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O'Hare Preseason ID: Outfield Analysis


By: Illinois Scouting Staff

On Sunday, Feb. 13, the PBR Illinois staff traveled to the Bo Jackson Elite Sports Dome in Bensenville, Ill., to host the O'Hare Preseason ID - one of the largest showcases on our winter calendar. This event provided us an ample opportunity to check-in on some of the area’s high school prospects and identify several names as we prepare for the IHSA season, as well as future invite-only events on the PBR Illinois calendar.

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. We began our post-event process yesterday by rolling out the day’s catchers, and we’re continuing to work our way around the diamond today with the outfield group. Before we dive any further, here are a few names that popped to our scouts: 

There were a number of intriguing left/left outfielders in attendance to keep an eye on moving forward. Jake Swanson (Grant, 2023) showed some of the best tools of the event, topping at 92 mph from the outfield along with a max exit velocity of 90.8 mph and a max distance of 349’ off the bat. Swanson ran a 7.18 and looked natural in the outfield. 

2023 Charlie Parcell (Maine West) has upside to his 6-foot, 165-pound, lean/athletic frame and ran a 7.04 60. He also has a fluid swing and uses the whole field. Parcell’s furthest batted ball traveled 327’ and he moves with rhythm in the outfield while topping at 83 mph. 

2024s Kyle Larson (Huntley) and Cole Reifsteck (Nazareth) are two names in the sophomore class to know. Larson put together a polished round of BP with a simple, easy, repeatable swing with loose hands. Reifsteck ran one of the top 60-times of the event at 6.80 and has a barrel controlled, short swing while staying inside the baseball. He also has natural outfield action with clean, active feet.

2023 right-handed hitter Charlie Dumo (Deerfield) registered the third-best average bat speed of the event at 72.8 mph, a top-five average hand speed at 24.7 mph and did so with relative ease. Dumo, listed at 6-foot-2, 225-pounds, also ran a 6.99 60 and was 83 mph from the outfield. 

Another outfielder to follow offensively is freshman Jorge Matos Jr. (Chicago Hope, 2025). Matos has a balanced, athletic look in the box and his bat stays on-plane and through the hitting zone.  

For a look at the aforementioned names and every other outfielder in attendance, read on below.

OUTFIELD PROSPECTS (LISTED ALPHABETICALLY)

Nathan Austin, Downers Grove South (IL), 2024
Positional Profile: OF/RHP
Body: 6-0, 155-pounds. Projectable frame.
Hit: RHH. Upright, balanced setup. Short Stride. Long, uphill bat path through the zone. Gap-to-gap approach.
Power: 83.8 max exit velocity, averaged 78.1 mph. 300’ max distance.
Arm: RH. OF - 76 mph. Long arm action, high 3/4 slot.
Defense: Sees ball into the glove. Clean exchange.
Run: 7.53 runner in the 60. 

Robert Baranowski, Lockport (IL), 2023
Positional Profile: OF/RHP
Body: 5-10, 185-pounds. Well-proportioned frame. Strength throughout.
Hit: RHH. Balanced setup, short stride. Strong hands. Looks to lift. Used the whole field.
Power: 86.4 max exit velocity, averaged 79.5 mph. 312’ max distance.
Arm: RH. OF - 80 mph. Long arm action, high 3/4 arm slot.
Defense: Natural outfield actions. Aggressive routes. Quick feet.
Run: 6.91 runner in the 60. 

Brandon Boersma, St. Ignatius (IL), 2023
Positional Profile: RHP/OF
Body: 6-1, 165-pounds. Tall, lean build. Projectable frame.
Hit: RHH. Wide base. Minimal load. Short stride. Swing on-plane early and through the zone. Long, level bat path. Line-drive approach. Used the whole field.
Power: 84.7 max exit velocity, averaged 77 mph. 290’ max distance.
Arm: RH. OF - 75 mph. Front side opens early on throws. Short arm action, high 3/4 slot.
Defense: Aggressive routes. Utilizes crow hop. Long to release.
Run: 7.04 runner in the 60. 

