Peoria Preseason ID: Outfield Analysis


By: Illinois Scouting Staff

On Wednesday, February 23rd, the PBR Illinois staff traveled to the Louisville Slugger Sports Complex in Peoria, IL., to host the fifth annual Peoria Preseason ID. This open event provided our staff an opportunity for an up-to-date look on players from the Central Illinois area prior to the start of the high school season. 

For a complete list of the player’s that attended this event, click HERE

In the week that followed this event, we produced post-event analysis that includes performance highlights inside of our Quick Hits story, a look at the traditional stats measured within our Statistical Analysis piece, batted-ball and pitch data compiled in TrackMan Files, swing metrics captured on the Blast Motion Board, and sight scores from an athletic perspective tracked on the Vizual Edge Scoreboard.

You can learn more about the state-of-the-art technologies featured at our showcases within the hyperlinks above. We began rolling out the catcher reports from this event earlier today, and we’ll keep working our way around the diamond with the day’s outfielders, found below. 

TOP OUTFIELD PROSPECTS 

1. Reed Drabant, Columbia (IL), 2023
Positional Profile: SS/OF
Body: 5-11, 180-pounds.
Hit: LHH. Balanced setup, smooth quiet load and short stride. Present bat speed, compact swing, extension through contact, loose/athletic hands and repeated hard contact. Upside left-handed bat.
Power: 93.2 max exit velocity, averaged 86.8 mph. 330’ max distance.
Arm: RH. INF - 84 mph. OF - 87 mph. Long, high 3/4 slot, quick arm with a life.
Defense: Choppy feet up to the ball, fluid, range to back-hand, sure-handed.
Run: 7.46 runner in the 60. 

2. Jude Strahm, Brimfield (IL), 2024
Positional Profile: OF/SS
Body: 6-1, 172-pounds.
Hit: RHH. Tall narrow setup, long stride. Swings with controlled intent, sits into backside, loose hands, uphill path and creates leverage to the pull-side.
Power: 83.8 max exit velocity, averaged 77.7 mph. 303’ max distance.
Arm: RH. INF - 81 mph. OF - 86 mph. Short arm path out of the glove into a 3/4 slot,  clean arm with life out of the hand.
Defense: Sure-handed, two-hand gather out front.
Run: 7.26 runner in the 60. 

3. Elliott Seckman, Washington (IL), 2023
Positional Profile: OF/LHP
Body: 5-6, 165-pounds.
Hit: LHH. Narrow, slightly open setup, quiet stride. Easy swing, loose hands, repeats, feel for the barrel and consistently was on the barrel to the middle, pull-side part of the field.
Power: 87.2 max exit velocity, averaged 77.3 mph. 254’ max distance.
Arm: LH. OF - 81 mph. Short, 3/4 slot, clean arm path.
Defense: Fluid footwork, sure-handed, plays through the ball.
Run: 7.33 runner in the 60. 

BEST OF THE REST (LISTED ALPHABETICALLY)

Deegan Aeilts, Normal University (IL), 2025
Positional Profile: C/OF
Body: 5-10, 140-pounds.
Hit: LHH. Balanced setup, minimal load and long leg-lift stride. Short bath, stays direct to the ball and flat through the zone. Present whip and bat speed, stays inside the baseball, and makes hard line-drive contact to all fields.
Power: 86 max exit velocity, averaged 74.4 mph. 277’ max distance.
Arm: RH. C - 70 mph. OF - 78 mph. Short, high 3/4 slot.
Defense: 2.32-2.45 pop times. Sue-handed, quick footwork out of the crouch, works in-line.
Run: 7.33 runner in the 60. 

Evan Anderson, Auburn (IL), 2024
Positional Profile: C/SS
Body: 5-10, 145-pounds.
Hit: RHH. Balanced setup, minimal load and short stride. Easy swing, loose hands, uses the whole field.
Power: 75.8 max exit velocity, averaged 68.8 mph. 264’ max distance.
Arm: RH. INF - 65 mph. OF - 73 mph. Long arm circle into a high 3/4 slot, clean arm path.
Defense: Two-hand gather out front, some range to the backhand, clean transfer.
Run: 7.73 runner in the 60. 

