Prep Baseball Report

Underclass Invitational: Statistical Leaders

By Sean Duncan
Executive Director

The Illinois Underclass Invitational showcased an extremely talented group of 100 Class of 2016 and 2017 prospects on Sunday at The Max. With the majority of top-ranked sophomores in attendance, it became abundantly clear that Illinois’ 2016 class is loaded with high-end talent.

We will post complete analysis from the event in the coming weeks after we watch the video again, but in the meantime, here’s a quick look at the statistical leaders from the event. What the stat sheet doesn’t show, however, was how impressive the hitters were at the event.

Nevertheless, this year’s Underclass Invitational saw three event records broken: SS Nick Derr’s 6.62 60, RHP Brenden Heiss’ 92-mph fastball, and C Cooper Johnson’s 1.84 pop time (81 mph from crouch).

Here’s a snapshot of the statistical leaders at the Underclass Invitational, followed by the complete stat sheet:

Max Fastball

Brenden Heiss, Jacobs HS                            92
Anthony Holubecki, Kaneland HS                   90
Austin Galindo, Normal University HS            88
Drake Fellows, Joliet Catholic HS                  86
Brady Huffman, Genoa-Kingston HS             86
Jack Bellinger, Schaumburg HS                    86

60 Times

Nick Derr, Geneva HS                                    6.63
Jeremy Gaines, Oak Park HS                        6.80
Luke Shadid, Peoria Notre Dame HS            6.83
Cole Cimarolli, Edwardsville HS                    6.84
John Rave, Bloomington C. Catholic HS       6.85
Jacob Snider, Champaign Central HS           6.94
Jack Coney, St. Viator HS                              6.94

Outfield Velocity

Austin Galindo, Normal University HS            88
Joe Santoro, Carmel HS                                87
Jack Molnar, Fremd HS                                  86
Alec Barger, Champaign Central HS             85
Jacob Diaz, Brother Rice HS                         85

Infield Velocity

SS Matt Burch, Warren HS                            84
SS Nick Derr, Geneva HS                              82
3B Joey Polak, Quincy Notre Dame              81
3B Mitch Owens, Moline HS                          81

Catcher Pop Time

Cooper Johnson, Carmel HS                       1.84
A.J. Lewis, Mount Carmel HS                       2.01
Bryce Gray, Homewood-Flossmoor             2.05
Joe Laudont, Kaneland HS                           2.10
Joseph Aeilts, Champaign Central HS         2.10

Exit Velocity (off tee)

OF Joe Santoro, Carmel HS                          94
SS Nick Derr, Geneva HS                              92
OF Mike Kruse, Hampshire HS                      91
INF Michael Oh, Glenbrook North HS             91
SS Tyler Peterson, Lake Zurich HS                90
OF Phillip Swartz, Champaign Central          90
3B Joey Polak, Quincy Notre Dame               89
SS Jimmy Day, Barrington HS                       89

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Full Reports and Videos will be posted in the coming weeks