Illinois Scouting Blog

Tue May 14, 2013

The Illinois Scouting Blog provides insider information and scouting notes from the PBR Staff during the season. This running blog will feature information on underclass prospects, unsigned seniors, and draft prospects. We will provide a wide range of information, including player evaluations, velocity, pop times, home to first times, and more.

prairie ridge vs. jacobs - 5/7/13

By Sean Duncan
Executive Director

+ Jordan Getzelman, OF, Prairie Ridge HS, 2013
Currently ranked No. 8 in Illinois’ 2013 class; 48 overall, Missouri recruit. Special physical specimen. Muscular 6-foot-2, 205-pound outfielder; features tremendously strong forearms and legs. Physically and athletically, he is without peer in Illinois. Ran a 4.22 home-to-first from right side on 5-3 groundout. Possesses big power from right side. Has 8 home runs this season and 24 in his decorated career at Prairie Ridge.

+ Bryan Klendworth, OF, Prairie Ridge HS, 2013
Athletically built 6-foot-1, 185-pound outfielder is quietly having a monster senior year. He’s batting .590 with 7 homers, 7 triples, 7 doubles, 40 RBI and 18 stolen bases from leadoff spot. Shows Division 1 offensive ability. Quiet, balanced right-handed swing and runs well. Against Jacobs on Tuesday, laced a two-run triple to right-center gap and made diving catch in right field. Was clocked at 84 mph from outfield at PBR event.

+ Mike Reitcheck, LHP, Prairie Ridge HS, 2013
Currently ranked No. 62 in Illinois’ 2013 class; Penn recruit. 5-foot-10, 180 left-handed pitcher. Really impressive in start against Jacobs. Fastball sat at 88-89 mph through four innings, touched 90. Works from over-the-top slot with short arm action. Also flashed hard 78-80 mph curveball. In six innings, yielded one hit, struck out five, walked four, no earned runs.

+ Reilly Peltier, RHP, Jacobs HS, 2014
Previously unknown to us, Peltier impressed in his brief one-inning relief stint. Wide-shouldered 6-foot-5 right-handed pitcher, physical, projectable frame. Athletic delivery, stays tall, fluid arm action. Fastball ranged between 85-86 mph with late life. High-follow prospect.

+ Ryan Sargent, OF/RHP, Jacobs HS, 2015
Looks to be high-level, high-rank prospect. Athletic 6-foot-1 two-way player. Showed plus arm strength from outfield in pregame, and moves well. Offensively, demonstrated impressive bat speed and barrel whip through zone in two at-bats. High-follow prospect.

+ Austin Covers, OF, Prairie Ridge HS, 2014
Long and lanky 6-foot-3, 160-pound left-handed hitting outfielder, plenty of room to fill out. Hits cleanup for Prairie Ridge. Has relaxed, patient plate approach, quiet setup. Good barrel whip through zone.  Ran a 6.89 60 at PBR Preseason All-State Showcase and clocked at 81 mph from outfield. Against Jacobs, went 1-for-3 with opposite-field RBI single.

Downers grove south vs. willowbrook - 5/6/13

By Sean Duncan
Executive Director

+ Zack Burdi, RHP, Downers Grove South HS, 2013
Currently ranked No. 1 in Illinois and No. 6 overall. On Monday against Willowbrook, the 6-foot-3, 195-pound showed similar stuff as his Super 60 performance in February – a performance that made him a high-interest draft prospect. Working from a 3/4 slot, Burdi’s fastball sat 91-92 in the first inning with heavy arm-side run and sink. In the second inning, his fastball sat 90-91, and didn’t dip below 90 until the fourth. He also showed a sharp 79-mph slider with hard two-plane action, a pitch he threw for strikes early in the game. Burdi also threw a 72-74 mph curveball. He didn’t throw his changeup much, which is surprising because at the Super 60, it was a plus pitch. Burdi retired the first 10 batters he faced, seven via strikeout and five straight at one point. In the later innings, he consistently missed arm-side. He finished the game with eight strikeouts, four hits – two of the infield variety – with four walks and one hit batsman. Downers Grove South lost the game 1-0. Overall, Burdi very well may have the most electric stuff in Illinois. Harnessing it will be his key in the future.

+ Joe Becht, MIF, Downers Grove South HS, 2014
Athletically built left-handed hitting middle infielder, currently ranked No. 62 in Illinois’ 2014 class. Can play multiple positions – middle infield and outfield – played shortstop in Monday’s game against Willowbrook. Showed athletic feet and plenty of arm in the field; made two stellar defensive plays, including one deep in the hole, near where the dirt meets the grass, planted and got the runner by a hair to end the sixth inning. Showed quick transfer and ability to throw at different angles. Also made a diving play to record the first out in the sixth. Offensively, has a loose, quick swing. Line-drive approach. Ran a 7.07 60 at the Preseason All-State Showcase; was clocked at 79 mph at shortstop and 85 mph from the outfield.

