Chicago Preseason I.D.: Outfield Analysis


By Illinois Staff

On Feb. 28, the PBR Illinois team hosted the third annual Chicago Preseason I.D. at the Pullman Community Center in Chicago, Ill. The event featured nearly 50 players from high school graduates in classes 2022-25, from across the Chicagoland area, including a handful of prospects from across the Indiana state line.

Previously, our staff collaborated to highlight the biggest takeaways and highlights from this showcase, and published them within our Quick Hits piece. We also shared the event's traditional leaderboards, published inside this Statistical Analysis. Later on, with the help of the state-of-the-art technology we had on-site, we dove a little deeper into the data to see what we could find within our TrackMan Files and Blast Motion Board stories.

We began to roll out these position-by-position reports last week, beginning with the event’s catchers and infielders. We’re publishing the reports on the day’s outfielders today.

This group’s led by Brooks’ uncommitted sophomore William Hill, a right/right athlete who led the event in several of the day’s stat categories – like the 60-yard dash and outfield velocity. Hill’s listed at a highly athletic 6-foot-2, 170 pounds, and he syncs up hard contact on repeat from a simple and easy setup and swing. His toolset has him trending as one of the top uncommitted ‘23s in the state.

 An athletic uncommitted senior also made the most of his first-ever PBR Illinois event here: Kaleb Chatman (Morgan Park, 2021). Chatman ran a 7.04, which translated well to the outfield, and he displayed a twitchy right-handed swing in a gap-to-gap profile.

To see who joined these two on the rankings below, continue reading. You can also find full reports on each of the outfielders in attendance by continuing on.

TOP OUTFIELD PROSPECTS

1. William Hill, Brooks (IL), 2023
Positional Profile: OF
Body: 6-2, 170-pounds. Advanced, athletic frame.
Hit: R/R. Balanced setup, smooth load, short stride, easy pre-pitch actions. Short, easy swing, level bat path, gap-to-gap approach, line drives, consistent hard contact.
Power: 94.26 max exit velocity, averaged 86.32 mph. 287’ max distance.
Arm: R/R. OF - 94 mph. Long arm action, over-the-top arm slot, advanced arm strength.
Defense: Athletic outfield actions, soft hands, fluid feet, clean exchange, plays through the ball.
Run: 6.79 runner in the 60. 

2. Jeremy Peddle, St. Ignatius (IL), 2022
Positional Profile: OF/RHP
Body: 6-1, 160-pounds.
Hit: R/R. Crouched setup, short stride, minimal pre-pitch movement. Short, simple swing, level bat path, line-drive approach.
Power: 82.77 max exit velocity, averaged 74.83 mph. 259’ max distance.
Arm: R/R. OF - 85 mph. Long arm action, over the top arm slot.
Defense: Aggressive routes, quick feet, clean exchanges, plays through the baseball.
Run: 6.82 runner in the 60. 

3. Kaleb Chatman, Morgan Park (IL), 2021
Positional Profile: OF. Unsigned Senior.
Body: 5-10, 183-pounds.
Hit: R/R. Balanced setup, short stride, easy pre-pitch actions. Simple, athletic swing, path works uphill, gap-to-gap approach.
Power: 91.29 max exit velocity, averaged 73.61 mph. 328’ max distance.
Arm: R/R. OF - 86 mph. Short arm action, high 3/4 arm slot, throws flash carry.
Defense: Clean, athletic outfield actions, plays through the baseball.
Run: 7.04 runner in the 60.

Best of the Rest (Listed Alphabetically)

Nolan Baudo, Marist (IL), 2023
Positional Profile: OF/SS
Body: 5-10, 165-pounds.
Hit: R/R. Wide, balanced setup, short stride. Level bat path, ability to create backspin, line drive approach, pull side tendencies.
Power: 81.32 max exit velocity, averaged 71.95 mph. 277’ max distance.
Arm: R/R. OF - 75 mph. Short arm action, high 3/4 arm slot.
Defense: Sure-handed, clean exchange, plays through the baseball.
Run: 7.45 runner in the 60. 

Aidan Bosak, Lane Tech (IL), 2024
Positional Profile: OF/2B
Body: 5-7, 110-pounds.
Hit: R/R. Tall, balanced setup, leg kick, short stride. Level path, pull-side approach, line drives.
Power: 72.57 max exit velocity, averaged 60.99 mph. 205’ max distance.
Arm: R/R. INF - 67 mph. OF - 74 mph. Infield: short arm action, 3/4 arm slot. Outfield: Long arm action, high 3/4 arm slot.
Defense: Infield: plays through the ball with proper direction, flashes athleticism. Outfield: clean exchange, plays through the ball.
Run: 8.12 runner in the 60. 

