Prep Baseball Report

Class of 2025 Showcase: Positional Data Dive


Kevin Cronin
Tech Analyst, Area Scout

On Sunday, October 8th, the PBR Illinois staff traveled to The MAX in McCook, Ill., to host the Class of 2025 Showcase. This annual event is for players who just started their junior years, in this case the state’s 2025 class, and hosted more than 40 players from across the state.

For a closer look at the showcase details and the technologies we'll have on-site to assist our in-person evaluation for all in attendance, click here. For a complete look at those registered to attend this event, view the most up-to-date version of the roster by clicking here.

Monday, we took a closer look at some of the immediate standouts who caught our attention with our Quick Hits. Yesterday, we published our Statistical Analysis, where we broke down the stat leaders from the more traditional categories. Now, we will take a further in-depth look at the top positional players with the help of our tech partnerships, broken down by the categories down below:

SYNCRO ATHLETIC TESTING

60-YARD DASH

Rank Name State School Class Pos 60-yd
1 Ryan Frano IL Glenbard East 2025 LHP 6.92 s
^ Jonathan Medina Jr IL St. Laurence 2025 OF 6.92 s
2 Aadden Guerrero IL St. Laurence 2025 SS 6.98 s
3 Roan Orlanes IL Naperville Central 2025 SS 6.99 s
4 Luke Canada IL Timothy Christian 2025 SS 7.04 s
5 Theodore Greco IL Lane Tech 2025 SS 7.05 s

10-YARD SPLIT

Rank Name State School Class Pos 10-yd
1 Ryan Frano IL Glenbard East 2025 LHP 1.63 s
2 Luke Canada IL Timothy Christian 2025 SS 1.65 s
3 Ethan Mendez IL Benet Academy 2025 SS 1.67 s
4 Jonathan Medina Jr IL St. Laurence 2025 OF 1.70 s
5 Nicholas Splitt IL Lemont 2025 1B 1.72 s
^ Patrick Kennedy IL Champaign Central 2025 RHP 1.72 s

Run Speed (Max)

Rank Name State School Class Pos Run speed (max)
1 Jonathan Medina Jr IL St. Laurence 2025 OF 19.6
2 Aadden Guerrero IL St. Laurence 2025 SS 19.5
3 Roan Orlanes IL Naperville Central 2025 SS 19.5
4 Theodore Greco IL Lane Tech 2025 SS 19.4
5 Ryan Frano IL Glenbard East 2025 LHP 19.3

Traditionally, the 60-yard dash has been the in-event standard to help measure a player's speed tool. We implemented three timing gates at the 10 and 30 yards, to capture athletes’ quickness, explosiveness and reaction time. From there, we will calculate an athlete’s top-end speed in miles per hour. While the measurement still has its utility, the 10-yard split has started to become more and more applicable in determining the player's burst and reaction time in-game, whether that's in the outfield or on the basepaths. 

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TRACKMAN

EXIT VELOCITY (MAX)

Rank Name State School Class Pos Exit Velocity (max)
1 Beni Espinosa IL DePaul College Prep 2025 SS 94.6 mph
2 Owen Strahl IL Lake Zurich 2025 OF 94.1 mph
3 Jonathan Medina Jr IL St. Laurence 2025 OF 93.5 mph
4 Ethan Mendez IL Benet Academy 2025 SS 92.6 mph
5 Oliver Brandow IL Champaign Central 2025 SS 91.6 mph
6 Anthony Batshon IL Lockport 2025 C 91.4 mph
7 Alex Behles IL Huntley 2025 1B 90.6 mph
8 Theodore Greco IL Lane Tech 2025 SS 90.6 mph
9 Jaden Gonzalez IL Lyons Township 2025 SS 90.5 mph
10 Dylan Hecht IL DePaul College Prep 2025 OF 90.4 mph

EXIT VELOCITY (AVG.)

Rank Name State School Class Pos Exit Velocity (avg)
1 Beni Espinosa IL DePaul College Prep 2025 SS 90.5 mph
2 Owen Strahl IL Lake Zurich 2025 OF 89.1 mph
3 Aadden Guerrero IL St. Laurence 2025 SS 86.2 mph
4 Oliver Brandow IL Champaign Central 2025 SS 85.6 mph
5 Alex Behles IL Huntley 2025 1B 85.4 mph

Exit Velocity: This metric measures the speed of the ball, measured in miles per hour, as it comes off the bat at the moment of contact.