+ Mike Rothmund, 1B, Willowbrook HS, 2014
Athletic frame, projectable 6-foot-5, 215-pound size. Offensively, showed ability to barrel up velocity. Had a sharp single on 89 mph fastball in the fourth, and got robbed on another hit on another 89 mph fastball in the sixth. Was clocked at 4.69 down the line on the play. Finished game 1-for-3 against Zack Burdi. Big target at first base. Had a big sophomore year offensively. Currently ranked No. 103 in Illinois’ 2014 class.

+ Jake Cady, RHP, Willowbrook HS, 2014
Stocky frame, solid lower half, junior right-handed pitcher. Outdueled No. 1-ranked senior Zack Burdi, throwing complete-game shutout against Downers Grove South. Cady yielded six hits, struck out one and walked one in game. A strike-thrower, around the plate with everything. Works from high-3/4 slot, fastball ranged 73-76 mph, slight movement. Commands curveball well, in the 62-64 range. Competed well.

Niles Notre Dame vs. Nazareth - 5/4/13

By Sean Duncan
Executive Director

+ Adnan Sator, RHP, Niles Notre Dame HS, 2015
Physically impressive 6-foot-4, 190-pound sophomore right-handed pitcher. Currently ranked No. 41 in Illinois’ 2015 class. Threw complete game 3-1 victory over Nazareth. Fastball sat at 83-84, topping at 87 mph. Pitches from over-the-top slot, works downhill well, effort in delivery, opens frontside early, falls to first base side, good acceleration. Showed ability to throw curveball for strikes, in 70-72 mph range, with 12/6 shape. High-follow prospect.

+ Peter Minella, LHP, Nazareth HS, 2014
Lanky, projectable 6-foot-2 left-handed pitcher with long limbs. Athletic, fluid delivery, shows good rhythm and tempo. Works from ¾ slot, long and loose arm action, clean and easy. Fastball sat in 77-79 range with some arm-side run. At Preseason All-State Showcase, Minella showed 80-81 velocity. Curveball has slurve shape in 64-66 mph range; throws curveball for strikes. As he fills into his frame, Minella should add velocity in the coming years.

+ Sam Ferri, C, Niles Notre Dame HS, 2016
Varsity starting catcher and top-of-the-order hitter as freshman. Shows advanced footwork for age behind plate. Receives exceptionally well and has athletic feet. Shows accurate arm with pop times ranging between 2.19-2.3 between innings. Currently ranked No. 14 in Illinois’ 2016 class.

Glenbrook south vs. Glenbrook north - 5/4/13

By Sean Duncan
Executive Director

+ Kyle Pauly, LHP, Glenbrook South HS, 2013
Top unsigned Illinois senior arm on the board. Currently ranked No. 54 in Illinois’ 2013 class. Against district rival Glenbrook North on Saturday, Pauly worked three innings of relief, yielding no hits. In his first inning, his fastball was consistently 88 mph, and struck out consecutive hitters, each with 89 mph fastballs. Consistently in the 86-87 range for the following two innings. Threw harder out of the stretch. Also showed a 74-78 mph curveball, a few that had tight 11/5 shape. The wiry 6-foot, 170-pound Pauly is athletic in his delivery, works from a high-3/4 slot and hides the ball well. Anyone in the need of an upper-80s left-hander, he’d be a good place to start.

+ Grant Rushing, OF, Glenbrook North HS, 2013
Athletic 6-foot-1, 210-pound unsigned senior outfielder. Previously unknown to us because he hasn’t played baseball since his freshman year, nevertheless, Rushing has created quite a buzz this spring. All-State running back who ran for more than 1,600 yards and 22 TDs in football. Was committed to walk-on the Wisconsin football team, but when the coach left, it changed Rushing’s situation. Left-handed hitter with bat speed and power potential. Glenbrook North coach Dominic Savino said he has been hammering the ball with backspin carry this season; has moved into the No. 3 hole in the lineup. Savino said has legitimate D-1 offensive ability. In game against Glenbrook South, he went 1-for-3. Was clocked at 4.40 and 4.43 home-to-first times from left side. Outfield arm still needs development.

+ Mario Tursi, SS, Glenbrook South HS, 2014
Currently ranked No. 63 in Illinois’ 2014 class.  Athletically built 6-foot-1, 160-pound shortstop who appears to have taken his game up a notch. Truly impressive in the field against Glenbrook North, making several stellar plays. On one play, he broke to second base on a steal, had to cut back on a hit and run, fielded the ball to his backhand in the hole, and threw runner (4.50) out by step. Also made an impressive play up the middle. Has plenty of arm for shortstop (clocked at 85 across infield at Preseason All-State Showcase).  Offensively, Tursi delivered a walk-off hit with two outs in the bottom of the single, poking a single up the middle to give team an 8-7 comeback win. Finished the day 2-for-3 with two RBI and a sacrifice bunt (4.53).

