The Five: Underclass Invitational 2022 Catchers


By Drew Locascio
Illinois Scouting Director

"The Five" highlights high-performing athletes from across the state of Illinois. This week “The Five” looks at five 2022 catchers from this winter's Underclass Invitational. All five are 2022s who currently remain uncommitted.

"THE FIVE"

Will Plattner

Class of 2022 / C

Player Information

  • Graduating Class: 2022
  • Primary Position: C
    Secondary Position: 1B
  • High School: Glenwood
    State: IL
  • Summer Team: Easley Baseball Club
  • Height: 6-1
    Weight: 205lbs
  • Bat/Throw: R/R

Statistics

Pitching
77
Max FB
75 - 77
FB
63 - 65
CB
69 - 71
CH
Pitching
Max FB
76
FB
71 - 74
CB
62 - 63
CH
63 - 65
Position
7.26
60-yard
(03/20/21)
1.95 - 2.02
Pop Time
(06/02/20)
87
INF Velo
(03/20/21)
81
C Velo
(03/20/21)
100
Exit Velo
(03/20/21)
Position
60-yard
7.26
Pop Time
2.01 - 2.15
INF Velo
87
C Velo
81
Exit Velo
100
Position
60-yard
7.29
Pop Time
2.05 - 2.08
INF Velo
86
C Velo
78
Exit Velo
94
Position
60-yard
7.66
Pop Time
1.95 - 2.02
INF Velo
83
C Velo
76
Exit Velo
94
Position
60-yard
7.53
Pop Time
2.01 - 2.1
INF Velo
79
C Velo
74
Exit Velo
93
Position
60-yard
7.6
Pop Time
2.08 - 2.14
INF Velo
78
C Velo
72
Exit Velo
82
Position
60-yard
7.74
Pop Time
2.26 - 2.43
C Velo
71
Exit Velo
83
Trackman - Hitting
100.34
Exit Speed (max)
(03/20/21)
96.70
Exit Speed (avg)
(03/20/21)
219
Distance (avg)
(06/02/20)
320
Distance (max)
(06/02/20)
Trackman - Hitting
Exit Speed (max)
100.34
Exit Speed (avg)
96.7
Distance (avg)
161
Distance (max)
317
Ground Ball %
Line Drive %
Fly Ball %
Hard Hit %
Trackman - Hitting
Exit Speed (max)
97.45
Exit Speed (avg)
87.54
Distance (avg)
115
Distance (max)
308
Ground Ball %
Line Drive %
Hard Hit %
Trackman - Hitting
Exit Speed (max)
94.22
Exit Speed (avg)
72.87
Distance (avg)
219
Distance (max)
320
Ground Ball %
Line Drive %
Fly Ball %
Hard Hit %
Blast - Hitting
25.20
Hand Speed (max)
(03/20/21)
24.48
Hand Speed (avg)
(03/20/21)
76.40
Bat Speed (max)
(03/20/21)
75.35
Bat Speed (avg)
(03/20/21)
Blast - Hitting
Hand Speed (max)
25.2
Hand Speed (avg)
24.48
Bat Speed (max)
76.4
Bat Speed (avg)
75.35
Rot. Acc (max)
Rot. Acc (avg)
On Plane Eff %

Scouting Report

2/16/20

Positional Profile: C
Body: 6-foot, 180-pounds. Strong, well-proportioned frame.
Hit: RHH. Balanced, square setup, pre-pitch rhythm, smooth load and stays balanced throughout.  Compact swing, minimal wasted movement, quick strong hands, repeatable, short direct and level through the zone. Consistent, hard, line-drive contact and uses the middle of the field.
Power: 93 mph exit velocity from the tee. Ball jumps off the barrel.
Arm: RH. C - 74 mph. INF - 79 mph. Short, firm arm action plays over-the-top.
Defense: 2.01-2.10 pop times. Multi-positional profile; worked out behind the plate and at first base. Behind the plate, clean release, quick glove-to-hand, directional. Soft fundamentally sound blocks; deadens ball in front.
Run: 7.53 runner in the 60. 



