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Unsigned Senior Showcase: Infielder Analysis


By Illinois Scouting Staff

On Jan. 13, PBR Illinois hosted its first showcase of 2019, the winter’s Unsigned Senior Showcase. Approximately 50 prospects came out to The MAX facility in McCook, Ill., to participate in the day’s workout in front of our staff and over 25 colleges.

We started our coverage last week with our Quick Hits post and a Statistical Analysis, as well as yesterday’s look into the group of catchers, but we’re on to analyzing the day’s set of infielders, including arguably the top overall prospect in attendance.

Lake Forest’s Peter Turelli stands out, physically. At a highly athletic 6-foot-3, 190 pounds, Turelli was among the most projectable athletes at The MAX for the Unsigned Senior Showcase. The left-handed hitter swings hard on a level plane, maintaining balance and rhythm throughout his round of batting practice. Turelli looks fully capable of sticking on the left side of the infield, too.

John McMahon, an infielder from Glenbard South, was another one of this group’s highlights offensively. He demonstrated bat speed in the right-handed batter’s box on a slight incline through the ball.

Continue on below for detailed reports on each of the 19 infielders from the group. And remember, check back tomorrow when we examine the day’s group of outfielders.

TOP PROSPECTS

1. Peter Turelli, INF, Lake Forest, 2019
6-foot-3, 190-pound left-handed hitting infielder, projectable frame and athleticism. Hits from a balanced setup, short reverse load stride, smooth load, slight drop in hands, maintains good balance. Path is level, gap to gap approach showed feel for the barrel, hits in rhythm. 94 mph exit velocity from the tee. Consistent actions defensively, played through the baseball reliable hands, present ability at shortstop, may convert to third base as he fills out. Plenty of arm to play the left side, flashed carry, 83 mph across the diamond. 7.33 runner in the 60.

2. John McMahon, INF, Glenbard South, 2019
5-foot-9, 155-pound infielder. Right-handed hitter, crouched setup, leg kick stride, smooth pre pitch, loads hands back, arm bar load. Path is level, showed some bat speed, worked in rhythm, 84 mph exit velocity from the tee. Defensively arm action is short and loose, high ¾ slot, played accurate, 76 mph across. Long exchange at times, work through the baseball in stride, plays deep at times. 7.20 runner in the 60.

3. Zachary Vrbancic, INF, Stagg, 2019
6-foot, 173-pound infielder, proportional athletic shape. Right-handed hitter, balanced stance, short stride, lower half works, maintains good balance. Flashed hard contact in BP, level path showed ability to stay inside the ball, line drive gap to gap approach. 87 mph exit velocity from the tee. Defensively arm action is short and loose, topped at 83 mph across the diamond. Actions worked through the ball, clean exchange, funnels to release, and showed body control. 7.47 runner in the 60.

4. William Wachowski, INF, Maine South, 2019
6-foot, 180-pound infielder, solid build, strong lower half. Right-handed hitter, balanced setup, leg lift stride. Aggressive approach, path plays with length on uphill plane, 82 mph exit velocity from the tee. Defensively showed arm strength across the diamond, 84 mph from a short loose slot, showed accuracy and carry. Hands played to clean exchange, likely profile at third base. 7.79 runner in the 60.

5. Angel Cuevas, INF, Round Lake, 2019
5-foot-7, 135-pound infielder. Right-handed hitter, balanced stance, short leg kick stride, solid balance through contact. Path is long and level, line drive approach looks to stay in side the baseball, some opposite field contact. 76 mph exit velocity from the tee. 7.13 runner in the 60. Defensively arm played at 74 mph across the diamond, high ¾ slot and played with accuracy. Fluid footwork, exchange is clean, glove pat to release, occasionally deep.

Best of the Rest (Listed Alphabetically)

Dylan Coleman, INF, Notre Dame, 2019
5-foot-10, 177-pound left-handed hitting infielder, athletic frame. Hits from an open stance, short toe tap stride, good balance through contact. Path has length, gap to gap contact, hits in rhythm, some top spin contact. 82 mph exit velocity from the tee. Feet play well defensively, sets up and plays through the baseball. Short arm action from high ¾ slot, 69 mph across the diamond. 7.59 runner in the 60.

Jeremy Frankel, RHP, Highland Park, 2019
6-foot, 170-pound two-way player, lean build. Profiled best on the mound. Balanced delivery, squared foot strike, slightly open stride path, high ¾ slot. Fastball sat 81-83 mph, occasional downhill plane, straight action. Curveball has 11/5 shape, 74-76 mph. Changeup was down, flashed sink action, 73-77 mph. Right-handed hitter, balanced stance, minimal stride, slight heel lift. Level path created consistent contact, 83 mph exit velocity from the tee. Defensively arm is 78 mph across the diamond, long high ¾ slot. 7.11 runner.

Logan Fricker, 1B/LHP, Normal Community, 2019
6-foot, 195-pound left/left two-way player, lean frame. Hits from a slightly closed setup, short stride, showed balance. Path is level, short to the ball at times, gap to gap approach. 80 mph exit velocity from the tee. Defensively arm played at 70 mph across the diamond, loose arm action. Clean exchange, easy feel around the bag. 7.57 runner in the 60. On the mound works from a high ¾ slot. Fastball sat 77-78 mph, mostly straight. Curveball has gradual actions, 71-72 mph. Changeup is down, sinking action, showed feel, 69-73 mph.

