Prep Baseball Report

Joliet Preseason ID: Positional Data Dive


Kevin Cronin
Illinois & Wisconsin Data Analyst, Area Scout

On Feb. 25th, the Prep Baseball Illinois staff hosted the Joliet Preseason ID at the Rhino Sports Academy in Shorewood, Ill. Over 80 players participated in a pro-style workout, gathering unrivaled access to data through our state-of-the-art tech partners, as well as in-depth scouting analysis from our Prep Baseball Illinois staff.

Earlier today, we looked at the top measurable data performers from the event, found in our Statistical Analysis, where we broke down the stat leaders from the more traditional categories.

We will now take a further in-depth look at the top positional prospects with the help from our tech partnerships, broken down by the categories down below:

SWIFT ATHLETIC TESTING

60-YARD DASH

Rank Name State School Class Pos 60-yard
1 Constantine Coines IL Maine South 2025 OF 6.87
2 Rocco Szambelan IL Joliet Catholic 2026 LHP 6.96
3 Derrick Holmes IL Brother Rice 2025 OF 7.05
4 Mason Palermo IL Oswego East 2025 C 7.13
5 Shane Torres IL Waubonsie Valley High School 2027 C 7.14

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.

Max Vertical Jump

Rank Name State School Class Pos Jump Height (max)
1 Derrick Holmes IL Brother Rice 2025 OF 34.6
2 Carson Pollard IN Elkhart High School 2025 RHP 33.5
3 Nicolas Olszewski IL Wheaton Warrenville South H S 2025 SS 31.9
4 Gavin Bailey IL Mahomet-Seymour 2025 OF 31.4
5 Jaden Henry IL Lincoln-Way East High School 2025 SS 30.9
6 Constantine Coines IL Maine South 2025 OF 30.3
7 Noah Pharo IL Minooka 2025 SS 30.3
8 Connor Marino IL St. Laurence 2025 1B 29.1
9 Jack Burns IL Aurora Christian 2025 SS 29.1
10 Evan Bradford IL Mount Carmel High School 2026 OF 28.3

Max RSI

Rank Name State School Class Pos RSi (max)
1 Joe Bembenek IL Reed Custer 2025 2B 3.28
2 Gavin Bailey IL Mahomet-Seymour 2025 OF 3.05
3 Brandon Stinson IL Kenwood Academy High School 2025 C 2.95
4 Kamden Muell IL Yorkville 2026 SS 2.68
5 Pablo Herrera IL Plainfield South High School 2025 3B 2.63
6 Evan Bradford IL Mount Carmel High School 2026 OF 2.60
7 Lucas Farabaugh IL Ottawa Township 2026 3B 2.54
8 Seth Gilliland IL Waubonsie Valley High School 2025 LHP 2.53
9 Carson Pollard IN Elkhart High School 2025 RHP 2.47
^ Luke Kamienski IL Washington Community High School 2026 2B 2.47
10 Anthony Kilimnik IL JOLIET CATHOLIC ACADEMY 2027 LHP 2.44

The ability to develop force quickly is a requisite ability in most sports. The Reactive Strength Index (RSI) has been developed as a measure of explosive strength and is derived by evaluating jump height divided by ground contact time during the depth jump. Regarding Vertical Jumps and its application to baseball, there have been studies conducted that show a correlation between max jump height for an athlete and their ability to generate power and strength, especially on the mound.


TRACKMAN

EXIT VELOCITY (MAX)

Rank Name State School Class Pos Exit Velocity (max)
1 Nolan Buchen IL Orion 2025 RHP 97.8 mph
2 Ryan Sobun IL Joliet West 2025 SS 96.2 mph
3 Liam Darre IL Batavia 2026 3B 96.1 mph
4 Mason Palermo IL Oswego East 2025 C 95.5 mph
5 Jackson Schlott IL Plainfield North 2026 3B 95.2 mph
6 Jimmy Phelan IL Hinsdale Central 2025 3B 94.4 mph
7 Evan Mendiola IL York Comm High School 2026 C 93.4 mph
8 Justin Miller IL Wheaton Warrenville South 2026 3B 93.3 mph
9 Derrick Holmes IL Brother Rice 2025 OF 93.1 mph
10 Rocco Szambelan IL Joliet Catholic 2026 LHP 92.9 mph

EXIT VELOCITY (AVG.)