Victor Izquierdo

Class of 2022 / 1B

Player Information

  • Graduating Class: 2022
  • Primary Position: 1B
    Secondary Position: C
  • High School: Lockport
    State: IL
  • Summer Team: Rhino Baseball Illinois
  • Height: 6-2
    Weight: 210lbs
  • Bat/Throw: R/R

Statistics

Position
6.84
60-yard
(07/06/21)
2.01 - 2.15
Pop Time
(10/18/20)
78
INF Velo
(07/06/21)
76
C Velo
(10/18/20)
102
Exit Velo
(07/06/21)
4.78
H-1st
(07/23/19)
Position
60-yard
6.84
INF Velo
78
Exit Velo
102
Position
60-yard
7.27
Pop Time
2.01 - 2.15
INF Velo
77
C Velo
76
Exit Velo
98
Position
60-yard
7.59
Pop Time
2.08 - 2.15
INF Velo
76
C Velo
75
Exit Velo
98
Position
60-yard
7.47
Pop Time
2.07 - 2.08
INF Velo
72
C Velo
74
Exit Velo
94
Position
Pop Time
2.2 - 2.37
INF Velo
75
C Velo
72
H-1st
4.78
Exit Velo
93
Trackman - Hitting
102.37
Exit Speed (max)
(07/06/21)
95.08
Exit Speed (avg)
(10/18/20)
310
Distance (avg)
(07/06/21)
389
Distance (max)
(07/06/21)
Trackman - Hitting
Exit Speed (max)
102.37
Exit Speed (avg)
90.11
Distance (avg)
310
Distance (max)
389
Ground Ball %
Line Drive %
Fly Ball %
Hard Hit %
Barrel %
Trackman - Hitting
Exit Speed (max)
102.08
Exit Speed (avg)
95.08
Distance (avg)
287
Distance (max)
372
Ground Ball %
Line Drive %
Fly Ball %
Hard Hit %
Trackman - Hitting
Exit Speed (max)
98.78
Exit Speed (avg)
88.45
Distance (avg)
161
Distance (max)
333
Ground Ball %
Line Drive %
Fly Ball %
Hard Hit %
Blast - Hitting
33.90
Hand Speed (max)
(10/18/20)
23.26
Hand Speed (avg)
(10/18/20)
80.30
Bat Speed (max)
(07/06/21)
74.42
Bat Speed (avg)
(07/06/21)
Blast - Hitting
Hand Speed (max)
25.8
Hand Speed (avg)
22.14
Bat Speed (max)
80.3
Bat Speed (avg)
74.42
Rot. Acc (max)
Rot. Acc (avg)
On Plane Eff %
Blast - Hitting
Hand Speed (max)
33.9
Hand Speed (avg)
23.26
Bat Speed (max)
79.3
Bat Speed (avg)
73.11
Rot. Acc (max)
Rot. Acc (avg)
On Plane Eff %
Blast - Hitting
Hand Speed (max)
21.3
Hand Speed (avg)
19.88
Bat Speed (max)
75.1
Bat Speed (avg)
68.2
Rot. Acc (max)
Rot. Acc (avg)
On Plane Eff %

Scouting Report

2/16/20

Positional Profile: C/1B
 Body: 6-foot-1, 195-pounds. Athletic, strong, wide-shouldered frame.
 Hit: RHH. Balanced setup, smooth deep load, short stride and utilizes lower half. Swings with intent, fast bat, flashed twitch, stays inside the baseball at times, uphill bat path and gap-to-gap approach.
 Power: 94 mph exit velocity from the tee. Ball jumps off the barrel. Power potential.
 Arm: RH. C - 74 mph. INF - 72 mph. Short, loose arm action, high 3/4 slot from behind the plate.
 Defense: 2.07-2.08 pop times. Defensively, showed well at first base and behind the plate. Athletic feet and actions at first base. Plays with bounce, feel around the bag and sure hands. Continues to make strides behind the plate. Quick feet and glove-to-hand release. Flexible hips, low target and steady hands.
 Run: 7.47 runner in the 60. 



