Prep Baseball Report

2021s On The Rise

Nathan Rode and PBR Staff

An update to the 2021 Overall Rankings, reflecting the fall season is right around the corner. To whet your appetite, here are several seniors who have seen their stock tick up in recent months.

Kaleb Applebey, RHP, Mt. Carmel HS, IL
A true late-bloomer in Illinois’ 2021 class, it took until the late summer and fall entering his senior year for Applebey to blossom into one of the state’s top prospects. The hulking 6-foot-7, 230-pound righty is hard to miss, but he still managed to fly under the radar until the tail end of this past summer. At August's Midwest Scouts Association Showcase in Kansas City, he propelled himself way up the Illinois board after sitting 88-91 mph, while exerting minimal effort in a dominant look. At the Midwest Fall Championships, he was a tick more firm in relief–touching 92 mph–with a slurve-type breaking ball he exhibited feel for, earning chases out of the zone. And by the sounds of it, Applebey only kept on adding velocity as the fall went on, reportedly reaching as high as 94 mph, gaining more and more interest from professional scouts in the process. He's committed to his hometown junior college, Wabash Valley, and is set for another substantial rise up the state rankings in the next update.

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