Unsigned Senior Showcase - Chicago: Infield Analysis


By Illinois Scouting Staff

This week we began our rollout of the positional analysis from the Unsigned Senior Showcase at The MAX on October 8th. Following the event we rolled out the full Statistical Analysis and Quick Hits from the event.

Today we take a look at the near 50 infielders that were in attendance. Jamarion Loston (Morgan Park) has long been one of the top defensive middle infielders in the class and continued to strengthen that at the event. Luke Seidel (Fremd), stood out on the infield and came in at No. 2, despite possibly being best suited in the outfield given his elite 6.56 60.

Top Infield Prospects

1. Jamarion Loston, SS, Morgan Park, 2018
Currently ranked No. 28 in the PBR Illinois Class of 2018. 5-foot-8,150-pound right-handed hitting shortstop. Stands out for his work defensively up the middle. Fluid actions, plays thru the ball with a clean exchange and quick footwork. Soft, sure hands, loose arm action from a high ¾ slot. Accurate throws across the infield at 81 mph. Offensively, balanced setup with a smooth load and leg kick stride. Line drive hitter with a middle of the field approach.. 81 mph exit velocity from a tee. Ran the 60 at 7.11.  

2. Luke Seidel, OF/INF, Fremd, 2018
5-foot-10, 160-pound, lean, athletic, multi-positional prospect. Ran an event-best 6.56 laser-timed 60. At the plate, right-handed hitter, open tall setup, toe-tap stride, utilizes lower half and maintains balance through contact. Fluid rhythm, flashes loose, athletic hands, creates bat speed and gap-to-gap approach; 84 mph exit velocity from a tee. Defensively, profiles best in the outfield. Quick feet, plays through the baseball, clean transfer, short arm action from an over-the-top slot, effort in throws at times, clocked at 83 mph. On the infield, reliable hands and throws clocked at 76 mph.

3. Bobby Grimes, C, Nazareth, 2018
6-foot-1, 165-pound catcher, lean athletic frame, trim waist, projects. Dynamic athlete, runs a 6.75 60, laser timed. Big arm strength, 81 mph out of the crouch, 83 mph across the diamond, short and loose, over the top slot, clean release, carries well. Pop times ranged 2.04-2.12, long exchange and footwork. Right-handed hitter, open stance, short stride, solid balance. Loose easy swing, repeats with bat speed, short path. 83 mph exit velocity from the tee.

4. Marco Yates, 3B, Belvidere North, 2018
5-foot-10, 165-pound right-handed hitting third baseman. Defensively has a long arm action from a high ¾ slot. Throws showed carry across the infield at 82 mph. Plays thru the ball with quick footwork and soft hands. At the plate balanced, slightly closed setup. Short stride with average balance. Gap to gap hitter, aggressive hacks with an uphill swing path. 84 mph exit velocity from a tee. Ran the 60 at 7.49.

5. Michael Marseille, SS/OF, Homewood-Flossmoor, 2018
6-foot, 165-pound right-handed hitting SS/OF with an athletic frame, ran the 60 at 6.69. Offensively hits from a slightly open setup. Short leg lift stride with good balance. Short, uphill swing path with fluid rhythm. 79 mph exit velocity from a tee. Defensively in the infield has fluid footwork, soft hands, and athletic actions. Plays well on the run. Threw 74 mph across the infield. Also took drills in the outfield throwing 81 mph.

6. Bryce Burton, OF/3B, Marmion, 2018
6-foot, 195-pound right-handed hitting OF/3B with a solid frame. Currently ranked No. 149 in the PBR Illinois Class of 2018. Defensively showed off raw arm strength in the infield and the outfield. Long arm action from an over the top slot. Throws showed carry throwing 87 mph from the outfield and 82 mph across the infield. Long exchange with soft hands. Offensively hits from an open setup, leg lift stride with average balance. Pull hitter with fluid rhythm. Consistent hard, line drive contact. Showed strength thru contact with 92 mph exit velocity from a tee. Ran the 60 at 7.06.

