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Madison Preseason ID: Catcher Analysis


By: PBR Wisconsin Staff

On March 13, PBR Wisconsin hosted its largest event on the state’s showcase calendar: the Madison Preseason ID at GRB Academy in Windsor, Wis. Over 200 players from across the state met in the Madison area to participate in this event, a Preseason ID that consistently provides our staff with need-to-know names and players to consider for future invite-only events, like the PBR Future Games, among others.

In the week that followed this event, we produced post-event analysis that includes performance highlights inside of our Quick Hits story, a look at the traditional stats measured within our Statistical Analysis piece, batted-ball and pitch data compiled in TrackMan Files, swing metrics captured on the Blast Motion Board, and sight scores from an athletic perspective tracked on the Vizual Edge Scoreboard.

You can learn more about the state-of-the-art technologies featured at our showcases within the hyperlinks above. Today we’ll begin our post-event process by rolling out the individual scouting reports of the day, starting with the catcher position while working our way across the diamond as the week continues.

TOP CATCHING PROSPECTS

1. Maxwell Kalk, Kimberly (WI), 2023
Positional Profile: C
Body: 6-0, 190-pounds. Strong, athletic frame, round shoulders with a developed lower-half.
Hit: LHH. Tall, narrow setup, with soft upper and wiggle rhythm. Short stride. Tight, vertical entry. Repeated hard contact gap to gap. Clean path through impact.
Power: 92.8 max exit velocity, averaged 89 mph. 321’ max distance.
Arm: RH. C - 79 mph. 3/4 slot, short action with a hitch.
Defense: 2-2.09 pop times. Quick footwork replace, in-line footwork.
Run: 7.02 runner in the 60. 

2. Joshua Gilroy, Arrowhead Union (WI), 2024
Positional Profile: C
Body: 6-1, 210-pounds. Strong, durable frame.
Hit: RHH. Tall, narrow setup, High handset. Aggressive, connected rotation. Firm plant. Heavy barrel action at impact. Strong hands. Middle of the field mostly.
Power: 102.7 max exit velocity, averaged 93.7 mph. 374’ max distance.
Arm: RH. C - 76 mph. Shorter arm action with a lower pocket. Recoiling finish.
Defense: 2.03-2.15 pop times. Gains ground towards the pitcher during replace. Falls to the gloveside at times. Quick exchanges.
Run: 7.43 runner in the 60.

3. Cal Casper, Bayport (WI), 2024
Positional Profile: C/SS
Body: 5-8, 180-pounds. Wide shoulders.
Hit: RHH. Crouched, even setup. Preset hands. Aggressive foot strike. Short to the ball. Working from above with a tight arc. Lifting through impact. Quick to deliver the barrel with feel for release.
Power: 91.4 max exit velocity, averaged 75.8 mph. 300’ max distance.
Arm: RH. C - 76 mph. INF - 80 mph. Short action with a slight hitch, high slot.
Defense: 1.93-2.01 pop times. Quick/clean transfer, quick feet that stay in-line with the base, athletic out of the crouch, deadens the ball out in front on blocks.
Run: 7.35 runner in the 60.

4. Samuel Mommer, St. Thomas More (WI), 2024
Positional Profile: C/RHP
Body: 6-1, 185-pounds. Strong build, thick lower-half.
Hit: RHH. Tall, narrow setup. Vertical tip. Strong rotation, lagging barrel with flat path. Works from inside with barrel depth. Repeated hard contact.
Power: 92.2 max exit velocity, averaged 89.2 mph. 312’ max distance.
Arm: RH. C - 77 mph. Short arm action, high draw, hand up early.
Defense: 2.09-2.18 pop times. Clean footwork, standard crouch.
Run: 7.48 runner in the 60. 

