Prep Baseball Report

Illinois Class of 2024 Rankings: On The Bubble

By: Diego Solares
Area Scout, Illinois & Missouri

Roughly two weeks ago our staff updated the state's Illinois Class of 2024 rankings for the first time in six months, expanding the board from 35-to-75 names.

You can find the full up-to-date rankings by clicking HERE.

In the days that followed we spent some time highlighting the top prospects on the board, found HERE, and also shined some light on players that cracked our top-75 who are still uncommitted in our 'Uncommitted Follows' article.

Today we'll dive into more than 30 names who just missed the cut on our 2024 rankings, yet are still talented prospects that are certainly worth a follow as we prepare for an integral summer circuit. Read below to find quick hitting nuggets and video on these players.


Brady Chambers RHP / Lyons Township , IL / 2024

From 2/13/22
Positional Profile
r: RHP/1B
Body: 6-6, 200-pounds. High upside frame.
Delivery: Controlled tempo down the mound, slight drop/drive lower-half, remains in-line to the plate, front foot lands open.
Arm Action: RH. Short arm circle, plays into a high 3/4 slot.
FB: T82.5, 81.2-82.4 mph. Plays with some sinking action into the zone.  T1893, 1815 average rpm.
CB: 68.2-69.5 mph. Sharp 11/5 break with some depth, kept down. T2303, 2192 average rpm.
CH: 75.4-76.1 mph. Fades naturally to the arm-side. T1423, 1393 average rpm.

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Jacob Gimbel LHP / Joliet Catholic, IL / 2024

From 5/5/22: “Uncommitted. Wiry, 5-foot-10, 170-pound frame, room to fill out in the lower-half. Started on the mound for Joliet Catholic and was lights out over his five innings of work, scattering just two hits with one earned run and striking out nine. The Southpaw’s arm works with a clean circle out of the glove before moving into a high ¾ slot. On the mound, Gimbel works with a fluid tempo while also actively trying to work quickly, wasting no time between pitches with a confident presence. Mechanically, he loads into his back knee at balance point before moving into an in-line stride towards the plate, landing square. His fastball worked up to 80 mph with life to his arm-side and played at the top of the zone at times, setting up a sharp curveball with 1/7 shape and tight spin, thrown often off a similar fastball plane at 67-69 mph.”

Ethan Godlewski RHP / Lincoln-Way East, IL / 2024

From 2/24/22: “...put together one of the more polished bullpens of the entire event on Monday. Standing at an athletic 6-foot, 180-pounds, the right-hander moves down the mound with a compact drop/drive delivery, repeating his mechanics with ease. Godlewski impressed by using a running fastball at 80-82 mph to fill up the zone consistently, also showing the ability to navigate the pitch to both sides of the plate. He then went on to a sharp 11/5 breaking ball with depth at 68-70 mph, which he was able to land both for strikes and to put would-be hitters away. His third and final offering was a 73-76 mph changeup, thrown with intent and featuring heavy fading action to the arm-side, also thrown for strikes and kept mostly down.”

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