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Lockport Preseason ID: Catcher Analysis


By: Illinois Scouting Staff

On Feb. 21, the PBR Illinois staff traveled to the Bo Dome in Lockport, Ill., to host the annual Lockport Preseason ID. The event featured nearly 200 players from the surrounding area, and provided our staff with an ample opportunity to check-in on some of the state’s top high school prospects. 

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. Today we’ll begin our post-event process by rolling out the individual scouting reports of the day, starting with the catcher position while working our way across the diamond as the week continues.

TOP CATCHING PROSPECTS

1. Enzo Infelise, Providence Catholic (IL), 2025
Positional Profile: 3B/1B
Body: 6-0, 190-pounds. Physical frame for age.
Hit: RHH. Balanced setup, hands start straight back, short stride.  Swings with intent, uphill to contact, loud off the barrel and looks to elevate, gap-to-gap approach.
Power: 98.3 max exit velocity, averaged 89.4 mph. 324’ max distance.
Arm: RH. C - 73 mph. INF - 83 mph. Short, quick arm action, high 3/4 slot. Throws play accurately with life.
Defense: 2.01 - 2.03 pop times. Took reps at both catcher and the infield.Tall setup behind the plate, gains ground to second, quick exchange. Clean footwork in the infield, soft hands, works through the center of the body.
Run: 7.99 runner in the 60. 

2. Sean Ryniec, Downers Grove North (IL), 2023
Positional Profile: C/3B
Body: 6-0, 180-pounds. Long legs.
Hit: RHH. Quiet start, slightly open base, loads in rhythm, short stride.  Loose hands and plate presence, short path to contact with some leverage, easy gap-to-gap rhythm and repeats. Controlled presence in the box, repeats.
Power: 91.5 max exit velocity, averaged 83 mph. 335’ max distance.
Arm: RH. C - 75 mph. Short, loose arm action, high 3/4 slot. Throws play accurately with carry.
Defense: 2.00 - 2.18 pop times. Athletic setup, quick out of the shoot, steady hands, clean exchange.
Run: 7.61 runner in the 60. 

3. Jackson Stanek, St. Rita (IL), 2024
Positional Profile: 1B/C
Body: 6-1, 225-pounds. Big frame.
Hit: LHH. Advanced left-handed swing for his age. Narrow base, slight knee bend, controlled load, short stride Swings with intent and aggression, short and uphill to contact, present pull-side power, repeated hard, loud contact.
Power: 99.7 max exit velocity, averaged 93.4 mph. 377’ max distance.
Arm: RH. C - 70 mph. INF - 67 mph. Short arm action, high 3/4 slot.
Defense: 2.26 - 2.50 pop times. Balanced lower half, feet shuffle in line, clean exchange to release, keeps the ball near the plate on a block.
Run: 8.12 runner in the 60. 

4. Hayden Fellows, Downers Grove South (IL), 2024
Positional Profile: C/OF
Body: 5-10, 160-pounds. Strong lower half.
Hit: RHH. Balanced setup, slightly open front foot, smooth load, short stride.  Athletic hands/wrists, short to contact, level path, line drive approach. Repeats.
Power: 97.6 max exit velocity, averaged 83.8 mph. 289’ max distance.
Arm: RH. C - 76 mph. OF - 84 mph. Long arm action, loose, plays out of a high 3/4 slot.
Defense: 2.11 - 2.20 pop times. Showcased at both catcher and outfield. Tall, balanced setup behind the plate, athletic footwork, gains momentum to second. Fields with two hands with a long transfer from the outfield.
Run: 7.19 runner in the 60. 

5. Graham Roesel, Joliet Catholic (IL), 2024
Positional Profile: C/OF
Body: 5-9, 160-pounds.
Hit: RHH. Balanced setup, simple load, vertical barrel set, toe-tap trigger. Athletic hands, simple swing, sprayed line drives to all fields, quality bat-to-ball skills and repeats.
Power: 87.2 max exit velocity, averaged 79.2 mph. 305’ max distance.
Arm: RH. C - 75 mph. OF - 81 mph. Short, over the top slot, some accuracy.
Defense: 2.01 - 2.21 pop times. Controlled actions, lower half plays towards the bag.
Run: 6.89 runner in the 60. 

