Prep Baseball Report

Illinois Draft Preview

Drew Locascio
Illinois Director of Scouting

The 2019 MLB Draft will take place June 3-5. To get you ready, Prep Baseball Report is releasing state previews with notes on high school draft prospects in its comprehensive coverage area. For more information on the prospects included in the High School Draft 100, click on the links to the players’ profiles to view comments, news and videos.

Quinn Priester, RHP, Cary-Grove HS, IL (Texas Christian)
Michael Prosecky, LHP, Nazareth HS, IL (Louisville)

OTHERS TO WATCH:Marist HS, IL, had a lot of attention this spring with three prospects drawing interesting from scouts in OF Kendal Ewell(Eastern Kentucky), OF/1B Jason Hodges (Arkansas) and RHP/SS Jack Brannigan (Notre Dame). Hodges has a physical frame and big power. Ewell is highly projectable at 6-foot-3, 195 pounds and has plus speed, turning in a 6.53-second 60-yard dash. He remains raw, but has considerable upside. Brannigan is a dynamic athlete and ran his fastball up to 94 this spring. SS Jalen Greer (St. Rita HS, IL) took a big step forward with the bat this spring and has easy actions on defense. C Matt McCormick (St. Laurence HS, IL), a West Virginia recruit, is one of the top pure hitters in the Midwest. RHP Zachary Lee (Effingham HS, IL) has a live arm that produces a low-90s fastball. RHP Tyler Schlaffer (Homewood-Flossmoor HS, IL) was 90-93, touching 95 this spring and featured a swing-and-miss changeup. RHP Evan Gray (Belleville East HS, IL) has a wide-shouldered frame at 6-foot-4, 190 pounds and can sit in the low 90s. RHP Tyler Statler (Hononegah HS, IL) is physically imposing at 6-foot-6, 225 pounds. He has a long, loose and quick arm that produces a fastball that can run into the low-90's.

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