Prep Baseball Report

McHenry Rising Stars ID: Takeaways & Statistical Analysis


Kevin Cronin & Pete Hamot
Illinois Staff

On Saturday, Feb. 10, the Prep Baseball Illinois staff hosted the McHenry Rising Stars ID at Pro Player Academy in McHenry. This event served as an open identifier into the state's 2028 and 2029 graduates, providing our staff an early look at the area's top players as they continue to progress as prospects.

These early Rising Stars events also serve as key identifiers for future invite-only events, including the Prep Baseball Junior Future Games. 

Today we take a look at a couple of the standouts, as well as breakdown the top statistical performers from the day with our “Statistical Analysis” below.

Takeaways

LHP/1B Tommy Gasner (Huntley, 2028) and INF/RHP Ethan Sehmer (Lakes Community, 2028) were two of the top two-way standouts on the day. 

Gasner has a strong build for his age, listed at 6-foot, 173-pounds and there’s still plenty of room to pack on muscle to his high-waisted frame in the coming years. The L/L prospect led the entire event in max EV (T82.3 mph) and max distance (275’), all while boasting a controlled operation with athletic hands and a balanced finish, displaying feel for the barrel with a middle of the field approach. He displayed soft hands and athletic actions while taking his reps at first base. On the mound, the southpaw displayed a simple delivery with a high leg-kick and drop/drive lower-half, transitioning into a loose, high ¾ slot. His fastball worked up to 74 mph, setting up a low-60s curveball and mid-60s changeup. 

Sehmer had a similarly strong showing on both sides of the ball, starting with his round of BP; as the right-handed hitter showcased loose, athletic hands with some whip through the zone. He showed well on the infield with soft/confident hands and balance throughout his round, also showing the ability to move well laterally. He’s an athletic mover on the mound, repeating his operation and delivering his arsenal from a clean and easy ¾ release. The right-hander worked his fastball in the 75-76 mph range while also going to a curveball/changeup duo to change the pace. 

A compact middle-infielder that showed an impressive feel for the game is Travis Kieffer (Dundee Crown, 2028). The right-handed hitter displayed quick/strong hands with a flat path, staying through the ball and working on the barrel middle/away with extension out front. On the infield, he showed a bounce in his step with athletic actions and soft hands. 

One of the better rounds of BP on the day came from INF Lucas Donaldson (Warren Township, 2028), as the right-handed hitter displayed easy effort into a loose, flat path, creating extension through the ball with balance through impact and a repeatable stroke. 

OF Joey Frano (Johnsburg, 2028) gave a polished look throughout his round of BP. The right-handed hitter had some rhythm in his operation and intent behind his hacks, utilizing athletic hands and a flat path, staying under control with a balanced finish.

We got an upside look from OF Gavin Haurum (Prairie Ridge, 2028) who stands in at a highly projectable 5-foot-10, 130-pounds. The right-handed hitter utilized a simple operation, working from the ground up through impact into a flat path and staying on the barrel up the middle of the field. 

One of the more impressive arms from the day was LHP Ethan Johnson (Lake Zurich, 2028). The southpaw showcased a clean operation, moving fluidly into a high leg-lift with a clean lower-half down the mound. His arm moves with looseness and ease with a clean path and ¾ release. His fastball worked in the 74-76 mph range, setting up a 1/7 curveball at 63-65 mph with some sharp action and feel for the zone.

STATISTICAL Analysis

FASTBALL VELOCITY (MAX)

Rank Name State School Class Pos Velocity (max)
1 Ethan Sehmer IL Lakes Community High School 2028 SS 76.9 mph
2 Samuel Reuter IL Warren 2028 C 76.9 mph
3 Ethan Johnson IL Lake Zurich High School 2028 LHP 76.3 mph
4 Tommy Gasner IL Huntley 2028 1B 74.6 mph
5 Connor Nissen IL Warren Township High School 2028 SS 73.8 mph
6 Jacob Hickey IL Dundee Crown 2028 RHP 71.6 mph
7 Nico Vavalle IL Grant 2028 OF 70.2 mph
8 Lucas Donaldson IL Warren Township 2028 SS 69.6 mph
9 Nolan Jones IL Huntley 2028 3B 69.5 mph
10 Nicholas Vingelis IL Cary-Grove Community High School 2028 RHP 69.2 mph

FASTBALL SPIN RATE (AVG.)

