Unsigned Senior Spotlight: INF L.J. Waco


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 this week’s event, to shine the light on a few of the attending prospects who merit specific mentioning.

 This Sunday, Cary-Grove INF L.J. Waco (2019) will be joining us at The MAX for the fall’s Unsigned Senior Showcase. We’ve seen Waco a couple of times already in 2018, at Preseason All-State in February and much more recently at Senior Games at Triton College, and he’s consistently demonstrated a next-level offensive toolset – though, it was clear he’s taken some demonstrable strides at the dish over the past six-plus months. Waco produced one of the top exit velocities at Senior Games and displayed a more gap-to-gap approach in the right-handed batter’s box. While his offense trends higher and higher, his defense remains solid. He has fluid feet and picks grounders with rhythm. Waco’s well-rounded set of present tools make him an interesting unsigned infielder, who’s shown he’s still getting better.

 

LJ Waco

Class of 2019 / SS

Player Information

  • Graduating Class: 2019
  • Primary Position: SS
    Secondary Position: OF
  • High School: Cary Grove
    State: IL
  • Summer Team: Illinois Stix
  • Height: 6-2
    Weight: 190lbs
  • Bat/Throw: R/R

Statistics

Position
7.18
60-yard
(10/07/18)
83
INF Velo
93
Exit Velo
Position
60-yard
7.18
INF Velo
83
Exit Velo
93
Position
60-yard
7.3
INF Velo
81
Exit Velo
93
Position
60-yard
7.25
INF Velo
83
Exit Velo
86

LATEST Scouting Report

8/7/18 - 6-foot-1, 190-pound, strong, athletically-built, projectable, right-handed hitting infielder. Hit a bases clearing triple and also singled during game play. Balanced, slightly open setup, smooth load, short stride and maintains balance through contact. Compact swing, fast bat, uphill path and gap-to-gap approach. 93 mph exit velocity from a tee. Defensively, fluid footwork, defends with rhythm and soft hands. Throws clocked at 81 mph across the diamond. 7.30 runner in the 60, laser-timed.


 

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