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Aurora Preseason ID: Outfield Analysis


By: Illinois Scouting Staff

On Feb. 5, the PBR Illinois staff hosted its first Preseason ID event of the winter, the Aurora Preseason ID at the Sports Zone dome in Aurora, Ill. This open event featured players from the 2022 through 2025 high school grad classes, providing our staff with an ample opportunity to learn more about the area’s baseball talent.

In the week that followed this event, we produced post-event analysis that includes performance highlights inside of our Quick Hits story, a look at the traditional stats measured within our Statistical Analysis piece, batted-ball and pitch data compiled in TrackMan Files, swing metrics captured on the Blast Motion Board, and sight scores from an athletic perspective tracked on the Vizual Edge Scoreboard.

You can learn more about the state-of-the-art technologies featured at our showcases within the hyperlinks above. For now, however, we’ll begin to conclude our analysis of this event by publishing the scouting reports on each of the players who attended the Aurora ID, beginning with the day’s catchers yesterday and continuing throughout with the outfielders from this event today. 

TOP OUTFIELD PROSPECTS

1. Josh Polubinski, Oswego East (IL), 2023
Positional Profile: 3B/OF
Body: 6-3, 191-pounds. Thick upper body. Broad shoulders. Athletic with strength throughout the frame.
Hit: RHH. Compact, efficient load. Weight stacked over the back leg. Keeps hands back.  Explosive, athletic actions in the box. Tight, quick turn. Advanced bat speed. Ball jumps off the bat. Consistently on the barrel and with authority.
Power: 99.2 max exit velocity, averaged 94.5 mph. 351’ max distance. Top max and average exit velocity at event.
Arm: RH. OF - 85 mph. Arm speed and arm strength. Short, easy arm action. High 3/4 arm slot.
Defense: An Athletic and aggressive outfielder. Plays through the baseball.
Run: 7.44 runner in the 60. 

2. Ryan Coon, Freeport (IL), 2024
Positional Profile: OF/1B
Body: 5-8, 160-pounds. Developed upper body. Thick through shoulders and upper back.
Hit: LHH. Quiet in the box. Upright. Short stride. Hands stay back. Quick hands. Short, compact swing. Works uphill efficiently. Stays inside the baseball. Pull-side approach. Consistently on the barrel.
Power: 90.2 max exit velocity, averaged 80.3 mph. 290’ max distance.
Arm: LH. OF - 77 mph. Short arm action, over-the-top arm slot.
Defense: Athletic actions. Quick feet. Directional transfer.
Run: 6.87 runner in the 60. 

3. Mike Polubinski, Oswego East (IL), 2023
Positional Profile: OF/2B
Body: 6-3, 182-pounds. Athletic, muscular build. High-waisted. Room for continued growth.
Hit: RHH. Loose. Balanced setup. Fluidity and rhythm throughout. Easy power to the pull side. Quick hands, bat speed. Consistently on the barrel.
Power: 94.8 max exit velocity, averaged 83.4 mph. 370’ max distance.
Arm: RH. OF - 84 mph. Quick, compact arm action. Over-the-top arm slot.
Defense: Efficient routes. Athletic actions.
Run: 7.01 runner in the 60. 

4. Zach Polubinski, Oswego East (IL), 2023
Positional Profile: 1B/OF
Body: 6-2, 187-pounds. Lean, athletic build. Strength throughout frame.
Hit: RHH. Short stride. Fluid rhythm. Bat speed. Compact through the zone. Hits the ball where it is pitched. Flashed pull-side and opposite field power.
Power: 94.3 max exit velocity, averaged 84.3 mph. 327’ max distance.
Arm: RH. OF - 79 mph. Compact, quick arm action. High 3/4 arm slot.
Defense: Aggressive routes. Quick feet.
Run: 7.48 runner in the 60. 

5. Joey Ward, Maine South (IL), 2023
Positional Profile: OF/2B
Body: 5-8, 155-pounds. Sloped shoulders. Thick upper half.
Hit: RHH. Open setup with an athletic base. Rhythmic back hip load, balanced throughout. Strong hands. Bat speed. Stays inside the baseball.
Power: 89.9 max exit velocity, averaged 81.4 mph. 292’ max distance.
Arm: RH. OF - 86 mph. Short and quick arm action. Over-the-top arm slot.
Defense: Takes an extra step on the transfer through the throw. Long to release.
Run: 7.37 runner in the 60. 

BEST OF THE REST (LISTED ALPHABETICALLY)

Alexander Bagley, Wheaton Academy (IL), 2023
Positional Profile: OF/RHP
Body: 6-2, 175-pounds. Tall. Developed lower half.
Hit: RHH. Closed setup. Balanced. Short stride.  Arm bar. Hits the ball where it is pitched. Line drive type hitter.
Power: 86 max exit velocity, averaged 73.5 mph. 299’ max distance.
Arm: RH. OF - 78 mph. Short arm action, high 3/4 arm slot.
Defense: Natural infield actions.
Run: 7.44 runner in the 60. 