Tony Pluta

Class of 2022 / C

Player Information

  • Graduating Class: 2022
  • Primary Position: C
    Secondary Position: RHP
  • High School: St. Viator
    State: IL
  • Summer Team: Prairie Gravel
  • Height: 5-8
    Weight: 165lbs
  • Bat/Throw: R/R

Statistics

Pitching
86
Max FB
(06/30/20)
83 - 85
FB
(06/30/20)
71 - 73
CB
(06/30/20)
76 - 78
CH
(02/16/20)
Pitching
Max FB
86
FB
83 - 85
CB
71 - 73
CH
76 - 76
Pitching
Max FB
85
FB
81 - 84
CB
69 - 71
CH
76 - 78
Pitching
Max FB
82
FB
77 - 80
CB
67 - 69
CH
71 - 74
Position
7.30
60-yard
(02/16/20)
1.87 - 1.94
Pop Time
(06/30/20)
80
C Velo
(02/16/20)
90
Exit Velo
(02/16/20)
Position
60-yard
7.37
Pop Time
1.87 - 1.94
C Velo
79
Exit Velo
88
Position
60-yard
7.3
Pop Time
2 - 2.07
C Velo
80
Exit Velo
90
Position
60-yard
7.4
Pop Time
2.04 - 2.12
C Velo
76
Exit Velo
87
Trackman - Fastball
86.10
Velocity (max)
(06/30/20)
81.07
Eff Velocity (avg)
(06/30/20)
2271
Spin Rate (max)
(06/30/20)
2227
Spin Rate (avg)
(06/30/20)
Trackman - Fastball
Velocity (max)
86.1
Velo Range
82.34 - 85.33
Eff Velocity (avg)
81.07
Spin Rate (max)
2271
Spin Rate (avg)
2227
IVB (max)
IVB (avg)
HM (max)
HM (avg)
Extension (avg)
Release Ht (avg)
Bauer Units (max)
Zone %
Trackman - Curveball
72.55
Velocity (max)
(06/30/20)
67.71
Eff Velocity (avg)
(06/30/20)
2669
Spin Rate (max)
(06/30/20)
2549
Spin Rate (avg)
(06/30/20)
Trackman - Curveball
Velocity (max)
72.55
Velo Range
70.29 - 72.55
Eff Velocity (avg)
67.71
Spin Rate (max)
2669
Spin Rate (avg)
2549
IVB (max)
IVB (avg)
HM (max)
HM (avg)
Extension (avg)
Release Ht (avg)
Bauer Units (max)
Trackman - ChangeUp
76.35
Velocity (max)
(06/30/20)
72.72
Eff Velocity (avg)
(06/30/20)
1986
Spin Rate (max)
(06/30/20)
1986
Spin Rate (avg)
(06/30/20)
Trackman - ChangeUp
Velocity (max)
76.35
Eff Velocity (avg)
72.72
Spin Rate (max)
1986
Spin Rate (avg)
1986
IVB (max)
IVB (avg)
HM (max)
HM (avg)
Extension (avg)
Release Ht (avg)
Bauer Units (max)
Zone %
Trackman - Hitting
92.88
Exit Speed (max)
(06/30/20)
83.40
Exit Speed (avg)
(06/30/20)
216
Distance (avg)
(06/30/20)
290
Distance (max)
(06/30/20)
Trackman - Hitting
Exit Speed (max)
92.88
Exit Speed (avg)
83.4
Distance (avg)
216
Distance (max)
290
Ground Ball %
Line Drive %
Fly Ball %
Hard Hit %

Scouting Report

2/16/20

Positional Profile: C 
Hit: RHH. Balanced slightly open setup, smooth load and short stride works back to even. Aggressive swing, loose hands, long bat path, extension through contact and gap-to-gap approach.
 Power: 90 mph exit velocity from the tee.
 Arm: RH. C - 80 mph. Short, loose arm action, plays over-the-top. Throws carry and consistently on the second-base bag.
 Defense: 2.00-2.07 pop times. Flexible, athletic actions and clean out of the chute, repeatable and directional. Soft hands, strong wrists.
 Run: 7.3 runner in the 60. 



