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PBR Top Prospect Position Player results

The Prep Baseball Report Top Prospect Showcase on June 16 at The Max featured a lot of high-end players from across the state. We’ve already highlighted the top pitchers at the event.  Now we look at the top Class of 2012 position players who were on display.

A look at the top Class of 2012 performers from the PBR Top Prospect Showcase:

1. Mitchell Holtz, OF/RHP, Aurora Christian HS
The physical 6-foot-1, 215-pound Holtz is one of the state’s premier two-way talents. Tools-wise, he is the most impressive outfield prospect in the class; but at the event, he proved that he certainly has a future on the mound as well.  Holtz, who works out of the stretch, showcased an 87-88 mph fastball from a high-3/4 arm slot. All three pitches he throws have heavy late action; his 77-78 mph slider certainly will be an effective one at the next level. As a position player, Holtz is a top-level athlete, as he ran a 6.88 60. He also showed arm strength from the outfield (86 mph) while demonstrating an aggressive and explosive approach at the plate with big power potential.

2. Kevin Ross, SS, Niles West HS
The 6-foot, 200-pound Ross has all the tools to be a high-level talent. As the top infielder at the event, Ross impressed with his plus arm strength, firing 88 mph strikes across the infield. At the plate, Ross demonstrated big pull-side power potential. He takes an aggressive approach and takes a big cut; the ball really jumps off his bat with backspin carry. Overall, Ross looks to be one of the more intriguing prospects in the Class of 2012.

3. Jack Landwehr, RHP/3B, Prospect HS
The 6-foot, 195-pound Landwehr is one of the state’s best two-way talents. In the spring, Landwehr earned PBR first-team All-State honors after going 14-2. Landwehr commands three pitches for strikes, all with good movement. His fastball registered at 84-86 mph, and he has been as high as 89 during the spring. His fastball has heavy sink and run, as does his 74-75 mph changeup, which looks to be a good swing-and-miss pitch. Landwehr’s 70-74 mph curveball is also a solid pitch, as he keeps it down in the zone and commands it for strikes. As a position player, Landwehr is a top-level defensive third baseman. He demonstrated plus hands and concise lateral movements while throwing strikes across the infield. At the plate, he has a balanced setup and a quick path to the baseball. Landwehr barreled balls to all fields with good backspin carry.

4. John Brodner, SS, St. Charles North HS
The 6-foot-1, 180-pound Brodner was arguably the best overall hitter at the event. Brodner has an easy and balanced approach at the plate. He stays loose throughout before he initiates a short, compact and explosive swing through the zone. He squared up balls to both power alleys, remaining balanced and under control through contact. Defensively, Brodner showed arm strength (85 across infield) and solid fundamental footwork. He plays through the ball well, and fields the ball with confidence and purpose. Brodner ran a 7.31 60.

5. Josh Perlmuttter, OF, New Trier HS
Perlmutter is an athletic 5-foot-11, 190-pound prospect who showcased as one of the top athletes and overall prospects at the event. Perlmutter, who ran an impressive 6.76 60, displayed all the tools necessary to be an elite player. In the field, he threw 88 mph from the outfield while playing aggressively through the ball. Perlmutter threw from an over the top arm slot, displaying carry on throws. At the plate, the physical athlete showcased bat speed and power to all fields. Perlmutter exhibited a level swing and strong lower half. He also scored a 34 on his ACT.

6. Josh Jyawook, OF, Fremd HS
Jyawook is a strong-bodied 6-foot-1, 190-pound left-handed hitter who has seen his stock soar this summer. Jyawook showed to be an impressive offensive threat, as he ran a 6.87 60 while putting on one of the event’s best all-around BP sessions. Strong and fluid, Jyawook opened eyes with his clean left-handed swing. He allowed the ball to travel deep in the zone before he unleashed shots to both power alleys with excellent backspin carry. Defensively, he moved with athletic purpose and played through the ball well, while showcasing an accurate arm (81 mph).

7. Max Golembo, OF, Stevenson HS
Golembo is a physically gifted 5-foot-11, 180-pound athlete. The left-handed hitting outfielder ran the top 60 time of the day: an impressive 6.75. In the field, Golembo moved well and displayed a solid, accurate arm. Offensively, Golembo has a clean left-handed swing with good balance throughout. Golembo, who scored a 30 on his ACT, gets good extension through the baseball as he laced line drives.

