Peoria Preseason ID: Infield Analysis


By: Illinois Scouting Staff

On Wednesday, February 23rd, the PBR Illinois staff traveled to the Louisville Slugger Sports Complex in Peoria, IL., to host the fifth annual Peoria Preseason ID. This open event provided our staff an opportunity for an up-to-date look on players from the Central Illinois area prior to the start of the high school season. 

For a complete list of the player’s that attended this event, click HERE

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’ll keep working our way around the diamond with the day’s infielders, found below. 

An infielder worth noting that just missed out on the top-five was Nolan VanDuzer (LaSalle-Peru, 2024). Van Duzer has a physical 6-foot-2, 200-pound frame and made his noise at the event with his right-handed bat.  Van Duzer led the event in max exit velocity at 96.5 mph, as well as average exit velocity at 89 mph. He was also second in max batted ball distance at 348 feet. When it comes to Blast Motion, he also led the event in the hand speed and bat speed metrics with an average hand speed of 23.7 mph and average bat speed of 76.4 mph. 

TOP INFIELD PROSPECTS

1. Dane Hrasky, O’Fallon (IL), 2025
Positional Profile: SS/2B
Body: 5-9, 135-pounds.
Hit: RHH. Balanced setup, smooth load, short stride. Aggressive/intentful swing, flashed bat speed, extension through contact and was on the barrel working gap-to-gap.
Power: 85.3 max exit velocity, averaged 80.2 mph. 305’ max distance.
Arm: RH. INF - 78 mph. Short, quick 3/4 slot, plays from multiple angles, some life out of the hand.
Defense: Fluid/athletic feet, moves well side-to-side, soft hands, confident, clean double-play turn.
Run: 7.07 runner in the 60. 

2. Cayden Hart, Lakes Community (IL), 2023
Positional Profile: 2B/RHP
Body: 6-1, 165-pounds.
Hit: LHH. Balanced setup, smooth load, and short leg-lift. Aggressive swing, controlled finish, athletic hands, natural lift and consistent hard gap-to-gap contact.
Power: 89.3 max exit velocity, averaged 78.5 mph. 338’ max distance.
Arm: RH. INF - 78 mph. Short, 3/4 slot, plays on the move.
Defense: Plays low to the ground, athletic actions, soft/confident hands, handles the short-hop well, showed body control on slow-roller.
Run: 7.34 runner in the 60. 

3. Reed Drabant, Columbia (IL), 2023
Positional Profile: SS/OF
Body: 5-11, 180-pounds.
Hit: LHH. Balanced setup, smooth quiet load and short stride. Present bat speed, compact swing, extension through contact, loose/athletic hands and repeated hard contact. Upside left-handed bat.
Power: 93.2 max exit velocity, averaged 86.8 mph. 330’ max distance.
Arm: RH. INF - 84 mph. OF - 87 mph. Long, high 3/4 slot, quick arm with a life.
Defense: Choppy feet up to the ball, fluid, range to back-hand, sure-handed.
Run: 7.46 runner in the 60.

4. Nate Bartman, Metamora (IL), 2023
Positional Profile: SS/2B
Body: 6-0, 169-pounds.
Hit: RHH. Balanced slightly crouched setup, minimal stride. Quiet swing, loose hands, feel for the barrel and used the whole field.
Power: 89.8 max exit velocity, averaged 78.5 mph. 325’ max distance.
Arm: RH. INF - 84 mph. Short, 3/4 slot, clean path with some life out of the hand.
Defense: Short/choppy steps, athletic feet, soft hands with a clean transfer, easy range and athleticism.
Run: 7.35 runner in the 60.

5. Davis Weeks, Dunlap (IL), 2025
Positional Profile: SS/RHP
Body: 5-9, 155-pounds.
Hit: RHH. Tall, balanced setup, quiet load and stride. Easy, balanced swing, long path, feel for the barrel.
Power: 76.9 max exit velocity, averaged 72.5 mph. 243’ max distance.
Arm: RH. INF - 74 mph. Loose, clean arm from a 3/4 slot.
Defense: Sure-handed, range to both sides, clean double-play turn and transfer.
Run: 8.19 runner in the 60.   

