MCYSA International Showcase: Position Analysis



By Matt Huck
Area Scout

The MCYSA International Showcase took place on Tuesday July 28th at Lippold Park in Crystal Lake, IL. Today we start the analysis with position players.

2018 SS Danny Borgstrom leads the list of top postion players. Borgstrom showed soft, sure hands in the field with fluid footwork and a strong arm. 

Jeremy Davis took the No. 3 spot showing a fluid left handed swing and solid foot speed on a slow track running the 60 at 6.89.

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Top Prospects

1. Danny Borgstrom, SS/RHP, Morris, 2018
5-foot-9, 145-pound, left-handed hitting SS/RHP with an athletic frame. Defensively has a short-arm action from a high ¾ arm slot. Accurate throws with carry. Soft, sure hands with quick fluid footwork. Athletic fielder, plays thru the ball. Threw 79 mph across the infield. At the plate hits from a balanced, slightly open stance with a smooth load and short stride. Line-drive hitter with good balance and rhythm. Short path, with pull tendencies. 79 mph exit velocity from a tee. Ran the 60 at 7.33. On the mound works from a ¾ arm angle with a short-arm action. Tall and fall online delivery, gets extension on his front side. From the stretch uses a slide step. Fastball sat 78-80 topping out at 81 mph showing slight cutting action. Curveball showed sweeping action at 69-70 mph. Maintained arm speed on changeup at 70-72 mph.

2. Danny Sperling, SS, Wauconda, 2018
6-foot, 145-pound, left-handed hitting shortstop with a lanky, projectable frame. Defensively has a short-arm action from a ¾ arm slot with carry on throws. Soft hands with fluid footwork and a clean exchange. Athletic actions with good body control. Threw 75 mph across the infield. Offensively hits from a wide, slightly open stance. Short stride with a linear lower half. Short, level swing path with a fast bat and fluid rhythm. 75 mph exit velocity from a tee. Ran the 60 at 7.53. Will continue to improve with maturity.

3. Jeremy Davis, OF, Geneva, 2017
5-foot-11, 155-pound, left-handed hitting outfielder with an athletic frame. Ran the 60 at 6.89. Offensively hits from a tall, open stance with a smooth load and leg kick stride. Creates whip with the hands and flashes a fast bat. Line drive pull hitter with fluid rhythm. Showed strength thru contact with 83 mph exit velocity from a tee. Defensively has a short arm action from a high ¾ arm slot. Quick arm flashed carry on throws. Plays thru the ball with fluid footwork and average hands. Threw 79 mph from the outfield.

4. Rich Campbell, RHP/OF, Loyola, 2017
6-foot-1, 165-pound, right-handed hitting RHP/OF with an athletic frame. On the mound works from a ¾ arm angle with a long quick arm action. Online delivery with a slightly closed landing and an upright finish. Fastball showed heavy running action at 81-84 mph. Slowed arm on curveball with 11-5 shape at 65-69 mph. Changeup showed armside run at 73-76 mph. Slider was best breaking ball at 70-71 mph. Defensively has a long arm action from a ¾ arm slot. Carry on throws with some accuracy. Plays thru the ball with a long transfer and fluid footwork. Threw 83 mph from the outfield. Offensively hits from a balanced setup with a short load and long stride. Pull hitter with an uphill swing path and fluid rhythm. 78 mph exit velocity from a tee. Ran the 60 at 7.11.

5. Scott Ruedel, C, Bartlett, 2017
5-foot-10, 155-pound, right-handed hitting catcher with an athletic frame. Ran the 60 at 6.98. Defensively has a short arm action from a ¾ arm slot. Ok footwork with a quick release. Tall receiver in bullpens. Popped 2.07-2.18 and threw 73 mph from the crouch. Offensively hits from a balanced setup with a short load to backside and short stride. Collapses on backside with a long uphill swing path. Showed good feel for the barrel consistently squaring up balls in batting practice. 77 mph exit velocity from a tee.

