Class of 2022 Showcase: Statistical Analysis


By Diego Solares
Illinois Staff

On Wednesday, June 15, the PBR Illinois staff hosted the Class of 2022 Showcase at Lee Pfund Stadium in Wheaton, Ill. This annual event was open to all incoming juniors in the state and serves as a PBR Future Games identifier. 

Today, we’ll dive a little deeper into the nitty gritty of the event and highlight some of the top statistical performers.

TOP 60-YARD DASH

Rank Name State School Class Pos 60-yard
1 Justin Nonnenmann IL Neuqua Valley 2022 OF 6.64
2 Jayden Cummings IL Simeon 2022 SS 6.66
3 Bearden Awadzi IL Wheaton Warrenville South 2022 RHP 6.88
4 Alex Vasquez IL Evanston 2022 SS 6.89
^ Jackson Cullen IL Joliet Catholic 2022 1B 6.89
5 Hank Friedrich IL Notre Dame of Niles 2022 OF 6.94
6 Sam Pritchard IL Grayslake North 2022 RHP 7.02
7 Joe Bollard IL Saint Viator 2022 OF 7.04
8 Shea Gaffney IL Glenbard North 2022 OF 7.07
9 Daniel Cabrales IL Stevenson 2022 LHP 7.10
10 Jaylun Camper IL Brooks College Prep 2022 SS 7.14

We saw six athletes post sub-7.00 times in the 60-yard dash, an impressive feat from this collective group. Neuqua Valley speedster Justin Nonnemmamn led the pack with a 6.64 mark. Jayden Cummings’ (St. Laurence) wiry athleticism was on display all day as he nearly topped the leaderboard here. Bearden Awadzi (Wheaton Warrenville South) was arguably the event’s top statistical performer, finishing towards or at the top of several different categories.

MAX FASTBALL VELOCITY

Rank Name State School Class Pos Max FB
1 Sam Pritchard IL Grayslake North 2022 RHP 87 mph
2 Bearden Awadzi IL Wheaton Warrenville South 2022 RHP 86 mph
^ Osvaldo Ballesteros Jr IL St. Laurence 2022 C 86 mph
3 Michael Kelly IL Mt. Carmel 2022 LHP 84 mph
4 Michael Addari IL Libertyville 2022 RHP 83 mph
^ Adam Guazzo IL Huntley 2022 RHP 83 mph
^ Mason Weckler IL Belvidere North 2022 RHP 83 mph
5 Jack Skidmore IL Naperville Central 2022 RHP 81 mph
^ Jonathan Ciullo IL Libertyville 2022 RHP 81 mph
^ Justin Nonnenmann IL Neuqua Valley 2022 OF 81 mph

Glenbrook North’s RHP Sam Pritchard topped the velocity leaderboard with an 87 mph high, though it was C/RHP Osvaldo Ballesteros Jr. (St. Laurence) who averaged the day’s firmest fastball, after sitting exclusively 85-86. Awadzi’s athleticism works here, too, surprisingly – his overall performance was arguably the day’s biggest takeaway. These three are all at similar heights and weights, in the 6-foot, 170-pound range, and each earned themselves some serious attention from our staffs – especially Pritchard and Awadzi, as this was both of their first times participating at a PBR event.

MAX EXIT VELOCITY

Rank Name State School Class Pos Exit Velo
1 Bearden Awadzi IL Wheaton Warrenville South 2022 RHP 97
2 Jake Munroe IL Champaign Central 2022 3B 92
3 Joey Little IL Adlai E Stevenson 2022 OF 91
4 Alex Vasquez IL Evanston 2022 SS 89
5 Brenden Max IL Libertyville 2022 OF 88
^ Mason Weckler IL Belvidere North 2022 RHP 88
^ Max Oliveira FL Tarpon Springs 2022 C 88
^ Randy Seymour IL Lincoln-Way East 2022 SS 88
^ Jackson Lindquist IL Winnebago 2022 2B 88

The quick-twitch Awadzi showed off the sneaky raw pop he has in his athletic 6-foot, 170-pound frame by posting an event high 97 mph exit velocity. Proportionally strong right-handed hitter Jake Munroe (Champaign Central) showed off some impressive raw power, both off the tee and in batting practice, and there’s more to come in his strong 6-foot-2, 205-pound frame. Joey Little (Stevenson) is a compact athlete with twitchy hands that caught our staff’s eye last summer and displayed some power potential today, too. 

MAX INFIELD VELOCITY

Rank Name State School Class Pos INF Velo
1 Shai Robinson IL Homewood-Flossmoor 2022 SS 81
^ Mason Weckler IL Belvidere North 2022 RHP 81
2 Trevor Morris IL Neuqua Valley 2022 2B 79
^ Jake Munroe IL Champaign Central 2022 3B 79
^ Randy Seymour IL Lincoln-Way East 2022 SS 79
^ Jayden Cummings IL Simeon 2022 SS 79
3 Nicholas Cortes IL Chicago Bulls College Prep 2022 SS 78
^ Matthew Bivens IL Yorkville 2022 1B 78
^ Brek Baranoski IL Joliet Catholic 2022 2B 78

Mason Weckler (Belvidere North) and Illinois State commit Shai Robinson (Homewood-Flossmoor) were the only two infielders to top 80 mph across the diamond. Robinson, in particular, is one of the state’s top middle infield prospects and has continuously shown well in front of our staff. Four different infielders, including the previously mentioned Munroe, each topped at 79 mph. 

MAX OUTFIELD VELOCITY

Rank Name State School Class Pos OF Velo
1 Bearden Awadzi IL Wheaton Warrenville South 2022 RHP 85
2 Joey Little IL Adlai E Stevenson 2022 OF 83
3 Kyle Thierry IL Normal Community 2022 OF 80
4 Shea Gaffney IL Glenbard North 2022 OF 79

Here’s Awadzi again, leading his positional group in velocity and showing off above-average arm strength for his age. The aforementioned Little clocked in at a few ticks below Awadzi, who was another statistical winner from Wednesday’s event. From Normal Community, Kyle Theirry earned the third spot on this board with an 80 mph high to home.

MAX CATCHER VELOCITY

Rank Name State School Class Pos C Velo
1 Osvaldo Ballesteros Jr IL St. Laurence 2022 C 81
2 Max Oliveira FL Tarpon Springs 2022 C 74
3 Robb Meister IL John Hersey 2022 C 73

Ballesteros Jr. led the catchers group pretty handily. His advanced arm strength for his age and quick release complete an overall well-rounded profile. Max Oliveira (Loyola Academy) was a solid all-around performer on the day, especially behind the plate. There’s plenty of projection left in his 6-foot-1, 160-pound frame too, making him a name to remember moving forward. 

TOP POP TIMES

Rank Name State School Class Pos Pop Time
1 Jack Desmond IL Glenbard West 2022 C 2.03-2.18
2 Osvaldo Ballesteros Jr IL St. Laurence 2022 C 2.04-2.18
3 Aiden Rowe IL Hinsdale Central 2022 C 2.08-2.11
4 Robb Meister IL John Hersey 2022 C 2.08-2.15

Ballesteros Jr. and Jack Desmond (Glenbard West) were virtually tied for the lowest average pop time at this event – while Ballesteros’ big arm strength helps him record quick throws to second, Desmond’s quick feet and transfers help his arm play up. Hinsdale Central’s Aidan Rowe was similarly efficient from the chute, as was Robb Meister (Hersey), Max Oliveira (Loyola Academy), and Colin Husko (Wauconda), who were all situated near each other on this leaderboard.

CLICK HERE for the complete statistics from the event.

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