Underclass Invitational: Outfield Analysis


By Drew Locascio
Illinois Scouting Director

The Underclass Invitational is one of Illinois’ most highly anticipated events on the PBR Illinois showcase calendar. The invitation-only event for the state’s top 2022 and 2023 prospects was held on Feb. 16, at The MAX in McCook, Ill. Over 110 of Illinois’ best freshman and sophomores represented themselves at the sold-out event.

As expected, this was an absolutely loaded event that yielded to us a brand new crop of underclass talent to follow as they continue maturing and developing at the high school level. Soon following the event we released early analysis with our Quick Hits and Statistical Analysis

Today we continue the roll-out of our position-by-position breakdown of the event, by taking a look at the 21 outfielders in attendance.

Tennessee commit, OF Alex Stanwich (Lincoln-Way East, 2022) has been a household name for awhile but he continues to get better every time we see him and solidified once again that he is one of the top sophomores in the country. Stanwich has an extremely rare, high-level combination of tools and features some of the easiest and best raw power in the class. 

Behind Stanwich was another toolsy 2022 prospect, OF Angelo Luna (St. Laurence; uncommitted), who keeps getting better every time we see him. Luna is a 6.72 runner, has a repeatable quick swing and the actions in the outfield to play all three spots. 

Read on below for reports on all of the outfielders from the event.

TOP OUTFIELD PROSPECTS

1. Alex Stanwich, Lincoln-Way East (IL), 2022 (Tennessee commit)
 Positional Profile: OF. Continues to establish himself as one of the top prospects in the country.
Body: 6-foot-1, 190-pounds. Strong, muscular, wide-shouldered, athletic build.
Hit: RHH. Narrow, open setup, toe-tap stride and maintains balance through contact. Creates extremely easy power and jump off the barrel. Hands work loose, quick and strong while utilizing lower half. Explosive bat speed, natural lift in swing and power to all fields.
Power: 99 mph exit velocity from the tee. Some of the best raw power in the class.
Arm: RH. OF - 95 mph. Long, quick arm action plays from a high 3/4 slot. Throws play accurate and with life.
Defense: Athletic actions, plays light on his feet, controls his body on the move, sure-hands and clean release.
Run: 6.58 runner in the 60. Explosive, powerful runner.

2. Angelo Luna, St. Laurence (IL), 2022
Positional Profile: OF
Body: 5-foot-11, 155-pounds. Athletic, well-proportioned, high-waisted frame.
Hit: RHH. Wide, balanced setup, minimal pre-pitch movement and short stride. Compact simple swing, quick hands, present bat speed. Uphill bat path, controls the barrel, consistent hard contact and fluid rhythm throughout.
Power: 96 mph exit velocity from the tee.
Arm: RH. OF - 91 mph. Long, loose, and quick from an over-the-top slot. Throws played true, accurate and with carry.
Defense: Athletic actions, fluid footwork, plays through the baseball in rhythm, soft hands and clean release. Potential to play any outfield spot.
Run: 6.72 runner in the 60. Above-average runner for his age.

3. Jordan Skolmar, Stevenson (IL), 2022
Positional Profile: OF. Emerged as a high-follow 2022 in Illinois.
Body: 5-foot-11, 185-pounds. Strong, wide-shouldered frame.
Hit: RHH. Balanced, open setup, long stride works back to square. Intentful swing, strong wrists, present bat strength, long through the zone and ball jumps off the barrel to both gaps.
Power: 97 mph exit velocity from the tee. Present pull power.
Arm: RH. OF - 94 mph. Long, quick arm action plays over-the-top. Throws carry.
Defense: Fluid footwork, steady hands and clean release.
Run: 6.71 runner in the 60. Upright, powerful runner.

4. Josh Outlaw, Maine West (IL), 2022
Positional Profile: OF
Body: 6-foot, 160-pounds. Lean, high-waisted build; upside frame.
Hit: LHH. Balanced setup, pre-pitch rhythm, smooth load and short stride.  Loose hands, flashed bat speed, uphill path, natural lift, hard gap-to-gap contact.
Power: 87 mph exit velocity from the tee.
Arm: LH. OF - 85 mph. Long, loose arm action, over-the-top slot.
Defense: Athletic actions, aggressive to the baseball, works on-line, fluid footwork, soft hands, fields in rhythm and crow hop gains ground.
Run: 7.16 runner in the 60. 

5. Ramon Jimerson Jr, Sacred Heart Griffin (IL), 2022 (Oklahoma commit)
Positional Profile: OF
Body: 5-foot-11, 177-pounds. Athletic frame, present lean muscle.
Hit: RHH. Balanced setup, pre pitch rhythm, smooth load and small leg-lift timing trigger.  Loose athletic hands, present bat speed, twitch, short uphill bat path and consistent hard gap-to-gap contact.
Power: 83 mph exit velocity from the tee.
Arm: RH. OF - 84 mph. Long arm action plays accurate from an over-the-top slot.
Defense: Natural outfield actions, proper routes, gets behind the baseball, steady hands and clean release.
Run: 7.36 runner in the 60. 