+ Cody Carroll, OF, Glenbrook South HS, 2014
Advanced 6-foot-2, 205-pound frame, extremely athletic. Right-handed hitter ran a 4.22 home-to-first on a 6-3 putout; ran a 6.72 60 at the PBR Preseason All-State Showcase. Covers a lot of ground in centerfield, moves fluidly with long strides. Has short arm action from outfield, solid carry (clocked at 84 mph). Offensively, hits from a tall setup, longer path, some stiffness; made hard contact in all four at-bats, finishing 1-for-4 with two runs, a stolen base and was robbed for a hit. Also a standout receiver in football. High-follow prospect.

Riverside-Brookfield vs. glenbard south - 5/2/13

By Sean Duncan
Executive Director

Will Kincanon, RHP, Riverside-Brookfield HS, 2014
Currently ranked No. 32 in Illinois’ 2014 class, 132 overall. Athletic 6-foot-3, 185-pound right-handed pitcher with considerable upside. Works from 3/4 slot, athletic arm, effort in delivery, has tendency to fall off to first base side. Fastball has arm-side life, sitting sat 83-84 mph, touching 86. Both changeup and slider can be swing-and-miss pitches. Against Glenbard South, changeup (75-76 mph) was especially effective, showing consistent arm-side sink in lower half of zone. Throws changeup with conviction and out of same window. Slider, in the 69-72 range, showed sharp two-plane action. High-potential pitch with more command. Not afraid to throw slider and changeup in different counts. Has established himself as frontline ace this season. Entered game with 6-0 record. After allowing two hits in first inning, he settled down. In second inning, he struck out the side in order on fastball, changeup and slider. Had seven strikeouts in four innings before storm ended game. Excellent overall athlete. Ran a 7.07 60 at Preseason All-State Showcase. High-ceiling prospect.

Ethan Gasbarro, INF/RHP/OF, Glenbard South HS, 2013
Unsigned senior, 6-foot, 165-pound multi-positional athlete. Currently ranked No. 101 in Illinois’ 2013 class. Played shortstop on Thursday against Riverside-Brookfield. Athletic feet, plenty of arm (was clocked at 86 from infield, 92 from outfield, 85-86 on mound at unsigned senior showcase in October). Runs well (6.97 60).

Montini vs. marmion - 5/1/13

By Matt Yarber
Director of Operations

Alex Troop, OF/LHP, Marmion HS, 2014
Currently ranked No. 76 in the state of Illinois, Troop is a 6-foot-4, 180 pound, long-legged outfielder that showed athletic actions.  Troop went 2-for-3 on the day with a double.  Has an easy, smooth left-handed swing, stays through the zone well. Showed off athleticism with a diving play in centerfield.  Pregame showed arm strength.

Jake Esp, RHP, Marmion HS, 2015
Esp is currently ranked 23 in Illinois’ 2015 class. tall, lanky build, wide shoulders, 6-foot-4 frame.  Sat 82-83 throughout 4 innings.  High-follow prospect.

Ben Dobosenski, RHP, Montini HS, 2013
Unsigned senior is currently ranked No. 166 in the state.  Physical 6-foot-3, 180-pound athlete, strong lower half.  Easy repeatable mechanics, sat 81-84 the whole game.  Went 5 IP, giving up 4 hits, 1 ER, and struck out 7.  Went 3-for-4 at the plate with 4 RBI.  Easy left-handed swing, showed gap to gap power. 

De la salle vs. st. joseph - 5/1/13

By Sean Duncan
Executive Director

+ Glenn Kubek, C, De La Salle HS, 2014
Currently ranked No. 98 in Illinois’ 2014 class. 6-foot-4, 210-pound left-handed hitting catcher. Showed extremely well in game against St. Joseph, going 3-for-3 with a double over first-base bag, a run-scoring single in the fifth and a walk. Kubek also threw out two runners, including an athletic play in which he blocked a ball, popped up and gunned a runner at third base to end a sixth-inning rally. Also threw out a runner in the first inning with a pop time of 2.11. Received well in game with solid footwork. With his size, may project as first baseman at next level.

+ Ricardo Ramirez, 3B, De La Salle HS, 2013
Currently ranked No. 12 in Illinois’ 2013 class and 66 overall. University of Illinois-Chicago recruit. Strong 6-foot-1, 210-pound frame with developed, powerful lower half. Aggressive plate approach with power right-handed bat.  Went 1-for-3 with a walk and a long fly out to center field. He also pitched a scoreless seventh to earn the save. Fastball ranged between 83-85 mph. Did not play the field due to hamstring issue. At the Super 60, was clocked at 84 mph from third base.