7. Sean Tillmon, SS, Plainfield North, 2018
5-foot-11, 146-pound right-handed hitting shortstop with upside. Athletic, projectable frame. Defensively has a loose arm action from a high ¾ arm slot, accurate throws with carry across the infield. Plays thru the ball with fluid footwork and a compact exchange. Threw 82 mph across the infield. At the plate hits from a balanced setup, leg kick stride with average balance. Pull hitter with average bat speed. Still presently raw at the plate. 78 mph exit velocity from a tee. Ran the 60 at 7.44.

8. Malik Sadler, 3B, Chicago Agricultural Sciences, 2018
6-foot, 200-pound right-handed hitting third baseman with a strong, physical frame. Offensively hits from a balanced setup, short stride with good balance. Fluid rhythm with loose hands and a fast bat. Showed raw strength thru contact. 89 mph exit velocity from a tee. Ran the 60 at 7.33. Defensively has a long arm action from an over the top slot. Plays thru the ball. Threw 66 mph across the infield.

9. Thomas Stoodt, SS, St. Ignatius, 2018
6-foot-1, 175-pound right-handed hitting shortstop with a strong frame. Ran the 60 at 6.91. Offensively hits from a balanced setup with a low hand set. Short leg lift stride with an uphill swing path. 86 mph exit velocity from a tee. Defensively has a short arm action from a high ¾ slot. Accurate throws across the infield at 80 mph. Athletic actions, plays thru the ball. Average hands with a clean exchange.

10. Ben Sodikoff, SS, Deerfield, 2018
5-foot-11, 150-pound right-handed hitting shortstop with a thin frame. Defensively has a short, loose arm action from a high ¾ slot. Accurate throws across the infield at 77 mph. Athletic actions, fluid footwork, and soft hands. Solid defensive tools. At the plate hits from an open setup with a short, even stride. Pull hitter with average bat speed. 78 mph exit velocity from a tee. Ran the 60 at 7.04.

Best of the Rest (Listed Alphabetically)

Gabriel Arrendale, SS, Walter Christian, 2018
5-foot-7, 161-pound right-handed hitting shortstop. Offensively hits from a closed setup with a short stride and average balance. Short swing path with late rhythm.79 mph exit velocity from a tee. Ran the 60 at 7.55. Defensively has a long arm action from a high ¾ slot. Threw 63 mph across the infield.

Brian Biggs, 2B, Plainfield North, 2018
5-foot-7, 165-pound right-handed hitting second baseman with a compact, strong frame. At the plate open setup, leg kick stride with an uphill swing path. Middle of the field approach. 79 mph exit velocity from a tee. Ran the 60 at 7.69. Defensively has a short arm action from a high ¾ slot. Clean exchange with athletic actions. Threw 69 mph across the infield.

Aidan Blinkal, 2B, Niles West, 2018
5-foot-11, 165-pound right-handed hitting second baseman. At the plate deep crouched setup, no load, and short stride. 79 mph exit velocity from a tee. Ran the 60 at 7.83. Defensively took drills in the infield and threw 64 mph across.

Jason Bollman, RHP/SS, Dunlap, 2018
6-foot-1, 170-pound RHP/SS with a lanky frame. On the mound works from a high ¾ arm angle with a loose arm action. Tall and fall delivery with a slight pause after balance poting. Regular effort working in line with home plate. Fastball was straight at 78-82 mph. Curveball has 11-5 shape at 64-67 mph. Changeup has sinking action at 68-72 mph. Defensively has a long arm action from a high ¾ arm slot. Accurate throws across the infield at 77 mph. Athletic actions with soft hands. At the plate hits from an open setup, long leg kick stride. Pull hitter with a long swing path. 71 mph exit velocity from a tee.

Michael Botthof, 3B/RHP, St. Rita, 2018
6-foot-2, 210-pound right-handed hitting 3B/RHP. Offensively balanced slightly open setup, smooth load with a short stride. SHort, uphill swing path with fluid rhythm. 74 mph exit velocity from a tee. Ran the 60 at 7.90. Defensively has a short arm action from an over the top slot. Plays tall, threw 79 mph across the infield. On the mound works from a high 3.4 arm angle with a short, loose arm action. Tall and fall delivery with regular effort. Works in line with home plate, upright finish. Fastball was straight at 79-81 topping out at 82 mph. Slider has 10-4 shape at 69-70 mph. Gets underneath curveball, worked 67-68 mph. Changeup was mostly straight with occasional fading action at 75-78 mph.

