Prep Baseball Report

Chicagoland Open: Preview

By: Gavin Smith
Area Scout

On Tuesday, Aug. 27th, the PBR Illinois team is hosting the Chicagoland Open at Triton College in River Grove, Ill. This event is open to all 2024-to-2027 graduates and, like all PBR events, serve as identifiers for future invite-only events, such as our Illinois State Games and the PBR Future Games.

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.


We've been hosting this event for the past 10 years, and it's consistently provided us a look at prominent players who've later gone on to receive invitations to select events, like the PBR Future Games. Among the players in attendance at this event in 2022, there are already 17 commitments among them.

OF Brady Coon (Triad 2024; SIU-E) and OF Hank Gomric (Althoff Catholic, 2024; St. Louis) were both in attendance last year and showed well in the process. Coon, who is ranked No. 59 in the state, made his PBR event debut at this event last year and he posted a max exit velocity of 95.7 mph, ran a 7.01 60 time, and threw his best ball to home at 85 mph. Gomric, who also made his PBR event debut at this event, is ranked No. 88 in the state’s 2024 class, and the left-handed hitter posted one of the loudest rounds of BP at the event. His hardest hit ball (97 mph) was the second highest recorded at the event as was his farthest hit ball (357 ft.). Both names were winners last year, with Gomric committing shortly after the event and Coon this July.

We're looking forward to checking in on the next crop of talent from this event to earn next-level attention in the coming weeks, months, and years.


Similarly to year’s past, this roster is shaping up nicely, and there’s some talented names from both states headed our way on Sunday.

3B/OF Justin Garcia Hernandez (St. Patrick, 2025) was recently seen at the beginning of the summer, and he posted some big numbers on the offensive end. The strong 6-foot-3, 225-pound right-handed hitter showed a quick bat (T80 mph) and quick hands (T27.3 mph) with the ability to barrel the baseball to the pull-side, recording a max exit velocity of 100.7 mph (event high). Another member of the 2025 class that will be in attendance is C/OF Owen Chael (York). Short and direct to the ball, the 6-foot, 180-pound frame helped produce a 90.8 mph max exit velocity in the winter which will likely tick up since our last look in the winter. 

Justin Garcia Hernandez

In a look this past winter, RHP/OF Antonio Brown Jr. (Homewood Flossmoor, 2026) showed well on the mound where his fastball was up to 85.6 mph and sat 83-85 mph with 15 in. of horizontal movement, on average. His changeup, which sat 68-72 mph, had 16.9 in. of horizontal movement and looked to be his best offspeed offering. Our updated look of Brown this Sunday will provide us with an updated look to see his progression throughout the spring and summer seasons.

Antonio Brown Jr.

Perusing the event roster, we’re set to meet a majority of players who’ve not yet attended a PBR showcase, and we’re eager to add more names to our follow lists.


Because of the high number of prospects set to attend Sunday’s event, it is imperative that you read our adjusted showcase itinerary below, which will allow our staff to swiftly and efficiently educate and evaluate the players set to attend.

Additionally, in an effort to continue and develop contactless check-in strategies, upon arrival, players will scan a QR Code with their smart phone 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.


+ Check-in times for all players: 9:00 a.m.


Click here to learn more about our tech partners that have enhanced our players showcase experience. Partners like TrackMan, Vizual Edge, and Blast Motion 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.