Senior Games: Pitcher Analysis



By Drew Locascio
Illinois Scouting Director

The 2018 Senior Games took place Tuesday, August 8th at Triton JC in River Grove, IL. Over 100 uncommitted prospects from the class of 2018 participated in a pro-style workout and simulated games in front of the PBR Scouting Staff.

Today, we continue the analysis of the event with a look at the pitchers from the day.

Top Pitching Prospects

1. Nick Shelton, RHP, Sandburg, 2018
6-foot-4, 185-pound lanky right-handed pitcher with a projectable frame. One of the biggest revelations from the event, impressing with his frame and fastball that topped out at 89 mph. Works from a high ¾ arm angle with a long arm action. Tall and fall delivery with easy effort. Arches back at balance point, smooth rhythm. Fastball has cutting action at 85-88 topping out at 89 mph. Curveball has 11-5 shape with depth at 71-72 mph. Splitter worked 74-76 mph.

2. Brendan Barrette, RHP, Oak Park-River Forest, 2018
6-foot-5, 205-pound right-handed pitcher with a strong frame. On the mound works from a high ¾ arm angle with a long, quick arm action. Tall and fall delivery with a square landing and some rhythm. Fastball sat 84-85 mph working arm side. Slider has 10-4 shape with sharp-breaking action and tight rotation at 71-74 mph. Changeup sat 72 mph.

3. Anthony Scanlon, RHP, Mount Carmel, 2018
6-foot, 160-pound right-handed pitcher. Works from a ¾ arm angle with a long, loose arm action. Tall and fall slow paced delivery, changes timing and tempo. Works in line with home plate, square landing. Fastball has running action at 83-85 mph. Slider has 10-4 shape with depth at 68-70 mph. Changeup has running action at 68-70 mph.

4. Scott Bonebrake, RHP, Libertyville, 2018
6-foot-3, 205-pound right-handed pitcher with a solid frame. On the mound works from a high ¾ arm angle with a short, quick arm action. Tall and fall delivery with some effort. Upright landing working in line with home plate. Fastball has cutting action at 83-85 mph. Curveball has 11-5 shape with sharp breaking action at 71-72 mph.

5. Ryan Palmblad, LHP, Brother Rice, 2018
6-foot-3, 181-pound left-handed pitcher with a lanky frame. Works from a high ¾ arm angle with a loose arm action. Tall and fall delivery with easy effort. Square landing with smooth rhythm and good balance. Repeats well. Fastball has running action at 78-80 mph. Slider has cut action at 74 mph. Changeup worked 71 mph.

6. Gage Olszak, RHP/1B, St. Laurence, 2018
6-foot-3, 200-pound right-handed hitting RHP/1B. On the mound works from a ¾ arm angle with a short arm action. Tall and fall delivery, working in line with home plate. Fastball has running action at 80-82 topping out at 83 mph. Slider works between 11-5 and 10-4 shape at 70-72 mph. Changeup has running action at 73-74 mph. At the plate hits from a slightly open, spread out base. Short stride with average balance. Pull hitter with an uphill swing path. Showed strength thru contact with 90 mph exit velocity from a tee. Ran the 60 at 7.97. Defensively has a loose arm action from a high ¾ slot. Threw 78 mph across the infield.

7. Nick Huisman, RHP, Timothy Christian, 2018
6-foot-6, 230-pound right-handed pitcher. On the mound works from a high ¾ arm angle with a long arm action. Tall and fall delivery working in line with home plate. Fastball worked 81-83 mph. Curveball has 11-5 shape at 67-70 mph. Showed feel for changeup at 74-77 mph, maintaining arm speed.

8. Trey Korbel, RHP, Lincoln-Way Central, 2018
6-foot-1, 187-pound right-handed pitcher. Works from a high ¾ arm angle with a short, quick arm action. Drop and drive delivery with a long stride. Closed landing, cross fire action. Slide step delivery from the stretch. Fastball sat 82-84 mph. Curveball has 11-5 shape with gradual action at 64-65 mph. Changeup sat 72-73 mph.

9. Seth Masters, LHP/1B, Sanburg, 2018
6-foot-2, 165-pound left-handed hitting LHP/1B. On the mound works from a high ¾ arm angle with a loose arm action. Tall and fall delivery with regular effort. Square landing with some rhythm. Fastball has running action at 80-81 topping out at 82 mph. Curveball has 1-7 shape at 66-68 mph. Changeup sat 74-75 mph. At the plate hits from a tall, open setup with a short stride and collapse on the backside. Pull hitter with a long swing path. 85 mph exit velocity from a tee. Ran the 60 at 7.46. Defensively has a short arm action from a high ¾ arm angle. Clean exchange with good footwork around the bag. Threw 78 mph across the infield.