Dominic Catalano, Montini Catholic (IL), 2024
Positional Profile: 3B/OF
Body: 6-0, 175-pounds. Athletic build, strength in lower half.
Hit: LHH. Balanced, open setup. Hits off front foot. Handsy swing, controls the barrel. Stays short. Line-drive approach.
Power: 95 max exit velocity, averaged 84.8 mph. 287’ max distance.
Arm: RH. C -  mph. INF - 76 mph. OF - 77 mph. INF: Short, high 3/4 slot. OF: Short, high 3/4 slot.
Defense: INF: Natural infield actions. Plays through the baseball. OF: Natural outfield actions. Plays with confidence.
Run: 7.18 runner in the 60. 

Brandon Cerocke, Benet (IL), 2024
Positional Profile: OF/SS
Body: 5-8, 145-pounds. Short, compact frame.
Hit: RHH. Tall, open setup. Compact load into back hip. Short stride back to even. Short, compact swing through the zone. Worked on the barrel throughout round. Gap-to-gap approach.
Power: 88.2 max exit velocity, averaged 82.5 mph. 325’ max distance.
Arm: RH. OF - 81 mph. Arm plays long from an over-the-top slot.
Defense: Plays through the baseball. Clean exchange.
Run: 7.32 runner in the 60. 

Ethan Collins, Oak lawn (IL), 2024
Positional Profile: LHP/OF
Body: 5-11, 190-pounds. Sturdy stature. Well-proportioned frame.
Hit: LHH. Balanced quiet setup, short stride. Long path, aggressive swing at times, whole field approach.
Power: 89.9 max exit velocity, averaged 75.3 mph. 299’ max distance.
Arm: LH. OF - 70 mph. Long arm action, high 3/4 slot.
Defense: Sure-handed outfielder.
Run: 7.35 runner in the 60. 

Ethan Cusack, Maine West (IL), 2024
Positional Profile: OF/OF
Body: 5-8, 140-pounds. Well-proportioned frame.
Hit: RHH. Athletic setup. Lean load into back hip. Short stride. Long bat path through the zone. Works uphill at times. Hits the ball where it is pitched.
Power: 83.2 max exit velocity, averaged 74.7 mph. 265’ max distance.
Arm: RH. OF - 75 mph. Short arm action, high 3/4 arm slot.
Defense: Long to release at times.
Run: 7.47 runner in the 60. 

Charlie Dumo, Deerfield (IL), 2023
Positional Profile: OF/3B
Body: 6-2, 215-pounds. Sturdy frame. Strength throughout.
Hit: RHH. Wide, balanced setup. Smooth load, short stride. Compact swing, strong hands, easy jump off the barrel at times.
Power: 95 max exit velocity, averaged 79.2 mph. 330’ max distance.
Arm: RH. OF - 83 mph. Long arm action, over-the-top arm slot.
Defense: Pre-pitch hop. Active feet.
Run: 6.99 runner in the 60. 

Peter Farren, Oak Park River Forest (IL), 2025
Positional Profile: OF/3B
Body: 5-11, 165-pounds. Athletic build.
Hit: RHH. Balanced, open setup. Toe-tap trigger. Short stride. Efficient movements in the box. Short, direct path to the baseball. Natural loft. Used the middle of the field.
Power: 90.2 max exit velocity, averaged 82.3 mph. 331’ max distance.
Arm: RH. OF - 79 mph. Short, over-the-top slot.
Defense: Quick lateral movements. Athletic actions. Aggressive routes to the baseball.
Run: 7.44 runner in the 60. 

Kade Fatland, Lincoln Way East (IL), 2024
Positional Profile: OF/RHP
Body: 6-0, 160-pounds. Long, lean frame.
Hit: RHH. Tall, open setup. Short stride to even. Short, direct bat path to the baseball. Gap-to-gap approach. Line-drive hitter.
Power: 86.6 max exit velocity, averaged 73.4 mph. 289’ max distance.
Arm: RH. OF - 74 mph. Short, over-the-top slot.
Defense: Waits back on the ball. Some length to release at times. Flashed athletic outfield actions.
Run: 7.28 runner in the 60. 

