Underclass Games: Infielder Analysis


By Illinois & Wisconsin Staffs

One of the biggest showcases on the summer circuit, Underclass Games, was hosted at its usual site at the University of Illinois-Chicago, on July 23. This event collects the best incoming sophomore talent in both Illinois and Wisconsin and arranges a pro-style workout and live game action. This event is among our most highly attended by the college recruiting community, making it one of the most important for our own staff of evaluators.

We started our position-by-position analysis earlier this week by dissecting the day's catchers and outfielders. For rapid analysis coming out of the showcase back in July, check out our Quick Hits post. You can also find measured data pulled from the event inside our Statistical Analysis. For now, check out reports on each and every one of the infielders who attended this event below.

TOP PROSPECTS

1. Tristan Ellis, Greendale, 2022 (Purdue)
Positional Profile: 2B/SS One of the top middle infield prospects in the Midwest.
Body: 5-foot-7, 140-pounds. Wiry, frame carries strength.
Hit: LHH. Balanced setup, confident look, short stride and stays balanced through contact. Highly-efficient, repeatable swing, top-of-the-order bat. Quiet, short and direct to the ball, controls the barrel, creates bat speed. Consistent, hard line-drive contact. Finished game play 2-for-3, consistently on time and on the barrel.
Power: 83 mph exit velocity from the tee.
Arm: RH. INF - 75 mph. Short, loose, athletic arm action; can throw from multiple slots. Arm plays accurate and with carry across the infield.
Defense: Confident, advanced middle infield actions. Plays fast, quick feet, ranges with ease, plays well on the move, maintains body control. Soft hands, fields out front and feet work through the baseball with intent.
Run: 4.32 runner home to first. Quick, fleet-footed.

2. Keegan Knutson, Milton, 2022 (South Carolina)
Positional Profile: 3B/SS One of the top 2022 prospects in Wisconsin.
Body: 5-foot-10, 150-pounds. Well-proportioned strength throughout.
Hit: RHH. Wide setup, short leg-kick timing trigger and maintains balance. Highly-repeatable, efficient swing, stays short and direct to the ball. Flat path, line-drive approach and consistently finds the barrel.
Power: 86 mph exit velocity from the tee.
Arm: RH. INF - 84 mph. Arm works short and from a high 3/4 slot. Throws were accurate across the diamond and carried.
Defense: Advanced defensive third baseman. Active, quick feet, plays through the baseball, maintains body control and clean, quick release. Soft, sure-hands and can play on the move.
Run: 4.67 runner home to first. 

3. Christian Holmes, De La Salle, 2022
Positional Profile: SS/2B One of the top 2022 infield prospects in Illinois.
Body: 5-foot-11, 170-pounds. Athletic frame, carries strength throughout.
Hit: RHH. Athletic, balanced setup, confident look, smooth load and short leg-kick trigger.  Quick hands, advanced bat speed, highly repeatable swing. Stays short to the ball, extension through contact, consistent, hard, gap-to-gap contact.
Power: 86 mph exit velocity from the tee. Ball jumps off the barrel.
Arm: RH. INF - 82 mph. Short, athletic arm action, high 3/4 slot. Throws carried and were accurate across the infield.
Defense: Advanced infield actions, confident, sure-hands, fluid footwork, plays well on the move and works through the baseball. Quick, clean release and plays with rhythm.
Run: 4.25 runner home to first. 

4. Rory Fox, Catholic Memorial, 2022
Positional Profile: SS/RHP High follow athletic two-way prospect.
Body: 5-foot-11, 165-pounds. Athletic frame and actions, moves with ease.
Hit: LHH. Tall setup, balanced stance, minimal hand load, high back elbow and short stride. Showed bat speed on slight uphill plane, pull side contact, hits in rhythm.
Power: 79 mph exit velocity from the tee.
Arm: RH. INF - 84 mph. Arm plays with carry, over the top slot, accurate to target.
Defense: Well above average actions, light feet and stays active working through the baseball, easy backhand, soft hands cushion the baseball.
Run: 4.61 runner home to first. 

