Joliet Preseason I.D.: Statistical Analysis


By Diego Solares
Staff Writer

On March 28, the PBR Illinois team hosted this first-ever Joliet Preseason I.D. at the new Rhino Baseball Academy in Shorewood, Ill. The event marked the end of our high school winter showcase circuit, and around 120 players from the area participated.

On Tuesday, our staff collaborated to highlight the biggest takeaways from Sunday’s showcase, and 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, including today, where we’ll highlight the top statistical performers from Sunday’s event in our traditional statistical analysis.

+ Two former PBR Future Games members continued to solidify themselves as top prospects in the state’s 2022 class: RHP Ashton Izzi (Oswego East; Wichita State commit) and RHP/C Abram Wills (Coal City; uncommitted). Izzi is a major arrow-up prospect who recently debuted in our updated national rankings at No. 156 overall, after a noteworthy uptick in velocity this offseason. He touched an event-high 94 mph with his fastball, comfortably sitting at 92-93, and he's still filling out his 6-foot-3, 175-pound frame. Wills is still  uncommitted, and he had a strong two-way showing on Sunday. He started his workout off by recording a max exit velocity of 95 mph in batting practice and later popped an 80 mph high from the crouch – which led the event. Wills then hopped on the mound and comfortably pumped 86-88 mph fastballs into the zone for strikes.

+ From Libertyville, 6-foot-4, 205-pound OF Michael Addari (2022) had a strong statistical showing at Sunday’s event. He ran a 7.12 in the 60-yard dash to start his day, uncorked an 87 mph high throw to home from the outfield, and his best barrel registered at 99 mph in BP – all of which were near the top of their respective leaderboards from this event.

+ Left-handed-hitting C/OF Dylan Sayles (Hononegah, 2022) put together a quality statistical performance for the second time this winter. A 6-foot, 170-pound athlete, Sayles ran a 7.05 in the 60-yard dash and finished towards the top of both the max outfield and catcher throwing velocity leaderboards.

+ INF Peyton Burgh (Prospect, 2022) is a strong 5-foot-11, 185-pound athlete who comfortably ran the fastest 60-yard dash of the event, clocking in at a laser-timed 6.72 seconds. He also recorded the second highest infield velocity of the day, firing one across the diamond to first base at 85 mph.

+ RHP/OF Oliver Barkal (New Trier, 2022) emerged as a statistical winner from Sunday’s event after a strong offseason led to an uptick in his present arsenal. The 5-foot-10, 170-pound Barkal touched 88 mph with his fastball – the second highest max fastball velocity of the event. That arm strength translated to the field, where he reached an event-high 89 mph from the outfield.

+ RHP Chase Martin (Roanoke-Benson, 2022) made his PBR event debut and impressed our staff. The projectable 6-foot-3, 170-pound right-hander bumped his fastball up to 87 mph, the third highest max velocity in attendance.

+ A follow name on the mound from the 2024 class: RHP Ryan Anderson (Minooka). The 6-foot-5, 180-pound Anderson touched 83 mph with his fastball, sitting at 82-83 mph, which was the second highest mark among underclassmen in attendance.

TOP 60-YARD DASH

Rank Name State School Class Pos 60-yard
1 Peyton Burgh IL Prospect 2022 3B 6.72
2 Kerim Orucevic IL Maine South 2023 SS 6.88
3 Brock Bacus IL Normal Community 2022 SS 6.99
4 Dylan Sayles IL Hononegah 2022 C 7.05
5 Mitch Thomas IL Minooka 2022 OF 7.10
6 Connor Cole MI Mattawan 2023 OF 7.11
^ Haden Kriston IL Loyola Academy 2022 1B 7.11

