Preseason All-State: Statistical Analysis


By Illinois Scouting Staff

On Feb. 10, PBR Illinois hosted one of its biggest showcases on its annual calendar: Preseason All-State. This invite-only showcase brings together the state’s best talent in its 2020 class, and all that talent was certainly on display at The MAX over the weekend. Well over 100 of Illinois’ best juniors made it to McCook on Sunday, many of whom remain uncommitted.

After publishing our Quick Hits post yesterday, we’ll turn our attention to the top statistical performers from the invite-only showcase today.

The amount of speedsters at the event was staggering. There were almost 30 prospects who recorded a sub-7.00 mark in the 60-yard dash, led by Champaign Central's OF Connor Milton (Illinois commit), who notched a 6.51 time himself.

The pitchers who made it out looked closer to mid-season form than we would have ever expected, too. If you haven't heard, De La Salle's RHP Ben Hernandez (Illinois-Chicago) touched 94 mph multiple times at The MAX and no one matched that high. Two other arms touched that 90 mph mark: RHP/INF Ernie Day (Taft; Miami-Ohio) at 90 mph, and RHP/OF Isaiah Jackson (Champaign Central; uncommitted) at 93 mph.

Speaking of Jackson, he and Wheaton North's SS/OF Andy Nelson (Iowa) are at or near the top of each of the statistical categories they participated in. The two finished back-to-back in the top-five times of the 60-yard dash, at 6.61 and 6.63, respectively. Nelson recorded an exit velocity of 97 mph while Jackson topped at 95 mph. Nelson took infield reps, as well as outfield ones, and almost finished at the top of both leaderboards – 91 mph across the infield and an event-best 93 mph to home. Jackson's 92 mph throws home finished second in velocity to Nelson's.

Behind the plate, the Purdue-bound backstop Mike Schicker (Riverside-Brookfield) topped both the catcher velocity (83 mph) and pop time (1.94-2.01) leaderboards. Notre Dame's Matthew Murphy and Harriburg's Isaac Crabb both put together strong statistical days, too, and both are on the market. Murphy recorded a 94 mph exit velocity from the tee in addition to some of the quickest average pop times (1.96-2.09), as well as one of the strongest arms (81 mph), while Crabb averaged a slightly lower pop time with identical catcher velo marks.

The lone triple-digit exit velocity mark belongs to Metea Valley corner infielder Cade Sullivan (uncommitted), who topped at 102 mph, five ticks better the next best. Once again, Nelson's 97 mph mark placed him second on this leaderboard, while Edwardsville 1B Drake Westcott (Louisville) reached 96 mph.

In the infield, no one got close to Jacob Mote (Normal University; uncommitted) and his 94 mph throws to first base. He also ran a 6.75 and is among the top ranked prospects in the state without a commitment.

Continue reading on below for statistical leaderboards from each measured category taken on Sunday. Keep an eye out in the coming weeks for updated video, news, and reports coming out of the All-State showcase.


