Underclass Invitational Showcase: Stats Posted



By Ryan Quigley
Illinois Scouting Director

The Prep Baseball Report’s Underclass Invitational for 2017 and 2018 prospects took place this past Sunday at the Max in McCook, IL. 98 underclass prospects completed a pro-style workout for the PBR Illinois Scouting Staff, several of whom are new to the

Click Here to view complete statistics from the event in PDF format.

Let’s take a look at the statistical breakdown from this January’s Underclass Invitational Showcase.

Top Fastball Velocity

McHenry West’s Bobby Miller touched 90 mph on the mound, sitting 86-88 mph with late arm side run. 13 prospects threw 83 mph or better, several of which project to throw harder thanks to their athleticism and large frames.

Lockport’s Josh Baker touched 87 mph from a physical 6-foot-2, 210-frame.

Plainfield South teammates Konnor Ash and Austin Marozas both showed excellent velocity, with two distinct styles. Ash has an impressive three-pitch mix, highlighted by a 78 mph power changeup with sink, and creates excellent arm speed from a 5-foot-11, 150-pound frame. Marozas has been as high as 87 mph this winter, and touched 85 on Sunday with the makings of a 71 mph power slider all delivered from a 6-foot-5, 190-pound physical frame.

Lake Zurich’s Shane Nolan and Lincoln-Way East’s Jake Pomykalski also touched 85 mph from huge 6-foot-3 and 6-foot-4 frames respectively.

Bobby

Miller

McHenry West

2017

RHP/1B

90

Josh

Baker

Lockport

2017

RHP/1B

87

Konnor

Ash

Plainfield South

2017

RHP/3B

86

Austin

Marozas

Plainfield South

2017

RHP

85

Shane

Nolan

Lake Zurich

2017

RHP/3B

85

Jake

Pomykalski

Lincoln-Way East

2017

RHP

85

Top 60 Times

Lake Forest’s Brad Czerniejewski, a recent Texas Christian commit, ran a 6.84 laser timed 60-yard dash, and also set an Underclass record for exit velocity at 95 mph. To top it all off Czerniejewski also recorded the top outfield throwing velocity at 87 mph.

Brad

Czerniejewski

Lake Forest

2017

OF

6.84

JD

Villafuerte

Normal

2017

MIF

6.99

Mike

Addante

Jacobs

2017

OF

7.07

Thomas

Larson

Families of Faith Christian Academy

2017

OF/3B

7.13

Jimmy

Burnette

St. Laurence

2017

OF/LHP

7.17

Thomas

Farrell

St. Laurence

2017

1B/LHP

7.19

Top Exit Velocity

Bat speed was in abundance as the aforementioned Czerniejewski led the way with 95 mph. 90 was the magic number for Bobby Miller on Sunday, touching it both on the mound and with the bat. Marian Catholic’s Montreal Blade also touched 90 mph with his exit velocity.

Dunlap’s Charlie Mangieri and Mount Carmel’s Bobby Seymour both posted 88 mph exit velocity, are both physical behemoth’s at 6-foot-4, 225-pounds, and will be an unwelcome site in the batters box for high school pitchers over the next several years.

Brad

Czerniejewski

Lake Forest

2017

OF

95

Bobby

Miller

McHenry West

2017

RHP/1B

90

Montreal

Blade

Marian Catholic

2017

OF/1B

90

Thomas

Larson

Families of Faith

2017

OF/3B

89

Daniel

Reed

Edwardsville

2017

C/1B

89

Charlie

Mangieri

Dunlap

2018

1B/RHP

88

Ryan

Kutt

Brother Rice

2017

SS/3B

88

Bobby

Seymour

Mount Carmel

2017

1B/OF

88

Top Outfield Velocity

Brad

Czerniejewski

Lake Forest

2017

OF

87

Jimmy

Burnette

St. Laurence

2017

OF/LHP

84

Easton

Bertrand

Manteno

2017

OF/MIF

84

Donovin

Williams

Morgan Park

2017

3B/OF

83

Mike

Addante

Jacobs

2017

OF

82

Top Infield Velocity

Bobby

Miller

McHenry West

2017

RHP/1B

86

Josh

Baker

Lockport

2017

RHP/1B

84

Ryan

Kutt

Brother Rice

2017

SS/3B

84

Easton

Bertrand

Manteno

2017

OF/MIF

84

Sam

Fradin

Deerfield

2017

3B/RHP

83

Tyler

Esplin

Lake Forest Academy

2017

3B/RHP

83

Top Catching Pop Times

The catching crop at this year’s event was particularly deep, with 11 catching prospects recording pop times under 2.10, led by New Trier’s Max Rosenthal’s 1.94 mark.

Max

Rosenthal

New Trier

2017

C

1.94, 1.97, 2.04

Jacob

Campbell

Janesville Craig (WI)

2018

C/OF

1.98, 2.09, 2.12

Niko

Pozzi

Mount Carmel

2018

C/3B

2.03, 2.04, 2.08

Connor

McCormick

Manteno

2017

C/3B

2.04, 2.05, 2.18

Joe

Rizzo

Huntley

2017

C/RHP

2.04, 2.08, 2.12

Tyler

Pennington

Cary Grove

2017

C/3B

2.04, 2.12, 2.19

Top Catching Velocity

Max

Rosenthal

New Trier

2017

C

81

Jacob

Campbell

Janesville Craig (WI)

2018

C/OF

77

Connor

McCormick

Manteno

2017

C/3B

76

Andrew

Erickson

Tuscola

2018

C/SS

75

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