Brendan Summerhill

Class of 2022 / OF

Player Information

  • Graduating Class: 2022
  • Primary Position: OF
    Secondary Position: C
  • High School: Whitney Young
    State: IL
  • Summer Team: Top Tier Americans
  • Height: 6-3
    Weight: 190lbs
  • Bat/Throw: L/R

Statistics

Position
6.59
60-yard
(07/06/21)
2.11 - 2.21
Pop Time
(02/16/20)
90
OF Velo
(03/20/21)
76
C Velo
(02/16/20)
99
Exit Velo
(03/20/21)
4.68
H-1st
(07/23/19)
Position
OF Velo
87
Exit Velo
98
Position
60-yard
6.83
OF Velo
90
Exit Velo
99
Position
OF Velo
81
Exit Velo
92
Position
60-yard
6.95
Pop Time
2.11 - 2.21
OF Velo
85
C Velo
76
Exit Velo
91
Position
Pop Time
2.19 - 2.3
OF Velo
79
C Velo
72
H-1st
4.68
Exit Velo
92
Position
60-yard
7.18
Pop Time
2.26 - 2.4
C Velo
70
Exit Velo
85
Trackman - Hitting
98.53
Exit Speed (max)
(03/20/21)
91.51
Exit Speed (avg)
(03/20/21)
297
Distance (avg)
(06/13/21)
380
Distance (max)
(06/13/21)
Trackman - Hitting
Exit Speed (max)
97.75
Exit Speed (avg)
91.28
Distance (avg)
297
Distance (max)
380
Line Drive %
Fly Ball %
Hard Hit %
Trackman - Hitting
Exit Speed (max)
98.53
Exit Speed (avg)
91.51
Distance (avg)
239
Distance (max)
351
Ground Ball %
Line Drive %
Fly Ball %
Hard Hit %
Trackman - Hitting
Exit Speed (max)
93.55
Exit Speed (avg)
87.18
Distance (avg)
123
Distance (max)
273
Ground Ball %
Line Drive %
Fly Ball %
Hard Hit %
Blast - Hitting
23.60
Hand Speed (max)
(03/20/21)
22.05
Hand Speed (avg)
(06/13/21)
73.90
Bat Speed (max)
(03/20/21)
68.63
Bat Speed (avg)
(06/13/21)
Blast - Hitting
Hand Speed (max)
23.6
Hand Speed (avg)
22.05
Bat Speed (max)
72.9
Bat Speed (avg)
68.63
Rot. Acc (max)
Rot. Acc (avg)
On Plane Eff %
Blast - Hitting
Hand Speed (max)
23.6
Hand Speed (avg)
22.02
Bat Speed (max)
73.9
Bat Speed (avg)
68
Rot. Acc (max)
Rot. Acc (avg)
On Plane Eff %

Scouting Report

2/16/20

Positional Profile: C
Body: 6-foot-3, 175-pounds. Long-levered, high-waisted, projectable frame.
Hit: LHH. Quiet balanced wide setup, smooth load and maintains balance through contact.  Loose, athletic hands, generates bat speed with minimal effort. Repeatable swing, uphill path, occasional hard contact to the pull side.
Power: 91 mph exit velocity from the tee.
Arm: RH. C - 76 mph. OF - 85 mph. Short arm action, plays from a high 3/4 slot.
Defense: 2.11-2.21 pop times. Worked out as an outfielder/catcher. In the outfield, gets behind the baseball, steady hands and clean release. Behind the plate, directional and repeatable out of the chute, sure-hands and active blocker.
Run: 6.95 runner in the 60. Well above-average for age and position.