5. Tyler White, Cedarburg (WI), 2023
Positional Profile: C
Body: 5-11, 185-pounds. Round shoulders, athletic frame.
Hit: RHH. Stock setup, up-down stride. Controlled leg kick. Vertical entry. Tight turn, strong hands. Snaps it off into contact. Hard contact to all fields.
Power: 98 max exit velocity, averaged 95.1 mph. 379’ max distance.
Arm: RH. C - 76 mph. Longer action, 3/4 slot.
Defense: 2.18-2.26 pop times. Quick footwork replace, high exchanges.
Run: 7.01 runner in the 60. 

BEST OF THE REST (LISTED ALPHABETICALLY)

Hunter Abitz, Kettle Moraine Lutheran (WI), 2023
Positional Profile: C
Body: 5-10, 200-pounds. Durable frame, evenly distributed weight throughout.
Hit: RHH. Stock setup. Large negative move, large positive move. Vertical tip. Vertical entry, swing stays through the middle of the field. Some lift through impact.
Power: 89.9 max exit velocity, averaged 84 mph. 332’ max distance.
Arm: RH. C - 72 mph. Short draw in the top shelf, shorter action, high slot.
Defense: 2.22-2.28 pop times. Wide crouch, works from below the ball, energy through the bag at release.
Run: 7.89 runner in the 60. 

Wyatt Baird, Middleton (WI), 2023
Positional Profile: C
Body: 5-10, 172-pounds. Evenly distributed weight throughout.
Hit: RHH. Stock setup, flat barrel set. Flat path. Small move to the ball. Strong hands. All fields.
Power: 89.6 max exit velocity, averaged 79.7 mph. 290’ max distance.
Arm: RH. C - 74 mph. Longer action, vertical slot.
Defense: 2.1-2.18 pop times. Low exchanges, off-line footwork. 

Nicholas Brainerd, Wheatridge (CO), 2022
Positional Profile: C/OF
Body: 6-1, 171-pounds. Athletic build, high waisted.
Hit: RHH. Tall, balanced setup. High handset with cocked elbow. Short stride. Vertical orientation with postural tilt. Aggressive rotation. Explosive action. All fields with lift and pop.
Power: 89.5 max exit velocity, averaged 77.4 mph. 325’ max distance.
Arm: RH. C - 71 mph. INF - 71 mph. OF - 74 mph. Over the top arm action, long arm swing.
Defense: 2.26-2.36 pop times. Shuffles to and through the baseball, moderate footwork. SImilar infield actions to outfield. C Clean transfer out of the glove, athletic/directional footwork out of the crouch, athletic throws from the knees at times.
Run: 7.55 runner in the 60. 

Callum Donovan, Madison West (WI), 2024
Positional Profile: C/2B
Body: 6-0, 160-pounds. Wiry build with room for added strength, high waist.
Hit: RHH. Narrow setup with coil and tip. Knob to the ball with looping barrel from inside underneath. Works the middle of the field.
Power: 83.9 max exit velocity, averaged 72.6 mph. 243’ max distance.
Arm: RH. C - 67 mph. Quick draw, longer action in the top shelf.
Defense: 2.32-2.44 pop times. Quick exchanges, average footwork replacement.
Run: 7.40 runner in the 60. 

PJ Hamel, Arrowhead (WI), 2025
Positional Profile: C
Body: 6-1, 160-pounds. Lanky frame with a high-waist, room to fill out with added strength.
Hit: RHH. Crouched setup, sinks into his back leg. Vertical entry with postural tilt. Works from inside with a tight swing. Low flights to the middle of the field.
Power: 87.2 max exit velocity, averaged 79.1 mph. 270’ max distance.
Arm: RH. C - 70 mph. Short arm action, high slot. Ball to ear.
Defense: 2.44-2.53 pop times. Slow footwork, long exchanges. Average glove handling.
Run: 7.69 runner in the 60. 

