Unsigned Senior Spotlight: C Jack Jonota


By Andy Sroka
Staff Writer

On Oct. 7, at The MAX sports facility in McCook, Ill., PBR will be hosting the fall’s Unsigned Senior Showcase. You can find registration information within the previous hyperlink, but we’ll use this post today, as well as the posts following this one leading up to next week’s event, to shine the light on a few of the attending prospects who merit specific mentioning.

The next prospect who’s earned some added attention at the start of this fall is C Jack Jonota (Stevenson). The Patriots backstop is coming off a jam-packed summer where our staff had the pleasure of watching him play at three invite-only showcases: Top Prospect (both Chicago and Milwaukee), as well as Senior Games. Next Sunday at The MAX, the strong 5-foot-8 catcher will be among those in attendance. Jonota is headed to the Unsigned Senior Showcase as one of the few ranked prospects in his state’s class, and has appeared on the past two iterations of Illinois’ 2019 class rankings. His sterling defense makes him one of the state's top uncommitted catchers.

Jack Jonota

Class of 2019 / C

Player Information

  • Graduating Class: 2019
  • Primary Position: C
    Secondary Position: OF
  • High School: Stevenson
    State: IL
  • Summer Team: Lake County Stars
  • Height: 5-9
    Weight: 175lbs
  • Bat/Throw: R/R

Statistics

Position
7.38
60-yard
(10/07/18)
1.96 - 2.05
Pop Time
78
C Velo
90
Exit Velo
5.15
H-1st
Position
60-yard
7.38
Pop Time
2.04 - 2.15
C Velo
77
Exit Velo
88
Position
60-yard
7.72
Pop Time
2.05 - 2.14
C Velo
75
Exit Velo
81
Position
60-yard
7.65
Pop Time
2.1 - 2.26
C Velo
78
Exit Velo
90
Position
60-yard
7.88
Pop Time
2.12 - 2.21
C Velo
76
Exit Velo
80
Position
60-yard
7.81
Pop Time
1.96 - 2.07
C Velo
76
Exit Velo
83

Summer Scouting Report

8/7/18 - 5-foot-8, 165-pound, right-handed hitting, catcher. Defensive-minded catcher. Natural catcher actions, flexible, soft hands, quick feet, clean transfer. Short arm action, high ¾ slot and throws carry at times, clocked at 75 mph. Pop times ranged between 2.05-2.14. At the plate, balanced, quiet setup, short stride. Simple swing, level bat path and line-drive approach; 81 mph exit velocity. 7.72 runner in the 60, laser-timed.

7/24/18 - 5-foot-8, 165-pound catcher, smaller frame with strong build. Arm plays short and over the top, 78 mph from the crouch, occasional carry. Athletic actions out of the crouch, blocks well, above average hands, active and energetic in game, plays with hustle. 2.10-2.26 pop times. Right-handed hitter, balanced stance, leg lift stride, good balance through contact, showed bat speed, drifts to front side at times, occasional pull tendency. 90 mph exit velocity from the tee. 7.65 runner in the 60.

6.12.18 - 5-foot-8, 165-pound, right-handed hitting catcher, athleticism in frame. Offensively, balanced setup, minimal back load, short leg kick trigger, occasionally hits off front foot. Level, compact bat path, can get uphill, flashed line drive ability, favored the opposite field, rhythm involved, exit velocity topped 80 mph from a tee. Defensively, pop times ranged from 2.12-2.21. Fluid footwork, gains ground, soft, quiet hands, quick out of the crouch, exchanges can get long. Agile blocker, quick recovery, arm plays long and loose, over the top slot. Throws carried 76 mph to second. 7.88 runner in the 60.


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