Underclass Invitational: Statistical Analysis


By Illinois Staff

The Underclass Invitational is one of Illinois’ most highly anticipated events on the PBR Illinois showcase calendar. The invitation-only event for the state’s top 2022 and 2023 prospects was held on Feb. 16, at The MAX in McCook, Ill., and over 110 of Illinois’ best freshman and sophomores represented themselves at the sold-out event last weekend.

Earlier today, we published our rapid analysis from the event in a loaded Quick Hits post. Inside, we detailed the hefty list of highlights coming out of The MAX. 

In this post below, we’re spending some time breaking down the statistical leaders from the showcase in each of the measured categories. Stay tuned in the coming weeks when videos from the showcase are posted to profiles and when we begin our position-by-position analysis. For now, here’s a look at all of the measured data taken from Sunday’s underclass event.

MAX FASTBALL VELOCITY

Rank Name State School Class Pos Max FB
1 Owen Murphy IL Riverside-Brookfield 2022 RHP 92 mph
^ Ethan Patera IL Downers Grove South 2022 RHP 92 mph
2 Nicholas Kolze IL Romeoville 2022 1B 89 mph
^ Alex Alberico IL Providence Catholic 2022 RHP 89 mph
^ Abram Wills IL Coal City 2022 RHP 89 mph
3 Julien Hachem IL Mount Carmel 2022 LHP 88 mph
^ Jack Bach IL Normal University 2022 RHP 88 mph
4 Luka Radicevich IL Joliet Catholic 2022 SS 87 mph
^ Kyle Rossy IL Glenbard West 2022 RHP 87 mph
^ Ysen Useni IL Crystal Lake South 2022 RHP 87 mph
5 Gus Lucas IL Washington Community 2022 LHP 86 mph
6 Kaiser Quick IL Metamora 2022 RHP 85 mph
^ Roger Simon IL Loyola Academy 2022 OF 85 mph
^ Tony Pluta IL St. Viator 2022 C 85 mph

Right away, it’s clear to see just how electrifying some of the performances were from the rubber last Sunday. Pacing this group were two right-handers who spent time representing Illinois at the 2019 PBR Future Games in Georgia: Owen Murphy (Riverside-Brookfield, 2022; Notre Dame commit) and Ethan Patera (Downers Grove South, 2022; Louisville). Patera’s lanky and loose 6-foot-4 frame helps him project as one of the top ‘22s in the Midwest, while Murphy’s athleticism and quick arm helped him climb way up the radar gun since we saw him in Georgia. Murphy also excelled on defense and at the plate, too. Providence Catholic’s RHP Alex Alberico (uncommitted) was also selected to the Team Illinois Future Games roster last summer and he was able to top himself with an 89 mph high.

Tied with an 89 mph best were fellow strong, sturdy uncommitted righties Nicholas Kolze (Romeoville, 2022; uncommitted) and Abram Wills (Coal City; uncommitted). Julien Hachem (Mount Carmel; Oklahoma) recorded an 88 mph to lead the lefties in attendance. Freshmen right-handers Nicholas Lacson (Barrington; uncommitted) and Grant Tenuta (Sandburg) were each up to 84 mph to lead the 2023 group.

TOP 60-YARD DASH

Rank Name State School Class Pos 60-yard
1 Hogan Schmitt IL Yorkville 2022 OF 6.45
2 Alex Stanwich IL Lincoln-Way East 2022 OF 6.58
3 Myles Supurgeci IL Mount Carmel 2022 OF 6.66
4 Mikey Murphy IL Minooka 2023 OF 6.68
5 Jordan Skolmar IL Stevenson 2022 OF 6.71
6 Angelo Luna IL St. Laurence 2022 OF 6.72
7 Graham Mastros IL New Trier 2023 3B 6.81
8 Christian Holmes IL De La Salle 2022 SS 6.85
9 Brayden Bakes IL Huntley 2023 OF 6.88
10 Estevan Moreno IL Montini Catholic 2022 SS 6.89
11 Luka Radicevich IL Joliet Catholic 2022 SS 6.92
12 Brendan Summerhill IL Whitney Young 2022 OF 6.95
13 Tommy Atkinson IL St. Rita 2023 OF 6.96
14 Krew Bond IL Mendota 2023 OF 6.97

