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IL Senior Games: Pitcher Analysis


By: Diego Solares
Staff Writer, Associate Scout

On Tuesday, August 10th, the PBR Illinois staff hosted the Illinois Senior Games at Triton College in River Grove. The invite-only event featured 70+ uncommitted 2022 prospects from all across the state in Illinois. Players displayed their talents in both a workout setting and added game play.

Shortly after the event’s conclusion our staff rolled out several post-event content pieces relating to some of the workout standouts, statistical leaders, and more. You can find all of those by clicking HERE.

We’ve already concluded our individual position player analysis, as the catchers, outfielders, and infielder reports are all live. We’ll make the move to the mound today, publishing all of the pitching reports from this event. Before we do so, here are a few names that stood out:

+ In total 11 arms ran their fastball up to 83 mph, or harder, with RHP Tyler Altenbaumer (St. Joseph-Ogden) leading the way with the firmest fastball at 89.07 mph (T2304 rpm). Altenbaumer challenged hitters throughout his outing with a lively fastball that got on hitters quick, sitting 87-88. Altenbaumer also went to a 76-78 mph that worked off a 10/4 plane with a short late wrinkle, to keep hitters honest. Altenbaumer was one of the day's biggest winners’ on the mound.

+  RHP Chase Krueger (Glenbard West) also had an impressive showing in his stint. Krueger has an athletic/broad-shouldered 6-foot, 185-pound frame and throws from a low ¾ slot with some deception throughout his delivery. Krueger gets hard run on his 85-86 mph fastball (average of 15.9 inches of horizontal break; T23.6 inches) and pairs it with a 70-71 mph curveball that plays out of the same window with sweeping action across the zone. 

+ LHP Gavan Wernsing (Stewardson-Strasburg) is a durable 6-foot-2, 230-pound, durable arm who showed off intriguing stuff in his outing. Wernsing creates angle on a mid-80s fastball, T86 (T2223 rpm) with an average induced vertical break of 17.3 inches, T21.4 inches; indicators that Wernsing could create plenty of swing-and-misses on his fastball as he learns to move it up and down in the zone. Wernsing also showed solid shape and action on his slider which worked 1/7 and sat in the upper-70’s. Follow left-handed arm in the 2022 class.

+ LHP Hunter Cash (Paris) is far from polished on the mound but there is plenty of upside to dream on. Cash is listed at 6-foot-5, 190-pounds with long, loose-levers and plenty of physical development left to tap into. Cash has a short arm, creates tilt on his fastball and ran his fastball up to 84 mph. Upside left-handed arm to follow in the 2022 class.

+ RHP’s Matthew Cuzco (St. Ignatius) and Mason Weckler (Belvidere North) both showed off loose arms and ran their fastball up to 86+ mph.

Read below for all the pitcher scouting reports from this day. 

TOP PITCHING PROSPECTS

1. Tyler Altenbaumer, Saint Joseph-Ogden (IL), 2022; Southwestern Illinois JC commit
Positional Profile: RHP
Body: 5-8, 175-pounds. Strong, compact frame.
Delivery: Methodical tempo, works on the right side of the rubber throughout. Drop/drive type delivery, high front side, clean mover downhill, stays in line. Deceptive some and repeats.
Arm Action: RH. Plays with some poke on the backside, short path, near over-the-top slot.
FB: T89.1, 86.9-88.4 mph. Mostly straight action, did flash occasional late arm-side run. Jumps out the hand, effective up in the zone.  T2304, 2186 average rpm.
SL: 75.7-78.2 mph. Shorter tighter wrinkle, 10/4 shape.  T2214, 2108 average rpm.
CH: 80-81 mph. Used sparingly.  T1587, 1587 average rpm.

2. Chase Krueger, Glenbard West (IL), 2022
Positional Profile: RHP
Body: 6-0, 185-pounds. Athletic, well-proportioned frame.
Delivery: Simple stretch-only delivery, minimal additional movement, fluid to footstrike and stays in line to target. Athletic finish, easy effort.
Arm Action: RH. Short arm action, 3/4 slot.
FB: T86.4, 84.5-86.1 mph. Deceptive look, average release height of 4.5 ft. Natural arm-side action, averaged 15.9 inches of horizontal movement, some sink with a 64% zone rate.  T2250, 2102 average rpm.
CB: 69.9-70.6 mph. Near exact release height to fastball, plays with sweep across the zone.  T1971, 1860 average rpm.
SPLT: 78-79 mph. Kills spin. 1,367 average rpm.

