Illiana Preseason I.D.: Outfield Analysis


By Drew Locascio and Jaron Robinson
Illinois Staff

On Jan. 20, staff representing both PBR Illinois and PBR Indiana were on hand at the Ho-Chunk Sports and Expo Center in Chicago Heights, Ill., to evaluate close to the 80 prospects who made it out to our Illiana Preseason I.D. showcase.

We began our event coverage shortly after the event with our Quick Hits post and a Statistical Analysis. Yesterday we began the positional breakdown by taking a look at the catchers. Today we continue the roll-out with an in-depth look at the outfielders in attendance.

Glenbrook South product Cole Luckey (2021) came away as the top ranked outfielder in his first-ever PBR event. Luckey has an athletic, wide-shouldered frame with more room for additional strength, ran a sub-7.0 60, took a consistent round of BP where he showed off a loose, fast bat and was also 89 mph from the outfield.

Sophomore Jermaine Young Jr. (St. Patrick) put together a resounding round of BP. He’s strong and has the propensity to develop into a power bat. The ball jumps off his bat on a short uphill plane created by quick, strong hands.

A few noteworthy outfielders who just missed the top five were Richard Robinson (Homewood-Flossmoor, 2021), Myles Supurgeci (Mount Carmel, 2022) and Erik Mitchell (St. Charles East, 2021), among others.

Continue below for full reports on each and every outfielder from the event. And remember to check back over the coming days as we breakdown every positional group.

TOP OUTFIELD PROSPECTS

1. Cole Luckey, Glenbrook South (IL), 2021
Positional Profile: OF/3B
Body: 6-foot-2, 180-pounds. Athletic, wide-shouldered frame with plenty of room for continued physical development.
Hit: RHH. Balanced setup, leg-kick stride. Simple swing, quick hands, creates whip, short, level bat path and a line-drive approach.
Power: 95 mph exit velocity from the tee.
Arm: RH. OF - 89 mph. Short arm action, high 3/4 arm slot, throws stayed true.
Defense: Athletic defender with quick footwork, clean exchanges.
Run: 6.98 runner in the 60. 

2. Jermaine Young Jr, St. Patrick (IL), 2022
Positional Profile: OF/3B
Body: 6-foot-2, 212-pounds. Physical, wide-shouldered, strong frame.
Hit: RHH. Balanced setup, pre-pitch load, long stride. Swings with intent, fast hands, short, uphill bat path, fluid rhythm with a gap-to-gap approach.
Power: 92 mph exit velocity from the tee. Ball jumped off of bat during bp.
Arm: RH. OF - 77 mph. Long arm action, high 3/4 arm slot.
Defense: Clean footwork and played athletically through the baseball.
Run: 7.11 runner in the 60. 

3. Luke McDonald, Linton Stockton (IN), 2023
Positional Profile: RHP/OF
Body: 6-foot-1, 180-pounds. Athletic, proportional strength.
Hit: RHH. Open setup, short stride. Uphill bat path, fluid rhythm with a pull side approach.
Power: 81 mph exit velocity from the tee.
Arm: RH. OF - 79 mph. Short arm action, over the top arm slot, throws played true and with carry.
Defense: Fluid footwork and plays through the baseball.
Run: 7.24 runner in the 60. 

4. Chuckie Smith, Crete-Monee (IL), 2021
Positional Profile: OF/SS
Body: 6-foot, 190-pounds. Thick, strong frame.
Hit: RHH. Balanced setup, high leg kick stride. Aggressive swings, level bat path, pull side approach.
Power: 91 mph exit velocity from the tee.
Arm: RH. OF - 87 mph. Long, loose arm action, over the top arm slot, accurate throws with carry.
Defense: Quick footwork, clean exchanges, and played through the baseball.
Run: 7.59 runner in the 60. 

