Chicagoland Open: Preview Story

By: Gavin Smith
Area Scout

This Tuesday, June 13th the PBR Illinois team is hosting the Chicagoland Open at Triton College in River Grove, IL. This is an open event for all high school classes (2024-27), and gives our staff an ample look at the area's top players.

For a closer look at the showcase details and the technologies we'll have on-site to assist our in-person evaluation for all in attendance, click here. For a complete look at those registered to attend this event, view the most up-to-date version of the roster by clicking here.


We've been hosting this event for the past 10 years, and it's consistently provided us a look at prominent players who've later gone on to receive invitations to select events, like the PBR Future Games. Among the players in attendance at this event in 2022, there are already 15 commitments among them.

OF/LHP Hank Gomric (Althoff Catholic, 2024) was a standout at this event in 2022, and he committed to St. Louis University soon after the event. Gomric posted the highest average exit velocity at the event (92.9 mph), and he recorded the second best max exit velocity and max distance at the event (97.0 mph and 357’, respectively).

We're looking forward to checking in on the next crop of talent from this event to earn next-level attention in the coming weeks, months, and years.


This year's roster is already shaping up nicely, just like in years past.

This year’s event will feature two PBR Junior Future Games alumni in OF Josh Morgan (2027) and MIF/RHP Sean Dabe (2027). Morgan is a physical and athletic 6-foot-1, 175-pound, right-handed hitter who has shown advanced bat and arm strength for his age, producing a max exit velocity of 91.3 mph and a max outfield velocity of 85 mph. Dabe stands 5-foot-9, 140-pounds, and had some key at-bats for Team Illinois last summer in Georgia.


Josh Morgan

Sean Dabe


Perusing the event roster, we’re set to meet a majority of players who’ve not yet attended a PBR showcase, and we’re eager to add more names to our follow lists.


Because of the high number of prospects set to attend Tuesday’s event, it is imperative that you read our adjusted showcase itinerary below, which will allow our staff to swiftly and efficiently educate and evaluate the players set to attend.

Additionally, in an effort to continue and develop contactless check-in strategies, upon arrival, players will scan a QR Code with their smart phone camera that will lead them to a Google Form. On that Form, players will enter their name (matching the spelling on their PBR profile) and hit submit. Upon submission, players will be prompted to click a link that will direct them to their jersey color and number, located next to their registered name.


Check-in time for all players

  •  8:45 a.m.


Click here to learn more about our tech partners that have enhanced our players showcase experience. Partners like TrackMan, Vizual Edge, and Blast Motion have helped both our in-event evaluation process, as well the compilation of our post-event scouting reports – and they're also a tool for our players to learn more about their measured and collected data, that can be applied to improve upon their game.