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Aurora Preseason I.D.: Statistical Analysis


By Illinois Staff

On Saturday, the PBR Illinois team hosted its inaugural Aurora Preseason I.D. showcase at Sports Zone dome where over 140 prospects participated in this open event. On Tuesday, we published rapid analysis coming out of the three events from last weekend, including Aurora’s. Today, we’re detailing the top statistical performers from Aurora’s event specifically.

Keep an eye out in the next few weeks as we edit and post videos in player profiles and publish position-by-position analysis from this event. For now, take a look at the measured data collected in Aurora.

MAX FASTBALL VELOCITY

Rank Name State School Class Pos Max FB
1 Mason Kottmeyer IL Kaneland 2020 RHP 89 mph
2 Christian Jensik IL Oswego East 2021 RHP 86 mph
^ Mason Telford IL Streator 2021 RHP 86 mph
^ Charlie Brodell IL New Trier 2021 RHP 86 mph
^ Jacob Scharm IL Naperville North 2021 RHP 86 mph
3 Will Frisch IL Crystal Lake South 2021 RHP 84 mph
^ Jacob Rans IL Rockford Christian 2020 1B 84 mph
^ Andrew Cater IL Glenbard West 2021 LHP 84 mph
^ Matthew Cruise IL Seneca 2022 RHP 84 mph
^ Jack Bruington IN Carmel 2021 LHP 84 mph
^ Jake Kohanzo IL Barrington 2022 RHP 84 mph
4 Austin Miller IL Oswego East 2021 RHP 83 mph
^ Nathan Gargano IL Bartlett 2021 LHP 83 mph

At 6-foot-6, 195 pounds, uncommitted RHP Mason Kottmeyer (Kaneland, 2020) was one of the biggest takeaways from Saturday’s showcase, literally. He sat 88-89 mph, which was a few ticks better than the next best group. Four juniors topped out at 86 mph, though RHP Mason Telford (Streator) was able to touch that mark multiple times. Sophomores Matthew Cruise (Seneca) and Jake Kohanzo (Barrington) were each able to reach 84 mph, which topped their fellow 2022 arms in attendance. And despite not being listed above, freshman William Ho (Hinsdale Central) topped 82 mph, which was the highest of the 2023s who took the mound on Saturday.

TOP 60-YARD DASH

Rank Name State School Class Pos 60-yard
1 Clayton McKinstry IL Grant Park 2021 OF 6.81
2 Matthew Davenport IL Normal University 2021 OF 7.01
3 Payton Matthews IL Neuqua Valley 2021 OF 7.02
4 Ryan Caccia IL St. Charles North 2022 C 7.07
5 Quinton Schwartz IL Jacobs 2021 2B 7.08
6 Daniel Maller IL St. Francis 2021 OF 7.16
7 Mason Telford IL Streator 2021 RHP 7.17

OF Clayton McKinstry (Grant Park, 2021) was the lone sub-7.00 runner of the day, and he clocked in well below that threshold, recording a 6.81 time in the event. Fellow juniors Matthew Davenport (Normal University) and Payton Matthews (Neuqua Valley) are next up on the leaderboard, ranked back-to-back with 7.01 and 7.02 times. Sophomore Ryan Caccia (St. Charles North) is an athletic catcher and his 7.07 mark in the dash helps support that.

TOP EXIT VELOCITY

Rank Name State School Class Pos Exit Velo
1 Jacob Castleman IL El Paso 2022 C 96
^ Jacob Rans IL Rockford Christian 2020 1B 96
2 Derek Angelo IL Kaneland 2020 C 94
^ Ryan Niedzwiedz IL West Aurora 2023 SS 94
^ Jake Kohanzo IL Barrington 2022 RHP 94
3 Tyler Pflomm IL Hersey 2022 1B 93
4 Jaden Mitchell IL Neuqua Valley 2021 OF 92
^ Matthew Tarr IL West Aurora 2022 RHP 92
^ Matthew Schuring IL Dundee Crown 2023 C 92
^ Matthew Gray IL Mercer County 2021 1B 92
^ Ben Wisniewski IL West Aurora 2022 C 92

A senior and a sophomore tied for the top spot on this leaderboard, with a 96 mph high from the tee. C/INF Jacob Castleman (El Paso Gridley, 2022) and 1B/LHP Jacob Rans (Rockford Christian, 2020) each recorded those above-average marks at this station, and Castleman’s is especially notable for his age. Something similar can be said about freshman Ryan Niedzwiedz (West Aurora), who recorded a 94 mph high himself, tied with two others: Kohanzo and Derek Angelo (Kaneland, 2020).