Will Gladden, Fenwick (IL), 2024
Positional Profile: OF
Body: 6-0, 185-pounds. Athletic build.
Hit: RHH. Tall, slightly closed setup. Stands on front toe. Short stride. Strong hands. Short path through the zone. Works uphill at times.
Power: 90.3 max exit velocity, averaged 84 mph. 324’ max distance.
Arm: RH. OF - 76 mph. Long arm action, high 3/4 slot.
Defense: Quick, active feet. Off-balance at times.
Run: 7.08 runner in the 60. 

Jacob Gonzalez, Warren (IL), 2023
Positional Profile: OF/LHP
Body: 5-8, 160-pounds. Lean, wiry frame.
Hit: LHH. Closed, balanced setup. Minimal load and short stride. Compact, simple, repeatable swing. Short and direct path to the baseball, sprayed hard contact to all fields.
Power: 85.5 max exit velocity, averaged 79.8 mph. 275’ max distance.
Arm: LH. OF - 78 mph. Long arm action, high 3/4 arm slot.
Defense: Active feet, plays through the baseball.
Run: 7.37 runner in the 60. 

Francis Heinzmann, Oak Park-River Forest (IL), 2023
Positional Profile: RHP/OF
Body: 6-3, 165-pounds. High upside frame.
Hit: RHH. Quiet in the box. Closed setup. Deliberate load of the hands. Short stride. Compact, level path through the zone. Gap-to-gap approach.
Power: 91.9 max exit velocity, averaged 82.9 mph. 296’ max distance.
Arm: RH. OF - 83 mph. Short, quick arm action. High 3/4 arm slot.
Defense: Attacks with intent, plays through the baseball.
Run: 7.53 runner in the 60. 

Sean Hill, Downers Grove North (IL), 2023
Positional Profile: OF/RHP
Body: 6-2, 165-pounds. Athletic, high-waisted frame.
Hit: LHH. Quiet in the box. Crouched setup. Weight stacked over back leg. Short stride. Bat speed. Short path to the baseball. Used the whole field. Leverages lower-half well. Flashed opposite field power.
Power: 87.1 max exit velocity, averaged 79.6 mph. 308’ max distance.
Arm: RH. OF - 82 mph. Short arm action, over-the-top arm slot.
Defense: Long to release. Athletic actions. Clean exchange.
Run: 6.84 runner in the 60. 

Ivan Huijon, Plainfield East (IL), 2023
Positional Profile: OF/2B
Body: 5-10, 165-pounds. Well-proportioned frame.
Hit: RHH. Balanced setup, toe-tap stride. Line-drive approach, easy effort.
Power: 85 max exit velocity, averaged 72.8 mph. 289’ max distance.
Arm: RH. OF - 75 mph. Long, high 3/4 slot.
Defense: Fields the ball in stride, clean hand transfer.
Run: 7.80 runner in the 60. 

Ryan Jackson, Lyons Township (IL), 2024
Positional Profile: OF/3B
Body: 5-10, 180-pounds. Well-proportioned frame.
Hit: RHH. Tall, open setup. Smooth stride to even.  Bat speed. Short, direct bat path through the zone. Worked on the barrel throughout.
Power: 89.9 max exit velocity, averaged 83.7 mph. 284’ max distance.
Arm: RH. OF - 78 mph. Short, over-the-top slot.
Defense: Athletic actions, quick feet, clean exchange.
Run: 6.99 runner in the 60. 

Jake Junia, Mundelein  (IL), 2025
Positional Profile: OF/RHP
Body: 6-0, 165-pounds. Tall, lean build. Projectable frame.
Hit: RHH. Simple, quiet setup. Long, uphill swing. Pull-side tendency.
Power: 85.2 max exit velocity, averaged 70.9 mph. 284’ max distance.
Arm: RH. OF - 79 mph. Long, high 3/4 slot.
Defense: Clean exchange. Profiles as an infielder.
Run: 7.38 runner in the 60. 

Tucker King, Lyons Township (IL), 2025
Positional Profile: RHP/OF
Body: 6-3, 175-pounds. High upside frame.
Hit: RHH. Tall setup. Balanced base. Short stride. Short, level bat path through the zone. Gap-to-gap approach.
Power: 89.9 max exit velocity, averaged 79.6 mph. 326’ max distance.
Arm: RH. OF - 81 mph. Long, high 3/4 slot.
Defense: Pre-pitch hop. Quick feet. Aggressive routes. Plays through the baseball.
Run: 7.51 runner in the 60. 

