Central Illinois Open: Position Player Analysis


By: Illinois Scouting Staff

On Tuesday, July 12th, the PBR Illinois staff traveled to The Corn Crib in Normal, IL, to host the annual Central Illinois Open. This event was open to all 2023-to-2026 graduates and featured more than 50 prospects from the Central Illinois region, allowing our scouts an opportunity to check-in on these athletes as the summer rolls on. 

A few prospects that just missed out on the top-five but are deserving of a mention are OF/C Logan Roepke (Teutopolis, 2023), OF/RHP Blake Norton (Salt Fork, 2023) and MIF Aiden Cicogna (Stillman Valley, 2024), among others. 

Roepke ran a 6.80 60 and has a simple, direct right-handed swing and was on time and on the barrel throughout his round. 

Norton had one of the more physical builds at the event, listed at 6-foot-3, 195-pounds. At the plate, the right-handed hitter stayed on plane and drove balls with authority to both gaps; his furthest batted ball traveled 344’.

Cicogna was one of the top defenders on the day moving with fluid, clean footwork and natural, confident infield actions. Cicogna played well on the move, showed a smooth double play turn and soft hands. Has the actions and hands to stick up the middle of the infield moving forward.

A couple of offensive 20925 prospects to follow moving forward were INF Keegan Schultz (Altamont) and Kaidin Bond (LaSalle-Peru). Schultz has a 5-foot-11, 165-pound, wide-shouldered, athletic frame and made hard gap-to-gap contact with more power to come down the road. Bond has a loose, fluid swing with upside.

Read on below for a look at the Top-five position players from the event and every other position player report from the day.

TOP POSITION PLAYERS

1. Devan Tupper, Normal University (IL), 2024
Positional Profile: OF/RHP
Body: 6-2, 170-pounds.
Hit: RHH. Balanced setup, open base, smooth hand load, short stride.  Present bat speed and twitch, stays short and flat through the zone, ball jumps off the barrel.
Power: 93 max exit velocity, averaged 81.6 mph. 329’ max distance.
Arm: RH. OF - 88 mph. Long and loose arm action, 3/4 slot, life to the bag.
Defense: Clean, athletic actions, plays through the baseball in rhythm, sure-handed.
Run: 6.81 runner in the 60. Athletic, long strides.

2. Jake Morrill, Normal West (IL), 2023 Black Hawk JC commit.
Positional Profile: OF
Body: 6-0, 175-pounds. Strong body.
Hit: LHH. Balanced setup, smooth load, quick leg kick trigger.  Fast bat, quick twitch, stays short and through the baseball. Hard backspin contact, ball jumps off the barrel. Polished round.
Power: 97 max exit velocity, averaged 87.6 mph. 330’ max distance.
Arm: RH. OF - 82 mph. Long and loose arm action, high 3/4 slot.
Defense: Light on his feet, athletic, clean actions, plays through the baseball, sure-handed.
Run: 7.11 runner in the 60. 

3. Taylor Voorhees, St. Joseph Ogden (IL), 2023
Positional Profile: 3B
Body: 5-11, 175-pounds. Strong build.
Hit: RHH. Tall stance, hands load in rhythm, steady leg lift trigger, balanced through contact.  Simple swing, gets to his bat speed with ease. Loose, strong hands, ball jumps off the barrel at times, lifted hard contact.
Power: 93 max exit velocity, averaged 84.3 mph. 318’ max distance.
Arm: RH. INF - 80 mph. Short arm path, high 3/4 slot. Works from a 3/4 slot on the move.
Defense: Fields in the middle of the body, steady defender, clean release and sure handed.
Run: 7.30 runner in the 60. 

