Southwest Suburban Open: Pitcher Analysis


By: Illinois Scouting Staff

On Tuesday, July 19, the PBR Illinois staff traveled to DuPage Medical Group Field in Joliet, Illinois, to host the Southwest Suburban Open. The event featured more than 40 prospects from around the state and provided our staff an ample look at every player in attendance.

For a look at all the prospects that attended this event, click HERE. To see all of the statistics from this event, click HERE

We continued the analysis the other day with a look at all of the position players from the event. Today we break down the 18 arms from the day and rank the top-five arms in attendance.

One arm that just missed out on the Top-five was 2024 RHP Kyle Demay (Plainfield North). Demay has a clean, athletic arm that plays from a low-slot, creating all kinds of movement through the zone. His upper-70’s fastball plays with sink and run while his slider shows late frisbee action with bite and depth. 

Read on below for a look at all of the writeups and pitchers from the day.

TOP PITCHING PROSPECTS

1. Madden Johnson, Mattoon (IL), 2025
Positional Profile: RHP/SS
Body: 6-0, 141-pounds. Long, lanky, room to fill out.
Delivery: Up tempo delivery, simple and repeats, high leg-kick into balance point, tall/fall down the mound, remains in-line to the plate, shoulders work level throughout, front foot lands square.
Arm Action: RH. Loose, quick arm, long arm swing into a 3/4 slot.
FB: T82.1, 80-82 mph. Ride through the zone with slight life to the arm-side.  T2222, 2065 average rpm.
SL: 68-70 mph. Sharp 2/8 action, slurvy.  T2228, 2173 average rpm.
CH: 69-71 mph. Fades to the arm-side, slightly lower slot than FB. T1993, 1928 average rpm.

2. Colin McCormick, New Trier (IL), 2023
Positional Profile: 2B/RHP
Body: 6-0, 175-pounds. Tall, Athletic frame with projection,
Delivery: Athletic delivery, stretch only, high leg-kick into balance point, drop/drive lower-half, remains in-line.
Arm Action: RH. Long/loose arm swing into a high 3/4 slot.
FB: T83.2, 82-83 mph. Heavy sinking action. T2231, 2116 average rpm.
CB: 68-72 mph. Tight 11/5 shape.  T2397, 2369 average rpm.
CH: 75-77 mph. Fades late to the bottom of the zone.  T1717, 1614 average rpm.

3. Jason Sullivan, Sandburg (IL), 2023
Positional Profile: OF/RHP
Body: 6-0, 170-pounds. Projectible frame, athletic.
Delivery: Controlled leg-lift into balance point, drop/drive lower-half, shoulders remain level, strides in-line with a square landing foot.
Arm Action: RH. Long/loose arm swing into a high 3/4 slot.
FB: T86.1, 84-86 mph. Running action to the arm-side.  T2138, 2070 average rpm.
CB: 69-70 mph. Sharp 11/5 with depth.  T1952, 1935 average rpm.
SL: 70-72 mph. Sharp 10/4 shape.  T2056, 1940 average rpm.
CH: 72-75 mph. Heavy fade to the arm-side.  T1718, 1647 average rpm.

4. Heath Hornke, Normal West  (IL), 2023
Positional Profile: RHP/3B
Body: 6-1, 160-pounds. Tall frame with some projection.
Delivery: High athletic leg-kick into balance point, moves into a slight drop/drive lower-half, shoulders tilt slightly uphill before striding, slight across body stride with a closed landing foot.
Arm Action: RH. Short arm circle into a high 3/4 slot.
FB: T81.6, 80-81 mph. Life through the zone with running action.  T2275, 2245 average rpm.
CB: 69-71 mph. Sharp 11/5 shape.  T2505, 2423 average rpm.
SL: 73-74 mph. Sharp 10/4 shape with late action, well above-average spin.  T2704, 2652 average rpm.

5. Joey Kafka, Mundelein (IL), 2025
Positional Profile: 3B/RHP
Body: 6-1, 170-pounds. Athletic build, long legs.
Delivery: Controlled pace into balance point, tall/fall lower-half that works in-line to the plate, shoulders work slightly uphill down the mound.
Arm Action: RH. Long, loose, easy arm into a high 3/4 slot.
FB: T78.2, 76-78 mph. Sinking action to the arm-side.  T2185, 2081 average rpm.
CB: 66-68 mph. Sharp 2/8 action, slurvy shape at times.  T2096, 2013 average rpm.
CH: 69-71 mph. Fades to the arm-side, kept down.  T1429, 1398 average rpm.

