Chicago Preseason I.D.: Outfielder Analysis


By: Adam Panayotovich
Area Scout

The inaugural Chicago Preseason I.D. was held on Feb. 23 at the Pullman Community Center in Chicago, IL. The event saw 80+ players from the greater Chicagoland area ranging from all HS classes, 19' to 22'.

Shortly following the event we shared an instant analysis from the showcase with our Quick Hits and Stat Story. Yesterday we began the positional breakdown with the catchers and today we look at all outfielders in attendance.

Brandon Rogers (Brother Rice) may be a 2022 prospect, but there is no lack of talent in his game hence the top rank. There is plenty of twitch and upside the Crusaders will dream on as he continues to mature his already impressive frame and actions. Make sure to keep an eye out for the infielder analysis top ranks, as Rogers has just as much talent on the infield dirt.

Robert Walker III (Kenwood, 2020) finished right behind Rogers, but blew away all competition in the 60-yard dash running a blazing 6.67. A twitchy, highly athletic multi-positional player, Walker has rhythm in his swing and plays with bounce in the outfield.

Brother Rice has a promising future as another 2022 Crusader rounds out the Top-3 in Jack Lausch. An able runner at 7.07, Lausch has an advanced swing for a freshman with just as much upside on the mound, perhaps a little more.

To see how the Top-10 list played out along with analysis on all other outfielders at the Chicago event, continue on below.


TOP OUTFIELD PROSPECTS

1. Brandon Rogers, Brother Rice, 2022
Positional Profile: SS/OF Advanced abilities for classification.
Body: 5-foot-9, 155-pounds. Highly athletic frame, present lower half strength.
Run: 7.19 runner in the 60. Athletic runner, light on his feet.
Hit: RHH. Athletic setup, smooth load, short toe lift stride, calm-pre pitch, maintains control. Fluid bat path on an uphill plane, short to the ball, loose hands with quick twitch, line drive ability with rhythm through contact.
Power: 79 mph exit velocity from the tee. Fast bat speed, flashed ability to lift the ball.
Arm: RH.  INF - 76 mph. OF - 82 mph. Short and loose arm action, showed carry and accuracy in the outfield. Similar arm action in the infield, multi-angle slot.
Defense: Fluid footwork, work in rhythm through the ball, steady hands, quick and clean to release in the outfield. Soft hands in the infield, ranges with ease, stays low, plays through, quick to release.

2. Robert Walker III, Kenwood, 2020
Positional Profile: OF/SS Highly athletic upside, foot speed projects more in the outfield.
Body: 5-foot-9, 135-pounds. Wiry frame with highly athletic actions.
Run: 6.67 runner in the 60. Plus, fleet footed runner, quick strides.
Hit: RHH. Balanced setup, smooth load, short leg lift stride, maintains control and keeps it simple. Short, compact bat path, rhythmic hands, line drive hitter with an all fields approach, smooth.
Power: 83 mph exit velocity from the tee. Power potential as his frame continues to fill out.
Arm: RH.  INF - 83 mph. OF - 84 mph. Short, quick arm action in the outfield, long to release, over the top slot. Quicker release in the infield, loose and short arm action, high 3/4 slot.
Defense: Active, quick feet, plays with bounce, works through the ball in the outfield, some effort. Reliable hands in the infield, ranges with ease.

3. Jack Lausch, Brother Rice, 2022
Positional Profile: RHP/OF
Body: 6-foot-2, 165-pounds. Athletic frame and action, high upside.
Run: 7.07 runner in the 60. Long, fluid strides.
Hit: LHH. Tall setup, smooth load, short stride, toe lifted, keeps it simple. Loose hands, short to the ball, gap-to-gap approach with rhythm and twitch  through contact.
Power: 81 mph exit velocity from the tee. Present bat speed, flashed quick twitch with signs of power potential.
Arm: RH. OF - 83 mph. Short and loose arm action, quick arm speed, high 3/4 slot, comes out easy.
Defense: Fluid footwork, efficient routes, gains ground, soft hands, clean exchange, long to release, plays through.

