Recruiting Roundup: 1/7 to 1/21

By: Peter Hamot
Area Scout

Today we will look at all of the Illinois prospects who decided to announce their commitments from January 7th - January 21st. There was a total of 21 commitments over this time frame, almost all of them being seniors. Lets take a look at where these young men chose to continue their baseball careers. 


Frederick Ragsdale III OF / Lyons Township, IL / 2023

Kent State


OF Frederick Ragsdale III (Lyons Township) continues to impress our staff each time we see him, trending upward in the Illinois’ 2023 class after a strong showing this summer. A left/left prospect, Ragsdale kicked his day off by tying the fastest 60-yard dash of the day, clocking in at a 6.93 on our lasers; has run a 6.88 in the past. There’s plenty of athleticism and moxy when he steps into the box, attacking the baseball on an uphill plane from his loose left-handed stroke. He stays short to the baseball and he stays on plane, working gap-to-gap in BP. Ragsdale’s athleticism plays in the outfield, where his quick feet and lateral range allow for a high defensive ceiling. He was one of four outfielders to reach an 86 mph high from the outfield, too.


Evan Chung RHP / 3B / Lake Zurich, IL / 2022

Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology 


Positional Profile: RHP/3B
Body: 5-foot-10, 170-pounds. Athletic frame.
Delivery: Compact/repeatable delivery, drop and drive lower-half, strides in-line.
Arm Action: RH. Clean, over-the-top slot.
FB: T83, 82-83 mph. Straight action, plays at the top of the zone. T2173, 2126 average rpm.
CB: 60-62 mph. Gradual 11/5 shape. T2025, 1981 average rpm.
CH: 72-73 mph. Arm-side fade with feel for the zone. 

Hit: RHH. Balanced setup, smooth load into a short-stride. Short/direct barrel to the ball with a level path, whole-field approach.
Power: 91.88 max exit velocity, averaged 82.75 mph. 303’ max distance.
Arm: RH. INF - 82 mph. Short, high 3/4 slot.
Defense: Steady hands with the ability to keep the ball in front.
Run: 7.37 runner in the 60.

Logan Eisenbarth RHP / 1B / Barrington , IL / 2022



Positional Profile: RHP
Body: 6-0, 185-pounds.
Delivery: Stretch only, starts closed, high leg-kick, lands square, balanced finish.
Arm Action: RH. High 3/4 arm slot, short, compact action.
FB: T83, 81-82 mph. Arm-side run at times, works downhill some, worked mainly glove-side of the plate.
CB: 64-66 mph. Tighter 10/4 shape, plays glove-side, average spin rate of 2,265rpm via TrackMan.
CH: 71-72 mph. Some run/sink action, some feel.

Ethan Erbe C / 2B / Thomas Jefferson , IL / 2022

Rockford College


Positional Profile: C/2B
Body: 5-10, 170-pounds.
Hit: RHH. Wide and closed setup, toe tap.  Uphill bat path, pull approach.
Power: 74 mph exit velocity from the tee.
Arm: . C - 64 mph. INF - 68 mph. On the infield, long arm action from a high 3/4 slot.
Defense: Fields from a tall position; shuffles into a fielding position well.

Jaden Jackson OF / Homewood-Flossmoor, IL / 2022

Joliet JC


Positional Profile: OF
Body: 5-8, 151-pounds. Lean build.
Hit: RHH. Athletic, balanced setup, slight knee-bend, leg-kick into short stride. Short bat path, direct to inside of ball, gap-to-gap approach, ability to hit line drives.
Power: 74 mph exit velocity from the tee. Max exit velocity of 90.70 in BP via TrackMan.
Arm: RH. OF - 79 mph. Over-the-top arm slot, short action.
Defense: Smooth actions, moves feet well, steady hands, clean exchanges, plays through the ball.
Run: 6.79 runner in the 60. 

Alex Kennamann OF / LHP / Lakes Community, IL / 2022

Clarke University 


Positional Profile: LHP/OF
Body: 6-foot, 170-pounds. Long, athletic frame, plenty of room for physical development.
Delivery: Rhythm in tempo, tall and fall delivery, repeatable, lands square to target, works closed out of the stretch.
Arm Action: LH. Short, loose arm action, high 3/4 arm slot.
FB: T79, 77-78 mph. Mostly straight, intent to play at the top of the zone. T1906, 1816 average rpm.
CB: 70-72 mph. 1/7 shape, flashed feel, ability to throw for a strike, max spin rate of 2,338 RPM. T2338, 2259 average rpm.
CH: 73-75 mph. Fading action, plays to arm side of the plate. T1787, 1649 average rpm.

Hit: LHH. Tall, balanced setup, short stride, simple pre-pitch actions. Fluid swing, short, level path, works inside the ball, line-drive approach.
Power: 89.78 max exit velocity, averaged 79.65 mph. 242’ max distance.
Arm: LH. OF - 80 mph. Short, loose arm action, high 3/4 arm slot, throws flash carry.
Defense: Active feet, occasionally plays through the ball.

