Unsigned Senior Showcase: Outfielder Analysis


By Illinois Staff

On Oct. 6, the PBR Illinois staff hosted its annual fall Unsigned Senior Showcase, providing 2020 grads with the platform to perform ahead of the final offseason of their prep careers. Year after year, this event always seems to spotlight a handful of Illinois seniors who have flown under the radar for too long, bringing them some much-deserved attention.

After providing rapid post-event analysis in last week, in the form of our Quick Hits and Stats Story, we’re continuing our position-by-position breakdown today with the day’s outfielders. We covered the event’s catchers yesterday, in case you missed it.

Oak Park-River Forest’s Alan Brown has some serious athleticism inside his compact and strong 5-foot-8 build. He’s tooled up with twitch in his right-handed swing, and he came away from this event as one of the top prospects in attendance, still uncommitted.

We ranked the top-10 outfielders from The MAX below. Stay tuned tomorrow for a look at the day’s infielders.

TOP PROSPECTS

1. Alan Brown, Oak Park-River Forest, 2020
Positional Profile: OF
Body: 5-foot-8, 170-pounds. Compact athlete.
Hit: RHH. Balanced stance, slightly open, short lifted stride. Quick twitch hands, line drive contact, ability to go gap to gap and occasional pull side tendency.
Power: 97 mph exit velocity from the tee.
Arm: RH. OF - 84 mph. Loose arm action out of high 3/4 slot, played accurate and carried to target.
Defense: Athletic actions, plays with bounce, confident feet and hands, gets to the baseball well and gathers to release, shuffle through exchange.
Run: 6.77 runner in the 60. Plus runner, quick first step, straight line intentful runner.

2. Colin Gorz, Benet Academy, 2020
Positional Profile: SS/OF
Body: 5-foot-11, 180-pounds. Compact strong build.
Hit: RHH. Confident presence in the box, crouched setup, smooth loading action, short lift and replace stride. Intentful swing, line drive gap to gap approach creating consistent hard contact. Ball jumped off the bat at times.
Power: 87 mph exit velocity from the tee. Above average pop.
Arm: RH. INF - 79 mph. OF - 80 mph. Short arm action works out of a high 3/4 slot, flashed carry on the infield.
Defense: Confident hands, showed best on the infield with smooth athletic actions, quick efficient exchange. Outfield actions played in stride through the baseball.
Run: 7.22 runner in the 60. 

3. Nate Kremkow, Montini Catholic, 2020
Positional Profile: OF
Body: 5-foot-11, 165-pounds. Athletic with strength.
Hit: RHH. Tall setup with open stance, slight bat wrap load, uses hanging leg lift stride, on time and athletic, excellent balance through contact. Smooth swing and barrel aware, quick hands produce above average bat speed, line drive gap to gap type hitter.
Power: 83 mph exit velocity from the tee.
Arm: RH. OF - 84 mph. Arm carries, long arm swing out of high 3/4 slot, played accurate to target.
Defense: Athletic and light footes outfield actions, sets up well to play through, step behind transfer.
Run: 6.79 runner in the 60. Quiet gait, athletic and gets to top speed quickly.

4. Brendan Holloway, Vernon Hills, 2020
Positional Profile: OF
Body: 5-foot-5, 150-pounds. Strong, well-defined build.
Hit: RHH. Balanced, athletic setup. Smooth load, short stride with a slight leg lift, hands stay in a strong hitting position throughout.  Confident at the plate, fast hands, short and level path through the baseball, consistently sprayed line drives to all fields, fluid rhythm, stayed balanced through contact.
Power: 90 mph exit velocity from the tee.
Arm: RH. OF - 78 mph. Short arm action, over-the-top slot.
Defense: Fields the ball cleanly, fluid footwork, gets around the baseball, athletic in the field. Accurate on his throws, comfortable and confident in himself.
Run: 6.81 runner in the 60. 

5. Ryan Sullivan, Lyons Township, 2020
Positional Profile: OF
Body: 5-foot-11, 155-pounds. Athletic frame and build.
Hit: RHH. Crouched setup, wide stance, smooth loading action and on time, slight leg kick stride, good balance throughout. Level path through contact, showed quick twitch in hands and stays inside the baseball.
Power: 79 mph exit velocity from the tee.
Arm: RH. OF - 86 mph. Short loose arm action out of a high 3/4 slot, played accurate with carry, quick release.
Defense: Athletic actions, , light footwork and stays mobile, step behind through transfer.
Run: 7.10 runner in the 60. 

