James Love
James Love
James Love
James Love
James Love
James Love

CLASS OF 2024

3B
SS

James
Love

Joliet West (HS) • IL
6-1 • 192LBS • R/R
Travel Team: Top Tier South 17U Smith

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Best Of Stats

Hitting
25.9
Hand Speed (max)
8/09/22
74.2
Bat Speed (max)
2/21/22
22
Rot. Acc (max)
2/21/22
-
Hard Hit %
Power
98.6
Exit Velocity (max)
2/21/22
93.5
Exit Velocity (avg)
2/21/22
369
Distance (max)
2/21/22
70
Sweet Spot %
2/21/22
Run
7.1
60-yard
2/21/22
3.99
30-yd
8/09/22
1.75
10-yd
8/09/22
19.5
Run speed (max)
8/09/22
Defense
84
INF Velo
3/27/21
-
OF Velo
-
C Velo
-
Pop Time
Pitching

Fastball

80.1
Velocity (max)
6/08/22
78.9 - 80.1
Velo Range
6/08/22
1816
Spin Rate (avg)
2/15/21

Changeup

71 - 73
Velo Range
7/22/21
1625
Spin Rate (avg)
2/15/21

Curveball

63.1 - 66.1
Velo Range
6/08/22
1683
Spin Rate (avg)
6/08/22

Slider

66.3 - 67.1
Velo Range
6/08/22
1556
Spin Rate (avg)
6/08/22

Positional Tools

2022
2021
60 Yard Dash
7.10
Infield Velocity
84.0
Power / Speed Score
13.9
60 Yard Dash
7.57
Infield Velocity
84.0
Power / Speed Score
12.4
Illinois State Games (Invite-Only)
Aug 9, 2022
Position
7.14
60-yard
82
INF Velo
97
Exit Velo
Top Tier Scout Day
Jun 8, 2022
Position
7.38
60-yard
84
INF Velo
97
Exit Velo
Preseason All-State: Underclass (Invite-Only)
Feb 26, 2022
Position
7.25
60-yard
83
INF Velo
99
Exit Velo
Lockport Preseason ID
Feb 21, 2022
Position
7.10
60-yard
83
INF Velo
99
Exit Velo
Underclass Invitational (Invite Only)
Mar 27, 2021
Position
7.57
60-yard
84
INF Velo
94
Exit Velo
Lockport Preseason I.D.
Feb 15, 2021
Position
7.75
60-yard
80
INF Velo
91
Exit Velo

Hitting

2022
2021
Exit Velocity Max
98.6
Exit Velocity Avg
90.9
Distance Max
369
Distance Avg
179
Launch Angle Avg
12.9
Hard Hit %
Sweet Spot %
Line Drive %
Fly Ball %
Ground Ball %
Exit Velocity Max
94.1
Exit Velocity Avg
84.5
Distance Max
309
Distance Avg
171
Launch Angle Avg
16.3
Hard Hit %
Sweet Spot %
Line Drive %
Fly Ball %
Ground Ball %
Illinois State Games (Invite-Only)
Aug 9, 2022
Trackman - Hitting
97.3
Exit Velocity (max)
92.4
Exit Velocity (avg)
189
Distance (avg)
287
Distance (max)
Hard Hit %
Sweet Spot %
Line Drive %
Fly Ball %
Ground Ball %
Top Tier Scout Day
Jun 8, 2022
Trackman - Hitting
97.3
Exit Velocity (max)
90.4
Exit Velocity (avg)
138
Distance (avg)
338
Distance (max)
Hard Hit %
Sweet Spot %
Line Drive %
Fly Ball %
Ground Ball %
Preseason All-State: Underclass (Invite-Only)
Feb 26, 2022
Trackman - Hitting
98.5
Exit Velocity (max)
87.2
Exit Velocity (avg)
178
Distance (avg)
315
Distance (max)
Hard Hit %
Sweet Spot %
Fly Ball %
Ground Ball %
Lockport Preseason ID
Feb 21, 2022
Trackman - Hitting
98.6
Exit Velocity (max)
93.5
Exit Velocity (avg)
211
Distance (avg)
369
Distance (max)
Hard Hit %
Sweet Spot %
Line Drive %
Fly Ball %
Ground Ball %
Underclass Invitational (Invite Only)
Mar 27, 2021
Trackman - Hitting
94.1
Exit Velocity (max)
88.9
Exit Velocity (avg)
176
Distance (avg)
308
Distance (max)
Hard Hit %
Sweet Spot %
Line Drive %
Fly Ball %
Ground Ball %
Lockport Preseason I.D.
Feb 15, 2021
Trackman - Hitting
91.4
Exit Velocity (max)
80.5
Exit Velocity (avg)
167
Distance (avg)
309
Distance (max)
Hard Hit %
Sweet Spot %
Line Drive %
Fly Ball %
Ground Ball %