5. Kameron Gethers, Lake Central (IN), 2023
Positional Profile: OF/3B
Body: 6-foot, 175-pounds. Wiry, athletic, high-waisted frame.
Hit: RHH. Slightly open, balanced setup, short stride. Short, slightly uphill bat path, line-drive approach.
Power: 81 mph exit velocity from the tee.
Arm: RH. OF - 63 mph. Short arm action, over the top arm slot.
Defense: Fluid footwork, clean exchanges and plays athletically through the baseball.
Run: 6.69 runner in the 60. Ran the fastest laser-timed 60 of the day. Elite runner in the 2023 class.

Best of the Rest (Listed Alphabetically)

Ty Bell, Hersey (IL), 2022
Positional Profile: OF/LHP
Body: 5-foot-9, 150-pounds. Wiry, athletic
Hit: LHH. Balanced setup, short, toe-tap stride. Repeatable swing, short, uphill bat path, middle of the field approach.
Power: 80 mph exit velocity from the tee.
Arm: LH. OF - 74 mph. Long arm action, 3/4 arm slot.
Defense: Smooth footwork, clean exchanges and played through the baseball.
Run: 7.52 runner in the 60. 

Joshua Dixon, Homewood-Flossmoor (IL), 2021
Positional Profile: OF/1B
Body: 6-foot-2, 195-pounds. Proportional strength
Hit: RHH. Balanced setup, short stride. Short, level bat path, fluid rhythm with a pull side approach.
Power: 71 mph exit velocity from the tee.
Arm: RH. OF - 72 mph. Short arm action, high 3/4 arm slot, throws played accurate.
Defense: Steady defender, clean footwork, fluid exchanges and plays through the baseball.
Run: 7.14 runner in the 60. 

Jaden Jackson, Homewood-Flossmoor (IL), 2022
Positional Profile: OF/2B
Body: 5-foot-6, 140-pounds. Athletic
Hit: RHH. Balanced setup, pre pitch load, short stride. Short level bat path, fluid rhythm, line-drive approach.
Power: 80 mph exit velocity from the tee.
Arm: RH. OF - 68 mph. Short arm action, high 3/4 arm slot.
Defense: Fluid footwork and clean exchanges.
Run: 6.8 runner in the 60. 

Camden Judson, Terre Haute North (IN), 2023
Positional Profile: C/OF
Body: 5-foot-11, 194-pounds. Proportionally strong
Hit: RHH. Balanced setup, pre pitch load back and a short stride. Short, level bat path with a line-drive approach.
Power: 85 mph exit velocity from the tee.
Arm: RH. C - 65 mph. OF - 66 mph. Long arm action, high 3/4 arm slot, throws played accurate.
Defense: In the outfield; fluid footwork, clean exchanges, fields ball out in front of body and plays through the baseball. Behind the plate; fluid footwork and clean transfers.
Run: 8.32 runner in the 60. 

Mark Lavizzo, Centennial (IL), 2021
Positional Profile: OF/1B
Body: 5-foot-8, 141-pounds. Athletic
Hit: LHH. Balanced setup, quick, short stride. Quick hands with a long, slightly uphill bat path and pull side approach.
Power: 70 mph exit velocity from the tee.
Arm: LH. OF - 69 mph. Short arm action, over the top arm slot.
Defense: Quick footwork and clean exchanges.
Run: 7.44 runner in the 60. 

Logan Lockhart, Valparaiso (IN), 2022
Positional Profile: OF/C
Body: 5-foot-11, 165-pounds. Athletically-built.
Hit: RHH. Balanced setup, short stride. Long, slightly uphill bat path, line-drive approach.
Power: 81 mph exit velocity from the tee.
Arm: RH. OF - 85 mph. Long, quick arm action, high 3/4 arm slot, accurate throws with carry.
Defense: Soft hands, smooth footwork, quick exchanges and plays aggressively through the baseball.
Run: 7.31 runner in the 60. 

Drew Loy, McCutcheon (IN), 2021
Positional Profile: OF/
Body: 6-foot-2, 170-pounds. Wiry, Athletic
Hit: RHH. Balanced setup, short, toe-tap stride. Repeatable swing, short, level bat path, line-drive approach.
Power: 75 mph exit velocity from the tee.
Arm: RH. OF - 71 mph. Long arm action, high 3/4 arm slot
Defense: Fluid feet and plays through the baseball
Run: 7.02 runner in the 60. 

