Prep Baseball Report

Recruiting Roundup: Week of 12/3

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.


Aidan Brokaw SS / Rock Island , IL / 2024


Kyle Carter OF / 2B / Williamsville, IL / 2024


From 2/23/22
Profile: OF/2B
Body: 5-9, 162-pounds.
Hit: RHH. Balanced setup, minimal load and short stride. Quiet compact swing, level through the zone at times, strong hands.
Power: 90.8 max exit velocity, averaged 73.1 mph. 337’ max distance.
Arm: RH. OF - 80 mph. Clean arm path, high 3/4 slot with some arm-speed.
Defense: Fluid feet, soft hands, plays through the ball.
Run: 7.11 runner in the 60.  

Caleb Chamberlain RHP / SS / Glenwood, IL / 2024


From 7/18/23
Profile: RHP/SS
Body: 5-11, 170-pounds.
Delivery: Uptempo delivery, high leg lift, tall/fall delivery, lands in-line.
Arm Action: RH. Compact, quick arm, 3/4 slot.
FB: T81, 78-81 mph. Mostly straight action. T2032, 1937 average rpm.
CB: 65-66 mph. 11/5 action, quality movement, can land. T2132, 2072 average rpm.
CH: 70-71 mph. Kills spin, fade and depth, can land. T1818, 1660 average rpm.

Mason Hartman LHP / OF / Collinsville, IL / 2024


From 8/8/23
Profile: LHP/OF
Body: 6-1, 175-pounds.
Delivery: Simple, medium leg lift with some coil, tall/fall delivery, lands in-line.
Arm Action: LH. Long, loose arm, 3/4 slot.
FB: T83, 80-82 mph. Two-seam actions with some run. T2341, 2214 average rpm.
CB: 66-69 mph. 1/7 shape, gradual, feel for pitch. T2448, 2288 average rpm.
CH: 71-75 mph. Late fade to the armside, maintains arm-speed. T1558, 1459 average rpm.

Bryce Murphy RHP / 3B / Glenwood, IL / 2024


From 7/18/23
Profile: RHP/3B
Body: 6-3, 190-pounds.
Delivery: Athletic actions, high leg lift with tuck, drop/drive delivery, foot lands slightly closed.
Arm Action: RH. Long, loose and clean arm action, 3/4 slot.
FB: T79, 76-79 mph. Mostly straight action, some cut. T1971, 1889 average rpm.
CB: 63-65 mph. 11/5 shape, short action. T1661, 1596 average rpm.
CH: 70-73 mph. Fade and depth, can land. T1702, 1547 average rpm.

Wyatt Nelson RHP / New Trier, IL / 2024


From 2/20/23
Positional Profile: RHP
Body: 6-0, 165-pounds. Well proportioned, athletic build, projetable.
Delivery: Repeatable, drop and drive lower half, finishes on-line with the plate.
Arm Action: RH. Compact arm action, short draw, 3/4 slot.
FB: T80, 79-80 mph. Carry feel for the zone. T2155, 2066 average rpm.
CB: 68-69 mph. 11/5 shape, hops out of the hand. T2179, 2144 average rpm.
CH: 73-73 mph. Developing feel, slows up the arm. T1527, 1433 average rpm.

Noah Rasmussen 2B / 2B / Barrington, IL / 2024


From 2/12/23
Positional Profile: SS/2B
Body: 5-10, 165-pounds. Strong, athletic frame, broad shoulders with some strength throughout.
Hit: RHH. Balanced, quiet setup, short stride. Simple swing, stays compact, short and direct to the ball, whole field approach.
Power: 87 max exit velocity, averaged 81 mph. 278’ max distance.
Arm: RH. INF - 80 mph. Short and loose arm action that works into a high 3/4 window. Throws play with some life across the field.
Defense: Steady footwork with range to both sides. Sure-handed with a clean transfer.
Run: 7.10 runner in the 60. 