Best of the Rest (In Alphabetical Order)

Mitch Afifi, 2B, New Trier, 2017
5-foot-9, 160-pound, right-handed hitting second baseman. At the plate hits from a tall setup, with a deep load to backside. Uphill swing path. 80 mph exit velocity from a tee. Ran the 60 at 7.52. Defensively has a short arm action from a ¾ arm slot. Slower actions with a quick exchange. Threw 69 mph across the infield.

Brandon Amann, OF, Woodstock North, 2017
5-foot-9, 150-pound, right-handed hitting outfielder. Defensively has a short arm action from a high ¾ arm slot. Athletic fielder with fluid footwork and a quick, clean exchange. Threw 81 mph from the outfield. At the plate hits from a balanced crouched setup with average balance throughout contact. Opposite field hitter with a short swing path. 82 mph exit velocity from a tee. Ran the 60 at 7.14.

Cory Busse, RHP/SS, Woodstock North, 2017
6-foot-3, 160-pound, RHP/SS with a lanky frame. On the mound works from an over-the-top arm angle with a short arm action. Tall and fall online delivery with some rhythm and a square landing. Threw fastball for strikes at 77-79 mph. Curveball showed 12-6 shape with gradual action at 61-63 mph. Showed good feel for changeup that flashed arm-side run at 70-73 mph. Defensively has a loose arm action from a ¾ arm slot. Carry on throws with some accuracy. Plays thru the ball with a quick, clean exchange. Threw 75 mph across the infield. Offensively hits from a tall setup with a slight leg kick stride. Long swing path. 75 mph exit velocity from a tee. Ran the 60 at 6.97.

Michael Chialdikas, SS, Lake Zurich, 2019
5-foot-10, 125-pound, left-handed hitting shortstop. Defensively has a long arm action from a high ¾ arm slot. Average hands, with a clean exchange and slower actions. Threw 72 mph across the infield. At the plate hits from a wide, spread out stance. Slight load with a short stride. Opposite field hitter with a long swing path. 71 mph exit velocity from a tee. Ran the 60 at 8.04.

Tyler Dittmann, SS, Lincoln-Way North, 2017
5-foot-11, 150-pound, right-handed hitting shortstop. Defensively has a long arm action from a high ¾ arm slot. Some accuracy with carry on throws. Plays thru the ball with a quick, clean exchange and fluid footwork. Threw 72 mph across the infield. Offensively hits from a closed stance with a short leg lift trigger and good balance. Line drive hitter with a short inside out swing path. 76 mph exit velocity form a tee. Ran the 60 at 7.58.

Eric Garcia, C/RHP, Andrew, 2017
6-foot-2, 192-pound, right-handed hitting C/RHP. Offensively hits from a tall, balanced setup with short load, and linear stride. Short, uphill swing path. 81 mph exit velocity from a tee. Ran the 60 at 7.70. Defensively has a short arm action from an over the top arm slot. Uphill online throws to second. Popped 2.18-2.28 and threw 68 mph from the crouch. On the mound works from an over the top arm angle with a long arm action. High leg kick to balance point. Tall and fall delivery with crossfire action. Fastball sat 69-73 topping out at 75 mph. Curveball showed 12-6 shape with gradual action at 63-64 mph. Maintained arm speed on changeup that flashed fade at 65-66 mph.

Garrett Gillund, C/RHP, McHenry West, 2018
5-foot-10, 160-pound, right-handed hitting C/RHP. Offensively hits from a wide, balanced setup with short hand load to the backside. Inside out swing path with average balance. 75 mph exit velocity from a tee. Ran the 60 at 8.24. Defensively has a short arm action from an over the top arm slot. Popped 2.31-2.47 and threw 66 mph from the crouch. On the mound works from a high ¾ arm angle with a long arm action. Tall and fall online delivery with a square landing. Fastball flashed run at 69-70 topping out at 71 mph. Cruveball showed 11-5 shape with loose rotation and gradual action at 60-61 mph. Changeup sat 62-64 mph.