Hitting

2022
2021
Hand Speed Max
25.9
Hand Speed Avg
23.9
Bat Speed Max
74.2
Bat Speed Avg
69.6
Rotational Acceleration Max
Rotational Acceleration Avg
On-Plane Efficiency Max
On-Plane Efficiency Avg
Hand Speed Max
23.5
Hand Speed Avg
22.4
Bat Speed Max
71.9
Bat Speed Avg
68.4
Rotational Acceleration Max
Rotational Acceleration Avg
On-Plane Efficiency Max
On-Plane Efficiency Avg
Illinois State Games (Invite-Only)
Aug 9, 2022
Blast - Hitting
25.9
Hand Speed (max)
24.3
Hand Speed (avg)
69.5
Bat Speed (max)
65.4
Bat Speed (avg)
Rot. Acc (max)
Rot. Acc (avg)
On Plane Eff (avg)
MaxOnPlaneEfficiency
Top Tier Scout Day
Jun 8, 2022
Blast - Hitting
25.8
Hand Speed (max)
24.1
Hand Speed (avg)
72.4
Bat Speed (max)
69.8
Bat Speed (avg)
Rot. Acc (max)
Rot. Acc (avg)
On Plane Eff (avg)
MaxOnPlaneEfficiency
Preseason All-State: Underclass (Invite-Only)
Feb 26, 2022
Blast - Hitting
25.2
Hand Speed (max)
23.7
Hand Speed (avg)
72.3
Bat Speed (max)
70.4
Bat Speed (avg)
Rot. Acc (max)
Rot. Acc (avg)
On Plane Eff (avg)
MaxOnPlaneEfficiency
Lockport Preseason ID
Feb 21, 2022
Blast - Hitting
24.4
Hand Speed (max)
23.6
Hand Speed (avg)
74.2
Bat Speed (max)
72.4
Bat Speed (avg)
Rot. Acc (max)
Rot. Acc (avg)
On Plane Eff (avg)
MaxOnPlaneEfficiency
Underclass Invitational (Invite Only)
Mar 27, 2021
Blast - Hitting
23.5
Hand Speed (max)
22.4
Hand Speed (avg)
71.9
Bat Speed (max)
69.6
Bat Speed (avg)
Rot. Acc (max)
Rot. Acc (avg)
On Plane Eff (avg)
MaxOnPlaneEfficiency
Lockport Preseason I.D.
Feb 15, 2021
Blast - Hitting
23.2
Hand Speed (max)
22.3
Hand Speed (avg)
69.0
Bat Speed (max)
67.0
Bat Speed (avg)
Rot. Acc (max)
Rot. Acc (avg)
On Plane Eff (avg)
MaxOnPlaneEfficiency