BEST OF THE REST (LISTED ALPHABETICALLY)

Peyton Ablin, Lincoln-Way Central (IL), 2025
Positional Profile: C/SS
Body: 5-9, 155-pounds.
Hit: RHH. Crouched setup, active hands pre-pitch, high leg kick trigger.  Twitchy some, long and uphill to contact, flashed pull-side juice.
Power: 91.1 max exit velocity, averaged 77.5 mph. 300’ max distance.
Arm: RH. C - 70 mph. INF - 76 mph. Short arm action, over the top slot. Throws play near the bag.
Defense: 2.19 - 2.44 pop times. Low setup behind the plate, feet shuffle in line, clean exchange to release. Works to the baseball in the infield, works through the center, long transfer.
Run: 7.58 runner in the 60. 

Rakim Ali, Morgan Park (IL), 2024
Positional Profile: C/OF
Body: 5-9, 145-pounds. Long limbs.
Hit: RHH. Balanced setup, hands coil in at load, short stride.  Rotates well out of load with twitchy hands, uphill path to contact, gap-to-gap approach.
Power: 85.6 max exit velocity, averaged 80 mph. 286’ max distance.
Arm: RH. C - 72 mph. Short arm action, 3/4 slot. Throws play accurately on the bag.
Defense: 2.22 - 2.30 pop times. Wide feet, steady hands, flashed quick exchanges, athletic blocking skills.
Run: 7.88 runner in the 60. 

Quinton Allen, Beecher (IL), 2024
Positional Profile: C/3B
Body: 5-11, 207-pounds. Stocky build.
Hit: RHH. Tall setup, slightly open base, active hands pre-pitch, short stride.  Short and uphill path to contact. Gap-to-gap approach, present juice off the barrel.
Power: 89.9 max exit velocity, averaged 83.4 mph. 330’ max distance.
Arm: RH. C - 66 mph. Short arm action, high 3/4 slot.
Defense: 2.51- 2.69 pop times. Slow, controlled actions, lower half works towards second, square blocker.
Run: 7.97 runner in the 60. 

Anthony Batshon, Providence Catholic (IL), 2025
Positional Profile: C/OF
Body: 5-10, 170-pounds. Physical frame for age. Strong legs.
Hit: RHH. Balanced setup, smooth load, leg lift trigger.  Long and uphill bat path, elevates the baseball, flashed gap-to-gap contact.
Power: 84.4 max exit velocity, averaged 75.8 mph. 286’ max distance.
Arm: RH. C - 70 mph. Short 3/4 arm slot. Throws play accurately to the bag.
Defense: 2.19 - 2.47 pop times. Stands slightly upright at gather, feet work in line with second base, average hands.
Run: 7.64 runner in the 60. 

Sean Bouck, Providence Catholic (IL), 2024
Positional Profile: C/1B
Body: 6-2, 175-pounds.
Hit: LHH. Slightly open base, some knee bend, hands slot back at load, quick leg kick trigger. Uphill to contact.
Power: 89.9 max exit velocity, averaged 79.6 mph. 343’ max distance.
Arm: RH. C - 65 mph. Short arm action, low 3/4 slot. Throws play accurately on the bag.
Defense: 2.44 - 2.65 pop times. One knee with no runners one, receptive hands receiving, athletic setup, average hands.
Run: 8.35 runner in the 60. 

Zachary Chapman, Lake Central (IN), 2023
Positional Profile: C/OF
Body: 5-9, 140-pounds. Long legs
Hit: RHH. Tall setup, hands load straight back, short stride.  Simple swing, works direct to the baseball on a level plane, line drive approach.
Power: 76.5 max exit velocity, averaged 65.5 mph. 254’ max distance.
Arm: RH. C - 71 mph. Short arm action, over-the-top slot. Throws play to the bag.
Defense: 2.43 - 2.69 pop times. Low setup, steady hands receiving, feet work in line with second, long transfer to release.
Run: 8.76 runner in the 60. 