5. Kolton Schaller, Mount Horeb, 2022
Positional Profile: SS/2B
Body: 6-foot-1, 152-pounds. Long, lean frame with plenty of room for continued physical development.
Hit: LHH. Balanced, athletic setup, smooth load, short stride and maintains balance through contact. Loose, athletic, twitchy hands, creates bat speed and barrel whip through the zone. Level path, gap-to-gap and fluid rhythm.
Power: 85 mph exit velocity from the tee.
Arm: RH. INF - 74 mph. Short, loose arm action, high 3/4 slot.
Defense: Quick feet, steady hands, fields out in front and plays through at times.
Run: 4.46 runner home to first. 

6. Brady Small, Lemont, 2022
Positional Profile: 3B/RHP Two-way prospect, strong arm and high-follow left-handed bat.
Body: 6-foot-1, 180-pounds. Physically-advanced frame, well-proportioned strength.
Hit: LHH. Balanced, athletic setup, smooth load and short stride.  Loose, strong hands, advanced bat speed for age. Works the middle-of-the-field, natural lift in swing, fluid rhythm and a lot of hard contact.
Power: 87 mph exit velocity from the tee. Pull-power potential.
Arm: RH. INF - 85 mph. Long, quick arm action, over-the-top slot and throws carry across the infield.
Defense: Profiles as a corner infielder. Steady hands, winds up on release.
Run: 4.44 runner home to first. 

7. Ryan Bibb, Mascoutah, 2022
Positional Profile: RHP/SS
Body: 6-foot-1, 183-pounds. Strong, muscular, athletic build.
Hit: RHH. Open setup, smooth load, leg-lift timing trigger. Aggressive approach, swings with intent, fast bat and natural lift in swing. Looks to elevate the baseball to the pull side.
Power: 85 mph exit velocity from the tee. Pull-side power potential.
Arm: RH. INF - 87 mph. Short, quick arm action, high 3/4 slot and throws played accurate and with carry across the infield.
Defense: Fundamentally sound, gets around the baseball, plays through, sure-handed and clean transfer.
Run: 4.32 runner home to first. 

8. Luka Radicevich, Joliet Catholic, 2022
Positional Profile: SS/RHP
Body: 5-foot-11, 145-pounds. Wiry, lean, live-body.
Hit: RHH. Tall setup, hands load pre-pitch and leg-kick trigger. Quick, twitchy hands, loose levers and flat path. Present bat speed, knack for the barrel and works gap-to-gap. Finished 1-for-2 with a double in game play.
Power: 85 mph exit velocity from the tee.
Arm: RH. INF - 82 mph. Short arm action, high 3/4 slot and throws flashed carry.
Defense: Plays from the ground up, soft, confident hands and fields out in front of body.
Run: 4.59 runner home to first. 

9. Jaicee Foster, Green Bay Southwest, 2022
Positional Profile: 3B
Body: 5-foot-10, 175-pounds. Durable build with strength, strong lower half.
Hit: RHH. Tall setup, narrow with big leg kick trigger. Strong hands, creates well above average bat speed, loose swing.
Power: 92 mph exit velocity from the tee. Hard contact, pull side power potential, ball will jump off the bat. Showed hard contact in game.
Arm: RH. INF - 79 mph. OF - 80 mph. Firm arm action, high 3/4 slot, played best from the outfield.
Defense: Corner defender, hands work, outfield actions play through and shuffle through exchange. Infield actions profile at third base, hands work out front, showed body control.
Run: 4.79 runner home to first. 