Hunter Rauhaus OF / 2B / Jones College Prep, IL / 2024


From 2/26/23
Profile: OF/SS
Body: 5-8, 150-pounds. Lanky build, long levers.
Hit: RHH. Wide setup, coils into footstrike with a medium stride. Hands work uphill to the ball, uses the whole field.
Power: 82 max exit velocity, averaged 75.6 mph. 275’ max distance.
Arm: RH. OF - 79 mph. Short, clean arm action, high 3/4 slot, accurate.
Defense: Easy, fluid feet, gets behind the baseball.
Run: 7.28 runner in the 60.

Nolan Reiman SS / Morton, IL / 2024


From 6/29/23: "An athletic body with some muscle. Ramped up a heavy fastball to 83 mph multiple times, sitting in the low-80s. Pitched to soft-medium contact efficiently, working the zone well. Also batted leadoff with an accelerant swing hitting a deep double in the 5th inning and a hard single in the 7th." 

Jonathan Rutkowski SS / 2B / Taft, IL / 2024


From 2/13/23
Profile: SS/2B
Body: 5-4, 112-pounds. Short, compact frame.
Hit: LHH. Wide base. Bat rests on shoulder pre-pitch. Rhythmic load into back hip. Quick hands. Short, compact bat path through the zone. Line-drive hitter.
Power: 75.5 max exit velocity, averaged 66 mph. 237’ max distance.
Arm: RH. INF - 72 mph.  Short arm action. Plays from a high 3/4 arm slot.
Defense: Plays low to the ground. Aggressive on the infield. Confident, natural actions.
Run: 7.77 runner in the 60.  

Anthony Sexton RHP / OF / Lincoln-Way East, IL / 2024


From 8/21/22
Profile: RHP/C
Body: 6-0, 175-pounds. Athletic frame, lean with room for added strength.
Delivery: Simple, compact delivery, short point of balance, stride works in-line to the plate, front foot lands square.
Arm Action: RH. Long/loose arm swing into a high 3/4 slot.
FB: T81.3, 78-81 mph. Jumps out of the hand with life through the zone. T2139, 2088 average rpm.
CB: 66-66 mph. Sharp 11/5 shape with feel down. T2288, 2229 average rpm.
SL: 67-72 mph. Short 11/5 shape, kept down. T2397, 2210 average rpm.
CH: 72-73 mph. Fades to the arm-side. T2002, 1685 average rpm.

Patrick Smith SS / 2B / St. Rita, IL / 2024



Henrik Conniff SS / RHP / New Trier, IL / 2025


From 8/8/23: " an intriguing two-way prospect in the state of Illinois. A right-handed hitter, Conniff has a stock setup at the plate with a leg lift trigger, before moving into a short and direct bat path that barrels the baseball (max exit velocity of 92 mph). Conniff was a 6.96 runner in the 60. On the mound, Conniff was also an intriguing name-to-know following our premier event of the summer. Conniff is an athletic mover on the bump and pairs it with a quick, loose arm that created some noteworthy metrics. During his appearance, Conniff ran his fastball up to 86.7 mph and sat exclusively 84-86 mph throughout; playing with above average spin (2,539 RPM max) and carry (15.9’ max IVB). While he is still fully harnessing feel for both a slider and changeup, they both project as out-pitches in the near future. He spun in a handful of tight sliders that averaged nearly 2,500 RPM and flashed feel for a changeup with some depth, too."

Trey Meyers OF / 1B / New Trier, IL / 2025


From 7/26/23: "...owns one of the more physically impressive skill-sets on Team Illinois with elite athleticism to pair. At 6-foot-6, 210-pounds, Meyers ran a 6.58 60, which was one of the fastest times of the entire Future Games, reaching a peak run speed of 21.1 mph in the process. Meyers wore out the right-center gap in BP, going the other way with comfort and consistency with a peak exit velocity of 95 mph and max distance of 346 feet, per TrackMan. He drew two walks in game one, barreled a single to left field with authority in game two, and ran a 4.38 down the line on a routine groundout to third in game three. Given his size and athleticism, Meyers is another high ceiling name-to-know on this Team Illinois’ roster."