8. Jason Scholl, C, Glenbrook North HS
Scholl is a physical 6-foot, 195-pound left-handed hitting catcher who showcased arm strength and power potential at the plate. Scholl, who has extremely strong legs, fired a top pop time of 1.92, in addition to showing life and carry on his throws (78 mph from crouch). Offensively, Scholl has an open, aggressive approach and displayed quick hands and extension through the baseball.  Scholl also ran a 7.38 60.

9. Joseph Gregory, C, Antioch HS
The 6-foot, 205-pound Gregory impressed with his all-around game. Defensively, he fired strikes on the bag, with top pop times of 1.98 and 2.03. All his throws had good ride and life. In bullpen sessions, he proved to be an advanced receiver, demonstrating solid footwork, soft hands and a firm wrist. Offensively, Gregory continued to impress. He has a balanced, aggressive approach and showcased excellent rhythm and fluidity throughout his swing. The ball jumped off his bat.

10. Nick Coutre, OF, Libertyville HS
The left-handed hitting Coutre has been one of the summer’s biggest revelations. A hard-nosed player, Coutre impressed with his all-around game. The 5-foot-9, 160-pound Coutre took an impressive round of BP. He has a quick and compact left-handed swing, and allows the ball to travel deep in the zone. Coutre is a line drive hitter who sprayed shots to all fields. Defensively, he moves well, plays through the ball and showcased arm strength (84 mph) with solid carry. Coutre, who scored a 30 ACT, also ran a 7.09 60.

11. Eric Lowe, MIF, Rolling Meadows HS
Lowe is a hard-nosed, athletic middle infielder who ran a 6.89 60. The 5-foot-9, 160-pound Lowe impressed at the plate as well, demonstrating a balanced line-drive swing. He’s extremely quick to the baseball, allowing the ball to travel deep in the zone. He showcased excellent swing mechanics and rhythm throughout. Defensively, Lowe has quick hands and fluid defensive actions, and a solid arm across the infield.

12. Matt Lawrence, OF/C, Lake Forest HS
Lawrence is an athletically built 6-foot-3, 190-pound right-handed hitting outfielder who put on an impressive round of BP. Lawrence has a balanced approach and gets through the baseball well. He demonstrated excellent extension after contact, and the ball jumped off his bat with backspin carry. In the outfield, Lawrence moved well to the baseball and showed above-average arm strength. Hampered by an ankle sprain, Lawrence did not run the 60, but at a previous PBR event, he ran a 6.95. Also scored a 28 ACT.

13. Trevor Swaney, RHP/OF/3B, Wheaton Academy HS
The 5-foot-10, 175-pound Swaney impressed with his two-way abilities. On the mound, he commanded three pitches for strikes, including a fastball that sat at 85-86 mph, and topped at 87. Swaney demonstrated excellent pitchability and rhythm on the mound. His 70-73 mph curveball has 12/6 shape and showed good bite and depth. He also threw a firm 78-80 mph changeup that demonstrated some sink. At the plate, Swaney has a quick and compact swing with good balance throughout. He showed gap-to-gap power. Defensively, he demonstrated solid arm strength from both the outfield (82 mph) and third base.

14. Rocky Saavedra, RHP/SS, Maine South HS
Saavedra is a 5-foot-9, 160-pound two-way talent who possesses a quick, strong arm. On the mound, his fastball registered at 83-84 mph. Saavedra also throws a tight 12/6 curveball with sharp, late action. Defensively, Saavedra showcased top-level hands and defensive actions. He has extremely quick hands and feet, in addition to a strong arm (84 across infield). Saavedra ran a 7.39 60.

15. Zack Weigel, OF/LHP, Oak Park-River Forest HS
The 6-foot-1, 175-pound Weigel impressed with his all-around game. Weigel ran a 6.95 60 while demonstrating a clean, line drive-producing swing from the left side. He has a balanced approach and demonstrated a quick path to the baseball as he sprayed balls to all fields. Defensively, Weigel with athletic purpose and plays through the ball well. He took good routes to the ball and had solid carry on his throws (81 mph).