Ryan Louthan

Class of 2022 / C

Player Information

  • Graduating Class: 2022
  • Primary Position: C
    Secondary Position: 2B
  • High School: Joliet Catholic
    State: IL
  • Summer Team: Top Tier Americans
  • Height: 5-10
    Weight: 200lbs
  • Bat/Throw: L/R

Statistics

Pitching
75
Max FB
70 - 74
FB
60 - 63
CB
Position
7.59
60-yard
(06/05/19)
2.04 - 2.20
Pop Time
(06/14/20)
74
INF Velo
79
C Velo
(02/16/20)
97
Exit Velo
(02/17/19)
4.76
H-1st
(07/23/19)
Position
C Velo
76
Exit Velo
93
Position
60-yard
7.7
Pop Time
2.08 - 2.18
C Velo
76
Exit Velo
94
Position
Pop Time
2.04 - 2.2
C Velo
76
Exit Velo
91
Position
60-yard
7.66
Pop Time
2.08 - 2.18
C Velo
79
Exit Velo
93
Position
Pop Time
2.11 - 2.25
C Velo
75
Exit Velo
90
H-1st
4.76
Position
60-yard
7.59
Pop Time
2.12 - 2.19
C Velo
72
Exit Velo
89
Position
60-yard
7.96
Pop Time
2.19 - 2.26
C Velo
74
Exit Velo
97
Trackman - Hitting
93.53
Exit Speed (max)
(06/30/20)
89.60
Exit Speed (avg)
(06/30/20)
280
Distance (avg)
(06/30/20)
339
Distance (max)
(06/30/20)
Trackman - Hitting
Exit Speed (max)
92.58
Exit Speed (avg)
89.24
Distance (avg)
202
Distance (max)
319
Ground Ball %
Line Drive %
Fly Ball %
Hard Hit %
Trackman - Hitting
Exit Speed (max)
93.53
Exit Speed (avg)
89.6
Distance (avg)
280
Distance (max)
339
Ground Ball %
Line Drive %
Fly Ball %
Hard Hit %
Trackman - Hitting
Exit Speed (max)
92.22
Exit Speed (avg)
84.01
Distance (avg)
184
Distance (max)
316
Ground Ball %
Line Drive %
Fly Ball %
Hard Hit %
Blast - Hitting
24.10
Hand Speed (max)
(06/13/21)
22.93
Hand Speed (avg)
(06/13/21)
75.00
Bat Speed (max)
(06/13/21)
71.81
Bat Speed (avg)
(06/13/21)
Blast - Hitting
Hand Speed (max)
24.1
Hand Speed (avg)
22.93
Bat Speed (max)
75
Bat Speed (avg)
71.81
Rot. Acc (max)
Rot. Acc (avg)
On Plane Eff %
Blast - Hitting
Hand Speed (max)
23.1
Hand Speed (avg)
21.9
Bat Speed (max)
72.6
Bat Speed (avg)
70.21
Rot. Acc (max)
Rot. Acc (avg)
On Plane Eff %

Scouting Report

2/16/20

Positional Profile: C
Body: 5-foot-10, 187-pounds. Strong, wide-shoulder build with strength in the lower half.
Hit: LHH. Balanced slightly closed and crouched setup; minimal load and short stride.  Simple swing, strong hands, natural lift in swing and pull-side approach.
Power: 93 mph exit velocity from the tee. Advanced bat strength.
Arm: RH. C - 79 mph. Short, firm arm action, over-the-top arm action.
Defense: 2.08-2.18 pop times. Squared setup, replaced feet, gains ground, clean release. Quiet receiver and agile blocker.
Run: 7.66 runner in the 60. 



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