Pitching

2022
2021
Fastball
Velocity Max
80.1
Fastball
Velocity Avg
79.6
Fastball
Spin Rate Avg
1655
Fastball
Spin Score Avg
20.8
Fastball
Total Movement Avg
Curveball
Velocity Avg
64.6
Curveball
Spin Rate Avg
1683
Curveball
Total Movement Avg
Slider
Velocity Avg
66.8
Slider
Spin Rate Avg
1556
Slider
Total Movement Avg
Fastball
Velocity Max
77.9
Fastball
Velocity Avg
76.7
Fastball
Spin Rate Avg
1816
Fastball
Spin Score Avg
23.7
Fastball
Total Movement Avg
Curveball
Velocity Avg
62.1
Curveball
Spin Rate Avg
1498
Curveball
Total Movement Avg
Changeup
Velocity Avg
71.3
Changeup
Spin Rate Avg
1625
Changeup
Total Movement Avg
Knuckleball
Velocity Avg
62.9
Knuckleball
Spin Rate Avg
568
Knuckleball
Total Movement Avg
Top Tier Scout Day
Jun 8, 2022
Trackman - Fastball
80.1
Velocity (max)
78.9 - 80.1
Velo Range
76.7
Eff Velocity (avg)
1,791
Spin Rate (max)
1,655
Spin Rate (avg)
IVB (max)
IVB (avg)
HM (max)
HM (avg)
Extension (avg)
Release Ht (avg)
Spin Score (max)
Zone %
Trackman - Curveball
66.1
Velocity (max)
63.1 - 66.1
Velo Range
61.7
Eff Velocity (avg)
1,713
Spin Rate (max)
1,683
Spin Rate (avg)
IVB (avg)
HM (max)
HM (avg)
Extension (avg)
Release Ht (avg)
Spin Score (max)
Zone %
Trackman - Slider
67.1
Velocity (max)
66.3 - 67.1
Velo Range
63.6
Eff Velocity (avg)
1,628
Spin Rate (max)
1,556
Spin Rate (avg)
IVB (avg)
HM (max)
HM (avg)
Extension (avg)
Release Ht (avg)
Spin Score (max)
Zone %
Lockport Preseason I.D.
Feb 15, 2021
Trackman - Fastball
77.9
Velocity (max)
75.9 - 77.5
Velo Range
75.3
Eff Velocity (avg)
1,941
Spin Rate (max)
1,816
Spin Rate (avg)
IVB (max)
IVB (avg)
HM (max)
HM (avg)
Extension (avg)
Release Ht (avg)
Spin Score (max)
Zone %
Trackman - Curveball
63.5
Velocity (max)
60.9 - 63.4
Velo Range
60.4
Eff Velocity (avg)
1,575
Spin Rate (max)
1,498
Spin Rate (avg)
IVB (max)
IVB (avg)
HM (max)
HM (avg)
Extension (avg)
Release Ht (avg)
Spin Score (max)
Zone %
Trackman - ChangeUp
72.7
Velocity (max)
70.2 - 72.4
Velo Range
69.4
Eff Velocity (avg)
1,755
Spin Rate (max)
1,625
Spin Rate (avg)
IVB (max)
IVB (avg)
HM (max)
HM (avg)
Extension (avg)
Release Ht (avg)
Spin Score (max)
Zone %
Trackman - Knuckleball
66.0
Velocity (max)
61.0 - 64.8
Velo Range
59.7
Eff Velocity (avg)
568
Spin Rate (max)
568
Spin Rate (avg)
IVB (max)
IVB (avg)
HM (max)
HM (avg)
Extension (avg)
Release Ht (avg)
Spin Score (max)
Zone %

Pitch Scores

2021
Fastball
Hop+
Fastball
Sink+
Fastball
Rise+
Curveball
Hammer+
Curveball
Sweep+
Lockport Preseason I.D.
Feb 15, 2021
Pitch Scores - Fastball
Hop+
Rise+
Sink+
Pitch Scores - Curveball
Hammer+
Sweep+

Pitching Velos

2022
2021
Fastball
Velocity Max
80.0
Fastball
Velocity Avg
79.5
Curveball
Velocity Avg
64.5
Slider
Velocity Avg
66.5
Fastball
Velocity Max
79.0
Fastball
Velocity Avg
76.8
Curveball
Velocity Avg
63.0
Changeup
Velocity Avg
71.5
Top Tier Scout Day
Jun 8, 2022
Pitching
80
Max FB
79 - 80
FB
63 - 66
CB
66 - 67
SL
15U National Championship
Jul 22, 2021
Pitching
79
Max FB
75 - 79
FB
62 - 66
CB
71 - 73
CH
Lockport Preseason I.D.
Feb 15, 2021
Pitching
78
Max FB
76 - 77
FB
61 - 63
CB
70 - 72
CH