6. Brendan Summerhill, Whitney Young (IL), 2022
Positional Profile: C/OF
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: 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.

7. Mikey Murphy, Minooka (IL), 2023
Positional Profile: OF
Body: 5-foot-8, 155-pounds. Athletic build with lean muscle.
Hit: RHH. Balanced, slightly open quiet setup, minimal load and short stride.  Lets the ball get deep, swings with quiet/controlled aggression, loose strong hands, long through the zone. Present bat speed, consistently finds the barrel and made hard contact to all fields.
Power: 90 mph exit velocity from the tee. Ball jumps off the barrel. Power potential.
Arm: RH. OF - 78 mph. Short arm action, high 3/4 slot.
Defense: Proper routes, patient to the ball at times, steady hands.
Run: 6.68 runner in the 60. Clean, straight line runner. One of the top run times we have seen in the 2023 class.

8. Hogan Schmitt, Yorkville (IL), 2022
Positional Profile: OF
Body: 5-foot-10, 175-pounds. Athletic frame with strength.
Hit: RHH. Balanced, slightly open setup, short stride and maintains balance through contact. Simple swing, strong hands, uphill path, works gap-to-gap.
Power: 88 mph exit velocity from the tee.
Arm: RH. OF - 87 mph. Long, quick arm action, high 3/4 slot.
Defense: Quick feet, aggressive crow hop, gains ground and works on-line.
Run: 6.45 runner in the 60. One of the fastest 2022s in the Midwest.

9. Brayden Bakes, Huntley (IL), 2023
Positional Profile: OF
Body: 5-foot-9, 170-pounds. Strong, athletic build.
Hit: LHH. Crouched quiet setup, minimal load and short stride. Simple swing, strong hands, present bat speed, lifts the baseball, gap-to-gap approach and stays balanced throughout.
Power: 91 mph exit velocity from the tee. Present bat strength.
Arm: RH. OF - 87 mph. Long, quick arm action, over-the-top slot.
Defense: Clean actions, gets around the baseball, length through exchange at times.
Run: 6.88 runner in the 60. Powerful, clean runner.

10. Krew Bond, Mendota (IL), 2023
Positional Profile: OF
Body: 5-foot-8, 170-pounds. Compact frame with strength.
Hit: RHH. Balanced setup, smooth load and short leg-lift timing trigger. Lets the ball travel, quick loose hands, present twitch and stays inside the baseball.
Power: 88 mph exit velocity from the tee.
Arm: RH. OF - 85 mph. Long arm action, high 3/4 slot.
Defense: Athletic actions, quick feet, proper routes, plays through the baseball, sure hands and clean/quick release.
Run: 6.97 runner in the 60. Above-average run time for age.

Best of the Rest (Listed Alphabetically)

Alex Alberico, Providence Catholic (IL), 2022
Positional Profile: RHP/OF 
Body: 6-foot, 195-pounds. Strong frame, powerful lower half.
Hit: RHH. Relaxed, open setup, smooth load and leg-lift timing trigger. Aggressive swing, uphill bat path, works gap-to-gap.
Power: 90 mph exit velocity from the tee.
Arm: RH. OF - 93 mph. Long draw out of the glove, works fast and out of a high 3/4 slot. Throws were accurate with late life.
Defense: Clean actions, works through the baseball, effort through release,'
Run: 7.36 runner in the 60. 

Alexander Cherian, Niles West (IL), 2022
Positional Profile: OF
Body: 5-foot-11, 180-pounds. Athletic build with room for continued physical development.
Hit: RHH. Open balanced setup, long stride works back to even. Quiet, long bat path, line-drive approach.
Power: 93 mph exit velocity from the tee.
Arm: RH. OF - 83 mph. Short arm action, high 3/4 slot.
Defense: Aggressive to the baseball, plays fast at times, steady hands, clean release, gains ground in transfer.
Run: 7.44 runner in the 60. 

Landon Geragosian, Breese Central (IL), 2022
Positional Profile: RHP/OF
Body: 6-foot-1, 165-pounds. Long-levered, high-waisted, projectable frame.
Hit: RHH. Balanced, slightly open setup, stride gets back to even.  Direct to the ball, level path and occasional hard contact to the pull side.
Power: 78 mph exit velocity from the tee.
Arm: RH. OF - 83 mph. Long arm action, high 3/4 slot.
Defense: Long, easy strides at times, plays through the baseball, steady hands and clean release.
Run: 7.42 runner in the 60. 

