Capital City Open: Position Player Analysis


By Drew Locascio
Illinois Scouting Director

The Capital City Open, the final Illinois outdoor showcase of 2017, took place at Lincoln Land CC on Monday, October 9th. Today we continue the analysis from the event taking a look at the position players in attendance.

Daniel Chausse (Mt. Zion, 2019) burst onto the scene at the event thanks to his performance on the mound and as a position player. Chausse has a live arm and handles the bat at the plate.

2021 Brady Thomas (Athens) is an infielder to watch moving forward. Thomas has a simple, repeatable swing and makes a lot of hard contact.

Recent Lincoln Land CC commit, Kyle Werries (Chatham-Glenwood), may have taken the best round of batting practice on the day. Werries has present bat speed and a good feel for the barrel.

2019s Jacob Jurgens (Chatham-Glenwood) and Ben Higgins (Macomb) were intriguing bats to follow moving forward as well as a trio of 2020s from Chatham-Glenwood; Sergio Marchizza, Lucas Ryan and Drew Detmers.

Below is a look at all of the position players from the event:

Position Players (Listed Alphabetically)

Joe Antonacci, INF, Sacred Heart-Griffin, 2020
5-foot-6, 145-pound, right-handed hitting infielder. Offensively, balanced, taller setup, short stride and good balance throughout. Simple, repeatable swing, fluid rhythm, short bat path, gets extension through contact, line-drive approach. 78 mph exit velocity from a tee. Defensively, steady hands, accurate arm, short arm action and clocked at 66 mph. 8.33 runner in the 60.

Daniel Chausse, RHP/OF, Mt. Zion, 2019
6-foot, 160-pound, athletically-built, right-handed hitting two-way prospect. Defensively, long, loose arm action, slot varied between high ¾ and over-the-top, accurate with carry, 83 mph from the outfield. Plays through the ball, getting behind it with soft hands, fluid footwork, quick, clean exchanges. Offensively, balanced setup, long toe-tap stride, maintains good balance through swing. Line drive approach, fluid rhythm, some looseness, uphill barrel path, occasionally level, 76 mph exit velocity off a tee. Ran a 7.73 laser-timed 60. On the mound, short, quick arm action, ¾ arm slot, drop and drive delivery. Works from first base side of rubber, on-line, lands square, finishes crossing over. Fastball, run action, 82-84 mph, touched 85. Curveball, 12/6 shape with depth, near fastball arm speed, threw for strikes. Changeup, fastball arm speed, sink and fade action, swing and miss potential, commanded, 75-77 mph.

Anthony Clark, MIF/RHP, Springfield Southeast, 2018
5-foot-9, 150-pound, two-way prospect. At the plate, right-handed hitter, balanced setup, leg-lift timing trigger and maintains balance throughout. Long, uphill bat path, pull approach. 81 mph exit velocity from a tee. On the infield, steady hands, plays through the baseball, short arm action, accurate throws, topped at 73 mph across the diamond. 7.81 runner in the 60. On the mound, right-handed pitcher, arm works short and over-the-top. Works on-line and front foot lands closed. Four seam fastball, works mostly straight, occasional cut action, 75-78 mph. Two-seam fastball sat at 77-78 mph. Curveball works 12/6, thrown aggressively, sharp action, 65-67 mph.

Jake Curtis, MIF, Chatham-Glenwood, 2020
5-foot-7, 135-pound, right-handed hitting infielder. Offensively, balanced setup, short leg-lift timing trigger, level bat path through the zone and looks to use the middle of the field. 74 mph exit velocity from a tee. Defensively, steady hands, fields athletically in the middle of his body. Loose arm action, ¾ slot and throws clocked at 70 mph across the diamond. 8.06 runner in the 60.

Drew Detmers, RHP/INF, Chatham-Glenwood, 2020
6-foot-1, 185-pound, strong, athletically built, two-way prospect. Highly-projectable 2020 right-handed pitcher. Athletic arm action, works clean, quick and loose; plenty more in the tank. Tall and fall delivery, works with rhythm, online, lands slightly closed and some effort throughout. Fastball jumps out of his hand, late life, arm-side-run at times, sat 84-85 mph. Changeup, feel, works down in the zone, fade action, 72-75 mph. Still learning to harness his curveball. When on flashes advanced depth, 11/5 shape, potential out pitch at 64-67 mph. At the plate, right-handed hitter, balanced setup, short stride and fluid rhythm. Loose hands at times, level bat path through the zone, line-drive approach and flashed bat strength. 83 mph exit velocity from a tee. Defensively, plays through the baseball, works out of a lower slot than on the mound, ¾ to high ¾ and throws topped at 75 mph. 8.06 runner in the 60. High-follow 2020 arm.