3. Gavan Wernsing, Stewardson Strasburg (IL), 2022; Southwestern Illinois JC commit
Positional Profile: LHP
Body: 6-2, 230-pounds. Large, physical stature.
Delivery: Tall/fall type delivery, upright posture at balance point, works across body and lands closed to target.
Arm Action: LH. Long arm action with some reach on the backside, high 3/4 slot.
FB: T85.7, 83.7-85.1 mph. Plays down in the zone with some run and sink.  T2223, 2134 average rpm.
SL: 77.1-78.0 mph. Works from fastball slot, 1/7 shape, above-average action.  T2231, 2152 average rpm.

4. Matthew Cuzco, St. Ignatius (IL), 2022; Indiana commit
Positional Profile: RHP
Body: 6-3, 215-pounds.
Delivery: Drop/drive type delivery, rides backside, occasional open-toed landing.
Arm Action: RH. Long arm swing finishes from a 3/4 slot.
FB: T86.6, 82.6-85.1 mph. Two-seam type with natural run created from slot, averaged 17.7 inches of horizontal movement.  T2220, 1981 average rpm.
SL: 70.5-74.1 mph. 10/4 shape, some sweep.  T2135, 2104 average rpm.
SPLT: 79.0-83.7 mph. Averaged 12.1 inches of horizontal movement.

5. Mason Weckler, Belvidere North (IL), 2022; Wisconsin-Stevens Point commit
Positional Profile: RHP/OF
Body: 6-0, 190-pounds.
Delivery: Tall/fall type delivery, fluid mover downhill, athletic at balance point, works in line to target with a strong front side. Athletic finish, lands square.
Arm Action: RH. Long arm action, high 3/4 slot.
FB: T86.6, 81.9-85.0 mph. Four-seam type, plays straight. Average release height of 4.8 ft. created by above-average extension downhill.  T2191, 1990 average rpm.
CB: 66.1-71.0 mph. 11/5 shape with more depth than slider, gradual action.  T2142, 1971 average rpm.
SL: 71.4-74.3 mph. Tighter shape than curveball, similar plane.  T1966, 1814 average rpm.

5. Hunter Cash, Paris (IL), 2022; Lake Land JC commit
Positional Profile: LHP
Body: 6-5, 190-pounds. Lean, lanky frame with plenty of room for physical development.
Delivery: Rhythmic tall/fall type delivery, front side stays closed throughout, works in line to target, square finish.
Arm Action: LH. Compact arm stroke, high 3/4 slot.
FB: T84.2, 81.9-83.7 mph. Flashed arm-side run, played with above-average vertical carry (18.9 IVB avg.)  T2070, 1929 average rpm.
CB: 66.1-69.2 mph. Developing feel to spin.  T1706, 1532 average rpm.
CH: 73.0-75.3 mph. Thrown with near fastball arm speed and slot.  T1778, 1654 average rpm.

BEST OF THE REST (LISTED ALPHABETICALLY)

Dominic Coda, Joliet Catholic (IL), 2022; Lewis University commit
Positional Profile: RHP
Body: 5-11, 160-pounds. Lean and lanky build.
Delivery: Creates momentum downhill into leg lift, lowers posture, works closed off from target, athletic finish.
Arm Action: RH. Loose, quick arm that works from a 3/4 slot.
FB: T82.9, 79.1-82.1 mph. Plays with slight arm-side action.  T2067, 1827 average rpm.
SL: 68.6-72.7 mph. Flashed late action off an 11/5 plane.  T1943, 1899 average rpm.
CH: 74-75 mph. Used sparingly.  T1782, 1782 average rpm.

Matthew Cruise, Seneca (IL), 2022; Spoon River JC commit.
Positional Profile: RHP/SS
Body: 5-11, 176-pounds.
Delivery: Smooth and simple tall/fall type delivery, athletic downhill, level shoulders, maintains direction to target and lands square through release. Clear rhythm throughout.
Arm Action: RH. Long and loose arm action, high 3/4 slot.
FB: T83.1, 80.1-82.6 mph. Plays with clear arm-side run, favors that corner of the plate. Averaged 16.1 inches of horizontal movement.  T2062, 1893 average rpm.
CB: 72.4-74.6 mph. Flashed late break off an 11/5 plane with depth and feel to land for strikes.  T2296, 2188 average rpm.
CH: 74-75 mph. 

