Underclass Trials - South: Pitcher Analysis


By Illinois Scouting Staff

On Wednesday, June 23, the PBR Illinois staff hosted the Underclass Trials - South Showcase at Ozinga Field in Crestwood. The event was open to players in the classes of 2023, 2024 and 2025. The event served as an identifier to select, invite events like the Underclass Games and All-State Games, among others.  The event featured around 25 prospects spanning on grad classes.

We began the analysis of the event by taking a look at the position players. We conclude the event coverage with an in-depth analysis of the 12 arms from the day. 

One of the more intriguing arms on the day was incoming sophomore, RHP Jaden Harmon (St. Charles North, 2024). The 5-foot-11, 150-pound, right-hander has a loose, easy, athletic arm and ran his fastball up to 80 mph. Harmon also showed the makings of an above-average three-pitch mix with advanced feel for his changeup with sink and fade down in the zone at 71-72 mph. 

Read on below for a look at all of the pitchers from the Underclass Trials - South.

PITCHING PROSPECTS (LISTED ALPHABETICALLY)

David Anderson, Homewood-Flossmoor (IL), 2023
 Positional Profile: RHP/3B
Body: 5-11, 160-pounds.
Delivery: Tall and fall delivery with smooth rhythm. Stays inline and lands square.
Arm Action: RH. Short, quick arm action, from a high 3/4 slot.
FB: T79, 77-78 mph. Straight fastball with some cut to it. Average rpm 2290, T2401.
CB: 62-64 mph. Sharp breaking with 12/6 action. Average rpm 1892, T1964.
CH: 73-74 mph. Straight change with fade and near fastball arm action. Average rpm 1671, T1744.

Jack Barry, Homewood Flossmoor (IL), 2023
Positional Profile: RHP/
Body: 5-11, 115-pounds.
Delivery: Drop and drive delivery with smooth rhythm.  Lands square and stays inline.
Arm Action: RH. Long, loose arm action delivered from a high 3/4 slot.
FB: T72, 70-71 mph. Straight fastball with armside run. Average rpm 2007, T2061.
CB: 57-64 mph. 12/6 curve with a gradual breaking action. Average rpm 1799, T1883.
CH: 60-62 mph. Straight changs with armside sink and fade. Average rpm 1210, T1790.

Niko Bilgi, Homewood-Flossmoor (IL), 2023
Positional Profile: SS/RHP
Body: 5-8, 150-pounds.
Delivery: Drop and drive delivery with smooth rhythm.  Lands square and stays inline.
Arm Action: RH. Short arm action from a high 3/4 slot.
FB: T78, 76-78 mph. Straight fastball with run. Average rpm 2100, T2211.
CB: 68-70 mph. Power curveball with downhill 11/5 action. Average rpm 2238, T2337.
CH: 71-73 mph. Straight change with slight fade and fastball like arm action. Average rpm 1832, T1872.

Alexander Clark, New Trier (IL), 2024
Positional Profile: OF/LHP
Body: 5-10, 150-pounds.
Delivery: Drop and drive delivery with smooth rhythm.  Lands square and stays inline.
Arm Action: LH. Short, quick arm action, from a high 3/4 slot.
FB: T74, 70-73 mph. Straight fastball with armside run. Average rpm 1855, T1948.
CB: 60-63 mph. Gradual breaking 11/5 action. Average rpm 1391, T1464.
CH: 66-68 mph. Straight change with slight fade. Average rpm 1442, T1529.

Terry Ferguson III, Reavis (IL), 2025
Positional Profile: C/RHP
Body: 5-8, 195-pounds.
Delivery: Stretch-only delivery, strong and balanced at leg-lift, works directional down the mound and lands slightly closed.
Arm Action: RH. Clean arm action plays from an over-the-top slot.
FB: T68, 66-68 mph. Plays straight, around the zone. Average rpm 1498, T1573.
CB: 57-59 mph. 11/5 shape, depth at times. Average rpm 1553, T1663.
CH: 61-63 mph. Straight change. Average rpm 1334, T1452.

