Unsigned Senior Showcase: Position Player Analysis


By Jaron Robinson
Illinois Scouting Staff

On January 12th, the PBR Illinois and Wisconsin staff hosted its annual winter Unsigned Senior Showcase providing 2020 graduates one last chance to get in front of our staff and over 30 colleges that were in attendance before their final spring season. 

Today we roll-out reports on all of the position players from the day and ranked the top three prospects. OF Max Weller (Chesterton, IN) was far and away the biggest winner from the event. Weller put up eye-popping numbers across the board, running a 6.59 60, registering a 101 mph exit velocity and topping at 94 mph from the outfield. Weller looks the part of a middle of the order bat at the next level and should be a high-follow moving forward.

Take a look at the top three prospects as well as all of the other prospects in attendance below.

TOP POSITION PLAYERS

1. Max Weller, OF, Chesterton HS (IN), 2020
6-foot-1, 191-pound, strong, athletically built, right-handed hitting outfielder. Showed a high-level tool set across the board and emerged as one of the top unsigned seniors in the Midwest. Ran a 6.59 laser-timed 60. Offensively, tall, open setup, high leg-kick stride. Aggressive, powerful swing, quick hands, fluid rhythm, uphill bat path, gap-to-gap approach, registered a 101 mph exit velocity from a tee. Defensively, sure-handed, quick, smooth footwork, plays through the baseball, length in exchange. Advanced arm strength, clocked at 94 mph from the outfield; played accurately with carry. Short arm action, over the top arm slot. Should be a high-follow unsigned senior heading into the spring.

2. Alijah Acevedo, OF/LHP, Kaneland HS, 2020
5-foot-10, 190-pound, proportionally strong, two-way prospect. Emerged as a two-way prospect to follow moving forward. Offensively, left-handed hitter; tall setup, short stride. Smooth, aggressive swing, level bat path, backspin, line-drive approach, sprayed balls to all fields, ball jumps off the barrel at times; registered a 96 mph exit velocity from a tee. Defensively, in the outfield, fluid footwork, sure-handed, plays through the baseball. Short arm action, high ¾ arm slot, clocked at 82 mph. On the mound, stretch-only delivery, tall and fall, level shoulders, stays in line, lands upright. Short arm action, ¾ arm slot. Fastball, thrown for strikes, heavy, sat 79-80 mph, touched 81. Change-up, mimics fastball, thrown for strikes down in the zone, sat 70-72 mph. Slider, 10/4 shape, late bite, feel, swing and miss potential, sat 67-69 mph. Ran a 7.48 laser-timed 60.

3. Daniel Murczek,1B, Marist HS, 2020
6-foot-3, 180-pound, long-limbed, projectable, right-handed hitting first baseman. Offensively, closed, balanced setup, smooth load, short leg-lift timing trigger. Easy, projectable swing, loose hands, short bat path, stays inside of the baseball, line-drive approach, registered 89 mph exit velocity from a tee. Ran a 7.63 laser-timed 60. Defensively, fluid footwork, soft hands, clean exchanges and plays through the baseball. Long, loose arm action, ¾ arm slot, accurate throws with carry, clocked at 84 mph. 

Best of the Rest (Listed Alphabetically)

Devon Allen, OF, Simeon HS, 2020
5-foot-10, 170-pound, athletic, right-handed hitting outfielder. Offensively, tall, balanced setup, leg-kick. Level bat path, gap-to-gap approach, 86 mph exit velocity from a tee. Defensively, plays through the baseball. Loose arm action, low ¾ arm slot, clocked at 77 mph. Ran a 7.23 laser-timed 60.

Connor Baker, SS/RHP, Serena HS, 2020
5-foot-9, 180-pound, proportional strength, two-way prospect. Defensively, at shortstop, fluid footwork, clean exchange and plays through the baseball. Short arm action, High ¾ arm slot, accurate throws, clocked at 72 mph. Offensively, right-handed hitter, tall, open setup, short stride. Long, level bat path and line-drive approach. Registered 85 mph exit velocity from a tee. On the mound, right-handed pitcher, drop and drive, level shoulders, stays in line, lands upright. Short arm action, high ¾ arm slot. Fastball, slight run action, throws strikes, sat 75-76 mph, touched 77. Change-up, arm side run, sat 66-69 mph. Curveball, 11/5 shape, sat 65-67 mph. Ran a 7.90 laser-timed 60.