16. Chad Bruce, OF, Glenbrook North HS
Bruce has an athletic, projectable 6-foot-3, 190-pound frame. Bruce showed well in all facets of the game. At the plate, he hits with an open approach and demonstrated excellent balance and hitting mechanics throughout his swing. He gets good extension through contact and showed gap-to-gap power. Bruce, who ran a 7.09 60, moves well in the outfield, and stayed on top of the baseball with solid carry on his throws (80 mph).

17. Jake Hickey, C, Lincoln-Way East HS
The 6-foot-1, 190-pound Hickey is a strong and athletic catcher who was one of the biggest risers of the event. First, Hickey opened eyes with his athleticism, running a 6.94 60. Defensively, he showed athletic feet and some arm strength, as he registered a top pop time of 2.03, in addition to putting his throws on the bag. At the plate, Hickey hits with an open approach, and when he stayed back, he displayed some power potential.

18. Eric Fight, OF, Normal Community HS
The 6-foot, 175-pound Fight is one of the better athletes in the Class of 2012. Fight ran a 6.84 60, and his athleticism also shined through in his outfield play. He has quick, fluid movements in the outfield and plays through the ball well. Offensively, Fight showed looseness in his swing, and demonstrated solid bat speed.

19. Sam Kint, 1B, Mount Carmel HS
At 6-foot-5, 230 pounds, the right-handed hitting Kint is an imposing force at the plate. He possesses power potential, evidenced by his 12 home runs, which tied a school record, in the spring. Kint earned second team PBR All-State honors as a junior.

20. Campbell Lipe, 1B, New Trier HS
Lipe is a physical 6-foot-3, 215-pound first baseman who possesses legitimate pull-side power at the plate. The right-handed hitter has an aggressive plate approach and gets excellent lower-half rotation and extension through the baseball. The ball jumps off his bat with backspin carry. Defensively, Lipe displayed soft hands and excellent glove work around the bag. Also scored a 27 ACT.

20. Chris Maranto, SS, Mundelein HS
The 5-foot-9, 165-pound Maranto showed well in all facets of the game. Defensively, he impressed with his quick hands, concise footwork and overall fluid actions. Maranto, who ran a 7.01 60, plays exceptionally well on the move. At the plate, Maranto showed good bat speed and a clean path to the baseball. He has quick hands and has a solid line-drive approach.

Other 2012 Position Player Standouts at the PBR Top Prospect Showcase

Connor Bieda, C, Fremd HS
The 5-foot-11, 180-pound Bieda showed well in all facets of the game. Defensively, all his throws were on the bag, with a top pop time of 2.09 and 2.10. Offensively, Bieda has a balanced, quiet approach and takes a compact path to the baseball. He barreled line drives in his BP round. Bieda demonstrated quick hands  to the ball and stays balanced throughout his swing.

Jacob Brown, SS, Lakes HS
The 5-foot-11, 160-pound Brown is a slick-fielding middle infielder who showcased quick defensive actions, soft hands and good feet. He plays through the ball well on the move, and he is accurate across the diamond. Offensively, Brown hits with an open stance and showed to be a solid line drive hitter. 

Brody Burkart, MIF, Huntley HS
The 6-foot-1, 170-pounder in the field moved well laterally and fielded the ball in an athletic position. Burkart displayed an accurate arm and showcased good body control while on the run. The infielder also ran a 7.27 60.

Cosimo Cannella, 1B, St. Viator HS
Cannella is a physically imposing 6-foot-4, 216-pound right-handed hitting first baseman who showed some power potential at the plate. Cannella, who hit six homers as a junior, as showed solid footwork and hands around the bag.

Shaquille Cockrell, 1B/3B, Walther Lutheran HS
Cockrell is a powerful and athletically built 6-foot-3, 220-pound corner infielder who has intriguing upside. Cockrell impressed with his natural bat speed and barrel whip through the zone.  With some mechanical fine-tuning, Cockrell showed the ability to become a power threat. In the field, he displayed solid lateral quickness and played through the ball well.

Erik Fetchko, C, Plainfield East HS
Fetchko is a solidly built 6-foot, 180-pound catcher from Plainfield East HS. Fetchko registered pop times of 2.05, 2.10 and 2.13. At the plate, Fetchko demonstrated some power potential from the right side.

Tim Getty, C, Nazareth Academy HS
Getty is a 6-foot, 180-pound catcher from Nazareth Academy HS. Getty showed solid feet, evidenced by his 7.27 60. Defensively, his top pop time registered at 2.18.