Ray Gaida, Marist (IL), 2025
Positional Profile: RHP/OF
Body: 5-11, 150-pounds.
Delivery: Stretch-only delivery, directional own the mound, lands square.
Arm Action: RH. Long arm action, over-the-top slot.
FB: T66, 63-65 mph. Plays straight, up in the zone at times. Average rpm 1568, T1617.
CB: 51-53 mph. 11/5 shape, lands for strikes at times. Average rpm 1525, T1570.
CH: 58-61 mph. Plays straight, locates down in the zone. Average rpm 1201, T1301.

Jaden Harmon, St Charles North (IL), 2024
Positional Profile: 2B/RHP
Body: 5-11, 150-pounds.
Delivery: Tall and fall delivery with rhythm, stays inline and lands square.
Arm Action: RH. Long, loose arm action delivered from a high 3/4 slot.
FB: T80, 76-79 mph. Heavy fastball with sink and run. Average rpm 1911, T1964.
CB: 68-70 mph. Gradual breaking curveball with 11/5 actions. Average rpm 2046, T2080.
CH: 71-72 mph. Straight change with fastball arm speed and fade. Average rpm 1557, T1639.

Ryan Hartz, Brother Rice (IL), 2024
Positional Profile: OF/RHP
Body: 6-0, 175-pounds.
Delivery: Tall and fall delivery stays inline and lands square.
Arm Action: RH. Short, quick arm action, from a high 3/4 slot.
FB: T74, 72-73 mph. Straight fastball with armside run. Average rpm 1813, T1888.
CB: 62-63 mph. Gradual breaking 12/6 action. Average rpm 2219, T2362.
CUT: 65-68 mph. Slider like sweeping action with late break.

Andrew McCormick, Mount Carmel  (IL), 2025
Positional Profile: SS/RHP
Body: 5-8, 135-pounds.
Delivery: Drop and drive delivery with smooth rhythm.  Lands square and stays inline.
Arm Action: RH. Short, quick arm action, from a high 3/4 slot.
FB: T72, 69-71 mph. Straight fastball with armside run. Average rpm 1924, T1956.
CB: 61-63 mph. Sharp breaking with 11/5 action. Average rpm 2065, T2107.
CH: 65-67 mph. Commanded straight change down in the zone with fastball like arm action. Average rpm 1370, T1441.

Brayden Mobley, Fremd (IL), 2023
Positional Profile: 2B/RHP
Body: 5-10, 175-pounds.
Delivery: Tall and fall delivery with rhythm, stays inline and lands square.
Arm Action: RH. Long, loose arm action delivered from a high 3/4 slot.
FB: T81, 78-80 mph. Straight fastball with armside run. Average rpm 2137, T2221.
CB: 67-69 mph. Sharp breaking 12/6 curveball. Average rpm 2057, T2071.
SL: 72-74 mph.  Average rpm 2159, T2206.
CH: 73-74 mph. Straight change with fade and near fastball arm action. Average rpm 1524, T1568.

Joe Rodriguez, St. Rita  (IL), 2024
Positional Profile: 3B/RHP
Body: 5-4, 145-pounds.
Delivery: Tall and fall delivery with choppy rhythm, stays inline and lands square.
Arm Action: RH. Short arm action from a high 3/4 slot.
FB: T74, 69-72 mph. Straight fastball with arm side run. Average rpm 1914, T2027.
CB: 60-62 mph. 12/6 curve with a gradual break. Average rpm 1748, T1859.
CH: 65-67 mph. Straight change with slight fade. Average rpm 1512, T1551.

Joe Stellano, Reed Custer  (IL), 2024
Positional Profile: SS/RHP
Body: 5-9, 140-pounds.
Delivery: Tall and fall delivery with smooth rhythm.  Stays inline and lands square.
Arm Action: RH. Short, quick arm action, from a high 3/4 slot.
FB: T76, 73-75 mph. Commanded straight fastball with run. Average rpm 1649, T1813.
CB: 61-64 mph. Gradual breaking curveball with 11/5 actions. Average rpm 1621, T1725.
CH: 69-70 mph. Straight change with slight fade. Average rpm 1165, T1210.

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