4. Griffin Graue, Glenwood (IL), 2023
Positional Profile: C
Body: 6-2, 175-pounds.
Hit: RHH. Crouched stance, hands start at midline and slot slightly back, short stride. Strong hands, fast bat, stays compact, repeats and consistently drove baseballs to the pull side of the field.
Power: 95 max exit velocity, averaged 83.5 mph. 315’ max distance.
Arm: RH. C - 75 mph. OF - 86 mph. Short loose arm action, high 3/4 slot and quick to release. Accurate behind the plate. Longer draw from the outfield, loose high 3/4 slot.
Defense: 2.06 - 2.16 pop times. C: Quick/clean transfer, gains ground on throws to second, feet work in-line, moves well into block, deadens the ball out front, athletic mover out of the crouch. OF: Clean actions, controlled through release and works on-line.
Run: 7.13 runner in the 60. 

5. Trey Carter, Williamsville (IL), 2023 Lincoln Land CC commit.
Positional Profile: C
Body: 5-10, 140-pounds. Wiry build.
Hit: RHH. Balanced setup, active hands pre-pitch, bat tips at load, controlled leg lift trigger. Fluid swing, long and level through the zone, natural lift at times and pull-side approach.
Power: 88 max exit velocity, averaged 77.1 mph. 323’ max distance.
Arm: RH. C - 74 mph. Short arm circle, high 3/4 window. Some on-the-bag accuracy.
Defense: 2.14 - 2.27 pop times. Clean transfer, works in-line with second.
Run: 7.65 runner in the 60. 

BEST OF THE REST (LISTED ALPHABETICALLY)

Wyatt Beer, Mascoutah (IL), 2024
Positional Profile: SS
Body: 5-10, 180-pounds. Thick lower-half.
Hit: RHH. Crouched setup, high hand start, active pre-pitch, quick toe-gap trigger.  Strong hands, swings with controlled aggression, lift through contact.
Power: 87 max exit velocity, averaged 76.4 mph. 312’ max distance.
Arm: RH. INF - 79 mph. Short arm draw, 3/4 arm slot. Quick to release.
Defense: Active feet, plays with energy and range, plays through in rhythm and quick release.
Run: 7.66 runner in the 60. 

Kaedin Bond, Lasalle-Peru (IL), 2025
Positional Profile: 3B
Body: 5-10, 165-pounds.
Hit: RHH. Balanced setup, hands load into a high back elbow, short stride.  Fluid rhythm, quiet, easy swing, strong hands, bat stays through the hitting zone, and uses the big part of the diamond.
Power: 84 max exit velocity, averaged 74.5 mph. 298’ max distance.
Arm: RH. INF - 68 mph. Compact draw on the backside, high 3/4 slot.
Defense: Clean actions, sure-hands, some length through release. Comfortable working to both sides.
Run: 8.21 runner in the 60. 

Hayden Bugger, Triad (IL), 2025
Positional Profile: SS
Body: 5-10, 135-pounds. Wiry build.
Hit: RHH. Balanced lower half, handsy swing into a back slot, toe-tap trigger.  Aggressive swing, athletic, quick hands, steep into the zone at times. Pull side approach.
Power: 82 max exit velocity, averaged 73 mph. 304’ max distance.
Arm: RH. INF - 77 mph. Tight compact window, 3/4 slot.
Defense: Calm defender, gets around and plays through the baseball in rhythm, quick release. Advanced double play turn for his age. Aggressive infielder with ability to stick on the infield.
Run: 7.59 runner in the 60. 

Mason Buzicky, Normal West (IL), 2023
Positional Profile: SS
Body: 5-10, 159-pounds.
Hit: RHH. Crouched stance, hands start at midline and work back, strides short.  Short path, direct to the zone, line-drive approach and pull-side tendencies.
Power: 87 max exit velocity, averaged 82.5 mph. 314’ max distance.
Arm: RH. INF - 72 mph. OF - 73 mph. Long arm path to release, high 3/4 slot.
Defense: Aggressive defender, attacks the baseball, light on his feet. Plays through the baseball in rhythm and gains ground.
Run: 7.28 runner in the 60. Long strides. 