Matt Godinsky, INF, Sycamore HS
The 5-foot-11, 190-pound Godinsky showed well at the plate, demonstrating a balanced and clean swing through the baseball. Godinsky, who showed good rhythm with his swing, laced line drives to both alleys. Defensively, he demonstrated solid hands and consistency with his throws (80 mph across infield).

Adam Glogovsky, OF, Warren HS
Glogovsky is an athletically built 6-foot-1, 170-pound switch-hitting outfielder from Warren HS. Glogovsky ran a 7.02 60 and displayed athletic, fluid movements in the outfield. The left-handed thrower had solid carry on his throws and plays through the ball well. At the plate, Glogovsky displayed some bat speed from both sides of the plate.

Joshua Haugen, MIF, Aurora Christian HS
The 5-foot-11, 177-pounder performed well at the plate, showcasing a quiet, well-balanced swing. Haugen displayed a balanced setup and an active lower half while consistently squaring up the ball. In the field, Haugen displayed solid hands and feet, and overall solid defensive actions.

Conner Judge, OF/3B, Collinsville HS
At 6-foot-3, 190-pounds, Judge has a long, projectable frame. Judge is a unique talent: He throws with his left arm from the outfield, and his right arm at third base. In the outfield, he moved athletically. At third base, he demonstrated good lateral movement and a solid arm across the infield. Offensively, Judge hit from the right side, with a closed stance. He showcased some raw power and some bat speed.

Bobby Kosola, 2B, Lincoln-Way East HS

Kosola is an athletic 5-foot-8, 150-pound middle infielder who has quick defensive actions and soft hands. Kosola, who ran a 7.02 60, plays through the ball well, and displayed a quick exchange and an accurate arm across the infield. Offensively, Kosola is a line-drive hitter who showed good bat control.

John McLaughlin, C, Crete-Monee HS
McLaughlin is a solidly built 5-foot-10, 180-pound catcher who showed solid arm strength and athleticism. McLaughlin ran a 7.19 60, and threw pop times of 1.95, 2.00 and 2.03. Offensively, McLaughlin has an aggressive approach and showed some pull-side pop from the right side.

Justin Missner, C, Whitney Young HS
Missner is a 5-foot-11, 190-pound catcher from Whitney Young HS. Missner, who ran a 7.47 60, registered top pop times of 2.25, 2.28 and 2.30.

Dylan Rajkovich, OF/3B, Sandburg HS
Rajkovich is a 5-foot-10, 185-pound offensive threat who displayed an aggressive right-handed swing. Rajkovich showcased power potential at the plate behind a balanced, level swing with an aggressive lower half. The ball jumped off his bat with backspin carry. In the outfield, he showed an accurate arm and stayed on top of the ball well.

Daniel Ribando, OF/1B, Immaculate Conception HS
Ribando is an athletically built 6-foot-4, 180-pound outfielder with a lean, projectable frame. Ribando ran a 7.35 60 and showed a solid arm from the outfield (82 mph). He moved athletically through the ball and got above-average carry on his throws. At the plate, the right-handed hitter showed some ability to drive the ball.    

Joe Sparacio, 3B/1B, Plainfield Central HS
The 5-foot-10, 195-pound corner infielder impressed with his offensive prowess at the plate. Sparacio certainly doesn’t get cheated at the plate, as the right-handed hitter has an aggressive approach and showed solid pull-side power. He has a balanced setup, is quick to the ball and gets excellent extension after contact. He also displayed solid hands in the field, with an accurate arm across the diamond.

George Stellas, OF, Glenbrook South HS
The 5-foot-11, 165-pound left-handed hitting Stellas performed well in all aspects of the game. Offensively, Stellas showed a quick, compact line drive swing with clean hitting mechanics. He hits with a slightly closed approach, and displayed good rhythm and balance throughout his swing. Stellas, who ran a 7.02 60, showcased an accurate arm (80 mph) and fluid footwork in the outfield.

Sean Visconti, MIF, New Trier HS
In the field, the 5-foot-11, 172-pound player displayed solid hands and feet while playing through the ball. Visconti showcased an accurate arm, and fielded the ball out front in an athletic position. At the plate, Visconti sprayed line drives and exhibited a balanced swing.