Prep Baseball Report

Recruiting Roudup: Who's Heading Where?

By Matt Huck          
Area Scout

Every Friday National Scouting Supervisor Nathan Rode provides a roundup of insider recruiting information and commitments throughout the PBR coverage area: The Buzz. CLICK HERE to take a look at this week’s National Buzz. With that in mind, let’s take an in depth look at the Illinois prospects who have committed to colleges, with detailed scouting information.

Max McKinley, RHP, Maclay, 2016
College of Charleston

Max McKinleyMcKinley has a big body frame at 6-foot-1 190 pounds. He has an exit velo of 83 mph and a fastball that hits 84 mph. McKinley has short, over-the-top arm action with soft hands, fluid footwork, and plays well through the ball.


Riley Green, 1B/LHP, Hagerty, 2019
University of Florida

Riley Greene1/17/15 Florida Preseason ID Showcase - Tall loose lean very young projectable body. Has a very good hitting approach with good rhythm and timing. Loose bat with quickness in hands. Very good extension through the ball. Good hand eye with good hitters hands. Some loft in swing with good leverage. Can drive ball for a young kid. Surprising power for his age. Exit bat speed was 80 mph. Athletic actions with softness in hands at 1B. Loose easy throwing arm. Threw 71 mph across the infield. Ran a 7.7 60 yard dash. On the mound, he had a loose easy working arm with a ¾ slot. Very projectable. FB was 72-74 mph with a lot of life. CV was a ¾ breaker at 59-60 mph. Threw a lot of strikes. Overall game will improve with physical maturity. Hard to believe this kid is only in Middle School. He is a baseball player with a lot of upside. Will be fun to watch.

Jordan Schulefand, SS/RHP, Pine Crest, 2017
University of Richmond

6/14/15- 6 feet 165 pounds. Compact, over the top arm action from the outfield. Throws are on line and have good carry with above average arm strength. Good range in the infield. High hands at the plate and has a good load. Has nice rhythm and a goods wing plane.

Gabriel Lozada, OF, IMG Academy, 2016
University of Miami

3/4/15 - 6-foot-1, 175 pound outfielder with a live athletic lean body. Athletic actions in outfield with an avg ML arm. Aggressive routes. Plays with energy. No fear. Takes risks. Appears to be an above avg runner. Swing has some length with avg bat speed and a good path. Uses the whole field. Aggressive approach. Had 2 hits today.

Jack Layrisson, 3B, Ponte Verda, 2016
Northwest Florida State College

6/27/15 - Uncommitted incoming senior. 6 feet 185 pounds with a lean, athletic, and strong body. Rhythm and gets good separation for his load, bat gets into a good angle, and he has a nice swing plane. Good lower half and the ball jumps off his bat. 7.1 runner.

Ian Evans, RHP, Evangelical Christian, 2017
Dallas Baptist

6/14/15- 6-foot-2 160 pounds with a lean, athletic, and projectable body. Long, high ¾ arm action. Slightly cuts himself off in his landing. Arm goes toward 1B after he breaks. Easy, loose motion. 83-86 mph FB. 74 mph CB.

Graham Hoffman, SS, Calvary Christian, 2017
South Florida

4/24/15 - 6-foot-3 190 pounds with a tall, lean, athletic, and projectable body. Smooth, loose, and easy actions both offensively and defensively. Has a short, quick swing that stays through the zone well. Good leverage at the plate. Line drive approach. Has a small separation but a good hand load to get his bat into an explosive position and give him extra pop. Had a few loud outs against Indian Rocks Christian. In the field he is very advanced and makes difficult plays look easy. Has good range, soft hands, and quick/light feet. Plus arm with a loose, over the top action. Should stay at SS for a long time. Was easy 85-86 mph off the mound with a sharp 73-76 mph curveball.

James Doherty, RHP, Coral Springs Charter, 2016
Rollins College

Michael Sandle, OF, Navarre, 2016
South Alabama

Jake Zarrello, C, Westminster Christian, 2016
University of North Florida

Brandon Howlett, 1B, George W. Jenkins, 2018
Florida State

Michael Harkcom, 3B, University, 2016
Florida Southern

Drew Cleveland, LHP, Western, 2016
St. Petersburg College

Nathan Schreckengost, 1B, West Orange, 2016
Lander University

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