Rank Name State School Class Pos Velocity (max)
1 Ethan Sehmer IL Lakes Community High School 2028 SS 76.9 mph
2 Samuel Reuter IL Warren 2028 C 76.9 mph
3 Ethan Johnson IL Lake Zurich High School 2028 LHP 76.3 mph
4 Tommy Gasner IL Huntley 2028 1B 74.6 mph
5 Connor Nissen IL Warren Township High School 2028 SS 73.8 mph
6 Jacob Hickey IL Dundee Crown 2028 RHP 71.6 mph
7 Nico Vavalle IL Grant 2028 OF 70.2 mph
8 Lucas Donaldson IL Warren Township 2028 SS 69.6 mph
9 Nolan Jones IL Huntley 2028 3B 69.5 mph
10 Nicholas Vingelis IL Cary-Grove Community High School 2028 RHP 69.2 mph

30-YARD DASH

Rank Name State School Class Pos 30-yd
1 Lucas Donaldson IL Warren Township 2028 SS 4.10 s
2 Joey Spelman IL McHenry 2028 1B 4.13 s
3 Connor Nissen IL Warren Township High School 2028 SS 4.15 s
4 Ayden Slupski IL McHenry 2028 3B 4.25 s
5 Andrew Sieg IL Crystal Lake Central 2028 OF 4.28 s
6 Jacob Hickey IL Dundee Crown 2028 RHP 4.29 s
7 Paul Sprandel IL Crystal Lake Central 2028 3B 4.33 s
^ Tommy Gasner IL Huntley 2028 1B 4.33 s
8 Travis Kieffer IL Dundee Crown 2028 2B 4.35 s
9 Nicholas Vingelis IL Cary-Grove Community High School 2028 RHP 4.36 s
10 Jack Reina IL Prairie Ridge 2028 3B 4.37 s

EXIT VELOCITY (MAX)

Rank Name State School Class Pos Exit Velocity (max)
1 Tommy Gasner IL Huntley 2028 1B 82.3 mph
2 Lucas Donaldson IL Warren Township 2028 SS 81.2 mph
3 Andrew Sieg IL Crystal Lake Central 2028 OF 80.9 mph
4 Paul Sprandel IL Crystal Lake Central 2028 3B 80.1 mph
5 Joey Spelman IL McHenry 2028 1B 80.0 mph
6 Ayden Slupski IL McHenry 2028 3B 79.0 mph
7 Ethan Sehmer IL Lakes Community High School 2028 SS 79.0 mph
8 Colin Hernon IL Marian Central Catholic 2028 C 78.3 mph
9 James Hooker IL Warren Township 2028 1B 78.3 mph
10 Connor Nissen IL Warren Township High School 2028 SS 77.8 mph

TOP INFIELD VELOCITY

Rank Name State School Class Pos INF Velo
1 Ethan Sehmer IL Lakes Community High School 2028 SS 74
2 Joey Spelman IL McHenry 2028 1B 71
3 Ethan Johnson IL Lake Zurich High School 2028 LHP 70
^ Tommy Gasner IL Huntley 2028 1B 70
^ Samuel Reuter IL Warren 2028 C 70
^ Nolan Jones IL Huntley 2028 3B 70
4 Gabriel Caballero IL Fremd 2028 RHP 68
5 Jacob Hickey IL Dundee Crown 2028 RHP 67
^ Luke Maher IL Fremd 2028 2B 67

TOP OUTFIELD VELOCITY

Rank Name State School Class Pos OF Velo
1 Luke Maher IL Fremd 2028 2B 73
2 Max Nickle IL Huntley 2028 OF 72
3 Andrew Sieg IL Crystal Lake Central 2028 OF 70
^ Nico Vavalle IL Grant 2028 OF 70
4 Joey Frano IL Johnsburg 2028 OF 69
5 Gavin Haurum IL Prairie Ridge 2028 OF 68
^ Dominick Savino IL Huntley 2028 OF 68

TOP CATCHER VELOCITY

Rank Name State School Class Pos C Velo
1 Colin Hernon IL Marian Central Catholic 2028 C 70
2 Samuel Reuter IL Warren 2028 C 69
3 Edmond Serifov IL Antioch 2029 C 64
^ Anthony Nuccio IL Rolling Meadows 2028 C 64
^ Chace Waterson IL Woodstock 2028 C 64
4 Sam Healy IL Palatine 2028 C 61
^ Bobby LaMantia IL Grant Community 2028 C 61
5 Ryan Donahue IL McHenry 2028 C 59

TOP POP TIMES

Rank Name State School Class Pos Pop Time
1 Colin Hernon IL Marian Central Catholic 2028 C 2.29-2.37
2 Chace Waterson IL Woodstock 2028 C 2.29-2.50
3 Anthony Nuccio IL Rolling Meadows 2028 C 2.30-2.40
4 Samuel Reuter IL Warren 2028 C 2.33-2.44
5 Sam Healy IL Palatine 2028 C 2.50-2.69

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