Prep Baseball Report

St. Louis Preseason ID: Quick Hits

By: Diego Solares
Area Scout, Illinois & Missouri

On Monday, February 20th, the PBR Missouri staff traveled to the Bud Dome in St. Louis, Missouri, to host the inaugural St. Louis Preseason ID. This event was the final ‘Preseason ID’ on our winter calendar and featured more than 70 players, representing the 2023-to-2026 high school grad classes, from both Illinois and Missouri.

To see all of the players that attended this event, click HERE. For all of the statistics collected at this event, click HERE

Shortly after the event’s conclusion our staff put together several statistical leaderboards to highlight the names that put up numbers and paced their peers. We created those within our ‘Stat Story’, which you can find by clicking HERE.

Today, after compiling our notes and digesting the day as a whole, we’ve put together these ‘Quick Hits’ to shine some light on some of the day’s top performers. Below you’ll learn more about which players really stood out at the inaugural St. Louis Preseason ID. 


+ RHP/OF Chase Schrader (Columbia, IL, 2023) was one of the lone seniors in attendance, and the 6-foot-1, 185-pound uncommitted athlete from southern Illinois flashed intrigue at the plate during Monday’s event. Schrader generated some of the day’s highest bat (81.2 mph) and hand (25.1 mph) speed metrics, while also effectively staying on plane (86%) throughout his round of BP. Schrader worked on top of the baseball from a flat right-handed swing, recording a peak exit velocity of 93.9 mph, averaging 85.6 mph per barrel.

+ The day’s top prospect, C Tank Sims (West Plains, 2024; Southeast Missouri State commit) continued to prove why he’s a high-end name in Missouri’s junior class. Currently slotted at No. 15 overall on our rankings, the PBR Future Games alum took one of the more polished BP rounds we’ve seen all winter. He easily sprayed line drives back up the middle from a loose, clean, highly projectable left-handed swing, squaring his firmest ball up at 95.1 mph. Sims will add strength as he continues to physically fill out a 6-foot-1, 175-pound frame. He’s an asset defensively too, working accurately around the bag with a quick release (1.93-2.00) and arm strength (78 mph) to pair.

+ RHP Eli Tritinger (Parkway North, 2024) led the event in max fastball velocity, topping at 87.6 mph, while holding 86-87 mph throughout. Tritinger flashed sweep on his slider, throwing it from a similar ¾ slot to his fastball at 75-77 mph, spinning at 2200+ RPM. He also limited both spin and lift on his changeup, creating 16+ inches of run on average at 78-79 mph from his fastball arm slot. The 6-foot-2, 185-pound uncommitted junior will be one to follow into the spring and summer in 2023.

+ RHP/OF Brady Coon (Triad, IL, 2024) was one of the day’s biggest two-way standouts. A projectable 6-foot-1, 170-pound athlete with lean strength and rotational athleticism, Coon showed easy hand speed at the plate, barreling balls on repeat from a long, level right-handed swing. He averaged 88.9 mph per batted ball, reaching a 96.5 mph peak, and both his hard-hit rate (70%) and sweet spot percentage (70%) were amongst the event’s leaders. He ranged well in the outfield defensively, flowing in rhythm around the baseball while topping at 87 mph on his firmest throw home. Coon also ran a 3.85 30-yard dash with a 1.68 10-yard split - both of which finished near the top of this event and are advanced metrics for someone his age. After all that, Coon hopped on the mound, pumping his fastball at 83-86 mph with both ride (18.7 IVB) and run (14.5 HM). His best secondary in this look was a polished changeup, one he threw with fastball arm speed at 79-81 mph, creating 14+ inches of horizontal action on average. He spun a tight, short wrinkle 77-78 mph curveball too, landing it for strikes occasionally. Coon’s certain to play a big role this spring for a Triad team that’s one of the top 3A programs in our area.

+ MIF Charlie Isom-McCall (St. Louis University HS, 2024) came away from this event as one of its top performers. Isom-McCall showed his usual advanced actions on defense, flowing freely through the infield with easy comfort on the move, rhythmic feet, and soft hands to pair. He’s capable of sticking up the middle down the road, and his 87 mph max bullet is a three tick increase from when we saw him in June. Offensively, Isom-McCall swung an athletic right-handed bat that stayed short and flat through the zone, and he peppered line drives to all fields as a result, topping at 92.8 mph on his firmest barrel. He’s a name-to-know uncommitted junior from the St. Louis area.