Cole Burton, Washington (IL), 2024
Positional Profile: 3B/RHP
Body: 5-7, 178-pounds.
Hit: LHH. Balanced setup, quiet load and stride. Simple, controlled swing, loose athletic hands, flashed sneaky jump off the barrel.
Power: 93.4 max exit velocity, averaged 84.5 mph. 290’ max distance.
Arm: RH. INF - 73 mph. OF - 82 mph. Short, high 3/4 slot, quick arm.
Defense: Sue-handed, two-hand gather, clean transfer.
Run: 7.70 runner in the 60. 

Kyle Carter, Williamsville (IL), 2024
Positional Profile: OF/2B
Body: 5-9, 162-pounds.
Hit: RHH. Balanced setup, minimal load and short stride. Quiet compact swing, level through the zone at times, strong hands.
Power: 90.8 max exit velocity, averaged 73.1 mph. 337’ max distance.
Arm: RH. OF - 80 mph. Clean arm path, high 3/4 slot with some arm-speed.
Defense: Fluid feet, soft hands, plays through the ball.
Run: 7.11 runner in the 60. 

Coy Dettmer, United Township (IL), 2023
Positional Profile: LHP/OF
Body: 5-10, 160-pounds.
Hit: LHH. Wide setup, smooth load and short stride. Strong hands, short path, uphill through the zone, looks to elevate the baseball, pull-side approach.
Power: 86.1 max exit velocity, averaged 71.5 mph. 273’ max distance.
Arm: LH. OF - 76 mph. Short, high 3/4 slot.
Defense: Steady-hands, plays through the ball.
Run: 7.55 runner in the 60. 

Kyle Fitting, Althoff Catholic (IL), 2023
Positional Profile: OF/RHP
Body: 6-1, 165-pounds.
Hit: RHH. Wide balanced setup, toe-tap stride. Short, level path, flashed quick hands, line-drive approach, occasionally backspins the baseball.
Power: 88.2 max exit velocity, averaged 82.9 mph. 326’ max distance.
Arm: RH. OF - 80 mph. Short, 3/4 release, quick/whippy arm.
Defense: Sure-handed, plays through the ball, long strides.
Run: 7.46 runner in the 60. 

Ben Frericks, Illinois Valley Central (IL), 2023
Positional Profile: OF/LHP
Body: 5-9, 150-pounds.
Hit: RHH. Tall, upright, quiet setup, short stride. Long path, uphill pull-side tendencies. Flashed strong hands and occasional leverage.
Power: 86.3 max exit velocity, averaged 72.4 mph. 273’ max distance.
Arm: LH. OF - 77 mph. Long arm swing, 3/4 slot.
Defense: Athletic mover, plays low to the ground, sure-handed.
Run: 7.39 runner in the 60. 

Griffin Graue, Glenwood (IL), 2023
Positional Profile: C/OF
Body: 6-1, 163-pounds.
Hit: RHH. Balanced, slightly open setup, smooth load and toe-tap stride. Athletic look, short bat path, works uphill, consistent lifted contact into both gaps.
Power: 90.3 max exit velocity, averaged 77.9 mph. 325’ max distance.
Arm: RH. C - 80 mph. OF - 88 mph. Short, over-the-top slot, consistently put throws around the bag.
Defense: 2.09-2.11 pop times. Steady hands, works to present pitches around the zone. Flexible hips, works in-line out of the crouch on throws, quick/clean transfer, moves quickly into blocks.
Run: 7.73 runner in the 60.

