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Unsigned Senior Showcase: Outfield Analysis


By Drew Locascio
Illinois Scouting Director

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 and began earlier this week with our positional breakdown.

Today we take a look at the outfielders in attendance. Left-handed hitting OF Kyle Labedz leads the way. Labedz showed off a repeatable swing and routinely made hard, line-drive contact to all fields. Defensively, Labedz has natural outfield actions, fluid footwork and sure hands.

Behind Labedz is projectable OF Jackson Nance. Nance, a Yorkville product, has a lot of upside and just seems to be scratching the surface of his potential.  

Continue on below for detailed reports on each of the 13 outfielders from the day.

TOP OUTFIELD PROSPECTS

1. Kyle Labedz, OF, Lincoln-Way Central, 2019
5-foot-10, 155-pound, lean, athletically-built, left/left outfielder. 7.20 runner in the 60, laser-timed. Offensively, quiet, open setup, stride gets back to even and hits with rhythm. Level bat path, line-drive approach and uses the entire field. 83 mph exit velocity from a tee. Defensively, works behind the baseball, reliable hands, plays through the baseball and clean transfer. Arm works long and loose, over-the-top slot and throws topped at 83 mph.

2. Jackson Nance, OF/RHP, Yorkville, 2019
6-foot-2, 195-pound, two-way prospect, projectable, highly-athletic built. Right-handed hitter, wide, slightly crouched setup, leg-kick timing trigger. Loose, quick hands, short bat path, line-drive approach and uses the middle of the field. 91 mph exit velocity from a tee. Defensively, quick, fluid footwork, covers ground, plays through the baseball. Long arm action, high ¾ slot and throws topped at 85 mph. 7.28 runner in the 60, laser-timed. On the mound, side-step wind up, slight drop and drive delivery and lands square. Loose arm action from a high ¾ slot. Fastball, works straight, finishes through the zone, 81-82 mph. Curveball, 11/5 shape, 69-71 mph. Changeup, maintains arm speed at times, 76-78 mph.

3. Joseph Selvaggio, OF, Lincoln-Way East, 2019
6-foot-1, 165-pound, outfield; lean athletic build with room for continued physical development. Right-handed hitter, slightly closed, balanced setup and small leg-lift stride. Present bat speed, level bat path, stays through the baseball and works gap-to-gap. 97 mph exit velocity from a tee. Defensively, quick feet, covers ground, attacks the baseball and plays through. Long arm action, ¾ slot and throws topped at 84 mph. 7.04 runner in the 60, laser-timed.

4. Grant Baker, OF/RHP, South Elgin, 2019
5-foot-11, 180-pound, well-proportioned, two-way prospect. Offensively, left-handed hitter, tall, narrow setup, smooth pre-pitch load and leg-kick timing trigger. Fluid rhythm, confident look, loose hands, extension through contact, natural lift in swing and 91 mph exit velocity from a tee. Defensively, in the outfield, proper routes, works around the baseball and winds up on exchange. Long arm action, high ¾ slot and throws topped at 82 mph. 7.72 runner in the 60. On the mound, right-handed pitcher, calm, quiet delivery, works on-line down the mound and lands front toe slightly open. Long, quick arm action, high ¾ slot. Fastball straight action, thrown for strikes, sat 80-81 mph, touched 82. Curveball, 10/4 shape, sharp at times, sat 69-72 mph. Changeup, running action at times, 75-77 mph.

5. Randy Johnson, OF, Lincoln-Way East, 2019
5-foot-10, 165-pound, well-proportioned, left-handed hitting outfielder. Ran a 6.90, laser-timed 60. At the plate, balanced setup, short stride, level bat path and line-drive approach. 87 mph exit velocity from a tee. Defensively, natural outfield actions, aggressive to the baseball at times, plays through exit velocity. Short, over-the-top arm action and throws topped at 80 mph.

Best of the Rest (Listed Alphabetically)

Grady Brick, OF, Notre Dame (WI), 2019
6-foot, 175-pound, athletically-built, outfielder. At the plate, right-handed hitter, open, balanced setup, smooth load and toe-tap stride. Uphill bat path, gap-to-gap approach and 89 mph exit velocity from a tee. Defensively, consistent routes, works through the baseball, steady hands, long arm action, high ¾ slot and accurate throws clocked at 81 mph. 7.63 runner in the 60.

