Fri June 29, 2012
The Prep Baseball Report Prospect ID Showcase on June 20th at Edwardsville HS featured prospects from Illinois and Missouri. There were many players who emerged as prospects to pay close attention to, and we will for sure be following them through the summer and into next season.
Here we break down the position players (alphabetical order):
Ryan Bainbridge, 3B/RHP, Timberland HS, Class of 2013:
The 6-foot-0, 180-pound Bainbridge is a projectable, athletic middle infielder. Defensively, he plays through the ball well, in addition to showing soft hands and an accurate arm across the infield (75 mph). He has fluid footwork and good lateral movements. At the plate, Bainbridge continued to impress with his balanced approach. He showed excellent hand acceleration through the zone, which produced hard line drives. He also demonstrated repeatable rhythm throughout his swing. Bainbridge also showed some skill on the mound with a sharp 11-to-5 breaking ball, which showed to be his best pitch. He also threw a fastball that topped at 77 mph and a 65 mph change up with some depth.
Adam Bauer, 1B, Belleville West HS, Class of 2013:
At first base, the lanky Bauer (6-foot-3, 160-pounds) is agile; he moves well both ways and has good footwork and a quick, accurate arm. Offensively, he has balanced setup and demonstrated swing looseness through the zone, with the ability to hit for power when he squares up. Bauer also showed some speed, running a 7.05 60.
Elijah Blecha, MIF, O’Fallon HS, Class of 2013:
Blecha is a athletic 5-foot-8, 152-pound player who impressed with his versatility as an outfielder and infielder. Blecha moved well in the outfield, taking quick, aggressive routes to the ball with quick footwork and a long, accurate arm (78 mph). As a shortstop, Blecha has a good approach to the ball and has sure, confident hands as he moved to the forehand and back hand side and delivered 75 mph throws across the diamond. At the plate, Blecha is quite in the box with no wasted movement and consistently takes his hands to the ball, spraying the ball to all fields.
Seth Close, OF, DeSmet, Class of 2013:
Close showed well in the outfield, taking aggressive routes to the ball. He moved with athleticism at his position and featured an accurate, loose arm that showed some life to it (75 mph). He also showed some speed, running a 6.99 60, which showed in him being in position to field the ball hit to either side of him. The left-handed hitter has an uphill bat path to the ball and showed ability to put the bat on the ball.
Jack Compton, 3B/OF, Morton HS, Class of 2013:
Compton has a strong lower half with a level swing that produced barrel whip through the zone. His balanced approach, loose hands, and quick bat speed allowed him to square up the ball and drive it hard. Compton’s swing got a bit long at times, when he shortened up showed the potential to be a power hitter. At 3B, Compton showed good footwork, a clean exchange and played through the ball showing some arm strength (77 mph). Compton ran a 7.23 60.
Jake Daily, C, Granite City HS, Class of 2014:
Daily is an athletically built 6-foot-2, 205-pound catcher who showed solid footwork and a clean exchange behind the plate. He had pop times ranging from 2.10 - 2.14 and was clocked at 72 mph from the crouch. During pitcher bullpens, Daily showed a firm wrist and soft hands, consistently sticking pitches and showing above average blocking abilities. Offensively, Daily is very quite in the box with a short, compact swing and level extension through contact showing power to all fields.
Keanan Davila, C, Vianney, Class of 2014:
Behind the plate, the 6-foot, 175-pound Davila shows quick feet and little wasted movement, with solid receiving skills. His pop time registered between 2.04-2.14 and reached a top velocity of 73 mph, with all throws on the bag. Davila also showed fundamental blocking ability while catching bullpens. At the plate, Davila has a balanced set up with a level swing that hit the ball gap to gap. At times he got out a bit in front, but when he stayed back on the ball he showed to be an effective hitter.
Jacob Fisher, MIF, Edwardsville HS, Class of 2014:
The 5-foot-9, 154-pound Fisher posted one of the top 60 times of the day, running a 6.81. At shortstop, Fisher has quick, clean footwork with sure hands and plays through the ball. At the plate, Fisher has a balanced stance with a smooth load from a low hand position. He has a short, level swing with extension through contact hitting the ball to all fields.
Alex Foutch, OF, Edwardsville HS, Class of 2014:
Foutch showed well as an outfielder, taking a good angles and playing through ball, with a long, loose arm had accurate throws (73 mph). At the plate, Foutch has a compact swing and shows the ability to hit the ball to the opposite field.
Austin Foutch, SS, Edwardsville HS, Class of 2014:
At shortstop, the 5-foot-11, 155-pound Foutch had good lateral movements, getting to the ball quickly on both his forehand and backhand sides. He got the ball out of his glove quick and had a short high ¾ arm slot with accurate throws across the diamond (73 mph). At the late, Foutch has a short stride and a smooth load, and showed the ability to put the barrel on the ball. Foutch ran a 7.24 60.
