Class of 2022 Showcase: Outfield Analysis


By Kevin Cronin and Drew Locascio
Illinois Staff

On July 15th, the PBR Illinois staff hosted the Class of 2022 Showcase at Lee Pfund Stadium in Wheaton, Ill. This annual event was open to all incoming juniors in the state and serves as an identifier for the PBR Future Games and other invite-only events.

Shortly following the event we took a deep dive into the statistical leaders from the event. Today we continue our positional analysis of the event by evaluating the day’s outfielders. We began our coverage with the catchers on Tuesday.

Stevenson’s Joey Little (uncommitted) really stood out at this event, inside an especially strong 5-foot-11 frame, connecting for some loud barreled contact from the right side. He showed the ability to spray hard-hit contact on pitches all-around the zone, too.

For a look at the rest of the backstops from the event, read on below.

TOP OUTFIELD PROSPECTS

1. Joey Little, Stevenson (IL), 2022
Positional Profile: OF/SS
Body: 5-11, 195-pounds. Strong, muscular build.
Hit: RHH. Open balance setup, smooth load, short stride. Short level swing, strong fast hands, gets extension through contact, line drive gap-to-gap approach, fluid rhythm.
Power: 91 mph exit velocity from the tee. Above 95 mph exit velocity on pitches low and away during BP, per Trackman.
Arm: RH. OF - 83 mph. Short arm action, over-the-top slot, throws flashed carry with effort throughout.
Defense: Fluid footwork, average hands, long exchange, plays through the baseball.
Run: 7.41 runner in the 60. 

2. Brenden Max, Libertyville (IL), 2022
Positional Profile: OF/LHP
Body: 5-10, 170-pounds. Compact build.
Hit: LHH. Tall open setup, diving short stride. Level bat path, short quick swing, pull approach, fluid rhythm.
Power: 88 mph exit velocity from the tee. Above 90 mph exit velocity on pitches up and away during BP, per Trackman.
Arm: LH. OF - 77 mph. Long arm action, high 3/4 slot slot.
Defense: Average hands, clean exchange, plays through the baseball.
Run: 7.22 runner in the 60. 

3. Justin Nonnenmann, Neuqua Valley (IL), 2022
Positional Profile: OF/RHP
Body: 5-9, 155-pounds. Compact build with strength.
Hit: RHH. Simple balanced setup, short leg lift. Short level bat path, line drive gap-to-gap approach.
Power: 85 mph exit velocity from the tee. Above 90 mph exit velocity on pitches low and in during BP, per Trackman.
Arm: RH. OF - 77 mph. Long arm action, high 3/4 slot slot, throws flashed carry.
Defense: Fluid bouncy footwork, ranges with ease, soft hands, clean exchange, plays through the baseball. True center field profile.
Run: 6.64 runner in the 60. Above average runner.

4. Shea Gaffney, Glenbard North  (IL), 2022
Positional Profile: OF/SS
Body: 5-11, 175-pounds. Athletic frame.
Hit: RHH. Balance setup, smooth load, short stride. Strong long swing, gap-to-gap approach.
Power: 84 mph exit velocity from the tee. Above 89 mph exit velocity on pitches middle up during BP, per Trackman.
Arm: RH. OF - 79 mph. Short loose arm action,  high 3/4 slot slot.
Defense: Attacks the baseball, quick footwork, quick clean exchange.
Run: 7.07 runner in the 60. 

5. Bearden Awadzi, Wheaton Warrenville South (IL), 2022
Positional Profile: OF/RHP
Body: 6-0, 175-pounds. Athletic frame, strong build.
Hit: RHH. Balance setup, back trigger, leg kick. Short uphill swing, strong fast hands, gap-to-gap approach, fluid rhythm.
Power: 97 mph exit velocity from the tee. Above 89 mph exit velocity on pitches down and in during BP, per Trackman.
Arm: RH. OF - 85 mph. Short arm action, high 3/4 slot slot, throws flashed carry.
Defense: Fluid footwork, clean exchange, plays through the baseball.
Run: 6.88 runner in the 60. Above average runner.

Best of the Rest (Listed Alphabetically) 

Jack Alport, Buffalo Grove (IL), 2022
Positional Profile: OF/OF
Body: 5-10, 155-pounds. Average frame, athletic build.
Hit: RHH. Slightly open and balance setup, small toe tap. Level bat path, pull approach, early rhythm,
Power: 86 mph exit velocity from the tee.
Arm: RH. OF - 76 mph. Short arm action, high 3/4 slot slot, throws flashed carry.
Defense: Average hands, quick and clean exchange.
Run: 7.33 runner in the 60. 

Joe Bollard, Saint Viator (IL), 2022
Positional Profile: OF/2B
Body: 6-1, 157-pounds. Lanky frame, lean build.
Hit: LHH. Tall open balance setup, toe tap. Short level swing, line drive oppo approach.
Power: 82 mph exit velocity from the tee.
Arm: RH. OF - 77 mph. Short arm action, over-the-top slot, arm plays true.
Defense: Average hands, clean exchange, plays through the baseball.
Run: 7.04 runner in the 60. 