10. Simon Herold, LHP, Minooka, 2018
6-foot-1, 185-pound left-handed pitcher with a solid frame. On the mound works from a high ¾ arm angle wit a long arm action. Tall and fall delivery with regular effort. Square landing working in line with home plate and good balance throughout. Fastball sat 81-82 topping out at 83 mph. Curveball has 1-7 shape at 70-72 mph. Changeup sat 73-74 mph. Will continue to improve with more command.

Best of the Rest (Listed Alphabetically)

Evan Barnes, 2B/RHP, Glenbrook North, 2018
6-foot-2, 172-pound right-handed hitting 2B/RHP with a lanky frame. Offensively hits from a tall, open setup with a leg kick stride. Long, uphill swing path. 86 mph exit velocity from a tee. Ran the 60 at 7.47. Defensively has a loose arm action from a low ¾ slot. Clean exchange with soft hands. Good body control on the run thru. Threw 71 mph across the infield. On the mound works from a high ¾ arm angle with a short arm action. Tall and fall delivery with a square landing working in line with home plate. Fastball has running action at 74-76 topping out at 77 mph. Slider has 11-5 shape at 66-68 mph. Changeup sat 66-67 mph.

Jake Berger, RHP, Lockport, 2018
6-foot-3, 190-pound right-handed pitcher with a solid frame. Works from a high ¾ arm angle with a long arm action. Tall and fall delivery with a short leg lift, works in line with home plate. Fastball has slight running action working downhill at 80-82 topping out at 84 mph. Fastball induces a lot of ground ball contact. Curveball has 11-5 shape at 67-70 mph. Changeup sat 70-71 mph.

Michael Botthof, 3B/RHP, St. Rita, 2018
6-foot-2, 210-pound right-handed hitting 3B/RHP. Offensively, wide base with a short toe tap stride. Pull hitter, lets the ball travel. 76 mph exit velocity from a tee. Ran the 60 at 8.20. Defensively has a short arm action from an over the top slot. Threw 79 mph across the infield. On the mound works from a high ¾ arm angle with a short arm action. Tall and fall delivery with a short leg lift, works in line with home plate. Fastball has running action at 76-79 topping out at 80 mph. Curveball has 11-5 to 10-4 shape, will get on the side of it, worked 68-72 mph. Changeup sat 70-71 mph.

Cameron Conway, RHP, Joliet West, 2018
6-foot-3, 155-pound lanky right-handed pitcher. Works from a ¾ arm angle with a long arm action. Tall and fall delivery with easy effort. Fastball has running action at 77-79 mph. Curveball has 11-5 shape with gradual action at 64-65 mph. Changeup sat 67-69 mph.

Robert Deischer, RHP, Cary Grove, 2018
6-foot-2, 170-pound right-handed pitcher. Works from a high ¾ arm angle with a short arm action. Drop and drive delivery, slide step from the stretch. Fastball sat 79-81 topping out at 83 mph. Curveball has 10-4 shape at 63-67 mph. Maintained arm speed on changeup at 71-73 mph.

Nathan Deloian, LHP, Lincoln-Way West, 2018
6-foot, 155-pound left-handed pitcher. Works from a high ¾ arm angle with a long arm action. Tall and fall delivery with some rhythm. Works in line with home plate, good balance throughout. Fastball sat 76-77 mph. Curveball has 1-7 shape at 60-61 mph. Changeup sat 70-71 mph. Slider is best offspeed offering with 2-8 shape at 66-68 mph. Struck out two in his inning of work.

Joe Gabel, LHP, Maine South, 2018
6-foot-2, 170-pound left-handed pitcher. Works from a high ¾ arm angle with a loose arm action. Tall and fall delivery with easy effort. Smooth rhythm, works across body. Fastball has running action at 80-82 mph. Curveball has 1-7 shape at 71-72 mph. Struck out one in one inning of work.

Keegan Garcelon, RHP, Huntley, 2018
6-foot-5, 190-pound right-handed pitcher. On the mound works from an over the top arm angle with a long, loose arm action. Drop and drive delivery with easy effort. Smooth rhythm with a square landing. Fastball showed slight running action at 79-81 topping out at 82 mph. Curveball has 12-6 shape at 66-68 mph. Changeup has fading action at 75-76 mph. Struck out two in his inning of work.

Garrett Gillund, RHP, McHenry, 2018
6-foot-1, 185-pound right-handed pitcher. On the mound works from a high ¾ arm angle with a short arm circle on the backside. Tall and fall delivery with a closed landing. Crossfire action. Fastball has running action at 76-78 mph. Curveball has 11-5 shape at 66-69 mph. Changeup worked 70-71 mph.