BEST OF THE REST (LISTED ALPHABETICALLY)

Allen Chorba, Oswego East (IL), 2024
Positional Profile: LHP/OF
Body: 6-3, 175-pounds. Tall, projectible frame.
Delivery: Medium leg-lift into balance point, tall/fall operation, shoulders tilt slightly uphill down the mound, stride works in-line with the plate.
Arm Action: LH. Long arm swing into a low 3/4 slot.
FB: T73.6, 71-73 mph. Heavy sinking action.  T2033, 1941 average rpm.
CB: 62-64 mph. Gradual 1/7 shape.  T2076, 1978 average rpm.
CH: 64-67 mph. Fades to the arm-side.  T1811, 1708 average rpm.

Kyle Christensen, Joliet Catholic (IL), 2026
Positional Profile: RHP/3B
Body: 5-10, 140-pounds. Skinny frame with projection.
Delivery: Stretch only, high leg-kick, slight drop/drive lower-half, shoulders remain level throughout stride, strides slightly across body, front foot lands square.
Arm Action: RH. Short to the ear out of the glove, 3/4 slot.
FB: T71.9, 71-72 mph. Sinks to the arm-side.  T1810, 1758 average rpm.
SL: 64-65 mph. Sharp 2/8 shape. T1751, 1645 average rpm.
CH: 69-69 mph. Plays mostly straight, similar release to fastball, flashed fading action. T1662, 1625 average rpm.
CUT: 68-71 mph. Short, horizontal 2/8 shape. 

Kyle Demay, Plainfield North (IL), 2024
Positional Profile: RHP/OF
Body: 5-11, 165-pounds.
Delivery: Stretch only, athletic and repeats delivery, high leg-kick into balance point, drop/drive lower-half, remains in-line to the plate with a square landing foot.
Arm Action: RH. Long arm out of the glove into a 3/4 slot.
FB: T79.3, 78-79 mph. Plays with life through the zone.  T1985, 1782 average rpm.
CB: 66-67 mph. Slurvy shape, 10/4 action.  T2451, 2371 average rpm.
CH: 69-70 mph. Fades to the bottom of the zone.  T1509, 1400 average rpm.

Krish Dhodda, Stevenson (IL), 2025
Positional Profile: RHP/SS
Body: 5-7, 145-pounds. Compact frame.
Delivery: High leg-kick into balance point, drop/drive lower-half that remains in-line down the mound, front foot lands square.
Arm Action: RH. Long arm swing into a high 3/4 slot.
FB: T67.1, 65-67 mph. Horizontal running action to the arm-side.  T1657, 1600 average rpm.
CB: 54-58 mph. Gradual 12/6, over the top break.  T1183, 1154 average rpm.
SPLT: 58-60 mph. Downward action, kills spin. 

Nick Francis-Miller, Metamora (IL), 2025
Positional Profile: OF/RHP
Body: 5-9, 135-pounds. Wiry frame with projection.
Delivery: Controlled tempo throughout, tall/fall lower-half, remains in-line to the plate, front foot lands square.
Arm Action: RH. Long arm swing into a high 3/4 slot.
FB: T68, 63-67 mph. Plays straight through the zone.  T2068, 1849 average rpm.
CB: 48-52 mph. Gradual 11/5 shape.  T1670, 1513 average rpm.
CH: 52-55 mph. Plays mostly straight, slight fading action.  T1332, 1203 average rpm.

Quinn Hacker, Plainfield North (IL), 2024
Positional Profile: RHP/OF
Body: 6-1, 170-pounds. Tall, wiry with projection.
Delivery: Controlled leg-lift into balance point, tall/fall operation that works in-line to the plate, shoulders remain level throughout stride, lands toe open.
Arm Action: RH. Long/loose arm swing into an over-the-top slot.
FB: T76.4, 75-76 mph. Plays straight through the zone with four-seam action.  T2168, 2063 average rpm.
CB: 66-67 mph. Gradual 11/5 shape with depth.  T2360, 2281 average rpm.
CH: 72-73 mph. Fades to the arm-side from a similar fastball release.  T1648, 1402 average rpm.

Michael Lio, Marmion Academy (IL), 2025
Positional Profile: 1B/OF
Body: 6-0, 185-pounds. Large frame.
Delivery: Controlled tempo into a medium leg-lift, tall/fall lower-half, shoulders work slightly uphill, stride remains in-line to the plate with a closed landing foot.
Arm Action: LH. Long out of the glove into a 3/4 slot.
FB: T69.6, 66-68 mph. Sinking action to the arm-side.  T1949, 1770 average rpm.
CB: 56-60 mph. 11/5 shape. T1853, 1725 average rpm.
SL: 57-61 mph. 2/8 shape.  T1782, 1737 average rpm.

