Prep Baseball Report

Underclass Showcase: Positional Data Dive


Kevin Cronin
Tech Analyst, Area Scout

On Sunday, October 15th, the PBR Illinois staff traveled to The MAX in McCook, IL, to host the annual Underclass Showcase, an event for 2026 and 2027 prospects that concluded our fall calendar.

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.

Wednesday, 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 Gabe Sanders IL Yorkville 2026 LHP 6.83 s
2 Adam Swanson IL Ottawa Township 2026 C 6.84 s
3 Sebastian Wilson IL Lane Tech 2027 OF 6.85 s
4 Matthew Young IL Lane Tech 2026 OF 6.91 s
5 Isaiah Martin IL Lane Tech 2027 SS 6.97 s

10-YARD SPLIT

Rank Name State School Class Pos 10-yd
1 Adam Swanson IL Ottawa Township 2026 C 1.62 s
2 Cade Everett IL Lincoln-Way East 2026 OF 1.64 s
3 Gabe Sanders IL Yorkville 2026 LHP 1.65 s
4 Matthew Young IL Lane Tech 2026 OF 1.66 s
5 Tyler Townsend IL Sycamore 2026 RHP 1.67 s

Run Speed (Max)

Rank Name State School Class Pos Run speed (max)
1 Sebastian Wilson IL Lane Tech 2027 OF 20.6
2 Gabe Sanders IL Yorkville 2026 LHP 20.3
3 Adam Swanson IL Ottawa Township 2026 C 19.9
^ Isaiah Martin IL Lane Tech 2027 SS 19.9
4 Matthew Young IL Lane Tech 2026 OF 19.8
5 Johnny Andretich IL Plainfield North 2026 OF 19.4

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.

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 Distance (max)
1 Adam Swanson IL Ottawa Township 2026 C 350 ft
2 Sebastian Wilson IL Lane Tech 2027 OF 348 ft
3 Charlie Donlan IL New Trier 2026 C 335 ft
4 Tyler Townsend IL Sycamore 2026 RHP 334 ft
5 James Feigleson IL St Charles East 2026 SS 319 ft
6 Nikolai Baldwin IL Westmont 2026 SS 318 ft
7 Johnny Andretich IL Plainfield North 2026 OF 317 ft
8 Max Judge IL Hinsdale Central 2027 SS 314 ft
9 Ian Kelly IL Huntley 2026 OF 314 ft
10 Jacob Szpiganowicz IL Conant 2026 C 313 ft

EXIT VELOCITY (AVG.)

Rank Name State School Class Pos Exit Velocity (avg)
1 Sebastian Wilson IL Lane Tech 2027 OF 92.2 mph
2 Tyler Townsend IL Sycamore 2026 RHP 89.3 mph
3 Adam Swanson IL Ottawa Township 2026 C 85.3 mph
4 Cade Everett IL Lincoln-Way East 2026 OF 84.3 mph
5 Johnny Andretich IL Plainfield North 2026 OF 83.5 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 Adam Swanson IL Ottawa Township 2026 C 350 ft
2 Sebastian Wilson IL Lane Tech 2027 OF 348 ft
3 Charlie Donlan IL New Trier 2026 C 335 ft
4 Tyler Townsend IL Sycamore 2026 RHP 334 ft
5 James Feigleson IL St Charles East 2026 SS 319 ft

SWEET SPOT%

Rank Name State School Class Pos Sweet Spot %
1 Matthew Young IL Lane Tech 2026 OF 100 %
2 Evan Bradford IL Mount Carmel High School 2026 OF 90 %
3 Sebastian Wilson IL Lane Tech 2027 OF 83 %
4 Jack Vergamini IL Loyola Academy 2026 OF 75 %
5 Johnny Andretich IL Plainfield North 2026 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.


BLAST MOTION

HAND SPEED (AVG.)

Rank Name State School Class Pos Hand Speed (avg)
1 Brett Tucker IL Lemont 2026 SS 26.0 mph
2 Adam Swanson IL Ottawa Township 2026 C 24.0 mph
3 Jacob Szpiganowicz IL Conant 2026 C 23.1 mph
4 Ian Kelly IL Huntley 2026 OF 23.1 mph
5 Tyler Townsend IL Sycamore 2026 RHP 23.0 mph
6 Jack Vergamini IL Loyola Academy 2026 OF 22.2 mph
7 Sammy Engle IL Highland Park 2027 3B 22.2 mph
8 Luca Agne IL Plainfield North 2027 SS 22.1 mph
9 Sebastian Wilson IL Lane Tech 2027 OF 21.9 mph
10 Clark Bailey IL Wheaton Warrenville South 2027 3B 21.8 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 Tyler Townsend IL Sycamore 2026 RHP 80.9 mph
2 Adam Swanson IL Ottawa Township 2026 C 75.9 mph
3 Brett Tucker IL Lemont 2026 SS 75.4 mph
4 Jacob Szpiganowicz IL Conant 2026 C 73.5 mph
5 Jack Vergamini IL Loyola Academy 2026 OF 72.5 mph
6 Conor Broders IL Lincoln-Way West 2027 C 71.2 mph
7 Logan Nordentoft IL Prospect 2026 3B 70.8 mph
8 Sebastian Urbanowski IL Loyola Academy 2027 C 70.5 mph
9 Luca Agne IL Plainfield North 2027 SS 70.5 mph
10 Jonathan Osornio IL Mount Carmel 2026 3B 70.4 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 Ian Kelly IL Huntley 2026 OF 27.1 g
2 Tommy Abbatemarco IL Barrington 2026 3B 20.7 g
3 Luca Agne IL Plainfield North 2027 SS 19.6 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 James Obaldo IL Fenwick 2027 2B 83.47
2 Adam Swanson IL Ottawa Township 2026 C 83.46
3 Cavion Danley IL Simeon 2026 OF 81.76
4 Joshua Luciano IL Lincoln Park 2026 3B 81.02
5 Ian Kelly IL Huntley 2026 OF 80.70
6 Sebastian Wilson IL Lane Tech 2027 OF 80.30
7 Evan Bradford IL Mount Carmel High School 2026 OF 80.20
8 James Feigleson IL St Charles East 2026 SS 80.09
9 Logan Nordentoft IL Prospect 2026 3B 79.76
10 Caleb Salgado IL Walter Payton 2026 SS 78.97

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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