All-State Games: Preview

By Drew Locascio
Illinois Scouting Director

For the first time ever, PBR Illinois will be heading back to Triton College tomorrow, Aug. 9, to host the first annual All-State Games – an event designed for some of the top 2020 talent in Wisconsin and Illinois. All-State Games was created in order to give incoming juniors a platform to perform in front of recruiters prior to making their first big impact on their high school’s varsity squads. This invite-only event was crafted with the goal of putting prospects on the map before they take the field in the early spring.

Over 50 prospects have been assembled for All-State Games, where they’ll begin the event with a standard workout, including batting practice, infield/outfield warm-ups, etc., followed by live gameplay. The 50-plus 2020s have been divvied up into four teams where they’ll go head to head in the afternoon.

For a glimpse at who’s set to attend this year’s All-State Games, CLICK HERE.  To learn more about the event itself, from directions to team assignments, CLICK HERE.

One of the top arms set to attend tomorrow’s event is Minooka RHP Cooper Herold. He is the No. 9-ranked right-handed pitcher in the state for his live and loose arm action that helps his fastball run up to the upper 80s. Last February, at Underclass Invitational, Herold touched 89 mph and showed some semblance of developing the kind offspeed that can help him thrive at the next level. That bullpen session at The MAX was the last time we’ve had the opportunity to see Herold work on the mound, so it’ll be interesting to see the kind of strides he’s made over the past six months.

Cooper Herold (2.18.18)

Among the group of invitees coming down from Wisconsin are shortstops Will Semb (DePere) and Tyler Swanson (Burlington Catholic Central). We last saw Swanson at the Badger State Battle in the Wisconsin Dells, a little over a month ago now. There, he was regularly barreling balls into both gaps, displaying excellent bat strength. And while Semb has demonstrated some high-quality abilities at the plate and in the batter’s box, his upside may be greater on the mound. He touched 86 mph last February in the Fox Cities and has the projectable frame and outline of secondaries to grow into much more down the road.

Both players are ranked within the top-30 on their state’s Class of 2020 board.

Tyler Swanson (1.27.18)

These three certainly aren’t the only players to follow on the day, however. Many of the players attending have slotted in on their state’s overall rankings board, so the recruiters on hand, as well as our own staff, are bound to be inundated with talent.

To check out the day’s roster, CLICK HERE.


Blake Donnan Riley Frey Emmett Olson Nolan Vincent
Jake Kuntzendorf Drew Rudsinski Donovan Schultz Joseph Shapiro
Thomas Giese Cooper Herold Joel Sarver
Alex Rodriguez
Logan Delgado Bryce Miller Jonathon Hanscom
Payton Mather
Isaac Crabb Kyle Murphy Matt Flaherty
Aaron Mishoulam
Vincent Esposito Arthur Liebau Chase Mason
Isaiah Gudeman
Ethan Habetler Matthew Klement Nick Cairo
Connor Stephenson
Breck Nowik
Colin Hageman Davey Fitzpatrick
Danny Wuestenfeld
Nathan Gehrke
Payton Foltz Logan Rademan
Lukas Broske 
Ernie Day Andrew Etter Tyler Swanson
Evan Tocmo
Connor Aten Jacob Ferry Cade Zalewski
Will Semb
Max Rundberg Vince Borrelli Gunnar Doyle Nick Serr
    Sam Buduris
Daniel Clawson
    Luc Melnick
Tom Jurack
      Michael Ellingsen


  • 8:20 to 8:40 a.m. – Position Players Check-in

  • 8:40 to 9 a.m. – Stretch/Intro

  • 9 to 11:30 a.m. – Position Player Workout

  • Pitchers check-in is one hour before their scheduled game time


  • 11:45 am - Team 1 vs. Team 2

  • 1:30 pm - Team 3 vs. Team 4

  • Games are simulated to regulate pitch counts and innings played