Thu July 5, 2012
The Prep Baseball Report Top Prospect Showcase on June 14 at Silver Cross Field in Joliet featured an incredibly deep and talented group of 2013 and 2014 prospects from all over Illinois. Performing in front nearly 90 college coaches, the players put on an impressive show of skill.
Although the event was dominated by top-level athletes and a remarkably deep group of outfielders, De La Salle 3B Ricardo Ramirez earned top prospect honors after he put on a show in BP and at third base.
Here, we take a look at the top 35 overall Class of 2013 prospects.
1.Ricardo Ramirez, 3B/RHP, De La Salle, Class of 2013
Ramirez is a 6-foot-1, 200-pound multi-positional athlete who looks to be one of the premier third basemen in the Class of 2013. Ramirez showed advanced skills in all facets of the game. Defensively, Ramirez exhibited soft hands while working through the ball with ease and displayed an accurate arm across the diamond with carry (84 mph). Ramirez showed smooth footwork while taking excellent angles to the baseball. Offensively, Ramirez possesses an explosive right-handed swing with a quiet front side as he stays balanced through the ball. Ramirez had arguably the best round of bp of the loaded event, consistently squaring up the baseball with backspin carry. On the mound, Ramirez throws over the top with solid rhythm and easy effort. He throws a heavy fastball that topped at 85 mph and a changeup with late sink and solid feel that sat at 74-75 mph. Shortly after the event, Ramirez verbally committed to UIC.
2. Anthony Ray, OF, St. Rita, Class of 2013
Ray is a 6-foot, 160-pound athlete who looks to be one of the premier outfielders in the Class of 2013. Ray impressed with his speed, running a 6.75 60 and a 3.8 home to first. Defensively, Ray exhibited smooth, concise routes to the ball and showed a strong arm from the outfield (89 mph) that showed carry and life. At the plate, Ray displayed an aggressive left-handed swing with plus bat speed. Ray showed the ability to stay inside the baseball well as he sprayed line drives to all fields.
3. Jake Ring, OF, Grant HS, Class of 2013
Ring proved to be one of the top outfielders in the Class of 2013, showing well in all facets of the game. Standing at 6-foot, 175-pounds, Ring is one of the most athletic players in his class, running an event best 6.60 60. Ring continued to show his athletic ability in the field, getting excellent reads off the bat and taking precise routes to the baseball. He showcased an accurate arm (87 mph) from the outfield that showed solid carry and ride. Offensively, Ring has an easy left-handed approach with an active lower half. He has a quiet overall approach, and looks to be a top-level leadoff type hitter.
4. Michael Hermosillo, OF, Ottawa HS, Class of 2013
Hermosillo is a 5-foot-10, 190-pound outfielder who impressed with his high-level tools. He is a premier quick-twitch athlete, one who registered one of the fastest 60 times of the event (6.72). Defensively, Hermosillo took concise routes to the baseball and showcased a strong arm, being clocked at 90 mph. Offensively, Hermosillo exhibited a smooth load and a strong lower half, creating solid bat speed. Hermosillo showed plus gap-to-gap power, driving balls to the deep parts of the field.
5. Nicholas Kowalczuk, 1B, Oak Park-River Forest, Class of 2013
Kowalczuk is a 6-foot-3, 210-pound first baseman who looks to be one of the premier right-handed bats in the Class of 2013. Kowalczuk starts from an open stance and generates impressive whip through the zone. Kowalczuk showed plus power from the right side, consistently barreling up the baseball to both power alleys. Defensively, Kowalczuk exhibited soft hands and good feet around the bag. He displayed an accurate arm (79 mph) across the diamond as well. Additionally, Kowalczuk ran a 7.42 60.
6. Regynold Johnson, RHP/C, Marian Catholic, Class of 2013
Johnson is a 6-foot-1, 155-pound multi-positional talent who impressed in all facets of the game. On the mound, Johnson featured a heavy fastball that topped at an event best 89 mph, sitting in the 86-88 mph range. His slider was firm with late bite that sat at 75-77 mph and his changeup was thrown with solid arm speed and depth at 78-83 mph. Offensively, Johnson showed a line drive swing with power potential. Behind the dish, Johnson exhibited quick footwork and an accurate arm (78 mph) with a best pop time of 2.08.
7. Anthony Drago, C/1B, Lake Zurich HS, Class of 2013
Drago is a 6-foot-1, 205-pounder who looks to be the most powerful left-handed hitter in the Class of 2013. Drago starts from an open stance and has an aggressive approach with impressive barrel whip through the zone. He showed plus pull-side power, driving balls deep in the right center gap. The ball jumps off his bat with backspin carry and loft. Additionally, Drago had a best pop time of 2.07 and was clocked at 75 mph from the crouch.
