Illinois 2019 Rankings Updated

By Drew Locascio
Illinois Scouting Director

The final Illinois rankings update of the year is the Illinois’ 2019 Rankings. The list has expanded to 75 and it features a number of newcomers as well as a few prospects who have risen since the last update. With three full high school seasons still left, the rankings are sure to shuffle over the next several years as prospects separate themselves and physically mature.

The top four in the class remain unchanged with recent West Virginia commit, catcher Matt McCormick (St. Laurence), continuing to lead the way. McCormick has an advanced left-handed bat and should be able to stick behind the plate at the next level.

Right behind McCormick is right-handed pitcher Quinn Priester (Cary Grove). Priester was far and away the best arm at the 2019 Top Prospect Games in the summer. At the event Priester sat 87-89 mph and spun an advanced curveball with sharp, late action and depth.  We have not seen him since, as he spends his fall playing varsity football for the Trojans.

Carmel Catholic’s Andrew Wiegman and Effingham’s Zachary Lee come in at No. 3 and No. 4, respectively. Wiegman, a Louisville recruit, is an athletic, toolsy infielder with explosive bat speed. Lee meanwhile is a 6-foot-4 right-handed pitcher with a loose, fast arm from a lower slot and runs his fastball into the upper 80’s.

Rounding out the top 5 is the top newcomer in the rankings, Jason Hodges (Marist). Hodges is a 6-foot-3, 185-pound, versatile, athletic OF/1B who burst onto the scene this fall. Hodges was the top overall prospect at the Underclass Showcase in October. Offensively, he has explosive bat speed with present middle of the order type of pop. Defensively, he currently plays first base and corner outfield but given his athleticism and foot speed it is not out of the question that he could find himself in centerfield in the future.

The other newcomer in the Top 10 is infielder Jalen Greer (St. Rita). Greer showed well multiple times this fall and now finds himself at No. 8. Greer routinely showed he is an advanced defender with a chance to be a true shortstop at the next level. He has natural infield actions and his hands work soft and simple. The arm which may not be plus at this point, is accurate, true and flashes carry across the infield. Offensively, he has a loose, whippy swing and the bat stays in the hitting zone a long time. He also has plenty of room to add quality strength to his 6-foot-2, 160-pound, wiry, athletic frame.  

Jalen Greer (10.16.16)


Name State School Class Pos Commitment
1 Matt McCormick IL St. Laurence 2019 C West Virginia
2 Quinn Priester IL Cary Grove 2019 RHP
3 Andrew Wiegman IL Carmel Catholic 2019 SS Louisville
4 Zachary Lee IL Effingham 2019 RHP
5 Jason Hodges IL Marist 2019 1B
6 Grant Leader IL Lyons Township 2019 RHP
7 Kendall Pettis IL Brother Rice 2019 OF
8 Jalen Greer IL St. Rita 2019 SS
9 Kyle Wisch IL Hinsdale Central 2019 RHP
10 Brody Harding IL Moline 2019 SS Illinois

CLICK HERE to see the updated Illinois Class of 2019 Rankings, extended to 75 prospects.

Stayed tuned this week as we will touch on some of the top newcomers and risers to the updated rankings. Also, updated rankings are taking place all over our coverage area and 2019 overall rankings will be released soon.