Prep Baseball Report

PBT Youth World Series at The Rock: Takeaways

Illinois & Wisconsin Scouting Staff

We started our summer tournament circuit this past weekend with the PBT Youth World Series in Franklin, Wisconsin. This event targeted some of the up-and-coming 2028/2029 prospects from the state, as well as a couple surrounding states. Read on below to see which players stood out to our scouting staff from the event. 


Cangelosi Sparks 14U 

RHP/SS Mason Almazan (Providence Catholic, 2028)
Almazan, with an athletic 5-foot-7, 135-pound frame, had an all-around game for the Cangelosi Sparks in their second game of the tournament. Almazan started the game at SS, showing off his range, athletic ability, and strong arm. Making a handful of plays including snagging a ground ball through the middle followed by a strong throw to get the runner out. He would end the day on the mound flashing a 76-80 mph fastball followed by a 12-6 curveball. Almazan had a natural presence on the mound and was able to fill up the zone with both pitches and generate outs. He looks to be an all-around threat for this Cangelosi Sparks team affecting the game on both sides of the field. Also impressed at the plate with his strong right-handed swing, mature presence with above-average feel to hit for his age. 

Cangelosi Sparks 14U McMillen

RHP Kaeson Ernst (Geneva, 2028)
Ernst started Cangelosi’s game at Franklin Field and put together an eye-catching out. Ernst is listed at 6-foot-1, 155 pounds with obvious physical characteristics that indicate development throughout his high school years. Our first look at Ernst was back in April at the Lockport Rising Stars ID where some of his spin and movement metrics were extremely impressive. The numbers certainly back what Ernst flashed on Friday as his two-seam fastball had well above-average movement. Ernst’s arm got around quick and loose to pair with an easy operation down the mound. The ball came cleanly out of his hand while his fastball sat in the low-70s and topped out at 75 mph. The right-hander also showcased a genuine three-pitch mix that contained a CH and a CB. Ernst’s CB showed promise as it had some movement that will continue to develop over the coming years. 

RHP Matthew Drew (Hinsdale Central, 2028)
The right-hander impressed on friday with a simple and easy delivery, working with an over-the-top release to create a fastball in the 75-78 mph range. To pair off the fastball he went to a tight 11/5 curveball at 65-67 mph and changeup around 70 mph. Repeats well and looks to have plenty more in the tank as he develops.

Greenfield Hawks 13U

OF Antonio Ramirez (West, 2028)
Ramirez came up big for the Greenfield Hawks going 2-for-2 at the plate with two doubles and the game-tying sac fly that would eventually result in a Greenfield victory. He showed strong bat-to-ball skills and was able to hit the ball to both sides of the field, pulling a ground-rule double in the first inning and hitting a backside double over the LF in his next at-bat.

Hitters Navy 2029

SS Cael Ebert (Wauwatosa East, 2029)
The 2029 middle infielder was one of many who either scored, drove in runs, or recorded multiple hits for Hitters, but also displayed some eye-catching tools. One of the first notable things that came along with Ebert’s game was his athleticism out of the box and up the middle. Being some time away from high school yet, Ebert’s athleticism was something to note and is projectable to the high school level. While currently 5-foot-4, 110 pounds, Ebert obviously has a ton of room for growth but should be able to carry the athleticism throughout the years. Ebert also flashed a smooth swing from the left side of the plate as he donned the top of the Hitters lineup that found immense success at Franklin Field. 

Indy Clutch 13U

RHP Colten Russell (Franklin County, 2029)
Standing in at a lean 5-foot-10, 140-pound frame, Russell still has plenty of time left to grow. He showcased upside on the mound this weekend utilizing a strong fastball-curveball arsenal with his fastball sitting 75-77 mph and his 11/5 curveball playing around 67-69 mph. He moved well on the mound and was able to produce weak contact throughout the game. He was able to pitch four strong innings for the Indy Clutch to keep them in the game. Final Statline: 4.0 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 3 K

MASH 14U Black

RHP Carter Anderson (Monticello, 2028)
Anderson possesses a wiry 5-foot-8, 150-pound frame. ¾ arm slot with a whippy arm action. Was able to move down the mound quickly, and utilized a three-pitch mix that he was able to use effectively. His fastball was 75-78 mph through the early innings and his offspeed produced a lot of weak contact. His curveball had a 12/6 shape and was 58-60 mph, while his changeup was 68-69 mph. Anderson played a huge role for the Mash as he pitched six strong innings only surrendering three  runs to secure their first victory of the weekend. Final Statline: W, 6.0 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 2 BB, 6 K

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INF Henry Shower (Jacobs, 2029)
Listed at 5-foot-6, 123-pounds, athletic frame. The left-handed hitting infielder played shortstop during the game. Defensively has athletic footwork for age, ranging to both sides of the field. Displays clean, easy hand-to-glove transfer with a strong arm. At the plate, slightly closed stance with minimal pre-pitch movement. Caught three barrels on the day with a two run inside the park home run in his final at-bat.