8. Patrick Martin, LHP, St. Viator, Class of 2013
Martin is a long and projectable 6-foot-2, 165-pound left-handed pitcher who showcased command of three pitches. Operating from a lower ¾ arm slot, Martin is loose and has deception on the backside, as he fired 83-85 mph fastballs with arm-side run. Martin continued to impress with his off-speed pitches, including a 69-72 mph curveball that showed tight spin and good two-plane action, and a 76-78 mph changeup with late sink. With his body type and arm action, Martin has become one of the more coveted left-handers in the Class of 2013.
9. Cody Bohanek, SS, Marist, Class of 2013
Bohanek is an athletic and physical 6-foot-1, 190-pound middle infielder. He displayed soft hands, athletic feet in the feet as he played through the baseball well, especially on the move. Offensively, Bohanek exhibited a solid lower half and good balance through contact. Bohanek used his strength to generate solid whip through the zone as he sprayed line drives to all fields.
10. Corey Krupske, OF, Lincoln Way North HS, Class of 2013
Kruspke is a 5-foot-10, 155-pound outfielder who impressed with athleticism and quick twitch actions. Krupske showed well defensively, showcasing excellent footwork, taking concise routes to the baseball and getting his momentum behind his throws. He was clocked at 87 mph from the outfield with throws that were right on the bag. At the plate, the left-hander hits with a wide, balanced setup and takes an economical approach to the baseball, keeping his hands inside well and spraying balls to all fields.
11. Robert Kametas, RHP, Oak Lawn, Class of 2013
Kametas is a 6-foot, 190-pound right-handed pitcher who showcased a consistent 85-87 mph fastball that topped at 88 mph. He impressed with his off-speed pitches, including a sharp-breaking curveball with two-plane break that sat at 73-75 mph. Additionally, Kametas threw a 75-76 mph changeup with late sink and run.
12. Tyler Johnson, MIF, Harlen HS, Class of 2013
Johnson is an athletic 5-foot-8, 150-pound middle infielder who showcased his athleticism by running a 6.96 60. Johnson looked strong up the middle, taking concise routes and playing through the baseball. He showed a strong, accurate arm across the diamond that was clocked at 83 mph. At the plate, Johnson has a balanced setup and explosive bat speed, getting through the zone and barreling up baseball to all fields.
13. Danny Rafferty, OF, Loyola, Class of 2013
Rafferty if a 5-foot-11, 185-pound outfielder who impressed with an easy left-handed swing. Rafferty showcased a quiet plate approach, utilizing his aggressive lower half and athletic hands to barrel the baseball to all fields. He maintains excellent rhythm and balance throughout his swing. Defensively, Rafferty moves with fluidity, taking precise routes to the baseball and playing through the ball well. He showed an accurate arm, getting on top of his throws with life and carry (88 mph). Additionally Rafferty ran a 7.34 60.
14. Ty Henderson, RHP/OF, Webber Township, Class of 2013
Henderson is a projectable 6-foot-6, 168-pound right-handed pitcher who has the frame and arm to throw significantly harder in the future. Henderson, who attends a small school in Southern Illinois, works from an over-the-top arm angle. His fastball topped at 88 mph, sitting in the 85-86 range. Henderson also threw a curveball that sat at 64 mph and a changeup that sat at 69-73 mph. Defensively, Henderson moved well in the outfield, using his frame to get on top of his throws that showed carry to the plate (86 mph). Offensively, Henderson is a left-handed hitter who ran a 7.27 60.
15. Andrew Frankenreider, RHP, Dunlap, Class of 2013
Frankenreider is a 6-foot-1, 170-pound right-handed pitcher who operates from a ¾ arm slot. He impressed with an easy 85-88 mph fastball with late arm side life. Frankenreider continued to impress with his secondary pitches: His 75 mph curveball showed sharp two-plane break, late and down in the zone. It has the potential to be a swing and miss pitch at the next level. He also showcased a 73-75 mph changeup with late fade.
16. Bradley Margolin, C/RHP, Glenbrook North HS, Class of 2013
Margolin is a 5-9, 175-pound multi-positional player who showcased his versatility at the event with quick feet and a strong arm. Margolin ran one of the fastest 60 times of the event, running a 6.78 60. Margolin is an advanced receiver behind the dish, exhibiting the ability to keep the baseball in front of him with consistency. He had a best pop time of 2.05 and was clocked at 78 mph from the crouch. From the outfield, Margolin displayed a strong, accurate arm (86 mph). On the bump, Margolin showcased an 83-85 mph fastball that showed arm side run. His best pitch was his 78 mph slider that flashed tight spin and a sharp, late break. He also threw a changeup in the 69-71 mph range with sink.