Matthew Grubb, RHP, Lakes, 2018
5-foot-10, 180-pound right-handed pitcher. On the mound works from an over the top arm angle with a short quick arm action. Tall and fall uptempo delivery with a square landing. Fastball was straight at 79-81 topping out at 82 mph. Slider sat 72-74 mph. Changeup worked 71-72 mph. Induced ground ball contact in game.

Chase Hacker, 1B/LHP, Normal West, 2018
6-foot, 165-pound right-handed hitting 1B/LHP. At the plate hits from a balanced setup with a short stride. Pull hitter with a long swing path. 80 mph exit velocity from a tee. Ran the 60 at 7.51. Defensively has along arm action from a high ¾ slot. Threw 72 mph across the infield. On the mound works from a high ¾ arm angle with a short arm action. Tall and fall delivery with a short stride and upright finish. Fastball has cutting action at 75-78 topping out at 79 mph. Slider has 2-8 shape at 71-73 mph. Changeup sat 63-65 mph.

Matthew Hulsey, 1B/RHP, Homeschool, 2018
6-foot-1, 189-pound right-handed hitting 1B/RHP. Offensively hits from a tall setup with a short stride. Pull hitter with a long swing path. 73 mph exit velocity from a tee. Ran the 60 at 8.32. Defensively took drills at first base, threw 63 mph across the infield. On the mound works from a ¾ arm angle. Works exclusively out of the stretch. Drop and drive delivery working in line with home plate. Fastball sat 57-59 topping out at 60 mph. Slider sat 51-52 mph. Changeup sat 54 mph.

Brandon Kaihara, RHP/3B, Niles West, 2018
5-foot-11, 170-pound right-handed hitting RHP/3B. On the mound works from a high ¾ arm angle with a short arm action. Drop and drive delivery, falls towards first on release. Fastball has slight running action at 72-75 mph. Curveball sat 57-60 mph. Changeup worked 64-67 mph. At the plate hits from a balanced setup with a short stride and average balance. Pull hitter with an uphill swing path. 81 mph exit velocity from a tee. Ran the 60 at 7.96. Defensively has a long arm action from a high ¾ slot. Threw 75 mph across the infield.

Andy Kornacki, RHP, Sussex Hamilton, 2018
6-foot-1, 185-pound right-handed pitcher. Works from a high ¾ arm angle with a short arm action. Tall and fall delivery with a closed landing. Fastball has slight cutting action at 76-77 mph. Curveball worked 58-61 mph. Changeup sat 62-63 mph.

Alex Marquardt, RHP, Monticello, 2018
6-foot-1, 165-pound right-handed pitcher. Works from an over the top arm angle with a short arm action. Tall and fall delivery with a short stride and easy effort. Closed landing working slightly across body. Fastball has downhill tilt working down in the zone at 78-80 topping out at 81 mph. Curveball has 12-6 shape with depth at 69-72 mph. Slider has 10-4 shape with sharp, short breaking action at 72 mph.

Joshua Martinez, RHP, Evergreen Park, 2018
6-foot, 151-pound right-handed pitcher. On the mound works from a high ¾ arm angle with a short arm action. Drop and drive delivery with a high leg kick and back turn at balance point. Works in line with home plate. Fastball sat 74-76 mph. Curveball had gradual action at 58-61 mph. Changeup sat 56-57 mph.

Ryan Morrison, RHP, Glenbrook South, 2018
6-foot-4, 180-pound right-handed pitcher. Works from a ¾ arm angle with a short arm action. Tall and fall delivery working in line with home plate. Falls towards first base after release.Fastball worked 78-80 mph. Curveball has 12-6 shape at 64-66 mph. Changeup showed running action at 68-70 mph.

J.T. Oie, C/RHP, St. Charles North, 2018
5-foot-11, 175-pound two-way player. On the mound arm played over the top with a short arm action. Ability to pound the zone with regular effort. Delivery works on line, lands closed. Fastball is mostly straight, 78-79 mph. Curveball rolls, short breaking action with above average feel, 69-71 mph, 11/5 shape. Flashed changeup at 73 mph. Offensively, balanced setup, loads into backside, short stride, bat stays level through the zone and average balance through contact; 74 mph exit velocity from a tee. Defensively from behind the plate, flexible, clean transfer, short arm action from an over-the-top slot. Throws clocked at 73 mph. Pop times ranged between 2.25-2.35. 8.04 runner in the 60.

