Prep Baseball Report

Illinois 2018 Rankings Updated

By Drew Locascio
Illinois Scouting Director

A couple of weeks ago the Prep Baseball Report scouting staff rolled out our updated Illinois Class of 2017 rankings. You can read about the shuffled top ten and new ranked prospects HERE.

The last time we looked at the 2018 rankings in Illinois was the middle of August. A lot has happened since then, with several showcases, tournaments, fall games and camps. The new rankings have extended from 100 to 125 players with shakeups throughout.

The Top 10 remains largely intact with the only changes coming at the No. 9 and 10 spot. Two uncommitted, right-handed arms, emerged since the last update and now sit in those spots.

Ryan Vice (Lincoln-Way Central), who comes in at No. 9, has an impressive 6-foot-4, 200-pound frame and sat 87-90 mph at an event in October. Reports from a camp a couple of weeks later had Vice reaching as high as 92, 93 mph with his fastball. The breaking ball is still a work in progress but he clearly has one of the strongest arms in the class. Tylon Ross (Homewood-Flossmoor), a relative unknown before the fall, made a big jump in velocity and recently sat 86-89 mph at an event. The 6-foot-1, 165-pound, Ross, features a long, loose, quick arm and pounds the zone with his heavy fastball. He also has feel for a slider with tight, sharp action.

Alek Thomas (Mt. Carmel), Jacob Maton (Chatham-Glenwood) and Steven Sanchez (Mundelein) still sit atop the 2018 rankings in Illinois. Thomas, a three-sport high school star, is one of top uncommitted 2018 prospects in the country. Rumor has it, Thomas may be looking to play both football and baseball at the next level. Maton, a Coastal Carolina commit, is an athletic right-hander who comfortably sits in the upper 80’s, touching 90 with a wipeout breaking ball. 6-foot-8, 230-pound, Sanchez, is an imposing southpaw who can run his fastball up to 87 and spin a curveball for a strike. Sanchez, an Arkansas commit, may have the highest ceiling in the class.

A look at the Illinois Top 10:

Name State School Class Pos Commitment
1 Alek Thomas IL Mount Carmel 2018 OF
2 Jacob Maton IL Chatham-Glenwood 2018 RHP Coastal Carolina
3 Steven Sanchez IL Mundelein 2018 LHP Arkansas
4 Zaid Walker IL Homewood-Flossmoor 2018 OF Michigan State
5 Chase Stanke IL Marmion 2018 C Arkansas
6 Jake Rosing IL Richmond Burton 2018 RHP Louisville
7 Branden Comia IL Carl Sandburg 2018 SS Illinois
8 Brooks Coetzee IL Mahomet-Seymour 2018 OF Notre Dame
9 Ryan Vice IL Lincoln-Way Central 2018 RHP
10 Tylon Ross IL Homewood-Flossmoor 2018 RHP

to see the updated Illinois Class of 2018 Rankings, extended to 125 prospects.

Over the next couple days we will highlight some of the biggest risers in our updated rankings, as well as prospects new to the rankings.