Metro East Open: Outfielder Analysis


By Illinois Staff

On June 23, the PBR Illinois team made its return to trip down south to Sauget to host its annual Metro East Open event, targeting any and all high school athletes in the area – from Missouri to Illinois.

We provided some instant insight in the days following the event inside of our Statistical Analysis post, featuring notes on the event’s stat leaders. We began our event analysis on Wednesday, with the day’s catchers, and we’re onto the outfielders today.

Four of the five names ranked inside the top-five below represent Illinois, but the No. 1 spot goes to junior Aiden Heberlie (Valle Catholic; uncommitted) from Missouri. He’s a high-level athlete who projects very well and his stellar performance here helped him earn an invitation to the PBR Future Games where he represented Team Missouri in Georgia.

From Illinois, Rochester’s Austin Adcock (2022) landed an invite to the All-State Games based off his performance here, too.

Read both of their scouting reports in full below, as well as the rest of the outfielders who participated in this showcase. Stay tuned tomorrow for a look into the day’s infielders.

TOP OUTFIELD PROSPECTS

1. Aiden Heberlie, Valle Catholic (MO), 2022
Positional Profile: OF; Earned an invitation to the PBR Future Games with his performance.
Body: 6-3, 185-pounds. High-waisted, highly-athletic frame with projection.
Hit: RHH. Balanced slightly crouched setup, smooth pre-pitch load and toe-tap stride.  Quick twitchy hands creates advanced bat speed for age. Aggressive swing, ball jumps off the bat at times.
Power: 92 mph exit velocity from the tee. Present pull-side power. Launched a homerun deep over the left-field fence in BP.
Arm: RH. OF - 85 mph. Long draw out of the glove, comes out of a short high 3/4 window.
Defense: Plays well on the move; long, fluid easy strides. Attacks the baseball and plays through in rhythm at times.
Run: 6.55 runner in the 60. One of the top runners in the class.

2. Austin Adcock, Rochester (IL), 2022
Positional Profile: OF
Body: 6-0, 165-pounds. Athletic, wide-shouldered build with room for added strength.
Hit: RHH. Balanced, athletic setup in the box; quite, load, leg-lift timing trigger and stays balanced throughout. Repeatable swing, short path, gets extension through contact, works gap-to-gap and was consistently on the barrel.
Power: 87 mph exit velocity from the tee. Averaged 87.37 mph or better off the bat on pitches down in the zone during BP; via TrackMan.
Arm: RH. OF - 84 mph. Long arm action, high 3/4 slot.
Defense: Active feet, sure-hands, quick directional exchange.
Run: 7.36 runner in the 60. 

3. Ryan Jackson, Greenville (IL), 2023
Positional Profile: OF
Body: 6-0, 170-pounds. Athletic, high-waisted frame.
Hit: RHH. Quiet, balanced setup, smooth load and short stride. Simple swing, short path, stays inside the baseball, controls the barrel and made a lot of hard line-drive contact.
Power: 78 mph exit velocity from the tee. Averaged 87.32 mph off the bat on pitches down the middle.
Arm: LH. OF - 71 mph. Clean arm action, short arm circle, high 3/4 slot.
Defense: Proper routes, plays with body control, clean release and steady hands.
Run: 7.50 runner in the 60. 

4. Quest Hull, Effingham (IL), 2023
Positional Profile: OF
Body: 5-11, 145-pounds. Wiry frame with upside.
Hit: LHH. Balanced, comfortable look in the box; smooth load and short stride. Repeatable swing, stays short and direct to the ball, controls the barrel, hands work on top of the baseball, line-drive, spray approach.
Power: 79 mph exit velocity from the tee.
Arm: RH. OF - 78 mph. Short arm action, plays clean and over-the-top.
Defense: Steady defender, sits back at times, sure-hands and clean transfer.
Run: 7.70 runner in the 60. 

5. Jude Sullivan, Paris (IL), 2021
Positional Profile: OF/1B
Body: 6-1, 185-pounds. Physical, strong frame.
Hit: LHH. Balanced set up, hands drop into load, leg kick stride. Twitchy, strong hands, ball jumps off the barrel when synced. Present bat speed and flashed pull-side power.
Power: 87 mph exit velocity from the tee. Averaged 90.57 mph off the bat during his round of BP; via TrackMan.
Arm: LH. INF - 76 mph. OF - 73 mph. Short arm action from a 3/4 to high 3/4 arm slot. Arm plays with some accuracy. Throws flashed carry across the infield.
Defense: Fields the ball deep on the glove side of his body. Sure handed in both the infield and outfield. Feet remain active.
Run: 7.83 runner in the 60. 