MAX FASTBALL VELOCITY

Rank Name State School Class Pos Max FB
1 Ashton Izzi IL Oswego East 2022 RHP 94 mph
2 Abram Wills IL Coal City 2022 RHP 88 mph
^ Oliver Barkal IL New Trier 2022 RHP 88 mph
3 Chase Martin IL Roanoke-Benson 2022 RHP 87 mph
4 Hank Liss IL Evanston 2023 RHP 85 mph
5 David Zaragoza IL Lockport 2022 2B 84 mph
^ Jackson Bayer IL Benet 2022 3B 84 mph
^ Will Hayes IL New Trier 2022 RHP 84 mph
6 Andrew Bollman IL Lincoln Way East 2022 3B 83 mph
^ Ryan Anderson IL Minooka 2024 RHP 83 mph
^ Will Moonan IL St. Rita 2022 RHP 83 mph

MAX EXIT VELOCITY

Rank Name State School Class Pos Exit Velo
1 Andrew Bollman IL Lincoln Way East 2022 3B 101
2 Michael Addari IL Libertyville 2022 RHP 99
3 Blake Binkowski IL Lincoln Way East 2023 1B 98
4 Danny Rollins IL Lake Park 2023 C 96
^ Kade Schneider IL Barrington 2023 OF 96
^ Jayden Clark IL Thornton Fractional South 2022 1B 96
^ Haden Kriston IL Loyola Academy 2022 1B 96
^ John Serritella IL Providence Catholic 2022 C 96
5 Abram Wills IL Coal City 2022 RHP 95
^ Joe Jefferson IL Normal West 2022 C 95
^ Andrew Mack IL Minooka 2023 C 95
6 Bryce Atkin IL Plainfield East 2022 1B 94
^ Gavin Dobbels IL Yorkville 2022 2B 94
^ Lukas Cheris IL New Trier 2022 C 94
^ Filip Milatovic IL Von Steuben 2022 C 94
^ Andrew Coats IL Normal West 2022 C 94
7 Cody Nicpon WI Hartford 2022 RHP 93
^ Luke Newhall IL Walter Payton College Prep 2024 RHP 93
^ Thomas Beardman IL Warren 2023 OF 93

MAX OUTFIELD VELOCITY

Rank Name State School Class Pos OF Velo
1 Oliver Barkal IL New Trier 2022 RHP 89
2 Tristan Clark IL Lyons Township 2023 RHP 87
^ Michael Addari IL Libertyville 2022 RHP 87
3 Ryan Norman IL Minooka 2022 RHP 85
^ Dylan Sayles IL Hononegah 2022 C 85
4 Thomas Beardman IL Warren 2023 OF 84

MAX INFIELD VELOCITY

Rank Name State School Class Pos INF Velo
1 Jackson Bayer IL Benet 2022 3B 86
2 Peyton Burgh IL Prospect 2022 3B 85
3 Gavin Dobbels IL Yorkville 2022 2B 84
^ Kerim Orucevic IL Maine South 2023 SS 84
4 Haden Kriston IL Loyola Academy 2022 1B 83
5 Hank Liss IL Evanston 2023 RHP 82
^ Andrew Bollman IL Lincoln Way East 2022 3B 82

MAX CATCHER VELOCITY

Rank Name State School Class Pos C Velo
1 Abram Wills IL Coal City 2022 RHP 80
2 Dylan Sayles IL Hononegah 2022 C 79
3 Andrew Mack IL Minooka 2023 C 77
4 Grant DeRose IL Manteno 2023 C 76
^ Andrew Coats IL Normal West 2022 C 76
5 Gabe Spitz IL Highland Park 2022 C 75
^ Cole Blazekovich IL Minooka 2022 C 75
^ Christian Battista IL Oswego East 2022 C 75
^ Filip Milatovic IL Von Steuben 2022 C 75

TOP POP TIMES

Rank Name State School Class Pos Pop Time
1 Christian Battista IL Oswego East 2022 C 1.97-2.06
2 Grant DeRose IL Manteno 2023 C 2.00-2.06
3 Andrew Mack IL Minooka 2023 C 2.00-2.12
^ Abram Wills IL Coal City 2022 RHP 2.00-2.12
4 Donald Timon IL Mascoutah 2023 C 2.01-2.08
5 Joe Jefferson IL Normal West 2022 C 2.01-2.09
^ Dylan Sayles IL Hononegah 2022 C 2.01-2.09
6 Danny Rollins IL Lake Park 2023 C 2.01-2.15

You can find all the stats from this event HERE.

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