Class of 2018 Showcase: Outfield Analysis



By Drew Locascio
Illinois Scouting Director

The annual Class of 2018 Showcase took place on July 20th at The Max in McCook, IL. About 60 uncommitted 2018 prospects from the state of Illinois convened and showcased their ability.  Yesterday we began the roll out of the analysis from the event with the catchers.

Today we look at the outfielder's from the event, starting with the top 3 prospects.

TOP OUTFIELDERS

 

 

 

1. Francois Castillo, INF/OF/RHP, Roberto Clemente, 2018
6-foot, 210-pound multi-positional prospect, strong lower half, solid build. Turned heads with his arm strength from the outfield and infield; clocked at 93 mph from the outfield and 88 mph across the infield. Defensively, natural third baseman with athletic infield actions. Hands work soft and out in front of his body. Ranges well laterally, maintains body control. Arm plays from an over-the-top slot with some effort. Offensively, right-handed hitter with fluid rhythm and gap-to-gap approach. Balanced, open setup, smooth load, short stride and good balance throughout. Long, uphill bat path and hard contact at times; 82 mph exit velocity from a tee. Also, ran a 7.19 laser-timed 60. Also pitched on the day. Right-handed pitcher, long, quick arm out of a high ¾ slot. Tall and fall delivery with effort, stays in-line and recoil finish. Fastball works straight and sat 83-85 mph. Curveball, 11/5 12/6 shape, gradual action and 70-71 mph. Slider backed up at times, 69-73 mph. Changeup flashed cut and sink at times, 69-72 mph.

2. Kyle Salley, OF/LHP Homewood-Flossmoor, 2018
5-foot-9, 145-pound, athletic, two-way prospect. Looks to be high level defender in the outfield. Soft hands, fluid footwork, quick exchange and plays through the baseball. Athletic actions, precise routes and good direction. Accurate, loose, quick arm from a high ¾ slot; throws flashed carry and were clocked at 88 mph from the outfield. 6.99 runner in the laser timed 60. Offensively, left-handed hitter, fluid rhythm, long, uphill path, flashed bat speed; exit velocity clocked at 79 mph off a tee. Balanced setup, smooth load, short stride, maintains balance through contact. On the mound, left-handed pitcher, with feel for secondary stuff. Tall and fall delivery, stays in line, lands square, finishes athletically. Loose, quick, athletic arm action from an over the top angle. Fastball, arm-side-run clocked at 83-85 mph. Curveball, feel, maintains arm speed, 12/6 shape, some depth and ranged between 64-68 mph. Changeup, near fastball arm speed, fade action and sat 73-75 mph.

3. Christopher Miller, RHP/OF, Plainfield North, 2018
6-foot-3, 190 pound, strong, athletic, well-proportioned two-way prospect. On the mound, right-handed pitcher and flashed feel for three pitches. Tall and fall delivery, some rhythm, repeatable, strides open, square landing and athletic finish. Quick, loose arm from a high ¾ slot and regular effort throughout. Fastball, works mostly straight, sat 83-85 mph, touching 86. Curveball, 12/6 shape, maintains arm speed, some depth and clocked at 68-70 mph. Feel for his changeup, maintains arm speed, mostly straight action, slight fade at times, 72-75 mph. Offensively, right-handed hitter with bat speed and a gap-to-gap approach. Long, uphill bat path and some strength through contact; registered an 84 mph exit velocity. Defensively, live, loose arm from the outfield; throws had carry, accurate and clocked at 84 mph. Plays thru the baseball, clean exchange, fluid footwork and steady hands.

Best of the Rest (Listed Alphabetically)

Bradley Breunig, OF/RHP, Glebard West, 2018
5-foot-11, 205-pound, solid build, two-way prospect. Offensively, strong, right-handed hitter, uphill path; exit velocity clocked at 82 mph. Tall, open setup with a leg kick. Defensively, short, loose, arm from a high ¾ slot. 8.04 runner in the laser timed 60. On the mound, stays in line, short arm from an over the top slot. Fastball, mostly straight, 72-74 mph. curveball, 12/6 shape, gradual action, 59-62 mph. Changeup, 65-67 mph. Cutter, 67-71 mph.

Bryce Burton, OF/INF/RHP, Marmion, 2018
6-foot, 170-pound, athletic, two-way prospect. Offensively, switch-hitter, uphill path, stronger from the right side; exit velocity clocked at 78 mph from the left side and 86 mph from the right. Balanced setup, leg kick, maintains balance through contact. Defensively, reliable hands, long, loose arm from an over the top angle, throws flashed carry and clocked at 83 mph from the outfield. 7.19 runner in the laser timed 60. On the mound, drop and drive delivery, up-tempo, stays in line, lands closed. Short arm action from an over the top to high ¾ slot. Fastball, mostly straight, 76-78 mph. Curveball, 11/5 shape, thrown for strikes, 65-68 mph. Changeup, flashed sink, 69-71 mph.