Nate Jacobson, OF, Crystal Lake South, 2018
5-foot-10, 136-pound, right-handed hitting outfielder with a lanky frame. Defensively has a short arm action from a high ¾ arm slot, average arm strength that flashed carry. Plays thru the ball with a clean exchange. Threw 76 mph from the outfield. Offensively hits from a tall, narrow setup with a short stride and good balance. Spray hitter with a short, level swing path and fluid rhythm. 71 mph exit velocity from a tee. Ran the 60 at 7.34. Will continue to improve with maturity.

David Jaske, 2B, Bartlett, 2017
5-foot-8, 165-pound, right-handed hitting second baseman. Defensively has a short arm action from a ¾ arm slot. Accurate throws with average arm strength. Fluid footwork with a quick, clean exchange. Threw 70 mph across the infield. At the plate hits from a balanced, slightly closed setup with a flat bat. Leg lift trigger with average balance. Line drive hitter with a level swing path. 75 mph exit velocity from a tee. Ran the 60 at 7.34.

Grant Leader, RHP/C, Lyons Township, 2019
5-foot-7, 130-pound, right-handed hitting RHP/C with a small, athletic frame. Showed advance velocity and feel for size and age. On the mound works from a high ¾ arm angle with a short, quick arm action. Tall and fall, online delivery with a short leg lift. Smooth rhythm with level shoulders. Fastball sat 83-85 mph. Curveball has 11-5 shape with short, late break at 66-68 mph. Maintained armspeed on changeup with fade at 68-70 mph. Featured a cutter that showed slider action with late, biting action at 70-72 mph. One of the top arms to watch in Illinois in the coming years. Defensively has a short arm action from a high ¾ arm slot. Tall receiver behind the plate in drills with flexibility in the lower half. Popped 2.18-2.26 and threw 73 mph from the crouch. At the plate hits from a balanced setup, short toe tap stride. Line drive hitter with a short, level swing path. 79 mph exit velocity from a tee. Ran the 60 at 7.08.

Anthony Mann, C, Crystal Lake Central, 2017
5-foot-10, 180-pound, right-handed hitting catcher. Offensively hits from a balanced setup with an arm bar load and short stride. Line drive hitter with a long, level swing path. Solid contact early in BP round. 79 mph exit velocity from a tee. Ran the 60 at 7.70. Defensively has a long arm action from a high ¾ arm slot. Shoed flexibility in the lower half receiving in bullpens. Popped 2.18-2.25 and threw 73 mph from the crouch.

Georgio Sakkos, 1B, Buffalo Grove, 2018
5-foot-11, 183-pound, right-handed hitting first baseman. Offensively hits from a balanced setup with a short toe tap stride. Pullside power hitter with a short uphill swing path.  Does not get cheated in batting practice. 78 mph exit velocity from a tee. Ran the 60 at 7.92. Defensively has a short arm action from a ¾ arm slot. Accurate throws with carry. Good feel around the bag with fluid footwork and slower actions. Threw 73 mph across the infield.

Matt Schulenburg, OF, Westminster Christian Academy, 2018
6-foot-1, 160-pound, right-handed hitting outfielder with a lanky frame. Offensively hits from a balanced setup with a two piece hand load to backside and short stride. Line drive hitter with a short level swing path and good balance. Flashed some whip and pull side pop with the bat. 80 mph exit velocity from a tee. Ran the 60 at 7.65. Defensively has a long arm action from a high ¾ arm slot. Plays thru the ball with slower actions. Threw 70 mph from the outfield. Will continue to improve with added strength.

Jordan Skogh, 2B, Barrington, 2017
5-foot-9, 140-pound, right-handed hitting second baseman. Defensively has a short arm action from a high ¾ arm slot. Some accuracy with average hands, and a clean exchange. Threw 66 mph across the infield. At the plate hits from a tall, open stance with a short load to backside and short stride. Spray hitter with a level swing path. 79 mph exit velocity from a tee. Ran the 60 at 7.68.

