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.

Jackson Shepard, OF, Minooka, 2017
Mesa CC

Jackson Shepherd2/14/16 - 5-foot-11, 170-pound outfielder, average build. Defensively arm played long from the outfield, over the top slot, arm carries, 82 mph arm strength. Plays through the baseball, clean exchange, quick footwork. 6.85 runner in the 60. Right-handed hitter, balanced stance, slightly open setup, short stride that slightly dives. Opposite field contact, flat bat path, average bat speed. 84 mph exit velocity from the tee.


Ben Kowalski, RHP, Ottawa, 2017

Ben Kowalski2.21.16 - 6-foot-2, 190-pound, durable build, well-proportioned right-handed hitter. On the mound, smooth rhythm, long loose arm action, high ¾ slot and regular effort; stays in-line, square landing. Fastball, thrown for strikes, flashes slight arm-side-arm and ranged between 77-81 mph. Curveball works between 12/6, 11/5, with some depth and clocked at 65-70 mph. Changeup, strikes, thrown near fastball arm speed, some sink and fade, 69-72 mph.


Josh Silverman, RHP, Brother Rice, 2017
Benedictine (IL)

Josh Silverman6/11/15 - 6-foot, 145-pound, right-handed hitting SS/RHP. In the field has a short arm action from a high ¾ arm slot. Average arm strength with average hands and slower actions. Threw 71 mph across the infield. At the plate hits from a balanced setup with a smooth load and short stride. Average bat speed with a short swing path. On the mound works from a high ¾ arm angle with a short arm action. Tall and fall delivery with cross fire action. Level shoulders with some rhythm. Fastball flashed occasional sink at 74-76 topping out at 77 mph. Curveball showed 11-5 shape with gradual action at 59-60 mph. Changeup flashed cutting action at 63-66 mph.

Matt Vass, LHP, Metea Valley, 2017
Elgin CC

5.26.16 - Junior uncommitted left-handed pitcher, 6-foot, 190-pound average frame solid lower half. Delivery tends to work across his body. Arm action is short, high ¾ slot, separation and timing can improve. Fastball showed good life going to his glove side, sat 80-84 mph, topped out at 85 mph. Softer curveball played with a wide range, 63-71 mph, slurve type sweeper, showed feel. Flashed a changeup at 74 mph.

Tylon Ross, RHP, Homewood-Flossmoor, 2018

11.6.16 - 6-foot-1, 165-pound, athletically built, right-handed pitcher. One of the top arms in the Illinois' 2018 class. Controlled, repeatable delivery with rhythm. Long, quick arm out of a high 3/4 slot. Fastball, heavy action, life through the zone, thrown for strikes and sat 86-89 mph. Slider, feel, tight spin, short break, 10/4 shape, sat 74-75 mph. Changeup, firm, down in the zone, erratic at times, 81-82 mph.

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