4. Kendall Green, Champaign Centennial, 2020
Positional Profile: OF Follow 2020, athletic upside.
Body: 5-foot-7, 165-pounds. High-waisted, athletic frame.
Run: 7.12 runner in the 60. Athletic runner.
Hit: LHH. Balanced setup, smooth load back,  short toe-tap trigger, maintains control. Short, fluid and level bat path, present quick bat speed, line drive contact to all fields, repeats with rhythm throughout.
Power: 83 mph exit velocity from the tee.
Arm: LH. OF - 79 mph. Short arm action, high 3/4 slot.
Defense: Fluid footwork, soft hands into a quick and clean transfer, plays through the ball.

5. Patrick Miller, Plainfield North, 2020
Positional Profile: OF High athletic type.
Body: 5-foot-11, 185-pounds. Well-proportioned and strong.
Run: 7.19 runner in the 60.
Hit: RHH. Balanced, tall setup, smooth load, short leg kick trigger, some effort.  Short bat path, works on uphill plane, strong/loose hands creates bat speed, line drive hitter with rhythm through contact.
Power: 90 mph exit velocity from the tee. Fast bat speed with juice in his swing, flashed ability to lift to pull side.
Arm: RH. OF - 85 mph. Short arm action with looseness out front, high 3/4 slot, ball carries, some effort.
Defense: Aggressive to the ball, quick feet, efficient routes, steady hands, clean exchange, plays through.

6. Max McCallum, Metea Valley, 2021
Positional Profile: OF Projectable frame and swing.
Body: 5-foot-10, 150-pounds. Athletic frame, advanced for classification.
Run: 7.50 runner in the 60.
Hit: LHH. Balanced, wide stance, smooth load, short stride, maintains control and keeps it simple. Fluid path level through the zone, barrelled balls repeatedly, line drive hitter, gap to gap approach, rhythmic.
Power: 78 mph exit velocity from the tee. Loose hands created fast bat speed and showed ability to back spin balls, power potential.
Arm: LH. OF - 72 mph. Long and loose arm action, high 3/4 slot, some effort.
Defense: Natural actions defensively, attacks the ball, quick/fluid footwork, soft hands and clean exchange.

7. Anthony Fitzpatrick, St Patrick, 2020
Positional Profile: OF Spark plug/high energy type player.
Body: 5-foot-9, 155-pounds.
Run: 7.10 runner in the 60. Fluid strides.
Hit: LHH. Balanced, slightly open setup, smooth back load, short leg kick trigger,  Loose hands, level path with some length, line drive hitter, present bat speed, rhythm involved.
Power: 85 mph exit velocity from the tee. Flashed pull side pop with lift, above average for size.
Arm: RH. OF - 85 mph. Arm plays short and loose with arm speed, high 3/4 slot.
Defense: Quick feet, rushed at times, clean exchange, long to release, pats glove, plays through the ball.

8. Sam Del Valle, Mount Carmel, 2021
Positional Profile: SS/OF/RHP
Body: 6-foot, 165-pounds. Athletic frame with loose levers.
Run: 7.05 runner in the 60. Able runner, fluid strides.
Hit: RHH. Balanced, wide stance, bar load, short toe lift stride, keeps it simple. Fluid path works on an uphill plane, some length, flashed line drive ability with an all fields approach.
Power: 87 mph exit velocity from the tee. Present quick bat speed with easy pop in the bat.
Arm: RH.  INF - 80 mph. OF - 79 mph. Long arm action, over the top slot in the outfield. Shorter action on the infield, similar slot.
Defense: Steady hands in the outfield, fluid footwork into a long exchange, plays through. Reliable hands on the infield, quick funnel into midsection with a quicker release.

9. Marc Babicz, St. Laurence, 2020
Positional Profile: OF Tacked on present strength since last time seen.
Body: 6-foot-1, 175-pounds. Athletic frame with strength.
Run: 7.34 runner in the 60.
Hit: RHH. Balanced, wide setup, hands bar back, short toe tap trigger, keeps it simple. Level path with some length, pull side tendencies, occasional hard contact.
Power: 92 mph exit velocity from the tee. Some strength in hands.
Arm: RH. OF - 80 mph. Long arm action, short high 3/4 window, some stiffness.
Defense: Attacks the ball with quick feet, clean exchange.