Colton Holmes, Warren (IL), 2025
Positional Profile: C/OF
Body: 5-9, 165-pounds. Athletic build with evenly distributed weight.
Hit: RHH. Stock setup, controlled stride. Flat barrel set. Crowds impact. Hard entry from above. Clipping lots of balls.
Power: 82.5 max exit velocity, averaged 76.8 mph. 260’ max distance.
Arm: RH. C - 68 mph. OF - 76 mph. Very short action, hand up early, high slot.
Defense: 2.19-2.33 pop times. Glove hand plays out front of glove foot side, hesitation through exchange. C Clean transfer out of the glove, feet work in-line with second on throws, deadens the ball out in front for blocks, quick footwork out of the crouch.
Run: 7.93 runner in the 60. 

Sam Knickerbocker, Regis (WI), 2023
Positional Profile: C
Body: 5-7, 200-pounds. Thick lower-half.
Hit: LHH. Stock setup, vertical wiggle, rushed stride. Vertical entry, knob up to the ball. Lifting through impact. Middle of the field approach.
Power: 87.2 max exit velocity, averaged 79.1 mph. 315’ max distance.
Arm: LH. C - 75 mph. Quick draw, low 3/4 with arm side run.
Defense: 2.09-2.12 pop times. Left handed catcher. Quick feet, moves well for a big frame.
Run: 8.37 runner in the 60. 

Elijah Knutson, Pecatonica (WI), 2024
Positional Profile: C
Body: 5-10, 185-pounds. Evenly distributed weight throughout.
Hit: RHH. Stock setup, controlled stride. Grounded action. Knob to the ball. Stays through impact with extension. Line drives from middle to backside gap.
Power: 89.2 max exit velocity, averaged 77.5 mph. 237’ max distance.
Arm: RH. C - 69 mph. Short, high draw with downhill action.
Defense: 2.31-2.44 pop times. Short step replace. Quick exchange. Ball up quick out of the glove.
Run: 7.68 runner in the 60. 

Leo Koenig, Edgewood (WI), 2023
Positional Profile: C
Body: 5-9, 160-pounds. Athletic/lanky frame, room to fill out.
Hit: RHH. Crouched, open to square. Flat barrel set. Flat path, connected rotation. Aggressive barrel delivery. Mostly pullside flights.
Power: 90.7 max exit velocity, averaged 83.1 mph. 334’ max distance.
Arm: RH. C - 73 mph. Low draw, vertical slot.
Defense: 2.06-2.30 pop times. In-line footwork, long footwork.
Run: 6.76 runner in the 60. 

Brady LaViolette, Notre Dame Academy (WI), 2024
Positional Profile: C
Body: 5-10, 190-pounds. Strong frame, physically developed lower-half, wide shoulders.
Hit: RHH. Tall setup, high handset. Vertical barrel set. Small stride, tight turn. Vertical entry with a high finish. Gap to Gap.
Power: 93.9 max exit velocity, averaged 90.2 mph. 305’ max distance.
Arm: RH. C - 75 mph. Across the chest arm action with some late hand rise.
Defense: 2.12-2.21 pop times. Clean footwork, quick exchanges, clean alignment.
Run: 7.70 runner in the 60. 

Carter Lund, Cambridge (WI), 2024
Positional Profile: C
Body: 5-9, 175-pounds. Strong build, wide shoulders.
Hit: RHH. Stock setup, coil and tip. Tight turn. Enters from inside on top with a tight swing. Middle of the field.
Power: 87.8 max exit velocity, averaged 83.9 mph. 300’ max distance.
Arm: RH. C - 73 mph. High draw, short arm action.
Defense: 2.22-2.31 pop times. Standard crouch, quick footwork, quick exchanges. Recovers blocks with urgency.
Run: 7.90 runner in the 60. 

Carson Martin, Arcadia (WI), 2023
Positional Profile: C
Body: 5-11, 185-pounds. Durable frame, evenly distributed weight.
Hit: LHH. Tall, narrow setup. Vertical tip. Aggressive rotation. Tight swing arc. Mostly pullside approach with lift.
Power: 91.9 max exit velocity, averaged 86.9 mph. 327’ max distance.
Arm: RH. C - 73 mph. 3/4 slot.
Defense: 2.13-2.35 pop times. Standard crouch, repeated hand positioning at break.
Run: 7.54 runner in the 60. 

