Prep Baseball Report

Preseason Power 25 Countdown: No. 25 Andrew

By Illinois Scouting Staff

The Illinois high school season kicks off on March 12th, the first day for regular season games.

Leading up to the opening week of games we will be rolling out team previews of high school teams all across the state and across all classifications, eventually launching our Preseason Power 25.

We will bring you a snapshot of what to expect along with top players and keys to success for that particular team.

Team: Andrew
Preseason Rank: 25
2017 Record: 26-8
Conference: Southwest Suburban - Red
IHSA Class: 4A
Head Coach: Dave DeHaan
Playoff Run: Lost in Regional Championship
2017 Final Rank: NR
Returning Starters: 5
Returning Pitchers: 4



Name State School Class Pos Commitment
Scott Youngbrandt IL Andrew
2018 RHP/3B
St. Louis
Mike Carey IL Andrew 2018 MIF Austin Peay
Jacob Plastiak IL Andrew 2018 INF Wichita State
Nicholas Torres IL Andrew 2018 RHP  
Donovan Nanfeldt IL Andrew 2018 1B Indiana University Southeast
Anthony Montalbano IL Andrew 2019 OF/2B  
James Carey IL Andrew 2019 INF  
Brendon Herrin IL Andrew 2019 INF  
Vince Borrelli IL Andrew 2020 RHP/OF  
Joe DeHaan IL Andrew 2020 C  
Nolan Fasel IL Andrew 2020 RHP  
Alex Rohrer IL Andrew 2020 RHP


David Chianelli, OF (Saint Xavier)
Dan Cryan, RHP
Tom Flisk, C (Hendrix)
Daniel Heilbron, 1B
Joe Oswald, 1B


RHP/OF Vince Borrelli, is a sophomore, two-way player who has the talent to potentially impact the varsity this spring. Borrelli should be one of many competing for a spot in the outfield and should add much needed depth on the mound for Andrew. In a recent bullpen, Borrelli pounded the strike zone with a fastball that sat 83-85 mph. Don’t be surprised if this sophomore is throwing meaningful innings come playoff time.

Vince Borrelli (2.18.18)


This year’s X-Factor for Andrew, senior Scott Youngbrandt, could also qualify as an impressive “stat rat”. The St. Louis commit is going to be asked to once again carry Andrew as the ace of the staff as well as one of the top hitters. Last spring Youngbrandt went 8-1 on the mound with a 1.82 ERA. In 61 innings he struck out an astounding 105. He also added five home runs and 29 RBI while hitting above .300. If the two-way talent can come close to repeating his performance from last spring, the T-Bolts will be a Southwest Suburban team to be reckoned with.


The Thunderbolts won 26 games, made a regional championship last year and return five starting position players and four arms. Their top three pitchers return along with the core of the infield. RHP/INF Scott Youngbrandt, is a legitimate ace that returns with plenty of experience and success under his belt. Behind him waits another senior RHP Nick Torres. Torres went 5-0 last spring with a 0.56 ERA. He allowed 3 runs in 37 innings and struck out 46. Two sophomore right-handed pitchers, Vince Borrelli and Nolan Fasel have a chance to add needed depth by the time postseason plays rolls around.

Despite having two legitimate arms to rely on, the strength of the Thunderbolts will likely be the returning core of infielders. Seniors Jake Plastiak (Wichita State) and Mike Carey (Austin Peay) will be the primary double play combo up the middle. Both Plastiak and Carey will hit near the top of the order. Carey, a four-year starter, hit .420 last year with 40 runs scored. Youngbrandt will handle the hot corner when he is not toeing the rubber. 1B Donovan Nanfeldt (Indiana University Southeast) hit .450 with two home runs last spring and has plenty of power in his bat to eclipse that home run total from last year. Junior OF/2B Anthony Montalbano plays the game the right way and should be a spark plug to the offense. Sophomore Joe DeHaan should take over the catching duties. Replacing the entire outfield is the main concern for the Thunderbolts but they have five or six players who will compete for those jobs.


The Thunderbolts have the talent to take the next step in 2018. They will be led by a talented group of seniors and have two quality arms to ride come playoff time. If a few sophomores can step up and add to the depth of the club, they will be a tough out come playoff time. Keep an eye on this talented Southwest Suburban club in 2018.

Find more information on the 2018 Thunderbolts below:

+ Full Schedule
Team Website
+ Gamechanger

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