Illiana Preseason I.D.: Statistical Analysis


By: Adam Panayotovich
Area Scout

On Monday, Jan. 21, we hosted the Illiana Preseason I.D., which is a dual-state event that brought nearly 60 combined players from Illinois and Indiana to one place, the Ho-Chunk Sports and Expo Center in Chicago Heights, IL. Today, we’ll continue our event coverage by dissecting the showcase’s statistical standouts. Our events' Quick Hits post was recently published providing some rapid reactions to the prospects in attendance. Keep an eye out in the coming weeks when we break down the day’s performers, position by position.

Not only was OF Gabe Wright (Brebeuf Jesuit, 2020) the leading runner in the 60-yard dash at an impressive 6.68, the Indiana native was also perhaps the most athletic, eye-opening prospect in attendance. The only other runner to crack the sub-7 second finish was C/OF Zachary McKenna (Chesterton, 2020). Wright and McKenna both tied at 87 mph in the exit velocity testing, both showing the ability to swing the bat with present speed.

SS Shane Baumgarten (Wheaton Academy, 2021) showcased his multi-tool skillset, which headlined two of the subsequent charts; exit velocity (95 mph) and infield velocity (82 mph). Baumgarten placed himself in the conversation as one of the upper echelon talents in the upcoming Sophomore class.

RHP/OF Brayson Shew (Toledo-Cumberland, 2021) may have had showed most impressive arm talent event wide topping two of the velocity leaderboards, outfield velocity (88 mph) and max fastball (85 mph). Standing at 6-foot-4, 182-pounds Shew has the upside in his frame to see those numbers steadily increase as he continues to physically mature. He showed overall athleticism to tack onto his impressive arm, crossing the 60-yard dash line at 7.11.

Another Sophomore arm that impressed was RHP Adam Brouwer from Chicago Christian who finished second in max FB velocity (84 mph), a tick behind the leader. RHP Connor Cassady (Lyons Township, 2020) tied Brouwer for second on the max FB chart and will look to build on a successful Sophomore Varsity season.

The only committed prospect in attendance, OF Carson Husmann (Bradley commit by way of South Central, IN, 2019) was in, and near the top of all possible categories he participated in. At a stout 6-foot-1, 190-pounds, Husmann has the tools to be a continuous threat on all sides of the ball in his final season of prep baseball, moving into the college ranks.

C Matthew Murphy had an all-around impressive day at the plate and behind the dish. The Notre Dame product is a physical RHH Sophomore backstop that produced a 91 mph exit velocity, good for third and the event-best pop time ranging 2.04-2.15. Murphy tied in catcher velocity testing to Caleb Sjordal (Wheaton Warrenville South, 2020), both topping 76 mph from the crouch.

For a look at a sortable board of all the showcase’s recorded statistics, CLICK HERE.

top 60-yard dash
Name State School Class Pos 60-Yard Dash
Gabe Wright IN Brebeuf Jesuit 2020 OF/2B 6.68
Zachary McKenna IN Chesterton 2020 C/OF 6.87
Tavares Van Kuiken IN Illiana Christian 2020 LHP/OF 7.10
Brayson Shew IL Toledo-Cumberland 2021 RHP/OF 7.11
Shane Baumgarten IL Wheaton Academy 2021 SS/RHP 7.11
Carson Husmann IN South Central 2019 OF/RHP 7.12
Chazz Clark IL Marist 2021 SS/OF 7.15
TOP FASTBALL VELOCITY
Name State School Class Pos FB Velo
Brayson Shew IL Toledo-Cumberland 2021 RHP/OF 85
Adam Brouwer IL Chicago Christian 2021 RHP/SS 84
Connor Cassady IL Lyons Township 2020 RHP/C 84
John Gavric IL Loyola 2020 LHP/1B 83
Joseph Gulans IL Deerfield 2021 RHP/3B 83
Ben Plumley IL Lane Tech 2021 SS/RHP 82
TOP EXIT VELOCITY
Name State School Class Pos Exit Velo.
Shane Baumgarten IL Wheaton Academy 2021 SS/RHP 95
Carson Husmann IN South Central 2019 OF/RHP 95
Matthew Murphy IL Notre Dame 2020 C/OF 91
Daniel Dombrowski IL Providence Catholic 2020 RHP/OF 90
Gabe Wright IN Brebeuf Jesuit 2020 OF/2B 87
Zachary McKenna IN Chesterton 2020 C/OF 87
TOP INFIELD VELOCITY
Name State School Class Pos INF Velo.
Shane Baumgarten IL Wheaton Academy 2021 SS/RHP 82
Zak Laskowski IN Portage 2021 3B/C 79
Nicholas Limber Jr IL Oak Lawn 2021 SS/2B 79
Lee Hodges III IL De La Salle 2020 3B/RHP 78
TOP OUTFIELD VELOCITY
Name State School Class Pos OF Velo.
Brayson Shew IL Toledo-Cumberland 2021 RHP/OF 88
Carson Husmann IN South Central 2019 OF/RHP 86
Justin Schassburger IN Andrean 2021 RHP/OF 82
Daniel Dombrowski IL Providence Catholic 2020 RHP/OF 81
Zachary McKenna IN Chesterton 2020 C/OF 81
Gabe Wright IN Brebeuf Jesuit 2020 OF/2B 81
Tavares Van Kuiken IN Illiana Christian 2020 LHP/OF 81
TOP CATCHER POP TIMES
Name State School Class Pos Pop Time
Matthew Murphy IL Notre Dame 2020 C/OF 2.04-2.15
Jeremiah Powell IL Brother Rice 2021 C/OF 2.12-2.25
Zachary McKenna IN Chesterton 2020 C/OF 2.12-2.17
Brian Lensegrav IL Taft 2021 C/OF 2.19-2.29
Caleb Sjordal IL Wheaton Warrenville South 2020 C/1B 2.19-2.30
Peyton Gard IN Lake Central 2022 C/3B 2.22-2.43
TOP CATCHER VELOCITY
Name State School Class Pos C Velo.
Caleb Sjordal IL Wheaton Warrenville South 2020 C/1B 76
Matthew Murphy IL Notre Dame 2020 C/OF 76
Jake Adamczewski IN Lake Central 2021 C/RHP 75
Jeremiah Powell IL Brother Rice 2021 C/OF 75

 

Again, for a complete look at all statistical performances of every prospect in attendance from this Monday, CLICK HERE.
 

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