Anthony Ferrara, Lockport (IL), 2023
Positional Profile: C/3B
Body: 6-0, 175-pounds. Long torso
Hit: RHH. Narrow base, balanced lower half, active hands pre-pitch, bat wraps at load, steady leg lift trigger.  Quick rotation out of hand coil, long path to contact, pull-side leverage with intent to work that way.
Power: 88.7 max exit velocity, averaged 75.8 mph. 317’ max distance.
Arm: RH. C - 74 mph. Short arm action, 3/4 slot.
Defense: 2.18 - 2.22 pop times. Quiet and controlled actions throughout, slightly upright posture at gather, works line with second.
Run: 8.19 runner in the 60. 

Matthew Fortin, Bradley-Bourbonnais (IL), 2023
Positional Profile: C/OF
Body: 6-1, 170-pounds. Athletic build.
Hit: RHH. Balanced setup, active hands pre-pitch, toe-tap trigger.  Flat path, level barrel through the zone, line drive approach.
Power: 84.3 max exit velocity, averaged 73.5 mph. 265’ max distance.
Arm: RH. C - 70 mph. Short arm action, high 3/4 slot. Throws play near the bag.
Defense: 2.37-2.54 pop times. Neutral setup, thumb works underneath the baseball when receiving, upright position at gather, clean exchange.
Run: 7.48 runner in the 60. 

Kenneth Gillette, Sandburg (IL), 2023
Positional Profile: C/RHP
Body: 6-0, 175-pounds. Strong frame. Physical lower half.
Hit: RHH. Balanced setup, slightly open base, smooth load, short stride.  Loose athletic hands with bat speed, level to contact with some barrel leverage, gap-to-gap approach with juice off the barrel.
Power: 92.1 max exit velocity, averaged 86.2 mph. 289’ max distance.
Arm: RH. C - 72 mph. Short arm action, over-the-top slot.
Defense: 2.11 - 2.30 pop times. Slightly upright to start, quiet and controlled actions, feet work to the bag.
Run: 7.57 runner in the 60. 

Aaron Gouwens, Illiana Christian (IN), 2024
Positional Profile: C/SS
Body: 5-9, 165-pounds. Strong lower half. Sturdy build.
Hit: RHH. Balanced setup, slightly open front foot, low hand slot at load, long stride towards target. Uphill to contact, gap-to-gap approach.
Power: 80.1 max exit velocity, averaged 73.5 mph. 271’ max distance.
Arm: RH. C - 69 mph. Short arm action, high 3/4 slot.
Defense: 2.19 - 2.43 pop times. Lower half works direct to the bag, steady hands at gather, clean transfer.
Run: 7.94 runner in the 60. 

Joey Harris, Tinley Park (IL), 2023
Positional Profile: C/3B
Body: 5-7, 190-pounds. Stocky build.
Hit: RHH. Crouched base, hands start back, high leg kick trigger.  Long to contact.
Power: 85 max exit velocity, averaged 66.8 mph. 285’ max distance.
Arm: RH. C - 71 mph. INF - 65 mph. Short, over-the-top slot.
Defense: 2.36 - 2.60 pop times. Athletic setup behind the plate, upright at gather, works in line with second, plus blocking. Plays through the baseball on the infield, developing footwork.
Run: 8.22 runner in the 60. 

Ian Hickling, Lincoln-Way East (IL), 2025
Positional Profile: C/3B
Body: 5-10, 145-pounds. Long legs
Hit: RHH. Balanced setup, bat wraps at load, long stride.  Long and level path to contact, gap-to-gap approach.
Power: 80.1 max exit velocity, averaged 73.7 mph. 262’ max distance.
Arm: RH. C - 69 mph. Short high 3/4 slot. Throws play accurately on the bag and flashed carry.
Defense: 2.19 - 2.44 pop times. Upright position behind the plate, gains ground to second, clean transfer to release.
Run: 8.07 runner in the 60. 

Blake Jenner, Providence Catholic (IL), 2025
Positional Profile: C/2B
Body: 5-9, 150-pounds. Well Proportioned frame.
Hit: RHH. Balanced setup, minimal hand load, short stride.  Simple swing, hands work direct to contact, backspin line drives middle-in.
Power: 85.6 max exit velocity, averaged 76.6 mph. 277’ max distance.
Arm: RH. C - 72 mph. INF - 77 mph. Short arm action, 3/4 slot.
Defense: 2.08 - 2.19 pop times. Catcher: Wide base, clean transfer, flashed quickness at times, gains ground. Infield: pre-pitch hop, works low to high, long exchange.
Run: 7.39 runner in the 60.

