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Unsigned Senior Showcase: Statistical Analysis


By: Diego Solares
Illinois Scouting Staff

On Sunday, October 3, the PBR Illinois staff traveled back to The MAX Sports Complex in McCook, Illinois, to host the annual Unsigned Senior Showcase. This event was open to all uncommitted prospects in the state’s 2022 class that are still looking for a place to call home at the collegiate level.

For a look at the complete roster of players set to make the trip to the MAX this Sunday, click HERE.

Now, at the event’s conclusion, our staff will begin to unravel our thoughts from the day, starting with this statistical analysis. Below we’ll highlight which players led our respective statistical categories, such as the 60-yard dash, max throwing velocities, and other such numbers from the event. 

STAT STORY

+ C/RHP Jacob Filip (Lake Community, 2022) impressed our scouts both as a positional player and a pitcher. The 6-foot-0, 180-pound left-handed hitter started his day as a catcher and finished atop the 60-yard dash leaderboard with a 6.90. During BP, Filip squared three balls up at 96 mph, nearly recording the hardest hit balls of the day. He showcased his impressive arm talent on defense as well, reaching back for an 85 mph strike to second base out of the crouch. Finally, Filip hopped on the mound later in his workout and pumped an 89.24 mph high with his fastball, per TrackMan. It was an impressive all-around showing for the uncommitted two-way prospect.

+ Just like he did at the Chicagoland Open in August, OF Luke Leombruni (Boylan Catholic) paced this group in the 60-yard dash. A high level quick-twitch athlete, Leombruni clocked a 6.59 time in our lasers, improving on the 6.64 he ran back at Triton roughly a month or so ago. 

+ OF Braiden Elliot (Tri-Valley) emerged as an impressive uncommitted athlete to follow in the state’s current senior class. Built at a lean and projectable 6-foot, 165-pounds, Elliot started his workout off by running a 6.82 in the 60-yard dash - one of the event’s best times. He showed noticeable twitch in his hands during BP and posted equally impressive Blast Motion metrics to support the eye test. Elliot nearly paced the outfield group in throwing velocity from a clean, athletic slot, too. 

+ LHP Jack Taczy (Cary Grove) made a rather noteworthy first impression to our staff in his PBR event debut. The 6-foot-3, 165-pound southpaw bumped his fastball up to 87 mph, sitting in the 84-86 mph range throughout his ‘pen. Given his current physical stature and the length in his levers, Taczy’s upside on the mound is relatively high should he fill out his frame. He’s a follow southpaw that’s still uncommitted from the Fox Valley Conference area of the state. 

+ LHP/1B Michael Pustelnik (Andrew, 2022) brings a physical presence to the diamond, boasting a strong 6-foot-3, 210-pound frame. Pustelnik tied for the event lead in max exit velocity, squaring his hardest hit ball up at 97 mph off the barrel, featuring some impressive all-around offensive TrackMan metrics that we’ll highlight later on in the week. He was also up to 82 mph on the mound with his MAX fastball. 

+ We had high expectations for RHP Evan Eberle (Oak Park-River Forest, 2022) going into the event, as one of the top arms on this roster, and the 6-foot-1, 170-pound right-hander didn’t disappoint. Eberle’s best fastball clocked in at 88 mph on TrackMan, sitting comfortably at 84-88 mph throughout. 

+ Two more arms to note from this event, both of which were up to 85 mph with their fastballs: RHP Frank Freeman (St. Ignatius) and RHP Elijah Rompala-Matthews (Mount Carmel). Both of these arms offer projectability on the mound in their own respective ways. Freeman is a lanky 6-foot-1, 165-pound prospect with plenty of room to fill out, while Rompala-Matthews’ stands at a long-limbed 6-foot-6, 195-pounds. 

TOP 60-YARD DASH

Rank Name State School Class Pos 60-yard
1 Luke Leombruni IL Boylan Catholic 2022 OF 6.59
2 Brian Preshlock IL Crystal Lake Central 2022 OF 6.79
3 Braiden Elliott IL Tri-Valley 2022 OF 6.82
4 Jacob Filip IL Lakes Community 2022 C 6.90
5 Michael Rago IL Fenton 2022 SS 6.95
6 Julian Santoyo IL Crete-Monee 2022 OF 6.96
7 Hector Mendoza Jr. IL Morton West 2022 2B 7.07

MAX FASTBALL VELOCITY

Rank Name State School Class Pos Max FB
1 Jacob Filip IL Lakes Community 2022 C 89 mph
2 Evan Eberle IL Oak Park-River Forest 2022 RHP 88 mph
3 Jack Taczy IL Cary-Grove 2022 LHP 87 mph
4 Elijah Rompala-Matthews IL Mount Carmel 2022 RHP 85 mph
^ Frank Freeman IL St Ignatius 2022 C 85 mph
5 Ethan Miller IL Crete Monee 2022 1B 83 mph
^ Jack Kennedy IL St Charles North 2022 LHP 83 mph
^ Joshua Rogde IL Burlington Central 2022 SS 83 mph
^ Michael Gray IL Lake Forest 2022 LHP 83 mph

MAX EXIT VELOCITY

Rank Name State School Class Pos Exit Velo
1 Caden Mainland IL Macomb 2022 OF 97
^ Michael Pustelnik IL Andrew 2022 LHP 97
2 Jacob Filip IL Lakes Community 2022 C 96
^ Ryan Phillips IL Schaumburg 2022 1B 96
^ Noah Chase IL Illinois Valley Central 2022 SS 96
3 Robert Karlson IL Lyons Township 2022 OF 94
^ Billy Frantzis IL Glenbard West 2022 1B 94
4 Mason Tokarz-Deram IL Warren Township 2022 OF 93
5 Carson Beal IL Normal University 2022 1B 92

MAX INFIELD VELOCITY

Rank Name State School Class Pos INF Velo
1 Noah Chase IL Illinois Valley Central 2022 SS 80
^ Ryan Phillips IL Schaumburg 2022 1B 80
2 Jack Taczy IL Cary-Grove 2022 LHP 79
^ Alexander Cortes IL Warren 2022 SS 79
^ Michael Pustelnik IL Andrew 2022 LHP 79
^ Shea Zbrozek IL Normal Community 2022 SS 79

MAX OUTFIELD VELOCITY

Rank Name State School Class Pos OF Velo
1 Alex Kennamann IL Lakes Community 2022 OF 85
2 Braiden Elliott IL Tri-Valley 2022 OF 83
3 Luke Leombruni IL Boylan Catholic 2022 OF 80
^ Christian Rosales IL Richards 2022 OF 80
^ Shea Zbrozek IL Normal Community 2022 SS 80

MAX CATCHER VELOCITY

Rank Name State School Class Pos C Velo
1 Jacob Filip IL Lakes Community 2022 C 85
2 Brandon Mahler IL Vernon Hills 2022 C 80
3 Frank Freeman IL St Ignatius 2022 C 78
4 Carter Hall IL Champaign Central 2022 C 76

TOP POP TIMES

Rank Name State School Class Pos Pop Time
1 Carter Hall IL Champaign Central 2022 C 2.01-2.09
2 Jacob Filip IL Lakes Community 2022 C 2.02-2.07
3 Brandon Mahler IL Vernon Hills 2022 C 2.03-2.10
4 Michael Jeffers IL Stagg 2022 C 2.06-2.14
5 William Gimbel IL Joliet Catholic 2022 RHP 2.09-2.12

For a full list of statistics taken from this event, CLICK HERE.

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