Prep Baseball Report

Recruiting Roundup: Week of 11/12

By: Gavin Smith
Area Scout

Today, we’ll address all the Illinois prospects who made the decision to announce their commitment throughout this past week. We wrapped up our final showcase of 2023 in October, so as we head into the fall and winter offseason, now’s the time when recruiting season picks up. This past week was a busy one for commitments, so let’s begin.

Note: Player's are listed in alphabetical order by last name.

Konner Allen RHP / Pittsfield , IL / 2024


From 6/13/23: “...stands at 6-foot-3, 195-pounds, worked the strike zone with all four of his pitches, featuring both a fastball and sinker that each, respectively, reached 19+ inches of horizontal movement, with the former moving as much as 21.3 inches horizontally, per TrackMan. Allen landed a tighter-shape slider at 71-74 mph and he created some natural run on his changeup at 73-74 mph, too.”

Noah Arnold RHP / 2B / Harrisburg , IL / 2024


From 5/25/23: “Athletic 5-foot-8, 155-pound frame. Started on the mound for the Bulldogs, tossing 6 1/3 innings, and allowing just an earned run. Subtle drop/drive delivery, on his backside to front footstrike, stays closed off from target throughout. Long arm swing finishes out of a high ¾ slot. Fastball played in the low-80s, touching 83 mph in the first, and consistently played around the zone. Effectively kept hitters off balance with a 65-68 mph curveball, big bend and shape, gradual action off an 11/5 plane. Was the Bulldogs top arm this spring, fanning 82 over 65 1/2 innings on the hill, pitching to a 0.75 ERA.” 

Matthew Carrano C / C / St. Laurence , IL / 2024


From 8/21/22: “ a 6-foot-1, 215-pound, right-handed hitter who creates leverage and lift to the pull-side of the diamond with some jump off the barrel. The swing has some length with strong, physical hands and some noteworthy measurables to-boot; 336’ max batted ball distance, T91.6 mph exit velocity and 70% sweet-spot percentage. Defensively showcased behind the plate and on the infield. He has a fundamentally sound approach from both areas of the field, clean footwork and plays quick out of the crouch at times. Soft hands, repeatable mechanics and throws played true. 2.11 low pop time, 70 mph from the crouch and 76 across the infield.”

Samuel Castillo RHP / OF / Kenwood Academy High School, IL / 2024


Robert Drake OF / Riverside Brookfield, IL / 2024


Johnny Dwyer 2B / SS / Lincoln-Way East, IL / 2024


From 10/1/23: “Dwyer has an upright, relaxed look in the box, easy balanced swing and used the whole field during BP. Dwyer stays within himself, controls the barrel and registered a max exit velocity of 84.5 mph.” 

Jace Easley 2B / SS / Glenwood, IL / 2024


Dylan Feldkamp RHP / 3B / Antioch, IL / 2024


From 2/4/23: “Feldkamp was also responsible for a quality two-way performance during our time at Puma Baseball Academy. Listed at a long and projectable 6-foot-2, 193-pounds Feldkamp started his day with a quality round of BP, setting up with rhythm and creates separation to lift the ball up-the-middle and to the pull-side, topping at 93.5 mph on his hardest hit ball. On the mound, Feldkamp features clean repeatable mechanics and from his ¾ slot, he ran his fastball up to 84 mph, with not a single pitch dipping below 83 mph. For his offspeeds, Feldkamp spun in a big 11/5 breaking ball that has some swing-and-miss potential and he also spun in a slider with big horizontal movement that plays well off of his fastball.” 

Luca Fiore LHP / OF / Nazareth, IL / 2024


From 10/1/23: " stranger to our staff, continues to show above-average stuff and spin on the mound. The top uncommitted left-handed pitcher in the state sat comfortably in the mid-80s with all kinds of horizontal movement and an average of 2108 rpm. Fiore separates himself thanks to his low-70s breaking ball that spins at an average of 2405 rpm with feel and sweeping, horizontal action. Fiore rounded out his above-average three-pitch mix with a changeup thrown with arm speed, fade and sink action and feel at the bottom of the zone."