+ Tom Duddleston, MIF, De La Salle HS, 2016
Freshman hitting leadoff and playing second base for varsity. Looks to be one of the better freshman prospects we’ve seen. Athletic 5-foot-11, 165-pound frame. Shows advanced offensive approach; balanced, athletic setup, good rhythm, quick hands, level bat path, extension and whip through zone. One-hopped centerfield fence for double against St. Joseph. Possesses athletic arm and tendencies in field. High-follow prospect.

+ Trayvon Johnson, 3B/RHP, St. Joseph HS, 2013
Unsigned senior. 5-foot-9, 180-pound two-way player with thick lower half. Pitched at 79-81 mph, topping at 82. Have seen him up to 87 at PBR Unsigned Senior Showcase. Works from high-3/4 slot, effort in delivery, straight. Has tendency to get underneath 70-72 curveball. Aggressive left-handed hitter. Went 1-for-3 with hard single up the middle.

Joliet West vs. Lincoln - Way East 4/30/13

By Steve Nielsen
Scouting Director

+ Jake Herron, RHP, Joliet West, 2013
John A. Logan commit. Sturdy frame, wide bodied, right handed pitcher. Delivery is simple and shows the ability to repeat itself, works directionally, shows above average balance. Arm action is loose and clean, high ¾ to over the top slot, shorter arm action. Fastball is mostly straight shows occasional finish through the zone, pitched at 84-85 mph, touching 86-87 throughout the first three innings, maintained 84-85 mph through the sixth. Curveball showed 12/6 action early in the game with advanced depth and control, 67-71 mph, showed occasional 11/5 action in the later innings. Herron showed the ability to attack the zone with his fastball/curveball combination, pitching vertically changing eye level up and down. He also showed he can maintain velocity through six innings holding steadily in the 84-85 mph range, however delivery and command waivered later in game.

+ Cody Grosse, SS, Joliet West, 2015
Smaller frame and build, slender but shows some strength. Plus runner, foot speed is a difference maker on the baseball field, 3.9-4.22 runner home to first from the left side. Offensively hits from the left side, athletic setup, bat path stays inside the baseball, spray hitter, contact guy, bat speed present. Defensively shows soft hands, quick release and transfer, average arm strength, footwork is highly athletic, displays above average range, footwork plays through the ball well. Grosse looks to be one of the more dynamic middle infielders in the Class of 2015. He shows game changing speed with the ability to handle the bat well making his outs tough on pitchers. Grosse projects to be a high level top of the lineup nuisance for opposing pitchers. Spark plug.

+ Evan Sandmann, UTL, Lincoln-Way East, 2014
Athletic build, 6-foot, 155-pound multi-positional player. Offensively hits from the left side, shows above average bat speed, flat bat path, shows barrel awareness. Defensively shows reliable hands with a playable arm across the diamond. On the mound, pitched at 81-83 mph, touching 84 mph. Fastball showed slight arm side run. Slider at 75-76 with occasional sweeping action. Sandmann is an athlete with a well-rounded game who shows the ability to produce for his team.

+ Tommy Fuessel, OF, Lincoln-Way East, 2013
Highly projectable frame, lanky frame, slender build, 6-foot-3, 185-pound right handed outfielder. Highly athletic, shows above average foot speed, 4.32 runner home to first. Offensively hits from a wider stance, crouched setup, low load position. Athletic swing with bat speed, shows some pop projection.

+ Larry Holman, OF, Joliet West, 2013
Unsigned senior. Smaller frame, average build, left handed throwing and hitting outfielder. Athlete, shows above average foot speed, 4.2-4.3 runner home to first. Defensively shows closing speed to the gaps, makes above average reads in the outfield. Offensively hits from the left side, leadoff hitter, quick hands, shows the ability to fight off tough pitches, contact hitter, handles the bat well. Projects to be a contributing leadoff hitter at the next level with an above average defensive prowess in the outfield.


Barrington vs. hoffman estates - 4/30/13

By Sean Duncan
Executive Director

+ Wyatt Trautwein, RHP, Barrington HS, 2014
Currently ranked No. 27 in Illinois’ 2014 class; No. 111 overall. Possesses tremendous upside; has ability to become elite prospect in Midwest. Lanky, extremely projectable 6-foot-4, 185-pound frame with long arms and legs and plenty of room to develop. Arm action is clean, easy, quick, loose and athletic, from high-3/4 slot. Strike-thrower with high pitchability. Works with a plan and purpose. Pitches both sides of the plate with confidence. Throws two-seamer and four-seamer; two-seamer shows late arm-side run. Fastball sat 84-85 mph, touching 87 on occasion. Adds and subtracts velocity well depending on count. Not afraid to work inner-half. Slider has potential to be big-time swing-and-miss pitch. Showed ability to throw slider for strikes and bury it, in the 75-76 range. Also throws a curveball (64-68 mph). Has feel for curve, though command and effectiveness are well behind slider. Works fast; maintains tempo and rhythm throughout. Good bloodlines, too. Father, David, pitched at high level; uncle pitched in the big leagues. In game against Hoffman Estates, he allowed one hit in five innings with six strikeouts and no walks. In all, with Trautwein’s athletic arm action, projectable frame and overall stuff, he likely will continue to see his velocity climb in the coming years. High-ceiling prospect.