Game Performance

2022
10 Yard Dash
1.75
30 Yard Dash
3.99
60 Yard Dash
7.14
Top Speed (MPH)
RSi
Vertical Jump
Illinois State Games (Invite-Only)
Aug 9, 2022
Swift
1.75
10-yd
3.99
30-yd
7.14
60-yd
19.5
Run speed (max)
8.4
Run Speed (avg)
2.84
RSi (max)
1.74
RSi (avg)
1,696
Jump Power (max)
27.6
Jump Height (max)
27.6
Jump Height (avg)
Top Tier Scout Day
Jun 8, 2022
Swift
1.79
10-yd
4.07
30-yd
7.38
60-yd
18.6
Run speed (max)
8.1
Run Speed (avg)

Visual Edge

2022
2021
Edge Score
72.34
Edge Score
68.34

Pitch Ai

Notes

Comments

8/10/22

INF James Love (Joliet West, 2024) proved why he’s a high-end prospect in the state’s 2024 class throughout the Illinois State Games. Love started his week by effortlessly producing low-90s exit velocities in BP on average, squaring his hardest ball up at 97.3 mph. He found the barrel in-game with authority, generating natural backspin and carry off the bat, while handling velocity with ease as well. Love impressed defensively as well, showcasing body control and lateral agility at third base on several occasions, especially on two particular slow rollers. Still uncommitted, Love is a name to know in the class and has his arrow pointed up coming off the event.

8/09/22

Positional Profile: 3B/SS
Body: 6-1, 185-pounds. Broad-shouldered, athletic frame.
Hits: RHH. Balanced setup, loads in rhythm, short stride, balanced through contact. Loose strong hands with bat speed, level path to contact, on the barrel with loud contact throughout. Quiet, calm presence and repeats.
Power: 97 max exit velocity, averaged 92.4 MPH. 287' max distance.
Arm: RH. INF-82 mph.Clean arm action, plays accurate and from multiple platforms.
Defense: Smooth, athletic actions, plays low to the ground, presents the glove, clean release. Plays with body control and ease on the move, comfortable on the run through play. Made a number of above-average plays look easy during game play.
Run: 7.14 runner in the 60.
Vizual Edge: 70.2 Edge Score

6/08/22

Love has elite actions with fluid rhythm and timing, also showing advanced feel for the infield with soft hands and clean footwork. Love, who has been on the rise as of late, also took a polished round of BP with freedom in his hands and on-plane swing. 

4/12/22

Uncommitted. Mature-looking frame, standing 6-foot, 185-pounds. Initially stood out on the field during IO, but proved to be more than capable with the bat during gameplay; finishing the day 1-for-3 with a couple impressive at-bats. The right-handed hitter starts in a crouched and slightly open setup, moving with a repeatable toe-tap stride. He creates hand separation at footstrike, pointing the barrel to the sky before transitioning into a flat path with notable hand speed. The most impressive at-bat from Love came when he sat back on a well-placed curveball to shoot it the other way for a single, battling through tough fastballs earlier in the at-bat and ripping the first breaking ball thrown his way. As mentioned before, Love stood out before the game even started during IO; showing off smooth actions with fluid feet and soft hands; he also made an incredibly tough play in-game to his back-hand side that was taking him away from the field. His arm plays with back-spin and carry across the diamond, proving to be yet another tool for the talented sophomore infielder.

3/18/22

6-foot, 185-pound, right-handed hitting left-side of the infield prospect; athletic frame, fills out the uniform. Started at third base and hit in the three-hole. Finished 1-for-4 with a run-scoring single. Well-rounded game with upside to all parts. Offensively, has a hitterish presence in the box. Athletic setup, fluid pre-pitch actions and strong, quick hands. Potential middle-of-the-order type of bat at the nex level. Defensively, has all the tools and actions to stay on the left-side of the diamond moving forward. Clean, efficient footwork, soft hands and athletic overall actions with plenty of arm strength (84 mph across). High-follow 2024 infielder.