Jack Flagg, Oak Park-River Forest (IL), 2022
Positional Profile: RHP/OF
Body: 6-3, 180-pounds.
Delivery: Tall/fall type delivery, upright at balance point, lead leg kick prior to working downhill. Closed front side creates some deception, works in line to target with a controlled finish.
Arm Action: RH. Long and loose arm action, high 3/4 slot.
FB: T83.6, 83.2-83.6 mph. Clean from the hand, velocity projects. Mostly straight action, lively up in the zone, did flash some arm-side run. Thrown for strikes.  T2000, 1893 average rpm.
CB: 68.0-74.3 mph. Manipulates spin; showed 12/6 spin with some depth and early break while mixing in a more aggressive lateral type pitch thrown from a lower slot.  T2123, 1984 average rpm.
CH: 69-70 mph. Maintains arm speed, slightly lower slot, fade and sink action with feel for the bottom of the zone.

Anthony Fowler, McHenry (IL), 2022
Positional Profile: LHP
Body: 6-2, 170-pounds. Long-levered upside frame.
Delivery: Stretch only, tall/fall type delivery, short strider downhill, closed-toe landing, upright through release.
Arm Action: LH. Long and loose arm swing, slightly 3/4 slot.
FB: T79.6, 75.7-79.5 mph. Cuts it at times, above-average max spin rate.  T2390, 2117 average rpm.
CB: 66.1-67.3 mph. Developing feel to spin.  T2253, 2173 average rpm.

Hank Greenlee, Glenbrook South (IL), 2022
Positional Profile: RHP
Body: 6-5, 210-pounds. Large, physical frame.
Delivery: Tall/fall type delivery, level shoulders, short strider downhill, lands square to target. Quick to home from the stretch.
Arm Action: RH. Long arm action, high 3/4 slot.
FB: T76.9, 73.0-75.9 mph. Present arm-side run, occasionally late. Averaged 14.3 inches of horizontal movement.  T1905, 1788 average rpm.
SL: 63.6-64.0 mph. Developing feel to spin.  T1688, 1661 average rpm.
CH: 65.4-65.5 mph. Thrown with fastball intent and plays with arm-side action; averaged 15.4 inches of horizontal movement.  T1693, 1670 average rpm.

Jaxson Grubbs, Maroa-Forsyth (IL), 2022; Lewis & Clark CC commit
Positional Profile: RHP
Body: 6-5, 205-pounds. Large upside frame with room to add strength.
Delivery: Simple tall/fall type delivery, strong front side, strides in line to target, lands square to target with an athletic finish.
Arm Action: RH. Long arm action, high 3/4 slot.
FB: T81.2, 78.8-80.9 mph. Plays downhill with occasional run, four-seam type.  T2072, 1875 average rpm.
CB: 64.1-67.1 mph. Flashed lateral action off a 10/4 plane, above-average feel to land for strikes. T2367, 2220 average rpm.
CH: 75-76 mph. Used sparingly, did flash arm-side run down in the zone.  T1814, 1814 average rpm.

Jaren Jackson, Homewood-Flossmoor (IL), 2022
Positional Profile: RHP
Body: 5-10, 135-pounds. Thin levers, twitchy athlete.
Delivery: Quick tempo, tall/fall type delivery, strides in line to target, upright through release.
Arm Action: RH. Short arm stroke, high 3/4 slot. Twitchy arm speed.
FB: T81.4, 77.7-80.3 mph. Plays with run and sink down in the zone.  T2172, 1912 average rpm.
CB: 71.4-73.1 mph. Late 11/5 action, above-average spin.  T2541, 2453 average rpm.
SL: 73.8-76.7 mph. Tighter shape to curveball.  T2363, 2162 average rpm.
CH: 74.8-77.1 mph. Flashed arm-side action, 15.8 inches of max horizontal movement.  T1956, 1838 average rpm.

Gavin Micklinghoff, McHenry (IL), 2022
Positional Profile: INF/RHP
Body: 6-2, 185-pounds.
Delivery: Tall/fall type delivery, strides in line to target, square finish and downward follow through.
Arm Action: RH. Compact arm stroke, high 3/4 slot.
FB: T82.5, 80.2-82.0 mph. Straight four-seam type with clear life up in the zone; averaged 19.3 inches of vertical break.  T2266, 2113 average rpm.
CB: 66-67 mph. 11/5 shape with depth and occasional late downer action. Thrown with conviction and fastball intent.  T2092, 2092 average rpm.

