Illinois Underclass Invitational: Top Overall 2022 Prospects


By Drew Locascio
Illinois Scouting Director

The Underclass Invitational is one of Illinois’ most highly anticipated events on the PBR Illinois showcase calendar. The invitation-only event for the state’s top 2022 and 2023 prospects was held on Feb. 16, at The MAX in McCook, Ill. Over 110 of Illinois’ best freshman and sophomores represented themselves at the sold-out event.

As expected, this was an absolutely loaded event that yielded to us a brand new crop of underclass talent to follow as they continue maturing and developing at the high school level. Soon following the event we released early analysis with our Quick Hits and Statistical Analysis

Over the last week or so, we’ve been rolling out position-by-position analysis from this event that started with the day’s catchers and took us through the outfielders, infielders, and pitchers. We’re concluding our event coverage today, by ranking the top 15 2022 prospects from the event. 

Continue reading below for reports and the 2022 top overall prospects.

2022 TOP PROSPECTS

Alex Stanwich OF / Lincoln-Way East, IL / 2022

Positional Profile: OF; Continues to establish himself as one of the top prospects in the country.
Body: 6-foot-1, 190-pounds. Strong, muscular, wide-shouldered, athletic build.
Hit: RHH. Narrow, open setup, toe-tap stride and maintains balance through contact. Creates extremely easy power and jump off the barrel. Hands work loose, quick and strong while utilizing lower half. Explosive bat speed, natural lift in swing and power to all fields.
Power: 99 mph exit velocity from the tee. Some of the best raw power in the class.
Arm: RH. OF - 95 mph. Long, quick arm action plays from a high 3/4 slot. Throws play accurate and with life.
Defense: Athletic actions, plays light on his feet, controls his body on the move, sure-hands and clean release.
Run: 6.58 runner in the 60. Explosive, powerful runner. 


Owen Murphy RHP / 3B / Riverside-Brookfield, IL / 2022

Positional Profile: RHP/3B
Body: 6-foot-1, 180-pounds. Athletic, proportional frame.
Delivery: Highly-athletic on the mound, strong front side, on line with target, lands square with present rhythm throughout, easy velocity.
Arm Action: RH. Short, loose, lively arm action, high 3/4 slot.
FB: T92, 89-91 mph. Comes out easy, plays mostly straight with heavy action, strikes to all corners of the zone.
CB: 75-79 mph. 11/5 shape, plays down in the zone.
CH: 81-84 mph. Near fastball arm speed, showed arm-side run, strikes.

Hit: RHH. Athletic setup, active pre-pitch movement in hands, smooth load, leg lift timing trigger.  Quick hands, long path, generates easy lift, favored his pull-side, power potential.
Power: 92 mph exit velocity from the tee.
Arm: RH. INF - 83 mph. Long, loose arm action, high 3/4 slot.
Defense: Athletic defensive actions, smooth, fluid footwork, fields out in front. Soft hands, clean funnels, quick to release, plays through the baseball.
Run: 7.2 runner in the 60.


Zander Buchan C / Maine South, IL / 2022

Positional Profile: C; High-level 2022 prospect.
Body: 5-foot-10, 180-pounds. Compact, strong frame, durable lower half.
Hit: SH. High-level left-handed swing. Balanced, athletic setup, smooth load and short leg-lift trigger.  Repeatable, simple swing, loose quick athletic hands, present bat speed, fluid rhythm and maintains balance throughout. Consistently on the barrel, extension through contact and works gap-to-gap.
Power: 100 mph exit velocity from the tee. Advanced bat strength and power potential.
Arm: RH. C - 80 mph. Short, clean arm action plays from an over-the-top slot; Throws play true and consistently on the bag.
Defense: 1.96-2.11 pop times. Clean, directional and repeatable out of the crouch. Natural catcher actions, soft strong hands, sticks pitches, gets underneath the low pitch, quiet sound blocks.
Run: 7.34 runner in the 60.


Ethan Patera RHP / Downers Grove South, IL / 2022

Positional Profile: RHP/1B Continues to solidify himself as one of the top power arms in the state.
Body: 6-foot-4, 220-pounds. Long-levered, athletic, high-waisted frame.
Delivery: Slow and controlled delivery, rides back hip down the mound, tilt in shoulders, lands square.
Arm Action: RH. Long, loose, quick arm action, high 3/4 slot.
FB: T92, 88-91 mph. Jumps out of the hand, late arm-side-action at times, late hop through the zone.
SL: 77-80 mph. Thrown with intent, tight spin, late bite, swing and miss potential.
CH: 84-87 mph. Aggressive, power action, lives down in the zone.


Nate Voss C / Marist, IL / 2022

Positional Profile: C; One of the top prospects in the Illinois' 2022 class.
Body: 5-foot-11, 180-pounds. Athletic, well-proportioned frame with strength throughout.
Hit: RHH. Athletic, confident look in the box. Balanced setup, smooth load and short leg-lift timing trigger.  Fluid rhythm, loose, quick athletic hands, fast bat, feel for the barrel and uses the big part of the field.
Power: 93 mph exit velocity from the tee. Potential pull-side power.
Arm: RH. C - 76 mph. INF - 81 mph. Short, loose, clean arm, high 3/4 slot.
Defense: 1.95-2.08 pop times. Worked out behind the plate and on the infield. Natural catcher actions but athletic enough to stick at third base. Behind the plate, easy athletic actions, never in a hurry. Clean and repeatable from the crouch. Squared flexible setup, soft, sure-hands, quiet receiver.
Run: 7.19 runner in the 60. 


Julien Hachem LHP / Mount Carmel, IL / 2022

Positional Profile: LHP/1B 
Body: 6-foot-6, 219-pounds. Physically-imposing build. Wide-shouldered, strong frame.
Delivery: Controlled tall and fall delivery, works on-line, controls his body and lands square.
Arm Action: LH. Long, quick arm action, 3/4 slot.
FB: T88, 84-87 mph. Lively out of the hand, late jump through the zone, occasional arm-side-action.
CB: 76-78 mph. Thrown aggressively with intent, sharp 1/7 action, short tight wrinkle.
CH: 78-80 mph. Maintains arm speed, plays well off fastball, feel for the zone, fade action.


Christian Holmes SS / De La Salle, IL / 2022

Positional Profile: SS
Body: 6-foot, 180-pounds. Strong, athletic build, proportional frame.
Hit: RHH. Balanced, relaxed setup, smooth load, short stride, strong balance through contact.  Confident at the plate, clear bat speed, bat stays short and level to the ball, consistent hard contact, line drive type hitter.
Power: 92 mph exit velocity from the tee.
Arm: RH. INF - 82 mph. Short, loose draw, high 3/4 slot.
Defense: Advanced actions, attacks the baseball, athletic feet work in rhythm, maintains body control up the middle, fields out in front. Soft hands, clean exchange, quick release, plays through the baseball, capable of sticking up the middle.
Run: 6.85 runner in the 60.

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