All-State Games: Outfielder Analysis

By Illinois Scouting Staff

On Aug. 9, we hosted the invite-only showcase in River Grove, Ill., at Triton College: All-State Games. The showcase featured over 50 of the top 2020 prospects from both Illinois and Wisconsin. We’ve already seen one of the event’s attendees commit to play at the next level since All-State Games and, given the talent at Triton College last month, there’s bound to be more in the future.

Today, we’ll continue our position-by-position analysis with a deep dive into the event’s outfielders.

There was plenty of power on display in batting practice at River Grove and OF Daniel Clawson (Hersey; uncommitted) might have been the one to showcase the best pop potential. The strong 6-foot-2 righty is regularly backspinning baseballs hard off the barrel and produced one of the top exit velocities at the event. Clawson is ranked in the top 10 at his position within Illinois’ 2020 class primarily for his power-packed upside.

One of Wisconsin’s top-30 prospects in its 2020 class attended All-State Games: OF Gunnar Doyle (Oak Creek; uncommitted). The left-handed hitting Doyle has an all-around profile – he can hit, run, and defend. The Oak Creek outfielder glides around the outfield where, as a sub-7.00 runner, he can cover a lot of ground and uses a simple swing to routinely batter line drives into the gaps. He remains one of the top unsigned outfielders in his home state.

Uncommitted Illinois prospects Max Rundberg III (Chicago Bulls College Prep) and Tom Jurack (Hinsdale Central) certainly deserve mentions here, too. Rundberg, a left-handed hitter, works toward the middle of the field with his smooth, level stroke. Jurack, on the other hand, was another one of this event’s tall and strong prospects who made some very loud contact in batting practice.

We previously published our Statistical Analysis from the showcase, as well as yesterday’s report on the event’s catchers. Also, keep an eye out tomorrow where we’ll break down the day’s infielders. For now, read reports on all eight outfielders who attended All-State Games.

TOP PROSPECTS (Listed Alphabetically)

Connor Aten, RHP/OF, Galesburg, 2020
5-foot-10, 160-pound two-way player, lean athletic frame. On the mound delivery is athletic and repeatable, works slightly across his body, closed landing. Regular effort, short loose arm action, over the top slot. Fastball is straight, four seam action that carries/jumps through the zone, late life, showed ability to get swing and miss up in the zone. Sat 85-87 mph. Struck out two in one inning on elevated fastballs. Curveball has 11/5 shape, 68-69 mph. Slider plays 72-74 mph, 10/4 shape. Outfield arm plays short and loose, high ¾ slot, carried well, 87 mph. Easy arm and actions played through. 6.94 runner in the 60. Right-handed hitter, wide setup, arm bar load, short stride. Bat strength present, flashed pull side pop, slight uphill path. 87 mph exit velocity from the tee.

Sam Buduris, OF, Minooka, 2020
5-foot-11, 150-pound outfielder, lean frame. Right-handed hitter, balanced stance, heel lift short stride, smooth loading action. Path has length on uphill plane, showed extension, oppo contact in BP, 84 mph exit velocity from the tee. Smooth actions, hands work in the outfield, gathers to crowhop through the baseball. 84 mph from the outfield, arm is short and loose from a high ¾ slot. 7.28 runner in the 60.

Daniel Clawson, OF, Hersey, 2020
6-foot-2, 205-pound outfielder, strong physical build. Right-handed hitter with pop, hits out of tall setup, leg kick trigger, slight arm bar load. Present bat strength creates hard backspin contact, pull side tendency with advanced pop for age. Showed in game play with a deep triple to centerfield. 98 mph exit velocity from the tee. Defensively profiles at a corner, long exchange shuffle through the baseball, occasional crow hop. 7.16 runner in the 60. Arm is short and loose, high ¾ slot, 77 mph arm from the outfield.

Gunnar Doyle, OF, Oak Creek (WI), 2020
6-foot, 190-pound left-handed hitting outfielder, solid build. 6.96 runner in the 60, above average runner. Arm plays long and over the top, accurate to target, 81 mph from the outfield. Easy natural actions, hands play soft, works through the ball in stride. Left-handed hitter, tall setup, smooth easy pre pitch actions. Simple stroke, short to the baseball, hits in rhythm and on time. 88 mph exit velocity from the tee.

Andrew Etter, RHP/OF, Mount Carmel, 2020
6-foot-2, 170-pound two-way player. Profiles best on the mound, tall and fall delivery, easy effort, lands square, smooth in rhythm, clean and repeatable. Loose arm action, high ¾ slot. Fastball plays with slight run, sat mostly 80-82 mph, topped at 83 mph. Slider is tight, 10/4 shape, late action, 74-75 mph. Changeup fades, 72-73 mph. Right-handed hitter, balanced stance, short stride. Path has length, works uphill, pull topspin contact. 80 mph exit velocity from the tee. Arm plays easy, carried and accurate, short high ¾ slot, 85 mph from the outfield. Actions play through the baseball, fluid. 7.39 runner in the 60.

Jacob Ferry, OF, Oswego East, 2020
6-foot-3, 175-pound left-handed hitting outfielder. Hits out of slightly open setup, regular stride, slight load. Path is flat, works long, occasional lift, line drive contact. 85 mph exit velocity. Defensively arm action is short and over the top 78 mph from the outfield. 7.16 runner in the 60. Footwork showed ability to play through the baseball, worked online, corner outfield profile.

Tom Jurack, OF, Hinsdale Central, 2020
6-foot-3, 200-pound outfielder, advanced frame, lean with strength and projects. Right-handed hitter, balanced stance, hands load down and back, smooth action on time, toe tap stride. Path has length and uphill, pull side contact with pop. 96 mph exit velocity from the tee. Defensively arm action is long, over the top slot, 85 mph from the outfield. Corner outfield profile, works through the baseball, exchange can get long. 7.26 runner in the 60.

Max Rundberg II, OF, Chicago Bulls College Prep, 2020
5-foot-10, 150-pound left/left outfield, live lean frame. 7.29 runner in the 60. Slightly open stance, smooth loading action, short stride. Loose hands, smooth hitter, path works flat through contact, middle of the field approach, line drive hitter, 84 mph exit velocity from the tee. Smooth easy actions in the outfield, works through the baseball in stride, clean exchange, soft hands. Arm action is short out of a high ¾ slot, accurate to target, 80 mph.