Christopher Gonzalo SS / 2B / Maine South, IL / 2024


From 8/21/22:
Positional Profile: SS
Body: 6-0, 170-pounds. Athletic build with round shoulders.
Hit: RHH. Tall, narrow setup, short stride. Quick, strong hands, uphill path and looks to lift the baseball with authority.
Power: 90 max exit velocity, averaged 84.7 mph. 324’ max distance.
Arm: RH. INF - 77 mph. Short arm action, 3/4 slot.
Defense: Plays low to the ground, athletic feet, shows body control on the move and athletic double play turn.
Run: 7.68 runner in the 60.

Bennie Goslawski RHP / 3B / Lockport, IL / 2024


From 2/20/23:
Positional Profile: RHP/3B
Body: 5-11, 195-pounds. Sturdy build, well proportioned.
Delivery: Methodical delivery, high leg lift, in-line stride.
Arm Action: RH. Long, in-line arm path, high 3/4 slot.
FB: T80, 80-80 mph. Run to the pitch, life through the zone. T1939, 1876 average rpm.
CB: 68-68 mph. 11/5 action, some sharpness. T2060, 2020 average rpm.
CH: 73-75 mph. Slows arm slightly, fade and some depth to the pitch. T1431, 1382 average rpm.

Kaileb Hackman 3B / RHP / Normal Community, IL / 2024


From 8/8/23: “ a physically imposing 6-foot-1, 195-pound prospect that had one of the better workouts on day one of the Illinois State Games. Hackman showed an intriguing power/speed combo, running a 6.72 60 while squaring his hardest ball up at 99.1 mph, and sending his furthest barrel 369 feet as well. Across the diamond, Hackman was 85 mph on his hardest bullet.” 

Thomas Hunt 3B / Northridge, IL / 2024


Spencer Kennamann 1B / RHP / Lakes Community , IL / 2024


From 8/8/23: “A physical 6-foot-4, 200-pound uncommitted follow that showed well on both sides of the ball at this event: 1B/RHP Spencer Kennamann (Lakes Community, 2024). Kennamann showed natural and inherent bat strength in BP on Tuesday, averaging 90.4 mph per batted ball, while reaching a peak exit velocity of 97 mph on his hardest barrel. His right-handed juice showed in game, as Kennamann turned around an up-and-in 90 mph fastball for a beaming double into the left-center gap on Wednesday morning. Kennamann was also up to 86 mph on the mound with a feel for a curveball/slider mix.”

Luc Lawler RHP / OF / Benet Academy, IL / 2024


Positional Profile: RHP/OF
Body: 6-0, 180-pounds. Strong build, well proportioned.
Delivery: Athletic delivery, in rhythm lift into squared landing, athletic finish.
Arm Action: RH. Long arm action with reach on back side, high 3/4 slot.
FB: T84, 83-84 mph. With arm-side action. T2053, 1920 average rpm.
SL: 74-75 mph. Gyro spin, backup action. T1983, 1787 average rpm.
CH: 78-79 mph. Fades to arm side, heavy sink at times. T1513, 1411 average rpm.

Andrew Lucas SS / 2B / Oak Forest, IL / 2024


From 8/8/23: “ another uncommitted senior infielder to follow from this event. At 5-foot-11, 170-pounds, Lucas ran a 6.97 60 while reaching a peak speed of 20.1 mph. He worked on the barrel to the pull-side in BP from a short, flat right-handed stroke, averaging 87 mph per batted ball with a 92.3 mph peak exit velocity. Lucas also flashed above-average raw power, elevating his furthest ball 346 feet, per TrackMan. He showed arm strength on the infield too, firing an 87 mph high across the diamond on his firmest bullet."

Cooper Marrs OF / RHP / Riverside-Brookfield, IL / 2024


From 8/8/23: “Marrs, who stands at 6-foot-4, 195-pounds, repeated hard line drive contact into the pull-side gap in BP on average (92 mph) and at peak (97.4 mph) from a loose, easy right-handed swing. His simple strength showed in-game, as Marrs screamed a stand-up double into the left-center gap Wednesday night.” 