Dylan Baker, Oswego East (IL), 2025
Positional Profile: OF/2B
Body: 5-10, 125-pounds. Plenty of room for continued physical development.
Hit: RHH. Hits with rhythm throughout. Smooth back hip load. Well-sequenced. Compact through the zone. Pull-side tendency.
Power: 72 max exit velocity, averaged 61.6 mph. 202’ max distance.
Arm: RH. OF - 71 mph. Long, slow arm action. High 3/4 arm slot
Defense: Long to release. Pre-pitch hop.
Run: 8.75 runner in the 60. 

Aiden Choslovsky, Lincoln Park (IL), 2023
Positional Profile: LHP/OF
Body: 6-0, 172-pounds. Long torso. Lean build. Plenty of room to grow.
Hit: LHH. Balanced setup. Keeps head on the ball. Short stride. Hands stay back. Pull side approach. Short to the ball. Quick hands. Bat speed.
Power: 90.5 max exit velocity, averaged 78.9 mph. 286’ max distance.
Arm: LH. OF - 77 mph. Short arm action, over-the-top arm slot.
Defense: Quick first step, feet play fast at times.
Run: 7.20 runner in the 60. 

Wade Davis, Oswego East (IL), 2023
Positional Profile: C/OF
Body: 5-11, 165-pounds. Well-proportioned frame. Round Shoulders.
Hit: RHH. Closed stance with wide base. Rhythmic load, toe-tap timing mechanism. Keeps head still. Hits the ball where it is pitched. Uses the whole field. Short, level swing.
Power: 84.5 max exit velocity, averaged 78.9 mph. 296’ max distance.
Arm: RH. C - 72 mph. OF - 76 mph. Catcher: Short, quick arm action. Over-the-top arm slot. Outfield: Short arm action, over-the-top arm slot.
Defense: Catcher: Blocks the ball out front. Feet work in line with second base bag. Outfield: Quick feet and lateral movements. Good first step.
Run: 7.63 runner in the 60. 

Bryce Edwards, Yorkville Christian  (IL), 2023
Positional Profile: OF/2B
Body: 5-10, 155-pounds. Well-proportioned frame.
Hit: RHH. Slightly closed/athletic stance. Hands start high. Pull-side tendency. Level swing.
Power: 90.6 max exit velocity, averaged 83.1 mph. 308’ max distance.
Arm: RH. OF - 67 mph. Short arm action, high 3/4 arm slot.
Defense: Plays through the baseball. Directional transfer.
Run: 7.50 runner in the 60. 

Cody Haynes, Oswego East (IL), 2023
Positional Profile: OF/1B
Body: 6-0, 175-pounds. Well-proportioned frame. Long-limbed.
Hit: LHH. Athletic. Open stance. Front hip coil with smooth load into the back hip. Toe-tap stride. Compact, direct swing. Works uphill at times. Hands stay back. Head stays still.
Power: 87 max exit velocity, averaged 78.4 mph. 310’ max distance.
Arm: LH. OF - 83 mph. Compact arm action, high 3/4 arm slot.
Defense: Directional transfer. Clean exchange. 

Nolan Hooper, Yorkville Christian (IL), 2025
Positional Profile: RHP/OF
Body: 5-10, 124-pounds. Thin build. High-waisted frame. Plenty of room for continued physical development.
Hit: RHH. Open setup. Hands low and close to the body. Smooth pre-pitch load. Casts the barrel. Gap to gap approach.
Power: 77.3 max exit velocity, averaged 65.6 mph. 244’ max distance.
Arm: RH. OF - 78 mph. Long arm action, high 3/4 arm slot.
Defense: Clean footwork.
Run: 8.53 runner in the 60. 

Michael Kawa, Plainfield Central (IL), 2023
Positional Profile: OF/RHP
Body: 6-0, 155-pounds. Small, thin frame. Sloped shoulders.
Hit: RHH. Wide base. Small pre-pitch load into back hip. Short stride. Line-drive type hitter. Uses the middle of the field.
Power: 87 max exit velocity, averaged 75.9 mph. 298’ max distance.
Arm: RH. OF - 72 mph. Long arm action, high 3/4 arm slot.
Defense: Reads the ball off the bat. Clean exchange.
Run: 7.65 runner in the 60. 

Joshua McGuigan, Plainfield South (IL), 2023
Positional Profile: OF/LHP
Body: 5-8, 165-pounds. Short, compact, well-proportioned frame.
Hit: LHH. Sets up off the plate in an upright open stance. Leg lift trigger into short stride. Loose and relaxed.  Highly repeatable gap to gap approach. Swings from the shoulders.
Power: 80.4 max exit velocity, averaged 61.9 mph. 278’ max distance.
Arm: LH. OF - 73 mph. Long arm action, over-the-top arm slot.
Defense: Directional transfer. Quick feet. Natural actions.
Run: 7.73 runner in the 60. 