Bryce McKinnon, INF, Seckman (MO), 2019
5-foot-9, 165-pound infielder, strong build. Right-handed hitter, balanced stance, leg lift trigger, loads hands back, slight barrel wrap. Path is level, showed gap to gap contact, 84 mph exit velocity from the tee. Defensively arm plays short and firm from a high ¾ slot, 75 mph across the diamond. Actions get on heels at times, showed body control playing through the baseball. 7.70 runner in the 60.

Garrett Miller, 1B, Barrington, 2019
6-foot-1, 210-pound first baseman, strong build. Right-handed hitter, balanced stance, minimal load, quiet pre pitch, short stride. Compact swing, lacked extension, aggressive approach, flashed strength. 80 mph exit velocity from the tee. Defensively arm played short and firm form a high ¾ slot, 70 mph across the diamond. 7.57 runner in the 60.

Ben Monge, 1B/LHP, Roanoke Benson, 2019
6-foot-3, 210-pound left/left two-way player. Hits from a tall setup, slightly open, short stride to even. Flashed bat strength, slight uphill path, creates occasional lifted contact. 83 mph exit velocity from the tee. Arm played 74 mph across the diamond, short loose action, high ¾ slot. Feet played natural around first base with above average feel. 8.78 runner in the 60. On the mound delivery works slightly across body, closed front side, lands square. Arm plays out of high ¾ window. Fastball topped at 81 mph, sat 78-79 mph, mostly straight. Curveball played 62-65 mph, 1/7 shape. Changeup works 73-75 mph, occasional fade and sink.

Memphis Moore, 1B, Milton (WI), 2019
6-foot-2, 210-pound first baseman, large frame. Right-handed hitter, balanced setup, smooth loading action, easy effort. Contact jumped off the bat at times, power potential, long path gets extension. 90 mph exit velocity from the tee. Defensively showed feel around the bag, exchange is long, arm plays short and loose, 76 mph across the diamond. 8.18 runner in the 60.

Tyreece Morgan, INF, Lane Tech, 2019
5-foot-9, 153-pound infielder, athletic frame. Defensively actions played loose and aggressively to the baseball, active feet. 7.03 runner in the 60. Arm action is firm, 78 mph across, clean exchange. Right-handed hitter, open setup, short stride. Path is level, made line drive contact, lower half can get more involved. 80 mph exit velocity from the tee.

Luke Olbrot, RHP/SS, Morris, 2019
5-foot-7, 162-pound two-way player. On the mound delivery works in line, lands slightly to open side. Arm action is long high ¾ slot. Fastball sinks at times, 79-80 mph, topped at 81 mph. Curveball has 11/5 shape, gradual action, consistently dropped for strikes, 66-67 mph. Changeup runs to arm side, sinks, near fastball arm speed, 67-69 mph. Right-handed hitter, balanced setup, long stride, lower half engages, solid balance. Bat path has some length, flashed line drive contact. 85 mph exit velocity from the tee. Defensively arm played at 76 mph across the diamond, high ¾ slot. Hands showed playable actions at times, worked through. 7.87 runner in the 60.

Leonardo Romero, INF, Shepard, 2019
5-foot-8, 165-pound infielder. Right-handed hitter, slight open stance, leg lift trigger. Path gets long at times, pull side approach, slight uphill path. 71 mph exit velocity from the tee. 8.39 runner in the 60. Arm plays short and loose across the diamond, 68 mph across, ¾ slot. Showed some playability through the baseball and exchanged in stride.

Logan Ryan, RHP/INF, Glenbard West, 2019
5-foot-10, 175-pound two-way player. Profiled best on the mound. Uptempo delivery, slight drop and drive, works from low ¾ slot with quick arm. Fastball showed run to arm side, above average feel for the strike zone, sat 85-86 mph. Curveball has sweeping action on 10/4 plane, flashed sharp, 76 mph out of the windup, 70-71 mph from the stretch. Changeup flashed sink, 77-80 mph. Right-handed hitter, balanced stance, loads hands back, short stride, static pre pitch at times. Path is level, creates some line drive, 91 mph exit velocity from the tee. Ran the 60 at 7.44. Arm played at 81 mph across the diamond from a natural low slot. Hands played out front to an efficient transfer.

Lucas Sharisky, INF Streator, 2019
5-foot-10, 175-pound infielder, solid build wide shoulders. Left-handed hitter, balanced stance, slightly crouched, smooth loading action, short stride, lower half works. Level path, spray contact, 82 mph exit velocity from the tee. Defensively showed mobility and range, hands played through the baseball. Short loose arm action, 74 mph across the diamond. 7.52 runner in the 60.

Christopher Williams, 1B, Crete Monee, 2019
5-foot-9, 215-pound infielder, strong build, compact frame. Right-handed hitter, balanced stance, leg lift trigger, front foot hitter at times. Showed hand strength, path is occasionally long and uphill, pull side approach with occasional pop. 88 mph exit velocity from the tee. 7.73 runner in the 60. Defensively showed well above average footwork around the bag, exchange gets long, sure hands, 72 mph across the diamond.

Alex Zogg, INF, Normal Community, 2019
6-foot-1, 180-pound infielder. Right-handed hitter, wider setup, short stride, extended hand load, into slight arm bar. Path is long and level, flashed gap to gap approach, 86 mph exit velocity from the tee. Defensively arm plays long, high ¾ slot, 78 mph across the diamond. Corner infield projection, ran an 8.13 in the 60 yard dash.

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