5. Seamus Boyle, Moline (IL), 2023
Positional Profile: 3B
Body: 6-1, 182-pounds. Balanced setup, quiet load and heel-lift stride.
Hit: RHH. Quiet, simple, rotational swing, stays on balance throughout. Strong hands, direct path, creates leverage and flashed jump off the barrel at times to the pull-side.
Power: 87.4 max exit velocity, averaged 76.4 mph. 322’ max distance.
Arm: RH. INF - 80 mph. Short, clean 3/4 slot, plays from multiple angles and on the move.
Defense: Fluid footwork, sure-handed, clean double-play turn, body control on slow-roller, confident defender.
Run: 7.35 runner in the 60.

BEST OF THE REST (LISTED ALPHABETICALLY)

Joseph Aarvig, Belvidere North (IL), 2024
Positional Profile: RHP/3B
Body: 5-11, 170-pounds.
Hit: RHH. Balanced stance, load and stride work together. Direct, uphill path, pull-side approach.
Power: 78.8 max exit velocity, averaged 69.2 mph. 252’ max distance.
Arm: RH. INF - 68 mph. Short, 3/4 release.
Defense: Two-hand gather out front, clean transfer.
Run: 8.02 runner in the 60. 

Evan Anderson, Auburn (IL), 2024
Positional Profile: C/SS
Body: 5-10, 145-pounds.
Hit: RHH. Balanced setup, minimal load and short stride. Easy swing, loose hands, uses the whole field.
Power: 75.8 max exit velocity, averaged 68.8 mph. 264’ max distance.
Arm: RH. INF - 65 mph. OF - 73 mph. Long arm circle into a high 3/4 slot, clean arm path.
Defense: Two-hand gather out front, some range to the backhand, clean transfer.
Run: 7.73 runner in the 60.

Ryan Bettis, Porta (IL), 2023
Positional Profile: 2B/RHP
Body: 5-10, 155-pounds.
Hit: RHH. Balanced setup, minimal load and stride. Quiet swing, easy effort, stays on balance and long path through the zone.
Power: 79.3 max exit velocity, averaged 72.5 mph. 262’ max distance.
Arm: RH. INF - 71 mph. Short out of the glove into a 3/4 release.
Defense: Two-hand gather, clean transfer, plays low to the ground.
Run: 7.86 runner in the 60. 

Brady Bolen, Pekin (IL), 2025
Positional Profile: SS/RHP
Body: 5-6, 145-pounds.
Hit: RHH. Balanced stance, quiet load and short stride. Direct path, sits into lower half at times, flashed strong hands.
Power: 79.5 max exit velocity, averaged 72.6 mph. 246’ max distance.
Arm: RH. INF - 69 mph. Short, 3/4 release, some arm-speed.
Defense: Athletic actions, fluid footwork, soft/confident hands, clean transfer, body control.
Run: 8.00 runner in the 60. 

Cole Burton, Washington (IL), 2024
Positional Profile: 3B/RHP
Body: 5-7, 178-pounds.
Hit: LHH. Balanced setup, quiet load and stride. Simple, controlled swing, loose athletic hands, flashed sneaky jump off the barrel.
Power: 93.4 max exit velocity, averaged 84.5 mph. 290’ max distance.
Arm: RH. INF - 73 mph. OF - 82 mph. Short, high 3/4 slot, quick arm.
Defense: Sue-handed, two-hand gather, clean transfer.
Run: 7.70 runner in the 60. 

Alex Cashman, Glenwood (IL), 2023
Positional Profile: 2B/SS
Body: 6-0, 160-pounds.
Hit: RHH. Balanced setup, leg-kick timing trigger. Aggressive swing, intent, loose, quick hands, stays flat through the zone, and was on the barrel to the pull-side throughout his round.
Power: 85.6 max exit velocity, averaged 70.6 mph. 312’ max distance.
Arm: RH. INF - 82 mph. Loose/quick arm from a high 3/4 slot, plays from multiple angles and on the move.
Defense: Quick/athletic feet, sure-handed, showed body control on slow-roller.
Run: 7.28 runner in the 60. 

Joseph Catalano, Williamsville (IL), 2024
Positional Profile: RHP/1B
Body: 6-3, 155-pounds.
Hit: RHH. Tall setup, pre-pitch load, short leg-lift trigger. Long path, loose hands at times and works the middle of the field.
Power: 87 max exit velocity, averaged 79.7 mph. 287’ max distance.
Arm: RH. INF - 76 mph. Short, high 3/4 slot.
Defense: Two-hand gather out front, proper footwork around the bag.
Run: 7.84 runner in the 60. 

