Metro East Open: Statistical Analysis


By Andy Sroka
Staff Writer, Associate Scout

On Tuesday, June 23, the PBR Illinois staff made the trip down to the St. Louis area to host the Metro East Open at GCS Ballpark in Sauget, Ill., an event that featured almost 50 players that put together some stand-out performances to take note of. Today, we’re going to spend some time dissecting the statistical leaderboards produced at this showcase, highlighting the top performers across the measured categories.

TOP 60-YARD DASH

Rank Name State School Class Pos 60-yard
1 Aiden Heberlie MO Valle Catholic 2022 OF 6.55
2 Jayden Gegg MO Valle Catholic 2021 OF 6.74
3 Bret Yarger MO Rolla 2024 OF 6.75
4 Jack Lally MO Marquette 2023 OF 6.77
5 William Hannah IL Massac 2021 OF 7.05
6 Kannon Kirk IL North Mac 2021 SS 7.08
7 Joseph Villarreal MO Hickman 2021 OF 7.11

Well, despite a relatively small roster as compared to some of our other events, this field recorded some stellar times in the 60-yard dash, led by Aiden Heberlie (Valle Catholic, MO, 2022). He clocked in at a premium 6.55, nearly 0.2 seconds quicker than the next best, an excellent 6.74 from Jayden Gegg (2021), another Valle Catholic prospect. Gegg was fractionally in front of a 2024 prospect, Bret Yarger (Rolla, MO), who clocked in at 6.75 – an exceptional mark for an incoming freshman. Jack Lally (Marquette, MO, 2023) narrowly trailed the two just ahead of him with a 6.77 mark of his own.

MAX FASTBALL VELOCITY

Rank Name State School Class Pos Max FB
1 Kaydon Norkus IL Neuqua Valley 2021 RHP 88 mph
2 Charlie Weber MO Chaminade College Prep 2022 RHP 85 mph
3 Cole Smith IL Auburn 2022 RHP 84 mph
4 Daniel Vogt IL Trico 2021 RHP 83 mph
^ Drew Politte MO Lindbergh 2022 3B 83 mph
^ Gavin Kinworthy MO Windsor 2021 RHP 83 mph

RHP Kaydon Norkus (2021) made the trip south from Neuqua Valley to pace the pitcher’s leaderboard with an 88 mph max fastball velo. The strong 6-foot-1, 190-pound athlete sat 87-88 mph in his ‘pen. From Chaminade (MO), RHP Charlie Weber (2022) led the incoming juniors by sitting 84-85 mph, a tick better than RHP Cole Smith’s (Auburn, 2022) 84 high.

MAX EXIT VELOCITY

Rank Name State School Class Pos Exit Velo
1 Bret Yarger MO Rolla 2024 OF 95
2 Aiden Heberlie MO Valle Catholic 2022 OF 92
3 Joseph Villarreal MO Hickman 2021 OF 90
4 Cade Tomhave IL Pittsfield 2021 3B 89
5 Jude Sullivan IL Paris 2021 OF 87
^ Austin Adcock IL Rochester 2022 OF 87
^ William Hannah IL Massac 2021 OF 87
^ Mitch Dye IL Sacred Heart-Griffin 2022 RHP 87

Emerging as a high-follow member of Missouri’s 2024 class, Yarger starred at the top of this leaderboard as well, recording a 95 mph best at the exit velo station. He’s an athletic 6-foot, 170-pound prospect who looks like an impactful right-handed bat with serious speed. And like Yarger before him, Heberlie doesn’t just run – he’s a premium 6-foot-3, 185-pound athlete who put himself at the top of each of the day’s leaderboards in the categories he participated in. His game-changing speed and bat strength combination should have our PBR Missouri colleagues on high alert. OF/2B Joseph Villarreal (Hickman, MO) was one of the better 2021 prospects coming out of Tuesday’s showcase, and he topped 90 mph at this station, which marked the third-best of the day.

MAX INFIELD VELOCITY

Rank Name State School Class Pos INF Velo
1 Drew Politte MO Lindbergh 2022 3B 84
2 Mitch Dye IL Sacred Heart-Griffin 2022 RHP 81
^ Austin Martin IL Roxana 2021 SS 81
^ Eli Hensley IL Normal West 2022 SS 81
3 Kannon Kirk IL North Mac 2021 SS 80

From Lindbergh (MO), 3B Drew Politte (2022) led this group of infielders with an 84 mph high across the diamond and he sat 81-83 on the mound, too. A foursome tied for second, at 81 mph: Mitch Dye (Sacred Heart-Griffin, 2022), Drew Lenz (Rochester, 2021), Austin Martin (Roxana, 2021), and Eli Hensley (Normal West, 2022).

MAX OUTFIELD VELOCITY

Rank Name State School Class Pos OF Velo
1 Aiden Heberlie MO Valle Catholic 2022 OF 85
2 Austin Adcock IL Rochester 2022 OF 84
^ Cole Smith IL Auburn 2022 RHP 84
3 Jude Tenny MO Lafayette 2022 OF 81
^ Jeffery Morgan MO Christian Brothers College 2022 OF 81

Another leaderboard Heberlie is at, or at least near, the top of. His 85 mph high to home shows that he’s a versatile prospect with coveted tools. It was a great PBR event debut for the Valle Catholic incoming junior. The aforementioned Smith and Austin Adcock (Rochester) were a pair more 2022s who were just a tick short of Heberlie’s high.

MAX CATCHER VELOCITY

Rank Name State School Class Pos C Velo
1 Jackson Toberman IL Edwardsville 2022 C 76
2 Andrew Coats IL Normal West 2022 C 72
3 Conner Freeze IL Breese Central 2023 3B 67
4 Lukas Hannah IL McCracken County 2024 C 65

Edwardsville’s Jackson Toberman (2022) put together a strong all-around day, standing out amongst this small crop of catchers. He’s a solid follow for his well-rounded profile as a backstop with a little strength from the right-handed box inside a prototypical build, at 6-foot-1, 187 pounds.

TOP POP TIMES

Rank Name State School Class Pos Pop Time
1 Jackson Toberman IL Edwardsville 2022 C 2.06-2.14
2 Andrew Coats IL Normal West 2022 C 2.22-2.33
3 Lukas Hannah IL McCracken County 2024 C 2.25-2.37
4 Conner Freeze IL Breese Central 2023 3B 2.43-2.52

Toberman naturally led this group on this leaderboard, too. His arm strength and quick overall actions helped him average the lowest catch-and-throw times on the day by a fair margin.

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