Ryan Kelly, Lincoln-Way East (IL), 2025
Positional Profile: C/RHP
Body: 5-10, 175-pounds.
Hit: RHH. Balanced setup, open front foot, high leg kick trigger.  Works off front side, long and uphill to contact.
Power: 83.6 max exit velocity, averaged 69 mph. 250’ max distance.
Arm: RH. C - 72 mph. Short arm action, over-the-top slot. Throws play near the bag, flashed carry.
Defense: 2.22 - 2.36 pop times. Narrow setup, average hands with a clean exchange.
Run: 7.98 runner in the 60. 

Nate Locker, Homewood-Flossmoor (IL), 2023
Positional Profile: C/OF
Body: 5-9, 185-pounds. Physical frame. Strong lower half.
Hit: RHH. Athletic look, balanced base, present pre-pitch hand rhythm, hands coil in at load, short stride.  Some hand speed, uphill to contact, gap-to-gap approach and flashed juice off the barrel.
Power: 88.7 max exit velocity, averaged 77.3 mph. 336’ max distance.
Arm: RH. C - 69 mph. OF - 78 mph. Short over the top arm action.
Defense: 2.18 - 2.41 pop times. Catcher: Wide, athletic setup, steady hands, clean exchange to release, square blocker. Outfield: Clean, fluid footwork, plays through the baseball, fields off to the side, quick transfer.
Run: 7.32 runner in the 60. 

Jack Marquardt, Lincoln-Way East (IL), 2022
Positional Profile: 3B/C
Body: 6-0, 145-pounds. Skinny frame, long limbs. Projectable. 
Hit: RHH. Slightly open base, minimal hand load, toe-tap trigger.  Long path to contact, level path, worked line drives back up the middle.
Power: 83.2 max exit velocity, averaged 77.6 mph. 250’ max distance.
Arm: RH. C - 72 mph. INF - 78 mph. Short arm action, 3/4 slot.
Defense: 2.25-2.26 pop times. Wide stance behind the plate, controlled action, square blocker.
Run: 8.03 runner in the 60. 

Ethan Matton, Providence Catholic (IL), 2024
Positional Profile: C/2B
Body: 5-11, 150-pounds. Long legs. Room to fill out. Projectable frame.
Hit: RHH. Wide base, slight knee bend, long hand load and stride.  Long and level path to contact.
Power: 82 max exit velocity, averaged 72.5 mph. 221’ max distance.
Arm: RH. C - 70 mph. INF - 65 mph. Long arm action, high 3/4 slot.
Defense: 2.29 - 2.69 pop times. Narrow, staggered feet behind the plate, long transfer, developing hands. Works towards the baseball in the infield, developing footwork and hands. Developing footwork in the infield, average hands.
Run: 7.47 runner in the 60. 

Michael Oprondek, Providence Catholic (IL), 2022
Positional Profile: C/3B
Body: 5-11, 205-pounds. Barrel chested. Physical.
Hit: RHH. Balanced setup, high hand start, high leg kick trigger.  Strong hands with above-average bat strength, quick wrists to pair. Swings with intent, flat to contact, hard off the barrel with pull-side pop.
Power: 99 max exit velocity, averaged 81.8 mph. 355’ max distance.
Arm: RH. C - 72 mph. INF - 75 mph. Short arm action, high 3/4 slot.
Defense: 2.17-2.25 pop times. Low setup behind the plate, feet get in line with second, keeps blocks around the plate. Corner infield projection, fields low to the ground, average hands.
Run: 7.98 runner in the 60. 

Nathan Purpura, Lincoln-Way East (IL), 2024
Positional Profile: C/OF
Body: 5-9, 155-pounds. Physical lower half.
Hit: LHH. Tall start, lead arm bars as hands draw back at load, slight drop, toe-tap trigger. Twitchy wrists, short and uphill path to contact.
Power: 83.9 max exit velocity, averaged 77.1 mph. 283’ max distance.
Arm: RH. C - 72 mph. Short arm action, 3/4 slot.
Defense: 2.11 - 2.19 pop times. Wide feet, feet shuffle in line towards second, flashed quick transfer to release.
Run: 7.52 runner in the 60. 

