Midwest ProCase: Preview


Drew Locascio and Christian Barczi
Illinois Staff

With the 2019 MLB Draft in the books, eyes are already turning to the class of 2020. For the past four years, the ProCase – Midwest has served as an early identifier for the top prospects in the class. On Tuesday, July 9, Prep Baseball Report will host the fifth annual Midwest ProCase event at Dupage Medical Group Field in Joliet, Illinois. This showcase has become integral to the scouting community for identifying the top incoming senior prospects in the region.

Currently, there are over 40 prospects set to attend this year’s ProCase from seven different states – Illinois, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Iowa, Indiana, Kansas, and Missouri.

Last year, we had the chance to see some high-profile players entering their senior seasons, like SS Jalen Greer (St. Rita, IL; MLB Draft: Oakland A’s), INF Damon Gladney (Illiana Christian, IN; MLB Draft: Chicago White Sox) and Marist (Illinois) OF’s Kendal Ewell (Eastern Kentucky) and Jason Hodges (Arkansas), among many others. CLICK HERE for a look at last year’s roster.

This year’s crop of talent should be just as impressive. Some of the top arms to keep an eye on tomorrow will be RHP Jack Mahoney (St. Viator, IL; South Carolina), LHP Ryan Stefiuk (Green Bay Preble, WI; Vanderbilt), LHP Ryan Lynch (Penn, IN; Notre Dame), RHP Ben Wiegman (Carmel Catholic, IL; Louisville) and RHP Casper Clark (Columbus North, IN; Indiana) among others. 

A talented middle infielder to-note is SS Tavian Josenberger (Park Hill, MO; Kansas commit). Josenberger is a twitchy, switch-hitting shortstop, whose stock has been on the rise this summer for the Royals Scout Team. 

6-foot-3, 185-pound OF CJ Cepicky (Vianney, MO; Missouri commit) should catch plenty of attention tomorrow. The long-limbed, projectable, right-handed hitter, runs a 6.67 60 and has twitchy bat speed with pull-side power. 

Two of the top catchers on the list are Calvin Harris (Western Dubuque, IA; Mississippi) and Trevor Kardell (Lee’s Summit West, MO; Kansas). Harris has a strong 6-foot-1, 192-pound frame, runs a 6.78 60, has left-handed power at the plate and a big arm from the crouch (84 mph at a previous event). Kardell has a 6-foot-6, 230-pound frame and features impressive athleticism given his extra-large frame. Kardell runs a sub-7.00 60, is 84 mph from behind the plate, has juice in his bat and has been upper-80’s on the mound.

There are a number of other high-profile prospects not mentioned above to pay attention to at tomorrow's invite-only event.

For a glance at this year’s roster, CLICK HERE.

For more information on the event, check-in times, etc., CLICK HERE.


EVENT ITINERARY

Check-in:

  • Position Players: 8:30 and 8:45 a.m.

  • Pitchers: 11:00 to 11:15 a.m.

Infielders, Outfielders, Catchers

  • Laser-timed 60-yard dash

  • Offensive evaluation (batting practice, live game action)

  • Defensive evaluation

Pitchers & Catchers

  • Simulated innings (three outs or 25 pitches)

  • Catchers defensive evaluation during this time


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