Cameron Clifton, Normal University (IL), 2024
Positional Profile: RHP/3B
Body: 6-0, 175-pounds.
Hit: RHH. Wide, balanced setup, leg-lift trigger. Strong hands, uphill at times, flashed some jump off the barrel at times.
Power: 86.4 max exit velocity, averaged 73.1 mph. 312’ max distance.
Arm: RH. INF - 71 mph. Short, 3/4 release.
Defense: Fluid feet, steady hands with a two-hand gather, clean transfer.
Run: 8.46 runner in the 60. 

Malakai Correa, Canton (IL), 2023
Positional Profile: 1B/RHP
Body: 6-1, 209-pounds.
Hit: RHH. Upright, balanced setup, short stride. Physical presence in the box, strong hands, flashed quickness through the zone and ball jumps off the barrel.
Power: 92.1 max exit velocity, averaged 84.2 mph. 287’ max distance.
Arm: RH. INF - 77 mph. Short, 3/4 slot.
Defense: Two-hand gather, proper footwork around the bag, athletic stretch.
Run: 7.47 runner in the 60. 

Luke DiGiallonardo, Dunlap (IL), 2024
Positional Profile: LHP/1B
Body: 6-1, 140-pounds. Lean, long-levered frame.
Hit: LHH. Balanced setup, smooth load and short stride. Quiet, simple swing, loose hands, stays short to the baseball and sprays line-drive contact at times.
Power: 83.1 max exit velocity, averaged 72.4 mph. 259’ max distance.
Arm: LH. INF - 69 mph. Short, 3/4 slot, clean arm.
Defense: Two-hand gather out front, sure-handed, proper footwork around the bag.
Run: 7.69 runner in the 60. 

Isaac Elliott, Glenwood (IL), 2023
Positional Profile: RHP/3B
Body: 6-3, 205-pounds.
Hit: RHH. Tall setup, leg-kick timing trigger. Advanced bat strength, short and quick to the ball, strong through contact, works gap-to-gap.
Power: 92.2 max exit velocity, averaged 83.2 mph. 318’ max distance.
Arm: RH. INF - 80 mph. Clean arm path, 3/4 slot with some arm-speed.
Defense: Soft/confident hands, showed some range to both sides of the glove, clean double-play turn.
Run: 7.88 runner in the 60. 

Garrett Guenther, Grayslake Central (IL), 2023
Positional Profile: 3B/RHP
Body: 6-0, 180-pounds. Strong, athletic frame.
Hit: RHH. Tall balanced setup, smooth quiet load and short stride. Strong hands, long, uphill bat path, creates leverage to the pull-side.
Power: 89.9 max exit velocity, averaged 75 mph. 326’ max distance.
Arm: RH. INF - 78 mph. Short, high 3/4 slot, clean path with some arm-speed.
Defense: Sure-handed, clean transfer, fluid feet.
Run: 7.16 runner in the 60. 

Connor Hale, Saint Joseph-Ogden (IL), 2023
Positional Profile: RHP/3B
Body: 5-11, 165-pounds.
Hit: RHH. Balanced, slightly open setup, smooth load and short stride. Athletic, quick hands, works uphill through the zone and works gap-to-gap.
Power: 84.3 max exit velocity, averaged 73.4 mph. 223’ max distance.
Arm: RH. INF - 77 mph. Long, high 3/4 slot, some arm-speed.
Defense: Steady hands, two-hand gather out front with a clean transfer, moves well to backhand.
Run: 7.76 runner in the 60. 

Charlie Hobbs, Champaign Central (IL), 2024
Positional Profile: SS/3B
Body: 6-0, 150-pounds.
Hit: RHH. Narrow, closed setup, short stride. Long-levered swing, loose hands, uphill path and controlled finish.
Power: 83.3 max exit velocity, averaged 77.5 mph. 297’ max distance.
Arm: RH. INF - 75 mph. Short, 3/4 slot, clean path.
Defense: Fluid feet, steady hands with a two-hand gather, clean transfer, showed body control on slow-roller.
Run: 7.75 runner in the 60. 