Maxwell Gabriel, OF, Edwardsville HS, Class of 2013:
In the outfield, Gabriel played aggressively though the baseball and exhibited an accurate arm (77 mph). He took solid routes and got behind all throws. At the plate, Gabriel found the barrel consistently. He displayed some bat speed and showed the ability to hit the ball to the opposite field.
Nathan Giacchino, C, Bradley Bourbonnais, Class of 2014:
Giacchino is an athletically built 5-foot-9, 175-pound catcher. He stays in a low, athletic position, and showed an accurate arm with throws on base and pop times of 1.99 and 2.1. His velocity from the crouch was 72 mph. During bullpen sessions, Giacchino received with a firm wrist and soft hands, and the ability to block. At the plate, he exhibited a quiet swing and balance throughout. His path to the ball was short, and he showed the ability to find the barrel.
Blake Graham, OF, Edwardsville HS, Class of 2013:
Graham is an athletic 5-foot-9, 165-pound left-handed hitting outfielder who impressed with his speed. Graham ran a 6.77 60, and that speed was evident with quick, aggressive routes to the ball while maintaining good body control. He showed good footwork and a quick, clean exchange while delivering accurate throws with carry (79 mph) to third and home. Offensively, Graham has a strong lower and easy left-handed swing with loose hands. He uses a strong lower half to bring his hands through the zone producing line drives gap to gap with some backspin carry.
Jordan Heckler, SS, Edwardsville HS, Class of 2013:
Heckler is an athletically built 5-foot-11, 175-pound middle infielder who impressed with his overall ability. Heckler showed some of the best fielding mechanics of the event with quick footwork, soft hands and a clean and smooth transfer. He also showed some arm strength (81 mph) with a short, quick arm action. At the plate, Heckler has a slightly open stance and quick, loose hands that produced some barrel whip through the zone with extension through contact, diving the ball hard to the power alleys. Heckler also showed some speed, with a 7.01 60.
Jordan Hovey, MIF, Edwardsville HS, Class of 2015:
Hovey is an undersized 5-foot-9, 145-pound middle fundamentally sound infielder. He had a good approach to the ball with fluid footwork, soft hands and a quick transfer with short arm action on his throws (72 mph). The left handed hitter showed the ability to barrel up the ball, although his swing got a bit long and uphill at times. Hovey ran a 7.57 60.
Aaron Jackson, 3B, Edwardsville HS, Class of 2015:
The 6-foot, 165-pound Jackson displayed soft hands, an accurate arm with a quick release (74 mph), and good range in the infield. He fielded the ball out front and in an athletic position. At the plate, he has a quite approach and the barrel found the ball producing some line drives.
Brendan Johannpeter, MIF, Edwardsville HS, Class of 2014:
Johannpeter is a undersized but athletic 5-foot, 170-pound middle infielder who showed a good approach to the ball, while displaying smooth, quick hands and fluid footwork with accurate throws across the diamond (74mph). At the plate, Johannpeter is very quiet in the box with a balanced set up, smooth load, and decent bat speed. At times his swing takes a bit of an uphill path, but when level showed the ability to make consistent contact. He also ran a 7.38 60.
Alex Johnson, OF, Edwardsville HS, Class of 2015:
In the infield, the 5-foot-11, 155-pound two-way Johnson showed concise lateral movements to the ball and sure hands with short, over the top arm action and accurate throws across the diamond (72 mph). At the plate, Johnson showed the ability to put the bat on the ball. On the mound, Johnson threw a 66-68 mph fastball, a 59-62 mph 12-to-5 breaking ball, and a 58-60 mph change up down in the zone with some late sink.
Drew Kitson, SS, Wentzville Holt HS, Class of 2013:
The strong bodied 6-foot, 180-pound Kitson showed solidly in all facets of the game. In the field, the middle infielder showcased soft hands, with good lateral range and a very quick exchange and quick arm action. Offensively, he displayed a clean, level, line drive swing. Kitson also showcased some foot speed running a 7.20 60.
Brendan Magruder, MIF, Edwardsville HS, Class of 2014:
Magruder displayed sure hands, an accurate arm, and good range in the infield. He fielded the ball out front and in an athletic position. At the plate, Magruder was able to make consistent contact and hit the ball the opposite way.
Aaron Meyer, MIF, Belleville West, Class of 2013:
Meyer is a 6-foot, 160-pound middle infielder who impressed with his smooth fielding, soft hands, and all-around defensive actions. Meyer displayed quick footwork and ability to play through the baseball, showing excellent lateral range and the ability to play the baseball on the run. He displayed accurate throws across the diamond and was clocked at 79 mph. The left handed hitter showed some bat speed with a short, compact swing which produced gap to gap power with some back spin carry. Meyer also impressed with s 6.97 60.