Ian Burke, Libertyville  (IL), 2023
Positional Profile: 3B/OF
Body: 5-11, 160-pounds. Athletic frame.
Hit: R/R. Wide setup, minimal pre-pitch movement. Level bat path, loose swing, peak hand speed of 23.3 MPH, uses the whole field, advanced line drive approach.
Power: 84.55 max exit velocity, averaged 80.07 mph. 230’ max distance.
Arm: R/R. INF - 73 mph. OF - 72 mph. Long arm action, over-the-top arm slot.
Defense: Infield: fields from wide base with two hands, funnels ball to center, plays through the ball with proper direction. Outfield: Plays through the ball.
Run: 8.07 runner in the 60. 

Samuel Castillo, Lakeview  (IL), 2024
Positional Profile: RHP/OF
Body: 5-10, 216-pounds.
Hit: R/R. Balanced setup, toe tap, simple pre-pitch actions. Short swing, level bat path, has barrel control, used the whole field, line drives.
Power: 85.84 max exit velocity, averaged 73.74 mph. 282’ max distance.
Arm: R/R. INF - 77 mph. OF - 82 mph. Long arm action, over the top arm slot.
Defense: Infield: fields from a wide base, uses two hands, plays with proper direction at times. Outfield: clean exchange, plays through the baseball.
Run: 7.62 runner in the 60. 

Cal Darling, Bradley-Bourbonnais  (IL), 2024
Positional Profile: OF/1B
Body: 6-0, 155-pounds.
Hit: R/R. Balanced setup, toe tap, short stride. Short swing, level bat path, pull-side tendencies.
Power: 79.92 max exit velocity, averaged 67.92 mph. 227’ max distance.
Arm: R/R. OF - 75 mph. Long arm action, high 3/4 arm slot.
Defense: Fields from the center of body, uses two hands.
Run: 7.95 runner in the 60. 

Amir Faulkner, Gwendolyn Brooks  (IL), 2023
Positional Profile: OF/1B
Body: 5-9, 130-pounds.
Hit: L/L. Balanced setup, leg kick, short stride, athletic pre-pitch actions. Short, fluid swing, works uphill, gap-to-gap approach, line drives at times.
Power: 82.65 max exit velocity, averaged 73.59 mph. 294’ max distance.
Arm: L/L. OF - 69 mph. Short arm action, over-the-top arm slot.
Defense: Steady hands, clean exchange, plays through the baseball.
Run: 7.73 runner in the 60.  

Jaidyn Harrell, Brooks  (IL), 2023
Positional Profile: OF/RHP
Body: 6-2, 190-pounds. Advanced, athletic frame.
Hit: R/R. Balanced setup, smooth load, short stride, simple pre-pitch actions. Short, fluid swing, level bat path, repeatable, used entire field, line drives.
Power: 86.05 max exit velocity, averaged 75.51 mph. 244’ max distance.
Arm: R/R. OF - 81 mph. Long arm action, over the top arm slot.
Defense: Flashes active feet, steady hands, clean exchange, plays through the ball.
Run: 8.09 runner in the 60. 

Roberto Maldonado II, Lane Tech (IL), 2023
Positional Profile: C/OF
Body: 5-11, 200-pounds. Strong lower half.
Hit: R/R. Tall, balanced setup, slightly open, short stride. Level bat path, max bat speed of 67.6MPH, intent to make contact out front, ball jumps off barrel at times, gap-to-gap approach.
Power: 87.76 max exit velocity, averaged 74.1 mph. 268’ max distance.
Arm: R/R. C - 69 mph. OF - 73 mph. Catcher: short arm action, over-the-top arm slot. Outfield: long arm action.
Defense: Catcher: funnels the ball toward center when receiving, clean transfer on throwdowns. Outfield: plays through the baseball.
Run: 7.33 runner in the 60. 

Grant Raber, Moline (IL), 2023
Positional Profile: 2B/OF
Body: 6-0, 155-pounds. Long, athletic frame.
Hit: R/R. Tall, narrow, open setup, toe tap, long stride. Athletic, fluid swing, works uphill, max bat speed of 69.0 MPH, gap-to-gap approach.
Power: 90.91 max exit velocity, averaged 80.03 mph. 247’ max distance.
Arm: R/R. INF - 71 mph. OF - 75 mph. Long arm action, over-the-top arm slot.
Defense: Outfield: fields the ball out front, plays through it. Infield: plays low, wide base, quick, clean exchange, plays with proper direction.
Run: 7.13 runner in the 60. 

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