Top-10 Profiles of 2020: No. 3 Gavin Kilen


Diego Solares
Staff Writer

As the year starts to unwind, our staff will start to highlight the top-10 most viewed profiles from 2020 - starting at 10 and counting down.

Today we’ll shine some light on Janesville Craig’s Gavin Kilen, whose profile was quite popular this year earning the third most views in the entire state. Kilen recently debuted as the top ranked prospect in Wisconsin’s 2022 class after we updated our rankings and he made an impressive jump up to No. 59 overall on our national rankings, too.

A huge reason as to why Kilen rapidly ascended up our rankings was because of the impressive all-around summer he had. It seemed like he hit virtually everywhere and continued to play one of the smoothest shortstops you’ll see in the Midwest. Pair that glove with an advanced left-handed stroke that just flat out hits and it’s not hard to see why Kilen’s upside is so tantalizing.

Our last live look at Kilen came during our annual Midwest Fall Championships at Grand Park, where our Associate State Director Andy Sroka saw him several times throughout the tournament. Here is what he had to say about Kilen’s performance that weekend:

“Kilen, a Louisville recruit, had a much louder weekend than his statline tells, and was hands down the best player in the 17U division. The left-handed hitter impressively slows the game down at the plate, never rushed and always on time. He is balanced throughout the approach with a minimal stride, and his quick hands stand out both for the bat speed that they produce and the ability to cover the whole plate in any count. Utilizing the whole field, Kilen showed an ability to make pitch-to-pitch adjustments, and has a mature approach. At shortstop, he exhibits crisp attention to detail with polished actions including confident hands, and quick, athletic release. The 5-foot-10, 170-pounder has lean strength throughout with more likely on the way. Kilen continues to produce against all levels of competition, and is already positioning himself as a high-follow for 2022.”

Kilen, like several other top prospects in Wisconsin’s 2022 class, is committed to Louisville, although it’s definitely uncertain if he’ll make his way to campus by the way he’s been playing. Professional teams will covet a left-handed hitter that plays a legitimate shortstop, so it’s definitely possible he garners some serious draft attention come next summer. Wisconsin has produced several up-the-middle draft prospects over the past few years and Kilen looks like he’s next in line.

TOP-10 PROFILES OF 2020: No. 3 GAVIN KILEN 

 

Gavin Kilen

Class of 2022 / SS

Player Information

  • Graduating Class: 2022
  • Primary Position: SS
    Secondary Position: 2B
  • High School: Milton
    State: WI
  • Summer Team: Hitters
  • Height: 5-11
    Weight: 180lbs
  • Bat/Throw: L/R

Statistics

Pitching
82
Max FB
(10/20/18)
78 - 81
FB
(10/20/18)
61 - 62
CH
Pitching
Max FB
82
FB
78 - 81
Position
7.02
60-yard
(03/01/20)
92
INF Velo
(03/07/21)
96
Exit Velo
(03/07/21)
Position
60-yard
7.04
INF Velo
92
Exit Velo
96
Position
60-yard
7.02
INF Velo
88
Exit Velo
85
Trackman - Hitting
96.4
Exit Velocity (max)
(03/07/21)
91.6
Exit Velocity (avg)
(03/07/21)
218
Distance (avg)
(03/07/21)
360
Distance (max)
(03/07/21)
Trackman - Hitting
Exit Velocity (max)
96.4
Exit Velocity (avg)
91.6
Distance (avg)
218
Distance (max)
360
Hard Hit %
Sweet Spot %
Line Drive %
Fly Ball %
Ground Ball %
Blast - Hitting
25.5
Hand Speed (max)
(03/07/21)
24.5
Hand Speed (avg)
(03/07/21)
82.6
Bat Speed (max)
(03/07/21)
73.2
Bat Speed (avg)
(03/07/21)
Blast - Hitting
Rot. Acc (max)
Rot. Acc (avg)
Hand Speed (max)
25.5
Hand Speed (avg)
24.5
Bat Speed (max)
82.6
Bat Speed (avg)
73.2
On Plane Eff (avg)

Scouting Report

9/13/20

 

Kilen, a Louisville recruit, had a much louder weekend than his statline tells, and was hands down the best player in the 17U division. The left-handed hitter impressively slows the game down at the plate, never rushed and always on time. He is balanced throughout the approach with a minimal stride, and his quick hands stand out both for the bat speed that they produce and the ability to cover the whole plate in any count. Utilizing the whole field, Kilen showed an ability to make pitch-to-pitch adjustments, and has a mature approach. At shortstop, he exhibits crisp attention to detail with polished actions including confident hands, and quick, athletic release. The 5-foot-10, 170-pounder has lean strength throughout with more likely on the way. Kilen continues to produce against all levels of competition, and is already positioning himself as a high-follow for 2022.

 

3/01/20

 

Positional Profile: SS/2B Premium LHH middle infield prospect, likely 2022 draft follow.
Body: 5-foot-10, 170-pounds. Long legged, lean strength and still developing.
Hit: LHH. Relaxed, tall setup, even weight distribution, short lift and replace stride. Advanced bat speed on short path, line drive gap to gap hitter, advanced approach, in rhythm easy swing.
Power: 85 mph exit velocity from the tee.
Arm: RH. INF - 88 mph. Arm action plays athletic, works from multiple angles, natural high 3/4 slot, accurate across the diamond with carry.
Defense: Excellent hands, play quick and soft, easy actions, feet are fluid and light through the baseball.
Run: 7.02 runner in the 60. Above average runner.

 

 

10/30/18 - Verbally committed to Louisville.

 

 

10/20/18 - Currently stands at 5-foot-10, 140 pounds with a lean, athletic frame. Came in for relief and showed athleticism with a quick arm, using exclusively the fastball that ranged from 78-81 mph, touching 82 with life.

4/26/17  - 5-foot-4, 115-pound, two-way prospect. Defensively, loose, athletic arm action, ¾ arm slot, 63 mph across the infield. Athletic fielder, soft hands, quick, fluid footwork, quick exchanges, maintains body control. Offensively, left-handed, balanced setup, smooth load, leg kick timing-trigger, maintains balance through swing. Loose hands, line drive hitter, sprays the ball around the field, 73 mph exit velocity. Ran an 8.01 60. On the mound, high ¾ arm slot, loose, quick arm action. Tall and fall delivery, smooth rhythm, works on-line, lands toe-closed occasionally, finishes athletically. Fastball, commanded the zone, 68-70 mph. Changeup, sink action, 55-58 mph.

 



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