Prep Baseball Report

Unsigned Senior Showcase: Pitcher Analysis

By Drew Locascio
Illinois Scouting Director

On Feb 5, PBR Illinois hosted the winter’s Unsigned Senior Showcase, as it does each and every winter, at the MAX complex in McCook, Ill., where over 30 prospects participated. These class of 2023 athletes remain uncommitted headed into their final season of their prep careers.

We recently took a look at all of the position players in attendance and today we conclude our analysis of the event with a look at all of the arms.

Read on below for a look at all of the pitchers from the day. 


1. Aidan Capone, Auburn (IL), 2023
Positional Profile: OF/RHP
Body: 6-2, 180-pounds. Athletic build, well-proportioned, room to fill.
Delivery: Up-tempo, athletic delivery, slight coil, in-line at landing spot.
Arm Action: RH. Quick, lively arm, compact arm swing, high 3/4 slot.
FB: T88, 86-88 mph. Life out of the hand, straight. T2598, 2493 average rpm.
SL: 75-76 mph. Developing feel, some depth. T2063, 1980 average rpm.
CH: 75-79 mph. Running action, thrown with intent out of the same slot as the fastball. T2151, 2041 average rpm.

2. Philip Peltes, Duchesne (MO), 2023
Positional Profile: RHP/OF
Body: 6-3, 195-pounds.
Delivery: Methodical windup into high leg kick. Works closed downhill.
Arm Action: RH. Continuous arm path into 3/4 slot.
FB: T85, 83-85 mph. Life and ride through zone. Mostly straight. T2312, 2211 average rpm.
SL: 76-79 mph. Tightly spun with horizontal action. Thrown for strikes.  T2436, 2251 average rpm.
CH: 80-81 mph. Developing feel.  T1718, 1630 average rpm.

3. Peter Lemke, St Francis (IL), 2023
Positional Profile: 3B/RHP
Body: 6-0, 186-pounds.
Delivery: Over head windup into a medium leg lift. Stays closed downhill.
Arm Action: RH. Shorter arm path into low 3/4 slot.
FB: T84, 78-84 mph. Life through the zone with run. Sinker has more run while flashing depth. T2236, 2119 average rpm.
SL: 73-75 mph. Flashed tight horizontal break. Some feel. T2330, 2198 average rpm.
CH: 75-77 mph. Feel for pitch. Late depth with some fade for strikes.  T1734, 1610 average rpm.

4. Jason Sullivan, Sandburg (IL), 2023
Positional Profile: OF/RHP
Body: 6-1, 175-pounds.
Delivery: Methodical drop and drive delivery into lower half coil, works down mound in-line to the plate.
Arm Action: RH. Longer arm action into a 3/4 slot.
FB: T87, 85-87 mph. Life through zone with some carry, strikes.  T2176, 2123 average rpm.
CB: 71-74 mph. Developing feel, more depth than slider. Thrown low in the zone.  T2113, 2032 average rpm.
SL: 74-76 mph. Tight breaking sweeping action with depth, flashes tight spin.  T2211, 2150 average rpm.
CH: 77-78 mph. Feel for the pitch. Fade and depth for strikes.  T1924, 1870 average rpm.

5. Preston Wallace, Lincoln-Way East  (IL), 2023
Positional Profile: OF/RHP
Body: 5-11, 155-pounds.
Delivery: Medium leg lift, drop and drive delivery, athletic mover, in-line stride.
Arm Action: RH. Short arm action, loose, 3/4 slot.
FB: T83, 81-83 mph. Mostly straight, some life. T2140, 2007 average rpm.
CB: 70-71 mph. Flashed sweeping movement, 10/4 action, profiles same as slider. T1631, 1586 average rpm.
SL: 69-72 mph. Tight sweeping action with depth. T1814, 1745 average rpm.
CH: 74-75 mph. Slight fade, maintains fastball intent. T1586, 1556 average rpm.

5. Connor Hale, Saint Joseph-Ogden (IL), 2023
Positional Profile: RHP/3B
Body: 5-11, 175-pounds.
Delivery: Quiet delivery, repeatable, high leg lift, body moves in-line to plate.
Arm Action: RH. Long arm action, reaches back, quick arm, over the top.
FB: T85, 82-85 mph. Sinking action, low in zone.  T2266, 2168 average rpm.
CB: 69-72 mph. 12/6 movement around the zone. T2067, 2019 average rpm.
SL: 73-76 mph. Developing pitch, 10/4 actions. T2085, 2061 average rpm.
CH: 76-79 mph. Developing pitch, downward movement, arm moves the same as the fastball. T1971, 1873 average rpm.