+ Ryan Lidge, C, Barrington HS, 2013
Notre Dame recruit, ranked No. 7 in Illinois’ 2013 class; 41 overall. One of the few 2013 prospects in Illinois who is receiving legitimate draft interest. And rightfully so. Durable, athletic 6-foot-2, 195-pound frame, switch-hitting catcher. Strong, accurate arm behind the plate, consistent 1.89-1.97 pop times at the Super 60; threw a 2.04 in-game putout against Hoffman Estates. Runner was out by two feet. Has 7 home runs on season already. On Tuesday in game, hit from left side only. Quiet, advanced approach, lower hand position, minimal excess movement, aggressive lower half. Patient overall approach. Tallied three RBI in game with two-run single down first-base line and sacrifice fly to left field. Also walked. Has similar hitting approach from right side. High-level prospect.

+ Dylan Lidge, MIF, Barrington HS, 2013
Twin brother of Ryan Lidge. 5-foo-8, 160-pound switch-hitting unsigned senior. Polished plate approach, level path, line-drive approach. Had three well-struck singles in game from left side. Solid defensive actions in field. Likely a second baseman at next level. Ran a 7.13 60 at the PBR Unsigned Senior Showcase.

+ Barrington starts two sophomores: athletic OF Mitch Pfeiffer (5-10/180) and physical 1B Jake Coon (6-0/200). Pfeiffer ran a 6.75 60 at a previous PBR event.

Rich Central vs. Homewood-Flossmoor - 4/29/13

By Steve Nielsen
Scouting Director

+ Jeremy Orbik, RHP, Homewood-Flossmoor, 2015
High ceiling, loose long right handed pitcher. Body shows projection, slender frame, room to fill out, 6-foot, 170-pounds. Arm action is clean and easy, ¾ arm slot, loose arm action, highly athletic arm, gets good extension at release point. Delivery is smooth and fluid, shows excellent direction, head stays on line and exhibits excellent balance throughout. Fastball shows arm side run with late life through the zone, sat 84-86 mph, also showed the ability to add and subtract from his fastball in situational counts, showed command of his fastball. Curveball has 11/5 action, some slurve feel, two plane action flashes occasional depth and sweep, showed the tendency to tip breaking ball in later innings as he tired. Change up was 78-79, occasionally used, showed deceptive arm action. High strikeout guy, has swing and miss stuff.  Orbik has a mound presence beyond his years. The sophomore does not get rattled easily and shows excellent composure, a highly mature approach to pitching. Orbik is the No. 7 prospect in Illinois’ 2015 class, he will also be pitching in the  PBR Midwest Future Games at Indiana University in August.

+ Jalen Purchase, RHP, Rich Central, 2013
Sturdy build, strong lower half, wide shoulder. Delivery shows some repeatability, arm action is over the top. Fastball is 82-84 mph touched 85 mph on occasion, mostly straight, shows occasional late life through the zone. Curveball has 12/6 action, some depth, 68-70 mph. Purchase showed the ability to hold his velocity for seven innings. He shows a highly competitive edge with the ability to work out of tough situations throughout the game. Purchase has the approach of a late game pitcher who has the mental toughness to get tough outs in ball games.

+ Jesse Forestell, C, Homewood Flossmoor, 2015
Strong lower half, shows overall strength. Highly advanced left handed hitting catcher. Offensively hits with an athletic setup, balanced stance, plus setup and approach. Shows a mature offensive approach, excellent pitch recognition and patience. Shows high level hand eye, excellent barrel awareness. Bat path is simple and to the point, little wasted movement. Stays back on off-speed pitches well, lets the ball travel deep. Defensively shows above average pop time for age, 2.10-2.12, arm plays well shows some carry. Hands work within framework of body, glove hand can get stronger when working outside his framework. Forestell is a high level offensive catcher who shows the makings of being a gap to gap hitter for high average.

+ Matt Cole, 3B, Rich Central, 2013
Alcorn State commit. Shows the ability to be a high level offensive threat. Hits from a slightly closed stance, strong hands, above average bat speed. Showed pop in his bat to the opposite field. Patient hitter, will take his walks. Defensively shows reliable hands, arm action is over the top.

