Recruiting Roundup: Who's Heading Where?

By Matt Huck          
Area Scout

Every Friday National Scouting Supervisor Nathan Rode provides a roundup of insider recruiting information and commitments throughout the PBR coverage area: The Buzz. CLICK HERE to take a look at this week’s National Buzz. With that in mind, let’s take an in depth look at the Illinois prospects who have committed to colleges, with detailed scouting information.

Josh Gibson, SS, O'Fallon, 2019
Missouri State

Josh Gibson1.15.17 - 5-foot-8, 155-pound infielder with a strong lower half. Plays with confidence and energy. Ran a 7.05 laser-timed 60. Right-handed hitter, compact swing, gap-to-gap approach, present bat speed and strength through contact; 85 mph exit velocity from a tee. Open, balanced setup, minimal stride, short path to the ball and good balance through contact. Defensively, natural infield actions, fluid footwork, good body control on the move, soft hands and quick, clean transfer. Arm works short and quick, high ¾ slot, accurate with carry clocked at 79 mph.

Gaoshua Williams, OF, Providence Catholic, 2017
Central Michigan

Gaoshua Williams12.28.16 - 6-foot-1, 175-pound right-handed hitting outfielder. Raw, toolsy athletic with a strong frame. At the plate hits from tall, slightly open setup with a smooth load and leg kick stride. Pull hitter with an short, uphill swing path. Showed strength thru contact with 87 mph exit velocity from a tee. 3.82 runner down the line. Defensively has a short arm action from a high ¾ slot. Athletic fielder with a clean exchange. Threw 80 mph from the outfield.

Jimmy Staab, RHP, Sangamon Valley, 2017

McHenry County College

Jimmy Staab2.14.16 - 6-foot, 195-pound right-handed pitcher, solid thick build, wide shouldered. Tall and fall delivery, less effort, squared landing, occasional recoil finish. Arm action is shorter, lacks extension, over the top slot. Fastball has slight run, showed some feel, 84-85 mph. Curveball has sweeping action, slurve type, lower slot, 72-75 mph. Changeup sinks, 76-77 mph, occasional fade, showed good feel.

Adam Walker, 1B, South Elgin, 2017

Adam Walker8.9.16 - 6-foot-1, 180-pound, lanky, athletic, two-way prospect. Offensively, right-handed hitter, flashed bat speed, fluid rhythm, gap-to-gap approach, long bat path; exit velocity clocked at 95 mph. Balanced setup, short stride, quick twitch. Defensively, reliable hands, fluid footwork, clean exchange, fields position athletically. Long, loose, accurate arm from a high ¾ slot; throws clocked at 78 mph across the diamond. 7.33 runner in the laser timed 60. On the mound, right-handed pitcher, tall and fall delivery, flashed rhythm, lands slightly closed. Fastball, thrown for strikes, mostly straight, sat 80-82 mph. Curveball, 11/5 shape, thrown for strikes, 68-70 mph.

Alex Vera, LHP, Joliet Catholic, 2019

Alex Vera7.26.16 - 5-foot-10, 150-pound left-handed pitcher. Works from a high ¾ arm angle with a long, clean arm action. Drop and drive delivery working in line with home plate. Falls off to third base side after release. Fastball sat 76-78 mph will miss up, arm side. Slider has 2-8 shape at 69-71 mph for strikes. Changeup has cutting action at 73 mph.


Hunter Murawski, 3B, Reed Custer, 2017
St. Francis (IL)

Hunter Murawski6/11/15 - 5-foot-10, 160-pound right-handed two-way player. Defensively, long and loose arm action, ¾ slot, showed some accuracy, and had carry on ball. Showed average hands with fluid footwork, clean exchange, and mostly plays thru. Threw 77 mph across infield. Offensively hits from right side, crouch setup, toe-tap stride, takes uphill path, and is gap-to-gap type. Exit velo 85 mph. Ran 7.59 60. On the mound, throws from ¾ slot, long and loose arm action, and tall-fall type. Shoulders stay closed, in-line direction, and has square landing. Fastball sat 73-76 mph and touched 77, curveball was 63-65 mph, and changeup was 71-74 mph with occasional fade.

Aidan Anderson, C, Marian Catholic, 2017
Robert Morris

Aidan Anderson1.31.16 - Thick build 5-foot-10, 210-pound right-handed hitting catcher. Offensively, short bat path and line-drive approach at the plate. Wide setup, pre-pitch load and short stride. Registered an exit velocity of 83 mph. Also, ran a 7.10 60 yard dash. Defensively, short arm action from a high ¾ slot from behind the plate. Throws clocked at 71 mph. Pop times ranged between 2.18-2.29.

JP Medick, OF, Hinsdale Central, 2017

Hendrix College

JP Medick10.26.14 - 6-foot, 50-pound athletic right-handed hitting outfielder hits from an open setup, hands load back, long stride, lean back at contact, slightly uphill bat path produced line drives from gap-to-gap during batting practice with 74 mph exit velocity off the tee. Defensively, threw 73 mph from the outfield from long, high ¾ arm slot. Ran a 7.71 60.



Jake Anderson, SS, Bolingbrook, 2017

Jake Anderson8.21.16 - Lean lanky frame, 6-foot, 150-pound middle infielder. Right-handed hitter, balanced stance, chokes up off the knob, solid balance through contact. Short path, static, line drive approach. 81 mph exit velocity from the tee. Defensively showed above average hands, clean exchange, showed some body control and athleticism while playing through the baseball. 7.29 runner in the 60. Arm flashed some carry, 80 mph across, longer action with some accuracy.

Tyler Stuart, RHP, Herscher, 2018
Southern MIssissippi

6.27.16 - 6-foot-7, 180-pound, highly projectable right-handed pitcher. Arm works short and out of a high 3/4 slot. Fastball sat 80-83 mph. Curveball, slows arm, 64-65 mph. Changeup flashed fade action and sat 72-73 mph. 

Justin Hallberg, C, Auburn, 2017
Morton College

Jordan Gould, RHP, Harrisburg, 2017
Southeastern Illinois JC

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