Prep Baseball Report

Peoria Preseason ID: Positional Data Dive


Kevin Cronin
Illinois & Wisconsin Data Analyst, Area Scout

On Feb. 21st, the Prep Baseball Illinois staff hosted the Peoria Preseason ID at the Louisville Slugger Sports Complex in Peoria, Ill. Over 70 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 also released our Quick Hits from the event, highlighting some of the events top prospects, which you can find by clicking here

Now, we will 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-yd
1 Cade Danko IL Tri-Valley High School 2025 OF 6.68 s
2 Lane Wheelwright IL Farmington 2025 RHP 6.83 s
3 Brady Booth IL Tremont High School 2025 SS 6.92 s
4 Andy Ballard IL Morton 2026 OF 6.97 s
5 Landon Gray IL Dunlap High School 2026 OF 7.01 s

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.

10-YARD DASH

Rank Name State School Class Pos 10-yd
1 Cade Danko IL Tri-Valley High School 2025 OF 1.62 s
^ Lane Wheelwright IL Farmington 2025 RHP 1.62 s
2 Brady Booth IL Tremont High School 2025 SS 1.65 s
3 Andy Ballard IL Morton 2026 OF 1.68 s
^ Landon Gray IL Dunlap High School 2026 OF 1.68 s
4 Evan Marcy IL Bloomington 2025 1B 1.70 s
^ Noah Convery IL Carlinville 2026 1B 1.70 s
^ Nolan Hunter IL Roanoke-Benson 2024 C 1.70 s
^ Ethan VanOpdorp IL Normal Community 2025 SS 1.70 s
5 Chase Rhodes IL Tremont High School 2026 RHP 1.71 s
^ Simon Malcolm IL Dunlap 2026 SS 1.71 s
^ Drew Ward IL SACRED HEART GRIFFIN HIGH SCHOOL 2026 2B 1.71 s

Max Vertical Jump

Rank Name State School Class Pos Jump Height (max)
1 Lane Wheelwright IL Farmington 2025 RHP 38.0
2 Sean Jenkins IL Normal West 2025 OF 32.9
3 Cade Danko IL Tri-Valley High School 2025 OF 32.8
4 Andy Ballard IL Morton 2026 OF 31.3
5 Ethan VanOpdorp IL Normal Community 2025 SS 31.0
6 Caden Riley IL Galesburg 2026 LHP 30.6
7 Drew Ward IL SACRED HEART GRIFFIN HIGH SCHOOL 2026 2B 30.5
8 Chase Rhodes IL Tremont High School 2026 RHP 30.4
9 Nolan Hunter IL Roanoke-Benson 2024 C 30.3
10 Luke Klunke IL Normal Community 2025 RHP 29.8

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 Sam Mitre IL MARQUETTE ACADEMY 2025 1B 97.5 mph
2 Brady Booth IL Tremont High School 2025 SS 95.2 mph
3 Sean Jenkins IL Normal West 2025 OF 95.1 mph
4 Sammy Heer IL Morton 2026 C 94.4 mph
5 Ryan Duncheon Jr. IL East Peoria Community 2026 C 94.2 mph
6 Kaeden Schatsiek IL Brimfield High School 2026 3B 93.8 mph
7 Damien Snell IL Galesburg 2024 2B 93.6 mph
8 Anson Zaiser IL Washington 2026 C 93.6 mph
9 Evan Marcy IL Bloomington 2025 1B 93.4 mph
10 Nico Ojeda IL Galesburg 2026 1B 93.3 mph

EXIT VELOCITY (AVG.)

Rank Name State School Class Pos Exit Velocity (avg)
1 Sam Mitre IL MARQUETTE ACADEMY 2025 1B 90.8 mph
2 Cameron Crawford IL Morton 2026 RHP 88.5 mph
3 Anson Zaiser IL Washington 2026 C 88.1 mph
4 Isaiah Giganti IL Normal University 2026 3B 88.0 mph
5 Brady Booth IL Tremont High School 2025 SS 87.8 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 Kaeden Schatsiek IL Brimfield High School 2026 3B 362 ft
2 Brady Booth IL Tremont High School 2025 SS 361 ft
3 Anson Zaiser IL Washington 2026 C 356 ft
4 Nico Ojeda IL Galesburg 2026 1B 355 ft
5 Evan Marcy IL Bloomington 2025 1B 353 ft
6 Noah Lusher IL Illinois Valley Central 2027 C 348 ft
7 Ethan VanOpdorp IL Normal Community 2025 SS 348 ft
8 Isaiah Giganti IL Normal University 2026 3B 345 ft
9 Tyler Humphrey IL Washington Community 2025 C 343 ft
10 Tanner Dye IL Rockridge 2026 SS 336 ft