Corbin Klein, St. Ignatius (IL), 2023
Positional Profile: OF/1B
Body: 6-3, 195-pounds. High upside frame.
Hit: RHH. Tall, athletic setup. Wide base. Short stride. Quick hands. Long, level bat path through the zone. Easy pull-side power.
Power: 92.3 max exit velocity, averaged 78.7 mph. 297’ max distance.
Arm: RH. OF - 78 mph. Long, whippy arm action. High 3/4 slot.
Defense: Some length to release. Natural outfield actions. Attacks the baseball.
Run: 6.85 runner in the 60. 

Kyle Larson, Huntley (IL), 2024
Positional Profile: OF/1B
Body: 5-11, 165-pounds. Well-proportioned frame.
Hit: LHH. Open setup, smooth load, short leg-lift trigger. Simple, easy, repeatable swing, loose hands, uphill path, consistently on the barrel.
Power: 88.4 max exit velocity, averaged 79.8 mph. 337’ max distance.
Arm: LH. OF - 71 mph. Long, loose arm action. High 3/4 arm slot.
Defense: Sure-handed actions, clean hand transfer to release.
Run: 7.59 runner in the 60. 

David Leung, Hinsdale Central (IL), 2025
Positional Profile: LHP/OF
Body: 5-10, 145-pounds. High-waisted, upside frame.
Hit: LHH. Balanced setup. Smooth, coiled load. Short stride. Loose hands. Length throughout the zone. Middle-of-the-field approach. Consistently on time.
Power: 84.6 max exit velocity, averaged 76.5 mph. 277’ max distance.
Arm: LH. OF - 81 mph. Long, loose arm action. Over-the-top arm slot.
Defense: Smooth, athletic actions. Pre-pitch hop. Plays with confidence.
Run: 7.70 runner in the 60. 

Jayden Mackey, DePaul College Prep (IL), 2025
Positional Profile: 1B/OF
Body: 5-11, 175-pounds. Well-proportioned frame. Strength throughout.
Hit: LHH. Wide, balanced setup. Minimal load. No wasted movement. Simple swing, looks to control the barrel, whole field approach.
Power: 78.8 max exit velocity, averaged 71 mph. 259’ max distance.
Arm: LH. INF - 57 mph. OF - 60 mph. Short arm action, high 3/4 arm slot.
Defense: INF: Sure-handed. OF: Present pre-pitch rhythm, clean transfer to release.
Run: 8.10 runner in the 60. 

Vinnie Marvucic, Niles North (IL), 2023
Positional Profile: OF
Body: 5-11, 175-pounds. Strong lower half.
Hit: LHH. Tall, quiet setup, short stride. Strong hands. Short, uphill bat path. Natural lift. Gap-to-gap approach.
Power: 94.5 max exit velocity, averaged 87.5 mph. 323’ max distance.
Arm: LH. OF - 84 mph. Above-average arm strength. Short arm action, over-the-top arm slot.
Defense: Long to release. Efficient routes at times.
Run: 7.28 runner in the 60. 

Jorge Matos Jr, Chicago Hope (IL), 2025
Positional Profile: OF/RHP
Body: 5-7, 135-pounds. Small, compact frame.
Hit: RHH. Balanced, athletic setup. Slightly closed front side. Short stride. Bat speed. Swings on-plane early and through the zone. Worked on the barrel throughout. Used the middle of the field. Confident and aggressive.
Power: 81.1 max exit velocity, averaged 72.8 mph. 213’ max distance.
Arm: RH. OF - 69 mph. Short arm action, over-the-top arm slot.
Defense: Patient to the baseball,
Run: 7.66 runner in the 60. 