Abraham Maurer, North Fond du Lac (WI), 2024
Positional Profile: C
Body: 5-9, 165-pounds. Evenly distributed weight throughout.
Hit: RHH. Wide, toe tap stride, controlled rhythm. Works from above. Controlled rotation. Middle of the field.
Power: 82.6 max exit velocity, averaged 77.4 mph. 253’ max distance.
Arm: RH. C - 72 mph. Short draw, high slot.
Defense: 2.12-2.16 pop times. Quick, athletic footwork.
Run: 7.42 runner in the 60. 

Cameron Miller, Madison East (WI), 2024
Positional Profile: C
Body: 5-9, 180-pounds. Strong frame throughout, physically developed lower-half with wide shoulders.
Hit: RHH. Narrow setup, aggressive forward advance. Wrapped barrel. Works from inside on top with an elastic delivery quality. Quality barrel control with line drives to all fields.
Power: 93.7 max exit velocity, averaged 86.7 mph. 322’ max distance.
Arm: RH. C - 71 mph. High draw, short arm action.
Defense: 2.19-2.29 pop times. One knee down setup on some, two feet on some. Spinning off to the gloveside as he throws.
Run: 7.35 runner in the 60. 

Colton Moen, DeForest (WI), 2025
Positional Profile: C/OF
Body: 5-10, 140-pounds. Wiry build with room to fill out.
Hit: RHH. Tall, narrow, open setup, high handset. Front leg swing. Hands first, lagging barrel.
Power: 76.4 max exit velocity, averaged 68.7 mph. 244’ max distance.
Arm: RH. C - 62 mph. Quick draw, short arm action, high slot.
Defense: 2.47-2.65 pop times. Stiff glove, slow feet. Average exchanges.
Run: 7.54 runner in the 60. 

Andy Nordloh, Waunakee (WI), 2023
Positional Profile: C
Body: 6-0, 180-pounds. Athletic build throughout.
Hit: RHH. Tall setup, preset barrel. Controlled stride. Direct attack. Knob to the ball. Works from inside above with feel for barrel release. Middle of the field.
Power: 93.8 max exit velocity, averaged 88.2 mph. 337’ max distance.
Arm: RH. C - 70 mph. High draw, high slot.
Defense: 2.12-2.29 pop times. Wide crouch, quick exchanges.
Run: 7.49 runner in the 60.

Nate Novinska, Verona (WI), 2024
Positional Profile: C
Body: 5-11, 155-pounds. Athletic build with room to fill out.
Hit: RHH. Stock setup with high handset. Short to the ball working inside-above. Quick barrel working from inside with barrel depth. Grounded barrel control. Hard low flights to all fields.
Power: 90.3 max exit velocity, averaged 78.8 mph. 327’ max distance.
Arm: RH. C - 74 mph. Long arm action, throws the head back.
Defense: 2.09-2.22 pop times. Quick foot replace in line with the target.
Run: 7.16 runner in the 60. 

Carter Pontius, West Salem (WI), 2025
Positional Profile: OF/C
Body: 6-5, 177-pounds. Tall, lanky build, high waist with long limbs, room to fill out.
Hit: RHH. Stock setup, low handset. Tight swing, vertical orientation. Knob to the ball, working from inside. Middle of the field
Power: 79.5 max exit velocity, averaged 74.3 mph. 234’ max distance.
Arm: RH. C - 68 mph. OF - 72 mph. Very long action, deep pocket, 3/4 slot.
Defense: 2.38-2.59 pop times. Methodical footwork, sits at fielding position. C Clean Transfer, long strides out of the crouch, gains ground to second on throws, quick feet out of the crouch.
Run: 7.52 runner in the 60. 