Benjamin Fricke, C, Mount Pulaski, 2019
6-foot, 175-pound, right-handed hitting catcher. Offensively, balanced setup, pre-pitch loads back, short stride, maintains some balance through swing. Long, uphill barrel path, 78 mph exit velocity off a tee. Ran an 8.25 laser-timed 60. Defensively, traditional catcher’s actions, short arm action, over-the-top slot, gains ground on throws, fluid footwork, clean exchanges, 67 mph out of the crouch, recorded pop times between 2.38 - 2.41.  

Bryce Griebler, OF, Southeast, 2018
5-foot-9, 145-pound, right-handed hitting outfielder. Defensively, plays through the ball with long arm action, high ¾ arm slot, clean on exchanges, 77 mph from the outfield. Offensively, balanced setup, short stride, maintains balance, short barrel path through zone, 79 mph exit velocity. Ran a 7.02 laser-timed 60.

Evan Herpstreith, RHP/INF, Nokomis, 2021
5-foot-9, 150-pound, two-way prospect with a solid lower half. Projects on the mound. Right-handed pitcher, smooth delivery, stays online and lands square. Arm is loose and quick out of a ¾ to low ¾ window. Fastball thrown for strikes, flashed arm-side-run, sat 76-78 mph. Also threw a cutter, acts like a slider at times, tight spin, 67-69 mph. At the plate, right-handed hitter, balanced setup, leg-kick trigger, looks to lift the baseball,83 mph exit velocity from a tee. On the infield, flashed soft, confident hands, quick release, loose arm. Accurate throws topped at 72 mph across the diamond. 7.74 runner in the 60.

Ben Higgins, OF, Macomb, 2019
5-foot-9, 171-pound, athletic, right-handed hitting outfielder. Offensively, balanced setup, short stride, maintains balance. Gap-to-gap approach, flashed loose hands, short barrel path through the zone, gains extension, present bat speed, fluid rhythm, 86 mph exit velocity. Ran a 7.60 laser-timed 60. Defensively, long arm action, high ¾ arm slot, accurate with some carry, 79 mph from the outfield. Plays through the ball, fluid footwork, quick, clean exchanges.

Jacob Jurgens, LHP/1B, Chatham-Glenwood, 2019
5-foot-11, 160-pound, athletically built, two-way prospect. On the mound, left-handed pitcher, works from the stretch only, hides the ball. Short arm action from a high ¾ slot. Fastball, life through the zone, thrown for strikes, downhill tilt, 80-81 mph. Curveball, 12/6 to 1/7 shape, 66-68 mph. Changeup, thrown for strikes, flashed fade, 70-71 mph. At the plate, left-handed hitter, balanced setup, toe-tap stride and maintains balance through contact. Stays short to the ball, spray, line-drive approach and controlled the barrel. 86 mph exit velocity from a tee. At first base, steady defender, clean exchange, loose arm action and throws clocked at 74 mph across the diamond. 7.65 runner in the 60.

Sergio Marchizza, 1B/RHP, Chatham-Glenwood, 2020
6-foot-2, 175-pound, long, athletically built, two-way prospect. At the plate, right-handed hitter, balanced setup, pre-pitch rhythm, short stride and average balance throughout. Aggressive swing, looks to drive the baseball, loose hands and flashed bat speed. Long bat path, line-drive approach and 87 mph exit velocity from a tee. At first base, reliable hands, clean transfer, long arm action from a high ¾ slot. Throws topped at 71 mph across the diamond. Ran a 7.65 60. Right-handed pitcher, slow repeatable delivery, works online with the plate and lands slightly closed. Long arm action from a high ¾ slot. Fastball works straight, 77-80 mph, topped at 81. Curveball, 12/6 shape, occasional depth, 63-66 mph. Changeup, down, 66-69 mph.