Ryan Norman, Minooka (IL), 2022; Kankakee CC commit
Positional Profile: RHP
Body: 6-0, 185-pounds. Athletic, well-proportioned frame.
Delivery: Hands rock over head to initiate a smooth tall/fall type delivery, athletic mover downhill, works across body with a controlled finish.
Arm Action: RH. Long arm action, high 3/4 slot.
FB: T82.2, 79.5-81.7 mph. Clean out the hand, four-seam type and plays straight.  T1943, 1768 average rpm.
CB: 67.4-70.0 mph. Decelerates arm action, 12/6 shape with early break.  T1464, 1317 average rpm. 

Caleb Rhodes, Conant (IL), 2022
Positional Profile: 1B/RHP
Body: 6-1, 240-pounds.
Delivery: Tall/fall type delivery, closed shoulders, lead leg swings to front foot strike and strides direct to target. Throws with some effort.
Arm Action: RH. Long arm action, 3/4 slot.
FB: T83.9, 79.2-82.9 mph. Two-seam type that plays with arm-side run and occasionally cuts it; averaged 13.9 inches of horizontal movement.  T1900, 1728 average rpm.
CB: 69.6-71.6 mph. 11/5 shape, shorter wrinkle, gradual break at times.  T2112, 1844 average rpm.
CH: 74.2-76.5 mph. Thrown from a slightly lower slot, similar action to fastball.  T1449, 1447 average rpm.

Jordan Scholl, Wheaton Warrenville South (IL), 2022; Southeast Missouri State commit
Positional Profile: RHP
Body: 6-3, 160-pounds. Lanky, high-waisted frame with upside.
Delivery: Simple stretch only delivery, tall/fall type pattern, closed front side and extends downhill. Works in line, throws with some effort.
Arm Action: RH. Long and loose arm action, slightly elevated 3/4 slot. Whippy arm speed.
FB: T83, 81.1-82.8 mph. Lively some out the hand with occasional late action to the arm-side.  T2135, 2010 average rpm.
CB: 69.4-70.2 mph. 11/5 shape, gradual action. Flashed feel for the zone.  T2262, 2117 average rpm.
CH: 73.3-74.1 mph. Thrown with similar intent and slot to fastball. Plays with arm-side run, flashed late. T1544, 1519 average rpm.

Tyler Skrabis, Sandburg (IL), 2022
Positional Profile: RHP
Body: 6-1, 185-pounds. Well-proportioned frame.
Delivery: Works on the right side of the rubber throughout, tall/fall type delivery, level shoulders, front toe lands slightly open, athletic finish.
Arm Action: RH. Compact arm stroke, high 3/4 slot.
FB: T83, 80.2-82.5 mph. Showed run and sink, most effective down in the zone.  T2037, 1897 average rpm.
CB: 72.3-74.2 mph. 11/5 shape that flashed some lateral sweep, yet mostly played with gradual spin.  T2010, 1889 average rpm.
CH: 74-75 mph. Maintains fastball arm speed. Flashed late arm-side run and sink in warmups, used sparingly in gameplay.  T1788, 1788 average rpm.

Brendan Whalen, Grayslake Central (IL), 2022; Lake Land JC commit
Positional Profile: RHP
Body: 6-4, 195-pounds. Strong, well-proportioned stature with room for added mass.
Delivery: Hands rock over head to initiate a quick tempo'd tall/fall type delivery, works in line to target and lands square.
Arm Action: RH. Long arm swing with some reach into the scapula, high 3/4 slot.
FB: T81.2, 77.8-80.3 mph. Incorporated both a four and two-seam grip; generated more natural arm-side action with the two-seam grip.  T1866, 1629 average rpm.
CB: 65.7-68.7 mph. Looser shape than slider, spins off a 12/6 plane with some depth.  T1596, 1431 average rpm.
SL: 68.3-70.8 mph. Tighter, shorter wrinkle.  T1510, 1510 average rpm.
CH: 70.3-72.3 mph. Lowers slot, plays with arm-side run.  T1405, 1289 average rpm.

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