top 60-yard dash
Name State School Class Pos. 60-yard
Connor Milton IL Champaign Central 2020 OF 6.51
Tre Hondras IL Homewood-Flossmoor 2020 OF/INF 6.60
Antonio Brown IL Vernon Hills 2020 MIF 6.61
Andy Nelson IL Wheaton North 2020 SS/OF 6.61
Isaiah Jackson IL Champaign Central 2020 RHP/OF 6.63
Ryan Thiesse IL St. Charles North 2020 OF 6.65
Alan Brown IL Oak Park-River Forest 2020 OF 6.73
Anthony Mangano IL Lake Zurich 2020 2B/SS 6.73
Martin Sosna IL Fenwick 2020 OF 6.73
Clay Conn IL St. Charles East 2020 SS/2B 6.74
Jack Lochner IL Niles West 2020 OF 6.74
Anthony Livermore IL Mount Carmel 2020 SS 6.75
Jacob Mote IL Normal University 2020 SS/3B 6.75
TOP FASTBALL VELOCITY
Name State School Class Pos. FB Velo.
Ben Hernandez IL De La Salle 2020 RHP 94
Isaiah Jackson IL Champaign Central 2020 RHP/OF 93
Ernie Day IL Taft 2020 RHP/INF 90
Clayton Johnson IL Prophetstown 2020 RHP 89
Jake Kuntzendorf IL Aurora Christian 2020 RHP 89
Patrick Straub IL Metea Valley 2020 RHP 89
Jack Feely IL Normal University 2020 RHP 88
Breck Nowik IL Lake Forest 2020 RHP/INF 88
Holden Phelps IL Prairie Ridge 2020 RHP 88
Logan Tabeling IL Tuscola 2020 RHP 88
Mason Burns IL Normal Community 2020 RHP 87
Connor Gill IL Oswego East 2020 RHP 87
Eben Heine IL Plainfield North 2020 RHP 87
Ryan Manikowski IL St. Laurence 2020 RHP 87
Matthew Salomonson IL Notre Dame 2020 RHP 87
Dylan Wolff IL Joliet West 2020 RHP 87
TOP EXIT VELOCITY
Name State School Class Pos. Exit Velo.
Cade Sullivan IL Metea Valley 2020 3B 102
Andy Nelson IL Wheaton North 2020 SS/OF 97
Drake Westcott IL Edwardsville 2020 1B 96
Isaiah Jackson IL Champaign Central 2020 RHP/OF 95
Carson Roberts IL Wheaton North 2020 OF 95
Matthew Murphy IL Notre Dame 2020 C 94
Jack Shields IL Peoria Notre Dame 2020 OF 94
Gabriel Schmitt IL Warren Township 2020 INF 94
TOP INFIELD VELOCITY
Name State School Class Pos. INF Velo.
Jacob Mote IL Normal University 2020 SS/3B 94
Andy Nelson IL Wheaton North 2020 SS/OF 91
Alec Gonzalez IL Marian Catholic 2020 SS 91
Ernie Day IL Taft 2020 RHP/INF 88
Dominick Angellotti IL Marian Catholic 2020 3B/1B 88
Matt Schuler IL Lyons Township 2020 SS/3B 86
Cade Sullivan IL Metea Valley 2020 3B 85
Breck Nowik IL Lake Forest 2020 RHP/INF 85
Joel Sarver IL Champaign Central 2020 RHP/INF 85
Cade Zalewski IL Wheeling 2020 1B 85
TOP OUTFIELD VELOCITY
Name State School Class Pos. OF Velo.
Andy Nelson IL Wheaton North 2020 SS/OF 93
Isaiah Jackson IL Champaign Central 2020 RHP/OF 92
Carson Roberts IL Wheaton North 2020 OF 89
Mason Graham IL Neuqua Valley 2020 OF 89
Martin Sosna IL Fenwick 2020 OF 87
Cole Conn IL St. Charles East 2020 OF/C 87
Tre Hondras IL Homewood-Flossmoor 2020 OF/INF 86
Jack Shields IL Peoria Notre Dame 2020 OF 86
Cameron Demos IL Downers Grove North 2020 OF 86
TOP CATCHER POP TIMES
Name State School Class Pos. Pop Time
Mike Schicker IL Riverside-Brookfield 2020 C 1.94-2.01
Trevor Davis IL Danville 2020 C 1.94-2.05
Isaac Crabb IL Harrisburg 2020 C 1.95-2.06
Matthew Murphy IL Notre Dame 2020 C 1.96-2.09
Cole Conn IL St. Charles East 2020 C/OF 1.98-2.04
Bryan Broecker IL Notre Dame 2020 C/INF 2.02-2.11
Jack Kuchel IL Sandburg 2020 C 2.02-2.12
TOP CATCHER VELOCITY
Name State School Class Pos. C Velo.
Mike Schicker IL Riverside-Brookfield 2020 C 83
Trevor Davis IL Danville 2020 C 81
Isaac Crabb IL Harrisburg 2020 C 81
Matthew Murphy IL Notre Dame 2020 C 81
Bryan Broecker IL Notre Dame 2020 C/INF 79
Jack Kuchel IL Sandburg 2020 C 79
Jake Masini IL Prairie Ridge 2002 C 79

 

For a complete look at the performances of each and every prospect in attendance on Sunday, click here. Check back in the coming days and weeks for an announcement when videos are posted and additional analysis from Preseason All-State. Keep track of all these news updates by following us at @PBRIllinois on Twitter.


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