Prep Baseball Report

Unsigned Senior Showcase: Positional Data Dive


Kevin Cronin
Tech Analyst, Area Scout

On Oct. 1, PBR Illinois hosted the fall’s Unsigned Senior Showcase, as it does each and every fall, at The MAX complex in McCook, Ill., where over 50 prospects participated. These Class of 2024 athletes remain uncommitted headed into the final offseason of their prep careers, and this group that performed at The MAX last weekend underscored the unsigned talent still remaining in Illinois.

For a closer look at the showcase details and the technologies we'll have on-site to assist our in-person evaluation for all in attendance, click here. For a complete look at those registered to attend this event, view the most up-to-date version of the roster by clicking here.

Last Tuesday, we took a closer look at some of the immediate standouts who caught our attention with our Quick Hits. Earlier today, we published our Statistical Analysis, where we broke down the stat leaders from the more traditional categories. Now, we will take a further in-depth look at the top positional players with the help of our tech partnerships, broken down by the categories down below:

SYNCRO ATHLETIC TESTING

60-YARD DASH

Rank Name State School Class Pos 60-yd
1 James Nydegger IL Mount Carmel 2024 OF 6.79 s
2 Braeden Groszek IL Glenbard West 2024 2B 7.01 s
3 Carter Laudeman IL Morris 2024 OF 7.03 s
4 Kristian Shinohara IL Glenbard West 2024 OF 7.07 s
5 Nathan McBroom IL Minooka 2024 OF 7.09 s

10-YARD SPLIT

Rank Name State School Class Pos 10-yd
1 James Nydegger IL Mount Carmel 2024 OF 1.64 s
2 Nathan McBroom IL Minooka 2024 OF 1.66 s
3 Ryan Cahill IL Andrew 2024 SS 1.67 s
4 Caston Norris IL Morris 2024 SS 1.68 s
5 Braeden Groszek IL Glenbard West 2024 2B 1.69 s
^ Tyler Alicea IL Saint Patrick 2024 SS 1.69 s
^ Owen Radde IL Downers Grove South 2024 OF 1.69 s

Run Speed (Max)


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Traditionally, the 60-yard dash has been the in-event standard to help measure a player's speed tool. We implemented three timing gates at the 10 and 30 yards, to capture athletes’ quickness, explosiveness and reaction time. From there, we will calculate an athlete’s top-end speed in miles per hour. While the measurement still has its utility, the 10-yard split has started to become more and more applicable in determining the player's burst and reaction time in-game, whether that's in the outfield or on the basepaths. 

The ability to develop force quickly is a requisite ability in most sports. The reactive strength index (RSI) has been developed as a measure of explosive strength and is derived by evaluating jump height divided by ground contact time during the depth jump. Regarding vertical jumps and its application to baseball, there have been studies conducted that show a correlation between max jump height for an athlete and their ability to generate power and strength, especially on the mound.

 


 

TRACKMAN

EXIT VELOCITY (MAX)

Rank Name State School Class Pos Exit Velocity (max)
1 Nathan McBroom IL Minooka 2024 OF 97.0 mph
2 Dasaan Lee IL De La Salle 2024 C 95.4 mph
3 Owen Radde IL Downers Grove South 2024 OF 94.1 mph
4 Logan Tomlinson IL Maine South 2024 1B 93.1 mph
5 James Nydegger IL Mount Carmel 2024 OF 92.8 mph
6 Kristian Shinohara IL Glenbard West 2024 OF 92.1 mph
7 Joey Corcoran IL Nazareth Academy 2024 OF 91.5 mph
8 Tyler Alicea IL Saint Patrick 2024 SS 91.5 mph
9 Aidan Conners IL Hinsdale Central 2024 3B 91.4 mph
10 Carter Laudeman IL Morris 2024 OF 91.3 mph

EXIT VELOCITY (AVG.)

Rank Name State School Class Pos Exit Velocity (avg)
1 Dasaan Lee IL De La Salle 2024 C 91.1 mph
2 Nathan McBroom IL Minooka 2024 OF 88.9 mph
3 Aidan Conners IL Hinsdale Central 2024 3B 88.7 mph
4 James Nydegger IL Mount Carmel 2024 OF 86.0 mph
5 Kristian Shinohara IL Glenbard West 2024 OF 85.3 mph

Exit Velocity: This metric measures the speed of the ball, measured in miles per hour, as it comes off the bat at the moment of contact.