Griffin Meeker, Midwest Central (IL), 2026
Positional Profile: 2B/RHP
Body: 5-11, 150-pounds. Tall frame with projection.
Delivery: Moves into a high leg-lift at balance point, tall/fall operation, remains in-line with a square landing foot.
Arm Action: RH. Long/loose arm swing into a high 3/4 slot.
FB: T74.2, 68-72 mph. Plays mostly straight through the zone.  T1422, 1347 average rpm.
CB: 59-63 mph. Gradual 11/5 shape.  T1590, 1489 average rpm.
CH: 62-63 mph. Fades to the arm-side.  T942, 918 average rpm.

Robbie Spang, Hinsdale South (IL), 2023
Positional Profile: RHP/OF
Body: 5-11, 160-pounds. Athletic frame with room to fill out,
Delivery: Controlled tempo throughout, medium leg-lift, drop/drive lower-half, shoulders remain level throughout, strides in-line to the plate, front toe lands open.
Arm Action: RH. Short, clean arm circle into a high 3/4 slot.
FB: T78, 77-78 mph. Slight sinking action.  T1848, 1758 average rpm.
CB: 62-63 mph. Tight 11/5 shape.  T1747, 1661 average rpm.
CH: 70-71 mph. Mostly straight, maintains arm-speed. T1307, 1219 average rpm.

Tyler Stotts, Plainfield North  (IL), 2025
Positional Profile: 3B/RHP
Body: 5-9, 150-pounds. Athletic build.
Delivery: Controlled tempo throughout, medium leg-lift into balance point, works into a slight drop/drive lower-half, shoulders tilt slightly uphill, strides in-line to the plate with a square landing foot.
Arm Action: RH. Long arm out of the glove into a high 3/4 slot.
FB: T72.6, 71-73 mph. Plays straight through the zone with four-seam action.  T1927, 1806 average rpm.
CB: 54-58 mph. Gradual 11/5 shape. T1593, 1499 average rpm.
CH: 61-64 mph. Fades slightly to the arm-side.  T1444, 1353 average rpm.

Rocco Szambelan, Joliet Catholic (IL), 2026
Positional Profile: LHP/OF
Body: 5-11, 155-pounds. Athletic frame.
Delivery: Athletic delivery, medium leg-lift into balance point, drop/drive lower-half, remains in-line to the plate, front foot lands square.
Arm Action: LH. Short to the ear out of the glove into a high 3/4 slot.
FB: T77, 75-77 mph. Mostly straight, slight arm-side-run at times.  T1881, 1760 average rpm.
CB: 62-65 mph. Gradual 1/7 shape. T2009, 1973 average rpm.
SL: 64-67 mph. Gradual 2/8.  T2129, 2009 average rpm.
CH: 63-67 mph. Plays off a similar plane to his fastball, mostly straight.  T1229, 1110 average rpm.

Casey Tyrell, Joliet West (IL), 2024
Positional Profile: LHP/LHP
Body: 5-10, 150-pounds. Wiry build, room to fill out.
Delivery: Slightly up-tempo delivery, drop/drive lower-half, remains-line to the plate with shoulders staying level throughout, lands toe open.
Arm Action: LH. Short arm out of the glove into a 3/4 slot.
FB: T71.9, 68-71 mph. Sinking action.  T1871, 1733 average rpm.
CB: 57-59 mph. 1/7 shape with depth.  T1588, 1559 average rpm.
SL: 63-65 mph. Plays with 2/8 shape.  T1749, 1714 average rpm.
CH: 61-61 mph. Fades to the arm-side.  T1344, 1252 average rpm.

Ryan Yurisich, Joliet Catholic (IL), 2025
Positional Profile: 1B/LHP
Body: 6-2, 230-pounds. Large, strong frame.
Delivery: Medium leg-lift into balance point, slight drop/drive lower-half, shoulders work mostly level down the mound, slightly uphill at times, stride works in-line to the plate with a square landing foot.
Arm Action: RH. Long arm out of the glove into a high 3/4 slot.
FB: T76.3, 74-76 mph. Some life through the zone with arm-side run.  T2012, 1944 average rpm.
CB: 64-65 mph. Sharp 1/7 shape with feel for the zone.  T1919, 1865 average rpm.
CH: 70-71 mph. Mostly straight, slight fade/dive to arm-side.  T1827, 1671 average rpm.

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