Austin Powers, C, Marquette HS, Class of 2014:
Powers is a 6-foot, 170-pound left-handed hitting catcher. Behind the plate Powers showed a firm wrist and good framing ability, as well as the ability effectively block the ball during bullpen sessions. At the plate, Powers has a compact swing and shows the ability to hit the ball to the opposite field.
Austin Rickhoff, MIF, Breese Central HS, Class of 2013:
Rickhoff is a lanky 6-foot-2, 190-pound middle infielder who displayed an accurate arm (71 mph) across the diamond. Offensively, Rickhoff features a balanced setup at the plate with good rhythm and creates some whip through the zone with his level bat path.
Danny Roscetti, 1B, Riverton HS, Class of 2014:
At first base, Roscetti showed advanced glove work and footwork around the bag. He moved well laterally, and exhibited a strong arm across the infield. Offensively, Roscetti is a left-handed hitter who exhibited a clean, easy swing. He showed the ability to square the ball up with consistent hard contact. Additionally, he ran a 7.16 60.
Blake Rudolph, OF, Marquette HS, Class of 2013:
Rudolph impressed with his overall athleticism, running a 6.79 60, which translated to getting to the ball quickly in the outfield, staying behind it, and getting his momentum moving toward his targets. His throws were on a line and fairly accurate (78 mph). With a bit more lower half use on his throws, he could see a few more miles per hour on his throws. Offensively, Rudolph has a quick and compact swing. He takes a short stride with a smooth load, and consistently laced line drives to all fields with a level swing and good extension through contact, showing some power potential.
Steven Rush, SS/RHP, Pleasant Plains HS, Class of 2013:
Rush is a 5-foot-11, 180-pound middle infielder with an athletic build who showed a good approach to the ball with a quick, clean exchange. He plays through the ball and delivered 73 mph throws across the diamond. At the plate, Rush has loose hands and takes an uphill path to the ball and consistently put the ball into play. Rush ran a 7.42 60.
Ryan Sharkey, OF/1B, Ft. Zumwalt South, Class of 2015:
Sharkey is a 6-foot-3, 180-pound player who showed versatility as an outfielder and first baseman. In the outfield, Sharkey showed athleticism to the ball and the ability to take god routes to the ball. At first base, he showed a solid glove and good footwork both on and off the bag. Offensively, Sharkey showed the ability to barrel up the ball to produce some hard line drives.
Hayden Smith, C, Lafayette HS, Class of 2014:
The athletic 5-foot-10, 175-pound catcher demonstrated extremely quick feet and soft hands behind the plate. His pop times registered at 2.02-2.06 and all on the bag consistently at 75 mph. Smith showed to be an effective blocker and the ability to stick and frame. At the plate, Smith has good bat speed and keeps his hands inside the ball well with a level, line drive producing swing and the ability to hit the ball to the opposite field.
Jared Walde 1B/OF/LHP, Washington HS, Class of 2013:
Walde is a strong-bodied 6-foot-3, 210-pounder who impressed with his versatility in the field and at the plate. In the outfield, Walde showed athleticism in getting to the ball quickly with clean fielding mechanics and a strong arm that had come carry (80 mph). At first base, he worked well around the bag he showed advanced footwork in turning double plays. Offensively, the right-handed hitter showed a strong swing with pull side power. Additionally he ran a 7.24 60.
Thomas Weber, C, Mt. Vernon HS, Class of 2014:
Behind the plate, Weber has a big, athletic frame and the ability to receive and frame with confidence. He showed good body control and fundamental footwork in the squat and fired a top pop time of 1.99 with accuracy (78 mph). The 6-foot-4, 180-pound Weber showed some power, with good bat speed and barrel whip through the zone driving the ball to all fields with backspin carry
Grey Wilson, OF, Lafayette HS, Class of 2014:
Wilson is an athletically built 6-foot-2, 180-pound athlete who moves aggressively to the ball with a clean transfer and fairly accurate arm with some carry (74 mph). Offensively, Wilson has a balanced stance with a smooth load and short stride to the ball. He has a level, line drive producing swing driving the ball gap to gap. Additionally he ran a 7.27 60.
Matthew Zielonko, OF, Edwardsville HS, Class of 2015:
The lanky 6-foot, 165-pound Zielonko showed well in the outfield, taking good routes to the ball with a clean transfer and short, quick arm that showed some carry (74 mph) while playing through the ball. At the plate, Zielonko showed some pull side power potential, consistently barreling up the ball and riving hard to the left side. Zielonko is an intriguing Class of 2015 player who you may want to keeps your eyes on.
Bailey Zimmer, 1B, Edwardsville HS, Class of 2015:
The 6-foot-4, 195-pound Zimmer has a projectable frame and should translate well at the next level. Defensively, he played through the ball well thanks to soft hands and sound footwork, and showed off an accurate arm. Zimmer also impressed at the plate with good bat speed and barrel whip through the zone. The ball jumped off his bat with backspin carry. Zimmer has the potential to be a top hitter in the Class of 2015.