Daniel Cabrales, Stevenson (IL), 2022
Positional Profile: LHP/OF
Body: 5-9, 145-pounds. Average frame, lean build.
Hit: LHH. Slight open and balanced setup, short leg kick. Long bat path, gap-to-gap approach.
Power: 75 mph exit velocity from the tee.
Arm: LH. OF - 73 mph. Long arm action, 3/4 slot.
Defense: Fluid footwork, clean exchange.
Run: 7.10 runner in the 60. 

Drew Dykstra, Fulton (IL), 2022
Positional Profile: LHP/OF
Body: 6-0, 155-pounds. Lanky frame, athletic build.
Hit: LHH. Wide balance setup, short stride. Long uphill swing, gap-to-gap approach.
Power: 81 mph exit velocity from the tee. Above 81 mph exit velocity on pitches low and away during BP, per Trackman.
Arm: LH. OF - 77 mph. Short arm action, over-the-top slot.
Defense: Fluid footwork, average hands, plays through the baseball.
Run: 7.21 runner in the 60. 

Hank Friedrich, Notre Dame of Niles (IL), 2022
Positional Profile: SS/OF
Body: 5-11, 170-pounds. Athletic frame, lean build.
Hit: SH. Balance setup, toe tap. Short uphill swing, gap-to-gap approach.
Power: 79 mph exit velocity from the tee.
Arm: RH. OF - 74 mph. Short arm action, over-the-top slot.
Defense: Flashed quick feet, average hands, clean exchange.
Run: 6.94 runner in the 60. Above average runner.

Logan Gregorio, Waubonsie Valley (IL), 2022
Positional Profile: C/OF
Body: 5-11, 170-pounds. Strong, well-proportioned build.
Hit: LHH. Slightly open wide balance setup, short stride. Advanced approach, stays within himself, fast bat, short level swing, line drive gap-to-gap approach, fluid rhythm.
Power: 87 mph exit velocity from the tee. 89+ mph exit velocity on pitches middle in during BP, per Trackman.
Arm: RH. C - 72 mph. OF - 71 mph. Short loose arm action, over-the-top slot.
Defense: 2.17-2.25 pop times. Soft hands, quick clean exchange, feet work on-line with second.
Run: 7.80 runner in the 60.

Michael Kelly, Mount Carmel  (IL), 2022
Positional Profile: LHP/OF
Body: 5-11, 170-pounds. Athletic frame.
Hit: LH. Tall open setup, short leg stride. Short quick uphill swing, pull approach.
Power: 76 mph exit velocity from the tee. Above 87 mph exit velocity on pitches down the middle during BP, per Trackman.
Arm: LH. OF - 77 mph. Long arm action, 3/4 slot.
Defense: Quiet fluid feet, average hands, clean exchange.
Run: 7.35 runner in the 60. 

Theo Levinson, Buffalo Grove (IL), 2022
Positional Profile: 3B/SS
Body: 5-9, 160-pounds.
Hit: RHH. Balanced setup, short leg lift. Strong short compact swing, pull approach.
Power: 78 mph exit velocity from the tee. Above 82 mph exit velocity on pitches middle in during BP, per Trackman.
Arm: RH. INF - 73 mph. OF - 74 mph. Clean long arm action, high 3/4 slot slot, throws flashed accurate.
Defense: Average hands, clean footwork, plays through the baseball.
Run: 7.61 runner in the 60. 

Max Petry, South Elgin (IL), 2022
Positional Profile: LHP/OF
Body: 5-9, 140-pounds. Small frame, lean build
Hit: RHH. Tall balance setup, short stride. Short level bat path, line drive approach.
Power: 79 mph exit velocity from the tee.
Arm: LH. OF - 76 mph. Clean, long arm action, over-the-top slot.
Defense: Fluid footwork, soft hands, clean exchange, plays through the baseball.
Run: 7.28 runner in the 60. 

Ty Rosado, Joliet West (IL), 2022
Positional Profile: OF/2B
Body: 5-10, 145-pounds. Athletic frame, lean build.
Hit: RHH. Slightly open and balance setup, high, long leg lift. Level bat path, line drive swing, pull approach.
Power: 81 mph exit velocity from the tee.
Arm: RH. OF - 70 mph. Clean, long arm action, 3/4 slot.
Defense: Average hands, clean exchange, plays through the baseball.
Run: 7.40 runner in the 60. 

Tyler Selvy, Minooka (IL), 2022
Positional Profile: OF
Body: 6-0, 174-pounds. Athletic build.
Hit: RHH. Wide open setup, short leg kick. Long level swing, line drive, pull approach.
Power: 87 mph exit velocity from the tee. Above 88 mph exit velocity on pitches middle in during BP, per Trackman.
Arm: RH. OF - 74 mph. Short arm action, high 3/4 slot slot, throws flashed carry.
Defense: Fluid footwork, average hands, clean exchange, plays through the baseball.
Run: 7.20 runner in the 60. 

Kyle Thierry, Normal Community (IL), 2022
Positional Profile: OF/RHP
Body: 5-10, 160-pounds. Athletic, lean build.
Hit: RHH. Balance setup, long toe tap. Level bat path, line drive gap-to-gap approach.
Power: 76 mph exit velocity from the tee. Above 86 mph exit velocity on pitches low and in during BP, per Trackman.
Arm: RH. OF - 80 mph. Clean short arm action, high 3/4 slot slot.
Defense: Fluid footwork, clean exchange, plays through the baseball.
Run: 7.22 runner in the 60. 

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