10. Payton Matthews, Neuqua Valley, 2021
Positional Profile: OF
Body: 5-foot-9, 170-pounds. Highly athletic frame with strength.
Run: 7.31 runner in the 60.
Hit: LHH. Balanced, wide setup, smooth load with hand drop, short stride, rhythm in pre-pitch. Loose hands, short path level through the zone, line drive ability, all fields approach.
Power: 79 mph exit velocity from the tee. Strong hands produces some bat strength, flashed twitch and hard contact.
Arm: LH. OF - 78 mph. Arm plays long and loose, easy and clean high 3/4 slot, true ball.
Defense: Quick feet with some rhythm, fields to the side, steady hands, exchanges were long and clean.

Best of the Rest (Listed Alphabetically)

Cristiaan Aguilar, Munster (IN), 2020
Positional Profile: RHP/OF
Body: 5-foot-10, 160-pounds. Lanky frame.
Run: 7.75 runner in the 60.
Hit: RHH. Crouched setup, back load, long leg kick stride with weight shift. Short bat path, flat through the zone, active shoulders, pull side tendencies.
Power: 87 mph exit velocity from the tee.
Arm: RH. OF - 83 mph. Long arm action, high 3/4 slot.
Defense: Lets ball travel, clean exchange, long to release.

Justin Bobb, Munster (IN), 2021
Positional Profile: OF/INF/RHP
Body: 6-foot-1, 155-pounds.
Run: 7.68 runner in the 60.
Hit: RHH. Balanced, open stance, high hands, smooth load, short stride. Level bat path with some length, uphill at times, loose hands, pull side tendencies.
Power: 85 mph exit velocity from the tee.
Arm: RH.  INF - 78 mph. OF - 79 mph. Short arm action, long draw out of glove, high 3/4 slot, flashed carry.
Defense: Quick footwork, clean exchange, long to release, plays through in the outfield. Fields out front in the infield, high 3/4 slot.

Brandon Buday, St.Rita, 2021
Positional Profile: OF/LHP
Body: 5-foot-9, 135-pounds. Thin, lanky frame.
Run: 7.11 runner in the 60. Quick feet.
Hit: LHH. Tall, open setup, minimal load, leg lifted stride. Short , compact path works on a slight uphill plane, line drive hitter to all fields.
Power: 82 mph exit velocity from the tee.
Arm: LH. OF - 77 mph. Long arm action, loose and easy out of a clean high 3/4 slot.
Defense: Fluid footwork and athletic actions, steady hands, clean exchange, plays through.

Casey Coates, Whitney Young, 2020
Positional Profile: LHP/OF
Body: 5-foot-10, 160-pounds. Long-limbed and athletic.
Run: 7.66 runner in the 60.
Hit: LHH. Open setup, bar load, leg lift stride to even, some rhythm in pre-pitch. Loose hands, bat path has some length, level through the zone, rhythm involved.
Power: 76 mph exit velocity from the tee. Pull side power potential as he continues to fill out physically.
Arm: LH. OF - 81 mph. Short, loose arm action, easy high 3/4 slot, accurate throws.
Defense: Aggressive fielder, quick/fluid footwork, soft hands, clean exchange, plays through the ball.

Jason Daniels, Morton, 2020
Positional Profile: OF
Body: 5-foot-8, 160-pounds. Well-proportioned, athletic frame.
Run: 7.15 runner in the 60. Easy strides.
Hit: SH. Calm pre-pitch, simple actions on both sides, balanced setup, short stride, minimal load, maintains control. Right-side: Short, direct bat path, middle of the field approach, repeats. Left-side: Loose hands, longer path with more pull tendency, lifts ball with rhythm.
Power: 81 mph exit velocity from the tee. More power potential from left side, natural lift to the pull side gap.
Arm: RH. OF - 78 mph. Short arm action, high 3/4 slot, some arm speed.
Defense: Attacks the baseball, quick footwork, some choppy, clean transfers.

