Preseason I.D. - Illiana: Outfield Analysis



By Drew Locascio
Illinois Scouting Director

The Preseason I.D. - Illiana took place on January 28th at the Southland Center in Chicago Heights, Illinois. The event was open to all high school classes and featured players from Illinois and Indiana. We started the analysis of the event a couple of weeks ago with the Quick Hits and Stat Story.

Today we continue the analysis with a look at the outfielders in attendance. 2020 Eben Heine (Plainfield North) stood out with athletic actions and advanced arm strength from the outfield (91 mph). He also ran a 7.10 60 and has bat speed at the plate

Daniel Reynolds (Evergreen Park) is an offensive minded, left/left, 2018 outfielder who ran a 7.18 60. At the plate Reynolds has a fast bat and flashed occasional pull power.

Outfielders Antwain Danner (Simeon, 2018) and 2019 Alex Rich (Crown Point, IN) ran the top two 60 times of the event; 6.69 and 6.87 respectively.

OUTFIELDERS (Listed Alphabetically)

Adam Budorick, OF, Glenbrook South, 2018
5-foot-11, 165-pound, right-handed hitting outfielder. Offensively, line drive approach, level path through the zone. Exit velocity registered at 77 mph from a tee. Hits from a balanced setup with a long stride. Defensively, long arm action from a ¾ slot, throws clocked at 68 mph from the outfield. 7.46 runner in the laser timed 60.

Joshua Coe, OF, Homewood-Flossmoor, 2018
6-foot-1, 175-pound, right-handed hitting outfielder. Offensively, open setup, toe tap, short path, stays inside. Exit velocity registred at 67 mph from a tee. Defensively, plays through the baseball, short arm action from a high ¾ slot. Throws clocked at 72 mph from the outfield. 7.13 runner in the laser-timed 60.

Antwain Danner, OF, Simeon, 2018
5-foot-11,143-pound, athletic, right-handed hitting outfielder. Ran an event best 6.69 laser-timed 60. Offensively, hits from a balanced setup, toe tap timing trigger, maintains balance through contact. Above average bat speed with some looseness in swing, long path. Registered an 81 mph exit velocity from a tee. Defensively, clean exchange, short arm action from a high ¾ slot. Throws flashed accuracy and carry, clocked at 85 mph from the outfield.

Christian Dearman, OF, Marian Catholic, 2018
6-foot, 160-pound, athletic outfielder. Offensively, fluid rhythm, showed present bat speed, gap-gap approach, path works uphill. Exit velocity registered at 87 mph from a tee. Balanced setup, slightly closed setup, short stride, maintains balance through contact. Defensively, fluid footwork, long arm action from a high ¾ slot. Throws clocked at 77 mph from the outfield. 7.31 runner in the laser timed 60.

Dylan Elazegui, OF/LHP, Hinsdale Central, 2020
5-foot-6, 120-pound, two-way player. Offensively, balanced setup with a leg kick. Some looseness in swing, path works uphill through the zone. Exit velocity registered at 68 mph from a tee. Defensively, reliable hands, plays through the baseball. 7.44 runner in the laser-timed 60. Short arm action from a high ¾ slot, throws clocked at 76 mph from a tee. On the mound, left-handed pitcher, some rhythm, stays in line, lands slightly closed. Fastball, works mostly straight, sat 70-71 mph. Curveball, 1/7 shape, gradual action, maintains arm speed, 61-62 mph. Changeup, slight fade action, 64-67 mph.

Eben Heine, RHP/OF, Plainfield North, 2020
6-foot-1, 165-pound, athletically built, two-way prospect. Flashed advanced tools for his age. On the mound, right-handed pitcher with a high ceiling. Loose, quick arm action from a high ¾ slot. Drop and drive delivery and regular effort throughout. Fastball, thrown for strikes, arm-side action and sat 81-83 mph. Curveball flashed depth at times, 12/6 action, 70-72 mph. Changeup maintains arm speed, straight action, sat 72-74 mph. Defensively, advanced arm strength from the outfield for his age; clocked at 91 mph with carry. Arm is clean, quick and loose. Aggressive approach to the baseball, plays through, clean exchange and reliable hands. Offensively, right-handed hitter with bat speed and some violence in swing. Balanced setup, deep pre-pitch load, toe-tap timing trigger, and long, uphill path through the zone. Consistently found the barrel and the ball jumps off his bat; 83 mph exit velocity from a tee. High ceiling two-way prospect.