Brandon Pflomm, Hersey (IL), 2024
Positional Profile: OF/2B
Body: 5-9, 175-pounds. Solid, durable frame.
Hit: RHH. Rhythmic load into back hip. Short stride.  Powerful, uphill swing. Keeps hands back. Bat speed, pull-side power.
Power: 89.3 max exit velocity, averaged 79.1 mph. 341’ max distance.
Arm: RH. INF - 72 mph. OF - 76 mph. Infield: Short arm action, over-the-top arm slot. Outfield: Short arm action, over-the-top arm slot.
Defense: Infield: Plays with body control on the move. Sure-handed. Outfield: Plays through the baseball.
Run: 7.53 runner in the 60. 

Dominic Pisciotti, Lyons Township  (IL), 2025
Positional Profile: OF/RHP
Body: 6-0, 174-pounds. High-waisted, athletic build. Plenty of room to grow.
Hit: RHH. Wide base. Closed front side. Hip drive. Tight turn. Stays inside the  baseball. Strong, level swing. Pull-side tendency.
Power: 84.2 max exit velocity, averaged 74.8 mph. 299’ max distance.
Arm: RH. OF - 76 mph. Long arm action, high 3/4 arm slot.
Defense: Plays through the baseball.
Run: 7.94 runner in the 60. 

Julian Roman-Johnson, Dekalb  (IL), 2023
Positional Profile: OF/3B
Body: 5-8, 157-pounds. Wiry strength throughout frame.
Hit: RHH. Upright, open setup. Hands start high and close to the body. Toe-tap to even. Short, smooth stride. Center/right-center field approach. Long, level swing.
Power: 80.2 max exit velocity, averaged 66.5 mph. 229’ max distance.
Arm: RH. OF - 74 mph. Short arm action, over-the-top arm slot.
Defense: Quick, active feet, sees ball into the glove.
Run: 8.57 runner in the 60. 

Reese Seng, Yorkville Christian (IL), 2025
Positional Profile: OF/2B
Body: 5-6, 120-pounds. Compact, thin frame. Plenty of room to grow.
Hit: RHH. Slightly open setup, sets up in the back in the box. Hits the ball where it is pitched. Compact, level swing.
Power: 85.2 max exit velocity, averaged 79.6 mph. 273’ max distance.
Arm: RH. OF - 76 mph. Short arm action, high 3/4 arm slot.
Defense: Sets up behind the baseball. Directional transfer.
Run: 7.65 runner in the 60. 

Josh Siberz, Plainfield North (IL), 2023
Positional Profile: OF/2B
Body: 5-7, 130-pounds. Length through torso. Lean build.
Hit: LHH. Sets up on the plate in a closed stance. Smooth load. Finishes tall. Short, direct bat path. Level swing. Long on follow through.
Power: 77.3 max exit velocity, averaged 67 mph. 268’ max distance.
Arm: RH. OF - 70 mph. Long arm action, high 3/4 arm slot.
Defense: Athletic actions.
Run: 7.59 runner in the 60.

Jake Tyler, Riverside-Brookfield (IL), 2023
Positional Profile: C/OF
Body: 5-11, 145-pounds. Plenty of room for continued physical development.
Hit: RHH. Relaxed. Knee-knock stride. Smooth Rhythmic load. Center/right-center field approach. Compact, level swing.
Power: 81.9 max exit velocity, averaged 68.1 mph. 217’ max distance.
Arm: RH. C - 71 mph. OF - 77 mph. Catcher: Short arm action, high 3/4 arm slot. Infield: Short arm action, high 3/4 arm slot.
Defense: Quiet receiver. Soft block.
Run: 7.71 runner in the 60.  

Antonio Villanueva, Kaneland (IL), 2025
Positional Profile: LHP/OF
Body: 5-0, 90-pounds. Plenty of room for continued physical development.
Hit: LHH. Simple actions in the box. Quick leg lift, short stride. Hits the ball out front. Level swing. Pull-side approach.
Power: 64.4 max exit velocity, averaged 58 mph. 194’ max distance.
Arm: LH. OF - 60 mph. Long arm action, high 3/4 arm slot.
Defense: Efficient first step. Watches the ball into the glove.
Run: 9.04 runner in the 60. 

Mason Voegele, Columbia (IL), 2025
Positional Profile: OF/RHP
Body: 5-9, 146-pounds. High-waisted frame. Round shoulders.
Hit: LHH. Stands close to the plate with feet shoulder width apart. Short, quick stride.  Short bat path through the zone. Pull-side tendency. Keeps head on the ball.
Power: 78.2 max exit velocity, averaged 72.2 mph. 252’ max distance.
Arm: RH. OF - 75 mph. Average arm strength. Long arm action, over-the-top arm slot.
Defense: Waits back on the ball. Clean exchange.
Run: 7.78 runner in the 60. 

Ian Zarnick, Yorkville Christian (IL), 2023
Positional Profile: SS/2B
Body: 6-1, 150-pounds. Lean build. Small frame.
Hit: RHH. Open setup. Toe-tap stride.  Rolls the top hand over at times. Short and level through the zone. Uses the middle of the field.
Power: 79.4 max exit velocity, averaged 67.1 mph. 215’ max distance.
Arm: RH. INF - 75 mph. OF - 75 mph. Short arm action, natural high 3/4 with the ability to throw from multiple arm slots.
Defense: Natural infield actions. Plays through the baseball.
Run: 7.97 runner in the 60. 

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