SWEET SPOT%

Rank Name State School Class Pos Sweet Spot %
1 Caden Riley IL Galesburg 2026 LHP 90 %
^ Evan Reed IL Bloomington 2025 SS 90 %
2 Brady Booth IL Tremont High School 2025 SS 81 %
^ Kash VanHouten IL Canton 2027 SS 81 %
3 Evan Marcy IL Bloomington 2025 1B 80 %
^ Isaiah Giganti IL Normal University 2026 3B 80 %
4 Nolan Hunter IL Roanoke-Benson 2024 C 77 %
5 Colton Allen IL Galesburg High School 2024 C 76 %

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 Brady Booth IL Tremont High School 2025 SS 24.6 mph
2 Sam Mitre IL MARQUETTE ACADEMY 2025 1B 24.0 mph
3 Landon Gray IL Dunlap High School 2026 OF 23.9 mph
4 Noah Convery IL Carlinville 2026 1B 23.1 mph
5 Sean Jenkins IL Normal West 2025 OF 22.6 mph
6 Kaeden Schatsiek IL Brimfield High School 2026 3B 22.5 mph
7 Cannon Foster IL Washington 2026 1B 22.4 mph
8 Evan Marcy IL Bloomington 2025 1B 22.4 mph
9 Lane Wheelwright IL Farmington 2025 RHP 22.4 mph
10 Sammy Heer IL Morton 2026 C 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 Sam Mitre IL MARQUETTE ACADEMY 2025 1B 76.8 mph
2 Brady Booth IL Tremont High School 2025 SS 76.3 mph
3 Hudson Lovell IL Morton 2027 C 75.7 mph
4 Kaeden Schatsiek IL Brimfield High School 2026 3B 74.9 mph
5 Sean Jenkins IL Normal West 2025 OF 74.1 mph
6 Evan Marcy IL Bloomington 2025 1B 73.1 mph
7 Noah Lusher IL Illinois Valley Central 2027 C 72.9 mph
8 Drew Phelps IL Moline 2026 SS 72.8 mph
9 Anson Zaiser IL Washington 2026 C 72.7 mph
10 Cannon Foster IL Washington 2026 1B 72.4 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 Sam Mitre IL MARQUETTE ACADEMY 2025 1B 28.9 g
2 Nico Ojeda IL Galesburg 2026 1B 22.9 g
3 Tanner Dye IL Rockridge 2026 SS 22.3 g
4 Brady Booth IL Tremont High School 2025 SS 20.3 g
5 Hudson Lovell IL Morton 2027 C 20.1 g
6 Braley Burford IL Galesburg High School 2025 1B 19.8 g
7 Sean Jenkins IL Normal West 2025 OF 19.7 g
8 Gavin Kleist IL Limestone Community High School 2025 C 18.7 g
9 Landon Gray IL Dunlap High School 2026 OF 17.8 g
10 Evan Reed IL Bloomington 2025 SS 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 Simon Malcolm IL Dunlap 2026 SS 86.00
2 Lane Wheelwright IL Farmington 2025 RHP 84.98
3 Evan Reed IL Bloomington 2025 SS 83.78
4 Isaac Perez IL Washington Comm High School 2026 3B 82.65
5 Andy Ballard IL Morton 2026 OF 78.54
6 Dominic Rosa IL Midland High School 2026 RHP 78.12
7 Braley Burford IL Galesburg High School 2025 1B 77.90
8 Drew Ward IL SACRED HEART GRIFFIN HIGH SCHOOL 2026 2B 77.29
9 Evan Marcy IL Bloomington 2025 1B 76.28
10 Haydon Hawksworth IL Washington 2026 OF 75.99

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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