Matthew McBrien, East Leyden (IL), 2023
Positional Profile: OF/1B
Body: 5-9, 160-pounds. Well-proportioned frame.
Hit: LHH. Balanced setup, smooth load, short stride. Simple swing. Lets the ball travel. Loose hands. Feel for the barrel line-drive approach.
Power: 84.6 max exit velocity, averaged 80.1 mph. 258’ max distance.
Arm: LH. OF - 80 mph. Short, quick arm action. High 3/4 arm slot.
Defense: Quick feet. Efficient routes. Athletic outfield actions.
Run: 7.63 runner in the 60. 

Matt Miglieri, Lyons Township  (IL), 2023
Positional Profile: OF/1B
Body: 6-0, 175-pounds. Athletic build.
Hit: RHH. Quiet in the box. Tall, open setup with some bend at the knees. Bat starts vertical. Smooth, gradual load of the hands. Short stride. Simple, efficient actions in the box. Short, clean bat path through the zone. Center/right-center field approach.
Power: 89 max exit velocity, averaged 78.4 mph. 298’ max distance.
Arm: RH. OF - 76 mph. Long arm action, over-the-top arm slot.
Defense: Sure-handed. Clean exchange.
Run: 7.61 runner in the 60.

Ryan Mirante, South Elgin (IL), 2025
Positional Profile: OF/LHP
Body: 6-1, 170-pounds. Athletic build. High upside frame.
Hit: LHH. Closed, balanced stance. Minimal load and leg-kick trigger. Direct path, strong hands, works on top of the baseball.
Power: 90.4 max exit velocity, averaged 76.8 mph. 290’ max distance.
Arm: LH. OF - 72 mph. Short, high 3/4 slot.
Defense: Clean hand transfer.
Run: 7.52 runner in the 60. 

Luke Mudd, Grayslake Central (IL), 2023
Positional Profile: OF
Body: 5-10, 165-pounds. Well-proportioned frame.
Hit: RHH. Tall, open setup with some bend in the knees. Weight stacked on the backside. Short stride. Strong, athletic look. Quick hands. Used the middle of the field.
Power: 89.2 max exit velocity, averaged 81.3 mph. 266’ max distance.
Arm: LH. OF - 83 mph. Quick, compact arm action. Over-the-top arm slot.
Defense: Aggressive routes. Long to release at times. Plays through the baseball.
Run: 7.21 runner in the 60. 

Luke Murante, Benet (IL), 2024
Positional Profile: RHP/OF
Body: 5-9, 140-pounds. Well-proportioned frame.
Hit: RHH. Balanced setup, pre-pitch load. Loose hands, stays inside the baseball, uses the whole field.
Power: 83 max exit velocity, averaged 73.8 mph. 272’ max distance.
Arm: RH. OF - 74 mph. Short, over-the-top slot.
Defense: Sees ball into the glove. Clean exchange.
Run: 7.44 runner in the 60. 

Michael Navigato, Fenwick (IL), 2025
Positional Profile: OF/RHP
Body: 5-9, 135-pounds. Lean, compact frame.
Hit: RHH. Crouched setup, wide base, closed front side. Short bat path through the zone. Gap-to-gap approach.
Power: 78.4 max exit velocity, averaged 72.3 mph. 263’ max distance.
Arm: RH. OF - 77 mph. Long, high 3/4 slot.
Defense: Plays through the baseball.
Run: 7.74 runner in the 60. 

Aidan Nolan, New Trier (IL), 2024
Positional Profile: OF
Body: 5-11, 170-pounds. Well-proportioned frame.
Hit: RHH. Quiet in the box, balanced and slightly open setup, long stride. Simple swing, no added movement, short flat path through the zone.
Power: 84.9 max exit velocity, averaged 68.2 mph. 274’ max distance.
Arm: RH. OF - 78 mph. Long arm action, over-the-top arm slot.
Defense: Quick, athletic actions, works in stride.
Run: 7.04 runner in the 60. 

Charlie Parcell, Maine West (IL), 2023
Positional Profile: OF/LHP
Body: 5-11, 150-pounds. Lean, athletic frame.
Hit: LHH. Balanced setup, smooth load, leg-lift timing trigger. Quick hands, direct to the ball, on time, consistent hard, gap-to-gap contact.
Power: 89.4 max exit velocity, averaged 78.4 mph. 327’ max distance.
Arm: LH. OF - 83 mph. Short, quick arm action. Over-the-top arm slot.
Defense: Works in stride around the baseball, clean transfer, athletic.
Run: 7.04 runner in the 60. 