6. Gavin Terry, Brooks College Prep, 2020
Positional Profile: OF
Body: 5-foot-10, 151-pounds. Lean athletic shape, loose actions.
Hit: LHH. Balanced stance, smooth load, short lifted stride slightly dives to contact. Showed feel for the barrel with a middle to opposite field approach. Short path, level through contact with loose hands.
Power: 91 mph exit velocity from the tee.
Arm: LH. OF - 78 mph. Short arm action out of a high 3/4 slot.
Defense: Athletic feet, plays through the baseball in stride, crow hop to release.
Run: 7.24 runner in the 60. 

7. Ian Benner, Glenwood, 2022
Positional Profile: OF
Body: 6-foot-2, 180-pounds. Athletic frame with length, projectable frame.
Hit: RHH. Balanced stance, wider setup, slightly open, short toe tap stride. Path has some length, level through contact, contact continued to improve throughout the round.
Power: 86 mph exit velocity from the tee.
Arm: RH. OF - 84 mph. Loose arm action, high 3/4 slot, showed carry from the outfield.
Defense: Defensively actions play through the baseball, works in stride and plays through it.
Run: 7.08 runner in the 60. 

8. Carson Roberts, Wheaton North, 2020
Positional Profile: RHP/OF
Body: 6-foot-2, 195-pounds. Highly athletic frame, strong throughout, sloped shoulders and trim waist.
Hit: LHH. Crouched setup, balanced stance, slight loading action. Bat strength present, level path with some quick twitch in the swing, occasional pop.
Power: 92 mph exit velocity from the tee. Strong hands will flash pull side power.
Arm: RH. OF - 88 mph. Loose arm action, high 3/4 slot, showed carry from the outfield.
Defense: Feet set up behind the baseball then plays aggressively through it, shuffles through release.
Run: 7.02 runner in the 60. 

9. Connor King, Brother Rice, 2020
Positional Profile: OF
Body: 5-foot-11, 172-pounds. Athletic strong build.
Hit: RHH. Narrow setup, slightly crouched, smooth loading action, short stride, good balance through contact. Short path, level through contact, slight uphill with aggressive bat speed, pull side approach.
Power: 80 mph exit velocity from the tee. Showed occasional pull side power.
Arm: RH. OF - 78 mph. 3/4 slot, short arm action, showed ability to play accurate.
Defense: Direct routes to the baseball, efficient footwork and plays through the baseball in stride with relative ease.
Run: 6.95 runner in the 60. 

10. Cole Fiorenza, Libertyville, 2020
Positional Profile: OF/C
Body: 5-foot-9, 155-pounds. Athletic build.
Hit: RHH. Wide base, crouched setup, quick leg lift trigger, short stride.  Short, level bat path through the zone, showed a tendency to pull the baseball.
Power: 83 mph exit velocity from the tee.
Arm: RH. OF - 79 mph. Long arm action, high 3/4 slot.
Defense: Comfortable in the field, clean exchange from glove to hand, plays through the baseball, accurate on some of his throws.
Run: 6.98 runner in the 60. 

Best of the Rest (Listed Alphabetically)

Joseph Bacarella, Elmwood Park, 2020
Positional Profile: OF/RHP
Body: 6-foot-2, 165-pounds. Long lanky frame, projectable.
Hit: LHH. Wide stance, slightly crouched, short stride gets into lower half. Swing has length, showed bat speed on level plane.
Power: 85 mph exit velocity from the tee.
Arm: RH. OF - 86 mph. Arm played well, loose and long action, gets on top and showed carry.
Defense: Feet setup behind the baseball, shuffles through transfer, aggressive through release.
Run: 6.78 runner in the 60. Athletic runner, light footed and long strided.

Michael Bunch, Romeoville, 2020
Positional Profile: OF/RHP
Body: 5-foot-9, 180-pounds.
Hit: RHH. Balanced, athletic setup, slight bat wrap in load, short stride with a toe-tap, explosive lower half.  Fast hands, long, uphill path through the zone, consistently found the barrel, used all parts of the field.
Power: 85 mph exit velocity from the tee.
Arm: RH. OF - 89 mph. Short arm action, 3/4 slot, legit arm strength.
Defense: Athletic in the field, clean exchange, stays on top of the baseball, strong throws.
Run: 7.46 runner in the 60. 

Michael Campanaro, St. Patrick, 2020
Positional Profile: RHP/OF
Body: 6-foot, 168-pounds.
Hit: RHH. Wide setup, slightly open, hands load back, leg kick trigger, gets into lower half. Long uphill path, swings with effort and intent, rotational.
Power: 86 mph exit velocity from the tee.
Arm: RH. OF - 81 mph. Long arm action out of high 3/4 slot.
Defense: Active quick footwork gets to the baseball in stride, aggressive routes to and through the baseball.
Run: 7.31 runner in the 60. High stepping runner, slight effort.

