GPA Games: Preview

By Diego Solares
Illinois Staff

For the fourth straight year, PBR Illinois will host the GPA Games at Lee Pfund Stadium at Wheaton College. This one-of-a-kind showcase is targeted for academic-minded prospects looking to leverage their skills on the diamond and in the classroom into opportunities to play ball at the next level. Taking the field on Sunday will be prospects not only from Illinois, but from Wisconsin, Iowa, Michigan, and other states in the Midwest. 

For a look at those coming to this year’s event, CLICK HERE. For information on directions to the ballpark, check-in times, or for registration information, CLICK HERE

Taking a look at last year’s event, 16 of the attendees committed to play ball at the next level - primarily 2019 graduates, highlighting how important this event can be for incoming seniors. Highlighting that bunch is Wisconsin’s Trent Turzenski (Burlington, 2019), who will be attending Valparaiso University this upcoming fall, and Missouri’s Kyle Potthoff (Marquette, 2019), who is preparing to begin his freshman year at Rutgers. 

This year’s event features an interesting crop of 2020 prospects that may not be uncommitted for much longer. Connor Cassady (Lyons Township, IL) is a physical 6-foot-4, 205-pound right-hander that saw his fastball touch 84 mph at the Top Prospect-Chicago earlier this summer. There are bound to be a number of other prospects who emerge at the event, including SS/C Sam Holtz (Lake Zurich), who is a 2021, with a physical right-handed swing.

Connor Cassady (6.18.19)


  • Position Player Workout Showcase
  • 8:20-8:40 AM – Position Player Check-in
  • 8:40-9:00 AM – Introduction and Stretch
  • 9:00-10:45 AM – Position Player Workout
  • Game play to follow
  • Pitchers Check-In one hour before scheduled game time.


  • 10:45 AM - Team 1 vs. Team 2



  Daniel Baumgartner St. Laurence 2021 1B
  Connor Cassady Lyons Township 2020 RHP
  George Dizard Wauwatosa East 2020 OF
  Robby Gray Lake Forest 2020 RHP
  Paul Kashishian II Whitnall 2020 RHP
  Jason Kusibab Loyola 2021 OF
  Zach Lewis Bishop Chatard 2020 SS
  Matt Lopez Morris 2020 SS
  Zachary Lorentsen Wheaton North 2020 OF
  Jared Mitchell Random Lake 2021 1B
  Nicholas Mulvihill Hinsdale Central 2021 2B
  Blake Oliver Bartlett 2020 OF
  Brandon Peace Nicolet 2020 RHP
  Christian Pedersen Mukwonago 2020 C
  Jackson Schreckengast Jefferson 2020 OF
  Danny Sullivan Maine South 2021 OF
  Anthony Tado St. Laurence 2021 2B


  Jack Burkhardt Plainfield High School 2021 SS
  Danny Fieweger Wheaton North 2020 LHP
  Brennan Foeckler Marquette University 2020 RHP
  Alexander Gonzalo Maine South 2021 SS
  Sam Holtz Lake Zurich 2021 SS
  Wolfgang Kalz Appleton West 2021 OF
  Andres Kleinsek Verona Area 2021 RHP
  Ethan Light Pittsburg 2021 OF
  Miles Mann New Castle 2021 1B
  Luke Meister Oak Park-River Forest 2020 OF
  Daniel Moore Benton Harbor 2020 RHP
  Steven Russell Lemont 2020 C
  Sawyer Smith Shoreland Lutheran 2021 SS
  Garrett Swingler Normal West 2020 RHP
  Martin Walsh Mt. Carmel 2021 2B
  Nicholas Wind Montini Catholic 2020 OF