Filip Milatovic C / 3B / Von Steuben, IL / 2022

College of DuPage


Positional Profile: C/3B
Body: 5-10, 200-pounds.
Hit: RHH. Tall stance with balanced setup, short stride, smooth load. Short swing, direct barrell path, good bat speed, pull side power.
Power: 93.76 max exit velocity, averaged 79.94 mph. 301’ max distance.
Arm: RH. C - 75 mph. INF - 75 mph. Short arm action, high 3/4 slot, avg arm strength.
Defense: 2.09-2.17 pop times. Fluid footwork, clean exchange.
Run: 7.60 runner in the 60. 

Will Moonan RHP / St. Rita, IL / 2022

Loras College


Positional Profile: RHP
Body: 6-foot-4, 180-pounds. Lanky, high-waisted frame with thin levers that project.
Delivery: Tall/fall type delivery, controlled posture at balance point, advanced hip/shoulder separation at front foot strike, extends downhill and lands with an open front toe.
Arm Action: R. Long arm swing finishes out of a 3/4 slot.
FB: T81.5, 80.8-81.4 mph. Two-seam type with natural arm-side run created from slot, averaged 16.9 inches of horizontal movement. T2074, 1964 average rpm.
CB: 67.8-69.3 mph. 11/5 shape, gradual action. T1819, 1695 average rpm.
CH: 75.5-77.0 mph. Maintains fastball release height, thrown with similar arm speed and plays with fade down in the zone. T1705, 1678 average rpm.

Carter Prochaska RHP / OF / Plainfield Central, IL / 2022

Triton JC


Positional Profile: RHP/OF
Body: 6-2, 170-pounds. Athletic, projectable frame.
Delivery: Repeatable delivery, smooth tempo, tall and fall, strides in-line with the plate, foot lands square.
Arm Action: RH. long, over-the-top arm slot, arm works quick.
FB: T87, 86-87 mph. Flashed arm-side run, feel for the zone. T2088, 1970 average rpm.
CB: 66-67 mph. Maintains arm-speed, gradual 11/5 action. T2037, 1981 average rpm.
SL: 69-71 mph. Sharp 11/5 shape. T1972, 1937 average rpm.
CH: 77-79 mph. Thrown with intent, showed sink and arm-side action, creates a tough angle on hitters, feel for the bottom of the zone. T1872, 1777 average rpm. 

Jeffery Ripka 1B / 3B / East Leyden, IL / 2022

Knox College


Positional Profile: 1B/3B
Body: 6-foot-2, 194-pounds. Athletic, well-proportioned frame.
Hit: R. Balanced setup, hands load back, short stride.  Quick wrists, simple swing, flat path to contact, line drive approach.
Power: 92.3 max exit velocity, averaged 81.2 mph. 322’ max distance.
Arm: R. INF - 73 mph. Some arm length on the backside, 3/4 slot.
Defense: Plays low to the ground, two-hand gather, flashed feel around
Run: 8.18 runner in the 60. 

Tommy Rushing SS / OF / Carbondale Community, IL / 2022

Brescia University 


Positional Profile: SS/OF
Body: 5-foot-7, 145-pounds. Lean frame with room to add strength.
Hit: LHH. Tall, open stance with high handset. Leg kick and hand load, quick level swing path. Line-driver hitter, mid/pull approach.
Power: 80 mph exit velocity from the tee.
Arm: RH. INF - 73 mph. Short, quick arm action, high-¾ release.
Defense: Active, quick footwork to field, glove works out front, stays low with lateral range.
Run: 7.45 runner in the 60.

Ryan Stary C / 2B / Huntley, IL / 2022

Rockford College 


Positional Profile: C/2B
Body: 5-foot-10, 155-pounds. High-waisted, projectable frame.
Hit: LHH. Balanced setup, smooth load into a short stride. Short/direct to the ball with an uphill path, fluid rhythm, line-drive approach to the whole field.
Power: 80.23 max exit velocity, averaged 71.49 mph. 305’ max distance.
Arm: RH. C - 70 mph. Short, over-the-top slot.
Defense: 2.05-2.26 pop times. Sure-handed receiver of the baseball, quick/direct feet out of the crouch.
Run: 7.72 runner in the 60. 

Josh Stratton LHP / 1B / Plainfield Central , IL / 2022

Luther College


Positional Profile: LHP
Body: 6-0, 190-pounds.
Delivery: Smooth windup, leg-lift pauses at top, tall and fall like, lands closed, throws across body some.
Arm Action: LH. High 3/4 arm slot, long action.
FB: T78, 76-78 mph. Mostly straight, works downhill some, intent to throw down in the zone.
CB: 66-67 mph. 10/4 shape, ability to throw for strikes, some feel.
CH: 64-65 mph. Fades arm-side some, works arm-side of plate.

More Commits

  • Jaden Cole | RHP/1B | Highland Park | 2022 - Denison University
  • Nick Krueger | RHP/OF | Pontiac | 2022 - Eureka College
  • Josh Mauney | RHP/OF | Springfield Lutheran | 2022 - Frontier CC
  • Zack Selvig | OF/2B | Oswego East | 2022 - Knox College
  • Adam Severson | RHP | Lyons Township | 2022 - Coe College
  • Aagam Shah | RHP | Glenbard North | 2022 - Milwaukee School of Engineering 
  • Nicholas Signorelli | MIF | Lincoln-Way Central | 2022 - College of Central Florida
  • Caden Weidner | OF/LHP | McHenry | 2022 - McHenry County JC

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