GPA Games: Outfielder Analysis


By Andy Sroka
Staff Writer

The third annual GPA Games was held at Lee Pfund Stadium at Wheaton College on Sunday, Aug. 12. Over 50 prospects from five different states made it out to Carol Stream to partake in this one-of-a-kind showcase, targeted for 2019 and 2020 prospects looking to leverage their skills on the diamond and in the classroom into opportunities to play ball at the next level. Since, three of the attending prospects have already committed to play at the next level.

Today, we’ll continue our showcase analysis with a deeper look into the outfielders who attended GPA Games.

Four of the top-five-ranked prospects coming from this event represent Illinois, including Lucas Domberg (Rockford Christian, 2019), who landed the top spot. The two-way talent from the Rockford area showed a loose and quick bat from the right side that made line-drive contact.

The St. Laurence left/left two-way prospect, Luke Montgomery, was the lone 2020 to land on the top five below. At the plate, Montgomery has a short, simple stroke and has the athleticism to be reliable glove in the outfield.

We previously published our Statistical Analysis from the showcase, as well as a look at the day’s catchers. Keep an eye out tomorrow for a look at the event’s infielders. For now, keep on reading for full reports on all 13 outfielders from the GPA Games below.

TOP PROSPECTS

1. Lucas Domberg, OF/RHP, Rockford Christian (IL), 2019
6-foot-1, 165-pound two-way player, lean projectable frame. Right-handed hitter, balanced stance, short stride. Path is loose and quick, slightly uphill, line drive contact. 85 mph exit velocity form the tee. Arm plays from a long high ¾ slot, 84 mph from the outfield. Actions play through into crowhop exchange. 7.12 runner in the 60. Stretch only delivery, works with regular effort, works to first base side with open toe landing. Arm plays out of a ¾ slot, slinging action, occasionally underneath. Fastball runs to arm side, 78-80 mph, late action at times. Slider has 10/4 shape, near fastball arm action 64-68 mph.  

2. Kyle Labedz, OF, Lincoln-Way Central (IL), 2019
5-foot-10, 145-pound outfielder, lean build. Left-handed hitter, balanced stance, short stride, flexed lower half. Front foot hitter, produced line drive in BP with slight pull side tendency. 83 mph exit velocity from the tee. 7.20 runner in the 60. Left-handed thrower, arm plays long and loose, high ¾ slot, 80 mph from the outfield. Actions play through the baseball, ability to attack and play aggressive to the baseball.

3. Luke Montgomery, LHP/OF, St. Laurence (IL), 2020
5-foot-9, 148-pound left-left two-way player. Left-handed hitter, open setup, short lifted stride, simple pre-pitch rhythm. Path throws the hands and stays balanced, short to the baseball. 83 mph exit velocity from the tee. Defensively showed athletic footwork and actions in the outfield, played in stride. Arm is short and over the top, accurate with slight carry, 81 mph from the outfield. 6.99 runner in the 60. Delivery works with regular effort, lands square, maintains balance. Arm action is short and high ¾. Fastball is straight, showed control of the zone, 76-78 mph, topped at 79 mph. Curveball plays 66-67 mph. Changeup is near fastball arm speed, thrown firm, 74-75 mph.

4. Michael Alt, OF, Kimberly (WI), 2020
5-foot-11, 155-pound left/left outfielder. Left-handed hitter, open stance, loads hands back, leg kick stride, good balance hits off front foot. Middle of the field approach, level path, line drive contact. 77 mph exit velocity from the tee. Defensively arm played loose from a high ¾ slot, 83 mph from the outfield. 7.47 runner in the 60. Long legged strider, moves well to the baseball.

5. Adam Gaydos, OF, Tinley Park (IL), 2019
6-foot-2, 190-pound outfielder, lean lanky frame, projectable build. Right-handed hitter, balanced stance, short stride, maintains strong balance. Path is level, gap to gap approach, line drive contact, 88 mph exit velocity from the tee. 7.29 runner in the 60. Outfield actions are clean and work through the baseball. Arm action is short and high ¾ slot, 78 mph from the outfield.

