Prep Baseball Report

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.

Sam Faith, 3B, St. Charles North, 2017
Missouri State

Sam FaithFuture Games 2015 - Well-proportioned 6-foot-2, 195-pound athletic switch-hitting infielder. Faith impressed at the Future Games for Team Illinois with his versatility and ability to play any infield position. On showcase day he worked out as a middle infielder but projects more at a corner position at the next level, due to his physical nature. Also, looks as though he will likely outgrow a middle infield spot. Defensively, works from a high ¾ slot, short arm action and some effort on his throws clocked at 83 mph across the infield. Athletic actions, feet work well and maintained body control going to his left or right. Offensively, the switch hitter looks slightly more natural hitting from the right side, recorded a 90 mph exit velocity. Starts from a balanced, athletic setup and short stride. Has an uphill path from both sides of the plate. Maintains balance throughout contact. In game one of the Future Games had an RBI double. Also was 4.39 down the line in game two on a groundout to second base. Ran a 7.12 60 yard dash. Versatile athlete that brings a lot to the table and should be a high follow in the 2017 class.

Brett Wicklund, RHP, Lane Tech, 2017
Heartland CC

Brett Wicklund5.20.16 - 6-foot-5, 190-pound right-handed pitcher. Long, lanky frame with room to fill. On the mound works from an over the top arm angle with a long arm action. Tall and fall, online delivery with regular effort. Occasional recoil after release. Best when he stays tall on the backside and gets extension out front. Fastball worked 85-87 mph in the first inning, settled in at 83-85 mph. Has both a slider and a curveball. Curveball is solid offering, adds and subtracts from it depending on count. Curveball has 12-6 shape at 71-74 mph, will drop to 65-67 mph with more depth for strikes. Slider has tight rotation with short breaking action at 76-77 mph. Also features a changeup at 75-77 mph with downer action.

Logan Schmitt, RHP, Plainfield East, 2017
Miami (OH)

3.19.16 - Wiry, lean build right-handed pitcher. Came out of the bullpen in the first game for the Bengals. Loose, quick arm from an over-the-top slot. Flashed feel for three pitches. Fastball works mainly straight, gets tilt when down in the zone and ranged between 81-84 mph. Breaking ball worked 10/4 with tight spin and sat 67-69 mph. Threw one changeup at 73 mph. Worked 4 innings, allowing 1 hit, 1 ER, 6 K’s and 3 BB’s. 

Quinten Albrecht, C, Waterloo, 2018
Wichita State

Quinten Albrecht6.28.16 - 6-foot-1, 165-pound, left-handed hitting catcher. Offensively, balanced setup, short stride and good balance through contact. Flashed bat speed, short path, fluid rhythm, quiet, looseness in swing; recorded a 79 mph exit velocity. Defensively, soft hands, high ¾ slot, quick release, recorded pop times between 2.12-2.22. Clocked at 72 mph from the crouch. Also, ran a 7.34 laser timed 60.


Max Warren, OF, Yorkville, 2017

Max Warren10.9.16 - 5-foot-10, 175-pound, right-handed hitting outfielder. Offensively, long, uphill path through the zone, fluid rhythm, average bat speed; exit velocity registered at 83 mph. Balanced setup with a long stride. Defensively, long, accurate arm from an over the top slot; throws clocked at 81 mph from the outfield. 7.19 runner in the laser timed 60.



Lukas Schmitt, OF, Warren, 2017
UW-La Crosse

Lukas Schmitt6.16.16 - 6-foot, 185-pound, left-handed hitting outfielder. At the plate, wide set up, back load, leg kick stride, balance on follow through. Bat speed, long path, hard contact, flashed pull side power. Recorded an exit velocity of 94 mph. In the field, clean exchange, showed athleticism at position, works through the ball. Clocked at 78 mph from the outfield. 7.14 runner in the 60.


