Chicago Preseason I.D.: Statistical Analysis


By Diego Solares
Staff Writer

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 from classes 2022-2025 across the Chicagoland area, including a handful of prospects from across the Indiana state line.

On Tuesday, our staff collaborated to highlight the biggest takeaways and highlights from Sunday’s showcase, and we published 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, starting today with our traditional statistical analysis of Sunday’s event.

OF William Hill (Brooks, 2023) strung together the most impressive all-around statistical performance of the event, running the fastest 60-yard dash and uncorking the hardest throw home from the outfield, topping out at 94 mph – comfortably the highest velocity measured from the outfield by any player at a PBR Illinois event this winter. Hill also recorded one of the day's hardest exit velocities (94 mph), a couple ticks behind the day's leader, INF Ryan Kramer (Latin School of Chicago, 2022), who also managed to earn some attention for himself on Sunday.

Built at a strong 6-foot-1, 220-pounds, Kramer took an aggressive, loud round of batting practice, and his best batted ball registered an exit speed of 96 mph, an event high. He translated that physicality to defense where he paced the showcase in infield velocity at 86 mph, and he reached an 85 high from the mound later in the day.

RHP Waylon Deck (Homewood Flossmoor, 2022) came away from the event looking like one of its best arms. He added a couple ticks over the offseason, reaching an 87 mph high on Sunday, up from 85 back in August.

INF Richard Gomez (St. Laurence, 2023) has come a ways in between looks over a year apart. He repeated hard, barreled contact from the right side on Sunday to land a 94 mph high off the barrel – way up from a 79 mph best recorded in October of 2019. Gomez also averaged the second highest exit speed of the event (87.2 mph), per TrackMan.

3B Donyae Smith (Brooks, 2022) made a loud PBR event debut after reaching a max exit speed of 95 mph. He's a sturdy, strong 5-foot-8, 175-pound right-handed hitter to follow on an increasingly interesting Brooks roster.

Let's take a look at the top statistical performers from Sunday's event.

TOP 60-YARD DASH

Rank Name State School Class Pos 60-yard
1 William Hill IL Brooks 2023 OF 6.79
2 Jeremy Peddle IL St. Ignatius 2022 OF 6.82
3 Kaleb Chatman IL Morgan Park 2021 OF 7.04
4 Grant Raber IL Moline 2023 OF 7.13
5 Donyae Smith IL Gwendolyn Brooks 2022 3B 7.23
6 Nick Lagges IL Lane Tech 2022 SS 7.27

MAX FASTBALL VELOCITY

Rank Name State School Class Pos Max FB
1 Waylon Deck IL Homewood Flossmoor 2022 RHP 87 mph
2 Ryan Kramer IL The Latin School of Chicago 2022 3B 85 mph
3 Jack Armstrong IL Shiloh 2022 RHP 84 mph
^ MJ Liyeos IL Waubonsie Valley 2023 RHP 84 mph
^ Connor Frey IL University 2022 RHP 84 mph
4 Richard Gomez IL St. Laurence 2023 3B 83 mph

MAX EXIT VELOCITY

Rank Name State School Class Pos Exit Velo
1 Ryan Kramer IL The Latin School of Chicago 2022 3B 96
2 Donyae Smith IL Gwendolyn Brooks 2022 3B 95
3 Richard Gomez IL St. Laurence 2023 3B 94
^ William Hill IL Brooks 2023 OF 94
^ Sean Bolin IL Kenwood Academy 2021 1B 94
4 Charlie Dumo IL Deerfield 2023 3B 92
^ Alijah Rainey IL Homewood Flossmoor 2023 C 92
5 Grant Raber IL Moline 2023 OF 91
^ Omar Alday Jr IL St. Rita 2023 SS 91
^ Kaleb Chatman IL Morgan Park 2021 OF 91
6 Preston Lund IL Homewood-Flossmoor 2023 C 90
^ Tyler Maross IL Marian Catholic 2024 1B 90

MAX INFIELD VELOCITY

Rank Name State School Class Pos INF Velo
1 Ryan Kramer IL The Latin School of Chicago 2022 3B 86
2 Nick Lagges IL Lane Tech 2022 SS 85
3 Savion Flowers IL Kenwood 2024 3B 84
^ Omar Alday Jr IL St. Rita 2023 SS 84
4 MJ Liyeos IL Waubonsie Valley 2023 RHP 82
^ Alexander Cortes IL Warren 2022 SS 82

MAX OUTFIELD VELOCITY

Rank Name State School Class Pos OF Velo
1 William Hill IL Brooks 2023 OF 94
2 Kaleb Chatman IL Morgan Park 2021 OF 86
3 Jeremy Peddle IL St. Ignatius 2022 OF 85
4 Samuel Castillo IL Lakeview 2024 RHP 82

MAX CATCHER VELOCITY

Rank Name State School Class Pos C Velo
1 Nicholaus Asiyanbi IL Kenwood 2023 C 75
2 Preston Lund IL Homewood-Flossmoor 2023 C 73
^ Angel Tapia Jr. IL Oak Lawn 2023 C 73
3 Roberto Maldonado II IL Ogden International 2023 C 69
4 Alijah Rainey IL Homewood Flossmoor 2023 C 68
^ Marco Luna IL Gwendolyn Brooks 2024 C 68
5 John Wubben IL Galena 2023 C 67

TOP POP TIMES

Rank Name State School Class Pos Pop Time
1 Angel Tapia Jr. IL Oak Lawn 2023 C 2.01-2.03
2 Nicholaus Asiyanbi IL Kenwood 2023 C 2.11-2.26
3 Marco Luna IL Gwendolyn Brooks 2024 C 2.19-2.34
4 Preston Lund IL Homewood-Flossmoor 2023 C 2.23-2.36
5 Roberto Maldonado II IL Ogden International 2023 C 2.25-2.34
6 Alijah Rainey IL Homewood Flossmoor 2023 C 2.26-2.41
7 John Wubben IL Galena 2023 C 2.28-2.37

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