Gavin Kleist, Limestone (IL), 2025
Positional Profile: 3B/C
Body: 5-11, 155-pounds.
Hit: LHH. Tall, narrow setup, fluid load and long stride. Fluid, easy swing, long path, loose hands and sprays contact to all fields.
Power: 86.6 max exit velocity, averaged 74.4 mph. 288’ max distance.
Arm: RH. INF - 73 mph. Short, high 3/4 slot.
Defense: Two-hand gather out front, sure-handed, confident to backhand.
Run: 8.37 runner in the 60. 

Jack Linenfelser, Quincy Notre Dame (IL), 2023
Positional Profile: SS/2B
Body: 5-10, 180-pounds.
Hit: RHH. Balanced, upright setup, long stride. Aggressive swing, looks to lift the baseball, strong hands and pull-side tendencies.
Power: 91.4 max exit velocity, averaged 78.4 mph. 294’ max distance.
Arm: RH. INF - 82 mph. Clean arm path, 3/4 slot with arm-speed.
Defense: Athletic pre-pitch, fluid feet, sure-handed with a clean transfer, showed body control on slow-roller.
Run: 7.43 runner in the 60. 

Caleb Lott, Richwoods (IL), 2023
Positional Profile: SS/RHP
Body: 5-7, 145-pounds.
Hit: RHH. Open setup, quiet load and short leg-lift trigger. Easy swing, long uphill path, pull-side tendencies.
Power: 80.5 max exit velocity, averaged 64.4 mph. 272’ max distance.
Arm: RH. INF - 77 mph. Clean arm, long out of the glove into a 3/4 slot, loose throughout.
Defense: Athletic actions, fluid feet, soft hands, clean transfer, range to the backhand, handles short hops well, showed body control on slow-roller.
Run: 7.61 runner in the 60. 

Graham Malcolm, Dunlap (IL), 2023
Positional Profile: SS/2B
Body: 5-7, 150-pounds.
Hit: RHH. Balanced setup, quiet load and short stride. Easy, balanced, repeatable swing, long path, uphill tendencies and was on the barrel to both gaps.
Power: 87.4 max exit velocity, averaged 79.2 mph. 318’ max distance.
Arm: RH. INF - 78 mph. Long, loose 3/4 slot, played from short 3/4 at times and on the move.
Defense: Confident hands, two-hand gather out front, moves well, clean transfer, range to backhand and body control on the slow roller.
Run: 7.78 runner in the 60. 

Carter Mizeur, Sacred Heart-Griffin (IL), 2023
Positional Profile: 3B/RHP
Body: 5-10, 160-pounds.
Hit: RHH. Balanced, quiet setup, short stride. Simple swing, aggressive at times, short path and line-drive approach, pull-side tendencies.
Power: 83.2 max exit velocity, averaged 76.4 mph. 251’ max distance.
Arm: RH. INF - 69 mph. Short, 3/4 slot.
Defense: Two-hand gather out front, plays low to the ground, plays on the balls of his feet with fluid footwork.
Run: 7.13 runner in the 60. 

Landen Patton, Sangamon Valley (IL), 2024
Positional Profile: 1B/LHP
Body: 5-11, 176-pounds.
Hit: LHH. Balanced setup, smooth load and leg-kick trigger. Fluid rhythm, pull-side approach and level path through the zone.
Power: 87.5 max exit velocity, averaged 71.5 mph. 295’ max distance.
Arm: LH. INF - 80 mph. Long arm swing into a 3/4 slot, plays with arm-speed.
Defense: Moves well side-to-side, steady hands, proper footwork around the bag.
Run: 7.86 runner in the 60.

Nolan Schaefer, Pekin (IL), 2024
Positional Profile: 2B/RHP
Body: 5-8, 160-pounds.
Hit: RHH. Balanced, wide setup, smooth load and leg-lift trigger. Short path, strong hands, natural lift and used the middle part of the diamond.
Power: 88.6 max exit velocity, averaged 76.8 mph. 324’ max distance.
Arm: RH. INF - 79 mph. Short, 3/4 slot.
Defense: Two-hand gather out front, clean transfer, athletic feet, active mover.
Run: 7.25 runner in the 60. 

Jake Schisler, Quincy Notre Dame (IL), 2023
Positional Profile: OF/RHP
Body: 5-10, 185-pounds.
Hit: RHH. Balanced setup, sits into backside, toe-tap stride. Uphill path, pull-side approach, on the barrel at times.
Power: 93 max exit velocity, averaged 83.6 mph. 337’ max distance.
Arm: RH. INF - 79 mph. OF - 85 mph. Long, loose arm action from a 3/4 slot.
Defense: Pre-pitch hop, two-hand gather out front, clean transfer.
Run: 7.57 runner in the 60.