Jake Smiley, OF, Glenbrook South, 2017
5-foot-10, 160-pound, right-handed hitting outfielder with a lanky frame. Showed athleticism running the 60 at 6.95. Offensively hits from a wide, slightly open stance with a short load. Pull hitter with a long, uphill swing path. 79 mph exit velocity from a tee. In the field has a short arm action from a ¾ arm slot. Plays thru the ball with average hands and a quick exchange. Threw 74 mph from the outfield.

Tyler Statler, RHP/1B, Hononegah, 2019
6-foot-3, 200-pound, RHP/1B. On the mound works from a high ¾ arm angle with a long am action. Tall and fall delivery with a closed landing. Slow paced delivery with easy effort. Fastball showed run at 72-73 topping out at 76 mph. Curveball showed 11-5 shape with loose rotation at 59-62 mph. Changeup sat 59-62 mph. Will continue to improve with coordination and maturity. Defensively has a long arm action from a ¾ arm slot. Plays thru the ball with a clean exchange and slower actions. Threw 75 mph across the infield. Offensively hits from a tall relaxed setup with a long stride. Pull hitter with a long swing path. 74 mph exit velocity from a tee. Ran the 60 at 8.63.

Ethan Sund, C/RHP, Huntley, 2017
6-foot, 170-pound, right-handed hitting C/RHP. Offensively hits from a balanced setup with a short leg lift stride. Opposite field hitter with a short swing path. 79 mph exit velocity from a tee. Ran the 60 at 7.70. Defensively has a short arm action from a high ¾ arm slot with compact throwing mechanics. Popped 2.25-2.31 and threw 68 mph from the crouch. On the mound works from a high ¾ arm angle with a short arm action. Tall and fall online delivery with some rhythm. Threw fastball for strikes at 71-73 mph. Curveball showed slider action at 68-71 mph. Changeup blended with fastball at 69-71 mph.  

Anwar Thornton, 3B, Walther Christian Academy, 2017
5-foot-11, 200-pound, right-handed hitting third baseman. Offensively hits from a balanced, closed stance with a short stride. Pull hitter with an inside out swing path. 79 mph exit velocity from a tee. Ran the 60 at 8.51. Defensively has a long arm action from a high ¾ arm slot. Accurate throws with a clean exchange and slower actions. Threw 61 mph across the infield.

Trey Torain, C, Loyola, 2018
6-foot, 165-pound, right-handed hitting catcher. Offensively hits from a wide base with a smooth load to backside and a short stride. Gap to gap hitter with a long uphill swing path and a fast bat. Strength thru contact with 83 mph exit velocity from a tee. Ran the 60 at 7.00. Defensively has a short arm action from an over the top arm slot. Tall receiver in drills.  Strong receiver in bullpens. Popped 2.12-2.34 and threw 71 mph from the crouch.

Marcel Torres, C, TASIS (Puerto Rico), 2018
6-foot-1, 165-pound, left-handed hitting catcher with a lanky build. Offensively hits from a wide, balanced setup with a short stride. Line drive hitter with a short, direct, level swing path. 74 mph exit velocity from a tee. Ran the 60 at 8.28. Defensively has a short arm action from a high ¾ arm slot. Fluid footwork behind the plate, tall receiver in drills. Popped 2.32-2.55 and threw 64 mph from the crouch.

Justin Williams, C, Lyons Township, 2017
6-foot-2, 205-pound, right-handed hitting catcher. Offensively hits from a tall, closed stance with a high hand set and short stride. Short in zone with an uphill swing path. 69 mph exit velocity from a tee. Ran the 60 at 7.72. Defensively has a short arm action from a ¾ arm slot with accurate online throws. Tall receiver with a quick exchange. Popped 2.04-2.13 and threw 70 mph from the crouch.

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