Owen Cavanaugh, Normal Community (IL), 2024
Positional Profile: SS
Body: 6-0, 145-pounds. Long, athletic body.
Hit: RHH. Tall setup with some knee bend, hands start high and work back at load, short toe-tap trigger.  Level path, swing stays on plane, hands work on top, uses the middle of the field, line drive approach and stays balanced through contact.
Power: 85 max exit velocity, averaged 68.6 mph. 268’ max distance.
Arm: RH. INF - 77 mph. Long arm draw, loose out front from a high 3/4 slot.
Defense: Steady defender, clean release, plays easy. Sure-handed.
Run: 7.19 runner in the 60. 

Aiden Cicogna, Stillman Valley (IL), 2024
Positional Profile: SS/2B
Body: 5-7, 130-pounds. Athletic build.
Hit: RHH. Balanced lower half, smooth load with rhythm, short stride, balanced through contact.  Quiet, simple swing, hands work on top of the baseball at times. Repeats, feel for the barrel and uses the whole field.
Power: 84 max exit velocity, averaged 77.1 mph. 250’ max distance.
Arm: RH. INF - 75 mph. Short, loose arm works quickly from a high 3/4 slot. Athletic on the move, will comfortably drop slots.
Defense: Athletic actions, clean footwork, plays through the baseball in rhythm, plays well on the move with body control, smooth double play turn and soft hands. Actions and hands to stick on the infield.
Run: 7.58 runner in the 60.

Sam DesCarpentrie, Normal West  (IL), 2024
Positional Profile: C
Body: 5-11, 179-pounds.
Hit: RHH. Crouched lower half, rhythmic hand load back, short stride.  Compact swing, bat stays through the zone, ball jumps off the barrel at times.
Power: 91 max exit velocity, averaged 73.5 mph. 180’ max distance.
Arm: RH. C - 72 mph. Short arm path finishes from a high 3/4 slot.
Defense: 2.14 - 2.28 pop times. Clean transfer, works low to the ground out of the crouch, feet work in-line to second, deadens the ball out front on blocks, athletic mover.
Run: 7.54 runner in the 60.  

Nicholas Donelan, Williamsville (IL), 2023
Positional Profile: OF
Body: 6-0, 170-pounds.
Hit: RHH. Tall setup, narrow base, high hand start, leg kick trigger to foot strike.  Level, compact swing, pull-side approach, on the barrel with hard contact.
Power: 90 max exit velocity, averaged 75.8 mph. 329’ max distance.
Arm: RH. OF - 74 mph. Short draw, over-the-top slot.
Defense: Patient to the baseball, clean release and steady hands.
Run: 7.26 runner in the 60. Long strides.

Lawson Doyle, Huntington North (IN), 2023
Positional Profile: OF
Body: 5-11, 195-pounds.
Hit: RHH. Narrow base, open stance, tall setup, simple back load, short stride with balance.  Quiet swing, bat stays flat through the zone, creates hard, lifted backspin contact, works mostly to the pull side of the field.
Power: 90 max exit velocity, averaged 84.9 mph. 325’ max distance.
Arm: RH. OF - 79 mph. Shorter compact draw, high 3/4 slot.
Defense: Clean actions, plays through with rhythm and balance. Sure-hands, tall through exchange.
Run: 7.53 runner in the 60. 

Connor Drowns, Pekin (IL), 2023
Positional Profile: C
Body: 5-7, 160-pounds.
Hit: RHH. Balanced setup, simple back load, short stride to closed.  Short path, strong hands, looks to control the barrel, pulls-side tendencies.
Power: 86 max exit velocity, averaged 81.4 mph. 242’ max distance.
Arm: LH. C - 72 mph. OF - 76 mph. Short arm draw works from a high 3/4 slot.
Defense: 2.24 - 2.28 pop times. C: Quick/clean exchange, athletic mover into blocks, deadens the ball out front, athletic out of the crouch. OF: Clean actions, gets around the baseball, steady hands.
Run: 7.15 runner in the 60. 