BATTED BALL DISTANCE (MAX)

Rank Name State School Class Pos Distance (max)
1 Aidan Conners IL Hinsdale Central 2024 3B 349 ft
2 Nathan McBroom IL Minooka 2024 OF 346 ft
3 Dasaan Lee IL De La Salle 2024 C 344 ft
4 Joey Corcoran IL Nazareth Academy 2024 OF 339 ft
5 Logan Tomlinson IL Maine South 2024 1B 332 ft

SWEET SPOT%

Sweet Spot percentage: This metric is determined by how often the player produces a batted ball during the session with a launch angle between 8 to 32 degrees.

 


 

BLAST MOTION

HAND SPEED (AVG.)

Rank Name State School Class Pos Hand Speed (avg)
1 Aidan Conners IL Hinsdale Central 2024 3B 26.7 mph
2 Owen Radde IL Downers Grove South 2024 OF 23.4 mph
3 Nathan McBroom IL Minooka 2024 OF 22.8 mph
4 Lukas Trippiedi IL Addison Trail 2024 RHP 22.3 mph
5 Adan Nieves IL Rochester 2024 SS 22.2 mph
6 Nico Ruoti IL Glenbard West 2024 SS 22.0 mph
7 Kristian Shinohara IL Glenbard West 2024 OF 21.9 mph
8 Logan Tomlinson IL Maine South 2024 1B 21.7 mph
9 Joey Corcoran IL Nazareth Academy 2024 OF 21.5 mph
10 Ryan Cahill IL Andrew 2024 SS 21.5 mph

Hand Speed: The observed speed as measured on the handle of the bat (measured six inches from the knob of the bat). Peak Hand Speed will occur prior to the moment of impact, very close to the commit time in the swing when the wrists unhinge.

BAT SPEED (AVG.)

Rank Name State School Class Pos Bat Speed (avg)
1 Nathan McBroom IL Minooka 2024 OF 76.2 mph
2 Logan Tomlinson IL Maine South 2024 1B 75.1 mph
3 Dasaan Lee IL De La Salle 2024 C 73.2 mph
4 Owen Radde IL Downers Grove South 2024 OF 71.3 mph
5 Luis Arreola IL Carmel Catholic 2024 RHP 70.9 mph

Bat Speed: The observed speed of the sweet spot of the bat at impact. The sweet spot of the bat is measured six inches from the tip of the bat.

ROTATIONAL ACCELERATION (AVG.)

Rank Name State School Class Pos Rot. Acc (avg)
1 Aidan Conners IL Hinsdale Central 2024 3B 31.0 g
2 Liam Arnold IL Palatine 2024 RHP 29.2 g
3 Mark Flisk IL Andrew 2024 C 21.1 g
4 Kristian Shinohara IL Glenbard West 2024 OF 21.0 g
5 Owen Radde IL Downers Grove South 2024 OF 18.0 g

Body Rotation: A swing that has the appropriate relative contributions of body and bat rotations is an efficient and Powerful swing that maintains proper sequencing. An efficient baseball swing is one in which the body creates the initial movements, which is then transferred to the arms and out to the bat, thereby maximizing Bat Speed through this proximal-to-distal kinematic sequencing movement pattern.

 


 

VIZUAL EDGE

EDGE SCORE

Rank Name State School Class Pos Edge Score
1 Caston Norris IL Morris 2024 SS 88.00
2 Carter Laudeman IL Morris 2024 OF 85.39
3 Griffin Troha IL Mundelein 2024 3B 84.20
4 Diego Lugo IL St. Laurence 2024 SS 81.74
5 Adan Nieves IL Rochester 2024 SS 80.68

The Edge Score is a comprehensive score out of 100 that takes the core-six visual skills into account, providing athletes, parents, coaches and scouts with a benchmark number for assessing an athlete’s overall visual ability. In general the higher the Edge Score, the higher chance of athletic success. Think of the Edge Score as the 'Sixth Metric' in the standard Five-Tools that make up a ball player.

The average Edge Score for the 2020 MLB Draft Class was 79.3 (of hitters who completed a Vizual Edge test). MLB players we've worked with typically show stronger scores, with elite hitters scoring consistently above 87.0 on their Edge Score.

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