Prep Baseball Report

2026 Rankings: Top Uncommitted Prospects

By: Illinois Scouting Staff

After a spring full of in-game looks, our staff made an update to the 2026 rankings. With this update, we wanted to take a look through some of the top uncommitted prospects in the class.

With the recent update we wrote a story on the prospects within the top-10, as well as some of the major risers, which can be found by clicking HERE. To view the complete 2026 rankings list, click HERE.


Paddy Roth RHP / OF / St. Patrick, IL / 2026

From 4/20/24: “Uncommitted, currently the top arm in the state’s sophomore class ranked No. 3 in Illinois, and No. 105 nationally. A fluid and athletic mover at a high-waisted 6-foot-3, 195-pounds, the righty came out of the ‘pen for the final two innings and showed well. His arm works clean and quick from a low ¾ slot with acceleration out front. His fastball came out of the hand easy with some arm-side run to it at 84-87 mph (T88 multiple times). He worked in a late-breaking slider at 71-73 mph for swing and miss when he needed it, while mixing in a 78-80 mph changeup. The sophomore will be a high-follow name to continue to watch moving through his high school career. He turned in a final line of: 2 IP, 1 H, 1 BB, 1 R, 0 ER, 4 K”

Landon Thome 2B / SS / Nazareth Academy, IL / 2026

From 5/10/24: “Uncommitted. Currently ranked No. 6 in the state, No. 250 nationally; started at second base and batted sixth for the Roadrunners. The left-handed hitter continues to impress with his overall approach to the game. His baseball pedigree shines in the box with a mature and disciplined approach for his age. His swing is simple and athletic with intent to take the ball where it is pitched. In a pivotal moment in the game, Thome swatted an RBI double to right field to give Nazareth a lead late in the game; similar to how he performed in the clutch when I saw him earlier in the season.”

Jory Crocker SS / RHP / Willowbrook, IL / 2026

From 5/17/24: “Uncommitted. Currently ranked No. 7 in the state and No. 386 in the country; started at shortstop and batted second for the Warriors. Crocker stands in at a high-waisted and long-levered 6-foot, 171-pounds, and stands out physically on the field. Defensively, he uses his long levers to his advantage to make for some added range up the middle. His arm plays with easy arm strength from a low ¾ slot across the diamond and should allow him to stick on the left side of the infield in the future. From the right side of the plate, he sets up with a wider and athletic base, while utilizing a rhythmic hand load pre-pitch. He has a loose and athletic swing that creates extension at contact with intent to lift the ball while utilizing a strong lower-half. He showed a patient approach in the box with a clear plan of what he wanted to do each at-bat; working deep counts, rarely chasing out of the zone, and swinging at strikes. He then hopped on the mound and showed upside throughout his brief appearance. His fastball plays clean out of the hand at 85-86 mph with some tilt, while he also showed a low 70’s curveball that showed some depth with 12/6 action.” 

Kamrin Jenkins SS / RHP / Oswego, IL / 2026

From 3/15/24: “Uncommitted, currently ranked No. 39 in the state. Lean, athletic 6-foot, 166-pound frame with a high waist and plenty of room to add on strength. Started at shortstop and hit out of the leadoff spot for the Panthers. At the plate, the right-handed hitter impressed with his patience, not getting rushed or sped up and waiting on his pitch, also taking advantage of it when he got it, lifting a long home run over the left field wall. It’s a loose and easy swing, utilizing some rhythm in his hands with a controlled load, looks to try and stay on top of the ball, projects into more power as he matures. Above-average actions and feel for the position at shortstop, confident in his hands and with taking charge on plays, wants the ball hit to him. High-follow shortstop with a high ceiling.”

Keaton Reinke OF / RHP / St. Charles North, IL / 2026

From 5/10/24: “Uncommitted. Currently ranked No. 21 in the state. Highly projectable and athletic 6-foot-4, 198-pound frame. Got the start on the mound for the Stars and threw it well despite some defensive miscues. Easy, simple delivery, medium balance point with a slight coil, leads with front hip down the mound with a drop/drive lower-half that starts with a pre-set back knee, works in-line. Long arm action in the back, delivers his arsenal from a high ¾ release. The fastball played with easy life out of his hand in the 86-88 mph range, topping out at 89 mph into the second inning while playing with some noticeable arm-side life. His breaking ball got better as his outing went on, playing around 75-77 mph, gained sharpness and feel as the outing went on, 11/5 plane for strikes and S/M. Flashed a straight change at 76-78 mph. High-ceiling 2026 in the state to keep tabs on.” /p>