Adam Brown, SS, Lincoln-Way Central, 2018
5-foot-10, 160-pound right-handed hitting shortstop. Defensively has a short arm action from a low ¾ slot. Plays thru the ball, quick exchange and footwork. Threw 71 mph across the infield. Offensively hits from an open setup, armbar load with average balance. Pull hitter with an uphill swing path. 75 mph exit velocity from a tee. Rant he 60 at 7.81.

Connor Burns, SS, Crystal Lake Central, 2018
5-foot-9, 155-pound switch hitting shortstop. At the plate hits from a wide base, short hand load to backside. Stronger from the right side. 76 mph exit velocity from a tee. Ran the 60 at 7.45. Defensively has a short arm action from a high ¾ arm slot. Threw 66 mph across the infield.

Brandon Cocco, 1B, Lockport, 2018
6-foot-3, 245-pound right-handed hitting first baseman. Offensively hits from a balanced setup, toe tap, armbar load. Long, uphill swing path. Showed strength thru contact with 91 mph exit velocity from a tee. Ran the 60 at 8.08. Defensively has a long arm action from an over the top slot. Threw 75 mph across the infield.

John Cruz-Barcenas, 2B, Whitney Young, 2018
5-foot-9, 150-pound right-handed hitting second baseman. Offensively hits from an open setup with a short leg kick stride and average balance. Gap to gap hitter with an uphill swing path. 73 mph exit velocity from a tee. Ran the 60 at 7.26. Defensively has a short arm action from a high ¾ slot. Plays thru the ball, accurate throws. Threw 74 mph across the infield.

Hunter De La Rosa, RHP/OF/2B, Moline, 2018
5-foot-8, 150-pound right-handed hitting utility player. 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 sat 77-78 mph. Signals for slider but shows downer action at 69-72 mph. Changeup worked 74 mph. Offensively hits from a balanced setup, long stride, with average balance. 83 mph exit velocity from a tee. Ran the 60 at 7.10. Defensively took drills in the outfield and infield, projects best in the outfield. Threw 82 mph from the outfield and 77 mph across the infield.

Thomas Doyle, 2B, St. Laurence, 2018
6-foot, 160-pound right-handed hitting second baseman. At the plate hits from a balanced setup, long stride with a collapse on the backside. 78 mph exit velocity from a tee. Ran the 60 at 7.78. Defensively has a short arm action from an over the top slot. Threw 70 mph across the infield.

Robbie Dudzinski, RHP/1B, Kaneland, 2018
6-foot-3, 215-pound right-handed hitting RHP/1B. On the mound works from an over the top arm angle with a long arm action. Tall and fall, slow paced delivery with some effort. Square landing working in line with home plate. Fastball sat 79-81 mph. Curveball has 12-6 shape with depth and occasional sharpness at 65-67 mphs. Maintained arm speed on change at 74-76 mph with sinking action. At the plate balanced setup, short, linear stride with average balance. Line drive hitter with a level swing path. Showed strength thru contact with 92 mph exit velocity from a tee. Ran the 60 at 7.75. Defensively has a long arm action from an over the top slot. Threw 80 mph across the infield.

Daniel Fierro, 2B, Reed-Custer, 2018
5-foot-10, 160-pound right-handed hitting second baseman. Balanced setup at the plate with a smooth load and short stride. Gap to gap hitter with an uphill swing path. 78 mph exit velocity from a tee. Defensively has a long arm action from an over the top arm slot. Plays thru the ball with a clean exchange. Threw 66 mph across the infield. Ran a 7.56 60.

Jermey Fischer, SS/RHP, Normal West, 2018
5-foot-9, 160-pound right-handed hitting SS/RHP. At the plate hits from a balanced setup, short stride, average balance. Short, uphill swing path. 79 mph exit velocity from a tee. Ran the 60 at 7.51. Defensively has a long arm action from an over the top arm slot. Compact exchange with slower actions. Threw 66 mph across the infield. On the mound works from a high ¾ arm angle with a short arm action. Tall and fall delivery with regular effort. Fastball was straight at 69-71 topping out at 72 mph. Curveball has 11-5 shape at 58-59 mph. Changeup has sinking action at 63-66 mph.

