Prep Baseball Report

Illinois Underclass Showcase: Top Overall 2024 Prospects

By Illinois Staff

On Oct. 25, the PBR Illinois staff hosted its final event of the year: the Underclass Showcase. This event was open to all of the state’s prospects in its 2023, 2024, and 2025 graduating classes, and allowed us to end the 2020 showcase circuit with a bang.

This was an informative showcase that provided us with an excellent late season look at some of the state’s top 2023-24 players. We’ve been covering the event in-depth ever since, links to which you can find at the bottom of the story.

Today, to conclude our post-event analysis, we’re ranking the top overall 2024 prospects in attendance.


Luke Oblen RHP / 3B / DePaul College Prep, IL / 2024


Positional Profile: RHP. One of the top 2024s we have seen to date in Illinois.
Body: 6-0, 175-pounds. Athletic, upside frame.
Delivery: Quick, athletic tempo, tall and fall delivery, lands square to target, works in line, strong front side, repeatable.
Arm Action: RH. Short, quick action, high 3/4 arm slot.
FB: T89, 87-88 mph. Heavy ball for his age, arm-side-run, sink at times, works downhill, controls the zone, average spin rate of 2,255 rpm.
CB: 71-73 mph. 11/5 shape, late action, above-average feel for age, average spin rate of 2,247 rpm.
CH: 73-78 mph. Advanced sink/run for his age, plays down in the zone.

Positional Profile: 3B
Hit: RHH. Simple balanced setup, smooth load, high leg lift. Repeatable swing, quick hands, short level swing, gap-to-gap approach, fluid rhythm.
Power: 86 mph exit velocity from the tee.
Arm: RH. INF - 83 mph. Long loose arm action, high 3/4 slot.
Defense: Fluid footwork, soft hands, clean exchange, plays through the baseball.
Run: 7.12 runner in the 60.

Luke Jurack SS / OF / Hinsdale Central, IL / 2024

Positional Profile: SS/OF
Body: 5-9, 150-pounds. Athletic frame.
Hit: RHH. Balanced setup, smooth load, small leg-lift trigger, advanced pre-pitch actions and overall balance for his age. Athletic, fluid swing, short/direct to ball, feel for the barrel, gap-to-gap approach.
Power: 83 mph exit velocity from the tee.
Arm: RH. INF - 79 mph. OF - 80 mph. Long arm action, over-the-top arm slot from outfield. Flashed athleticism with ability to change arm slot on infield.
Defense: Outfield: confident defender, active and efficient feet, fields the ball out front and plays through athletically and clean exchange, works through ball. Infield: Fields from wide base at times, steady hands, flashed athleticism, keeps body under control.
Run: 6.97 runner in the 60. One of the best outfield runners at the event.

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