Future Games Spotlight: Brenden Heiss



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By Ryan Quigley
Illinois Scouting Director

Name: Brenden Heiss                                       
Graduating Class: 2016Brenden Heiss
Position: RHP
Height: 6-1
Weight: 200

Rank
State: 2
Overall:
15  

Few names in the Midwest are hotter than Heiss right now. After enjoying a breakout sophomore campaign, the athletically built, 6-foot-1, 200-pound right-hander lit it up at the Illinois Top Prospect Showcase, where he sat 90-92 with his fastball, to go with a solid 79-81 changeup and 70-72 curveball. Since then, Heiss threw a no-hitter against the Evoshield Canes in Georgia, topping out at 94 mph. Heiss features an athletic and explosive arm. In a mid-spring non-nonference game, Heiss pitched at 90-92 in the first three innings and worked 88-90 for the next three. He also did the same thing at the Illinois Underclass Invitational in January, when he made his name well-known by topping out at 92 mph.  Mechanically, Heiss doesn’t regularly repeat his delivery; he works across his body, landing closed to varying degrees. Heiss throws a palm ball, which behaves much like a curveball, only it has more erratic action, in the 72-74 range. When it’s good, it has late 11/5 bite and gets swings and misses. He offered a few changeups during the game at 82 mph as well. Indoors, his changeup had late arm-side dive. Plays travel baseball with Top Tier.

 The Prep Baseball Report Future Games is a one-of-a-kind event featuring the top 2016 prospects from across our 10 state coverage area. This year taking place at Grand Park in Westfield, IN from July 31-August 2, hundreds of scouts from across the country will fill the stands to watch some of the top uncommitted 2016 prospects across our coverage area.

Last year’s Illinois Class of 2015 Future Games Team has already seen thirteen Division 1 commitments from that roster. Over the next several weeks we will begin to unveil prospects who have been selected to participate in this year's event with a brief history and bio of the player and what we can expect from him at the PBR Future Games.

Current Team Illinois Roster

Name State School Class Pos Commitment
Garrett Acton IL Lemont 2016 RHP
Brandon Bossard IL Nazareth Academy 2016 SS
Ben Brecht IL New Trier 2016 LHP
Matt Burch IL Warren 2016 SS
Cal Coughlin IL Carmel 2016 3B
Joe Dittmar IL Richmond Burton 2016 3B
Andrew Dyke IL Brother Rice 2016 OF
Dylan Gilbert IL St. Ignatius 2016 OF
Brenden Heiss IL Jacobs 2016 RHP
Jeremy Houston IL Mount Carmel 2016 SS
Brady Huffman IL Genoa Kingston 2016 RHP
Cooper Johnson IL Carmel Catholic 2016 C
Ryan Kutt IL Brother Rice 2017 RHP
AJ Lewis IL Mount Carmel 2016 C
Brad Littleton IL Coal City 2016 RHP
Cole Miller IL York 2016 LHP
Jack Molnar IL Fremd 2016 OF
Joe Santoro IL Carmel 2016 LHP
Bobby Seymour IL Mount Carmel 2017 1B


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