Trent Durham, Normal West (IL), 2024
Positional Profile: 3B
Body: 5-9, 160-pounds.
Hit: RHH. Balanced setup, quick high slot into a vertical barrel set, strides short.  Simple swing, long path, stays up the middle of the field, consistently was on time.
Power: 87 max exit velocity, averaged 81.2 mph. 288’ max distance.
Arm: RH. INF - 76 mph. Short compact arm circle, high 3/4 release.
Defense: Athletic actions, rhythm, clean glove-to-hand exchange and plays comfortably on the move. Soft hands and advanced double play turn.
Run: 7.59 runner in the 60. Long legs, long strides.

Parker Eickhorst, Bloomington Central Catholic (IL), 2025
Positional Profile: 1B
Body: 6-4, 165-pounds. Tall, wiry build.
Hit: RHH. Tall stance, smooth hand load, controlled leg lift trigger with some balance through contact.  Stays short to the ball, on-plane and repeats. Consistently on time and worked the pull-side gap.
Power: 80 max exit velocity, averaged 74.6 mph. 262’ max distance.
Arm: RH. INF - 71 mph. Short arm action, 3/4 slot.
Defense: Athletic actions, bouncy defender, steady hands and clean release.
Run: 8.19 runner in the 60. Long strides.

Ashton Ertz, Payson Seymour (IL), 2024
Positional Profile: OF
Body: 5-9, 160-pounds.
Hit: RHH. Balanced, athletic look, simple and smooth hand load, short stride.  Strong, aggressive swing. Stays compact and repeatable, uses the pull-side of the diamond.
Power: 87 max exit velocity, averaged 78.7 mph. 271’ max distance.
Arm: RH. OF - 71 mph. Tight arm window, over-the-top slot.
Defense: Long, clean strided, gets around and behind the baseball.
Run: 7.69 runner in the 60. 

Cade Farquer, Williamsfield (IL), 2024
Positional Profile: 1B
Body: 6-2, 205-pounds.
Hit: LHH. Balanced setup, quick hand hitch at load, strides short. Easy swing, hands stay on top, fluid rhythm and finishes on balance. Works the opposite field gap at times.
Power: 88 max exit velocity, averaged 73.5 mph. 239’ max distance.
Arm: RH. INF - 68 mph. Short draw into a 3/4 slot.
Defense: Two-hand gather out front, keeps the ball in front to both sides.
Run: 8.48 runner in the 60. 

John Feldman, Dunlap  (IL), 2026
Positional Profile: C/3B
Body: 5-5, 140-pounds.
Hit: SH. Tall stance, high front foot start, hands work back, short stride.  Long bat path, pull-side approach, long through the zone.
Power: 84 max exit velocity, averaged 73.7 mph. 264’ max distance.
Arm: RH. C - 63 mph. INF - 65 mph. Long arm path to release, 3/4 slot.
Defense: 2.41 - 2.50 pop times. C: Clean transfer, feet work in-line to second, stays tall on blocks, deadens the ball out front. INF: Patient to the baseball, clean through release.
Run: 7.48 runner in the 60. 

Andrew Gillihan, Mount Carmel (IL), 2024
Positional Profile: SS
Body: 5-11, 160-pounds. Well-proportioned frame.
Hit: LHH. Tall stance, hands load back into a high back elbow, minimal stride.  Coiled swing, pull-side tendencies, flashed quick hands and natural lift.
Power: 88 max exit velocity, averaged 77.1 mph. 280’ max distance.
Arm: RH. INF - 72 mph. Short draw, compact on the backside, 3/4 slot.
Defense: Clean defender, smooth release and steady hands.
Run: 7.67 runner in the 60. 

Nathan Hannon, Palatine (IL), 2023
Positional Profile: OF
Body: 6-3, 140-pounds.
Hit: RHH. Balanced lower half, open setup, active hands pre-pitch, short stride.  Simple swing, natural lift, uses the whole field, present levers.
Power: 76 max exit velocity, averaged 68.9 mph. 243’ max distance.
Arm: RH. OF - 72 mph. Arm draws down from the glove, high 3/4 slot.
Defense: Long, easy strides, light on his feet, clean through release.
Run: 7.66 runner in the 60. 

