Prep Baseball Report

Inside the Rankings: 2018 Newcomers

PBR Scouting Staff

The 2018 class is updated and expanded, we released the update on Wednesday, followed by a look at some risers yesterday. Today highlights the newcomers to the rankings, with more than 50 new additions.

Victor Jackson (Lake View) is the highest ranking newcomer in the Class of 2018 Rankings checking in at No. 38. Jackson is an athletic 5-foot-11, 175-pound right-handed hitting outfielder. Jackson’s best tool is his speed, which plays up in the outfield and he projects as a true centerfielder. At the plate Jackson has a short, simple stroke and flashes power to the pull side. He recently committed to Wabash Valley JC.

RHP Nick Shelton (Sandburg) debuts in the rankings at No. 65. Shelton had an eye opening performance at the Senior Games in August and was named the No. 1 Overall Prospect at the event. The projectable 6-foot-4, 185-pound right-hander worked 85-88 topping out at 89 mph with his fastball. Shelton is committed to Heartland CC.

Joliet Catholic LHP Ryan Surin has seen a surge in his stock this fall. Surin fell out of the rankings for a short period of time as he was still rehabbing from Tommy John surgery that he underwent in April of 2016. Now 18 months out of surgery, Surin looks poised for a breakout senior campaign. His fastball sits easily at 82-85 mph and has flashed a good hard breaking ball at 73-75 mph that has the ability to tie up right-handed hitters. On top of that Surin is a high academic student.     

RHP Luke Lamm (Plainfield East) checks in at No. 73 in the updated rankings. Lamm was named the top RHP pitching prospect from the Unsigned Senior Showcase in October. Lamm worked 86-87 mph with his fastball and has a loose arm action. His changeup worked at 74-76 mph and had late running action.  

Toolsy OF Luke Seidel (Fremd) was another prospect who popped up at the Unsigned Senior Showcase in October. Seidel is one of the top runners in the class after running a 6.56 60-yard dash. He is still raw at the plate but shows good balance and quick hands with a gap to gap approach. Seidel checks in at No. 105 in the rankings.

RHP Ty Rybarczyk (Hall) cracks the rankings for the first time, just outside of the top 100. Rybarczyk won’t grab your attention in stature (5-foot-8, 140-pounds), but what he lacks in size he makes up for with competitive feel in the strikezone. A bulldog type on the mound, he sits 84-86 mph and can drop three pitches for strikes.

A pair of North Suburban OFs Nick Bonk (Stevenson) and Nick Angel (Libertyville) debut in the top 120 after their performances at events this fall. Bonk, a Northern Illinois commit, has a strong frame at 6-foot-6 and 205-pounds and has two way potential. At the plate he shows strength and leverage thru contact and on the mound he tops out at 86 mph with his fastball. Angel, a Dayton commit, is an athletic 6-foot-4, 195-pound right/right outfielder with projection left in his frame. At the plate he has present bat speed with looseness in his swing and runs a 6.79 60-yard dash.

Making the top 130, Diego Munoz is a Western Illinois commit who will anchor a Mount Carmel infield loaded with talent. Munoz was one of the top prospects this fall at the PBR Senior Games. Quick-twitch athlete Bobby Grimes (Nazareth) debuts at No. 127 in the new rankings. Grimes possess a strong arm from behind the plate and is an above average runner

LHP Ryan Palmblad (Brother Rice) is another southpaw who has quietly flown under the radar. Palmblad showed a high rate of pitchability at the Senior Games in August and threw well again with a dominating performance in Iowa the last weekend of September.

Here’s a look a more new additions to the list:

Victor Jackson IL Lake View 2018 OF Wabash Valley JC
Nick Shelton IL Sandburg 2018 RHP Heartland CC
Ryan Surin IL Joliet Catholic 2018 LHP  
Luke Lamm IL Plainfield East 2018 RHP  
Luke Seidel IL Fremd 2018 OF  
Ty Rybarczyk IL Hall 2018 RHP Parkland JC
Nick Bonk IL Stevenson 2018 OF Northern Illinois
Nick Angel IL Libertyville 2018 OF Dayton
Diego Munoz IL Mount Carmel 2018 2B Western Illinois
Bobby Grimes IL Nazareth 2018 C  
Kevin Lapka IL Lane Tech 2018 OF  
Ryan Kaup IL Providence Catholic 2018 2B Wabash Valley JC
Brendan Barrette IL Oak Park-River Forest 2018 RHP Parkland JC
Ryan Vogt IL Trico 2018 RHP McKendree University
Ryan Palmblad IL Brother Rice 2018 LHP  
David Ascencio IL Plainfield Central 2018 3B Parkland JC
Marco Yates IL Belvidere North 2018 SS  
Anthony Scanlon IL Mount Carmel 2018 RHP  
Brandon Petkoff IL Lincoln-Way East 2018 SS Texas A&M-Corpus Christi
Kyle Werries IL Chatham-Glenwood 2018 3B Lincoln Land CC
Jake Berger IL Lockport 2018 RHP  
Gage Olszak IL St. Laurence 2018 1B Saint Xavier
Justin Conant IL Joliet Catholic 2018 SS  
Caleb Durbin IL Lake Forest 2018 SS  
Quinn Lowery IL O'Fallon 2018 OF  
Nolan Unger IL Grant 2018 OF  
Max Snowden IL Grayslake Central 2018 OF  
Mikey Hampton IL Alton 2018 OF  
Sean Tillmon IL Plainfield North 2018 SS  
Logan Shepard IL Maroa-Forsyth 2018 C  
Michael Marseille IL Homewood-Flossmoor 2018 SS  
Ty Liaromatis IL Yorkville 2018 RHP  
Matthew Helwig IL Lincoln-Way Central 2018 RHP  
Ryan Turgeon IL Nazareth 2018 RHP  
Mark McCabe IL Naperville North 2018 LHP  
Simon Herold IL Minooka 2018 LHP  
Maurey Garrett IL Homewood-Flossmoor 2018 2B Heartland CC
Luke Faifer IL Minooka 2018 C Maryville University
Zach Verta IL St. Laurence 2018 OF Calumet-St. Joseph's
Chase Grasso IL McHenry West 2018 C  
Brock Seymour IL Southwestern 2018 LHP  
Jared Viele IL Sacred Heart-Griffin 2018 OF  
Matt Camp IL Jacobs 2018 RHP McHenry County JC
Nic Baker IL Rochester 2018 3B  
Dan Balzhiser IL Plainfield East 2018 LHP Wisconsin-Parkside
Jeff Morton IL Mundelein 2018 OF  
Brandon Olion IL Champaign Centennial 2018 OF  
Chase Maifield IL Grant 2018 1B  
Justin Lavrisa IL Jacobs 2018 LHP  
Corey Hall IL Champaign Centennial 2018 OF

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