Kyle Fasbinder, 1B/OF, Vernon Hills, 2018
6-foot-1, 190 pound, athletic, multi-positional prospect. Offensively, right-handed hitter, flashed bat speed, strong contact, fluid rhythm, gap-gap approach; exit velocity clocked at 82 mph. Balanced setup, short stride and maintains balance through contact. Defensively, clean exchange, flashed an accurate, loose arm from a high ¾ to ¾ slot; throws clocked at 75 mph from the outfield. 7.71 runner in the laser timed 60.

David Gleaves, OF, St. Rita, 2018
5-foot-11, 155 pound, athletic outfielder. 6.89 runner in the laser timed 60. Offensively, right-handed hitter, fluid rhythm, line-drive approach. Balanced setup, short stride and maintains balance through contact; exit velocity clocked at 79 mph. Defensively, athletic actions, fluid footwork, clean exchange. Flashed a long, accurate arm from an over the top to high3/4 arm slot; throws clocked at 78 mph from the outfield.

Jack Grace, OF, Fenwick, 2018
6-foot-2, 190-pound, lanky, athletic, outfielder. Offensively, right-handed hitter, flashed bat speed, uphill path, gap-gap approach with fluid rhythm; exit velocity clocked at 84 mph. Defensively, fluid footwork, clean exchange, plays through the baseball. Flashed a short, loose, accurate arm from a high ¾ arm slot; throws clocked at 74 mph from the outfield. 7.42 runner in the laser timed 60.

Jacob Gray, RHP/OF, West Aurora, 2018
5-foot-11, 135 pound, two-way prospect. Offensively, right-handed hitter, long bat path; exit velocity clocked at 71 mph. Balanced setup, heel lift, maintains balanced through contact. Defensively, crow hop stays on-line and works towards the plate. Arm works short, loose and from a high ¾ slot; throws clocked at 78 mph. On the mound, right-handed pitcher, works fast, tends to finish upright. Short arm from a high ¾ slot. Fastball, mostly straight, 73-76 mph. Curveball, 11/5 shape, 62-65 mph. Changeup, ability to maintain arm speed, 68-71 mph. 7.92 runner in the laser timed 60.

Mason Hutson, SS/OF, Huntley, 2018
6-foot, 165-pound, two-way prospect. Offensively, left-handed hitter, flashed bat speed, loose hands, quick twitch; exit velocity clocked at 80 mph. Balanced setup, short stride, maintains balanced through contact. Defensively, flashed a short, loose, accurate arm from a high ¾ slot; throws clocked at 79 mph from the outfield. 7.57 runner in the laser timed 60. On the mound, right-handed pitcher, tall and fall delivery, stays in line, lands square. Short arm from an over the top to high ¾ slot. Fastball, 70-72 mph. Curveball, 12/6 shape, showed some depth, 60-63 mph. Changeup, sink action, 64-67 mph.

Marty McGovern, OF, Saint Patrick, 2018
6-foot-1, 185 pound, lanky, outfielder. Defensively, reliable hands, clean exchange and plays through the baseball. Long arm from a high ¾ slot, throws clocked at 69 mph from the outfield. Offensively, left-handed hitter, balanced setup, long, uphill path; exit velocity clocked at 69 mph off a tee. 7.45 runner in the laser timed 60.

Justin Rios, OF/LHP, St. Laurence, 2018
5-foot-6, 150 pound two-way prospect. Offensively, left-handed hitter, balanced setup, short stride, smooth load, maintains balance through contact. Line drive, gap to gap approach, flashed bat speed; exit velocity clocked at 78 mph off a tee. Defensively, reliable hands, fluid footwork, quick exchange and attacks the baseball. Flashed a short, accurate arm from a high ¾ slot; 80 mph from the outfield. On the mound, left-handed pitcher, tall and fall delivery, stays in line. Short, quick arm action from a ¾ slot. Fastball, flashed arm side run, 76-79 mph. Curveball,  64-66 mph. Changeup, maintains arm speed, 70-73 mph. 7.78 runner in the laser timed 60.

Brandon Simon, OF/C, Gwendolyn Brooks, 2018
5-foot-10, 165-pound right-handed hitting OF/C. At the plate hits from a balanced, open stance. Short stride back to even with good balance. Level swing path. Showed strength thru contact with 91 mph exit velocity from a tee. Ran the 60 at 7.52. In the outfield has a long arm action from an over the top slot. Fluid footwork with athletic actions. Threw 78 mph from the outfield. Behind the plate has a quick transfer and footwork. Popped 2.12-2.27 and threw 68 mph from the crouch.

Trey Torain, OF, Loyola, 2018
6-foot-1, 175-pound, athletic, outfielder. 6.93 runner the laser timed 60. Offensively, right-handed hitter, flashed bat speed and fluid rhythm; exit velocity clocked at 88 mph. Slightly uphill path with a pull approach, open setup, short stride, maintains balance through contact. Defensively, reliable hands, accurate, short arm from an over the top arm slot; throws flashed carry and were clocked at 81 mph from the outfield.

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