Sam Gurgone, Marist (IL), 2023
Positional Profile: OF
Body: 6-foot, 155-pounds. Athletic build.
Hit: LHH. Balanced open setup, stride gets back to even and maintains balance throughout. Easy controlled swing, direct to the ball, uphill through the zone and creates leverage to the pull-side.
Power: 80 mph exit velocity from the tee.
Arm: LH. OF - 77 mph. Long arm action, over-the-top slot.
Defense: Plays with bounce, ranges well to both sides, steady hands and plays through the baseball.
Run: 7.42 runner in the 60. 

Gavin Parkerson, Armstrong (IL), 2023
Positional Profile: 3B/OF
Body: 5-foot-9, 170-pounds. Lean, athletic build.
Hit: RHH. Balanced quiet setup, minimal pre-pitch movement, short stride. Swings with controlled aggression, quick twitchy hands, present bat speed, lifts the baseball.
Power: 90 mph exit velocity from the tee.
Arm: RH. INF - 80 mph. OF - 84 mph. Long arm action, high 3/4 slot, throws played accurate and flashed carry.
Defense: Worked out on the infield and in the outfield. Actions may be best suited for the outfield. Feet work in rhythm at times in the outfield, plays through the baseball, length through transfer.
Run: 7.18 runner in the 60. 

Frederick Ragsdale III, Lyons Township (IL), 2023
Positional Profile: OF
Body: 5-foot-5, 139-pounds. Smaller, athletic build, loose levers.
Hit: LHH. Balanced quiet setup, minimal load and short stride. Simple swing, short and level through the zone, controls the barrel, line-drive approach.
Power: 74 mph exit velocity from the tee.
Arm: LH. OF - 75 mph. Long arm action, high 3/4 slot.
Defense: Fluid footwork, works around the baseball, natural outfield actions, fields in rhythm and clean transfer.
Run: 7.52 runner in the 60. 

Lucas Smith, Nazareth Academy (IL), 2023
Positional Profile: OF
Body: 5-foot-10, 160-pounds. Compact, athletic build.
Hit: RHH. Balanced setup, smooth load, leg lift timing trigger.  Uphill path, has length through the zone, middle-pullside approach, line drive type hitter.
Power: 80 mph exit velocity from the tee.
Arm: RH. OF - 77 mph. Long arm action, over-the-top slot.
Defense: Athletic actions, feet work well around the baseball, fields cleanly.
Run: 7.19 runner in the 60. 

Brenden Stressler, New Trier (IL), 2023
Positional Profile: OF
Body: 6-foot, 175-pounds. Athletic, well-proportioned build with strength throughout.
Hit: LHH. Balanced relaxed setup, smooth load, leg-lift timing trigger and maintains balance throughout. Loose hands, repeatable swing, long path, natural lift and consistent hard gap-to-gap contact.
Power: 90 mph exit velocity from the tee.
Arm: LH. OF - 77 mph. Long arm action, 3/4 slot.
Defense: Steady hands, plays through the baseball and clean release.
Run: 7.23 runner in the 60. 

Myles Supurgeci, Mount Carmel (IN), 2022
Positional Profile: OF
Body: 5-foot-6, 130-pounds. Small, athletic, live frame.
Hit: RHH. Balanced, slightly crouched setup, minimal load and short stride. Long, level bat path, line-drive approach and uses the whole field.
Power: 81 mph exit velocity from the tee.
Arm: RH. OF - 77 mph. Short, over-the-top arm action.
Defense: Plays with bounce and light on his feet. Plays through the baseball, soft hands and natural outfield actions.
Run: 6.66 runner in the 60. Elite runner for his age.

Tommy Townsend, Sycamore (IL), 2023
Positional Profile: OF
Body: 6-foot-1, 190-pounds. Physical, well-proportioned build.
Hit: LHH. Open setup, smooth load and long stride. Loose athletic hands, fluid rhythm, uphill bat path and hard contact to the pull side.
Power: 87 mph exit velocity from the tee.
Arm: LH. OF - 79 mph. Long arm action, high 3/4 slot.
Defense: Corner outfield profile. Active feet, fields in rhythm, soft hands, clean transfer.
Run: 7.58 runner in the 60. 

Dylan Warda, Brother Rice (IL), 2022
Positional Profile: LHP/OF
Body: 6-foot-2, 175-pounds. Long-limbed with plenty of room for added strength.
Hit: RHH. Tall setup. short leg-lift timing trigger and minimal load. Long, uphill bat path, lifts the baseball and works the middle of the field.
Power: 78 mph exit velocity from the tee.
Arm: LH. OF - 83 mph. Short arm action, high 3/4 slot.
Defense: Quick feet and transfer, reliable hands, plays upright through the baseball.
Run: 7.06 runner in the 60. 

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