Carter Harris, Normal Community (IL), 2026
Positional Profile: OF
Body: 6-1, 145-pounds. Tall, wiry build.
Hit: LHH. Tall stance, minimal load, quick leg lift trigger.  Quiet swing, long path, uphill through the zone, and uses the big part of the diamond.
Power: 81 max exit velocity, averaged 71 mph. 245’ max distance.
Arm: RH. OF - 76 mph. Compact arm action, 3/4 slot.
Defense: Easy actions, plays through the baseball in rhythm, gains ground through release.
Run: 7.79 runner in the 60. 

Owen Hawkins, Mattoon (IL), 2024
Positional Profile: C/3B
Body: 5-11, 180-pounds.
Hit: RHH. Balanced lower half, active hands slot back in rhythm, short stride to foot strike.  Present bat strength, uphill through the zone, looks to elevate the baseball to the pull side.
Power: 85 max exit velocity, averaged 76.7 mph. 324’ max distance.
Arm: RH. C - 75 mph. INF - 71 mph. Short arm action, high 3/4 release. Longer path on the backside from the infield.
Defense: 2.19 - 2.21 pop times. C: Clean transfer out of the glove, feet work directionally with second out of the crouch. INF: Fields the ball into the middle of his body, clean release.
Run: 7.85 runner in the 60. 

Sean Jenkins, Normal West (IL), 2025
Positional Profile: C
Body: 6-0, 180-pounds.
Hit: RHH. Tall stance, narrow base, handsy load into a back slot, short stride.  Uphill swing, flashed quick twitch, stays on-plane and works to the pull side.
Power: 90 max exit velocity, averaged 78.1 mph. 260’ max distance.
Arm: RH. C - 66 mph. OF - 72 mph. Arm draws back from the glove and finishes from an over the top slot.
Defense: 2.39-2.50 pop times. C: Clean transfer, gains ground to second on throws, feet work in-line, deadens the ball out front on blocks. OF: Patient to the baseball, length through release.
Run: 7.42 runner in the 60. 

Sawyer Laffoon, Milford  (IL), 2023
Positional Profile: C/2B
Body: 5-10, 150-pounds.
Hit: RHH. Balanced setup, simple hand load, short stride.  Quiet swing, level through the zone, on the barrel and line-drive pull-side approach.
Power: 83 max exit velocity, averaged 76.8 mph. 297’ max distance.
Arm: RH. C - 72 mph. INF - 72 mph. Short, over the top slot. Works down from a 3/4 slot on the infield.
Defense: 2.19 - 2.35 pop times. C: Clean transfer, moves well into block, deadens ball out front. INF: Can play on the move, shows body control, clean athletic double play turn.
Run: 7.55 runner in the 60. 

Michael Lucas, Lincoln (IL), 2024
Positional Profile: SS
Body: 5-10, 150-pounds.
Hit: RHH. Balanced lower half, open base, hands work back at load, strides short.  Short, uphill swing with twitch.  Flashed bat speed, lift through contact and worked gap-to-gap.
Power: 82 max exit velocity, averaged 74.7 mph. 291’ max distance.
Arm: RH. INF - 68 mph. Arm draws down and back from the glove, high 3/4 slot.
Defense: Clean actions, plays with body control, steady hands.
Run: 7.45 runner in the 60. 

Cole Martz, Huntington North (IN), 2023
Positional Profile: RHP
Body: 6-0, 180-pounds. Well-proportioned, athletic.
Hit: RHH. Open base, balanced lower half, hands coil into the back elbow at load, short stride to even.  Relaxed look in the box, athletic hands, works on-plane with natural lift throughout and worked the pull-side gap.
Power: 93 max exit velocity, averaged 84.8 mph. 328’ max distance.
Arm: RH. INF - 79 mph. Long arm draw on the backside, 3/4 slot. Loose out front.
Defense: Clean footwork, gets around the baseball, plays low to the ground at times, steady hands and body control on the move.
Run: 7.19 runner in the 60. 