TOP INFIELD VELOCITY

Rank Name State School Class Pos INF Velo
1 Jacob Castleman IL El Paso 2022 C 82
^ Matthew Cruise IL Seneca 2022 RHP 82
2 Gavin Dobbels IL Yorkville 2022 2B 81
^ Derek Angelo IL Kaneland 2020 C 81
3 Mason Telford IL Streator 2021 RHP 80
4 Nathan Kennedy IL Oswego 2021 C 79
^ Ryan Niedzwiedz IL West Aurora 2023 SS 79
^ William Ho IL Hinsdale Central 2023 RHP 79
^ Jaden Fitzgerald IL Oswego 2021 SS 79
^ Josh Carroll IL St. Rita 2022 3B 79
^ Jack Bruington IN Carmel 2021 LHP 79

Aforementioned sophomores Castleman and Cruise both showcased above-average traits elsewhere, after tying each other for the top velocity across the infield, at 82 mph. Angel comes in next at 81, tied with another 2022, Gavin Dobbels (Yorkville). Streator junior Telford naturally lands a spot on this leaderboard, too, reaching an 80 mph high.

TOP OUTFIELD VELOCITY

Rank Name State School Class Pos OF Velo
1 Austin Miller IL Oswego East 2021 RHP 85
2 Jake Kohanzo IL Barrington 2022 RHP 84
^ Douglas Burson IL Yorkville 2021 OF 84
^ Matthew Davenport IL Normal University 2021 OF 84
3 Payton Matthews IL Neuqua Valley 2021 OF 83
4 Camden Ruby IL Oswego East 2021 OF 82
^ Drew Wellington IL Mundelein 2022 OF 82
5 Quinn Flemming IL Oak Park-River Forest 2021 OF 81

Oswego East is brewing something interesting with the spring season right around the corner, and the twitchy Austin Miller (2021) should be someone to know ahead of Opening Day. He topped 85 mph from the outfield, which led those in attendance, while junior teammate Camden Ruby also found himself on this leaderboard. Kohanzo and Davenport landed on another leaderboard with their high throws here, while physical Yorkville junior Douglas Burson earned a spot near the top also.

TOP CATCHER VELOCITY

Rank Name State School Class Pos C Velo
1 Matthew Tarr IL West Aurora 2022 RHP 78
2 Christian Jensik IL Oswego East 2021 RHP 77
3 Nathan Kennedy IL Oswego 2021 C 76
^ Logan Samaniego IL Plainfield South 2022 RHP 76
^ Jacob Castleman IL El Paso 2022 C 76
^ Ryan Caccia IL St. Charles North 2022 C 76
^ Derek Angelo IL Kaneland 2020 C 76

West Aurora’s Matthew Tarr (2022) is a simple, well-rounded athlete who looks the part at the plate and behind it. He recorded the top velo from out of the chute on Saturday and was also atop the leaderboard below. Christian Jensik (Oswego East, 2021) topped 86 mph from the mound and it played at 77 mph from the crouch. Sophomores Caccia and Ethan Rossi (Prospect) each earned mentions in yesterday’s Quick Hits for the defense. Caccia topped 76 mph while Rossi was up to 75.

TOP POP TIMES

Rank Name State School Class Pos Pop Time
1 Matthew Tarr IL West Aurora 2022 RHP 2.05-2.14
2 Derek Angelo IL Kaneland 2020 C 2.09-2.26
3 Kyle Williams IL West Aurora 2021 C 2.09-2.40
4 Ryan Caccia IL St. Charles North 2022 C 2.10-2.25
5 Aidan O'Connell IL St. Charles North 2022 C 2.10-2.26

Tarr tops this chart again while the unsigned senior Angelo is nearby. Another West Aurora backstop, junior Kyle Williams, showed some above-average defensive skills, too, topping 74 mph and popping a 2.09 low. St. Charles North sophomore Aidan O’Connell is a natural catcher with a quick-twitch bat worth following, as well.

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