Prep Baseball Report

Team Illinois looks to continue dominance at Midwest Future Games

By Sean Duncan
Executive Director

Team Illinois will look to continue its winning ways at the Midwest Future Games this weekend at Indiana University. In fact, Team Illinois has yet to lose a game in the first two years of this invitation-only event that features the top incoming juniors in the Midwest.

With the field expanded to eight states, the road for Team Illinois won’t be easy, but the roster is again loaded with high-level Class of 2015 prospects. This year’s squad has big shoes to fill, as last year’s team featured a dominant pitching staff that included RHP Jake Godfrey, LHP Jake Latz, RHP Brad Bass, RHP Wyatt Trautwein, RHP Mitch Vogrin and several others.

Our scouting staff has assembled another talented group of prospects, despite some omissions from highly ranked committed players.

A quick look at Team Illinois’ roster:


If nothing else, Illinois’ pitching staff will look good coming off the bus. Indeed, the team has some imposing physical specimens, with six pitchers standing 6-foot-3 or taller. RHP Jeremy Orbik (Homewood-Flossmoor HS), ranked No. 6 in Illinois, should be one of the most coveted right-handers at the event.

Other right-handers include 6-foot-3 Tyler Lass (Belvidere HS), 6-foot-5 Steven Skolarz (Lincoln-Way West HS) and 6-foot-4 Mike Kogut (Nazareth HS).

From the left side, Illinois features Brett Newberg (Moline HS), Jake Hurst (Peoria Notre Dame HS), Kyle Shimp (Yorkville HS), Mitchell Townsend (Libertyville HS), and Cory Wright (St. Charles North HS). Hurst, Shimp and Townsend all stand 6-foot-4 or taller.


Left-handed hitting 3B Willie Bourbon (Stevenson HS), who’s ranked No. 5 in Illinois, anchors the offense. Up the middle, left-handed hitting SS Cole Daily (Springfield Sacred Heart-Griffin HS), 2B Ako Thomas (Mount Carmel HS) and MIF Brady Fairfield (Metamora) add excellent speed and defense.

Wright, whose style of play and baseball IQ is reminiscent of PBR 2010 Player of the Year Shane Conlon, is a top-level first baseman. Newberg also provides plenty of offensive pop. Tyler Fitzgerald, an extremely athletic SS from Rochester HS, is the only 2016 prospect on the roster.


Left-handed hitting Terrance Robertson (Simeon HS) brings top-level speed to the squad, as does Andy Shadid (Peoria Notre Dame HS), who earned PBR third-team All-State honors as a sophomore. Matt Hopkins (Alton HS) adds a big left-handed power bat. Hopkins, who can also play both corner infield positions, follows in the footsteps of Alton 2013 C Brent Gibbs, an Indiana recruit who represented Illinois in the Midwest Future Games. Ryan Sargent (Jacobs HS) rounds out the outfielders.


A pair of left-handed hitting catchers headlines the group: Peyton Isaacson (Galesburg HS) and Jesse Forestell (Homewood-Flossmoor HS). Both prospects feature pure left-handed swings and solid arms. Shadid also is a standout catcher.

More in-depth information about Team Illinois’ prospects will be posted leading up the Midwest Future Games. Complete schedules and all state rosters will also be posted in the near future.


Name State School Class Pos Commitment
Willie Bourbon IL Stevenson 2015 3B
Cole Daily IL Sacred Heart Griffin 2015 SS Notre Dame
Brady Fairfield IL Metamora 2015 SS
Tyler Fitzgerald IL Rochester 2016 SS
Jesse Forestell IL Homewood-Flossmoor 2015 C
Matt Hopkins IL Alton 2015 3B
Jake Hurst IL Peoria Notre Dame 2015 LHP
Peyton Isaacson IL Galesburg 2015 C
Mike Kogut IL Nazareth 2015 RHP
Tyler Lass IL Belvidere 2015 RHP
Brett Newberg IL Moline 2015 LHP
Jeremy Orbik IL Homewood-Flossmoor 2015 RHP
Terrance Robertson IL Simeon 2015 OF
Ryan Sargent IL Jacobs 2015 OF
Andrew Shadid IL Peoria Notre Dame 2015 C
Kyle Shimp IL Yorkville 2015 LHP
Steven Skolarz IL Lincoln Way West 2015 RHP
Ako Thomas IL Mount Carmel 2015 SS
Mitchell Townsend IL Libertyville 2015 LHP
Cory Wright IL St Charles North 2015 1B

Midwest Future Game 2013 SLIDE