Joe Gabel, LHP/1B, Maine South, 2018
Lanky, 6-foot-2, 170-pound left-handed hitting LHP/1B. On the mound works from a high ¾ arm angle with a long, loose arm action. Tall and Fall delivery with easy effort. Fastball worked 80-81 topping out at 82 mph for strikes. Curveball has 1-7 shape, flashes sharp breaking action at 67-69 mph for strikes. Changeup has sinking action at 72-75 mph. Frame and stuff project well on the mound. Balanced setup at the plate, drop load with average balance. Short, uphill swing path. 72 mph exit velocity from a tee. Ran the 60 at 7.29. Defensively has a loose arm action from a high ¾ slot. Threw 80 mph across the infield.

Connor Graefen, SS, Naperville Central, 2018
5-foot-6, 140-pound right-handed hitting shortstop. Offensively hits from a balanced setup with a short stride and fair balance. Middle of the field approach with a long, level swing path. 73 mph exit velocity from a tee. Ran the 60 at 7.88. Defensively has a short arm action from an over the top slot. Threw 71 mph across the infield.

Trevor Hauscherr, SS, Oak Forest, 2018
6-foot-2, 178-pound right-handed hitting shortstop. At the plate balanced setup, short hand load to back side with a heel lift stride. Long, uphill swing path. 76 mph exit velocity from a tee. Ran the 60 at 8.04. Defensively has a long arm action from a high ¾ slot. Average hands with slower actions. Threw 72 mph across the infield.

Benjamin Jaynes, 1B, Waubonsie Valley, 2018
6-foot-4, 220-pound right-handed hitting first baseman. At the plate balanced setup, short stride, closes off. Short, uphill swing path with a high finish. 84 mph exit velocity from a tee. Ran the 60 at 7.38. Defensively has a short arm action from a high ¾ slot. Average hands. Threw 72 mph across the infield.

Tim Kelly, SS, Notre Dame, 2018
6-foot-2, 190-pound right-handed hitting shortstop. Balanced, closed setup at the plate. Leg lift stride with an uphill swing path. Fast bat with strength thru contact, 89 mph exit velocity from a tee. Ran the 60 at 7.33. Defensively has a short arm action from an over the top slot. Threw 79 mph across the infield.

Zach Litke, RHP/3B, Brother Rice, 2018
6-foot-1, 185-pound right-handed hitting RHP/3B. On the mound works from a high ¾ arm angle with a short, loose arm action. Tall and fall delivery with a closed landing. Fastball was straight at 77-78 mph. Curveball has 11-5 shape with loose rotation at 65-69 mph. Changeup sat 69-70, straight action. At the plate hits from a balanced setup, short leg lift stride. Line drive middle of the field approach. 75 mph exit velocity from a tee. Ran the 60 at 7.49. Defensively has a short arm action from a high ¾ slot. Threw 72 mph across the infield.

Coliani Martinez, 3B, Lake View, 2018
5-foot-11, 200-pound right-handed hitting third baseman. Offensively hits from an open setup, leg kick stride with average balance. Pull hitter with a long, uphill swing path. 85 mph exit velocity from a tee. Ran the 60 at 8.16. Defensively has raw arm strength across the infield throwing 75 mph.

Michael McGuire, RHP/3B, Romeoville, 2018
6-foot, 185-pound switch hitting RHP/3B. 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 was straight at 76-77 topping out at 80 mph. Curveball has 11-5 shape at 71-74 mph. Changeup has sinking action at 70-74 mph. Defensively has a short arm action from an over the top slot. Threw 76 mph across the infield. Offensively tall, open setup, leg kick stride. Better from the right side. 83 mph exit velocity from the tee. Ran the 60 at 7.79.

