Prep Baseball Report

Aurora Preseason I.D.: Top Overall Prospects

By Drew Locascio
Illinois Scouting Director

On Saturday, Feb. 22, the PBR Illinois team hosted the inaugural Aurora Preseason I.D. at the Aurora Sports Zone. The event featured close to 150 prospects from all high school classes. 

Shortly after the event we released early analysis with our Quick Hits and Statistical Analysis. This week, we’ve been rolling out position-by-position analysis from this event that started with the day’s catchers and took us through the outfielders, infielders, and pitchers

We’re concluding our event coverage today, by ranking the top 10 prospects from the event. At the top of the list is one of the top unsigned seniors in the state, RHP Mason Kottmeyer (Kaneland). Kottmeyer has an extra-large, proportional 6-foot-6, 195-pound and clean, live arm with seemingly more left in the tank. Kottmeyer sat 88-89 mph at the event and has seen his velocity steadily tick up over the last few years. He also showed a promising curveball and a changeup that lacked feel but showed swing-and-miss action when in the zone.

Continue reading below for reports and the top overall prospects.


Mason Kottmeyer RHP / Kaneland , IL / 2020

Positional Profile: RHP; One of the top uncommitted arms in the state's senior class. High upside on the mound.
Body: 6-foot-6, 195-pounds. Extra-large, wide-shouldered frame. More projection to come.
Delivery: Works with a confident rhythm, shoulders stay level, front toe closed on landing, directional to target. Throws with some effort.
Arm Action: RH. Long arm action, high 3/4 slot. Quick arm.
FB: T89, 88-89 mph. Jumps through the zone, flashed arm-side run, strikes.
CB: 72-74 mph. 11/5 shape with gradual action. Thrown with intent. Feel for pitch.
CH: 71-73 mph. Maintains near fastball arm speed and showed late dive at times. Some strikes. 

Andy Roman C / 1B / Wheaton Academy, IL / 2023

Positional Profile: C/1B
Body: 6-foot-2, 185-pounds. Long-limbed, projectable, athletic build.
Hit: RHH. Tall and narrow setup, hands load, short stride.  Long path to the ball, fluid rhythm, looks to lift the baseball, consistent hard contact.
Power: 91 mph exit velocity from the tee. Power potential.
Arm: RH. C - 72 mph. Short and quick, over the top release; accurate with carry.
Defense: 2.11-2.20 pop times. Quick, directional transfer, quiet feet.
Run: 7.84 runner in the 60. 

Jack Bruington LHP / 1b / Plainfield South, IL / 2021

Positional Profile: LHP/1B
Body: 6-foot, 220-pounds. Thick, strong, barrel-chested frame.
Delivery: Smooth rhythm throughout delivery. Works in line, lands square.
Arm Action: LH. Long arm action, releases from a high 3/4 slot. Quick arm speed, arm works out front.
FB: T84, 82-84 mph. Slight arm side run action.
CB: 65-68 mph. 1/7 shape with sharp action. Maintained fastball arm speed. Flashed feel.
 CH: 68-71 mph. Maintained near fastball arm speed. Plays mostly straight with occasional fading action.

Hit: LHH. Narrow, slightly open setup, minimal load and leg-kick timing trigger. Easy swing, loose athletic hands, short and uphill bat path, gap-to-gap tendencies.
Power: 91 mph exit velocity from the tee.
Arm: LH. INF - 79 mph. Loose, quick arm action, works from a high 3/4 slot.
Defense: Feel for the first base bag, soft and reliable hands, fields out front and plays through in rhythm.
Run: 8.10 runner in the 60. 

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