Carson Stevens, Normal University (IL), 2025
Positional Profile: SS/C
Body: 5-9, 155-pounds.
Hit: RHH. Wide setup, minimal load and toe-tap stride. Simple swing, uphill path and hands stay inside the baseball.
Power: 75.7 max exit velocity, averaged 63 mph. 220’ max distance.
Arm: RH. C - 72 mph. INF - 74 mph. Short, over-the-top slot, consistently put throws around the bag.
Defense: 2.19-2.22 pop times. Stong, confident hands, works under the ball with subtle frames, clean transfer with simple footwork that stays in-line, athletic blocker side-to-side.
Run: 7.73 runner in the 60.

Jude Strahm, Brimfield (IL), 2024
Positional Profile: OF/SS
Body: 6-1, 172-pounds.
Hit: RHH. Tall, narrow setup, long stride. Swings with controlled intent, sits into backside, loose hands, uphill path and creates leverage to the pull-side.
Power: 83.8 max exit velocity, averaged 77.7 mph. 303’ max distance.
Arm: RH. INF - 81 mph. OF - 86 mph. Loose, clean arm action with life out of the hand.
Defense: Sure-handed, two-hand gather out front.
Run: 7.26 runner in the 60. 

Alek Terlecki, Glenwood (IL), 2025
Positional Profile: 1B/LHP
Body: 6-0, 155-pounds. Lean, athletic, upside frame.
Hit: SH. Balanced setup, quiet load and short stride. Compact swing, repeats, direct path, stays through the zone at times, uphill tendencies.
Power: 90.3 max exit velocity, averaged 75.8 mph. 298’ max distance.
Arm: LH. INF - 66 mph. Loose, 3/4 slot, clean through release.
Defense: Confident hands, two-hand gather out front, moves well around the bag and handles short-hops.
Run: 7.49 runner in the 60. 

Brecken Thomas, Williamsville (IL), 2024
Positional Profile: 2B/RHP
Body: 5-9, 165-pounds.
Hit: RHH. Tall balanced setup, smooth load and toe-tap stride. Present levers, loose hands, direct path, occasional uphill tendencies.
Power: 77.8 max exit velocity, averaged 68.2 mph. 240’ max distance.
Arm: RH. INF - 71 mph. Short 3/4 release.
Defense: Two-hand gather out front, steady hands, some body control.
Run: 7.90 runner in the 60. 

Nolan VanDuzer, LaSalle-Peru (IL), 2024
Positional Profile: RHP/3B
Body: 6-2, 200-pounds. Physical, strong frame.
Hit: RHH. Balanced setup, early load, toe-tap stride. Flashed present bat speed, advanced hand strength, uphill path, ball jumps off the bat at times.
Power: 96.5 max exit velocity, averaged 89 mph. 348’ max distance.
Arm: RH. INF - 74 mph. Short, 3/4 slot.
Defense: Fluid footwork, sure-handed, clean double-play turn, body control on slow-roller.
Run: 7.81 runner in the 60. 

Jonah Wyman, Dunlap (IL), 2023
Positional Profile: OF/2B
Body: 5-10, 145-pounds.
Hit: SH. Wide setup, smooth load and short stride. Similar swing from both sides of the plate. Quiet, simple, repeatable swing. Athletic hands, level through the zone, bat stays on plane.
Power: 85.5 max exit velocity, averaged 79.8 mph. 321’ max distance.
Arm: RH. INF - 72 mph. OF - 80 mph. Short, 3/4 slot.
Defense: Sure-handed, two-hand gather out front, clean transfer.
Run: 7.31 runner in the 60. 

Cole Yates, Illinois Valley Central (IL), 2025
Positional Profile: SS/2B
Body: 5-6, 125-pounds.
Hit: RHH. Balanced quiet setup, minimal load and short stride. Simple swing, direct to the ball, pull-side approach, sneaky jump off the barrel for size.
Power: 80 max exit velocity, averaged 74.1 mph. 276’ max distance.
Arm: RH. INF - 70 mph. Short, 3/4 slot, plays on the move and from multiple angles.
Defense: Fluid feet, soft/confident hands, handles short hops well, range to the back hand and up the middle, athletic actions with body control.
Run: 7.67 runner in the 60. 

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