Class Of 2023 Showcase: Statistical Analysis


By: Kevin Cronin
Tech Analyst, Area Scout

On Sunday, October 10, the PBR Illinois staff returned to The MAX Sports Complex to host the Class of 2023 Showcase. This annual event serves as an opportunity for prospects in the state’s current junior class to display their talents in front of our scouting staff prior to the start of the off-season. There were more than 60+ prospects that made the trip to The MAX on Sunday and participated in a pro-style workout in front of our evaluators.

Today, our scouting staff will begin to roll out all our prototypical post-event content pieces, starting with this statistical analysis. Below we’ll highlight players that put up numbers from a traditional standpoint, such as leaders in the 60-yard dash, max throwing velocities, and other data gathered from the day. 

We’ll also roll out more analysis as the week rolls on, like a takeaways piece from the day and deeper data dives with the statistics collected from our technological partners at TrackMan and Blast Motion. 

For now, take a look at which players put out noteworthy statistical outputs. 

STAT STORY

+ CIF Graham Mastros (New Trier, 2023) put up some noteworthy numbers across the board, leading or finishing towards the top of multiple different statistical categories throughout his workout. A 6-foot-2, 225-pound athlete, Mastros’ 6.73 in the 60-yard dash was the day’s third-fastest time, which is an especially impressive feat given his size. He recorded a 90-percent hard hit rate in batting practice, posting an event best 99 mph max exit velocity. Mastros' best throw across the infield peaked at 87 mph to his target, which finished a couple of ticks behind the event leader. 

+ RHP/INF Josh Katz (Lane Tech, 2023) was a two-way standout that also put up impressive statistical outputs throughout the day. A strong 5-foot-11, 175-pound athlete, Katz kicked his day off with a 6.97 in the 60-yard dash, which was amongst the day’s best times. Katz flashed advanced arm strength and carry across the diamond, firing two 89 mph bullets across the infield during his defensive workout. Katz later hopped on the mound and finished tied for the event lead in max fastball velocity, registering an 87 mph best in his ‘pen, per TrackMan. 

+ A trio of outfielders each strung together impressive all-around statistical performances on Sunday. OF Gianni Royer (Lake Forest, 2023) ran the fastest 60-yard dash of the entire event, clocking a 6.69 on our lasers. His athleticism translated to the outfield, where the 5-foot-9, 162-pound Royer pumped an 85 mph max toss to home. OF Luke Stulga (St. Laurence) also impressed, running a 6.72 in the 60 and he finished one tick ahead of Royer from the outfield, touching 86 mph. Finally, OF Amarion Paxton (Clifton Central) ran a 7.04 in the 60, which is an impressive number given his strong and physically advanced 6-foot-3, 230-pound frame. Paxton led all outfielders in throwing velocity, reaching back for 87 mph on his fourth throw to home. 

+ LHP Tate Roley (Morton) and RHP Joseph Martin (Newark) both ran their fastballs up to 87 mph during their respective bullpens, pacing the group of 20+ arms in attendance. Roley is a 6-foot-3, 185-pound southpaw with plenty of projection left in his levers, while Newark’s fastball posted well above-average TrackMan traits and featured an analytically friendly all-around profile. 

TOP 60-YARD DASH

Rank Name State School Class Pos 60-yard
1 Gianni Royer IL Lake Forest 2023 OF 6.69
2 Luke Stulga IL St. Laurence 2023 OF 6.72
3 Graham Mastros IL New Trier 2023 3B 6.73
4 Easton Steck IL Galesburg 2023 SS 6.97
^ Josh Katz IL Lane Tech 2023 SS 6.97
5 Kevin Hall Jr IN Munster 2023 OF 7.00
6 Amarion Paxton IL Clifton Central 2023 OF 7.04
7 Aris Kosiek IL Montini Catholic 2023 2B 7.07

MAX FASTBALL VELOCITY

Rank Name State School Class Pos Max FB
1 Tate Roley IL Morton 2023 LHP 87 mph
^ Joseph Martin IL Newark 2023 RHP 87 mph
^ Josh Katz IL Lane Tech 2023 SS 87 mph
2 Xzavier Vargas IL Lyons Township 2023 RHP 85 mph
^ Alex Day IL Andrew 2023 3B 85 mph
3 Bryan Bergman IL Lake Park 2023 RHP 84 mph
^ Jason Sullivan IL Carl Sandburg 2023 2B 84 mph
4 Aris Kosiek IL Montini Catholic 2023 2B 83 mph

MAX EXIT VELOCITY

Rank Name State School Class Pos Exit Velo
1 Graham Mastros IL New Trier 2023 3B 99
2 Blake Binkowski IL Lincoln-Way East 2023 1B 95
3 Alex Day IL Andrew 2023 3B 94
^ Dylan Harer IL St. Viator 2023 OF 94
4 Amarion Paxton IL Clifton Central 2023 OF 93
^ Matt Spell IL Brother Rice 2023 3B 93
^ Kevin Hall Jr IN Munster 2023 OF 93
^ Easton Steck IL Galesburg 2023 SS 93
^ Jayden Malone IL Metea Valley 2023 1B 93

MAX INFIELD VELOCITY

Rank Name State School Class Pos INF Velo
1 Josh Katz IL Lane Tech 2023 SS 89
2 Graham Mastros IL New Trier 2023 3B 87
3 Alex Day IL Andrew 2023 3B 84
^ Jason Sullivan IL Carl Sandburg 2023 2B 84
^ Matt Spell IL Brother Rice 2023 3B 84

MAX OUTFIELD VELOCITY

Rank Name State School Class Pos OF Velo
1 Amarion Paxton IL Clifton Central 2023 OF 87
2 Luke Stulga IL St. Laurence 2023 OF 86
3 Gianni Royer IL Lake Forest 2023 OF 85
4 Ben Flerlage IL Latin School of Chicago 2023 OF 84
5 Easton Steck IL Galesburg 2023 SS 83

MAX CATCHER VELOCITY

Rank Name State School Class Pos C Velo
1 Ethan Winters IL Sacred Heart Griffin 2023 C 76
^ Cameron Marson IL Grayslake Central 2023 C 76
2 Benjamin Labutka IL Maine South 2023 C 75

TOP POP TIMES

Rank Name State School Class Pos Pop Time
1 Cameron Marson IL Grayslake Central 2023 C 2.01-2.08
2 Benjamin Labutka IL Maine South 2023 C 2.02-2.22
3 Victor Zaragoza IL Sandburg 2023 C 2.03-2.21
4 Brandon Brokowski IL Evanston Township 2023 C 2.08-2.14
^ Zach Keller IL Stillman Valley 2023 C 2.08-2.14

For a complete look at each of the statistics measured at this showcase, CLICK HERE.


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