O'Hare Preseason I.D.: Statistical Analysis


By Diego Solares
Staff Writer

On March 13, the PBR Illinois team hosted the first annual O'Hare Preseason I.D. at the new Bo Jackson's Elite Sports Dome in Bensenville, Ill. The event featured approximately 130 players from high school graduates in classes 2021-24, across the Chicagoland area.

Our staff collaborated in the days that followed to highlight the biggest takeaways and highlights from Saturday’s showcase, and we 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.

Today, we’ll highlight the top statistical performers from this event in our traditional stat story and provide a few nuggets on players that stood out on the numbers side of things. For example, we had 13 players run a sub-7.00 in the 60-yard dash, paced by a sophomore we highlighted below. Additionally, 12 batters registered a max exit speed of at least 95 mph. So, there were some attention-grabbing stats recorded on Saturday, here's a few notable takeaways.

We highlighted OF Ryan Henschel (Glenbrook North, 2022) recorded the most impressive statistical performance of the showcase, as he came away at or near the top of every category he participated in. Henschel hit the hardest and furthest ball of the entire event, barreling one up at 99 mph that traveled 376 feet, per TrackMan. He also threw the hardest ball from the outfield (94 mph), and also touched 89 mph with his fastball later on in his workout – the fastest pitch of the day. And he missed the 60-yard dash leaderboard by a fraction, running a 7.08 which left him just outside the top-15.

INF Michael O’Conor (Notre Dame, 2022) put up some noteworthy numbers at his first ever PBR event. The 5-foot-10, 180-pound right-handed hitter ran a 6.88 60-yard dash, threw the second hardest ball across the infield at 84 mph, and tied for the event lead in max exit speed at 99 mph in BP, per our partners at TrackMan.

Another member of the state’s 2022 class that showed well statistically at this event: OF Connor Dickson (Libertyville). Built at an athletic 6-foot-1, 190-pound frame, Dickson ran a 7.05 60-yard dash, registered a peak exit velocity of 91 mph in batting practice, and threw multiple balls at over 90 mph from the outfield to home, his best topping out at 93 mph.

Three sophomores stand out amongst their '23 peers on these leaderboards: OF Andrew Garcia (DePaul College Prep), RHP Bennett Musser (Mundelein), and INF Troy Stukenberg (Lyons Township). Garcia's high level of athleticism helped him clock a 6.50 in the 60, which comfortably led the event, and he topped 91 mph to home from the outfield, which was tops amongst sophomores. Musser ran a 6.96 and sat 87-88 mph on the mound, and his max fastball velocity was the second highest in attendance. As for Stukenberg, he ran a 6.89 in the 60-yard dash and improved his exit velocity by nearly 17 mph since our last look, topping out at 97 mph in batting practice, tied alongside three other 2023s for the second highest exit speed.

You'll find INF Cash Campbell (Montini Catholic, 2024) on several of the leaderboards below, showing as one of the top freshmen. We expected to see his name near the top of the exit speed board, which it was with a 96 mph max, but he also managed to reach an 82 mph high from both the mound and across the infield.

Fellow freshman RHP/INF Malachi Paplanus (Huntley, 2024) used this event to catapult up our follow lists to become one of the top '24s we've seen this winter. On the infield, he threw the hardest ball across the diamond at 87 mph. The 6-foot-1, 170-pound right-hander then hopped on the bump and ran his fastball up to 84 mph, sitting at 83-84. His 84 mph high actually matched two more follow freshmen: RHP Brady Chambers (Lyons Township, 2024) and LHP Beau McBride (New Trier, 2024).

TOP 60-YARD DASH

Rank Name State School Class Pos 60-yard
1 Andrew Garcia IL DePaul College Prep 2023 OF 6.50
2 Kyle Splitt IL Grant 2022 2B 6.78
3 Tyler O'Connor IL Wheaton North 2023 SS 6.82
4 William Klumpp IL Sycamore 2024 OF 6.87
^ Alex Vasquez IL Evanston 2022 SS 6.87
5 Michael O'Conor IL Notre Dame College Prep 2022 SS 6.88
6 Troy Stukenberg IL Lyons Township 2023 SS 6.89
7 Khamaree Thomas IL Kenwood 2024 OF 6.92
8 James Schott IL Carmel Catholic 2023 RHP 6.93
9 Bennett Musser IL Mundelein 2023 RHP 6.96
^ Lucas Bormann IL York 2023 RHP 6.96
10 Leo Anderson IL Lake Forest 2022 OF 6.98
11 Jack Rozmus IL York 2023 C 6.99
12 Adrian Zavala IL Stagg 2023 OF 7.02
^ Lloyd Mills IV IL Marian Catholic 2023 OF 7.02
13 Connor Dickson IL Libertyville 2022 OF 7.05
^ Michael Zedak IL St. Laurence 2022 OF 7.05
14 Ethan Serrano IL Von Steuben 2023 OF 7.06
15 Dominic Jacoby IL Taft 2023 SS 7.07

