Prep Baseball Report

Battle for The Arch: Preview Story

By: Diego Solares
Area Scout, Illinois & Missouri

On Tuesday, September 27th, the PBR Illinois and PBR Missouri staffs will converge at GCS Ballpark in Sauget, Illinois, to host the second annual Battle for The Arch event. This invite-only showcase will feature prospects from Illinois and Missouri split into their respective teams, starting with a workout portion that’s followed by gameplay.

To see an up-to-date roster for this event, click HERE. For more information on what this event entails, including all of the technology offered at PBR events, click HERE.


Last year was the first time we ran this event and it was a success, with several talented prospects representing their respective states at a high level. We’re up to 18 commits from last year’s group and there’s several 2023s still on the market that attended who should come off the market in the coming weeks. 

LHP Jack Niedringhaus (MICDS, 2022; Xavier) and INF Joe Siervo (Parkway Central, 2022; Jefferson College) were each top-50 prospects in Missouri’s 2022 class that represented the ‘Show Me’ state here last year. OF/LHP Brysen Nepute (Francis Howell, 2023) is a true two-way talent that’s currently one of the top uncommitted athletes in Missouri. INF Edward Uschold (Parkway South, 2023) also made the trip to Sauget, and he swings a physical right-handed with middle-of-the-order upside that’s still on the market.

To see all of the players who attended this event last year, click HERE.


There’s a few names on this Team Missouri squad that were standouts across our events this year:

+ RHP Ajani Henke (Home School) has been a major winner this far into the fall circuit, turning heads at both the SLABA Scout Day and the Missouri Fall Upperclass Games. A physically built athlete with strength tacked onto a 5-foot-11, 185-pound frame, Henke pumps a lively fastball at 85-88 mph, flipping over a low-70s breaking ball for strikes with consistency as well, while burrying it beneath the zone on occasion for swings-and-misses.

Ajani Henke

+ OF Luke Burns (Desmet, 2023) remains a top uncommitted prospect in Missouri’s senior class, and he’s headed to Sauget next Tuesday as a member of Team Missouri. At 6-foot-1, 195-pounds, Burns caught our attention at the St. Louis Top Prospect Games in June, repeating quality contact off the barrel from a short, simple right-handed swing in BP.

Luke Burns

+ Two high school teammates, C Kody Brown (Seckman, 2024) and INF Hayden Boyd (Seckman, 2024), are name-to-know uncommitted prospects that just started their junior years. Brown impressed at the St. Louis Top Prospect Games this past June, generating hard, elevated contact in BP with arm strength and accuracy behind the plate to pair. We just saw the 6-foot-2, 180-pound Boyd at the Fall Upperclass Games, where he was amongst the top position players in attendance. His glove can be an asset on the left side of the infield, and his athletic right-handed stroke flashed upside throughout the day.

+ 1B Tyler Laskowski (Christian Brothers College, 2024) stands at a physical 6-foot, 185-pound with inherent bat strength to pair. He impressed at the GBA Scout Day late May, barreling balls up to the pull-side with loose hands and whippy levers.

To see all of the players on Team Missouri at this event, click HERE


Registered Infielders, Outfielders, and/or Catchers

  • Running Times (laser-timed 60-yard dash)

  • Vizual Edge (vision testing)

  • Offensive Evaluations

    • Mechanical evaluation

    • Live batting practice

    • TrackMan ball flight analysis

    • Blast Motion swing analysis

  • Defensive Evaluations

    • Arm strength

    • Agility/range

    • Positional analysis/profile

Registered Pitchers & Catchers

  • Pitching Evaluations

    • 15-20 pitch bullpen (fastball and secondary pitches from both windup and stretch)

    • Mechanical evaluation

    • ProPlayAI’s ‘PitchAI’ biomechanical analysis

    • TrackMan pitch velocity, movement, spin analysis

  • Catcher Evaluations (while receiving bullpen)

    • Receiving/pitch presentation

    • Blocking/mobility

Check-in Times: (Times subject to change)

Position Players: 4:00 p.m.

Pitchers: 6:00 p.m.


Click here to learn more about our tech partners that have enhanced our players showcase experience. Partners like TrackMan, Blast Motion, and Vizual Edge have helped both our in-event evaluation process, as well the compilation of our post-event scouting reports – and they're also a tool for our players to learn more about their measured and collected data, that can be applied to improve upon their game.