Jeffrey Preusser, Hinsdale Central (IL), 2023
Positional Profile: OF/RHP
Body: 6-0, 175-pounds. Athletic build.
Hit: RHH. Tall, balanced setup, long stride. Quick, strong hands. Favored the pull-side, balanced throughout.
Power: 84.9 max exit velocity, averaged 74.5 mph. 271’ max distance.
Arm: RH. OF - 77 mph. Long arm action, over-the-top arm slot.
Defense: Fields the ball off his throwing foot. Clean exchange.
Run: 7.42 runner in the 60. 

Cole Reifsteck, Nazareth Academy (IL), 2024
Positional Profile: OF
Body: 5-8, 165-pounds. Well-proportioned frame.
Hit: LHH. Balanced setup, long stride, hits off front foot. Handsy swing, stays inside the baseball, opposite field, lifted approach.
Power: 86.3 max exit velocity, averaged 77.7 mph. 281’ max distance.
Arm: LH. OF - 81 mph. Short arm action, high 3/4 arm slot.
Defense: Sure-handed, clean exchange.
Run: 6.80 runner in the 60.

Samuel Schmitt, Warren (IL), 2023
Positional Profile: OF
Body: 6-2, 185-pounds. Well-proportioned frame.
Hit: LHH. Balanced setup, minimal stride. Quick hands. Stays inside the baseball. Line-drive approach with the ability to drive the ball to the opposite field.
Power: 92.2 max exit velocity, averaged 86.3 mph. 326’ max distance.
Arm: LH. OF - 77 mph. Long arm action, high 3/4 slot.
Defense: Clean routes, plays through the baseball.
Run: 7.21 runner in the 60. 

Jake Swanson, Grant (IL), 2023
Positional Profile: LHP/OF
Body: 6-0, 180-pounds. Athletic frame.
Hit: LHH. Wide setup. Smooth load and stride. Controlled intent, short/direct swing, used the middle of the field.
Power: 90.8 max exit velocity, averaged 86.9 mph. 349’ max distance.
Arm: LH. OF - 92 mph. Advanced arm strength. Quick, compact arm action. Over-the-top arm slot.
Defense: Athletic feet, quick first step, plays through the baseball.
Run: 7.18 runner in the 60. 

Jake Ulbert, Belvidere North  (IL), 2023
Positional Profile: OF/SS
Body: 5-11, 175-pounds. Athletic build.
Hit: RHH. Balanced setup. Smooth load and short stride. Loose, quick hands. Uphill path.
Power: 92.3 max exit velocity, averaged 80.5 mph. 280’ max distance.
Arm: RH. OF - 81 mph. Long arm action, high 3/4 slot.
Defense: Plays behind the baseball.
Run: 7.23 runner in the 60. 

Ben Wegrzyn, Stevenson (IL), 2023
Positional Profile: OF/RHP
Body: 6-1, 160-pounds. Tall, lean build. Projectable frame.
Hit: RHH. Wide base. Tall, open stance. Smooth, rhythmic load. Short stride. Loose, athletic hands. Quick bat.
Power: 90.4 max exit velocity, averaged 83.3 mph. 308’ max distance.
Arm: RH. OF - 82 mph. Long arm action, high 3/4 arm slot.
Defense: Efficient routes. Quick lateral movements. Clean exchange.
Run: 7.11 runner in the 60. 

Adrian Zavala, Stagg (IL), 2023
Positional Profile: OF/RHP
Body: 5-9, 140-pounds. Small, compact frame.
Hit: RHH. Open setup with a wide base. Short stride. Simple approach. Short, compact bat path through the zone. Gap-to-gap approach.
Power: 83.3 max exit velocity, averaged 71.7 mph. 284’ max distance.
Arm: RH. OF - 82 mph. Short, quick arm action. High 3/4 arm slot.
Defense: Natural outfield actions. Quick Feet, clean routes. Defends with confidence.
Run: 7.09 runner in the 60. 

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