Rank Name State School Class Pos Exit Velocity (avg)
1 Ryan Sobun IL Joliet West 2025 SS 88.7 mph
2 Constantine Coines IL Maine South 2025 OF 88.3 mph
3 Sean Hogan IL Joliet West 2026 C 87.9 mph
4 Liam Martin IL Bradley-Bourbonnais 2026 RHP 87.2 mph
5 Justin Miller IL Wheaton Warrenville South 2026 3B 86.8 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 Mason Palermo IL Oswego East 2025 C 371 ft
2 Josh Morgan IL Fenwick 2027 OF 348 ft
3 Liam Darre IL Batavia 2026 3B 347 ft
4 Jackson Schlott IL Plainfield North 2026 3B 346 ft
5 Derrick Holmes IL Brother Rice 2025 OF 343 ft
6 Evan Mendiola IL York Comm High School 2026 C 341 ft
7 Ryan Sobun IL Joliet West 2025 SS 341 ft
8 Zach Pomatto IL Joliet Catholic 2025 C 339 ft
9 Justin Miller IL Wheaton Warrenville South 2026 3B 338 ft
10 Landon Currie IL Minooka Community High School 2027 SS 334 ft

SWEET SPOT%

Rank Name State School Class Pos Sweet Spot %
1 Jimmy Phelan IL Hinsdale Central 2025 3B 90 %
2 Owen Chudzinski IL Lincoln-Way West 2027 SS 88 %
^ Anthony Perez IL JOLIET CATHOLIC ACADEMY 2026 C 88 %
^ Howie Porath IL Minooka Community High School 2027 SS 88 %
^ Kyle Boma IL Saint Patrick 2024 OF 88 %
3 Derrick Holmes IL Brother Rice 2025 OF 83 %
4 Sean Hogan IL Joliet West 2026 C 80 %
^ Liam Martin IL Bradley-Bourbonnais 2026 RHP 80 %
^ Kamden Muell IL Yorkville 2026 SS 80 %
5 Luke Vercelli IL JOLIET CATHOLIC ACADEMY 2026 C 77 %

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.


BLAST MOTION

HAND SPEED (AVG.)

Rank Name State School Class Pos Hand Speed (avg)
1 Cole Bissias IL Plainfield South High School 2026 1B 25.7 mph
2 Evan Patrick IL Downers Grove South 2026 3B 24.2 mph
3 Landon Currie IL Minooka Community High School 2027 SS 24.0 mph
4 Jaden Henry IL Lincoln-Way East High School 2025 SS 23.8 mph
5 Cameron Williams IL Homewood-Flossmoor 2025 C 22.8 mph
6 Peyton Horowicz IL McHenry 2026 RHP 22.8 mph
7 Jimmy Phelan IL Hinsdale Central 2025 3B 22.7 mph
8 Nolan Buchen IL Orion 2025 RHP 22.6 mph
9 Gavin Bailey IL Mahomet-Seymour 2025 OF 22.6 mph
10 Howie Porath IL Minooka Community High School 2027 SS 22.3 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 Peyton Horowicz IL McHenry 2026 RHP 76.7 mph
2 Cole Bissias IL Plainfield South High School 2026 1B 75.5 mph
3 Landon Currie IL Minooka Community High School 2027 SS 73.8 mph
4 Shane Torres IL Waubonsie Valley High School 2027 C 73.6 mph
5 Nolan Buchen IL Orion 2025 RHP 73.4 mph
6 Gavin Bailey IL Mahomet-Seymour 2025 OF 73.0 mph
7 Jimmy Phelan IL Hinsdale Central 2025 3B 73.0 mph
8 Justin Miller IL Wheaton Warrenville South 2026 3B 72.9 mph
9 Nicolas Olszewski IL Wheaton Warrenville South H S 2025 SS 72.8 mph
10 Tim Flanagan IL St. Patrick 2026 C 72.3 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 Peyton Horowicz IL McHenry 2026 RHP 22.3 g
2 Brandon Stinson IL Kenwood Academy High School 2025 C 21.1 g
3 Gavin Bailey IL Mahomet-Seymour 2025 OF 19.8 g
4 Derrick Holmes IL Brother Rice 2025 OF 19.4 g
5 Rocco Szambelan IL Joliet Catholic 2026 LHP 18.2 g
6 Mason Garcia IL Plainfield East High School 2026 RHP 18.1 g
7 Landon Currie IL Minooka Community High School 2027 SS 18.1 g
8 Nicolas Olszewski IL Wheaton Warrenville South H S 2025 SS 17.8 g
9 Noah Pharo IL Minooka 2025 SS 17.7 g
10 Jake Sellis IL ST RITA OF CASCIA HIGH SCHOOL 2027 3B 17.7 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.

VIZUAL EDGE

EDGE SCORE

Rank Name State School Class Pos Edge Score
1 Lucas Farabaugh IL Ottawa Township 2026 3B 83.88
2 Tim Flanagan IL St. Patrick 2026 C 79.15
3 Dylan Hecht IL DePaul College Prep 2025 OF 78.34
4 Cody Allen IL DeKalb 2025 C 77.75
5 Zander Vest IL Galesburg High School 2026 C 77.67
6 Luke Kamienski IL Washington Community High School 2026 2B 76.86
7 Tyler Mueller IL St. Rita 2027 OF 76.69
8 Ryan Sobun IL Joliet West 2025 SS 76.38
9 Nicolas Olszewski IL Wheaton Warrenville South H S 2025 SS 75.84
10 Anthony Perez IL JOLIET CATHOLIC ACADEMY 2026 C 75.47

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.

+ CLICK HERE for a look at the complete statistics from the event.

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