Recruiting Roundup: Who's Heading Where?

By Matt Huck          
Area Scout

Every Friday National Scouting Supervisor Nathan Rode provides a roundup of insider recruiting information and commitments throughout the PBR coverage area: The Buzz. CLICK HERE to take a look at this week’s National Buzz. With that in mind, let’s take an in depth look at the Illinois prospects who have committed to colleges, with detailed scouting information.

Francois Castillo, 3B, Clemente, 2018
Eastern Illinois

Francois Castillo10.16.16 - 6-foot, 210-pound, solid lower half, strong multi-positional prospect. Defensively, worked out in the infield and outfield, continues to impress with his arm strength and athletic actions. Throws are accurate, have life, carry and clocked at 91 mph from both positions. Fields the ball out front, soft, receptive hands, smooth transfer with length. Offensively, right-handed hitter, flashed bat speed and pull power; advanced, gap-to-gap approach and fluid rhythm throughout. Exit velocity clocked at 81 mph. Also, ran a 7.21 laser-timed 60.

Joe Trezek, OF, St. Rita, 2017

Joseph Trezek10.9.16 - 5-foot-10, 175-pound, strong frame, outfielder. Offensively, left-handed hitter, present bat speed, short path, gap-to-gap approach, fluid rhythm; exit velocity registered at 86 mph. Balanced setup, short stride, maintains balance through contact. Defensively, quick footwork, clean exchange, plays through the ball. Short, accurate arm from a high ¾ slot; throws clocked at 76 mph from the outfield. 7.1 runner in the laser timed 60.


Chris Sheputis, RHP, Romeoville, 2017
Lakeland College

Chris Sheputis10.9.16 - 5-foot-9, 255-pound, right-handed pitcher. Some rhythm in delivery, coiled leg-lift, lands square and minimal effort throughout. Short arm action out of a high ¾ slot. Fastball works straight and clocked at 73-74 mph, touching 76. Curveball works 11/5, gradual action and sat at 61 mph. Slider, similar 11/5 shape, slightly tighter than curveball, 62-64 mph. Changeup, fade action, 63-66 mph.


Joe Rizzo, C, Huntley, 2017
North Central

Joe Rizzo8.9.16 - 5-foot-11, 190-pound right-handed hitting catcher. Defensively has a short arm action from an over the top slot. Throws showed carry out of the crouch. Fluid footwork with a quick, clean exchange. Popped 2.07-2.08 and threw 80 mph out of the crouch. At the plate hits from a balanced, slightly open stance with a short heel lift stride. Good balance with fluid rhythm. Line drive hitter with a level swing path. Showed strength thru contact with 89 mph exit velocity from a tee. Ran the 60 at 7.47.

Michael Sutor, C, Lane Tech, 2017

Ryan Parquette, C, Crystal Lake South, 2017
McHenry County College

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