Sam Maroon, C, Sacred Heart-Griffin, 2020
5-foot-11, 160-pound, athletically built, catcher. At the plate, quiet, balanced setup, short stride and minimal wasted movement in swing. Line-drive approach and 72 mph exit velocity from a tee. Behind the plate, athletic, slightly open setup, clean transfer, soft block. Arm works short, over-the-top, throws topped at 69 mph from the crouch. Pop times ranged between 2.29-2.51. 8.01 runner in the 60.

Heath Nolan, INFRHP, Illini Bluffs, 2021
6-foot, 175-pound, athletically built, two-way prospect. Left-handed hitter, balanced setup, bars on load and toe-tap load. Bat path works uphill at times and exit velocity clocked at 87 mph from a tee. At first base, reliable hands, throws from a high ¾ slot and throws clocked at 66 mph across the diamond. 8.23 runner in the 60. On the mound, right-handed pitcher, coiled at balance point and throws from a high ¾ window. Fastball sat 67-69 mph. Curveball ranged between 54-58 mph. Changeup, flashed feel, 60-61 mph.

Lucas Ryan, C, Chatham-Glenwood, 2020
6-foot, 160-pound, athletically-built left-handed hitting catcher. Defensively, traditional catcher’s actions, short arm action, over-the-top slot, accurate with carry on some. Soft receiver, fluid footwork, gains ground, clean on exchanges, 74 mph out of the crouch, recorded pop times between 2.22 - 2.32. Offensively, athletic, crouching setup, heel lift stride, maintains some balance, flashed loose hands, power-pull approach, 87 mph exit velocity off a tee. Ran a 7.31 laser-timed 60.

Brady Thomas, INF, Athens, 2021
5-foot-9, 135-pound, lean, right-handed hitting infielder with plenty of room for continued physical development. Offensively, balanced setup, pre-pitch load, short stride, maintains balance and finishes on his backside. Fluid rhythm, consistent hard contact, line-drive pull approach; 74 mph exit velocity from a tee. Defensively, sure hands, clean exchange. Long arm action from a high ¾ slot, accurate arm clocked at 70 mph across the diamond. 8.00 runner in the 60, laser-timed.

Gavin Wahlbrink, RHP/INF, Chatham-Glenwood, 2019
5-foot-11, 155-pound, two-way prospect. On the mound, right-handed pitcher, repeatable delivery, works with rhythm and stays on-line. Throws a high-volume of strikes with his three-pitch mix. Arm is loose and quick from a ¾ to low ¾ slot. Fastball flashed arm-side-action, sat 80-82 mph. Curveball, feel, sharp spin, depth, 11/5 shape, sat 70-71 mph. Changeup, maintains fastball arm speed at times, run and fade, 75-77 mph. At the plate, right-handed hitter, open setup, toe-tap stride and average balance through contact. Long bat path, line-drive approach and controlled the barrel at times. 81 mph exit velocity from a tee. On the infield, reliable hands, loose arm, accurate throws clocked at 78 mph across the diamond. 7.43 runner in the 60, laser-timed.

Kyle Werries, RHP, INF, Chatham-Glenwood, 2018
Recent Lincoln Land CC commit. 5-foot-11, 180-pound, strong, durable, two-way prospect. On the mound, right-handed pitcher, drop and drive delivery, works on-line, repeats and some effort throughout. Clean, loose, quick arm action from a high ¾ slot. Fastball works straight, heaviness down in the zone at times, 81-83 mph, touching 84. Curveball, thrown aggressively, 11/5 shape, 68-71 mph. Changeup, worked 71-73 mph. At the plate, right-handed hitter, balanced setup, smooth load, short stride and maintains good balance throughout. Present bat speed, path stays level through the zone, extension through contact, consistent hard contact, gap-to-gap approach and fluid rhythm throughout. 87 mph exit velocity from a tee. Defensively, profiles as a corner infielder. Steady, sure hands, clean transfer, loose arm, throws topped at 77 mph across the diamond. 7.69 runner in the 60.

Anthony Zanin, OF, Sacred Heart-Griffin, 2020
5-foot-11, 160-pound, right-handed hitting outfielder. Offensively, balanced, tall setup, short, leg kick timing-trigger, opposite field approach, short barrel path, 75 mph exit velocity. Ran an 8.09 laser-timed 60. Defensively, long, firm arm action, high ¾ arm slot, 66 mph from the outfield.

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