Erik Mitchell, St. Charles East (IL), 2021
Positional Profile: OF/3B
Body: 5-foot-11, 175-pounds. Proportionally strong frame.
Hit: RHH. Tall setup, short stride. Fast hands, easy effort, smooth rhythm, level bat path, gap-to-gap approach.
Power: 84 mph exit velocity from the tee. Flashed pull-side power potential.
Arm: RH. OF - 79 mph. Short arm action, over the top arm slot, throws were accurate and played with carry.
Defense: Quick footwork and played through the baseball.
Run: 7.15 runner in the 60. 

Richard Robinson, Homewood-Flossmoor (IL), 2021
Positional Profile: RHP/OF
Body: 6-foot, 155-pounds. Lean, wiry frame.
Hit: RHH. Open setup, leg kick stride. Simple swing, short, level bat path, fluid rhythm, line-drive approach.
Power: 83 mph exit velocity from the tee.
Arm: RH. INF - 73 mph. OF - 77 mph. Long, loose arm action, high 3/4 arm slot, throws showed carry.
Defense: In the Outfield, smooth footwork, clean exchanges and plays through the baseball.
Run: 7.23 runner in the 60. 

Myles Supurgeci, Mount Carmel (IN), 2022
Positional Profile: OF/OF
Body: 5-foot-6, 130-pounds. Small, lively frame.
Hit: RHH. Balanced setup, short stride. Repeatable swing, slightly uphill bat path, pull side approach.
Power: 81 mph exit velocity from the tee.
Arm: RH. OF - 77 mph. Short arm action, over the top arm slot, throws played accurate.
Defense: Soft hands, quick footwork, and played athletically through the baseball.
Run: 6.71 runner in the 60. Ran second best laser-timed 60 of the day.

Ethan Tucker, Homewood Flossmoor (IL), 2023
Positional Profile: OF/
Body: 5-foot-6, 120-pounds. Wiry
Hit: RHH. Balanced setup, pre pitch load, no stride. Short, level bat path with a line-drive approach.
Power: 81 mph exit velocity from the tee.
Arm: RH. OF - 67 mph. Short arm action, high 3/4 arm slot, throws played accurate.
Defense: Quick footwork, clean exchanges, and plays through the baseball.
Run: 7.2 runner in the 60. 

Nathan Tyrpin, Mount Carmel (IL), 2022
Positional Profile: OF/RHP
Body: 6-foot-2, 166-pounds. Long-limbed, projectable frame.
Hit: RHH. Open setup, leg kick stride. Short, level bat path, fluid rhythm, line-drive approach.
Power: 80 mph exit velocity from the tee.
Arm: RH. OF - 75 mph. Short arm action, high 3/4 arm slot.
Defense: Fluid footwork and hands play close to body.
Run: 7.63 runner in the 60. 

Alec Wiersema, Mount Carmel (IN), 2023
Positional Profile: OF/
Body: 6-foot-2, 170-pounds. Long-limbed frame, carries strength throughout.
Hit: RHH. Wide, balanced setup, pre pitch load, short stride. Swings with intent, long, slightly uphill bat path with an opposite field approach.
Power: 86 mph exit velocity from the tee.
Arm: RH. OF - 72 mph. Long arm action, over the top arm slot, throws played accurate.
Defense: Sure-handed and displayed clean exchanges.
Run: 7.52 runner in the 60. 

Caleb Wudtke Washington (IL), 2022
Positional Profile: OF/2B
Body: 5-foot-11, 130-pounds. Wiry
Hit: RHH. Open setup, short stride. Long, uphill bat path with a pull side approach.
Power: 80 mph exit velocity from the tee.
Arm: RH. OF - 77 mph. Long loose arm action, high 3/4 arm slot.
Defense: Fluid footwork, quick exchanges and plays through the baseball.
Run: 7.27 runner in the 60. 

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