Prep Baseball Report

Southwest Chicago Preseason ID: Preview

By: Pete Hamot
Assistant Director, Illinois & Wisconsin

On Saturday, February 3rd, the PBR Illinois staff will travel to the Go Pro Sports Dome in Minooka, IL., to host the first-ever Southwest Chicago Preseason ID. This event is open to all current high school grad classes and provides our staff with an opportunity to check in on some of the top players in the area.

For more information on this event, click HERE. To see a complete list of players in attendance on Wednesday, click HERE.

Roster Preview

The roster for this event is already shaping up nicely with nearly 30 players set to attend, and we wanted to take some time to highlight a handful of the prospects that will be joining us on Saturday.

INF/RHP Christian Clark (St. Rita, 2025) is an exciting young prospect with a noteworthy amount of upside. Listed at 5-foot-11, 160-pounds with long limbs and a high-waisted frame, Clark has plenty of room to add on strength throughout his build in the coming years. The right-handed hitter has a loose, athletic stroke that stays on balance through impact, working the ball to the whole field and repeating with ease. He's a smooth defender, boasting soft/fluid hands with a clean transfer, playing athletically through the ball with clear comfort for the position. He has also shown some prowess on the mound in previous looks, working with an easy and fluid delivery to create a fastball up to 81.4 mph, setting up a grafual 11/5 curveball in the mid-60s and a low-70s changeup with deceptive arm-speed. 

(Christian Clark)

A strong right-handed hitter set to attend is INF Jake Williams (Wheaton North, 2025). Listed at 6-foot-1, 192-pounds with lean strength throughout, Williams impressed this past summer at the West Suburban Open with a loud round of BP, working up to 95.6 mph for his max EV with a max distance of 350'. He also put up some quality BLAST metrics, averaging 22.9 mph for his hand speed with a max of 23.8 mph.

(Jake Williams) 

Staying on the topic of strong right-handed hitters, 1B/OF Joshua Ziemer (Glenbard East, 2026) is another player set to attend that falls in this category. Ziemer has an easy swing with little perceived effort, reaching just under 90 mph for his max EV last winter, but we've heard reports he's been climbing well north of his previous mark. 

(Joshua Ziemer)

Check-in process

Upon arrival, players will scan a QR Code with their smartphone camera that will lead them to a Google Form. On that Form, players will enter their name (matching the spelling on their PBR profile) and hit submit. Upon submission, players will be prompted to click a link that will direct them to their jersey color and number, located next to their registered name.


Saturday, February 3, 2024

+ Check-in Times:

All Players: 8:45 AM 
*Times subject to change

More Event Details 

Click here to learn more about our tech partners that have enhanced our players showcase experience. Partners like TrackMan, Blast Motion, and Vizual Edge have helped both our in-event evaluation process, as well the compilation of our post-event scouting reports – and they're also a tool for our players to learn more about their measured and collected data, that can be applied to improve upon their game.

We will facilitate a contact-less check-in. Wear baseball clothes; assigned and numbered PBR jerseys will be provided.

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