Central Illinois Open: Statistical Analysis

Tino Abarca
Staff Writer

In the heartland of Illinois, we hosted the Central Illinois Open on Wednesday, August 8. 77 prospects gathered at The Corn Crib in Normal, Ill. for a pro-style workout in front of the Prep Baseball Report Illinois scouting staff. After gathering the statistics from Wednesday's events, we've listed the leaders at each category, along with a .pdf link to the full compilation. Without further ado, here's a look at the numbers:

Four sub-7's lead the opening category. Jordan Smith (Urbana, 2020) ran the quickest time, at 6.83. Matthew Timm, a 2020 grad out of Illinois Valley Central, beat the 7.00 plateau by the thinnest of margins, running a 6.99. Two more 2020 grads, William Kafer (Normal West) and Brady Grashoff (Pekin) make appearances in the 6.90's range. 
Name State School Class Pos 60-Yard Dash
Jordan Smith IL  Urbana  2019  OF/LHP  6.83 
William Kafer IL Normal West 2020 OF/RHP 6.90
Brady Grashoff IL Pekin 2020 SS/RHP 6.94
Matthew Timm IL Illinois Valley Central 2020 OF/LHP 6.99
Gabriel Anderson IL Morton West 2019 OF/LHP 7.04
Holden Phelps (Prairie Ridge, 2020) tossed the highest fastball of the Central Illinois Open at 88 mph. Two more 2020 grads, Mitchel Hemmen (Teutopolis, 2020) and Sergio Marchizza (Chatham-Glenwood, 2020) follow, tied at 84. Sustaita, Guenther, Kafer, Bradford and Conklin round out the board, knotted at 83.
Name State School Class Pos Fastball Velocity
Holden Phelps IL Prairie Ridge  2020  RHP/OF  88
Mitchel Hemmen IL Teutopolis 2020 OF/RHP 84
Sergio Marchizza IL Chatham-Glenwood 2020 RHP/1B 84
Noah Sustaita IL Minooka 2019 RHP/OF 83
Ryan Guenther IL Washington Community 2019 RHP/3B 83
William Kafer IL Normal West 2020 OF/RHP 83
Parker Bradford IL East Peoria 2020 RHP 83
MacCallan Conklin IL Normal University 2021 OF/RHP 83
Along with obtaining one of the highest FB velocities, Marchizza leads all participants with a 93 exit velocity off a tee. Kade Lassen (Robinson, 2020), Jake Jacek (Normal Community, 2020), Cole Hernandez (Normal West, 2020) and Drew Ziebarth (University High, 2020) all eclipse the 90 mark.
Name State School Class Pos Exit Velocity
Sergio Marchizza IL Chatham-Glenwood  2020  RHP/1B  93
Kade Lassen IL Robinson 2020 2B/SS 91
Jake Jacek IL Normal Comunity 2019 RHP/3B 90
Cole Hernandez IL Normal West 2020 OF/SS 90
Drew Ziebarth IL University High 2020 C/3B 89
Matt Schuler (Lyons Township, 2020) separates himself from the rest of the infielders with an 85-mph toss from across the diamond. Alex Talley (Cumberland, 2019) and Jake Jacek (Normal Community, 2019) post a pair of 80's, while Jaime Sandoval (Morton West, 2019) and Jackson Blemler (University, 2020) sit tied at 79.
Name State School Class Pos Infield Velocity
Matt Schuler IL  Lyons Township  2020  SS/3B 85 
Noah Matheny IL Galesburg 2020 3B/RHP 81
Alex Talley IL Cumberland 2019 RHP/SS 80
Jake Jacek IL Normal Community 2019 RHP/3B 80
Jaime Sandoval IL Morton West 2019 2B/SS 79
Jackson Blemler IL University 2020 2B/SS 79
Hemmen displayed one of the strongest arms posting the second highest FB velo, but he proved it again registering the highest outfield numbers. MacCallan Conklin, a 2021 grad from neighboring Normal University, impressed with an 85-mph showing.
Name State School Class Pos Outfield Velocity
Mitchel Hemmen IL  Teutopolis  2020 OF/RHP  88 
William Kafer IL Normal West 2020 OF/RHP 86
MacCallan Conklin IL Normal University 2021 OF/RHP 85
Brandon Roth IL Normal West 2019 OF/RHP 84
Patrick Miller IL Plainfield North 2020 OF 83
Michael Hopkins (Brother Rice, 2019) registered the quickest times from 2.14-2.22. Danny Nuccio (Plainfield North, 2021) narrowly sits ahead of Ziebarth with a quicker range - 2.18-2.25.
Name State School Class Pos Pop Times
Michael Hopkins IL  Brother Rice  2019  C/OF  2.14-2.22
Danny Nuccio IL Plainfield North 2021 C/OF 2.18-2.25
Drew Ziebarth IL University High 2020 C/3B 2.18-2.27
Nuccio headlines catcher velos with a 77 showing. A trio of 74s from Alec Akerman, William Wirt and Max Herr follow Nuccio. Hopkins follows his leading pop time with a 73-mph toss, tied with Ziebarth.
Name State School Class Pos Catcher Velocity
Danny Nuccio IL  Plainfield North  2021  C/OF  77 
Alec Akerman IL Rock Falls 2019 C/2B 74
William Wirt IL Sandburg 2019 C/1B 74
Max Herr IL Champaign Central 2020 C 74
Michael Hopkins IL Brother Rice 2019 C/OF 73
Drew Ziebarth IL University High 2020 C/3B 73

CLICK HERE for complete statistics in .pdf form