Thomas Mickels, Peoria Notre Dame (IL), 2025
Positional Profile: RHP
Body: 5-11, 135-pounds. Lanky, long limbs.
Hit: RHH. Crouched setup, hands start back, minimal load, short stride.  Quiet, simple swing, controls the barrel, uses the whole field.
Power: 80 max exit velocity, averaged 73.5 mph. 273’ max distance.
Arm: RH. OF - 72 mph. Arm plays long on the back side and works from an over-the-top slot.
Defense: Attacks the baseball, long strided, sure-handed and some length through release.
Run: 7.87 runner in the 60. 

Jarret Muchow, Mattoon (IL), 2024
Positional Profile: RHP
Body: 5-11, 165-pounds.
Hit: RHH. Balanced setup, hands start back and stay back, short stride.  Long path, line-drive approach, uses the whole field with occasional lift.
Power: 81 max exit velocity, averaged 73.2 mph. 278’ max distance.
Arm: RH. INF - 74 mph. Short arm action, 3/4 slot.
Defense: Fields the ball in the middle of body, steady through release.
Run: 7.93 runner in the 60. 

Mason Nolasco, Stevenson (IL), 2026
Positional Profile: OF/RHP
Body: 5-11, 140-pounds.
Hit: RHH. Balanced base, slight drop at load, short stride. Level swing, backspin contact at times, pull side approach.
Power: 82 max exit velocity, averaged 72.7 mph. 295’ max distance.
Arm: RH. OF - 72 mph. Long and loose arm path, high 3/4 slot.
Defense: Quick, active feet, gets behind the baseball and flashed a quick release.
Run: 7.85 runner in the 60. 

Blake Norton, Salt Fork (IL), 2023
Positional Profile: RHP
Body: 6-3, 195-pounds. Strong frame.
Hit: RHH. Tall stance with some knee bend, hands work back in rhythm, short stride, controlled aggression.  Compact swing, stays on plane, uphill through the zone, gap-to-gap approach and strength through contact.
Power: 92 max exit velocity, averaged 83.5 mph. 344’ max distance.
Arm: RH. OF - 88 mph. Long, full arm circle, plays quick and from a high 3/4 to over-the-top slot.
Defense: Plays light on his feet, attacks the baseball and plays through with occasional length through release.
Run: 7.34 runner in the 60. 

Blake Regenold, Tri-Valley (IL), 2023
Positional Profile: C
Body: 6-0, 195-pounds.
Hit: RHH. Tall narrow base, active hands that slot back at load, quick leg kick trigger.  Short path, strong hands, work on top of the baseball, steep into the zone at times, backspins the baseball at times.
Power: 91 max exit velocity, averaged 80.1 mph. 262’ max distance.
Arm: RH. C - 67 mph. Short arm slot, long to release from an over-the-top slot.
Defense: 2.46 - 2.51 pop times. Clean transfer, feet work in-line out of the crouch, moves well out of the crouch.
Run: 7.16 runner in the 60. 

Dominic Ricconi, El Paso-Gridley (IL), 2025
Positional Profile: C/3B
Body: 5-10, 160-pounds.
Hit: RHH. Narrow base, slightly open stance, high hands work back at load, toe-tap trigger.  Flat/direct bat path, backspin contact at times, line-drive approach and uses the whole field.
Power: 81 max exit velocity, averaged 66.9 mph. 249’ max distance.
Arm: RH. C - 67 mph. Compact arm path, finishes from a 3/4 slot.
Defense: 2.38 - 2.46 pop times. Clean transfer, feet work in-line to second, deadens the ball out front on blocks.
Run: 8.20 runner in the 60. 

Logan Roepke, Teutopolis (IL), 2023
Positional Profile: C
Body: 5-9, 155-pounds.
Hit: RHH. Tall stance with a slight knee bend, minimal hand movement, toe-tap trigger.  Short path, consistently on time, balanced through contact, pull-side tendencies.
Power: 86 max exit velocity, averaged 80.7 mph. 274’ max distance.
Arm: RH. C - 73 mph. OF - 79 mph. Short draw with some wrap, over-the-top slot.
Defense: 2.26 - 2.32 pop times. C: Clean transfer, gains ground to second on throws, works in-line out of the crouch, moves athletically out of the crouch. OF: Aggressive to the baseball, quick feet and clean exchange.
Run: 6.80 runner in the 60. Athletic.