Nolan Ramoley OF / RHP / Brother Rice, IL / 2026

From 2/24/24: “There is only one sophomore in the entire Prep Baseball system that owns a 100+ mph max exit velocity, runs faster than a 6.70 60, and has a max throwing velocity above 85 mph: OF Nolan Ramoley (Brother Rice, 2026). Packed with strength at 6-foot-1, 205-pounds, Ramoley’s tools legitimately beam off the charts. He ran a 6.52 in the 60-yard dash with a 1.58 10-yard split and reached a peak run speed of 20.7 mph, both of which were the event’s highest marks and are well above-average metrics for someone of any aged high schooler, let alone a sophomore. To add onto his physical profile as a whole, Ramoley jumped 33.9” in the vertical test and also recorded the second highest weighted grip strength marks with both his right (196 lbs) and left (177 lbs) hand. Turning to the plate, Ramoley blasted the day’s hardest batted ball (104.3 mph) and his average mark of 96.1 mph was the second highest mark of the event. Seven of his 10 batted balls came off his barrel at 95+ mph, including three at 100+ mph, and he averaged an estimated 280 feet per batted output, which nearly came in as the day’s top mark. Ramoley’s Blast Motion swing metrics are all off the charts as well - his peak hand speed (25.8 mph), average hand speed (23.8 mph), peak bat speed (84.5 mph), and average bat speed (81.6 mph) are all extremely advanced. To top it all off, Ramoley’s arm played plenty loud from the outfield, peaking at 92 mph on his firmest throw to the plate.”

Brody Landgraf 1B / RHP / Columbia, IL / 2026

From 6/02/23: “Ranked No. 10 in Illinois’ incoming sophomore class. Stands at an impressive 6-foot-5, 200-pounds, still more strength coming. Was the DH and batted fourth. A left-handed hitter, Landgraf has above-average bat speed and power for his age, quick and direct with an uphill path, drives the ball to all fields, tough out. Put Columbia on the board in the first inning of the semifinal game against DePaul College Prep with an RBI triple to the right/center gap. In the fifth inning, he blasted an RBI double to center field for another RBI. He finished the game 2-for-2 with a triple, double, two RBIs, one run scored and a walk. Landgraf is one of the top bats in the state’s class of 2026.”

Frank Costabile OF / RHP / Stevenson, IL / 2026

From 5/15/24: “Uncommitted. Currently ranked No. 14 in the state. Compact, 5-foot-9, 165-pound frame, round shoulders with strength throughout. Came out of the ‘pen and displayed premium arm talent. Easy mover with little perceived effort, clean operation, gets into his legs and works in-line, creates quality hip/shoulder separation. Creates above-average arm-speed that plays into a ¾ slot. Fastball cruised at 89-90 mph, working to both the bottom and top of the zone, holds plane with carry. Gained confidence in his slider that played at 81-83 mph, throws with intent, able to land for strikes and to put hitters away to his glove-side, played with sharp 10/4 action and late depth. Strong right-handed hitter, shot a double that nearly left the yard to the opposite field gap, strong/quick hands that gets extension and stays through the ball. High-level two-way prospect to know in the state.”

Hunter Baugh SS / RHP / Edwardsville , IL / 2026

From 3/16/24: “Uncommitted. 5-foot-10, 135-pound, wiry, right-handed hitting two-way prospect. Carries himself with all kinds of quiet confidence and he seemed to shine the brightest when the game was on the line. Delivered a go-ahead two-run double down the left-field line in the bottom of the sixth inning with two outs and two-strikes. Also lined a single in his first at-bat of the day and flew out to right-field. Loose, athletic swing that will continue to tick up as he adds strength to his frame. Defensively, smooth infielder up the middle with soft hands and fundamentally sound actions. Also, shined on Friday night on the mound when he started the continuation of a suspended game against Brother Rice. Advanced mannerisms and confidence on the mound. Works fast, pounds the zone and seems to be in attack mode at all times. Fastball lived in the zone at 84-85 mph and went frequently to a 72 mph curveball with 11/5 shape and feel. Picked up the save going two innings, one hit, no walks and struck out two. Has all the makings to be a high-level arm down the road.”

Max Heineman C / 2B / Normal University , IL / 2026

From 4/12/24: “Uncommitted. Ranked No. 15 in the state’s sophomore class. Was the starting catcher and batted third. Stands in a strong, 5-foot-10, 186-pound frame. Heineman had an impressive day both on the offensive and defensive end. He’s a right-handed hitter with a simple load and quick bat, showing a direct bat path with a slightly uphill path. Showed an advanced approach at the plate showing minimal swing-and-miss. Finished the day going 2-for-3 with a triple, two RBIs, one run scored and two walks. Defensively he blocked everything that came his way, he has quality receiving actions with an above-average arm, recording a 1.97 pop time in warm-ups. A must-know name-to-follow in the sophomore class.”