+ LHP Landen Patton (Sangamon Valley, IL, 2024) was one of the top arms in attendance on Monday. At 6-foot, 185-pounds, Patton moves down the mound well with noticeable hip and shoulder separation at footstrike, as well as extension. Patton’s fastball held 84-85 mph throughout his ‘pen, and his ability to consistently create vertical break (18+ inches) on it from a low release height (4.9 ft.) is noteworthy. Patton spun a breaking ball at 72-73 mph, spinning it at 2400+ RPM on average, and his best secondary in this look was a 79-80 mph changeup that he kept down in the zone with low spin, late fade, and fastball intent.

+ INF Jake Stedman (Belleville West, 2024) is an uncommitted up-the-middle athlete we’ve become increasingly familiar with over the last calendar year. Stedman, who appears to have added strength on a 5-foot-10, 170-pound frame over the winter, repeated quality line drive contact from a short, simple, and direct right-handed swing during BP. He generates easy hand speed (24.1 mph) and excels at staying on plane (86%), and the poise he showed at the plate stood out amongst his peers. Stedman also ran a 4.03 30-yard dash and peaked at 82 mph across the infield. Coming off a strong sophomore campaign at Belleville West, Stedman’s set to play a key role in the Maroons’ offense this spring.

+ C Nicholas Franklin (Father McGivney Catholic, IL, 2024) doesn’t lack size or strength, standing at 6-foot-2, 225-pounds. Franklin swung one of the day’s loudest right-handed bats, generating easy bat (77.8 mph) and hand (24.6 mph) speed on a long, uphill attack angle. He tied for the day’s highest average batted distance (266 ft.), and his 325 ft. max checked in at third amongst this event’s participants. Aside from consistently elevating the baseball, Franklin found the barrel with authority throughout, averaging 87.1 mph per batted ball with a max of 94.2 mph. The junior backstop enjoyed plenty of success at Father McGivney last spring, slashing .330/.516/.545 with 10 extra-base hits, and he’ll look to do so again with the season starting shortly.

+ OF Brennon Wibbenmeyer (Francis Howell, 2024) made for an upside look in his PBR event debut. The 6-foot-2, 185-pound left/left athlete swung a loose left-handed bat that showed well when his levers synced up, particularly to the pull-side. Wibbenmeyer’s arm strength from the outfield was also noteworthy, as he regularly uncorked throws in the upper-80s, topping at 90 mph on his firmest bullet to home.

+ Perhaps the day’s biggest winner was OF Ryan Bradford (Seckman, 2025). Bradford has added significant mass since we saw him last winter, now standing at a muscled-up 5-foot-11, 171-pounds with strength attached throughout. He showed elite bat speed at the plate, peaking at 85.3 mph, while averaging 79.8 mph per swing. That, paired with his inherent strength, helped Bradford pummel baseballs on repeat, squaring balls up at 89.9 mph on average with a 102.2 mph max. He hit the day’s furthest ball (351 ft.) and his 267 ft. average batted distance tied for the event lead, too. Bradford took defensive reps on the infield and from the outfield, reaching 83 mph highs from both spots, and he also ran a 3.89 30-yard dash earlier in the day. Bradford is firmly a name we’ll be monitoring this spring, and he’s one of the top sophomores we’ve seen on our winter circuit thus far.

+ RHP/OF Luke Sullivan (Parkway South, 2025) was another big winner on the mound from this event. At 6-foot-3, 180-pounds, Sullivan works with ease and control downhill, repeating a simple delivery with little effort. His fastball came out clean and easy, sitting in the low-80s for strikes with plenty more to come down the road. Sullivan’s off-speed feel is advanced for his age, as he spun a tight 65-67 mph slider for strikes around the zone. His best secondary in this look, however, was a 68-69 mph changeup that he naturally faded to the arm-side corner, killing spin and throwing it with fastball intent for strikes. Sullivan also swung it well in BP, working direct and on top of the baseball from a loose, projectable right-handed swing. His polish and pitchability on the mound standout, and his size paired with how easy his operation is suggests more velocity could come sooner rather than later.

+ INF Sylvester Tournier (DeSmet Jesuit, 2025) came away from this event as a physical 6-foot-1, 185-pound athlete to follow in the state’s sophomore class. Tournier’s balance and polish offensively stood out in BP as he worked line drives to all fields from a short, direct right-handed swing. TrackMan confirmed his knack for the barrel, as Tournier posted the highest sweet-spot rate (90%) of the entire event, and his 80% line drive rate finished near the top of all qualified hitters, too. His max exit velocity (92.8 mph) and furthest batted ball (329 ft.) are two metrics that should only continue to trend upward as he continues to add strength. Tournier showed advanced offensive traits for his age at this event and he’s one to watch for a talented DeSmet team this spring.