+ David Dugger, 2B, Rich Central, 2014
Slightly undersized, 5-foot-9, 170-pounds, shows strength, second baseman type, quick twitch athlete. Defensively shows soft hands with quickness, transfer around the bag can improve but shows quickness. Footwork is athletic and quick, well above average runner, possible plus runner. Offensively shows quick twitch hands, bat speed is present, lacked some barrel awareness.

+ Patrick Shehan, OF, Homewood Flossmoor, 2013
Above average frame, athletic make-up, 6-foot-2, 195-pounds. Offensively shows bat speed, looks to work the middle of the field, stays inside the baseball. Shows above average foot spped, 4.35 runner home to first, 7.01 scoring from second off the bat (2 out single). Defensively shows arm strength from the outfield, above average arm strength, shows closing speed in the outfield.

+ Jake McCabe, SS, Rich Central, 2013
Oakton commit. Long athletic frame, shows footwork defensively. Athletic arm action across the diamond, shows arm action off back foot. Offensively makes hard contact, athletic swing, some bat speed, lacks timing.

timothy christian vs. illiana christian - 4/29/13

By Matt Yarber
Director of Operations

Cole Miller, Timothy Christian HS, LHP/OF, Class of 2016
Currently ranked as the No. 8 player in Illinois’ 2016 class. Athletically built 6-foot-2, 190 pound freshman with projectable frame. Works from high-3/4 slot, some effort in delivery, repeats well. For his age, he shows command of three pitches, two of which he can throw in any count.  Miller attacks hitters with his 81-83 mph fastball. His curveball has the potential to be a plus pitch. Has a lot of feel and command for it as a freshman. He threw a get-me-over curve at 61-63; also threw a 66-68 breaker with depth. Miller pitches from a high ¾ slot.  Also, Miller showed some juice at the plate, going 2 for 3 with a double. 

Josh VanBeek, Illiana Christian HS, RHP, Class of 2013
VanBeek is a physical 6-foot-3,  200 pound RHP who works from a high ¾ slot.  The unsigned senior impressed with his 84-85 mph fastball.  He flashed an 87 during warm-ups.  He kept hitters off balance with a 68 mph breaking ball that had tight spin and depth to it.

Oak Park vs. Lyons township - 4/29/13

By Sean Duncan
Executive Director

+ Sam Cottingham-Beard, RHP, Oak Park-River Forest HS, 2014
Currently ranked No. 82 in Illinois’ 2014 class; possesses Division 1 ability. Strong frame, 6-foot-2, 190-pound right-hander. Developed lower half, barrel chest, long arms. Works from high-3/4 slot, clean, athletic arm, throws slightly across body, drop and drive delivery, some effort. Pitched at 84-86 mph for six innings. Fastball showed arm-side run, fairly flat but has late life. Works bottom half of zone well. Curveball has makings of a plus pitch. Throws it with confidence with same arm action, in 74-76 mph, range. Works both sides of plate with it, and showed ability to throw for early strike and bury it for strikeout pitch. Sharp, late two-plane action. Also showed feel for changeup, though didn’t show it much. Against defending state champion Lyons Township, allowed three hits in six innings with seven strikeouts and two walks. Struck out two batters in each the fourth, fifth and sixth innings. Definite high-follow.  

+ Patrick Rumoro, C, Oak Park-River Forest HS, 2015
Small frame, 5-foot-9 sophomore catcher; hits No. 2 for varsity. Quick hands at plate, solid overall approach. Good path to baseball, aggressive approach, squared up the baseball in each of his four at-bats. Possesses extremely athletic feet behind plate and showed advanced receiving and blocking abilities. Average arm strength; 2.2-2.3 pop times between innings.

+ Sam Heilenbach, C, Lyons Township HS, 2014
Currently ranked No. 87 in Illinois’ 2014 class. Sturdy 6-foot-2, 190-pound frame. Right-handed hitter with simple, aggressive approach. Looks like he can flat hit, and he did so during the Fall Prospect Program for seven weeks. Looks vastly improved behind plate; feet are more athletic than the fall, and transfer is much quicker. Pop times ranged between 2.00-2.10 between innings. Went 1-for-2 in game with a walk; hard single up the middle. Bats cleanup for Lyons Township.

+ Keith Rogalla, 3B/RHP, Oak Park-River Forest HS, 2014
Athletic 6-foot-2, 193-pound frame. Shows athletic feet at third base and quick hands at plate. Hit home run to left field. Arm strength is present at third as well. At PBR event in February, topped at 88 mph on the mound. Currently ranked No. 86 in Illinois’ 2014 class.

+ Alex Rice, OF, Oak Park-River Forest HS, 2014
Currently ranked No. 53 in Illinois’ 2014 class. Extremely projectable 6-foot-4, 190-pound frame. Shows right-handed bat speed at plate; went 1-for-3 with RBI and walk in game.