Nick Daugherty, Brother Rice, 2022
Positional Profile: OF
Body: 5-foot-10, 160-pounds. Some strength in frame.
Run: 7.48 runner in the 60.
Hit: RHH. Balanced stance, slightly open, bar load, leg kick trigger. Level bat path with a gap to gap approach.
Power: 89 mph exit velocity from the tee. Strength in hands.
Arm: RH. OF - 79 mph. Short and loose arm action, present arm speed, high 3/4 slot, easy.
Defense: Quick footwork, quick and clean exchange, plays through.

Joshua Del Valle, Mount Carmel, 2021
Positional Profile: 1B/OF/LHP
Body: 5-foot-11, 155-pounds. Athletic build.
Run: 7.23 runner in the 60.
Hit: RHH. Tall, closed setup, minimal load, leg kick stride, dormant lower half through swing. Path works uphill with some length, worked opposite field.
Power: 73 mph exit velocity from the tee.
Arm: LH.  INF - 67 mph. OF - 71 mph. Long arm action, over the top slot.
Defense: Long strides in the outfield, ranged well laterally, clean exchange, two-handed. Steady hands in the infield, quick release on the move.

Declan Emery, Lincoln-Way East, 2022
Positional Profile: OF
Body: 5-foot-11, 160-pounds. Wiry build.
Run: 7.09 runner in the 60. Quick foot speed, short strides.
Hit: RHH. Balanced stance, minimal load, leg kick trigger. Path works long and uphill, gap-to-gap approach.
Power: 85 mph exit velocity from the tee. Present bat speed for classification.
Arm: RH. OF - 74 mph. Long arm action, over the top slot.
Defense: Quick feet, quick and clean through to release.

Xavier Frazier, Homewood-Flossmoor, 2020
Positional Profile: OF
Body: 5-foot-9, 180-pounds. Strong, compact frame.
Run: 7.08 runner in the 60. Quick runner, fluid strides.
Hit: RHH. Balanced setup, slight hand drop at load, short stride. Strong hands, short bat path, hard line drive hitter with present bat speed.
Power: 80 mph exit velocity from the tee. Frame suggests there is untapped power potential in the tank.
Arm: RH. OF - 73 mph. Long arm action, over the top slot.
Defense: Gets behind the ball, clean exchange, long to release.

Jacob Furmanek, Thornton Fractional South , 2021
Positional Profile: RHP/OF
Body: 6-foot-1, 154-pounds.
Run: 7.60 runner in the 60.
Hit: RHH. Balanced, wide stance, slightly closed, minimal load, short stride. Level path with length, pull side tendencies, early timing.
Power: 80 mph exit velocity from the tee.
Arm: RH. OF - 73 mph. Long arm action, high 3/4 slot.
Defense: Ball gets deep, clean exchange, long to release.

Jalen Headly, St. Laurence, 2022
Positional Profile: OF
Body: 5-foot-10, 137-pounds. High-waisted, lanky.
Run: 7.51 runner in the 60.
Hit: LHH. Balanced setup, smooth load, short stride, simple pre-pitch, front foot hitter. Short bat path, line drive ability, favored pull side, early timing.
Power: 80 mph exit velocity from the tee.
Arm: LH. OF - 75 mph. Short arm action, high 3/4 slot.
Defense: Fluid footwork, steady hands, long to release, plays through.

Deshon Johnson Jr, Brooks, 2021
Positional Profile: OF
Body: 5-foot-11, 165-pounds. Strong, chiseled frame.
Run: 7.27 runner in the 60. Athletic runner.
Hit: RHH. Balanced, open setup, back/drop hand load, short stride. Bat path played level and long, flashed line drives to pull side.
Power: 72 mph exit velocity from the tee.
Arm: RH. OF - 77 mph. Long arm action, full swing, 3/4 slot, early release.
Defense: Fluid footwork, clean exchange, long to release, plays through.

