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Peoria Preseason I.D.: Catcher Analysis


By Illinois Staff

On Feb. 24, the PBR Illinois team hosted the the third-annual Peoria Preseason I.D. at the Louisville Slugger Dome in Peoria, Ill. The event featured over 70 players from high school graduates in classes 2022-25, from across Central Illinois and beyond.

Previously, our staff collaborated to highlight the biggest takeaways and highlights from this showcase, and we published them within our Quick Hits piece. We also shared the event's traditional stat leaderboards, published inside this Statistical Analysis. Later on, we published batted-ball, pitch, and swing metrics and leaderboards that you can find inside the event’s TrackMan Files and Blast Motion Board.

Today, we’re beginning to roll out the Peoria I.D.’s scouting reports, beginning with the day’s catchers, led by an uncommitted junior to know: Nathan Cooley (Illinois Valley Central, 2022). Cooley’s twitchy right-handed swing landed him among the day’s leaders in bat and hand speed, and he’s also a capable receiver on defense. Galesburg junior Kannon Kleine (2022; uncommitted) also became a follow at this event. He’s a strong right-handed hitter who generates easy power potential in a swing that works off an incline, and he demonstrated above-average actions on defense, too.

For the full reports on these two, and all other backstops who made it out to this Peoria-area event, continue reading on below.

TOP CATCHer PROSPECTS

1. Nathan Cooley, Illinois Valley Central (IL), 2022
Positional Profile: C
Body: 5-10, 170-pounds.
Hit: RHH. Tall, open setup, long stride, barrel rhythm pre-pitch. Short swing, level path, advanced bat speed with a max of 72.8 MPH, controlled whip through the zone, gap-to-gap approach.
Power: 90.74 max exit velocity, averaged 68.6 mph. 325’ max distance.
Arm: RH. C - 75 mph. Short arm action, high 3/4 arm slot.
Defense: 2.12-2.19 pop times. Confident receiver, sticks pitches, deadens ball on blocks, feet work around the plate on throwdowns.
Run: 7.52 runner in the 60. 

2. Kannon Kleine, Galesburg (IL), 2022
Positional Profile: C
Body: 5-11, 195-pounds. Compact, strong frame.
Hit: RHH. Athletic, open setup, smooth load, small leg lift, short stride, easy pre-pitch actions. Easy strength in swing, max bat speed of 69.9 MPH, path works slightly uphill, gap-to-gap approach.
Power: 91.98 max exit velocity, averaged 80.79 mph. 310’ max distance.
Arm: RH. C - 75 mph. Short arm action, over-the-top arm slot.
Defense: 2.03-2.12 pop times. Easy receiving actions, from one knee at times, presents a big target, works around the plate on throwdowns, clean exchange.
Run: 7.52 runner in the 60. 

3. Ethan Sosnowski, East Peoria (IL), 2022
Positional Profile: C
Body: 6-2, 190-pounds. Broad-shouldered, physical frame.
Hit: RHH. Tall, open setup, smooth load, toe-tap, short stride. Short swing, path works efficiently uphill, max bat speed of 70.3 MPH, ball jumps off his bat, consistent hard contact, gap-to-gap approach.
Power: 98.46 max exit velocity, averaged 86.71 mph. 373’ max distance. Present power bat.
Arm: RH. C - 75 mph. Short arm action, high 3/4 arm slot.
Defense: 2.08-2.26 pop times. Quiet receiver, quick exchange, feet work efficiently on throw downs.
Run: 7.10 runner in the 60. 

4. Colton Musgrave, Tuscola (IL), 2023
Positional Profile: C
Body: 5-11, 200-pounds.
Hit: RHH. Balanced setup, smooth load, leg kick, short stride. Controlled, aggressive swing, present bat speed, short, level path works efficiently through the zone, max bat speed of 69.1 MPH, gap-to-gap approach, consistent hard contact.
Power: 90.58 max exit velocity, averaged 80.86 mph. 317’ max distance.
Arm: RH. C - 74 mph. Short arm action, over-the-top arm slot.
Defense: 2.22-2.36 pop times. Sways body toward baseball while receiving, clean exchanges.
Run: 7.53 runner in the 60. 

T-5. Aidan VanDuzer, LaSalle Peru (IL), 2022
Positional Profile: C
Body: 6-5, 250-pounds. Large frame, strong lower half.
Hit: RHH. Balanced, open setup, leg kick.  Strength in swing, level path, intent to hit the ball in the air, flashed bat speed, hard contact in BP, gap-to-gap approach.
Power: 92.13 max exit velocity, averaged 82.92 mph. 330’ max distance.
Arm: RH. C - 73 mph. INF - 72 mph. Short arm action, over-the-top arm slot.
Defense: 2.14-2.26 pop times. Catcher: receivers from one knee at times, feet work around the plate on throw downs. Infield: steady hands, able to field and spin on double play turns.
Run: 8.01 runner in the 60. 

T-5. Tyler Humphrey, Washington Community (IL), 2025
Positional Profile: C
Body: 5-9, 146-pounds. Athletic build; advanced for his age.
Hit: RHH. Balanced setup, smooth load and short stride. Simple, repeatable swing, fluid rhythm, loose athletic hands, bat stays through the zone, uses the whole field and showed above-average feel for the barrel given his age.
Power: 84.29 max exit velocity, averaged 67.68 mph. 280’ max distance.
Arm: RH. C - 70 mph. Short loose arm action, plays over-the-top.
Defense: 2.30-2.58 pop times. Clean, easy actions, directional out of the crouch. Sure-handed.
Run: 7.87 runner in the 60. 