+ Sam Cybulski, MIF, Lyons Township HS, 2014
Currently ranked No. 127 in Illinois’ 2014 class. Athletic 6-foot-3, 175 pound frame, long legs, moves well laterally in field. Athletic actions; made impressive play to his right on short hop to rob a hit. Gets out of the box well; ran a 4.27 from right side. Ran a 6.94 60 at previous PBR event.

+ Max Larsen, OF, Lyons Township, 2014
5-foot-8, 150-pound left-handed hitting junior. Extremely balanced, level swing; mechanically sound with barrel whip. Has advanced overall approach. Plays solid outfield; gets good reads on balls and covers enough ground.

Highland vs. Belleville west - 4/26/13

By Sean Duncan
Executive Director

+ Joseph Duncan, SS, Highland HS, 2014
Previously unknown to us, but has the tools and upside to become Division I infielder in future. Athletic, projectable 6-foot-3, 195-pound frame, long limbs, with plenty of room to develop. Offensively, has loose, quick hands at plate; excellent bat speed and barrel whip through zone. Hits from slightly open setup, balanced, has rhythm. Against Belleville West, Duncan turned on an inside fastball for a double down the left field line; also ripped a single to the right side on outer half pitch. For season, he’s hitting .414 with 7 doubles, 2 homers, 2 triples, 30 RBI. Defensively, shows athletic actions and above-average arm strength from shortstop, though may project more as 3B in future if continues to fill out physically. Made extremely athletic play in which he broke to second base on a steal, had to change direction on the hit, made a backhand play and threw runner out with ease. Duncan is definite high-follow in 2014 class.

+ Jacob Wilson, RHP, Belleville West HS, 2015
5-foot-10, 200-pound sophomore right-hander. Works from high ¾ slot, short arm action, works across body, hides ball extremely well. Fastball topped at 83 mph out of pen, sitting 80-82. Fairly flat but fastball has late life. Commands strike zone well for sophomore. Curveball ranged between 66-68 and changeup at 70-72. Showed mound presence for age. Has 3-1 record with 2.76 ERA for season.

+ Aaron Meyer, SS, Belleville West HS, 2013
John A. Logan JC recruit. One of the top senior shortstops of the season. Athletic left-handed hitter with plenty of arm (84 mph across infield). Moves fluidly and takes advanced angles to balls. Shows high aptitude for position. Hitting .434 with 4 doubles and 12 RBI this season.

+ Grant Geppert, RHP/OF, Highland HS, 2015
Lanky 6-foot-1, 165-pound frame. Left-handed hitter, right-handed pitcher. Strike-thrower, fastball between 76-78, top at 79, from high-3/4 slot. Slows arm action down on secondary pitches; curveball at 65-67, changeup at 70. Is 4-1 on season. Hits from wide setup, no stride, no load. Delivered two-run opposite-field double in second inning. Some length in swing.

+ Jacob Haberer, RHP/3B, Highland HS, 2013
Eastern Illinois recruit. Putting up All-State type numbers this season. The 6-foot-2, 205-pounder has 5 homers, 7 doubles and 31 RBI at the plate; is 3-0 with 2.42 ERA on mound. Features mid-to-upper-80s fastball. Currently ranked No. 68 in Illinois’ 2013 class.

Edwardsville vs. Alton - 4/25/13

By Sean Duncan
Executive Director

+ Cole Hagen, RHP, Edwardsville HS, 2013
Unsigned senior, 6-foot-2, 171-pound athletic frame with long arms and plenty of room to physically develop. Has emerged this spring has high-interest prospect. Works from low ¾ slot, loose arm, works across body, deceptive and athletic delivery. Fastball in 83-86 range with considerable sink and some cut action. Strike-thrower, keeps ball down in zone, misses barrels. Curveball has one-plane sweeping action in the 72-73 range. Shows changeup infrequently, but is effective pitch; comes out of same window with similar arm action. Has emerged as ace for Edwardsville. Improved to 5-0 after yielding 3 hits in 5 innings against Alton. 0.47 ERA with 0.57 WHIP. Coach Tim Funkhouser said Hagen is late bloomer after growing about four inches as a junior. With his deception, low ¾ arm action and sinking fastball, Hagen looks like he will continue to get outs at the next level.  

+ Jordan Heckler, SS, Edwardsville HS, 2013
5-foot-11, 162-pound unsigned senior middle infielder. Shows natural middle infield actions; soft hands, athletic arm and extremely quick transfer; average arm strength but gets it from glove to glove equally as fast. Takes good angles and has overall natural feel at position. Hitting .343 this season with 6 doubles, 2 homers and 13 RBI.

+ Matt Hopkins, OF/INF, Alton HS, 2015
Physically advanced 6-foot-2, 190-pound sophomore. Looks to be one of the top left-handed bats in 2015 class. Tall, confident approach; has bat speed and strength.  Cleanup hitter on team; hitting .420 as sophomore. Sprayed opposite field single on down and out pitch. Currently ranked No. 33 in Illinois’ 2015 class.