Daniel DeCero, Lincoln-Way East, 2020
Positional Profile: OF/2B
Body: 5-foot-10, 160-pounds. Well-proportioned build.
Hit: RHH. Balanced, athletic setup, short stride.  Short, uphill path through the zone, power-type hitter that favors his pull-side, present bat strength.
Power: 89 mph exit velocity from the tee.
Arm: RH. OF - 77 mph. Long arm action, over-the-top slot.
Defense: Quick feet, clean exchange, strong throws,  athletic in the field.
Run: 7.55 runner in the 60. 

Lucas DeLaere, United Township, 2020
Positional Profile: OF/RHP
Body: 5-foot-11, 160-pounds. Lean slender frame.
Hit: RHH. Open setup, taller stance, lifts into load with slight leg lift stride. Level bat path, creates line drives in BP, stays in rhythm with middle of the field approach.
Power: 71 mph exit velocity from the tee.
Arm: RH. OF - 80 mph. Over the top slot.
Defense: Sets up behind the baseball and works through it, glove works out front off glove hand side, shuffles into transfer and release.
Run: 7.12 runner in the 60. 

Charles Gannon, Dekalb, 2020
Positional Profile: C/OF
Body: 6-foot, 155-pounds. Long, lanky frame, projectable build.
Hit: RHH. Tall narrow setup, slightly closed, leg kick trigger. Sets hand sload and gradual brings up into load. Path stays on top of the baseball, short to it, loose hands, gap to gap contact.
Power: 86 mph exit velocity from the tee.
Arm: RH. C - 71 mph. OF - 75 mph. Short arm action out of high 3/4 slot, arm side run.
Defense: Efficient actions out of the crouch, direct and subtle feet. Quiet receiver, sets up square. In the outfield plays through the baseball, shuffles through, plays in stride.
Run: 6.95 runner in the 60. Above average runner, long stride covers ground.

Cael Geijer, Lincoln-Way East, 2020
Positional Profile: OF/OF
Body: 5-foot-10, 170-pounds.
Hit: RHH. Tall setup, slight leg lift, short stride.  Long, uphill path through the zone, creates elevation with his swing, extreme pull hitter, true power potential.
Power: 92 mph exit velocity from the tee.
Arm: RH. OF - 86 mph. Long arm, over-the-top slot.
Defense: Smart reads to the baseball, fluid footwork, clean exchange, plays through the ball, comfortable in the field.
Run: 7.37 runner in the 60. 

Ricky Haljean, Lake View, 2020
Positional Profile: OF
Body: 5-foot-9, 150-pounds.
Hit: RHH. Balanced, slightly open setup, back load, quick leg kick trigger, short stride.  Long path to the baseball, upright finish.
Power: 83 mph exit velocity from the tee.
Arm: RH. OF - 77 mph. Long arm action, high 3/4 slot.
Defense: Reliable hands, fluid footwork, athletic in the field, accurate on some of his throws.
Run: 7.56 runner in the 60. 

Braden Highley, Mt. Zion, 2020
Positional Profile: OF/RHP
Body: 6-foot-1, 185-pounds. Strong physical build.
Hit: LHH. Balanced setup, crouches into load, smooth loading action with reverse toe tap stride. Level path, short to the baseball at times, line drive contact, occasionally hard off the bat.
Power: 86 mph exit velocity from the tee. Showed bat strength.
Arm: RH. OF -  mph.
Defense:
Run:  runner in the 60. 

Jaden Lee, Crete-Monee, 2020
Positional Profile: OF
Body: 5-foot-11, 171-pounds.
Hit: RHH. Slightly closed setup, sinks into load with short stride and minimal hand movement. Short path, level through contact, line drive approach and flashed power at times.
Power: 77 mph exit velocity from the tee.
Arm: RH. OF - 83 mph. High 3/4 slot.
Defense: Short quick steps sets up to field behind the baseball, generally works with two hands out front, played through with shuffle through transfer.
Run: 7.07 runner in the 60. 

Prentiss Luster, Marian Catholic, 2020
Positional Profile: OF
Body: 6-foot, 187-pounds. Athletic frame.
Hit: RHH. Slightly open stance, balance weight distribution, minimal stride and sways into load. Simple approach, short to the baseball with slight uphill finish.
Power: 83 mph exit velocity from the tee.
Arm: RH. OF - 71 mph. Loose am action out of short high 3/4 slot.
Defense: Actions shuffle through the baseball, feet stay active, shorter strides.
Run: 7.32 runner in the 60. 

Luke Meister, Oak Park-River Forest, 2020
Positional Profile: OF/1B
Body: 6-foot-2, 180-pounds. Long lanky frame, highly projectable, high waisted.
Hit: RHH. Balanced stance, loads hands back, short ton minimal stride, maintains balance. Loose level path, gap to gap approach, showed bat speed and works on top of the baseball.
Power: 90 mph exit velocity from the tee. Loose raw bat speed.
Arm: RH. INF - 75 mph. OF - 79 mph. Long arm action, high 3/4 slot, long release.
Defense: Long actions both in the outfield and infield, feet stay active in outfield, ability to play through the baseball. Rangy target around the bag at first base, playable hands.
Run: 7.06 runner in the 60. Long strided runner.