Emanuel Castillo, Lake view (IL), 2023
Positional Profile: 2B/3B
Body: 5-8, 200-pounds.
Delivery: Stretch-only, high leg lift with coil, body works in-line, tall/fall delivery.
Arm Action: RH. Short arm path, 3/4 arm slot.
FB: T82, 80-82 mph. Horizontal movement, looks like cutter, around the zone. T2043, 1902 average rpm.
SL: 65-68 mph. Horizontal movement, 10/4 shape, in/around zone. T2279, 2219 average rpm.

Stephen Combs, Harvest Christian (IL), 2023
Positional Profile: SS/OF
Body: 6-0, 178-pounds.
Delivery: Up-tempo, big rocker step into medium leg kick with some coil, drop and drive delivery.
Arm Action: LH. Long arm action into a high 3/4 slot.
FB: T77, 75-77 mph. Straight actions with life through the zone, flashed carry. T2037, 1963 average rpm.
CB: 70-73 mph. Gradual break, 11/5 shape. T1803, 1748 average rpm.
CUT: 74-75 mph. Some horizontal movement, feel for the bottom part of the zone.

Payton Evans, Bloomington (IL), 2023
Positional Profile: C/RHP
Body: 5-10, 155-pounds.
Delivery: High leg lift, slight coil, drop and drive delivery, in-line stride.
Arm Action: RH. Shorter arm action. Slight stab back.
FB: T84, 81-83 mph. Some life through the zone. Mostly straight.  T2270, 2234 average rpm.
CB: 60-62 mph. Slows arm. Changes arm action. Methodical 11/5 break. T1947, 1853 average rpm.
SL: 66-68 mph. Some sweeping action, some feel.  T2170, 2121 average rpm.
CH: 77-79 mph. Thrown hard for strikes. Some late run.  T1777, 1664 average rpm.

Casey Shell, Lake Zurich (IL), 2023
Positional Profile: RHP/3B
Body: 6-0, 180-pounds.
Delivery: Stretch only. High leg kick, short, in-line stride.
Arm Action: RH. Stabby arm action. Quick, high 3/4 slot.
FB: T84, 81-83 mph. Cutting action.  T2010, 1898 average rpm.
CB: 69-71 mph. 11/5 break with late depth.  T1785, 1588 average rpm.
CH: 73-78 mph. Developing feel. Maintains arm speed and slot. T1627, 1410 average rpm.
SPLT: 66-72 mph. Developing feel. Flashed depth. 

Zachary Spengler, Bolingbrook (IL), 2023
Positional Profile: RHP/3B
Body: 6-2, 195-pounds.
Delivery: Big rocker step into medium leg lift, works quick after balance point, stays closed.
Arm Action: RH. Compact arm action, 3/4 slot.
FB: T74, 71-73 mph. Commands well, shows some cutter action. T2009, 1951 average rpm.
CB: 62-65 mph. Similar actions as slider. T2089, 2072 average rpm.
SL: 65-66 mph. Horizontal action, with feel for the zone. T2122, 2091 average rpm.
CH: 68-69 mph. Developing pitch, downer movement.  T1749, 1596 average rpm.

Ryan Wiles, Prairie Ridge (IL), 2023
Positional Profile: RHP/RHP
Body: 5-8, 150-pounds.
Delivery: Uptempo delivery. Medium leg kick. Crossfire action.
Arm Action: RH. Quick, short arm action. 3/4 slot.
FB: T82, 81-82 mph. Mostly straight. Life out of the hand with a feel for the zone. T2216, 2165 average rpm.
CB: 64-66 mph. 10/4 action with some depth, thrown for strikes. T1799, 1773 average rpm.
SL: 65-67 mph. Sweeping action. Changes arm slot.  T1756, 1720 average rpm.
CH: 72-73 mph. Slows arm with late fade and depth. T1672, 1581 average rpm.

Austin Zernia, Oak Lawn (IL), 2023
Positional Profile: 3B/RHP
Body: 6-0, 195-pounds.
Delivery: Methodical windup into higher leg kick. Hands stay high throughout. Drop and drive delivery. Strides closed.
Arm Action: RH. Short arm action into high 3/4 slot.
FB: T81, 78-80 mph. Cutting action, life out of the hand. T2041, 1986 average rpm.
CB: 66-69 mph. 12/6 break. Buried low in the zone. Slow arm slightly.  T1932, 1792 average rpm.
CH: 72-74 mph. Cutting action. Some strikes. Maintains arm speed. T1906, 1854 average rpm.