Rockford Big Dogs Black

RHP Zak Filipowicz (Harlem, 2028)
Listed at 5-foot-11, 180-pounds, the right-hander displayed advanced movement patterns for his age to pair with above-average arm-strength. He has a controlled and athletic delivery, working into a medium balance point with a slight coil, drop/drive lower-half works in-line down the mound. Clean arm circle that works short in the back, hides the ball well, delivers his arsenal from a ¾ window. Fastball worked up to 79 mph, sitting 75-78 mph. Breaking ball and changeup both played in the mid-60s. 

C Matthew Moore (Harlem, 2028)
5-foot-11, 160-pounds with plenty of room to add strength. The right-handed hitter impressed with his ability at the plate, staying under control throughout his load and flat through the zone. Showed the ability to stay through the ball the other way. 

1B Joey Roscoe (Hononegah, 2028)
5-foot-11, 175-pounds with some strength for his age. The left-handed hitter was on the barrel in our brief look on Friday, delivering a double to the opposite field. Upside swing, stays short to the ball and long through the zone. On the mound, the southpaw also impressed with a fastball up to 77 mph with a clean, over-the-top release. 

St. Louis Naturals 13U - Manning

RHP Brady Hart (Fox, 2029)
Hart got the start for the Naturals in the team’s sole game on Friday as he blanked Forceout 13U. Hart worked efficiently in his start and tossed all seven frames while keeping his pitch count relatively low. The right-handed starter recorded eight strikeouts and allowed just three hits during the contest. The most notable piece of Hart’s outing was his reliance on and ability to use his breaking ball. Hart used his CB often and was finding weak contact which worked him through a bulk of his innings. The go-to pitch featured playable bite and showed confidence as it was thrown early and late in counts. 

Thunder Baseball

OF Cooper Gear (Valparaiso, 2029)
Strong, athletic 5-foot-9, 155-pounds. An easy swinging left-handed hitter picked up two hits Friday against Illinois Dynasty and played centerfield. Sets up in an open stance with a toe tap stride to get back to an even, compact swing with the ability to go to all fields, one-hopped the wall going the other way with one of the more impressive swings of the entire tournament. Defensively, controls the outfield with ease. Proper footwork with direct routes to the ball. 

Yorkville Foxes Black 14U

RHP Gavin Shimizu (Yorkville, 2028)
Shimizu, standing at a striking 6-foot-0, 162-pound frame, was lights out in his first start for the Yorkville Foxes. Shimizu flashed an 80 mph fastball that sat 78-79 mph for the entirety of his four-plus innings of work. He showed a 73-74 mph changeup that he was able to generate swings and misses with but he was most dominant with his fastball. Shimizu was able to pound the zone and get lots of whiffs with his fastball and showed a high feel while on the mound. With an extremely smooth and fluid motion and a high potential to build into his frame, Shimizu looks to become an even bigger threat for the Yorkville Foxes. 

SS Jack Homerding (Yorkville, 2028) 
Homerding, 5-foot-6, 130-pound athletic frame, had an extremely impressive first game showing maturity and confidence in the box. In his first at-bat, he drilled a ball into the LF-CF gap for an easy standup double. He would also later single, but was most impressive through all his at-bats was his presence at the plate. Homerding showed extreme confidence and maturity in the box. Every pitch he was ready, knowing what he was looking for and taking pitches with confidence. Overall, he has a high zone awareness paired with a high hitter's IQ. 


Cangelosi Sparks 

UTIL Mark Williams (Naperville Central, 2028)
Impressive athlete, was playing all over the diamond throughout the week with reps in the outfield and on the left side of the infield. Comfortable defensively at each respective position, soft hands with fluid footwork and a quick first step, strong arm with accuracy to his target. Switch hitter, loose, athletic swing, saw a majority of his reps from the left side. 

OF/INF Tavian Talton (Providence Catholic, 2028) 
The right-handed hitter took some impressive at-bats on the weekend; boasting strong hands with a controlled and compact operation, loose and handsy through the ball, mature approach with the ability to use the whole field. 

MASH 14U Black

LHP Ben Telega (South HS (MN), 2028)
5-foot-11, 170-pounds with some strength throughout. Telega is a clean and athletic mover down the mound with the ability to repeat his operation. His arm is clean and produced a fastball up to 80 mph, cruising mostly around 77-79 mph in rainy conditions, still able to control it around the zone. To pair off the fastball he went to a downer breaking ball that also flashed some 2/8 action, 68-69 mph. 

