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Underclass Showcase: Statistical Analysis


By Andy Sroka
Staff Writer, Associate Scout

On Oct. 20, the PBR Illinois team hosted its final showcase of 2019, the Underclass Showcase, at The MAX in McCook, Ill., that featured over 110 prospects primarily representing the 2022 and 2023 classes, but there were a handful of seventh- and eighth-graders in attendance, too. Today, we’ll be analyzing the top statistical performers from this event, after covering the best things we saw on Sunday in yesterday’s Quick Hits post.

Within the next few weeks, videos from this event will be posted into profiles and we will have scouting reports on each of the prospects in attendance. For now, here are the stat leaderboards in each of the measured categories taken from the showcase.

MAX FASTBALL VELOCITY

Sophomores dominate this list, as expected, but Crystal Lake South’s RHP Ysen Useni comfortably took the top spot here, with a top velo of 87 mph, four ticks faster than the next best. He’s already a hulking force on the mound and has made himself a high-follow headed into the offseason. From Dunlap, Caleb Diver earns the honor as the 2023 with the highest fastball velo, edging out a couple others with an 82 mph high.

Rank Name State School Class Pos Max FB
1 Ysen Useni IL Crystal Lake South 2022 RHP 87 mph
2 Ashton Izzi IL Oswego East 2022 RHP 83 mph
^ Sebastian Gutierrez IL Nazareth 2022 RHP 83 mph
^ Tommy Boba IL Wheaton Warrenville South 2022 RHP 83 mph
3 Cade Nowik IL Lake Forest 2022 RHP 82 mph
^ Alexander Cherian IL Niles West 2022 OF 82 mph
^ Caleb Diver IL Dunlap 2023 RHP 82 mph
^ Tony Pluta IL St. Viator 2022 RHP 82 mph
4 Andrew Ressler IL Huntley 2023 RHP 81 mph
^ Quinten Lane IL Hinsdale Central 2022 RHP 81 mph

TOP 60-YARD DASH

Miles Supurgeci, a sophomore from Mount Carmel, lit up the track with a premium 6.67 mark in the 60-yard dash. Four others ran sub-7.00 times in the 60, including Minooka’s Mikey Murphy, who’s just a freshman. The amount of talent who recorded marks at or near the 7.00 threshold underscores just how athletic this showcase was.

Rank Name State School Class Pos 60-yard
1 Myles Supurgeci IL Mount Carmel 2022 OF 6.67
2 Declan Emery IL Lincoln-Way East 2022 OF 6.91
3 Mikey Murphy IL Minooka 2023 OF 6.95
4 Jayden Cummings IL Simeon 2022 SS 6.98
5 Matthew Wright IL Homewood-Flossmoor 2023 RHP 6.99
6 Peyton Burgh IL Prospect 2022 3B 7.02
^ Evan Baptiste IL Barrington 2022 OF 7.02
7 Angelo Luna IL St. Laurence 2022 OF 7.04
8 Brandon Pritchard IL Lincoln-Way West 2022 SS 7.05
9 Dylan Evans IL Plainfield North 2022 C 7.11
10 Daniel Pacella IL Mundelein 2022 1B 7.12
11 Lucas Smith IL Nazareth 2023 OF 7.13
12 Jalen Headly IL St. Laurence 2022 OF 7.14
13 Joshua Bell IL Gwendolyn Brooks High School 2022 3B 7.15

TOP EXIT VELOCITY

Given his sheer size, Useni’s 91 mph mark at the exit velocity station comes as no surprise, but it was actually Mundelein’s Tommy Stricklin (2022) who led this category, with a 92 mph high. High school teammate and fellow sophomore Daniel Pacella trailed him by a tick, but was otherwise one of the day’s statistical standouts, as a 7.12 runner with arm strength and athleticism, especially for a first baseman. Freshman Ryan Bakes (Huntley) led his class in exit velo, with an 88 mph high.