2/26/22

Positional Profile: 3B/SS
Body: 6-0, 180-pounds. Athletic build.
Hit: RHH. Balanced, slightly open setup. Short stride. Strong, athletic hands. Direct to contact. Swing on-plane early and through the zone. Gap-to-gap approach. Ball jumps off the barrel at times.
Power: 98.5 max exit velocity, averaged 87.2 mph. 315’ max distance.
Arm: RH. INF - 83 mph. Short, clean arm action. Plays from a 3/4 slot. Quick to release with carry and life out of the hand.
Defense: Plays to the baseball. Sure-handed. Efficient exchange.
Run: 7.25 runner in the 60. 

2/21/22

Positional Profile: 3B/SS
Body: 6-0, 180-pounds. High-waisted build with strength throughout.
Hit: RHH. Quiet, athletic look in the box, tall stance. Smooth, fluid load, controlled leg lift trigger.  Fluid, athletic swing. Strong hands, stays on-plane, gap-to-gap approach and flashed pull-side power.
Power: 98.6 max exit velocity, averaged 93.5 mph. 368’ max distance.
Arm: RH. INF - 83 mph. Easy and controlled arm action. Natural high 3/4 with the ability to throw from multiple arm slots.
Defense: Quick feet. Soft hands. Flashed ability to use the backhand. Plays under control on the move.
Run: 7.10 runner in the 60.

2/21/22

An upside name-to-note from the 2024 class at this event was INF James Love (Joliet West). Love’s lean, yet athletic, 6-foot, 180-pound frame has plenty of room for added strength and even further enhances an already intriguing offensive profile. He worked gap-to-gap in BP, flashing pull-side power and maintaining a fluid rhythm throughout with a clean right-handed stroke. Love’s batted ball profile is well advanced for his age, including a 98.6 mph max exit velocity, 93.5 mph average exit velocity, and 369 ft. peak batted distance. Defensively Love flashed high level arm strength on the infield topping out at 83mph.  He has an easy and controlled arm action and the ball jumps out of his hand.  He also showcased soft hands with quick footwork and quick exchange. His feel was advanced as he delivered the ball from many different arm angles from different areas of the field.    

3/27/21

Positional Profile: 3B/RHP
Body: 6-0, 170-pounds.
Hit: RHH. Balanced, athletic setup, slightly open, smooth load, short stride, quiet pre-pitch actions. Short, simple swing, level bat path, average bat speed of 69.6 MPH, barrel control, consistent hard contact, gap-to-gap approach, line drives.
Power: 94.06 max exit velocity, averaged 88.86 mph. 307’ max distance.
Arm: RH. INF - 84 mph. Short, loose arm action, over-the-top arm slot, throws flash carry.
Defense: Flashes natural infield actions, soft hands, clean exchanges, fluid feet, plays with proper direction.
Run: 7.57 runner in the 60. 

2/15/21

Positional Profile: 3B/RHP
Body: 6-foot, 166-pounds. Athletic frame.
Delivery: Uptempo tall/fall delivery, shoulders stay leveled, works in line, lands squared.
Arm Action: RH. Short arm action, high 3/4 slot.
FB: T78, 76-77 mph. Plays straight, occasional arm-side run. T1940, 1815 average rpm.
CB: 61-63 mph. Gradual 12/6 shape. T1575, 1498 average rpm.
CH: 70-72 mph. Straight action, flashed arm-side run. T1755, 1625 average rpm.

Hit: RHH. Athletic in the box, balanced stance, smooth pre-pitch load, short stride.  Loose hands, advanced approach, short level swing plane, gets extension after contact, line drive to all fields, fluid rhythm.
Power: 91.38 max exit velocity, averaged 80.54 mph. 308’ max distance.
Arm: RH. INF - 80 mph. Short arm action, over-the-top slot.
Defense: Smooth footwork towards the baseball, soft hands, plays out in front, plays through the baseball and comfortable on the move.
Run: 7.75 runner in the 60. 

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