Tate Schaefer, Pekin Community (IL), 2023
Positional Profile: RHP
Body: 6-1, 175-pounds.
Hit: RHH. Tall stance, open base, tight hands work back at load, short stride.  Handsy swing, creates whip at times, line-drive pull-side approach.
Power: 83 max exit velocity, averaged 77.8 mph. 258’ max distance.
Arm: RH. INF - 69 mph. Short compact draw, high 3/4 slot.
Defense: Plays low to the ground, patient to the baseball and clean through release.
Run: 7.51 runner in the 60. 

Gavin Schuett, Mukwonago (WI), 2023
Positional Profile: OF/RHP
Body: 5-11, 155-pounds.
Hit: RHH. Slight crouch in the lower half, hands tip into a vertical barrel at load, toe-tap timing trigger.  Aggressive swing, long path, uses the whole field, works gap-to-gap.
Power: 88 max exit velocity, averaged 81.3 mph. 286’ max distance.
Arm: RH. OF - 82 mph. Long and loose draw with whippy arm speed, high 3/4 slot.
Defense: Clean, athletic mover, and plays through the baseball.
Run: 7.28 runner in the 60. 

Keegan Schultz, Altamont (IL), 2025
Positional Profile: SS
Body: 5-11, 165-pounds.
Hit: RHH. Wide, slightly crouched setup, weight over the balls of his feet, long stride. Short swing, flashed bat speed and bat strength. Natural lift through contact. Hard gap-to-gap contact.
Power: 87 max exit velocity, averaged 72.7 mph. 307’ max distance.
Arm: RH. INF - 71 mph. Long/loose arm from a 3/4 slot.
Defense: Steady defender, secures the baseball through release, active footwork.
Run: 7.67 runner in the 60. Athletic. 

Brady Sears, Bloomington Central Catholic (IL), 2025
Positional Profile: SS
Body: 5-9, 150-pounds.
Hit: RHH. Balanced setup, slightly open base, hands work back at load, leg lift trigger.  Long uphill path, looks to lift the baseball to the pull-side of the diamond.
Power: 82 max exit velocity, averaged 72.2 mph. 284’ max distance.
Arm: RH. INF - 73 mph. Longer draw, finishes from a high 3/4 slot. Works from a 3/4 slot on the move.
Defense: Active footwork, sure-handed, clean glove-to-hand exchange.
Run: 7.72 runner in the 60. 

Cam Semelroth, Limestone  (IL), 2023
Positional Profile: 3B/OF
Body: 5-8, 170-pounds.
Hit: RHH. Balanced setup, smooth and controlled load, rhythmic leg lift trigger, stays balanced through contact.  Quick hands, present bat speed, long path, works uphill at times, easy jump off the barrel and consistent hard contact.
Power: 94 max exit velocity, averaged 89.5 mph. 338’ max distance.
Arm: RH. OF - 76 mph. Long arm path finishes from a high 3/4 slot.
Defense: Attacks the baseball at times, plays through the baseball in rhythm.
Run: 7.55 runner in the 60. Long strides.

Harley Sharp, Williamsville (IL), 2023
Positional Profile: OF
Body: 5-11, 155-pounds. Athletic build.
Hit: RHH. Tall stance with slight knee bend, bat tips at load, leg kick trigger.  Athletic, loose swing, collapses into backside at times. Uphill path, fluid rhythm throughout and looks to elevate the baseball.
Power: 89 max exit velocity, averaged 84.3 mph. 338’ max distance.
Arm: RH. OF - 82 mph. Arm plays long on the backside, high 3/4 slot with arm speed out front.
Defense: Precise routes, clean, easy footwork and plays through the baseball.
Run: 7.23 runner in the 60. 