MAX FASTBALL VELOCITY

Rank Name State School Class Pos Max FB
1 Ryan Henschel IL Glenbrook North 2022 OF 89 mph
2 Bennett Musser IL Mundelein 2023 RHP 88 mph
3 Michael Hilker Jr IL Yorkville 2022 RHP 86 mph
4 Luke Brown IL Plainfield North 2023 LHP 85 mph
^ Connor Walters IL Libertyville 2022 RHP 85 mph
5 Calvin Proskey IL Oak Park-River Forest 2023 RHP 84 mph
^ Malachi Paplanus IL Huntley 2024 RHP 84 mph
^ Beau McBride IL New Trier 2024 LHP 84 mph
^ Brady Chambers IL Lyons Township 2024 RHP 84 mph
6 Charlie Faoro IL Homewood-Flossmoor 2022 SS 83 mph
7 Nick Drtina IL Nazareth Academy 2024 RHP 82 mph
^ Chris Iannuzzi IL Stevenson 2023 OF 82 mph
^ Cash Campbell IL Montini Catholic 2024 3B 82 mph
^ Andrew Garcia IL DePaul College Prep 2023 OF 82 mph

MAX EXIT VELOCITY

Rank Name State School Class Pos Exit Velo
1 John Rings IL Maine West 2022 3B 99
^ Ryan Henschel IL Glenbrook North 2022 OF 99
^ Michael O'Conor IL Notre Dame College Prep 2022 SS 99
2 Owen Duffy IL Marist 2023 OF 97
^ Troy Stukenberg IL Lyons Township 2023 SS 97
^ Chris Iannuzzi IL Stevenson 2023 OF 97
3 Cash Campbell IL Montini Catholic 2024 3B 96
^ Cole Collins IL Libertyville 2022 1B 96
^ Jacob White IL Mount Carmel 2022 3B 96
4 Sir Jamison Jones IL St. Rita 2024 C 95
^ Julian Sumner IL Lyons Township 2023 C 95
^ Alec Wiersema IL Mount Carmel 2023 OF 95
5 Justin Orloff IL Deerfield 2022 3B 94
6 Luke Brabham IL Nazareth 2022 SS 93
^ Tyler O'Connor IL Wheaton North 2023 SS 93
^ Alex Vasquez IL Evanston 2022 SS 93
^ Leo Anderson IL Lake Forest 2022 OF 93
^ Mark DeCicco IL Crystal Lake South 2022 RHP 93

MAX OUTFIELD VELOCITY

Rank Name State School Class Pos OF Velo
1 Ryan Henschel IL Glenbrook North 2022 OF 94
2 Connor Dickson IL Libertyville 2022 OF 93
3 Andrew Garcia IL DePaul College Prep 2023 OF 91
4 Lucas Bormann IL York 2023 RHP 86
5 Adrian Zavala IL Stagg 2023 OF 85
^ Chris Iannuzzi IL Stevenson 2023 OF 85
^ Joey Ward IL Maine South 2023 OF 85
^ Ethan Serrano IL Von Steuben 2023 OF 85
6 Owen Duffy IL Marist 2023 OF 84

MAX INFIELD VELOCITY

Rank Name State School Class Pos INF Velo
1 Malachi Paplanus IL Huntley 2024 RHP 87
2 Michael O'Conor IL Notre Dame College Prep 2022 SS 84
3 Jack Hayden IL Marian Central Catholic 2022 3B 83
4 Cash Campbell IL Montini Catholic 2024 3B 82
5 Ryan Kempf IL Crystal Lake Central 2022 C 81
^ Alex Vasquez IL Evanston 2022 SS 81
6 Mark DeCicco IL Crystal Lake South 2022 RHP 80
^ Dominic Jacoby IL Taft 2023 SS 80
^ Brady Chambers IL Lyons Township 2024 RHP 80
^ Charlie Lange IL Glenbard West 2022 3B 80

MAX CATCHER VELOCITY

Rank Name State School Class Pos C Velo
1 Julian Sumner IL Lyons Township 2023 C 79
2 Damon Brena IL Niles West 2023 C 78
3 Jack Rozmus IL York 2023 C 77
^ Jack Hayden IL Marian Central Catholic 2022 3B 77
4 Noah Caceres IL Reavis 2023 C 76
5 Ryan Kempf IL Crystal Lake Central 2022 C 75

TOP POP TIMES

Rank Name State School Class Pos Pop Time
1 Jacob Hall IL Warren Township 2023 C 2.00-2.07
2 Jack Rozmus IL York 2023 C 2.01-2.11
3 Ty O'Connell IL Wheaton North 2023 C 2.04-2.20
4 Damon Brena IL Niles West 2023 C 2.05-2.19
5 Connor Lasch IL Loyola Academy 2023 C 2.08-2.19

Click here for a complete look at the day's stat leaderboards.

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