Christian Martyn C / 3B / Oswego East, IL / 2024


From 2/20/23
Positional Profile: C/3B
Body: 5-11, 175-pounds. Well-proportion frame, athletic build.
Hit: RHH. Wide setup, smooth load and toe-tap stride. Compact swing, length through the hitting zone, sprayed hard contact to all fields.
Power: 89 max exit velocity, averaged 82.6 mph. 337’ max distance.
Arm: RH. C - 75 mph. Compact action, high 3/4 slot.
Defense: 2.00-2.09 pop times. One-knee receiver, deads the ball on blocks, tall setup, catches the ball out in front.
Run: 6.82 runner in the 60.

Evan Niernberg C / OF / Mundelein, IL / 2024


From 10/1/23:
Profile: C/OF
Body: 6-1, 190-pounds.
Hit: RHH. Wide setup, minimal load and stride. Lets the ball travel, stays compact and sprayed to all fields. 64.5 mph bat speed with 7 G’s of rotational acceleration.
Power: 88 max exit velocity, averaged 76.2 mph. 253’ max distance.
Arm: RH. C - 73 mph. Short arm action, high 3/4 slot.
Defense: 2.04-2.08 pop times. Soft hands, agile and athletic mover, quick first step, soft blocker.
Run: 7.54 runner in the 60. 

Kenny Perez SS / 3B / De LaSalle , IL / 2024


From 8/8/23: "...continues to look the part of a future asset in the middle of the field. Perez carries one of the more advanced gloves in the class, providing noticeably productive defense on the dirt with the likelihood being he sticks up the middle long term. His arm, alongside his glove, is advanced too, and Perez was 88 mph across the diamond on his hardest bullet. Offensively, Perez swings a simple, athletic right-handed barrel that flashed above-average raw power with wood, reaching peak exit velocities upwards of 95 mph while also elevating his furthest batted ball 347 feet, per TrackMan. Heading into the final year of his prep career, Perez looks the part of a pro follow that should draw attention throughout the fall, as well as into the spring."  

Gabe Ness LHP / 1B / Willowbrook, IL / 2024 


From 2/20/23:
Positional Profile: LHP/1B
Body: 6-3, 180-pounds. High waisted, long lever, athletic build, strength present.
Delivery: Uptempo delivery, high leg lift into slight drop and drive delivery.
Arm Action: LH. Quick, in-line arm action, high 3/4 slot.
FB: T82, 80-82 mph. Life through the zone, mostly straight. T2276, 2185 average rpm.
CB: 68-70 mph. Some depth to the pitch. T2057, 1919 average rpm.
SL: 71-72 mph. Tighter horizontal action, some feel for the zone. T2197, 2069 average rpm.
CH: 75-75 mph. Developing feel, flashed fading action. T1690, 1690 average rpm.

Lukas Trippiedi RHP / 3B / Addison Trail , IL / 2024


From 10/1/23:
Positional Profile: RHP/3B
Body: 6-1, 185-pounds. Athletic.
Delivery: Methodical, tall/fall delivery. Medium leg lift, lands towards first-base side.
Arm Action: RH. Short, quick arm action. Over the top arm slot.
FB: T80, 79-80 mph. Clean out of the hand, cutting action. T1861, 1802 average rpm.
SL: 70-72 mph. Short, tight 11/5 action. Throws for strikes. T2082, 1752 average rpm.
CH: 77-78 mph. Circle-change, developing feel, mostly straight action. T1645, 1439 average rpm. 

Mikey Wolverton C / Buffalo Grove, IL / 2024


Billy Zitis SS / 2B / Maine South, IL / 2024


From 10/1/23:
Positional Profile: SS/2B
Body: 6-1, 170-pounds. Projectable frame, long levers, wiry.
Hit: RHH. Balanced setup, smooth load and stride. Sits into backside, loose hands, flashed bat speed, pull-side lifted approach. 67.1 mph bat speed with 15 G’s of rotational acceleration.
Power: 87 max exit velocity, averaged 81.6 mph. 329’ max distance.
Arm: RH. INF - 75 mph. Long, over the top arm action.
Defense: Fields ball to body, clean transfer, clean double play turn.
Run: 7.44 runner in the 60.