10. Mitchell Voit, Whitefish Bay, 2022
Positional Profile: 3B
Body: 5-foot-10, 170-pounds. Athletic frame, carries strong build, strength projects.
Hit: RHH. Balanced setup, minimal load action, short stride, simple load and swing. Quick twitch hands, strength through contact, short path to the baseball, flat through the zone, line drive contact.
Power: 85 mph exit velocity from the tee.
Arm: RH. INF - 87 mph. Big arm strength and arm speed, high 3/4 slot, played with carry, accurate across the diamond.
Defense: Plays through the baseball, quick clean exchange, fluid feet, soft hands, athletic defender.
Run: 4.86 runner home to first. 

Best of the Rest (Listed Alphabetically)

Jenkin Alexander, Sun Prairie, 2022
Positional Profile: SS/2B
Body: 5-foot-9, 160-pounds. Athletic, strong frame.
Hit: LHH. Balanced, quiet setup, smooth load and short stride. Stays on top at times, strong hands, flat through the zone, pull approach.
Power: 85 mph exit velocity from the tee.
Arm: RH. INF - 76 mph. Short arm action, high 3/4 slot.
Defense: Profiles as a corner infielder. Reliable hands, fields low and out front, plays through.
Run: 4.54 runner home to first. 

Caden Capomaccio, Notre Dame Academy, 2022
Positional Profile: INF
Body: 5-foot-11, 159-pounds. Lean build.
Hit: RHH. Balanced stance, long leg lift stride, average balance. Path has length on uphill plane, level at times.
Power: 86 mph exit velocity from the tee.
Arm: RH. INF - 79 mph. Long firm arm action, high 3/4 slot.
Defense: Glove works left of center, long exchange, gathers to shuffle through release.
Run: 4.86 runner home to first. 

Ian Choi, Indian Trail, 2022
Positional Profile: SS/2B
Body: 5-foot-8, 135-pounds. Lean, athletic frame.
Hit: RHH. Quiet, balanced setup, minimal waisted movement and stays balanced through contact. Short, direct path, athletic hands work on top of the baseball. Repeatable swing and line-drive approach.
Power: 81 mph exit velocity from the tee.
Arm: RH. INF - 76 mph. Easy actions, plays low to the ground, fluid footwork, soft hands and plays through the baseball.
Defense:
Run: 4.44 runner home to first. 

Ethan Clark, Lakes Community, 2022
Positional Profile: SS/RHP
Body: 6-foot-2, 150-pounds. Long-limbed, high-waisted, projectable frame.
Hit: RHH. Tall, balanced setup, minimal loading action and short leg-lift timing trigger. Loose levers, long, level bat path, line-drive approach and fluid rhythm; upside right-handed bat.
Power: 90 mph exit velocity from the tee. Sneaky pop.
Arm: RH. INF - 80 mph. Long, loose arm action, carries across the infield.
Defense: Steady defender, clean transfer.
Run: 4.33 runner home to first. Long strides.

Josh DeGroot, Union Grove, 2022
Positional Profile: 2B/SS
Body: 5-foot-10, 137-pounds. Long, loose-levered frame.
Hit: RHH. Balanced setup, pre-pitch rhythm, smooth rhythm. Loose hands, long, level bat path, creates occasional whip and line-drive, middle-of-the-field approach.
Power: 81 mph exit velocity from the tee.
Arm: RH. INF - 79 mph. Long, loose arm action, high 3/4 slot.
Defense: Steady hands, plays through the baseball, gets tall through release at times.
Run: 4.53 runner home to first. 

Sam Dodd, Hortonville, 2022
Positional Profile: 3B/RHP
Body: 6-foot-3, 170-pounds. Strong, athletic build.
Hit: RHH. Balanced, quiet setup, toe-tap stride and maintains balance. Uphill bat path and works gap-to-gap.
Power: 81 mph exit velocity from the tee.
Arm: RH. INF - 73 mph. Short arm action, high 3/4 slot and plays accurate across the diamond.
Defense: Profiles at third base. Reliable hands.
Run: 4.89 runner home to first. 