Will Strehl, Normal West (IL), 2023 Marian (WI) commit.
Positional Profile: 3B
Body: 5-9, 150-pounds.
Hit: LHH. Staggered start, bat tips as hands work back, toe-tap timing trigger.  Quick hands, stays inside the baseball, level through the zone, line drive up the middle approach.
Power: 87 max exit velocity, averaged 80.3 mph. 307’ max distance.
Arm: RH. C - 74 mph. INF - 78 mph. Short, high 3/4 slot, plays with carry on the bag. Loose on the infield from a 3/4 window.
Defense: 2.09 - 2.21 pop times. C: Quick/clean transfer, feet work in-line to second, deadens the ball out front, moves well out of the crouch. INF;: Quick feet, maintains body control on the move, steady hands, clean double play turn.
Run: 7.41 runner in the 60. 

Ryan Theile, Normal Community (IL), 2024
Positional Profile: C/1B
Body: 6-1, 165-pounds.
Hit: RHH. Balanced lower half, hands slot back, vertical barrel set, short stride.  Present levers, direct path, consistently on time and on the barrel, pull-side tendencies.
Power: 88 max exit velocity, averaged 83.4 mph. 305’ max distance.
Arm: RH. C - 69 mph. Short draw, high 3/4 slot, consistently put throws on the bag.
Defense: 2.27 - 2.33 pop times. Clean transfer, quick transition out of the glove, deadens the ball out front on blocks.
Run: 8.09 runner in the 60. 

Rocco Trevino, Bishop McNamara (IL), 2026
Positional Profile: LHP
Body: 5-10, 135-pounds.
Hit: LHH. Tall setup, narrow base, works back at load, toe-tap trigger.  Long swing, uphill path, looks to lift the baseball and works gap-to-gap. Flashed fluid rhythm.
Power: 76 max exit velocity, averaged 65.3 mph. 228’ max distance.
Arm: LH. OF - 67 mph. Short arm action 3/4 slot.
Defense: Aggressive to the baseball at times, plays through in rhythm, clean exchange.
Run: 7.78 runner in the 60. 

Cole Wilson, LeRoy (IL), 2025
Positional Profile: 2B/SS
Body: 5-9, 140-pounds.
Hit: SH. Crouched stance, active hands pre-pitch, handsy load, strides short . RH: Simple swing, hands stay inside the baseball, comfortable driving the ball the other way. LH: Long, simple swing, uses the whole field, looks to control the barrel.
Power: 82 max exit velocity, averaged 67.4 mph. 240’ max distance.
Arm: RH. INF - 67 mph. Arm plays with some length on the backside, 3/4 slot.
Defense: Patient to the baseball, fields in the middle of the body, body control on the move.
Run: 7.98 runner in the 60. 

Daniel Wilson, Peoria Notre Dame (IL), 2025
Positional Profile: RHP
Body: 6-5, 195-pounds.
Hit: RHH. Balanced setup, minimal load, strides out.  Quiet swing, minimal wasted movement, long path, uses the whole field.
Power: 79 max exit velocity, averaged 68.4 mph. 238’ max distance.
Arm: RH. OF - 74 mph. Long arm action, 3/4 slot.
Defense: Patient to the baseball, secures through release.
Run: 7.71 runner in the 60. 

Carson Wort, Pawnee (IL), 2025
Positional Profile: C
Body: 5-9, 165-pounds.
Hit: RHH. Balanced squared stance, slight back slot at load, quick short stride.  Level swing, stays compact and on-plane. Pull-side approach, on time and on the barrel consistently.
Power: 87 max exit velocity, averaged 71 mph. 305’ max distance.
Arm: RH. C - 72 mph. Compact draw to the ear, high 3/4 slot.
Defense: 2.20 - 2.34 pop times. Quick/clean transfer, gains ground to second on throws, plays low to the ground, adjusts to balls out of the zone well on throws down to second, moves athletically out of the crouch.
Run: 7.50 runner in the 60.

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