David Chianelli, OF, Andrew, 2017
Saint Xavier

David Chianelli7.15.15 - 5-foot-7, 140-pound, small frame with some strength, right-handed hitting outfielder. Eye-opening speed, running an event best 6.61 60 yard dash to start off his day. Paired his running speed with one of the top exit velocities at the event, 91 mph. Offensively, hits from a balanced set up, smooth load back, short stride, lower half worked well and average balance. Flashed fast bat speed, short bat path into the hitting zone. Defensively, showed average hands, quick footwork. Short arm action, high ¾ slot, 79 mph from the outfield.


Karson Aherin, LHP, Chatham-Glenwood, 2017

Karson Aherin8/9/16 - 6-foot-5, 175-pound, long, lanky, left-handed pitcher. On the mound, drop and drive delivery, smooth rhythm, in-line direction, lands square, finishes athletically. Short, quick arm action from a high ¾ slot. Fastball, slight arm side run, sat 78-80 mph. Curveball, 1/7 shape, depth, 64-66 mph. Changeup, works mostly straight, thrown for strikes, 70 mph.




Sean Cummins, OF, Lake Park, 2017

Sean Cummins10.9.16 - 6-foot, 170-pound, strong, outfielder. Offensively, right-handed hitter, fluid rhythm, present bat speed, gap-to-gap approach, made consistent hard contact, ball has a tendency to jump off the bat; exit velocity clocked at 91 mph. Balanced setup, leg kick, maintains balance through contact. Defensively, fluid footwork, clean exchange, plays through the ball, reliable hands. Short arm action from an over the top slot; clocked at 78 mph from the outfield. 7.03 runner in the laser timed 60.


Zach Fricke, RHP, Buffalo Grove, 2018

Zach Fricke8.21.16 - 6-foot-2, 158-pound right-handed hitting RHP/SS. Projects well on the mound. Works from a high ¾ arm angle with a short, loose, quick arm action. Tall and fall, slow paced delivery. Works in line with home plate. Fastball showed slight running action at 83-84 topping out at 85 mph. Curveball has 11-5 shape with tight rotation with late breaking action at 68-69 mph. Maintained fastball arm speed on changeup that has sinking action at 71-73 mph. Also threw a knuckleball at 66-67 mph. Defensively has a loose arm action from a high ¾ slot. Accurate throws with carry throwing 79 mph across the infield. Showed good body control with a quick, clean exchange. At the plate hits from a tall open stance. Line drive hitter with a long, level swing path. Showed strength thru contact with 86 mph exit velocity from a tee. Ran the 60 at 7.37.

Jack Mizgalski, RHP, Sycamore, 2017
UW-La Crosse

Jack Mizgalski10.9.16 - 6-foot-4, 175-pound right-handed pitcher with a highly projectable, long and lean frame. Drop and drive delivery, stays on-line, finishes athletically with some effort throughout. Arm works long, loose, and quick out of a high ¾ slot; highly projectable arm action. Fastball works uphill some, 83-84 mph, touching 85. Curveball, 11/5 shape, 68-70 mph. Slider sat 73-75 mph. Changeup, thrown with fastball arm speed, 78-79 mph.



Isaac Bracher, OF, Lake Park, 2017
Western Technical JC

Isaac Bracher10.9.16 - 6-foot-1, 165-pound, long and lean right-handed hitting outfielder. Ran a 6.90 laser timed 60. Offensively, closed setup, toe tap stride, lift in swing and maintains balance through contact; exit velocity registered at 84 mph. Defensively, plays through the baseball some, short arm action from a high ¾ slot; throws clocked at 78 mph with some accuracy.



Pat Mayo, 3B, Brother Rice, 2017
Spring Hill College

8/9/16 - 6-foot-1, 165 pound, lanky, infielder. Offensively, right-handed hitter, flashed bat speed, fluid rhythm, pull approach, short, uphill path through the zone; exit velocity registered at 92 mph. Slightly open setup, smooth load, short stride. Defensively, reliable hands, fields position athletically. Flashed a short, loose, accurate arm from an over the top to high ¾ slot; throws clocked at 79 mph across the infield.



Andrew Zenner, RHP, Paxton-Buckley-Loda, 2017
John A. Logan

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