Seth Guthrie, Belleville East (IL), 2025
Positional Profile: OF/RHP
Body: 6-1, 185-pounds.
Hit: LHH. Wide setup, smooth load and short leg-lift trigger. Long path, stays through the zone, middle of the field approach.
Power: 84.3 max exit velocity, averaged 71.5 mph. 265’ max distance.
Arm: RH. OF - 73 mph. Long, high 3/4 slot.
Defense: Sure-handed, plays through the ball, moves well into crowhop.
Run: 7.90 runner in the 60. 

Jackson Rose, Glenwood (IL), 2023
Positional Profile: OF/LHP
Body: 5-8, 140-pounds.
Hit: LHH. Balanced setup, pre-pitch hand rhythm, short stride. Barrel control appraoch, short to the baseball, lets it travel, line-drive sprayed contact. Top of the order profile.
Power: 81.3 max exit velocity, averaged 76.1 mph. 272’ max distance.
Arm: LH. OF - 77 mph. Short, 3/4 slot, quick arm.
Defense: Athletic mover, quick/fluid feet, moves well, plays through the ball, soft hands.
Run: 6.97 runner in the 60. 

Jake Schisler, Quincy Notre Dame (IL), 2023
Positional Profile: OF/RHP
Body: 5-10, 185-pounds.
Hit: RHH. Balanced setup, sits into backside, toe-tap stride. Uphill path, pull-side approach, on the barrel at times.
Power: 93 max exit velocity, averaged 83.6 mph. 337’ max distance.
Arm: RH. INF - 79 mph. OF - 85 mph. Long, loose arm action from a 3/4 slot.
Defense: Pre-pitch hop, two-hand gather out front, clean transfer.
Run: 7.57 runner in the 60.

Luke Simpson, Tri-Valley (IL), 2023
Positional Profile: OF/RHP
Body: 6-2, 185-pounds. Long-levered, highly-projectable frame.
Hit: RHH. Balanced setup, quiet stride and minimal load. Simple swing, present levers, uphill path and stays on balance through contact.
Power: 85.2 max exit velocity, averaged 77.8 mph. 315’ max distance.
Arm: RH. OF - 73 mph. Short, 3/4 slot.
Defense: Steady hands, understands playing the ball off hops.
Run: 7.40 runner in the 60. 

Braylon Singer, Williamsville (IL), 2024
Positional Profile: LHP/OF
Body: 6-1, 195-pounds. Sturdy lower half.
Hit: LHH. Slightly open balanced setup, smooth pre-pitch load and knee-knock stride. Aggressive swing, flashed bat speed, short path and worked the middle of the field.
Power: 89.5 max exit velocity, averaged 80.9 mph. 282’ max distance.
Arm: LH. OF - 79 mph. Clean high 3/4 slot, short out of the glove.
Defense: Sure-handed, plays through the ball.
Run: 7.55 runner in the 60. 

Cole Workman, Glenwood (IL), 2023
Positional Profile: OF/RHP
Body: 5-9, 185-pounds.
Hit: RHH. Balanced, slightly crouched setup, long controlled stride. Compact swing, uphill through the zone, feel for the barrel, and gap-to-gap approach.
Power: 88.2 max exit velocity, averaged 80.2 mph. 282’ max distance.
Arm: RH. OF - 86 mph. Long, high 3/4 slot, quick/athletic arm, ball jumps out of the hand.
Defense: Athletic actions, sure-handed, plays through the ball into an athletic crowhop.
Run: 7.45 runner in the 60.

Jonah Wyman, Dunlap (IL), 2023
Positional Profile: OF/2B
Body: 5-10, 145-pounds.
Hit: SH. Wide setup, smooth load and short stride. Similar swing from both sides of the plate. Quiet, simple, repeatable swing. Athletic hands, level through the zone, bat stays on plane.
Power: 85.5 max exit velocity, averaged 79.8 mph. 321’ max distance.
Arm: RH. INF - 72 mph. OF - 80 mph. Short, 3/4 slot.
Defense: Sure-handed, two-hand gather out front, clean transfer.
Run: 7.31 runner in the 60. 

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