There were 14 underclassmen who recorded sub-7.00 laser-timed 60-yard dash marks on Sunday, led by Hogan Schmitt (Yorkville, 2022; uncommitted) who blazed to a 6.45 event-low. Lincoln-Way East sophomore Alex Stanwich (Tennessee) was one of the 2022 stars of last summer’s Future Games and he shined once again on Sunday. His 6.58 time in the 60 was the next best and you’ll see him at or near the top some of other leaderboards below. Myles Supurgeci (Mount Carmel, 2022; uncommitted) also clocked in at an elite 6.66 mark to land. Minooka’s Mikey Murphy (uncommitted) led all freshmen with 6.68 time and he also added an impressive round of BP.

TOP EXIT VELOCITY

Rank Name State School Class Pos Exit Velo
1 Daniel Pacella IL Mundelein 2022 1B 107
2 Nicholas Kolze IL Romeoville 2022 1B 100
^ Zander Buchan SC AC Flora 2022 C 100
3 Jack Scheri IL LaSalle Peru 2022 SS 99
^ Alex Stanwich IL Lincoln-Way East 2022 OF 99
4 Tommy Stricklin IL Mundelein 2022 3B 98
5 Ryan Bakes IL Huntley 2023 C 97
^ Jordan Skolmar IL Stevenson 2022 OF 97
6 Angelo Luna IL St. Laurence 2022 OF 96
^ Cooper Ohlson IL Lyons Township 2022 OF 96
7 Graham Mastros IL New Trier 2023 3B 94
^ Victor Izquierdo IL Lockport 2022 1B 94
^ Estevan Moreno IL Montini Catholic 2022 SS 94

Stanwich’s 106 mph high at the Future Games was the best in the illustrious event’s history, and he topped 99 mph on Sunday, but for some context, Mundelein 1B Daniel Pacella (2022; Kentucky) recorded a 107 mph event-best at The MAX. He led the next best by seven big ticks and looks like one of the state’s best lefty power threats already. C Zander Buchan (Maine South, 2022; South Carolina) is one of the best prospects in both the state and the country and he reasserted that fact on Sunday. He’s a switch-hitter with a short, strong swing and he broke into the triple digits at the exit velocity station over the weekend. Kolze showed he can handle the bat as well as he also topped 100 mph off the tee. Huntley freshman C Ryan Bakes (uncommitted) led the 2023s with a 97 mph high.

TOP INFIELD VELOCITY

Rank Name State School Class Pos INF Velo
1 Ysen Useni IL Crystal Lake South 2022 RHP 87
2 Jack Scheri IL LaSalle Peru 2022 SS 85
3 Braden Thelander IL Prairie Ridge 2022 RHP 84
^ Estevan Moreno IL Montini Catholic 2022 SS 84
4 Cooper Cohn IL McHenry 2023 C 83
^ Owen Murphy IL Riverside-Brookfield 2022 RHP 83
^ Sebastian Gutierrez IL Nazareth 2022 3B 83
^ Ryan Hussey IL Providence Catholic 2023 RHP 83
^ Graham Mastros IL New Trier 2023 3B 83

RHP/1B Ysen Useni (Crystal Lake South, 2022; uncommitted) is a hulking 6-foot-3 with big arm strength and he topped 87 mph from both the mound and from across the infield, and the latter led the event. Versatile sophomore Jack Scheri (La Salle Peru; uncommitted) was the only 2022 position player on Team Illinois last summer at LakePoint. On Sunday he was 85 mph across the infield, topped 99 mph at the exit velo station and also ran a 7.08. Estevan Moreno (Montini Catholic, 2022; uncommitted) was one of the day’s overall winners for multiple reasons, but his infield defense and big arm were part of the equation. Prairie Ridge sophomore Braden Thelander (uncommitted) has a short, live arm on the mound that we’ve seen in the past, and it carries across the diamond, too.