Ian Tosi LHP / Mount Carmel, IL / 2026

From 4/06/24: “Got the start vs. De La Salle Saturday morning and was impressive throughout his six innings of work. Currently ranked No. 19 in the state, the athletic 5-foot-11, 177-pound southpaw showed a lot of poise in his start working out of trouble numerous times. His velo was down a few ticks from when we last saw him, but his stuff still played up in this look. His fastball sat 80-83 mph (T84), holding in the 80-83 range throughout with some ride through the zone. His go-to offspeed offering was a 70-73 mph changeup that played with arm-side tumble to get consistent swings and misses. Tosi went to a 1/7-shaped curveball that had some depth through the zone sparingly, as more of a show-pitch in the outing. Tosi will be a name to continue to monitor as the season progresses as the ace of the Caravan staff. Final line: 6.1 IP, 4 H, 4 BB, 2 R, 2 ER, 7 K.”

Brandon Pelz SS / RHP / Bartlett High School, IL / 2026

From 4/06/24: “Uncommitted. Currently ranked No. 18 in the state. Started on the mound and struck out eight over four innings without allowing a walk. Listed at 6-foot, 169-pounds, the right-hander has an athletic build with some a strong lower-half, looking to still hold plenty of room for added strength. He attacked the zone with his fastball, cruising in the 83-85 mph while reaching back for 88-89 mph to put hitters away. He was confident in both his curveball and slider, dumping the curveball in for strikes around the mid-70s while using the slider to his glove-side to put hitters away also around the mid-70s. His final offering was a changeup around 74-75 mph, thrown with fastball intent and flashing diving action under the zone. Advanced feel to pitch for his age, comfortable throwing any pitch in any count, also was able to hold velocity throughout the entire outing. High-follow arm in the state.”

Adam Swanson C / RHP / Ottawa Township, IL / 2026

From 2/24/24: “...swings a fast, highly physical right-handed barrel that produced some of the loudest contact we saw this past weekend. Plenty strong at 5-foot-10, 187-pounds, Swanson barreled eight balls in BP at 94+ mph, with his three highest coming off his bat at 98.3, 98.7, and 99.9 mph. Swanson’s average exit velocity (95.1 mph) and max exit velocity (99.9 mph) each came in fourth, respectively, on our TrackMan hitting leaderboards. He’s a standout athlete too, bolting to a 6.71 time in the 60-yard dash with a 1.61 10-yard split, 20 mph max run speed, and 35.9” vertical jump. To cap off a highly impressive day, Swanson led all catchers in throwing velocity (80 mph) and pop times (1.87-2.00).”

Connor Elenteny RHP / RHP / Mount Carmel, IL / 2026

From 4/15/24: “Uncommitted. Currently ranked No. 16 in the state and got the start for the Caravan on Monday. An athletic and projectible 6-foot-3, 193-pound right-hander who also plays basketball for the Caravan in the winter. Elenteny is a loose mover on the mound with a loose arm that has some arm-speed out front from a ¾ slot. His fastball sat 87-90, touching 91 once in the second inning, before settling in at 83-86 mph late in the game. He flashed a mid 70’s curveball that had slurve action to it with a knack to spin (2500-2700 rpm). He also tossed in a changeup at 82 mph. Elenteny will continue to be a sophomore to know in the state going forward.”

Lucas Simulick SS / RHP / Joliet Catholic, IL / 2026

From 3/28/24: “Uncommitted. Currently ranked No. 15 in the state. Started at shortstop and once again impressed with his prowess on the dirt. Advanced actions, quick/clean hands and transfer, impressive body control, plays through the ball with rhythm, vocal leader on the infield, wants the ball hit to him. The right-handed hitter hunts fastballs at the plate, and he took one right back up the middle for a single in his second at-bat. Quick out of the box with a 4.50 on a turn. High-level middle-infield prospect in the state’s 2026 class.”

Easton Newman SS / OF / Deerfield, IL / 2026

From 2/24/24: “...continues to be a name-to-know in the Illinois 2026 class. Currently ranked No. 46 in the state, the right-handed hitter put together an impressive round, reaching up to 91.9 mph with an average EV of 86.5 mph. He has loose, athletic hands, creating some whip through the zone with advanced rotational acceleration (18.1 G’s avg; T20.9 G’s). He showed quick feet with athletic actions in both the infield and outfield, ranging easily to both sides of his glove to pair with a strong arm from both positions (T86 INF; T90 OF). Highly athletic prospect, cruising to a 6.92 in the 60 with a max vertical jump of 32.4."