17. River Pitlock, SS, York, Class of 2013
Pitlock is a 6-foot, 170-pound shortstop who impressed with his fluid actions up the middle. Pitlock exhibited smooth feet and soft hands, taking a good approach to the baseball and playing through the ball well. He continued to impress with his arm strength (84 mph) across the diamond, showing life and accuracy on his throws. Offensively, Pitlock has a quiet swing, keeping his hands inside the ball. He maintained excellent balance through contact and sprayed line drives to all fields.
18. Michael Miller, RHP, Lincoln-Way North HS, Class of 2013
Miller is a 6-foot-1, 170-pound athletic right-handed pitcher who showed command of all three of his pitches. Miller works from a high 3/4 angle with an 85 mph fastball that exhibited arm side run. His off speed pitches are his strength, with his curveball sitting at 72-76 mph showing late two-plane life and a 76-78 mph changeup with plus sink down in the zone.
19. Jermemiah Figueroa, OF, Clemente, Class of 2013
Figueroa is a 5-foot-10, 170-pound outfielder opened eyes with his arm strength from the outfield, as he was clocked at 91 mph. The ball explodes out of his hand, and he delivered his throws on line. Figueroa showed solid footwork in the outfield, getting through the ball athletically and with force. At the plate, Figueroa has quick hands and has a balanced, level approach.
20. Daniel Cutkomp, OF, Alleman Catholic, Class of 2013
Cutkomp is a 5-foot-10, 180-pound outfielder who impressed with his athleticism, running a 6.98 60. Defensively, Cutkomp exhibited quick feet in the outfield, getting behind the baseball and on top of his throws. Cutkomp showed a strong arm from the outfield (88 mph) with good carry on his throws that were right at the bag. At the plate, Cutkomp displayed a balanced setup with a smooth load and short stride. His strong lower half and compact swing allowed him to spray line drives to the gaps.
21. Alex Mumm, OF, Winnebago, Class of 2013
Mumm is a 6-foot, 165-pound athletic outfielder who impressed with his defensive actions. Mumm showcased impressive arm strength from the outfield, topping out at 91 mph. Additionally, he moves athletically through the baseball and was accurate with all his throws.. At the plate, Mumm has a wide stance and maintained excellent balance through contact. He has a very quiet approach at the plate, displaying a quick bat through the zone that produced line drives. Additionally, Mumm ran a 7.21 60.
22. Josh Paparone, OF, York, Class of 2013
Paparone is an athletic 6-foot-2, 175-pound athletic outfielder who showed athleticism in all facets of the game, running one of the lowest 60 times of the event, 6.76. Paparone continued to impress with his solid defensive skills. He moves fluidly and is quick to the ball. His throws were on target (79 mph). Offensively, Paparone exhibited a line drive swing with a short bat path. He stayed inside the ball and had solid balance through contact. Overall, Paparone is one of the class’s more impressive quick-twitch athletes who should continue to see his stock climb in the coming year.
23. Kyle Colletta, MIF, Niles West HS, Class of 2013
Colletta is a 5-foot-11, 160-pound left-handed hitting middle infielder has an advanced, fundamental approach. Offensively, Colletta has a quiet approach. He is quick to the baseball, using an aggressive lower half and a level bat path to create leverage. Colletta has excellent balance and rhythm throughout his swing, and gets extension after contact. Defensively, he showed fundamental footwork and clean defensive actions. He showed solid carry on his throws across the diamond which were clocked at 79 mph.
24. Steven Chamberlain, MIF, Rockford-Guilford, Class of 2013
Chamberlain is a 6-foot-2, 185-pound infielder who impressed with his easy left-handed swing. Overall, he displayed an advanced plate approach, one that included a smooth load and excellent balance through contact. He takes an economical approach to the baseball, generating whip through the zone as he consistently barreled up the ball to the deep parts of the field. The ball jumped off his bat with carry and loft Defensively, Chamberlain moves well laterally and showed soft hands up the middle. His throws exhibited good life and accuracy across the diamond (75 mph).
25. Seth Rosenberg, C/RHP, Niles West HS, Class of 2013
Rosenberg is a 6-foot, 200-pound multi-positional athlete who impressed on his mound with a 86-87 mph fastball. Rosenberg also threw his curveball in the 69-72 mph range and a 79-80 mph changeup. Behind the plate, Rosenberg had a best pop time of 2.05 and was clocked at 76 mph from the crouch. Offensively, Rosenberg is a left-handed hitter who showed solid bat speed and pull side power potential.
26. Robert Fletcher, MIF, Simeon, Class of 2013
Fletcher is an athletic 5-foot-11, 155-pound middle infielder who displayed excellent defensive skills. Fletcher exhibited soft hands up the middle and looked smooth going to his backhand. He had accurate throws across the diamond, showing good carry (79 mph). Offensively, Fletcher exhibited a short, compact line drive swing. Additionally, Fletcher ran a 7.15 60.