Vincent Bruce, OF, Plainfield Central HS, 2020
5-foot-10, 185-pound, strong, left-handed hitting outfielder. Defensively, fluid footwork, sure-handed, plays through the baseball. Long arm action, ¾ arm slot, carry and clocked at 78 mph. Offensively, slightly open, balanced setup, short stride. Uphill bat path, gap-to-gap approach, registered 80 mph exit velocity from a tee. Ran a 7.18 laser-timed 60.

Connor D’Ambrosio, OF/2B, Wauconda HS, 2020
6-foot-1, 183-pound, athletic, right-handed hitting utility player. Offensively, slightly crouched, open setup, long, leg-kick stride. Simple swing, long bat path, line-drive, middle of the field approach, registered 79 mph exit velocity from a tee. Defensively, in the outfield; sure-handed, plays through the baseball. Short arm action, low ¾ arm slot, clocked at 74 mph. Defensively, at second base; sure-handed, clean exchange, plays through the baseball. Short arm action, low ¾ arm slot, clocked at 67 mph. Ran a 7.26 laser-timed 60.

Dominic Davi, OF/1B, Lincoln-Way Central HS, 2020
6-foot-2, 175-pound, athletic, right-handed hitting utility player. Ran a 7.09 laser-timed 60. Offensively, balanced setup, smooth load, short, toe-tap stride. Quick hands, short, uphill bat path, oppo approach, registered 82 mph exit velocity from a tee. Defensively, in the outfield, sure-footed, plays through the baseball. Long arm action, ¾ arm slot, clocked at 74 mph. Defensively, at first base, sure-handed, plays through the baseball at times. Long arm action, ¾ arm slot, accurate throws, clocked at 69 mph.

Jason Donohue, SS, Grayslake North HS, 2020
5-foot-10, 155-pound, athletic, right-handed hitting shortstop. Offensively, balanced setup, smooth load, leg-kick. Short, level bat path, line-drive approach, registered 89 mph exit velocity from a tee. Defensively, sure-footed, smooth ranging up the middle, plays close to his body. Long arm action, ¾ arm slot, clocked at 75 mph. Ran a 7.06 laser-timed 60.

David Galandak, 2B, St. Joseph HS, 2020
5-foot-7, 150-pound, well-proportioned, left-handed hitting second baseman. Ran one of the top laser-timed 60’s of the day; a 6.94. Offensively, open, balanced setup, leg-kick stride. Swings with intent, repeatable, short, level bat path, consistent hard line-drive contact. 82 mph exit velocity from a tee. Defensively, fluid footwork, steady hands, comfortable on the move and clean release. Long arm action, ¾ arm slot, clocked at 76 mph.

Noah Johnson, OF, Joliet Catholic Academy HS, 2020
5-foot-10, 185-pound, strong lower half, left-handed hitting outfielder. Registered 91 mph exit velocity from a tee. Offensively, slightly open, crouched setup, short stride, leg-kick. Aggressive swing, fast bat speed, uphill bat path, pull side lift approach. Defensively, fluid footwork, gets directional to target, plays through the baseball. Short arm action, high ¾ arm slot, clocked at 79 mph. Ran a 7.12 laser-timed 60.

William Lyman, SS, Senn HS, 2020
6-foot, 180-pound, muscular, right-handed hitting shortstop. Defensively, sure-handed, clean exchange, plays through the baseball. Short arm action, high ¾ arm slot, accurate throws with carry, clocked at 81 mph. Offensively, tall, open setup, short, toe-tap stride. Long, uphill bat path, line-drive approach, flashed signs of power, registered 87 mph exit velocity from a tee. Ran a 7.34 laser-timed 60.

Rafael Macias, OF, Prairie Central HS, 2020
5-foot-7, 155-pound, athletic, right-handed hitting outfielder. Ran a 6.98 laser-timed 60. Defensively, fluid footwork, sure-handed, plays close to his body. Long, loose arm action, over the top arm slot, clocked at 83 mph with carry. Offensively, tall, balanced setup, smooth load, short stride. Level bat path, line-drive approach, registered 86 mph exit velocity from a tee.