Nathan Elias, Verona Area, 2022
Positional Profile: 2B/OF
Body: 5-foot-10, 155-pounds. Lean build, loose actions.
Hit: RHH. Tall setup, slightly open, short lift and hang stride, good balance. Loose hands, whippy bat speed, path stays flat and creates hard line drive contact, slight pull side approach.
Power: 86 mph exit velocity from the tee.
Arm: RH. INF - 83 mph. OF - 80 mph. Short loose arm action, high 3/4 slot, plays athletically, accurate and from multiple angles.
Defense: Loose athletic actions, plays easy and works through the baseball, multi-positional player.
Run: 4.62 runner home to first. 

Payton Frehner, Waukesha North, 2022
Positional Profile: 3B/1B
Body: 5-foot-9, 150-pounds. Well-proportioned frame.
Hit: RHH. Balanced setup, deep pre-pitch load and short leg-lift timing trigger. Hits off front side, short bat path, controls the barrel, line-drive approach and fluid rhythm throughout.
Power: 81 mph exit velocity from the tee.
Arm: RH. INF - 74 mph. Loose arm, high 3/4 slot.
Defense: Steady hands, plays through the baseball.
Run: 4.54 runner home to first. 

Aiden Haney, Catholic Memorial, 2022
Positional Profile: 2B
Body: 5-foot-7, 145-pounds. Frame carries strength.
Hit: RHH. Balanced setup, short stride and utilizes lower half. Aggressive swing, flashes bat speed, level bat path and line-drive approach.
Power: 86 mph exit velocity from the tee.
Arm: RH. INF - 65 mph. Short, over-the-top arm action.
Defense: Soft, confident hands, works from the ground up, athletic funnel to transfer.
Run: 4.30 runner home to first. Hard out of the box.

Owen Housinger, Stevenson, 2022
Positional Profile: SS/2B
Body: 5-foot-9, 150-pounds. Compact, strong frame.
Hit: RHH. Balanced setup, knee-knock stride. Short, strong hands, and works gap-to-gap. Adept at going to the opposite field. Finished game play 2-for-2 with two walks.
Power: 79 mph exit velocity from the tee.
Arm: RH. INF - 66 mph. Short arm action, high 3/4 slot.
Defense: Plays low to the ground, reliable hands.
Run: 4.57 runner home to first. 

Victor Izquierdo, Lockport, 2022
Positional Profile: C/1B
Body: 6-foot, 190-pounds. Large frame, strong throughout.
Hit: RHH. Tall setup, narrow stance, short stride, average balance. Bat strength, long uphill path, gap to gap contact, hits in rhythm.
Power: 93 mph exit velocity from the tee. Strong power potential.
Arm: RH. C - 72 mph. INF - 75 mph. Short over the top slot.
Defense: Looked more natural around the bag at 1B, showed footwork around the bag, large target. Hands work, works tall out of the crouch, short footwork gets slight direction to target.
Run: 4.78 runner home to first. 

Dominic McKevitt, Saint Viator, 2022
Positional Profile: SS
Body: 6-foot-1, 160-pounds. Long-limbed, loose-bodied, projectable build.
Hit: RHH. Tall, balanced setup, pre-pitch load and short stride. Simple swing, loose levers, long bat path and the ball jumps off the barrel at times.
Power: 82 mph exit velocity from the tee.
Arm: RH. INF - 73 mph. Short, loose arm action and low 3/4 slot.
Defense: Steady hands, plays tall at times.
Run: 4.94 runner home to first. 

Jake Petasek, Green Bay Preble, 2022
Positional Profile: INF
Body: 6-foot, 150-pounds. Lean, wiry frame.
Hit: LHH. Crouched setup, wide stance, hand rhythm load, short toe tap stride. Level path, some length, slight uphill plane, line drive contact.
Power: 81 mph exit velocity from the tee.
Arm: RH. INF - 79 mph. Short loose action, 3/4 slot, played athletically on the move.
Defense: Showed range, loose action with solid body control, worked through the baseball.
Run: 4.68 runner home to first. 