Michael Roberson III, Providence Catholic (IL), 2024
Positional Profile: C/3B
Body: 5-11, 155-pounds. Long legs. Projectable frame.
Hit: RHH. Balanced setup, smooth hand load, leg kick trigger.  Loose hands, short and uphill path to contact, gap-to-gap approach and looks to elevate. Flashed above-average raw power off the barrel to the pull-side.
Power: 88.2 max exit velocity, averaged 77 mph. 302’ max distance.
Arm: RH. C - 77 mph. Short arm action, over-the-top slot.
Defense: 2.01 - 2.19 pop times. Upright, wide setup behind the plate, short transfer, steady hands, works through the baseball.
Run: 8.40 runner in the 60. 

Edgar Santos, Downers Grove North (IL), 2025
Positional Profile: C/OF
Body: 5-7, 148-pounds. Stocky build. Strong lower half.
Hit: RHH. Tall stance, smooth load, short stride.  Present hand speed, short and level path to contact, line drive approach, worked up the middle.
Power: 85.5 max exit velocity, averaged 76.4 mph. 215’ max distance.
Arm: RH. C - 64 mph. Short arm action, over-the-top slot. Throws play accurately on the bag.
Defense: 2.32 - 2.46 pop times. Steady hands, upright gather position, lower half works to second.
Run: 7.00 runner in the 60. 

Parker Schwarting, Joliet West (IL), 2024
Positional Profile: C/3B
Body: 6-1, 154-pounds. Long limbs. Projectable frame.
Hit: RHH. Wide base with some balance, high hand start, minimal stride.  Slightly uphill path to contact, weight works out front. Gap-to-gap approach, elevated throughout.
Power: 83.6 max exit velocity, averaged 76.3 mph. 242’ max distance.
Arm: RH. C - 71 mph. Short arm action, high 3/4 slot. Throws play accurately on the bag and flashed carry.
Defense: 2.16 - 2.33 pop times. Tal, athletic setup, sure handed, smooth exchange to release, athletic blocking skills.
Run: 7.52 runner in the 60. 

Noah Tomaras, Lemont (IL), 2024
Positional Profile: C/3B
Body: 5-11, 175-pounds. Strong lower half
Hit: RHH. Balanced setup, low hand slot at load, minimal stride.  Short and uphill path to contact, line drive approach and worked middle-in.
Power: 88 max exit velocity, averaged 82.9 mph. 274’ max distance.
Arm: RH. C - 72 mph. Short arm action, high 3/4 slot. Throws play accurately on the bag with carry.
Defense: 2.08 - 2.26 pop times. Athletic setup behind the plate, gains ground to second, quick release, steady hands.
Run: 7.49 runner in the 60. 

Will Withers, Providence Catholic (IL), 2023
Positional Profile: C/3B
Body: 6-1, 185-pounds. Long torso
Hit: LHH. Balanced setup, smooth load, steady leg lift trigger. Loose hands and plate presence, uphill path to contact, gap-to-gap approach, worked the other way.
Power: 83 max exit velocity, averaged 76.9 mph. 284’ max distance.
Arm: RH. C - 73 mph. Short arm action, low 3/4 slot. Throws play to the bag.
Defense: 2.22 - 2.33 pop times. Athletic, upright gather position, fluid actions, clean catch to throw skills.
Run: 7.56 runner in the 60. 

Brandon Young, Lockport (IL), 2024
Positional Profile: C/RHP
Body: 6-1, 165-pounds. Strong lower half. Skinny upper half.
Hit: RHH. Stands tall in the box, slight knee bend, high hands, toe-tap trigger. Uphill path to contact, elevates to the pull-side and works out front.
Power: 81 max exit velocity, averaged 71.4 mph. 269’ max distance.
Arm: RH. C - 70 mph. Long arm action, high 3/4 slot. Throws play accurately on the bag.
Defense: 2.25 - 2.51 pop times. Low, athletic setup, thumb stayS under the baseball when receiving, feet work in line with second.
Run: 7.92 runner in the 60. 

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