Alex Marquardt, RHP/OF, Monticello, 2018
6-foot-1, 165-pound, two-way player. On the mound, right-handed pitcher, tall and fall delivery, smooth rhythm, lands closed. Short arm action from an over the top angle. Fastball, thrown for strikes, downhill angle, works mostly straight, sat 77-78 mph. Curveball, some feel, 12/6 shape, 69-71 mph. Slider, 70-73 mph. Offensively, right-handed hitter, balanced setup, smooth load, short stride. Simple swing, level path through the zone. Exit velocity registered at 81 mph from a tee. Defensively, fluid footwork, clean exchange, plays through the baseball. Short arm action from an over the top slot, throws flashed accuracy and carry, clocked at 81 mph. 7.56 runner in the laser timed 60.

Eric Mickenbecker, RHP/OF, Plainfield North, 2019
5-foot-11, 145-pound, lanky, athletic two-way player. On the mound, right-handed pitcher, falls off to the first base side. Short arm action from a high ¾ angle. Fastball, natural cut action, sat 74-75 mph. Curveball, 11/5 shape, thrown for strikes, early action, 62-64 mph. Changeup, drops arm angle, maintains near fastball arm speed, works mostly straight, 65-67 mph. Offensively, right-handed hitter, balanced setup, hands load back, leg kick, maintains balance through contact. Solid contact, path works slightly uphill. Exit velcoity registered at 78 mph from a tee. Defensively, Long arm action from a high ¾ slot. Throws clocked at 78 mph across the diamond. 7.25 runner in the laser-timed 60.

Maurice Munoz, OF, Marian Catholic, 2018
5-foot-11, 170-pound, right-handed hitting outfielder. Defensively, fluid footwork, clean exchange. Athletic, loose arm action from a high ¾ slot, throws clocked at 80 mph from the outfield. Offensively, made solid contact, slightly uphill path through the zone. Exit velocity registered at 77 mph from a tee. Open setup with a leg kick timing trigger. Ran a 7.64 laser-timed 60.

Nick Nelson, OF, Jones College Prep, 2018
5-foot-11, 165-pound, right-handed hitting outfielder. Defensively, clean exchange with a short, quick arm action from a high ¾ slot. Throws flashed accuracy and carry, clocked at 83 mph from the outfield. Offensively, balanced setup, smooth load, path works uphill. Exit velocity registered at 84 mph from a tee. Ran a 7.09 in the laser-timed 60.

Charlie Owens, OF, Loyola Academy, 2019
6-foot, 165-pound, lanky, outfielder with room for physical development. Offensively, right-handed hitter, balanced setup, toe tap, uphill path through the zone. Registered an exit velocity of 81 mph from a tee. Defensively, short arm action from a high ¾ slot. Throws clocked at 76 mph from the outfield. Ran a 7.02 laser-timed 60.

Daniel Reynolds, OF, Evergreen Park, 2018
5-foot-9, 175-pound, left-handed hitting infielder with a strong lower half. Ran a 7.18 laser-timed 60. Offensively, athletic pre-pitch setup, smooth load and short leg-lift trigger. Present bat speed, flashed pull power and maintains good balance throughout. Registered an 86 mph exit velocity from a tee. Defensively, in the outfield, plays through the baseball with a clean, long exchange. Short arm action from a high ¾ slot and throws clocked at 78 mph.

Alex Rich, OF, Crown Point HS (IN), 2019
5-foot-10, 140 pound, right-handed hitting outfielder.  Offensively, balanced setup, smooth load, short stride, maintains balance through contact.  Tendency to dive.  Overall good approach, average bat speed.  Registered a high exit velocity of 78 mph. Defensively, attacks the baseball.  Throws clocked at 79 mph from the outfield from a ¾ arm action.  Hands are average with a quick, clean exchange.  Plays through the baseball. 6.87 runner in the laser timed 60.

Nathan Szymanski, OF, Joliet Catholic, 2020
5-foot-10, 150-pound, right-handed hitting outfielder. Offensively, open setup, leg kick, maintains balance through contact. Occasional hard contact, uphill path through the zone. Exit velocity registered at 79 mph from a tee. Defensively, long arm action from a ¾ slot. Throws clocked at 73 mph from the outfield. 7.75 runner in the laser timed 60.

Jesse Torres, C/OF, Richards, 2019
5-foot-9, 145-pound, lean, multi-positional prospect. Ran a 7.38 laser-timed 60. Offensively, balanced setup, smooth load, toe-tap stride and path works uphill. Registered a 79 mph exit velocity from a tee. Worked out defensively in the outfield and behind the plate. In the outfield, aggressively plays through the baseball, deliberate, clean exchange, short arm action from ¾ slot. Throws clocked at 79 mph from the outfield. Behind the plate, flexible lower half, sits deep in the crouch, arm works from a ¾ slot, clocked at 73 mph from the crouch. Pop times ranged between 2.26-2.40.

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