Best of the Rest (Listed Alphabetically)

Michael Agatucci, Metamora (IL), 2023
Positional Profile: C
Body: 5-10, 155-pounds. Athletic, well-proportioned build.
Hit: RHH. Tall, quiet setup, toe-tap stride. Loose, athletic swing, gets extension through contact, uses the middle of the field, easy effort throughout.
Power: 86.17 max exit velocity, averaged 70.03 mph. 284’ max distance.
Arm: RH. C - 66 mph. Firm arm action, 3/4 slot.
Defense: 2.26-2.58 pop times. Flexible hips, hands play soft at times, ability to get underneath the pitch at the bottom of the zone.
Run: 7.40 runner in the 60. 

Joshua Arnett, Lewistown  (IL), 2024
Positional Profile: C
Body: 5-10, 165-pounds. Lean, well-proportioned frame.
Hit: RHH. Quiet setup, minimal wasted movement and short leg-lift stride. Simple swing, short and direct to the ball, line-drive approach.
Power: 83.85 max exit velocity, averaged 78.43 mph. 291’ max distance.
Arm: RH. C - 70 mph. Short arm action, plays from an over-the-top to high 3/4 slot.
Defense: 2.10-2.29 pop times. Sure-handed, fluid footwork and repeatable out of the crouch.
Run: 7.40 runner in the 60. 

Kyle Binder, Brimfield (IL), 2024
Positional Profile: C
Body: 5-8, 165-pounds.
Hit: RHH. Balanced setup, big load into backside, short stride. Short swing, path works slightly uphill, flashes strength and quick twitch abilities, gap-to-gap approach.
Power: 87.26 max exit velocity, averaged 71.58 mph. 322’ max distance.
Arm: RH. C - 69 mph. INF - 74 mph. Short arm action, over-the-top arm slot.
Defense: 2.26-2.44 pop times. Catcher: receives from a low position, one leg extended out, quick transfers. Infield: steady hands, works towards target at times.
Run: 7.50 runner in the 60. 

Logan Booth, Pekin (IL), 2024
Positional Profile: C
Body: 6-2, 180-pounds. Strong-bodied frame.
Hit: SH. Similar swings from both sides of the plate. Squared, balanced setup, minimal load and short stride. Strong hands, bat stays level through the zone and works gap-to-gap.
Power: 82.03 max exit velocity, averaged 67.4 mph. 252’ max distance.
Arm: RH. C - 69 mph. Short arm action, high 3/4 slot.
Defense: 2.34-2.40 pop times. Flexible hips, plays tall out of the crouch, steady hands.
Run: 9.04 runner in the 60. 

Spencer Fox, Effingham  (IL), 2024
Positional Profile: C
Body: 6-0, 165-pounds. Long-levered, athletic frame with upside.
Hit: RHH. Balanced setup, minimal load and short stride. Simple handsy swing, bat stays level through the zone, line-drive approach.
Power: 83.39 max exit velocity, averaged 71.29 mph. 268’ max distance.
Arm: RH. C - 69 mph. Short, firm arm action, high 3/4 slot.
Defense: 2.43-2.60 pop times. Squared setup, quiet receiver, steady hands.
Run: 7.39 runner in the 60. 

Josh Kirkwood, Marshall (IL), 2023
Positional Profile: C
Body: 6-0, 185-pounds.
Hit: RHH. Wide, closed setup, starts on ball of front foot, leg kick. Short swing, level path, peak hand speed of 21.7 MPH, works inside the ball.
Power: 89.64 max exit velocity, averaged 78.96 mph. 275’ max distance.
Arm: RH. C - 72 mph. Short arm action, high 3/4 arm slot.
Defense: 2.28-2.51 pop times. Gains ground towards second on throwdowns, clean exchange.
Run: 7.78 runner in the 60. 

Gavin Kleist, Limestone (IL), 2025
Positional Profile: C
Body: 5-5, 145-pounds.
Hit: LHH. Balanced setup, quiet loading action and short stride. Simple swing, strong hands, short to the ball and made consistent hard contact. Gap-to-gap approach.
Power: 74.25 max exit velocity, averaged 61.48 mph. 191’ max distance.
Arm: RH. C - 62 mph. Short, over-the-top arm action.
Defense: 2.51-2.70 pop times. Squared setup, presents pitches in and around the zone.
Run: 8.76 runner in the 60. 

Zechariah Landstrom, Pontiac Township (IL), 2024
Positional Profile: C
Body: 6-3, 181-pounds. Wide-shouldered, physically-advanced frame.
Hit: RHH. Open setup, stride works back to even. Strong twitchy hands, lift in swing, consistently worked the opposite field gap.
Power: 89.23 max exit velocity, averaged 68.67 mph. 268’ max distance.
Arm: RH. C - 69 mph. Short arm action, high 3/4 slot.
Defense: 2.42-2.51 pop times. Squared setup when receiving bullpens, flexible hips.
Run: 7.80 runner in the 60. 

Ryan Robinson, Rochester (IL), 2022
Positional Profile: C
Body: 5-10, 165-pounds. Athletic build.
Hit: RHH. Balanced setup, smooth loading action, short stride and maintains balance through contact.  Simple, repeatable swing, loose athletic hands, short path, stays through the zone a long time and gap-to-gap approach.
Power: 86.74 max exit velocity, averaged 77.14 mph. 290’ max distance.
Arm: RH. C - 66 mph. Short arm action, plays from an over-the-top slot.
Defense: 2.15-2.37 pop times. Flexible hips, soft hands, quick and athletic out of the crouch.
Run: 7.04 runner in the 60. Above-average runner for the position.

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