Bjorn Pressler, Eau Claire Memorial, 2022
Positional Profile: SS/2B
Body: 6-foot, 170-pounds. Strong, athletic, physical frame.
Hit: RHH. Balanced setup, hands load and leg-kick timing trigger.  Long bat path, works uphill at times, gap-to-gap approach.
Power: 73 mph exit velocity from the tee.
Arm: RH. INF - 73 mph. Short, firm arm action from a high 3/4 slot.
Defense: Quick release at times, natural double play turn.
Run: 4.86 runner home to first. 

Shai Robinson, Mount Carmel, 2022
Positional Profile: SS
Body: 5-foot-6, 125-pounds. Wiry frame.
Hit: RHH. Quiet, balanced setup, smooth load and short stride.  Simple swing, stays balanced, long, uphill bat path, stays within, line-drive approach.
Power: 70 mph exit velocity from the tee.
Arm: RH. INF - 66 mph. Short, loose arm action, plays with ease across the diamond.
Defense: Natural middle infield defender. Easy, athletic actions, fluid footwork, maintains body control, soft hands and a quick, clean release.
Run: 5.35 runner home to first. 

Luke Ross, Waunakee, 2022
Positional Profile: LHP/1B
Body: 6-foot-1, 170-pounds. Athletic, well-proportioned frame.
Hit: LHH. Balanced, athletic setup, minimal load, short stride and maintains excellent balance through contact.  Quiet swing, easy effort, present bat speed, natural lift in swing and pull-side approach. Highly-repeatable swing that projects.
Power: 86 mph exit velocity from the tee. Pull-side power potential.
Arm: LH. INF - 79 mph. Clean arm action, high 3/4 slot and throws carry across.
Defense: Comfortable around the first base bag, steady hands, fluid footwork and clean release.
Run: 4.83 runner home to first. 

Gradin Taschner, Neenah, 2022
Positional Profile: RHP/3B Two-way prospect, projects best on the mound.
Body: 6-foot-1, 190-pounds. Large frame and build, durable body type.
Hit: RHH. Tall, balanced setup, smooth loading action. Path is level, gap to gap contact, shows strength in swing.
Power: 86 mph exit velocity from the tee.
Arm: RH. INF - 80 mph. Strong arm, long high 3/4 slot.
Defense: Hands work, corner infield profile, long actions at times.
Run: 4.84 runner home to first. 

Braden Thelander, Prairie Ridge, 2022
Positional Profile: SS
Body: 5-foot-9, 145-pounds. Wiry-strong frame.
Hit: RHH. Balanced setup, smooth load and leg-kick timing trigger.  Short, uphill bat path and gap-to-gap approach.
Power: 78 mph exit velocity from the tee.
Arm: RH. INF - 82 mph. Short, quick arm action, plays out of a high 3/4 slot and carries across the diamond.
Defense: Fluid footwork, maintains body control on the move, sure-handed and clean transfer.
Run: 4.72 runner home to first. 

TJ Williams, Racine Horlick, 2022
Positional Profile: 2B
Body: 5-foot-4, 120-pounds. Small, live-body.
Hit: LHH. Balanced, athletic setup, pre-pitch rhythm, smooth load, short stride and fluid rhythm throughout.  Aggressive swing, long, level bat path, line-drive approach and uses the middle of the field.
Power: 74 mph exit velocity from the tee.
Arm: RH. INF - 75 mph. Loose, quick arm action, high 3/4 slot, throws played accurate and flashed carry across the diamond.
Defense: Advanced middle-infield defender. Quick feet, plays fast, athletic infield actions. Confident, soft hands, fields out in front of body and clean release.
Run: 4.30 runner home to first. Quick out of the box.

RELATED CONTENT