Best of the Rest (Listed Alphabetically)

Daniel DeCero, OF, Lincoln-Way East (IL), 2020
5-foot-10, 160-pound outfielder. Right-handed hitter, balanced setup with short reverse tap stride, sets hands below the shoulder nad loads back, average balance. Simple and little effort, path works uphill. 84 mph exit velocity from the tee. Defensively arm action is long and firm from a high ¾ slot, 75 mph from the outfield. 7.52 runner in the 60.  

Brandon Frankel, LHP/OF, Stevenson (IL), 2020
6-foot-1, 170-pound left-handed throwing two-way player. Profiled best on the mound, delivery is simple to medium balance point, short stride bounces into landing. Arm action is short from a high ¾ slot. Fastball sinks with slight arm side run, showed control of the zone, 77-78 mph, touched 80-81 mph. Curveball has 1/7 shape, 66-68 mph. Flashed slider at 70-72 mph. Right-handed hitter, balanced stance, heel lift trigger, simple swing. Path is short, hips unload and create separation. 85 mph exit velocity from the tee. Defensively actions played through the baseball, average hands. Arm played at 78 mph from the outfield. 7.56 runner in the 60.

Jack Heller, C/OF, Lincoln-Way East (IL), 2020
5-foot-11, 155-pound catcher/outfielder, lean frame. Arm played 74 mph out of the crouch, 80 mph from the outfield, short loose high ¾ slot. Actions shuffle through the baseball in the outfield, hands transfer quick behind the plate. 2.11-2.26 pop times. Right-handed hitter, balanced stance, short stride, average balance. Path is level, line drive type, hits in rhythm. 78 mph exit velocity from the tee. 7.38 runner in the 60.

Dru Janosch, OF/RHP, Warren Township (IL), 2020
6-foot, 150-pound left-handed hitting two-way player, lean frame. Left-handed hitter, balanced setup, slightly open stance, loads hands back, stride slightly dives. Path is short, pull side approach, 77 mph exit velocity from the tee. Defensively arm played long and low slotted, 77 mph from the outfield. 7.26 runner in the 60. Feet worked athletically through the baseball. On the mound arm action works from a submarine slot. Fastball runs to arm side, 69-71 mph, topped at 72 mph. Curveball has sweeping action, 58-62 mph. Changeup sinks and fades to arm side, 62-63 mph.

Steven Kronenberger, C/OF, Chicago Christian (IL), 2019
5-foot-7, 140-pound catcher/outfielder. Right-handed hitter, slightly open stance, long stride. Path is level, line drive singles type hitter, works off front foot. 78 mph exit velocity from the tee. Defensively arm plays long, 69 mph out of the crouch, 78 mph from the outfield, showed best actions in the outfield. Pop times ranged 2.29-2.37. 7.51 runner in the 60.

Blake Oliver, OF, Bartlett (IL), 2020
5-foot-11, 215-pound outfielder, strong squared build. Right-handed hitter, balanced stance, short stride, simple and balanced. Path is short, line drive contact, stays on top of the baseball. 88 mph exit velocity from the tee. Defensively arm action is is long out of a high ¾ slot, clean exchange, 80 mph arm from the outfield. Corner outfield profile. 7.30 runner in the 60.

Zach Schlegel, OF, Arrowhead (WI), 2020
5-foot-8, 155-pound left-handed hitting outfielder. Hits from a balanced stance, loads hands down and up, leg kick trigger, average balance. Path has length, slight uphill path, top spin contact, 80 mph exit velocity from the tee. Defensively arm plays short and over the top, 72 mph from the outfield. Short strided, breaks down to work through the baseball, crowhop exchange. 7.42 runner in the 60.

Magnus Siverston, RHP/OF, New Trier (IL), 2020
6-foot-1, 180-pound two-way player, lean build. Drop and drive style delivery, in rhythm, worked on line and lands square. Arm action is loose, flashed quickness, high ¾ slot. Fastball had control of the zone, slight arm side action, 82-84 mph. Slider played 11/5, near fastball arm speed, 70-74 mph. Flashed a changeup at 78 mph. Right-handed hitter, wide stance, short heel lift stride, path is short to the baseball. 82 mph exit velocity from the tee. Defensively arm played long and over the top 79 mph from the outfield. 7.75 runner in the 60.

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