Freddie Morales, SS, Clemente, 2018
5-foot-10, 160-pound right-handed hitting shortstop. Defensively has fluid footwork, plays low, moves well on the infield. Short arm action from a high ¾ slot. Threw 72 mph across the infield. At the plate hits from an open setup with a quick leg kick stride. 69 mph exit velocity from a tee. Ran the 60 at 7.65.

Daniel Ojeda, 1B/OF, Pritzker College Prep, 2018
6-foot-2, 170-pound right-handed hitting 1B/OF. Ran the 60 at 7.37. Offensively balanced setup, quick leg lift stride. 76 mph exit velocity from a tee. Took drills in both the infield and the outfield. Long arm action from a high ¾ slot. Crow hop throws. Threw 70 mph across the infield and 72 mph from the outfield.

Gage Olszak, RHP/1B, St. Laurence, 2018
Recent St. Xavier commit. 6-foot-3, 195-pound right-handed hitting RHP/1B. On the mound works from a ¾ arm angle with a long arm action. Tall and fall delivery with regular effort. Slightly closed landing. Fastball sat 78-81 topping out at 82 mph. Slider has short sweeping action at 68-71 mph. Showed feel for his changeup at 72-73 mph with running action. Curveball has 11-5 shape with sharp breaking action at 65-68 mph. At the plate hits from a balanced, slightly open setup. Short leg lift stride with good balance. Pull hitter with a long, uphill swing path. 85 mph exit velocity from a tee. Ran the 60 at 7.77. Defensively has a long arm action from a ¾ arm angle. Threw 78 mph across the infield.

Joey Pakula, RHP/3B, Lincoln-Way West, 2018
6-foot-3, 180-pound right-handed hitting RHP/3B. 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. Slow paced after balance point. Fastball was straight at 75-77 mph. Curveball has 11-5 shape with loose rotation at 62-65 mph. Changeup has sinking action at 68-71 mph. Tall, slightly open setup at the plate. Short leg lift stride with average balance. Uphill swing path. 73 mph exit velocity from a tee. Ran the 60 at 7.43. Defensively has long arm action from a high ¾ slot. Threw 72 mph across the infield.

Jimmy Patock, RHP/3B, Lincoln-Way Central, 2018
6-foot-1, 185-pound right-handed hitting RHP/3B. On the mound works from a high ¾ arm angle with a long arm action. Tall and fall delivery with smooth rhythm and max effort. Recoil finish. Fastball was straight at 82-83 mph. Curveball has 11-5 shape with sharp breaking action at 70-74 mph. Changeup has sinking action at 74-77 mph. At the plate hits from a wide base, balanced setup. Short stride with good balance. Gap to gap hitter with fluid rhythm and an uphill swing path. 89 mph exit velocity from a tee. Ran the 60 at 7.70. Defensively has a long arm action from a high ¾ arm slot. Plays thru the ball. Threw 76 mph across the infield.

Ryan Piontek, 3B, St. Charles North, 2018
5-foot-11, 180-pound right-handed hitting third baseman. Offensively hits from a wide base, short stride with good balance. Gap to gap hitter with an uphill swing path and fast bat. 83 mph exit velocity from a tee. Ran the 60 at 7.86. Defensively has a short arm action from an over the top slot. Fields the ball deep, compact exchange. Threw 74 mph across the infield.

Nathaniel Quinn, 2B, Morton West, 2018
5-foot-9, 170-pound right-handed hitting second baseman. Defensively has a short arm action from an over the top slot. Accurate throws across the infield with carry, threw 78 mph. Plays thru the ball, athletic actions with fluid footwork and a clean exchange. At the plate hits from a balanced setup, short leg lift stride with average balance. Pull hitter with a long swing path. 79 mph exit velocity from a tee. Ran the 60 at 7.42.

Connor Rachowicz, SS, Stagg, 2018
5-foot-8, 185-pound right-handed hitting shortstop. Offensively hits from a balanced, open setup with a short stride. Uphill swing path with occasional pop in batting practice. 82 mph exit velocity from a tee. Ran the 60 at 7.88. Defensively has a long arm action from a high ¾ slot. Threw 69 mph across the infield.