Raiders Baseball Academy 

OF Mason Koth (Harry D Jacobs, 2029)
6-foot-0, 155-pound frame, impressed in the Raiders win over Riverside. In his first at-bat, he showed quality pitch recognition, able to stay back and get his hands through a curveball to one hop the left field wall. In what should have been an easy double, Koth showed his athletic ability stretching it into a hustle triple. In a later at-bat, he would show a quality swing just getting under the ball and flying out to the warning track. 

Rawlings Tigers Black - Artinghelli

RHP Gavin Weston (Hampshire, 2028)
Listed at 5-foot-10, 130-pounds, the lean right-hander looks to be a high-ceiling arm to follow throughout the high school ranks. With a loose, easy delivery, Weston created a sinking fastball from a natural ¾ slot around 75-76 mph, setting up a slider with true horizontal action at 68-69 mph. Projectable frame and you can dream on the movement patterns. 

Slammers Black 14u

RHP Jacob Huber (Libertyville, 2028) 
Huber, standing at a wiry and athletic 5-foot-9, 125-pound frame, pitched a gem for the Slammers against the Minnesota Starters 14u team. He managed to give up no runs in three innings in their 15-0 victory. The righty averages a 70-74 mph fastball with a 60 mph curveball. He portrays a ¾ arm slot with a high leg kick and long stride. Most of his fastballs end up arm side as they have quality run to them while his curveball has depth. In addition, Huber shows well at the plate as well, with a loose operation and compact swing.

C Weston Wyzukovicz (Libertyville High School, 2028)
Wyzukovicz has a strong athletic 5-foot-8, 155-pound frame. He came up big for the Slammers in their victory against the Bison going 2-for-2 at the plate with two stand-up doubles and a walk. Both doubles by the right-handed hitter were pulled to deep left-center ending up near the warning track. He showed strong bat-to-ball skills with his consistent contact. He bats in a powerful low crouching stance and portrays a high leg kick. He has a compact swing with slight lift, giving him the potential to be an excellent hitter. 

INF Eli Sigal (Stevenson, 2028) 
The right-handed hitter impressed with a smooth operation at the plate, stays through the zone a long time with a flat path, showed off some bat-strength with a deep shot to center field. Upside swing. 

Thunder Baseball

OF Cooper Gear (Valparaiso, 2029) 
Strong athlete, 5-foot-9, 155-pound frame, stood out in the Thunder’s win over Five-Star. Gear showed off an impressive smooth lefty swing in an open stance with bat speed. He plays the game hard, proving it in his first at-bat when he legged out a hustle double from a ball that fell in between left field and the shortstop. With impressive speed and a frame that runs well, he was able to add another double on a ball laced down the first base line. A smooth lefty swing paired with a play-hard mindset sets Gear up for a great season at the top of this Thunder lineup. Gear hopped up on the mound on Sunday and showed well, rushing his FB up to 75 mph in a five-inning start. Struck out five batters with the help of two different BB’s, both thrown for strikes while providing swings and misses. 

Wow Factor Stoppers 14U

OF/3B Dylan Williamson (Loyola Academy, 2028)
Physical, 6-foot-3, 200-pound frame with strength throughout. The right-handed hitter displayed a mature approach and ability at the plate, recognising spin and making adjustments during his at-bats, also boasts above-average bat-strength. Showed defensive versatility by playing both in the outfield and third base, sure-handed actions at both positions with a strong arm. 


Cangelosi Sparks 

OF Malcolm Donaldson (Lincoln-Way East, 2028)
Athletic, trim build, 5-foot-8, 132-pounds. One of the more impressive defenders in the entire event, advanced ability in the outfield to cover ground and read the ball off the bat. Athletic, twitchy right-handed swing, profiles at the top of the order. 

Cangelosi Sparks 14U McMillen

RHP Connor LaCount (Glenbard East High School, 2028)  
LaCount, displaying a proportionally athletic 5-foot-5, 130-pound frame, impressed in his few innings of relief work in the Sparks’ quarter-final matchup against Yorkville. Showing an advanced ability to tunnel his high strike zone fastball and vertically tight 2/7 curveball. Mechanically, replicates a ¾ arm slot, fluid windup and leg kick, easy arm speed. The fastball sat at 70-72 mph throughout the outing, topping at 73. The curveball was consistently thrown for strikes and used as a setup and put out pitch at 62-63 mph. Included was the occasional slider at 63-64 mph. 

Cangelosi Sparks 14U 

RHP Jack MacLennan (Riverside Brookfield TWP High School, 2028)
MacLennan, presenting an imposing 5-foot-11, 190-pound frame, put the finishing touches on a three win day for the Sparks, throwing a five inning complete game shutout in their 9-0 championship win. Mechanically, displayed a 3⁄4 arm slot, explosive back leg sink and drive, long arm swing, and repeatable in-line finish with extension. Consistently worked ahead in counts with a firm fastball sitting at 75-77 mph with late life, topped at 78; backed by a pace changing 67-68 mph changeup. Both of which avoided barrels and proved pivotal in his impressive performance. 