+ OF/RHP Ethan Martin (Westminster Christian, 2025) led the entire event in throwing velocity, regardless of position, when he uncorked a 94 mph laser to home from the outfield. Martin toed the rubber later on, pitching at 82-83 mph with his fastball, while landing all of his sliders for strikes at 74-75 mph. He swung a loose, level right-handed bat that sprayed line drives throughout his BP round as well.

+ LHP/OF Landon Martin (Lafayette, 2025) is a lanky, upside 6-foot-2, 175-pound athlete that showed well on both sides of the ball at this event. Martin’s day started offensively, where he repeated line drive contact from a short, flat left-handed swing that flashed bat speed throughout. Martin later hopped on the mound and sat in the low-80s, touching 82.9 mph with his fastball while creating both ride (19.7 IVB) and run (17.8 HM) at peak. Martin also flipped in a 65-67 mph curveball for strikes with depth off a 1/7 axis, and he limited spin (1600) while creating run (15.5 HM) on a 74-76 mph changeup thrown from fastball arm slot.

+ MIF Bennett Greenhagen (Boonville, 2025) impressed in his PBR event debut, generating some of the day’s most noteworthy Blast Motion metrics. Greenhagen’s max hand speed (25.3 mph) and bat speed (76.8 mph) each finished towards the top of this event for his class, and he paced all hitters in peak rotational acceleration (32.7 g) as well. He repeated a short, simple right-handed swing that worked off the barrel throughout, and his 92.9 mph max exit velocity is a number that should climb as he continues to tack on strength down the road. Greenhagen was also one of the day’s cleanest up-the-middle defenders, with steady hands and rhythmic feet to boot.

+ OF Brendan Bergan (Harrisburg, IL, 2025) is an athletic 5-foot-11, 175-pound sophomore to note from this event. Bergan showed an easy, low-effort right-handed swing in BP, generating bat speed (78.1 mph) relatively easily throughout. He worked on the barrel (81.8%) from a slightly uphill attack angle, sending his furthest batted ball 335 ft. while topping at 90.2 mph.

+ RHP Anthony Antonas (Columbia, IL, 2025) spun one of the day’s best sliders, averaging 2500+ RPM and nearly 17 inches of horizontal movement on the 71-73 mph offering. Antonas fastball spin nearly paced this event too, topping at 2339 RPM at 82-83 mph, with 19.3 inches of vertical carry at peak. He rounded out his arsenal by throwing a 76-77 mph changeup from a slightly lower release height than his fastball while averaging 16+ inches of horizontal action.

+ A pair of pitchability southpaws who put together polished ‘pens on Monday: LHP Mason Hartman (Collinsville, IL, 2024) and LHP Ryan Souden (Fredericktown, IL, 2025). Hartman pounded the lower half of the strike zone with a fastball/changeup mix that mirrored each other, and he worked to both corners with consistency from a high arm slot, too. He spun a 2300+ RPM curveball with horizontal spin at 66-68 mph to round out a mix that’ll consistently live in the zone. The same can be said for Souden, who also threw all three of his pitches for strikes. His low-80s fastball favored the arm-side corner of the plate, and he threw both his changeup and curveball in the zone as quality compliments.

+ LHP Trey Peroutka III (St. Dominic, 2025) spun his breaking ball at a higher rate, both on average and at peak, than anyone at this event. The lean, wiry 6-foot-1, 160-pound southpaw averaged 2500+ RPM on a 68-71 mph sweeping curveball, topping at 2622 RPM. Peroutka also threw a 76-78 mph cutter with tighter, more bullet-like spin, and his fastball topped at 81.1 mph.

+ C/RHP Chase Hartman (St. Louis University HS, 2026) was one of the few freshmen in attendance, and he showed well in multiple aspects of his workout. Hartman, who stands at 5-foot-10, 150-pounds, started his day off by taking a clean round of BP, working line drives off his barrel to the pull-side. Hartman repeated a flat, simple right-handed swing throughout BP, and he’ll continue to impact the baseball with more authority as he gets older. He topped at 75 mph from behind the plate, a three tick increase since we saw him last October, and popped a 2.03 on his best bullet. Hartman hopped on the mound afterwards and ran his fastball up to 79 mph, spinning his breaking ball for strikes at 66-67 mph as well. 

+ RHP Luke Blackwell (Valmeyer, IL, 2026) is a lanky, long-levered projectable athlete to follow from this event with his high school career set to start shortly. Blackwell moves down the mound well for standing at 6-foot-2, 185-pounds and, with a few mechanical adjustments, should add more velocity down the road, presently topping at 80 mph. He spun a 69-71 mph breaking ball around the zone, and flashed arm-side feel for his 71-73 mph changeup, throwing it at fastball arm speed.