+ Bryan Hudson, LHP, Alton HS, 2015
Extremely projectable 6-foot-5, 175-pound sophomore left-hander. Long arms, long legs, skinny frame. Works from high ¾ slot, short arm action, arm works clean and easily. For size, has very short stride, inhibiting his ability to get over frontside and get extension. Fastball in the 76-78 range with significant arm side run. Throws curveball consistently for strikes; 67-69 with some depth and bite. Stays tall, works downhill well.  Currently ranked No. 62 in Illinois’ 2015 class. Has potential to throw significantly harder in time.

+ Blake Graham, OF, Edwardsville HS, 2013
Heartland CC recruit, 5-foot-8, 168-pound left-handed hitting outfielder. True leadoff hitter with excellent speed (6.77 60); 4.2 H-F. Excellent base runner; spark plug, makes things happen. Stole third base on top defensive catcher in state, Brent Gibbs.  Covers significant ground in outfield and gets advanced reads on balls. Impressive all-around talent with Division 1 abilities.

+ Jake Garella, OF/INF, Edwardsville HS, 2016
Athletically built 6-foot-1, 163-pound freshman. Already making impact on varsity; hits in 7 hole; shows athletic arm from outfield; moves well and confidently. Coach said he’s a natural infielder, but picked position up without hitch this season. High-follow prospect in future.

Mount Carmel vs. St. Laurence - 4/24/13

By. Steve Nielsen
Scouting Director

+ Mike Kornacker, RHP, St. Laurence, 2014
Purdue recruit, No. 9 ranked player in Illinois 2014 class. 6-foot-4, 190-pound right-handed pitcher. Prototypical pitchers frame. Delivery shows athleticism, shows the ability to repeat. Arm works, athletic arm action, has occasional tendency to work uphill, high ¾ arm slot. Fastball sat at 85-87 mph entire game, touching 88 mph, mostly straight, some finish through the zone. Looks to work down in the zone, pitches off of his fastball. Curveball has downward action, solid depth, 11/5 plane, 70 mph. Kornacker showed the ability to hold his velocity for his entire six innings of work. Maintains his delivery, above average stamina. 

+ Richard Fordon, LHP, Mount Carmel, 2014
Stong build, 6-foot-3, 215-pounds, developed lower half. Arm action is long, high ¾ slot. Delivery lacks separation, one piece rotation after foot strike. Fastball sat at 79-81 mph for most of the game, touched 83 mph early in the game, shows cut action on fastball, was able to get under the hands of right handed hitters. Slider has two-plane action, 71-73 mph, effective to his glove side of the plate. Changeup had slight fade, 74-75 mph. Fordon is a strong bodied left-handed pitcher who shows a naturally cutting fastball complimented by a two-plane slider. No. 35 in Class of 2014.

+ Ako Thomas, MIF, Mount Carmel, 2015
Athletic middle infielder, shows above average defensive actions. Arm plays from second base, quick release, confident defender. Offensively hits from a slightly wide stance, opposite field approach, line drive hitter.

+ Jerry Houston, MIF, Mount Carmel, 2013
No. 27 in Class of 2015. Strong build, athletic body, 5-foot-8, 165-pounds. Athletic arm action defensively, has the ability to go to his backhand and start the double play effectively. Quick, clean release, arm shows occasional carry across the diamond. Lacks high level foot speed. Offensively hits from an open stance, shows advanced bat speed, ball jumps off his bat. No. 17 in Class of 2013, Oregon commit.

+ Josh Stowers, OF, Mount Carmel, 2015
High level athlete, shows advanced strength, 6-foot, 175-pounds, advanced build. Highly advanced bat speed, shows extremely quick hands, balanced stance, long stride, occasionally late timing. Ball jumps off his bat, shows power potential. Louisville commit, No. 16 rank in the 2015 class.

+ Kevin White, OF, St. Laurence, 2014
Athletic outfielder, shows foot speed, 6-foot-1, 175-pound outfielder. Offensively shows above average bat speed, athletic hitter. Advanced base runner, makes great reads on the base paths, base running threat. No. 74 in Class of 2014

+ Jason Gasser, OF, Mount Carmel, 2013
Strong build, 6-foot, 190-pound left handed hitting outfielder. Slightly open stance, slightly wide, high back elbow. Athletic swing, shows some easy pop, hard contact. Shows foot speed in the outfield.

Libertyville vs. Stevenson - 4/24/13

By Sean Duncan
Executive Director

+ Evan Skoug, C, Libertyville HS, 2014
Physically advanced 5-foot-11, 205-pound left-handed hitting catcher. Possesses strong lower half and developed upper body. Has the tools to be highly coveted 2014 prospect in Midwest.

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