Prep Baseball Report

Lockport Preseason ID: Top Overall Prospects

By: Illinois Scouting Staff

On Monday, Feb. 20, the PBR Illinois staff traveled to the Bo Jackson Elite Sports Dome in Lockport, Ill., to host the Lockport Preseason ID. This event provided us an ample opportunity to check-in on some of the area’s high school prospects and identify several names as we prepared for the IHSA season, as well as future invite-only events on the PBR Illinois calendar. 

Read on below for a look at who our scouting staff deemed as the 'top overall prospects' from the event. 

Top Overall Prospects 

Daniel Cercello RHP / OF / Neuqua Valley, IL / 2024

 Positional Profile: RHP
Body: 6-7, 180-pounds. Long, lanky frame, fill coming.
Delivery: Medium leg lift, drop and drive delivery in-line, closed toe at footstrike.
Arm Action: RH. Long, loose arm, high 3/4 slot.
FB: T93, 91-92 mph. Live fastball thrown with ease, jumped through the zone at times.  T2258, 2210 average rpm.
CB: 75-76 mph. Showed control, ability to drop for strikes, slurve type action. T2014, 1922 average rpm.
CH: 83-84 mph. Fade action to arm side, showed above average feel. T1929, 1804 average rpm.

Nate George OF / RHP / Minooka , IL / 2024

Positional Profile: OF
Body: 6-0, 190-pounds. Strong, athletic build.
Hit: RHH. Balanced setup, smooth load and leg-lift timing trigger. Explosive hand speed, aggressive swing, fast bat, on the barrel throughout and elevated hard, loud contact to the pull-side.
Power: 104 max exit velocity, averaged 91.3 mph. 377’ max distance.
Arm: RH. OF - 94 mph. Fluid, clean arm action. Deliberately gather towards the target. Carry and accuracy to throws.
Defense: Glove plays off side of body, active feet working to and through the baseball, big crow hop.
Run: 6.39 runner in the 60. 

Positional Profile: RHP
Delivery: Methodical delivery, drop and drive delivery, closed toe at footstrike.
Arm Action: RH. Loose, quick arm, 3/4 slot.
FB: T89, 85-88 mph. Arm-side-run with life, finds in the bottom of the zone. T2262, 2205 average rpm.
SL: 68-70 mph.  T2110, 2010 average rpm.
CH: 72-74 mph. Feel for pitch, armside fade. T1698, 1637 average rpm.

Cody Freitas RHP / 3B / Bradley-Bourbonnais, IL / 2025

Positional Profile: RHP
Body: 6-0, 180-pounds. Athletic build with present strength.
Delivery: Deliberate delivery, drop and drive.
Arm Action: RH. Quick, continuous arm path, 3/4 slot.
FB: T92, 90-91 mph. Life through the zone with arm-side run.  T2394, 2341 average rpm.
CB: 74-78 mph. Sharp, 11/5 action, swing and miss potential. T2460, 2315 average rpm.
CH: 82-83 mph. Slows arm slightly, fade to the pitch.  T1818, 1606 average rpm.

Positional Profile: INF
Hit: RHH. Wide, balanced, strong setup.  Simple swing, strong hands, stays on-plane and through the zone, on time and on the barrel.
Power: 96 max exit velocity, averaged 80.5 mph. 327’ max distance.
Arm: RH. INF - 90 mph. Easy life across the diamond, backspin, high 3/4 slot.
Defense: Soft hands and fluid actions, plays through in rhythm, controls body well to both sides.
Run: 7.20 runner in the 60. 

Brady Green SS / RHP / Oak Park-River Forest, IL / 2025

Positional Profile: SS/RHP
Body: 5-10, 170-pounds. Strong frame, athletic, projectable body.
Hit: RHH. Balanced, relaxed setup, fluid load and leg-kick trigger. Athletic, strong, quick bat, stays through the zone a long time, on the barrel with authority to both gaps.
Power: 99 max exit velocity, averaged 90.3 mph. 355’ max distance.
Arm: RH. INF - 86 mph. Easy life with backspin.
Defense: Soft/fluid hands, athletic actions with rhythm, well-above average actions and defender.
Run: 7.02 runner in the 60. 