27. Erik Callaghan, SS, Marian Catholic, Class of 2013
Callaghan is a 6-foot-2, 180-pound shortstop who exhibited smooth hands and feet, while also showing an accurate arm across the diamond (74 mph). Offensively, Callaghan hit from a balanced setup and displayed a solid approach with good balance through contact. Additionally, he ran a 6.99 60.
28. Frankie Perrone, OF, Maine South HS, Class of 2013
Perrone is an athletic 5-foot-9, 165-pound outfielder who showed well in all aspects of the game. Perrone exhibited advanced defensive skills, working through the ball with swift feet. Perrone showed a plus arm with carry that was clocked at 86 mph. Offensively, Perrone hits from a balanced setup with a smooth load. He exhibited quick hands, barrel whip through the zone and pull side power potential from the right side. Additionally, Perrone showed his athleticism by running a 6.97 60.
29. Elbert Dunnigan, C/RHP/INF, Simeon, Class of 2013
Dunnigan is a 5-foot-9, 165-pound multi-positional athlete who showcased his versatility at the event. On the mound, Dunnigan impressed with his 85-87 mph fastball. Dunnigan also threw a firmer 65-67 mph knuckleball that he threw with confidence, and a 69 mph curveball. Behind the dish, Dunnigan showcased a strong and accurate arm (79 mph) from the crouch, with a best pop time of 2.00.
30. Tyler Feece, LHP, Vernon Hills HS, Class of 2013
Feece is a 5-foot-10, 175-pound left-handed pitcher who throws from a high ¾ slot and commands three pitches for strikes. He showcased a fastball that topped at 84 mph and sat in the 82-83 mph range. He throws his offspeed pitches with confidence. His 65-68 mph curveball was tight and sharp, while his 73-76 mph changeup demonstrated sink down in the zone.
31. Danny Hyde, OF, Notre Dame College Prep, Class of2013
Hyde is an athletically built 6-foot-4, 175-pound outfielder who impressed with his all-around abilities. Hyde hits from a slightly open stance and showed swing looseness and barrel whip through the zone. He stays inside the ball well, barreling up balls to all fields. Defensively Everything Hyde does, he does athletically. Hyde moved well and showcased an accurate arm (82 mph) from the outfield. Additionally, he ran a 7.22 60.
32. Nik Zak, OF/RHP, Elk Grove, Class of 2013
Zak is a 5-foot-11, 160-pound two-way talent who impressed defensively with his arm strength, throwing 90 mph from the outfield with throws that were right on the money. The ball seemed to jump out of his hand with ease, showing solid carry and life. Zak took good routes to the baseball and used his momentum well to play through the ball. Additionally, Zak ran a 7.40 60. On the mound, Zak’s fastball touched 83 mph and sat in the 79-81 mph range. His secondary pitches included a 62-64 mph curveball and a 72-73 mph changeup.
33. Martin Napleton, C/1B, St. Rita, Class of 2013
Napleton is a 6-foot-1, 190-pound multi-positional player who showcased plus power at the plate. Napleton has an aggressive approach, using a strong lower half to generate whip through the zone, which translated into consistent line drives with backspin carry to the deep parts of the field. Behind the dish, Napleton showed agile feet, solid blocking skills and a quick exchange, resulting in a best pop time of 2.01. Additionally, Napleton was clocked at 76 mph from the crouch.
34. Michael Woods, RHP, Elk Grove, Class of 2013
Woods is a 6-foot-4, 185-pound right-handed pitcher with a quick arm and little effort on the mound. Woods displayed a fastball with sink, keeping it down in the zone. His fastball topped at 86 mph, while consistently sitting in the mid 80s. Woods also featured a 12/6 curveball with deception that sat at 65-67 mph. Additionally, he threw a changeup that sat at 70 mph. With his frame and body type, look for Woods to continue to add velocity in the coming years.
35. Brendan Miller, RHP, Plainfield North HS, Class of 2013
Miller is an athletic and projectable 6-foot-4, 180-pound right handed pitcher who operates from a high 3/4 arm slot and showed a loose, quick arm. Miller showcased a fastball with arm side run that was in the 82-83 mph range. He also featured a changeup sitting at 75-76 with sink and life down in the zone, and a 71-72 mph slider. Miller has long arms and legs, and as he continues to grow into his frame, look for him to see a velocity spike in the coming years.
35.Alec Semersky, OF, Libertyville HS, Class of 2013
Semersky is an athletic 6-foot-3, 190-pound outfielder who impressed with his overall athleticism at the event. Semersky proves to be one of the better athletes of the Class of 2013, running a 6.95 60 but was seen earlier in the week running a 6.65. Offensively, Semersky impressed a with a strong lower half, exhibiting a level, line drive swing. Defensively, Semersky took athletic routes to the ball and showed an accurate arm (74 mph).
The rest of the event write-ups will be posted in the coming days.