Best of the Rest (Listed Alphabetically)

Cody Crowe, Sullivan (IL), 2021
Positional Profile: OF/LHP
Body: 5-8, 155-pounds. Average, well-proportioned build.
Hit: LHH. Balanced, slightly open and crouched setup, minimal load and short stride.  Simple swing, short to the ball, line-drive, opposite field approach.
Power: 75 mph exit velocity from the tee.
Arm: LH. OF - 65 mph. Long arm action, plays from a high 3/4 slot.
Defense: Gets behind the baseball, plays through in rhythm at times and clean transfer.
Run: 7.83 runner in the 60. 

Caleb Fohne, Highland (IL), 2023
Positional Profile: OF/LHP
Body: 5-10, 160-pounds. Average, well-proportioned frame.
Hit: RHH. Balanced setup, pre-pitch rhythm and short stride. Simple swing, controls the barrel, long path through the zone and a lot of hard gap-to-gap contact.
Power: 82 mph exit velocity from the tee.
Arm: LH. OF - 76 mph. Clean arm plays from a 3/4 slot.
Defense: Attacks the baseball, quick active footwork, steady hands, natural outfield actions and plays through the baseball.
Run: 7.55 runner in the 60. 

William Hannah, Massac (IL), 2021
Positional Profile: OF
Body: 5-11, 170-pounds. Athletic, strong build.
Hit: RHH. Starts from a wide base, smooth pre-pitch load and short stride.  Compact simple swing, strong hands, flashed bat speed and jumped off the barrel at times.
Power: 87 mph exit velocity from the tee.
Arm: RH. OF - 77 mph. Throws come out of a short high 3/4 window.
Defense: Works behind the baseball, proper routes, sure-hands and clean transfer.
Run: 7.05 runner in the 60. 

Jack Lally, Marquette (MO), 2023
Positional Profile: OF
Body: 5-11, 162-pounds. Compact, live-bodied frame.
Hit: RHH. Balanced setup, minimal pre-pitch load and leg-lift timing trigger. Long uphill bat path, gap-to-gap approach.
Power: 83 mph exit velocity from the tee. Average launch angle of 29.04° per TrackMan.
Arm: RH. OF - 75 mph. Full arm swing and comes out of an over-the-top window.
Defense: Attacks the baseball at times, clean release and reliable hands.
Run: 6.77 runner in the 60. Advanced run time for his age.

Jeffery Morgan, Christian Brothers College (MO), 2022
Positional Profile: OF
Body: 5-11, 170-pounds. Athletic build.
Hit: RHH. Tall open setup, stride works back to even. Handsy swing, works the middle of the field.
Power: 79 mph exit velocity from the tee.
Arm: RH. OF - 81 mph. Short arm action, 3/4 slot.
Defense: Athletic outfield actions, active fluid footwork, steady hands and crow-hop exchange.
Run: 7.21 runner in the 60. 

Kalen Reardon, Effingham (IL), 2021
Positional Profile: RHP/OF
Body: 6-1, 185-pounds. Athletic frame with strength throughout.
Hit: RHH. Balanced setup, hands load and short stride. Short, direct bat path, worked the middle of the field with occasional leverage to the pull-side.
Power: 78 mph exit velocity from the tee.
Arm: RH. OF - 79 mph. Long clean arm action, high 3/4 slot.
Defense: Directional routes, steady hands and flashed a quick, clean release.
Run: 7.59 runner in the 60. 

Cole Smith, Auburn (IL), 2022
Positional Profile: RHP/OF
Body: 5-11, 180-pounds. Well-proportioned frame with strength in lower half.
Hit: RHH. Balanced setup, smooth load and short stride. Aggressive swing, strong hands, creates leverage to the pull-side and works gap-to-gap.
Power: 81 mph exit velocity from the tee.
Arm: RH. OF - 84 mph. Short arm action, 3/4 slot with occasional carry.
Defense: Corner outfield profile. Clean actions, reliable hands and plays through the baseball.
Run: 7.73 runner in the 60. 

Jude Tenny, Lafayette (MO), 2022
Positional Profile: OF/LHP
Body: 5-7, 140-pounds. Wiry frame.
Hit: LHH. Balanced setup, smooth loading action and short stride. Short path, stays flat through the zone, line-drive approach with a lot of pull-side contact.
Power: 81 mph exit velocity from the tee.
Arm: LH. OF - 81 mph. Long, loose, easy arm from a high 3/4 slot.
Defense: Athletic, active feet, natural outfield actions, plays through the baseball in rhythm.
Run: 7.19 runner in the 60. Clean, straight line runner.

Joseph Villarreal, Hickman (MO), 2021
Positional Profile: OF/2B
Body: 5-11, 168-pounds. Compact frame with strength in lower half.
Hit: RHH. Quiet setup, minimal load and leg-kick timing trigger. Short path, stays level through the zone, strong hands and line-drive approach.
Power: 90 mph exit velocity from the tee.
Arm: RH. OF - 73 mph. Long arm action, over-the-top slot.
Defense: Clean footwork, plays with body control and plays through the baseball at times.
Run: 7.11 runner in the 60.

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