Prep Baseball Report

Illinois 2017 Rankings Updated

By Drew Locascio
Illinois Scouting Director

The fall season is all but wrapped up, as the fall events in Illinois have come to an end and the WWBA in Jupiter, FL has finished up. In turn, much has happened since the last rankings update and seniors from around the state have made strong impressions.

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There were a few shakeups at the top of the rankings but right-handed pitcher Austin Marozas (Plainfield South) stays at No. 1. The 6-foot-7, 240-pound, imposing figure, has continued to impress on the mound all summer and fall. The Kentucky recruit pitches comfortably in 88-91 mph range and gets heavy run and sink on his fastball.

Both Brendan Murphy (Mundelein) and Bobby Miller (McHenry) climbed a few spots since the last update and now sit at No. 2 and No. 3 respectively.  Murphy, an Arizona State commit, is a 6-foot-4, 205-pound southpaw who has a three-pitch mix, consistently runs his fastball into the upper 80’s-to-low 90’s and has developed a wipeout slider. Miller, a Louisville commit, is a 6-foot-5, right-hander with a power arm, recently touching 93 mph.

One of the biggest risers who now sits in the Top 10 is third baseman Donivan Williams (Richards), an Illinois State commit. Williams is a top-level defender at the hot corner with excellent instincts and plenty of arm strength across the diamond.

Williams is the only position player in the top 10 as this year’s senior class is loaded with high-end arms. Two right-handed pitchers new to the top 10 are Mark DiLuia (Marian Catholic) and Marius Balandis (St. Laurence). DiLuia, a Maryland recruit, has a smooth delivery, easy arm and possesses a wipeout slider. Balandis, originally from Lithuania, now attending St. Laurence, has a four-pitch repertoire and has been up to 92 mph.


Name State School Class Pos Commitment
1 Austin Marozas IL Plainfield South 2017 RHP Kentucky
2 Brendan Murphy IL Mundelein 2017 LHP Arizona State
3 Bobby Miller IL McHenry West 2017 RHP Louisville
4 Reid Detmers IL Chatham-Glenwood 2017 LHP Louisville
5 Ryan Kutt IL Brother Rice 2017 RHP Illinois
6 Glenn Albanese IL Batavia 2017 RHP Louisville
7 Brady Corrigan IL Plainfield North 2017 RHP Arizona State
8 Mark DiLuia IL Marian Catholic 2017 RHP Maryland
9 Donivan Williams IL Richards 2017 3B Illinois State
10 Marius Balandis IL St. Laurence 2017 RHP

Throughout the week we will take a look at several newcomers to the rankings, as we’ve expanded to 250, as well as some of the top rising prospects.

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