Cupertino Mejia, Oak Forest, 2020
Positional Profile: OF
Body: 5-foot-8, 205-pounds. Strong wide shouldered build.
Hit: RHH. Open stance, loads hands back, short stride to even. Strong hands, slight uphill path, with slight pull side approach.
Power: 80 mph exit velocity from the tee. Bat strength present.
Arm: RH. OF - 76 mph. High 3/4 slot, short loose arm action.
Defense: Long deliberate footwork, worked through the baseball.
Run: 8.31 runner in the 60. 

Kevin Murphy, Romeoville, 2020
Positional Profile: OF/RHP
Body: 5-foot-10, 155-pounds.
Hit: RHH. Balanced setup, bat wraps in load, long stride, explosive lower half, good balance through contact.  Fast hands, short, level path through the zone, line-drive approach at the plate, favored his pull-side, consistently made hard contact with the baseball.
Power: 84 mph exit velocity from the tee.
Arm: RH. OF - 79 mph. Long arm action, 3/4 slot.
Defense: Smooth on his feet, athletic fielding position, aggressive throwing motion, produced carry on his throws, confident in himself.
Run: 7.07 runner in the 60. 

Luke Pell, Providence Catholic, 2020
Positional Profile: OF
Body: 6-foot-3, 190-pounds. Strong build.
Hit: RHH. Balanced stance, short toe tap stride. Gap to gap contact, with occasional pull side approach.
Power: 87 mph exit velocity from the tee. Showed bat strength.
Arm: RH. OF - 82 mph. Short firm arm action, works out of high 3/4 slot.
Defense: Showed ability to consistently play through the baseball, feet work in stride.
Run: 7.36 runner in the 60. 

Andrew Pietrucha, Fenton, 2020
Positional Profile: OF
Body: 5-foot-10, 160-pounds.
Hit: RHH. Tall, balanced setup, back load, leg kick trigger, short stride, engages his lower half.  Long, uphill path through the zone, displayed an opposite field approach.
Power: 76 mph exit velocity from the tee.
Arm: RH. OF - 80 mph. Short arm action, high 3/4 slot.
Defense: Clean exchange, sets his feet underneath his body prior to release, plays through the baseball.
Run: 7.44 runner in the 60. 

Nick Schumann, St.Charles East, 2020
Positional Profile: OF
Body: 6-foot-1, 194-pounds. Strong physical build.
Hit: RHH. Balanced setup, short lifted and replace stride, maintains balance through contact. Strong hands works the middle of the field, path stays inside the baseball, line drive gap to gap approach.
Power: 85 mph exit velocity from the tee.
Arm: RH. OF - 85 mph. Long loose arm action, high 3/4 slot, played accurate to target with carry.
Defense: Active feet, continues to move to and through the baseball, shuffles through the release.
Run: 7.61 runner in the 60. 

Alex Skupa, Batavia, 2020
Positional Profile: OF
Body: 6-foot, 180-pounds. Athletic body type with present strength.
Hit: RHH. Balanced stance, loads hands back, short stride, average balance. Long path works uphill, lifts contact with some intent, slight pull side approach.
Power: 84 mph exit velocity from the tee.
Arm: RH. OF - 76 mph. Long arm action out of 3/4 slot.
Defense: Works on the balls of the feet, actions shuffle through release.
Run: 6.96 runner in the 60. Quiet runner, light footed.

Aidan Williams, Marmion, 2020
Positional Profile: OF
Body: 5-foot-10, 175-pounds.
Hit: LHH. Crouched setup, leg kick trigger, on time and aggressive, uses lower half. Intentful swing, aggressive and loose to the baseball, slight uphill plane.
Power: 84 mph exit velocity from the tee. Hard contact off the barrel, flashed pop.
Arm: RH. OF - 81 mph. Long 3/4 slot, played accurate at times.
Defense: Deliberate actions, fields one hand out front and works through the baseball with step behind transfer.
Run: 7.17 runner in the 60. Long strided with slight effort.

Jacob Zandy, Tinley Park, 2020
Positional Profile: OF
Body: 6-foot, 160-pounds. Lean projectable frame, lanky build.
Hit: RHH. Open stance, tall and upright, loads hands back with short stride. Controlled aggressive swing on level plane, line drive type hitter.
Power: 95 mph exit velocity from the tee. Generates above average bat speed with quick hands.
Arm: RH. OF - 79 mph. Long arm action, over the top slot.
Defense: Shuffle through the baseball, corner outfield type defender, under control moving through the baseball.
Run: 7.65 runner in the 60. 

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