Sam Reichert, Arrowhead (WI), 2024
Positional Profile: C
Body: 5-11, 160-pounds. Athletic build, high-waisted with room to fill out.
Hit: RHH. Stock setup, striding closed. Sinks into his base with postural tilt. Works from inside with length on the backside. All fields
Power: 82.2 max exit velocity, averaged 75.2 mph. 292’ max distance.
Arm: RH. C - 73 mph. Short arm action in the top shelf. Ball to ear.
Defense: 2.18-2.29 pop times. Staggered stance, high crouch, quick replace. Quick transfers.
Run: 7.16 runner in the 60. 

Tyler Senske, Menomonee Falls (WI), 2025
Positional Profile: C/3B
Body: 5-7, 136-pounds. Evenly distributed weight throughout.
Hit: RHH. Crouched, slightly open stance. Quick bounce into small leg kick. Controlled stride. Vertical entry with postural tilt behind the ball. Working from inside under. Backside approach.
Power: 79.2 max exit velocity, averaged 72.6 mph. 224’ max distance.
Arm: RH. C - 71 mph. INF - 75 mph. Very short arm action, hand up early, OTT.
Defense: 2.28-2.38 pop times. Low fielding position with chest up, knees bent, hands under center. C Clean transfer, feet work in-line to the base, gain ground with ease, deadens the ball out in front on blocks.
Run: 7.40 runner in the 60. 

Jace Shepherd, Seymour (WI), 2024
Positional Profile: C/RHP
Body: 5-11, 145-pounds. Evenly distributed weight.
Hit: RHH. Tall setup, relaxed upper, aggressive forward advance. Vertical set. Low connection, vertical entry. Flattens through the zone. All fields.
Power: 84.4 max exit velocity, averaged 79.3 mph. 289’ max distance.
Arm: RH. C - 65 mph. OF - 71 mph. Over the top slot.
Defense: 2.3-2.44 pop times. Deliberate feet, work through the baseball, shuffles through release, directional approach angles. C Clean transfer, simple footwork, remains in-line with the base, creates tilt in back shoulder while striding out.
Run: 7.86 runner in the 60. 

Diego Sifuentes, Muskego (WI), 2024
Positional Profile: C
Body: 5-9, 163-pounds. Athletic build throughout.
Hit: RHH. Crouched setup from open to square. Preset wrapped barrel. Grounded action. Enters from inside. Quality feel for his hands. Barrel stays on track through impact with quality barrel direction.
Power: 85.9 max exit velocity, averaged 79.9 mph. 288’ max distance.
Arm: RH. C - 68 mph. Low 3/4 slot. All long hops into second.
Defense: 2.35-2.59 pop times. Long exchanges, long footwork.
Run: 7.52 runner in the 60. 

Easton Snow, DeForest (WI), 2023
Positional Profile: C/SS
Body: 6-0, 170-pounds. Evenly distributed weight.
Hit: RHH. Balanced, wide setup. Weight transfer into leg lift trigger. Vertical entry, backside tilts to impact. Path stays on track well. All fields.
Power: 91.9 max exit velocity, averaged 80.3 mph. 305’ max distance.
Arm: RH. C - 72 mph. INF - 79 mph. Short action, high slot.
Defense: 2.10-2.26 pop times. Static feet at fielding position, hinged at hips with glove out front. C Clean transfer out of the glove, feet work in-line with the plate, deadens the ball out in front on blocks.
Run: 7.57 runner in the 60. 

Terek Verhage, Monona Grove (WI), 2025
Positional Profile: C
Body: 5-6, 145-pounds. Evenly distributed weight throughout.
Hit: LHH. Stock setup, low handset. Vertical barrel set. Low hard flights. Knob to the ball. Nose down at contact. All fields low flight.
Power: 80.5 max exit velocity, averaged 74.9 mph. 263’ max distance.
Arm: RH. C - 69 mph. High draw, short action, vertical slot.
Defense: 2.22-2.31 pop times. Hands play into mid section, smothers the baseball, light footwork at times.
Run: 7.87 runner in the 60. 

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