Steven Salvino, SS, Lockport, 2018
5-foot-10, 160-pound right-handed hitting shortstop. Defensively has a long arm action from a high ¾ slot. Clean actions, average hands, plays thru the ball. Threw 76 mph across the infield. Offensively hits from a crouched setup, short stride with a collapse on the backside. Uphill swing path. 72 mph exit velocity from a tee. Ran the 60 at 7.14.

Georgio Samaras, 1B, Von Steuben, 2018
6-foot-1, 310-pound right-handed hitting first baseman. At the plate balanced setup, smooth load, short stride. Pull hitter with a long, uphill swing path. 82 mph exit velocity from a tee. Ran the 60 at 8.45. Defensively showed feel around the bag with soft hands. Threw 59 mph across the infield.

Michael Scheelhorn, 1B, Minooka, 2018
5-foot-11, 218-pound right-handed hitting first baseman. Offensively, wide base, smooth load with a short leg lift stride. Line drive hitter with a long, level swing path. 87 mph exit velocity from a tee. Ran the 60 at 8.30. Defensively has a long arm action from a high ¾ slot. Threw 78 mph across the infield.

Andrew Schimmoler, RHP/3B, Oswego, 2018
6-foot-5, 175-pound lanky, right-handed hitting RHP/3B. Projects well on the mound On the mound works from a ¾ to low ¾ arm angle with a long, loose, quick arm action. Tall and fall delivery with a closed landing. Falls to first base side after release. Fastball sat 82-84 topping out at 85 mph with riding life. Curveball has 12-6 shape with sharp-breaking action at 70-73 mph for strikes. Maintains arm speed on changeup at 76-79 mph with straight action. Defensively showed the top arm strength across the infield throwing 85 mph. Long, loose arm action, throws showed carry. Long exchange, plays tall. At the plate balanced setup, leg lift stride. Short, uphill swing path. Showed strength thru contact with 90 mph exit velocity from a tee. Ran the 60 at 7.26.

Michael Snow, 2B, Glenbrook South, 2018
5-foot-9, 150-pound right-handed hitting second baseman. Defensively has a long arm action from a high ¾ slot. Clean exchange with average hands. Longer release, threw 69 mph across the infield. Open setup at the plate, short toe tap stride with average balance. Opposite field hitter with a short swing path. 75 mph exit velocity from a tee. Ran the 60 at 7.37.

Will Stenner, 3B/OF, Lyons, 2018
6-foot, 185-pound right-handed hitting third baseman. Balanced setup at the plate, short leg lift stride with average balance. Short, uphill swing path with fluid rhythm. 87 mph exit velocity from a tee. Ran the 60 at 7.05. Defensively long arm action from a high ¾ arm slot. Threw 69 mph across the infield and 78 mph from the outfield.

Troy Taller, 3B, Andrew, 2018
6-foot-1, 180-pound left-handed hitting third baseman. At the plate hits from an open setup, short stride to even with good balance. Long, uphill swing path with average bat speed. 82 mph exit velocity from a tee. Ran the 60 at 8.11. Defensively has a short arm action from a high ¾ slot with a long exchange. Threw 74 mph across the infield.

Mason Westen, 3B, Macomb, 2018
5-foot-11, 190-pound right-handed hitting third baseman with strength in the upper half. Offensively hits from a crouched setup, short leg lift stride with average balance. Pull hitter with an uphill swing path with a fast bat. 84 mph exit velocity from a tee. Ran the 60 at 7.46. Defensively has a long arm action from a high ¾ slot. Threw 69 mph across the infield.

Kyle Winkle, RHP/SS, Joliet Catholic, 2018
5-foot-10, 175-pound right-handed hitting RHP/SS. On the mound works from a high ¾ arm angle with a loose arm action. Tall and fall delivery, regular effort. Square landing, works in line with home plate. Fastball was straight at 78-81 mph for strikes. Curveball has 11-5 shape at 62-65 mph. Slider sat 67-68 mph. Throws changeup from a lower slot, worked 73-75 mph with fading action. Offensively balanced, slightly open setup. Short stride with average balance. 81 mph exit velocity from a tee. Ran the 60 at 7.79. Defensively long arm action. Threw 76 mph across the infield.

RELATED CONTENT

Unsigned Senior Showcase