BATTED BALL DISTANCE (MAX)

Rank Name State School Class Pos Distance (max)
1 Beni Espinosa IL DePaul College Prep 2025 SS 343 ft
2 Evion Rodriguez IL Morgan Park 2025 3B 341 ft
3 Ryan Frano IL Glenbard East 2025 LHP 332 ft
4 Owen Strahl IL Lake Zurich 2025 OF 330 ft
5 Nicholas Splitt IL Lemont 2025 1B 321 ft

SWEET SPOT%

Rank Name State School Class Pos Sweet Spot %
1 Andres Becerra IL Proviso West 2025 2B 88 %
2 Beni Espinosa IL DePaul College Prep 2025 SS 80 %
^ Dylan Hecht IL DePaul College Prep 2025 OF 80 %
3 Eli Ordower IL Niles West 2025 SS 77 %
^ Jackson Newton IL Dunlap 2025 OF 77 %
^ Chase Vargo IL Fremd 2025 OF 77 %
4 Joseph DalPonte IL Lockport 2025 SS 75 %
^ Oliver Brandow IL Champaign Central 2025 SS 75 %
^ Justin Hodges IL Hononegah 2025 OF 75 %
5 Jonathan Medina Jr IL St. Laurence 2025 OF 72 %

Sweet Spot percentage: This metric is determined by how often the player produces a batted ball during the session with a launch angle between 8 to 32 degrees.

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BLAST MOTION

HAND SPEED (AVG.)

Rank Name State School Class Pos Hand Speed (avg)
1 Patrick Kennedy IL Champaign Central 2025 RHP 24.4 mph
2 Anthony Batshon IL Lockport 2025 C 23.7 mph
3 Chase Vargo IL Fremd 2025 OF 23.4 mph
4 Oliver Brandow IL Champaign Central 2025 SS 22.7 mph
5 Beni Espinosa IL DePaul College Prep 2025 SS 22.5 mph
6 Aadden Guerrero IL St. Laurence 2025 SS 21.9 mph
7 Justin Hodges IL Hononegah 2025 OF 21.6 mph
8 Edward Lopez IL Mount Carmel 2025 2B 21.6 mph
9 Owen Strahl IL Lake Zurich 2025 OF 21.6 mph
10 Ethan Mendez IL Benet Academy 2025 SS 21.5 mph

Hand Speed: The observed speed as measured on the handle of the bat (measured six inches from the knob of the bat). Peak Hand Speed will occur prior to the moment of impact, very close to the commit time in the swing when the wrists unhinge.

BAT SPEED (AVG.)

Rank Name State School Class Pos Bat Speed (avg)
1 Owen Strahl IL Lake Zurich 2025 OF 73.5 mph
2 Anthony Batshon IL Lockport 2025 C 72.3 mph
3 Ethan Mendez IL Benet Academy 2025 SS 72.2 mph
4 Alex Behles IL Huntley 2025 1B 71.6 mph
5 Patrick Kennedy IL Champaign Central 2025 RHP 71.2 mph

Bat Speed: The observed speed of the sweet spot of the bat at impact. The sweet spot of the bat is measured six inches from the tip of the bat.

ROTATIONAL ACCELERATION (AVG.)

Rank Name State School Class Pos Rot. Acc (avg)
1 Aadden Guerrero IL St. Laurence 2025 SS 22.2 g
2 Chase Vargo IL Fremd 2025 OF 20.4 g
3 Vincent Skokal IL St. Rita 2025 C 20.1 g
4 Max Russ IL Immaculate Conception Catholic 2025 OF 19.2 g
5 Oliver Brandow IL Champaign Central 2025 SS 19.0 g

Body Rotation: A swing that has the appropriate relative contributions of body and bat rotations is an efficient and Powerful swing that maintains proper sequencing. An efficient baseball swing is one in which the body creates the initial movements, which is then transferred to the arms and out to the bat, thereby maximizing Bat Speed through this proximal-to-distal kinematic sequencing movement pattern.

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VIZUAL EDGE

EDGE SCORE

Rank Name State School Class Pos Edge Score
1 Theodore Greco IL Lane Tech 2025 SS 85.28
2 Braylon McNair IL Lindblom Math & Science 2025 1B 83.76
3 Dylan Hecht IL DePaul College Prep 2025 OF 83.42
4 Ryan Frano IL Glenbard East 2025 LHP 82.93
5 Jackson Newton IL Dunlap 2025 OF 82.44
6 Kaleb Elwood IL Aurora Christian 2025 C 81.76
7 Joseph DalPonte IL Lockport 2025 SS 80.06
8 Jonathan Medina Jr IL St. Laurence 2025 OF 80.05
9 Jaden Gonzalez IL Lyons Township 2025 SS 79.79
10 Aadden Guerrero IL St. Laurence 2025 SS 79.21

The Edge Score is a comprehensive score out of 100 that takes the core-six visual skills into account, providing athletes, parents, coaches and scouts with a benchmark number for assessing an athlete’s overall visual ability. In general the higher the Edge Score, the higher chance of athletic success. Think of the Edge Score as the 'Sixth Metric' in the standard Five-Tools that make up a ball player.

The average Edge Score for the 2020 MLB Draft Class was 79.3 (of hitters who completed a Vizual Edge test). MLB players we've worked with typically show stronger scores, with elite hitters scoring consistently above 87.0 on their Edge Score.

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