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.

Mason Denaburg, C, Merritt Island, 2018
University of Florida

4/7/15 - Tall loose lean projectable very young body. Loose bat with some quickness. Lacks strength right now but will come in near future. Good leverage. Still very young playing at a high level. Got 1 of only 2 hits off of Drew Parrish. Played SS but best position is catcher. Showed decent actions with a plus arm. Made the routine plays. Also came in and pitched and was 87-89 mph with a curve ball at 76-77 mph that was a short breaking downer. Had a loose arm with good down tilt at a high ¾ slot. Very projectable.

Francis Villaman, SS, Olympia, 2017
Florida State University

2/18/15 - 6-foot-1, 180 pound short stop with a lean live athletic projectable young body. Very good actions with good quick hands and a solid avg ML arm. At least an avg ML runner. Has some looseness in the bat with some quickness and some strength at a very young age. Shows power when he gets extended. Very aggressive approach. Good tools on a good body. Plays a bit out of control but is still very young. Was 2-3 tonight. Could become a 2017 draft.

Zak Wilson, RHP, Eau Gallie, 2016
Seminole State College

3/6/15 - Uncommitted junior. 6-foot-3, 215 pound right hander with a big thick body and long loose arms with a wide back, big hands and raw strength. Loose quick arm with an over hand slot. Very good down tilt on the fastball when he gets out front. Fastball was 86-89 mph with riding life. Inconsistent release out front and leaves some balls up. Very good straight change up with good arm speed. ML avg now and flashed above avg at 75-77 mph. Good feel. Just started working on a slider. Only threw it a couple times. Still a work in progress. Very good student. Also takes a healthy swing with left handed power.

Garrett Hunter Ruth, RHP, Buchholz, 2017
University of South Carolina

6/14/15- 6-foot-2 165 pounds with a lean, athletic, and projectable body. At the plate he has a small leg kick and his swing is a little long but the ball jumps off his bat when he squares it up. On the mound everything is in line, he has an over the top arm slot, and a quick windup. 84-86 mph FB. 73-75 mph SL. 70 mph CHG.

Carter Smith, C, Canterbury, 2016
University of Memphis

Cameron Lauer, RHP, Palm Beach Central, 2017
Florida Atlantic University

Ethan Jones, 3B, West Orange, 2016
Flagler College

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