TOP OUTFIELD VELOCITY

Rank Name State School Class Pos OF Velo
1 Alex Stanwich IL Lincoln-Way East 2022 OF 95
2 Jordan Skolmar IL Stevenson 2022 OF 94
3 Alex Alberico IL Providence Catholic 2022 RHP 93
4 Angelo Luna IL St. Laurence 2022 OF 91
5 Hogan Schmitt IL Yorkville 2022 OF 87
^ Brayden Bakes IL Huntley 2023 OF 87

This is another leaderboard where you can find Stanwich at the top. His 95 mph high to home led the event. Stevenson’s Jordan Skolmar (2022; uncommitted) was another name who pronounced himself in multiple categories on Sunday, including this one, when he recorded a 94 mph high on his throws to the plate – Skolmar also ran a 6.71 and topped 97 mph off the tee. The other Bakes brother, freshman Brayden (Huntley; uncommitted), is a left-handed-hitting outfielder who topped 87 mph to home to lead the 2023 group and he also notably ran a 6.88 and was 91 mph at the exit velo station.

TOP CATCHER VELOCITY

Rank Name State School Class Pos C Velo
1 Tony Pluta IL St. Viator 2022 C 80
^ Zander Buchan SC AC Flora 2022 C 80
^ Charlie Marisca IL Grayslake Central 2022 C 80
2 Ryan Louthan IL Joliet Catholic 2022 C 79
3 Nate Voss IL Marist 2022 C 76
^ Brendan Summerhill IL Whitney Young 2022 OF 76
4 Ryan Bakes IL Huntley 2023 C 75
^ Cooper Cohn IL McHenry 2023 C 75
^ TJ Schuyler IL Antioch 2023 C 75

Buchan recorded some of the day’s lowest pop times and was locked in a three-way tie for top velocity out of the crouch at 80 mph. Joining him at the top on this chart: Saint Viator’s Tony Pluta (2022; uncommitted) and Grayslake Central’s Charlie Marisca (2022; Missouri). Also worth noting, Pluta was up to 85 mph on the mound with a feel for three pitches. As for Marisca, he's a strong defender with an upside left-handed bat. Joliet Catholic sophomore Ryan Louthan (2022; uncommitted) was just a tick behind the trio ahead of him. Michigan commit Nate Voss (Marist, 2022) is a smooth defender and topped 76 mph on his precise throws through the infield.

TOP POP TIMES

Rank Name State School Class Pos Pop Time
1 Cooper Cohn IL McHenry 2023 C 1.93-2.05
2 Charlie Marisca IL Grayslake Central 2022 C 1.94-2.00
3 Nate Voss IL Marist 2022 C 1.95-2.08
4 Zander Buchan SC AC Flora 2022 C 1.96-2.11
5 Tony Pluta IL St. Viator 2022 C 2.00-2.07
6 Will Plattner IL Glenwood 2022 C 2.01-2.10
7 Ryan Bakes IL Huntley 2023 C 2.03-2.15
8 Victor Izquierdo IL Lockport 2022 1B 2.07-2.08

McHenry’s Cooper Cohn (2023; uncommitted) is an athletic freshman with natural actions for a backstop – and he was also up to 83 mph on the mound. The aforementioned Marisca averaged the day’s lowest pop times while Voss, Pluta, and Buchan weren’t far behind. Glenwood backstop Will Plattner (2022; uncommitted) is worth a mention here considering his pops ranged from 2.01 to 2.10 with his right-handed bat standing out at the event. Something similar can be said about Victor Izquierdo (Lockport, 2022; uncommitted) who was consistent out of the chute with the potential to carry the middle of a lineup.

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