Rank Name State School Class Pos Exit Velo
1 Tommy Stricklin IL Mundelein 2022 3B 92
2 Ysen Useni IL Crystal Lake South 2022 RHP 91
^ Daniel Pacella IL Mundelein 2022 1B 91
3 Kyle Odeshoo IL Prospect 2022 C 89
4 William Ho IL Hinsdale Central 2023 2B 88
^ Ryan Bakes IL Huntley 2023 C 88
^ Dillon Putty IL Huntley 2023 1B 88
5 Horacio Cabrales Jr IL Thornwood 2022 1B 87
^ Tony Pluta IL St. Viator 2022 RHP 87
^ Dylan Evans IL Plainfield North 2022 C 87
^ Tyler Dean IL Benet Academy 2022 C 87

TOP INFIELD VELOCITY

Sebastian Gutierrez (Nazareth Academy, 2022) came away with some high praise for his work on the mound, so his arm strength naturally played well across the infield, where he led this group in velocity. Useni, again, makes his presence felt here, as expected, as well as the aforementioned Pacella. Hinsdale Central freshman Benjamin Oosterbaan is a talented two-way player in his own right, and his arm strength is advanced for his age, too.

Rank Name State School Class Pos INF Velo
1 Sebastian Gutierrez IL Nazareth 2022 RHP 86
2 Ysen Useni IL Crystal Lake South 2022 RHP 83
3 Daniel Pacella IL Mundelein 2022 1B 82
4 Benjamin Oosterbaan IL Hinsdale Central 2023 RHP 81
5 Brandon Pritchard IL Lincoln-Way West 2022 SS 80
^ Andrew Ressler IL Huntley 2023 RHP 80
6 Caleb Diver IL Dunlap 2023 RHP 79
^ Peyton Burgh IL Prospect 2022 3B 79
7 Anthony Estrada IL St. Charles East 2023 3B 78
^ Jayden Cummings IL Simeon 2022 SS 78

TOP OUTFIELD VELOCITY

St. Laurence’s Angelo Luna, a sophomore, is a natural defensively and his arm strength only adds to his upside all-around profile. He led this group by a couple ticks on his throws home. Fellow ‘22 grad Ashton Izzi (Oswego East) trailed Luna by just two ticks.

Rank Name State School Class Pos OF Velo
1 Angelo Luna IL St. Laurence 2022 OF 87
2 Ashton Izzi IL Oswego East 2022 RHP 85
3 Alexander Cherian IL Niles West 2022 OF 83
4 Evan Baptiste IL Barrington 2022 OF 82
^ Lucas Smith IL Nazareth 2023 OF 82
5 Josh Outlaw IL Maine West 2022 OF 81
^ Gavin Gomez IL Providence Catholic 2023 LHP 81

TOP CATCHER VELOCITY

Charlie Marisca (Grayslake Central, 2022) is an advanced defender and not just for his age. His arm strength and quick release helped him post the top results in both catcher categories and it’s made him a high-follow moving forward. Huntley’s freshman Bakes wasn’t far off from Marisca, either, which is seriously saying something. Bakes is a strong, physical backstop who’s athleticism really helps him receive and explode from the crouch.

Rank Name State School Class Pos C Velo
1 Charlie Marisca IL Grayslake Central 2022 C 78
2 Ryan Bakes IL Huntley 2023 C 77
3 Tony Pluta IL St. Viator 2022 RHP 76
4 Charlie Chaffee IL Marist 2023 C 73

TOP POP TIMES

Marisca and Bakes each recorded some of the lowest average times, with the Grayslake Central prospect leading the group, but Marist’s Charlie Chaffee (2023) also warrants some real recognition. While his arm strength was short of the previous two, his quick actions from behind the dish ultimately had him neck and neck with the Huntley freshman. Tony Pluta, the sophomore from St. Viator, was also near the top of both catcher leaderboards.

Rank Name State School Class Pos Pop Time
1 Charlie Marisca IL Grayslake Central 2022 C 1.97-2.08
2 Charlie Chaffee IL Marist 2023 C 2.01-2.13
3 Ryan Bakes IL Huntley 2023 C 2.01-2.14
4 Tony Pluta IL St. Viator 2022 RHP 2.04-2.12
5 Tyler Dean IL Benet Academy 2022 C 2.10-2.19

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