mph
5 Kyler Kennen IL Jacobs 2023 RHP 84 mph
^ Joshua Novak IL Benet 2022 RHP 84 mph
^ Kaelan Natyshok IL Coal City 2023 RHP 84 mph
6 Daniel Krulak IL Bartlett 2023 LHP 83 mph
^ Eric Swanson IL Wheaton Warrenville South 2022 OF 83 mph
^ Connor Corrigan IL Yorkville 2022 RHP 83 mph
^ Drew Piaskowy IL South Elgin 2022 RHP 83 mph
^ Logan Samaniego IL Plainfield South 2022 RHP 83 mph

MAX EXIT VELOCITY 

Rank Name State School Class Pos Exit Velo
1 Cade Duffin IL Oswego 2023 1B 108
2 Christian Graves IL Jacobs 2023 RHP 102
3 Javy Garcia IL Harlem 2022 1B 100
4 Michael Zedak IL St. Laurence 2022 OF 98
^ Jake Kohanzo IL Barrington 2022 RHP 98
^ Adam Schilz IL Warren 2023 SS 98
5 Tyler Murray IL Herscher 2022 1B 97
^ CJ Filipek IL Huntley 2023 1B 97
6 Tyler Vasey IL Prairie Ridge 2023 C 96
7 Nathan Jonas IL Jacobs 2023 1B 95
^ Mac Eccher IL Marmion 2022 C 95
^ Jude Allen IL Providence Catholic 2023 1B 95

MAX INFIELD VELOCITY

Rank Name State School Class Pos INF Velo
1 Lorenzo Rios IL Yorkville 2022 C 85
^ Anthony Edge IL Jacobs 2023 RHP 85
2 Christian Graves IL Jacobs 2023 RHP 84
^ Kyler Kennen IL Jacobs 2023 RHP 84
3 Dayton Murphy IL Crystal Lake South 2024 SS 83
4 Derek Huber IL Huntley 2023 SS 82
^ Connor Corrigan IL Yorkville 2022 RHP 82
^ Kevin Niedzwiedz IL Batavia 2022 3B 82
^ Trevor Morris IL Neuqua Valley 2022 2B 82
5 Javy Garcia IL Harlem 2022 1B 81

MAX OUTFIELD VELOCITY 

Rank Name State School Class Pos OF Velo
1 Jake Kohanzo IL Barrington 2022 RHP 89
2 Ethan Storm IL Sycamore 2022 OF 86
^ Caleb Kendregan IL Kankakee Trinity 2022 OF 86
^ Nicholas Gottfried IL Jacobs 2023 OF 86
3 Shea Gaffney IL Glenbard North 2022 OF 85
4 Anthony Biancalana IL Addison Trail 2022 LHP 84
^ Charlie Breen IL Lyons Township 2022 OF 84
^ Eric Swanson IL Wheaton Warrenville South 2022 OF 84

MAX CATCHER VELOCITY

Rank Name State School Class Pos C Velo
1 Anthony Edge IL Jacobs 2023 RHP 80
2 Tyler Vasey IL Prairie Ridge 2023 C 79
^ Lorenzo Rios IL Yorkville 2022 C 79
3 Johnny Carter IL Belvidere 2023 RHP 77
4 Christian Battista IL Oswego East 2022 C 75
^ Byron Blaise IL Sycamore 2022 C 75
^ AJ Gaca IL St. Charles East 2022 C 75
5 Francis Muraida IL Reavis 2022 C 74
^ Owen Anderson IL Geneva 2022 C 74
^ Mac Eccher IL Marmion 2022 C 74

TOP POP TIMES 

Rank Name State School Class Pos Pop Time
1 AJ Gaca IL St. Charles East 2022 C 2.02-2.07
2 Anthony Edge IL Jacobs 2023 RHP 2.03-2.10
3 Francis Muraida IL Reavis 2022 C 2.04-2.12
4 Josh Efflandt IL Wauconda 2024 C 2.07-2.12
5 Byron Blaise IL Sycamore 2022 C 2.07-2.29
6 Owen Anderson IL Geneva 2022 C 2.08-2.10
7 Lorenzo Rios IL Yorkville 2022 C 2.08-2.22

For a complete look at all of the statistics recorded at this event, CLICK HERE.

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