Charlie Pakenas, RHP, York, 2018
6-foot-1, 170-pound right-handed pitcher. Works from a high ¾ arm angle with a short arm action. Works exclusively out of the stretch. Short leg lift and stride. Works in line with home plate. Fastball has running action at 79-82 mph, consistently works arm side. Slider has 10-4 shape with short breaking action at 66-69 mph. Changeup sat 73 mph.

Andrew Pounder, RHP, Homewood-Flossmoor, 2018
5-foot-10, 170-pound right-handed pitcher. On the mound works from a high ¾ arm angle with a short arm action. Tall and fall delivery working in line with home plate. Fastball has sinking action at 77-79 mph. Curveball has 11-5 shape at 67-69 mph. Changeup sat 69-71 mph.

Kyle Rosenfeld, LHP, Homeschool, 2018
6-foot-4, 185-pound left-handed pitcher. Works from a ¾ arm angle with a short, loose arm action. Works exclusively out of the stretch. Tall and fall delivery working in line with home plate. Fastball has running action at 79-83 mph. Slider has 2-8 shape with sharp breaking action at 66-68 mph. Changeup sat 69-70 mph.

Alex Runge, RHP, Joliet Catholic, 2018
5-foot-10, 170-pound right-handed pitcher. Works form a high ¾ arm angle with a short arm action. Drop and drive delivery with a high front side and uphill shoulders throughout. Closed landing. Fastball sat 72-74 topping out at 75 mph. Curveball has 11-5 shape with short breaking action at 65-68 mph. Changeup has fading action at 67-69 mph.

Justin Schoefernacker, RHP, Schaumburg, 2018
6-foot-4, 180-pound lanky, right-handed pitcher. On the mound works from an over the top arm angle with a long arm action. Tall and fall delivery working in line with home plate. Fastball sat 76-77 mph. Curveball has 12-6 shape with loose rotation at 68-69 mph. Changeup has fading action at 69-70 mph.

Mason Smith, OF/RHP, Woodlawn, 2018
5-foot-11, 150-pound, lean, two-way prospect. Offensively, left-handed hitter, balanced setup, high back elbow and short stride. Short bat path, hands work on top of the baseball, pull approach. 72 mph exit velocity from a tee. Defensively, steady hands, flashed quick footwork and fast transfer. Short arm action from a high ¾ slot, topped at 78 mph from the outfield. On the mound, right-handed pitcher, works from the stretch only. Slide-step with runners on base, short arm action, high ¾ slot. Fastball, sinking action, 74-78 mph. Slider 10/4 shape, 65-68 mph. Changeup, 66-68 mph.  

Andrew Streit, RHP, Eureka, 2018
6-foot, 165-pound right-handed pitcher. Works from a ¾ arm angle with a long, loose arm action. Tall and fall delivery with easy effort. Square landing with an upright finish. Fastball sat 77-80 topping out at 81 mph. Slows arm on curveball that has 10-4 shape at 60-65 mph. Projects well.

Riley Tannhauser, LHP, Crystal Lake South, 2018
5-foot-11, 145-pound left-handed pitcher. Works form a high ¾ arm angle with a long draw out of the glove. Tall and fall slow paced delivery working in line with home plate. Fastball shows both sinking and cutting action at 70-72 mph. Throws both a curveball and a slider, pitches blend with same 1-7 shape. Curveball sat 60-62 mph.

Evan Waddell, RHP/1B, Belvidere North, 2018
6-foot-5, 210-pound right-handed hitting RHP.1B with a strong frame. On the mound works from an over the top arm angle with a long, quick arm action. Tall and fall delivery with some effort. Works in line with home plate, square landing. Fastball was straight at 82-85 topping out at 86 mph for strikes. Curveball has 12-6 shape with gradual action at 67-69 mph. Slider has 11-5 shape at 70-72 mph. Struck out two in his inning of work. At the plate hits from a balanced setup with a short stride and average balance. Pull hitter with an uphill swing path. 89 mph exit velocity from a tee. Ran the 60 at 7.78. Took drills at first base, threw 83 mph across the infield.

Bryce Wheeler, LHP, DeKalb, 2018
6-foot-1, 155-pound left-handed pitcher. On the mound works from a ¾ arm angle with a long arm action. Tall and fall delivery with regular effort. Opens up early on the front side. Fastball has running action at 77-79 mph. Slider has 2-8 shape at 65-67 mph. Changeup sat 71 mph.

Tyler Yang, RHP, Bartlett, 2018
5-foot-10, 155-pound right-handed pitcher. Works from a high ¾ arm angle with a short, loose arm action. Tall and fall delivery with an open landing and regular effort. Fastball sat 76-78 mph. Curveball has 11-5 shape at 68-70 mph. Changeup sat 73 mph.

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