Peoria Preseason I.D.: Statistical Analysis


By Adam Panayotovich
Area Scout

The second annual Peoria Preseason I.D. was held on Feb. 20 at the Louisville Slugger Sports Complex with over 70 participating prospects in attendance. Last years' showcase unveiled to us a handful of upside talents from the Central Illinois area and this year was no different.

 Yesterday, we shared with you some instant analysis from the showcase in our Quick Hits post. Today, we’re more focused on sharing with you our statistical findings. We measured six separate categories and we’ll detail the leaders in each category below.


Tommy Kelly (Peoria Notre Dame, 2020) set the high standard in the 60-yard dash being the only runner to crack the sub-7.00 second mark at 6.69. Kelly also tied for third in Fastball Velocity, coupling his athletic feet with upside arm talent. In their first PBR showcases, uber athletic prospects Ramon Jimerson Jr. (Sacred Heart Griffin, 2022) and Liam McGill (Bloomington, 2021) tied for second in the 60 at seven seconds flat. 

RHP Mitchel Sampson (Galesburg, 2020) headlined the fastball velo chart by three ticks topping 88 mph. Tying for second was the imposing framed trio of RHP Brayden Childress (Robinson, 2020), RHP Blake Donnan (Taylorville, 2020) and RHP Noah Matheny (Galesburg, 2020) notching 85 mph on the gun. Matheny also headlined the INF velo boards tying Aaron Jayne (Blue Ridge, 2020) at 85 mph apiece. 

There were plenty of promising exit velocities coming out of the Central Illinois bats. Dylan Drumke (Libertyville, 2020) led the way topping 95 mph from a tee. PJ Jerszynski IV (Rochester, 2020) tied with Jack Shields (Peoria Notre Dame, 2020) for second each topping 94 mph, respectively. Nearly half of the prospects in attendance (28) registered an exit velocity of 85 mph or above while 14 of them hit 90+ mph. 

Shields had an all around impressive statistical day coupled with his athletic abilities. He topped the OF velo board at 86 mph, one tick ahead of Drumke at 85 mph. 

The sole 2021 prospect on the catcher pop time leaderboard led it, that being Josh Heyder (Washington) with a range of 2.00-2.08. He just outgunned Tyler Steck (Galesburg, 2020) who finished second with a wider range at 2.00-2.11. 

Chase Mason (Washington, 2020) and Carter Wiegman (Highland, 2020) were the only backstops to eclipse the 80+ mph mark in catcher velo. Mason lead the way at 83 mph while Wiegman finished second at 81 mph. 


Keep an eye out for an announcement regarding when videos from the showcase are posted on player profiles, in addition to full reports on each and every one of the prospects who made it to our Peoria showcase.

For now, here’s a look at the top performances from a statistical standpoint from Wednesday.

CLICK HERE for a sortable board of all players in attendance. 


top 60-yard dash
Name State School Class Pos. 60-yard
Tommy Kelly IL Peoria Notre Dame 2020 INF 6.69
Ramon Jimerson Jr IL Sacred Heart Griffin 2022 OF 7.00
Liam McGill IL Bloomington 2021 INF 7.00
Dylan Drumke IL Libertyville 2020 OF 7.02
Brayden Childress IL Robinson 2020 RHP/INF 7.05
Ryan Maul IL Jacksonville 2021 OF 7.09
TOP FASTBALL VELOCITY
Name State School Class Pos. FB Velo.
Mitchel Sampson IL Galesburg 2020 RHP 88
Brayden Childress IL Robinson 2020 RHP/INF 85
Blake Donnan IL Taylorville 2020 RHP 85
Noah Matheny IL Galesburg 2020 INF/RHP 85
Caleb Gross IL Normal University 2020 RHP 83
Tommy Kelly IL Peoria Notre Dame 2020 INF/RHP 83
Colin McDonald IL Dunlap 2020 RHP 83
Sam Paden IL Libertyville 2020 RHP/INF 83
TOP EXIT VELOCITY
Name State School Class Pos. Exit Velo.
Dylan Drumke IL Libertyville 2020 OF 95
PJ Jerszynski IV IL Rochester 2020 C 94
Jack Shields IL Peoria Notre Dame 2020 OF 94
Logan Sapp IL Rochester 2020 INF 93
Ashton Gray IL Limestone 2020 INF 92
Jayden Myren IL Rochester 2020 INF 92
Will Morris IL Plainfield South 2021 RHP/OF 92
Noah Matheny IL Galesburg 2020 INF/RHP 92
Satya Garapati IL Normal Community 2020 INF 91
Ryan Janssen IL Nokomis 2020 C 91
Will Ryan IL Rochester 2020 INF 91

TOP INFIELD VELOCITY
Name State School Class Pos. INF Velo.
Noah Matheny IL Galesburg 2020 INF/RHP 85
Aaron Jayne IL Blue Ridge 2020 INF 85
Sam Paden IL Libertyville 2020 INF/RHP 82
Tommy Kelly IL Peoria Notre Dame 2020 INF/RHP 81
Sam Antonacci IL Sacred Heart Griffin 2021 INF 81
TOP OUTFIELD VELOCITY
Name State School Class Pos. OF Velo.
Jack Shields IL Peoria Notre Dame 2020 OF 86
Dylan Drumke IL Libertyville 2020 OF 85
Will Morris IL Plainfield South 2021 RHP/OF 83
Ramon Jimerson Jr IL Sacred Heart Griffin 2022 OF 83
Jackson Gendron IL Washington 2020 OF 81
Logan Sapp IL Rochester 2020 OF 80
TOP CATCHER POP TIMES
Name State School Class Pos. Pop Time
Josh Heyder IL Washington 2021 C/INF 2.00-2.08
Tyler Steck IL Galesburg 2020 C 2.00-2.11
Chase Mason IL Washington 2020 C 2.01-2.10
Ryan Janssen IL Nokomis 2020 C 2.04-2.15
Tyler Wessels IL Elmwood 2020 C 2.05-2.12
TOP CATCHER VELOCITY
Name State School Class Pos. C Velo.
Chase Mason IL Washington 2020 C 83
Carter Wiegman IL Highland 2020 C 81
Tyler Wessels IL Elmwood 2020 C 79
Tyler Steck IL Galesburg 2020 C 79
Andrew Briggs IL Normal Community 2021 C 76
Ryan Janssen IL Nokomis 2020 C 76


For a complete list of all of the measured statistics taken from Wednesday's showcase, click here. Once more, look out for additional, more detailed analysis from the Peoria Preseason ID coming your way within the next few weeks.


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