Tommy Martini, SS/RHP, Lincoln-Way Central HS, 2020
5-foot-8, 160-pound, strong lower half, two-way prospect. On the mound, right-handed pitcher, tall and fall, stays on-line and lands square. Short arm action, high ¾ arm slot. Fastball, heavy sinking action, sat 78-80 mph. Change-up, sink action, sat 69-70 mph. Curveball, 11/5 shape, sat 62-64 mph. Slider, 10/4 shape, sat 66-67 mph. Defensively, at shortstop, sure-handed, clean exchange. Short arm action, high ¾ arm slot, clocked at 78 mph. Offensively, from the right-side, balanced setup, leg-kick. Long, uphill bat path, looks to lift the baseball. From the left-side, slightly crouched, open setup, leg-kick, short stride. Level bat path and pull approach. Registered 79 mph exit velocity from a tee. Ran a 7.53 laser-timed 60.

Tyler Oman, C, Westminster Christian HS, 2020
5-foot-10, 180-pound, proportional strength, right-handed hitting catcher. Offensively, tall, narrow setup, short, leg-kick stride. Fluid rhythm, loose hands, long, uphill bat path, gap-to-gap approach, registered 73 mph exit velocity from a tee. Defensively, sure-footed, clean exchange. Short arm action, high ¾ arm slot, clocked at 72 mph. Ran a 7.85 laser-timed 60.

Griffin Polett, 3B/RHP, Lane Tech HS, 2020
6-foot-2, 215-pound, strong lower half, two-way prospect. Offensively, right-handed hitter, slightly crouched, balanced stance, short stride. Aggressive, simple swing, uphill bat path, line-drive approach, registered 80 mph from a tee. Defensively, fluid footwork, soft hands, clean exchange, plays through the baseball. Short, loose arm action, low ¾ arm slot, accurate throws, clocked at 72 mph. On the mound, right-handed pitcher, tall and fall, level shoulders, stays in line and lands square. Short arm action, high ¾ arm slot. Fastball, ranged 72-74 mph. Change-up, throws for strikes, sat 64-66 mph. Curveball, 11/5 shape, throws for strikes, sat 61-62 mph. Ran a 8.45 laser-timed 60.

Isaac Trejo, RHP/3B, Solorio HS, 2020
6-foot, 175-pound, athletic, two-way prospect. Offensively, open, balanced setup, leg-lift stride. Loose hands, level bat path, gap-to-gap approach, 84 mph exit velocity from a tee. Defensively, at third base, sure-footed, plays through the baseball. Loose, short arm action, ¾ arm slot, clocked at 77 mph. On the mound, tall and fall, level shoulders, stays in line, lands square and upright. Fastball, throws strikes, sat 75-77 mph. Change-up, sat 72-73 mph, touched 75. Slider, slight 12/6 shape, sat 59-62 mph, touched 64. Ran a 7.76 laser-timed 60.

Tyler Vaughan, OF, Sussex Hamilton, 2020
6-foot, 167-pound, athletic, right-handed hitting outfielder. Defensively, sure-handed, fluid footwork, clean exchange, plays through the baseball. Short, loose arm action, high ¾ arm slot, accurate throws, clocked at 81 mph. Offensively, balanced setup, short stride. Quick hands, level bat path, pull approach, recorded 81 mph exit velocity from a tee. Ran a 7.48 laser-timed 60.

Kyle Wodziak, OF/RHP, Naperville Central HS, 2020
6-foot-6, 180-pound, wiry, two-way prospect. On the mound, right-handed pitcher; tall and fall, stays in line and finishes athletic. Long arm action, over the top arm slot. Fastball, throws for strikes, sat 74-76 mph, touched 78. Change-up, slight sink action, throws for strikes, sat 69-70 mph. Curveball, 12/6 shape, gradual action, throws for strikes, sat 63-65 mph. Defensively, in the outfield, sure-handed, clean exchanges, plays through the baseball. Short arm action, high ¾ arm slot, clocked at 86 mph. Offensively, right-handed hitter; wide, open setup, no stride. Long, level bat path, line-drive approach, registered 90 mph exit velocity from a tee. Ran a 7.56 laser-timed 60.

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