Michael Carvatta, OF/RHP, Maine South, 2019
5-foot-10, 168-pound, lean, well-proportioned, two-way prospect. At the plate, right-handed hitter, balanced setup, smooth load and leg lift timing trigger. Long bat path and 84 mph exit velocity from a tee. Defensively, attacks the baseball and gains ground through exchange. Long, loose arm action, high ¾ slot and accurate throws clocked at 83 mph. 7.92 runner in the 60. On the mound, right-handed pitcher, slight drop and drive delivery and lands square. Long arm action, high ¾ slot. Fastball, running action, sat 73-75 mph. Curveball, 10/4 shape, 66-68 mph. Changeup, straight action, sat 70-71 mph.

William Davis, OF, Lake Forest, 2019
5-foot-9, 170-pound, well-proportioned, right-handed hitting outfielder. 7.52 runner in the 60, laser-timed. At the plate, balanced, upright setup, minimal load and short stride. Flashed quick hands, line-drive, opposite field approach and registered an 84 mph exit velocity from a tee. Defensively, works through the baseball, clean footwork, long arm action, high ¾ slot and topped at 78 mph from the outfield.

Anthony LoCicero, OF, West Allis Central (WI), 2019
6-foot-3, 160-pound, long-limbed outfielder with plenty of room for continued physical development. Ran a 7.07 laser-timed 60. Right-handed hitter, balanced slightly crouched setup and short stride. Line-drive approach and 81 mph exit velocity from a tee. Defensively, gains ground through exchange, short arm action, high ¾ slot and throws topped at 83 mph.

Frank Luce, OF/LHP, Lincoln-Way Central, 2019
6-foot-2, 195-pound, strong, broad-shouldered, two-way prospect. On the mound, left-handed pitcher, slight inward turn at balance point, works on-line down the mound and lands front foot slightly closed. Short arm action from a high ¾ slot. Fastball, late arm-side-run, sat 75-77 mph. Curveball, gradual 1/7 shape, thrown for strikes, 61-64 mph. Changeup, feel, occasional sinking action, 62-65 mph. At the plate, left-handed hitter, balanced, slightly open setup, short stride, level bat path and registered an 85 mph exit velocity from a tee. Defensively, plays through the baseball, clean exchange, long over-the-top arm action and throws topped at 79 mph. 7.34 runner in the 60, laser-timed.

Logan Miller, OF, Hiland (OH), 2019
6-foot, 180-pound, muscle-bound, right-handed hitting outfielder. Had the event best exit velocity, 100 mph, from a tee. Balanced setup, short toe-tap stride, long and level bat path. Defensively, short arm action, works from a high ¾ slot and topped at 75 mph from the outfield. 7.51 runner in the 60.

Luis Rodriguez, OF, Yorkville, 2019
5-foot-6, 145-pound, right-handed hitting outfielder. Ran a 7.09 laser-timed 60. Offensively, right-handed hitter, balanced, square setup, smooth load, small leg-lift timing trigger and fluid rhythm throughout. Short bat path, quick hands at times, line-drive, spray approach. 82 mph exit velocity from a tee. Defensively, natural outfield actions, works through the baseball, clean transfer. Long, over-the-top arm action and throws topped at 83 mph from the outfield.

Sammy Sabatello, OF/RHP, Barrington, 2019
6-foot-3, 190-pound, athletically-built, two-way prospect. Ran a 7.06 laser-timed 60. At the plate, right-handed hitter, balanced setup, quiet load, short stride and level bat path through the hitting zone. 84 mph exit velocity from a tee. Defensively, steady hands, directional crow hop. Short, over-the-top arm action, throws carry and topped at 87 mph from the outfield. On the mound, right-handed pitcher, drop and drive delivery, stays on-line down the mound and lands square. Loose arm action from an over-the-top slot. Fastball works straight, sat 76-78 mph, touched 79. Curveball, 11/5 shape, 67-70 mph. Changeup, arm-side-run, ranged between 70-75 mph.

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