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Senior Games: Quick Hits


Phil Kerber
Assoc. Scout/JUCO Wire Editor



The Senior Games returned to Triton JC in River Grove, IL on Tuesday, August 9. Over 60 of the top remaining uncommitted prospects in Illinois' Class of 2019 participated in a pro-style workout and a simulated game.

The following is an early look at the top performers of the day.

Strong Arms

+ RHP Matthew Boyer (Edwardsville, 2019) has a strong, athletic build at 6-foot-1, 175-pounds. With a quick, clean arm action, over-the-top slot, he was able to run his fastball up 86, sitting 83-84. He also show feel for his secondary, a sharp 12/6 curveball at 71-75. Pitched with composure while working a perfect innning of play, getting three groundouts and one strikeout.

+ RHP Coby Moe (Grayslake Central, 2019) is one of the top uncommitted pitchers in the state. A  thick, physical frame at 6-foot-4, 200-pounds, moves athletically for size. Short loose arm, comes out over-the-top. Moe commanded his fastball, with occasional cut to glove-side, sat 85-87. He offered up two distinct breaking balls, an aggressive, sharp, sweeping slider at 78 mph, that has the makings of a plus pitch. And complemented with a true 11/5 curveball at 73 mph.

+ RHP Dylan Szajkovics (Plainfield North, 2019) is 6-foot, 170-pounds with strong build.
With a short, loose arm action, he ran his fastball up to 88 mph .A drastic change in speed with his curveball, at 68-69 mph, creates timing issues for batters.

+ RHP Ryan Rhoda (Prairie Central, 2019) is another top arm in the state that remains uncommitted. The 6-foot-4, 180-pound, right-hander possesses a strong build with wide-shoulders. Rhoda comfortable sat in the mid-80s with his fastball. His secondary offering, a slider, is a swing and miss type pitch, with sharp action at 77 mph. 

+ LHP Rahul Champaneri (Mundelein, 2019) commanded his fastball at 85 mph, with late life in the zone. Coming out of a ¾ window his short loose arm action competes in the zone. With feel for a curveball and changeup. Worked a perfect inning, getting two groundouts and a strikeout..

Two-Way Prospects

+ Two prospects hailing from Prairie Ridge offer value on the mound and in the field, OF/RHP Dominic Listi and C/RHP Ben Harris. Listi has a strong build at 6-foot, 178-pounds, moves athletically in all facets of his game. A high level defender, Listi’s arm plays loosely from the outfield at 87 mph. On the mound he was up to 83 and showed feel and confidence for his curveball. At the plate, his quick hands and strong frame produced a 90 mph exit velocity.

+ Harris possesses a projectable, lean build. A quick defender coupled with a loose, strong arm behind the plate, 76 mph from the crouch, allow for sub-2.00 pop times. When he gets on the mound, Harris competes in the zone with a fastball up to 87 mph. Offensively, his loose hands drive balls from gap-to-gap.

+ At 5-foot-9, 205-pound OF/RHP Tony Mosher (Plainfield South, 2019) plays the game much larger than he is listed at. With a thick, strong build, Mosher had one of the most complete days. He was able to translate his strength into his entire game, touching 90 on the mound, being 88 from the outfield, recording an 87 mph exit velocity and running a 7.19 60. To top it off, Moser carried his skill set over into game play, hitting a triple to deep right field. 

Catchers

+ Two of the catchers that stood out did so due to their catch and throw abilities. C Jack Jonota(Stevenson, 2019) and C Austin Robinson (Mendota, 2019) were consistent behind the dish with soft hands and clean exchanges. Employing a short arm action, they were both quick and accurate to the bag, posting best pop times of 2.05.

Infielders

+ A number of middle infielders stood out for their athletic play on the defensive side of things. Patrick McCabe (Morris, 2019), Josh Ohl (Edwardsville, 2019), Bobby Wisz (Lemont, 2019), and Alexander Perez (Hinsdale Central, 2019) showcased similar skill sets. The quartet each feature smooth glove-hands, get to their release point quickly and make accurate throws.

+ INF Austin Collinson (Normal West, 2019) and Patrick Keaty (South Elgin, 2019) possesses more strength throughout their frames than the aforementioned infielders. Collinson was clocked at 85 across the infield and registered an 87 mph exit velocity. Similarly, Keaty’s arm played at 85 mph across the infield. At the plate, Keaty stays on top of the ball, producing hard line drives, 88 mph exit velocity.

+ 3B Nick Kosmetatos (St. Francis, 2019), one of the top uncommitted players in state, stands 6-foot-1, 185-pounds, strong, athletic build, wide shoulders. Continues to have productive showings in the field and at the plate. Swing works loosely resulting in hard contact to all fields, 87 mph exit velocity. In game went 2-for-2 with a single to left field and a double to in the left-center gap. Defensively, soft hands play through the ball with more than enough arm, 88 mph across the infield.

+ 3B Michael Hoes (Downers Grove South, 2019) has a lanky, projectable build at 6-foot-2, 180-pounds. The athletic third baseman, showed a  steady, smooth glove, and easy actions in the field. At the plate, he has a simple approach, is short to the ball, producing line drive contact.

Outfielders

+ Fresh off a state title this past spring at Aurora Christian, OF MJ Stavola, showcased why he was an integral part of that team .At 5-foot-9, 150-pound,the  left-handed throwing, right-handed hitting outfielder has a lanky, athletic build. At the plate, his quick, athletic hands produce hard contact to all fields. Defensively, his whip-like arm action posted the top velocity of the day at 91 mph from the outfield. 

+ Similar in athleticism and stature to Stavola was OF Darrius Little (Simeon, 2019). Little posted the top 60 time of the day at 6.78 and then took his speed into the outfield to cover ground with ease.  At the plate, he utilizes a simple, repeatable swing, relying on barrel control.

+ OF CJ Lewis (Normal West, 2019) has a strong frame at 6-foot-2, 178-pounds. Profiling as a corner outfielder, Lewis’ throws carry at 87 mph from the outfield. Offensively he translates his strength, 89 mph exit velocity, into his loose swing, working line drives.

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