Zachary Lorentsen, Wheaton North, 2020
Positional Profile: OF/RHP
Body: 5-foot-11, 175-pounds. Athletic build with strength.
Run: 7.19 runner in the 60. Long, easy strides.
Hit: RHH. Balanced stance, smooth load, short stride, maintains control.  Uphill path with some length, gap to gap ability, fluid rhythm with looseness in hands.
Power: 86 mph exit velocity from the tee. Looks to lift the ball, pull side pop potential in swing.
Arm: RH. OF - 82 mph. Short arm action, high 3/4 slot, some arm speed with accuracy in throws.
Defense: Steady hands, gains ground, quick exchange and plays through.

Donovan McIntyre, Marian Catholic, 2021
Positional Profile: OF/LHP Follow 2021.
Body: 6-foot, 155-pounds. Wiry, thin frame, projectable.
Run: 6.96 runner in the 60. Fleet footed, light on his feet.
Hit: LHH. Balanced setup, back load, short toe tap trigger, maintains balance, keeps it simple. Path works uphill with some length, fluidity in swing, feel for barrel.
Power: 78 mph exit velocity from the tee.
Arm: LH. OF - 81 mph. Arm plays short and loose, high 3/4 slot, accurate throws to home, true ball.
Defense: Lets ball travel and plays through athletically, soft hands, clean exchange.

Luke Meister, Oak Park-River Forest, 2020
Positional Profile: INF/OF
Body: 6-foot-2, 175-pounds. Long-limbed and lanky frame.
Run: 7.23 runner in the 60.
Hit: RHH. Balanced, wide setup, short leg lift stride, lunges at ball. Path plays level and long, high finish.
Power: 86 mph exit velocity from the tee.
Arm: RH.  INF - 77 mph. OF - 75 mph. Long arm action, balls came out on a line, high 3/4 slot.
Defense: Steady hands at both positions, longer to release in the outfield with effort, active feet at first.

Trey Roach, Dekalb, 2020
Positional Profile: OF
Body: 5-foot-11, 165-pounds.
Run: 7.49 runner in the 60.
Hit: LHH. Tall, open setup, bar load, toe tap timing trigger.  Short to the ball and level through the zone, line drive production, middle/pull approach, present bat speed.
Power: 83 mph exit velocity from the tee. Flashed hard contact to the pull side.
Arm: RH. OF - 82 mph. Short/loose arm action, high 3/4 slot, accurate throws, comes out easy.
Defense: Steady actions, clean exchange, gets behind and works through the ball.

Alex Skupa, Batavia , 2020
Positional Profile: OF
Body: 5-foot-11, 170-pounds. Athletic frame with strength.
Run: 7.24 runner in the 60.
Hit: RHH. Balanced setup, smooth load, short toe lift stride. Short bat bath, works on an uphill plane, strong hands, gap to gap approach with present quick bat speed.
Power: 83 mph exit velocity from the tee. Power potential in swing.
Arm: RH. OF - 77 mph. Long arm action out of an over the top window.
Defense: Short, choppy footsteps, clean exchange.

Cade Walker, Hanover Central (IN), 2021
Positional Profile: RHP/OF
Body: 5-foot-11, 155-pounds. Thin and athletic frame.
Run: 7.84 runner in the 60.
Hit: RHH. Tall balance setup, hands out front and load back, short strid, toe lifted. Path worked uphill on a short plane, one-handed finish, showed line drive ability to the middle of the field.
Power: 78 mph exit velocity from the tee.
Arm: RH. OF - 79 mph. Long arm action, two-part, high 3/4 slot, accurate throws to home.
Defense: Let ball travel, clean exchanges.

Julius White, Warren Township , 2021
Positional Profile: OF
Body: 6-foot, 160-pounds. Lanky frame with some athleticism.
Run: 7.57 runner in the 60.
Hit: RHH. Balanced setup, active feet, drop/bar load, short toe tap trigger. Loose hands, short path on an uphill plane, some line drive ability.
Power: 77 mph exit velocity from the tee.
Arm: RH. OF - 77 mph. Long arm action, high 3/4 slot, early release.
Defense: Quick feet, attacks the ball, clean exchange, long to release.


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