Drew Borkowski III OF / RHP / Huntley, IL / 2026

From 5/01/24: “Uncommitted. Currently ranked No. 25 in the state’s sophomore class. Stands in a lean and athletic 6-foot-1, 167-pound frame with room to add muscle. Got the start on the mound in this conference game against Cary-Grove. The right-handed pitcher is a quick, fluid worker on the mound, remaining balanced throughout the entire delivery. Borkowski had a 67 percent strike rate while throwing 13 first pitch strikes to 21 batters faced. Using a three-pitch mix to attack the opposing batter, the fastball came out clean from the hand and with easy life, sitting at 85-87 mph. Backing the fastball was the curveball, with a late 11/5 break, sitting 73-75 mph, and a change-up with fade, sitting 81-82 mph. Borkowski ended the day striking out eight over five innings of work while allowing two runs on five hits. Borkowski is a must-know prospect in the 2026 class.”

Luke Blackwell RHP / 3B / Valmeyer High School, IL / 2026

From 4/30/24: “Strong, physically advanced 6-foot-3, 195-pound sophomore that really looks the part in a uniform. Took the mound for the Pirates in a win over Dupo, punching out 13 over six innings of work with an earned run allowed on five hits. Works with tempo and rhythm, gets onto his backside, level shoulders work into a strong glove arm tuck, open toe at footstrike. Finishes with intent through release and onto a firm lead leg that sticks the landing consistently. Tight compact arm path, high ¾ finish with arm speed. Fastball held 86-89 mph throughout his outing, touched 89 multiple times late, with true hard arm-side run that covered the entire plate. Flashed tight slider with subtle tilt at 78-80 mph, used sparingly, and also showed feel for a fading changeup in warmups but did not show it in-game. Physically built small town multi-sport athlete that holds a high ceiling on the hill.”

Cory Les SS / 3B / St. Laurence, IL / 2026

From 5/29/24: “Les is a physical left-handed hitter who looked natural starting in center field this spring despite being fairly new to the position. Listed at 6-foot, 205-pounds, Les turned in above-average run times for his age; 4.43 down the line and put together a number of quality at-bats in a look this spring. There is minimal wasted movement, strong hands, present bat speed and all kinds of loud contact off the barrel with the ability to use the whole field. If he can continue to profile as a center fielder his stock should only rise moving forward.”

Dominic Battista OF / SS / Oswego East, IL / 2026

From 4/20/24: “Uncommitted. Currently ranked No. 23 in the state. Lean, athletic 5-foot-11, 157-pound frame. Started in centerfield and hit out of the leadoff spot. The left-handed hitter has a patient approach, quality zone awareness, drawing two walks on the day. Reached base with a bunt single, recording a 3.88 down the line. Aggressive on the basepaths, always looking to take the extra base, quality reads out of the hand with a quick first step. Rangy defender in the outfield, moves well to all angles, covers ground easily, takes charge and commands the outfield. High-follow 2026 prospect.”

Daniel Coyle 3B / OF / St. Laurence , IL / 2026

From 4/25/24: “Uncommitted. Currently ranked No. 29 in the state. Compact, 5-foot-7, 149-pound frame with plenty of room for added strength. Started at third base and hit out of the three-hole as only a sophomore. The right-handed hitter takes scrappy at-bats, working to get his pitch to hit and taking advantage when he gets it; relaxed setup, hands have some rhythm throughout his load and work into a direct/flat path. Impressed defensively in this look, boasting smooth actions with a clean transfer, showing quality range with a quick first step, comfortable to his back-hand, sets his feet and makes strong throws across, also had a diving catch to his glove side. High-follow 2026 in the state.” 

Brandon Thomsen C / 3B / St Viator, IL / 2026

From 4/20/24: “Uncommitted, currently ranked No. 33 in the state, and measures in at a lean 6-foot-1, 188-pounds. Started behind the plate for the Lions and batted out of the three-hole. Defensively, he looks the part of a high-level defender in the sophomore class. He’s flexible and looks comfortable in the crouch, he is a soft receiver, and a willing blocker. Thomsen didn’t get to show off his arm in-game but in between innings it played strong and true with accuracy to the bag. Offensively, the right-handed hitter has a tall setup in the box with rhythmic pre-pitch movement. He uses a barrel-tip load to pair with a short leg kick stride, while utilizing a strong lower half when he swings. Thomsen has a flat bat path, capable of line drive contact, and finished the day 1-for-3.”

Dylan Kassab C / 1B / Hinsdale Central, IL / 2026

From 4/19/24: “Uncommitted. Currently ranked No. 34 in the state. 5-foot-10, 190-pound frame, some strength throughout his build. Started behind the plate and hit out of the three-hole for the Red Devils, recording two hits on the day with a double, single and an RBI. Strong right-handed swing, flat path, creates some bat-speed through the zone, controlled aggression. Strong defender behind the plate with steady hands, active blocker, limits the run game with a quick glove-to-hand, strong arm plays with life and carry, plays true and on the bag. High-follow 2026 prospect.”