OF Malcom Donaldson  (Lincoln-Way East, 2028)
Malcolm, exhibiting an athletic 5-foot-8, 132-pound frame, put together multiple valuable and clutch at-bats for the Spark’s en route to their 9-0 championship win. Following his first inning leadoff single to center field and eventual stolen base, the right-handed hitting outfielder smoked a pull side two-run hustle double with the bases loaded, putting the Sparks up 5-0 at the time. He would later draw a bases loaded walk, putting the game out of reach and finishing the game 2-for-2. Mechanically, he demonstrates a low and powerful base, short stride, abbreviated load, and gap to gap approach. Profiles as a leadoff hitter with the quickness and baserunning instincts he showcases. 

Greenfield Hawks 13U

INF Donald Krause III (Milwaukee School of Languages, 2029)
Krause provided an interesting look at the plate in their Sunday morning game—taking over the leadoff spot with a 2-for-2 performance, doubling twice. Quick hands, quality feel for the barrel in a 5-foot-6, 120-pound frame. Patient hitter with the ability to adjust to offspeed pitches, doing so effectively on Sunday. Solid speed on the basepaths as he continues to develop into his prep career—enjoying a strong start to his summer on the diamond. Smooth hands, fluid footwork at the shortstop position with a developing arm.

Hitters Navy 2029

C Jake Barth (Oak Creek, 2029)
Barth, presenting himself at a strong 5-foot-5, 134-pound frame, impressed over the course of the weekend, especially on Sunday. The right-handed hitter was batting second for Hitters Navy—providing pop and above average speed on the bases within his frame. Barth has a quiet stance, relaxing his hands and body before approaching a pitch. Quick turnover in his feet while running, advanced for his age group. Moves well behind the plate and at third base—showcasing plenty of arm strength and fundamentals at each respective position. Projects as an intriguing follow as he continues to develop—coming off of a successful showing in the winter.

MIF Cael Ebert (Wauwatosa East, 2029)
Ebert, in an athletic 5-foot-4, 110-pound frame, showed well from the leadoff spot throughout all of Sunday in their doubleheader. Found multiple barrels in a quick, efficient swing path. Calm presence in the box, recognized spin and adjusted to offspeed pitches multiple times. Showcased power to all fields with base hits to the pull-side and opposite field on Sunday. Played a smooth shortstop, making the routine plays with ease. Projects well as a future left-handed hitting middle infielder as he continues to grow. 

RHP Cooper Graham (Mukwonago, 2029)
Graham showed upside across a short outing on the mound on Sunday, standing at a physical 6-foot, 160-pounds for his age group. The right-hander rushed his FB up to 82 mph in prior looks over the weekend, sitting the upper-70s-to-low-80s throughout his time on the mound on Sunday. Presented an easy, repeatable delivery during his stint. Spins the FB well, as seen earlier in the winter. Continuing to develop secondaries as he matures and develops into his future prep career.

Midwest Halos Scout 2029

OF Elijah Johnson (Whitefish Bay, 2029)
Johnson is an athletic outfielder with advanced skills for his age, impressing our staff across multiple looks. Hitting leadoff, Johnson routinely found the barrel, going for multiple extra-base hits on the weekend. Johnson showed the ability to make adjustments from at-bat to at-bat and looked comfortable throughout the weekend. Johnson is also a savvy base runner stealing bases with ease.

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INF Braden Murray (Cary-Grove, 2029)
Murray stood out all weekend with his high-motor and energetic playing style. Plays the game hard and doesn’t take plays off, quick out of the box and always looking to take the extra base. The left-handed hitter worked on the barrel throughout the weekend and has an upside, loose swing that stays flat through the zone. 

St. Louis Naturals-Manning

INF Ben Delic (Bernard, 2029)
Impressive left-handed hitter with a mature presence in the box. Hitterish look at the plate, quick athletic hands that work short to the ball and look to stay inside the baseball, not phased by velocity, turned on an 80 mph fastbal for a triple down the right field line. 

Thunder Baseball

OF Jordan Anderson (Martin T. Krueger, 2029)
5-foot-8, 140-pounds, trim and athletic frame that should continue to fill out in the coming years. Highly athletic right-handed hitter, works with a controlled load with fast hands and a flat path, quick first step out of the box. Impressive defender in the outfield, easy range and can read the ball off the bat with a quick jump, made an impressive diving catch in the playoffs. 

RHP Clayton Atchison (Morgan Township, 2029)
Loose and easy mover, arm works fluidly and with an uninterrupted path, ¾ release. Impressed with a fastball up to 76 mph with natural sinking action, cruised around 73-74 mph and pounded the zone. Fired a complete game to advance his squad to the championship game, going seven innings with three earned runs and four strikeouts. 

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