Luke Mensik RHP / SS / Lincoln-Way Central , IL / 2025

Positional Profile: RHP
Body: 6-1, 175-pounds. Athletic frame with some strength, projectable.
Delivery: Repeatable delivery, in-line leg lift and stride.
Arm Action: RH. Compact, 3/4 slot, acceleration out front.
FB: T88, 86-88 mph. Ride through the zone, straight.  T2308, 2230 average rpm.
CB: 75-77 mph. 12/6 action, some feel.  T2689, 2585 average rpm.
CH: 83-83 mph. Downer action, some arm-side fade. T1710, 1629 average rpm.

Positional Profile: SS
Hit: RHH. Balanced, narrow setup, fluid quiet load and stride. Balanced swing, repeatable, stays simple and inside the baseball, on time and on the barrel.
Power: 94 max exit velocity, averaged 85.3 mph. 263’ max distance.
Arm: RH. INF - 87 mph. Jumps out of the hand, high 3/4 slot.
Defense: Soft hands with athletic actions, clean transfer, easy range laterally.
Run: 7.09 runner in the 60. 

Brett Tucker SS / RHP / Lemont, IL / 2026

Positional Profile: SS/RHP
Body: 5-11, 155-pounds. Lanky build, projectable frame.
Hit: RHH. Balanced setup, wider stance, small leg lift, short stride. Athletic, quick hands, stays on top of the baseball, long through the zone, creates bat speed and jump off the barrel.
Power: 87 max exit velocity, averaged 80.3 mph. 280’ max distance.
Arm: RH. INF - 79 mph. Loose, clean arm, 3/4 slot with life out of the hand.
Defense: Active, fluid feet, steady hands with a clean transfer, plays with some feel and rhythm.
Run: 7.52 runner in the 60. 

Michael Pasquesi RHP / 3B / Highland Park, IL / 2024

Positional Profile: RHP
Body: 6-2, 190-pounds. Strong frame, long levers.
Delivery: Clean repeatable delivery, works on-line and efficient, carries momentum down the hill.
Arm Action: RH. Arm is clean, relative ease out of high 3/4 slot.
FB: T87, 85-87 mph. Mostly straight, plays on-line with occasional carry through the zone. T2213, 2168 average rpm.
SL: 69-72 mph. 10/4 shape, above average action and spin. T2393, 2344 average rpm.
CH: 75-78 mph. Slight sink action. T2196, 2041 average rpm.

Nolan Maciejewski OF / LHP / Tinley Park, IL / 2025

 Positional Profile: OF/LHP
Body: 5-11, 156-pounds. Wiry, projectable frame.
Hit: LHH. Balanced setup, fluid load and stride. Short, quick, twitchy hands, feel to hit and sprayed hard contact to all fields.
Power: 87 max exit velocity, averaged 82.3 mph. 289’ max distance.
Arm: LH. OF - 79 mph. Short, quick arm action, 3/4 slot. Carry on throws.
Defense: Deliberate through the ball, fields low to the ground, gains ground on the crow hop.
Run: 7.14 runner in the 60. 

Dasaan Lee C / 3B / Thornwood, IL / 2024

Positional Profile: C
Body: 6-0, 198-pounds. Well-proportional, strong upper body.
Hit: RHH. Wide setup, quiet pre-pitch movements, small leg lift. Strong, quick hands, present bat speed, flat through the zone, on the barrel consistently and wore out the middle of the field with hard line-drive contact. Used the whole field and showed a feel to hit throughout.
Power: 96 max exit velocity, averaged 90.3 mph. 314’ max distance.
Arm: RH. C - 77 mph. Short, loose arm action, high 3/4 slot. Throws play around the bag.
Defense: 2.09-2.19 pop times. Quality receiver, one-knee setup, athletic out of the crouch, quick, clean transfer.
Run: 7.48 runner in the 60. 

Ian Tosi LHP / OF / Mount Carmel, IL / 2026

Positional Profile: LHP
Body: 5-10, 155-pounds. Lean, lanky frame.
Delivery: Controlled drop and drive, works downhill, lands open.
Arm Action: LH. Short, quick arm action, high 3/4 slot.
FB: T83, 80-82 mph. Clean out of the hand, four seam type. T2071, 2019 average rpm.
CB: 65-66 mph. Gradual 1/7 shape. T2187, 2118 average rpm.
SL: 65-66 mph. 2/8 movement, thrown to the glove side. T2069, 1960 average rpm.
CH: 69-71 mph. Slight sinking action, lower half of the zone.  T1720, 1653 average rpm.

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