Top Prospect Showcase: Stats Posted



By Steve Nielsen
Scouting Supervisor – Illinois/Wisconsin

Every year the Top Prospect Showcase brings out the absolute best uncommitted talent in the incoming junior and senior class. This year was no different as over 100 of the top available prospects in Illinois and Wisconsin showed off their talents for over 110 college coaches in attendance.

This year the pitchers stole the show. The depth of pitchers was incredible as 29 of the arms in attendance topped 85 mph or better, while six were 90 mph or better. Two of 90 mph arms were 2016 prospects in RHP Brendan Heiss (Jacobs, IL) and Jack Eagan (Wautoma, WI). Heiss and Lincoln-Way North RHP Liam Jenkins took top fastball honors as both touched 92 mph multiple times.

Top Fastball Velocities

Brenden

Heiss

Jacobs

2016

92

Liam

Jenkins

Lincoln-Way North

2015

92

Jack

Eagan

Wautoma (WI)

2016

90

Ty

Ramirez

Greendale (WI)

2015

90

Trey

Schramm

Hampshire

2015

90

Cole

Berry

St. Joseph-Ogden

2015

90

Cal

Coughlin

Carmel

2016

89

Sean

Hjelle

Mahtomedi (MN)

2015

89

Thomas

Cheshareck

Morris

2015

88

Joe

Dittmar

Richmond Burton

2016

88

Jonathan

Stiever

Cedarburg (WI)

2015

88

Logan

McShane

Wisconsin Lutheran (WI)

2015

88

Jack

Collins

Denmark (WI)

2015

88


Aside from the incredible array of arms, the showcase started off with a bang as more than 20 prospects eclipsed the 7.0 60 mark. David Craan (Whitney Young, IL) ran the fastest 60 time at a 6.55.

Top 60 Times

David

Craan

Whitney Young

2015

6.55

Alec

Barger

Champaign Central

2016

6.64

Kyle

Schulz

Kenosha Bradford (WI)

2015

6.72

Dion

Earls

Simeon

2015

6.74

Connor

Mapes

Champaign Central

2015

6.83

Jimmy

Roche

Sandburg

2015

6.85

Tyler

Engel

VIT

2015

6.87

Ryan

Fish

Oak Park-River Forest

2015

6.88

Garrett

Davis

Geneva

2015

6.88

Dylan

Bee

Pleasant Plains

2015

6.88


The catching prospect were led by a pair of 2016 prospects who posted the best pop times of the day. Both Cooper Johnson (Carmel, IL) and Dan Devine (Joliet Catholic, IL) posted sub 2.0 pop times along with four other catchers who notched 2.0 or better.

Top Pop Times

Cooper

Johnson

Carmel Catholic

2016

1.84, 1.86, 1.90

Dan

Devine

Joliet Catholic Academy

2016

1.91, 1.94, 2.01

David

Craan

Whitney Young

2015

1.91, 1.94, 2.04

Patrick

Rumoro

Oak Park-River Forest

2015

1.92, 2.04, 2.08

Marshall

Gilbert

Westosha Central (WI)

2015

2.00, 2.01, 2.02

Jesse

Forestell

Homewood-Flossmoor

2015

2.00, 2.05, 2.08


Top Catcher Velocities

David

Craan

Whitney Young

2015

C: 81

Cooper

Johnson

Carmel Catholic

2016

C: 80

Marshall

Gilbert

Westosha Central (WI)

2015

C: 80

Eric

Paz

Tremper (WI)

2015

C: 79

Dan

Devine

Joliet Catholic Academy

2016

C: 77


Outfield arms were equally impressive and Daivd Craan found his name on the list of top performers again.

Top Outfield Velocities

Ty

Ramirez

Greendale (WI)

2015

OF:91

General

McArthur

Crete-Monee

2015

OF: 90

David

Craan

Whitney Young

2015

OF: 90

Alec

Barger

Champaign Central

2016

OF: 89

Joe

Baier

Bay Port (WI)

2015

OF: 89

Nick

Menken

South Elgin

2015

OF: 88

Connor

Mapes

Champaign Central

2015

OF: 88

Dylan

Gilbert

St. Ignatius

2016

OF: 88


When it comes to positional arm strength the infielders were the most impressive group. 22 infielders showed off arm strength better than 85 mph across the diamond. 2016 prospect Joe Dittmar (Richmond Burton, IL) led the way unleashing a 91 mph arm across the diamond.

Top Infield Velocities

Joe

Dittmar

Richmond Burton

2016

INF: 91

Joe

Kenney

Mahomet Seymour

2015

INF: 88

Bobby

Hecker

Huntley

2015

INF: 86

Cal

Coughlin

Carmel

2016

INF: 86

Tanner

Umentum

Denmark (WI)

2015

INF: 86

Dion

Earls

Simeon

2015

INF: 85

Matt

Burch

Warren

2016

INF: 85

Dylan

Grady

Champaign Central

2015

INF: 85

Jaron

Robinson

Medota

2015

INF: 85


Another 2016 prospect took top statistical honors at the Top Prospect Showcase. This time Jack Wassel (Geneva, IL) registered the top exit velocity as the left handed hitting outfielder registered 95 mph exit velocity from the tee.

Top Exit Velocities

Jack

Wassel

Geneva

2016

95

Joe

Kenney

Mahomet Seymour

2015

91

Thomas

Cheshareck

Morris

2015

90

Daniel

Budziak

St. Rita

2015

90

Philip

Bork

Maine South

2015

90

Justin

Kelly

Wheaton Warrenville South

2015

90

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