Prep Baseball Report

Recruiting Roundup: Week of 11/19

By: Gavin Smith
Area Scout

Today, we’ll address all the Illinois prospects who made the decision to announce their commitment throughout this past week. We wrapped up our final showcase of 2023 in October, so as we head into the fall and winter offseason, now’s the time when recruiting season picks up. This past week was a busy one for commitments, so let’s begin.

Note: Player's are listed in alphabetical order by last name.


Aidan Aguilera RHP / OF / Oswego East, IL / 2024


Samuel Beirne RHP / OF / Normal West, IL / 2024


From 7/18/23:
Profile: RHP/OF
Body: 6-1, 175-pounds.
Delivery: High leg lift, drop/drive delivery, works on-line.
Arm Action: RH. Loose, long arm action, 3/4 slot.
FB: T82, 80-82 mph. Some carry with armside run. T2062, 1986 average rpm.
CB: 70-72 mph. 11/5 shape, short action. T1813, 1516 average rpm.
SL: 70-73 mph. Plays similar to the curveball, short break. T2002, 1871 average rpm.
CH: 72-74 mph. Fade to the armside, quality arm action. T1772, 1685 average rpm.
CUT: 73-76 mph. Some horizontal movement, lands.

justin bradley SS / RHP / De La Salle, IL / 2024


From 6/13/23:
Profile: SS/RHP
Body: 5-11, 154-pounds. Athletic build.
Delivery: Quiet delivery, tall and fall.
Arm Action: RH. Low 3/4 slot, loose arm action.
FB: T72, 70-71 mph. 4-seam: Plays mostly straight. 2-seam: Has some armside run. T2049, 1985 average rpm.
CB: 62-63 mph. 11/5 shape, best of the off-speeds. T2184, 2138 average rpm.
SL: 63-64 mph. Differing shapes. T2337, 2244 average rpm.
CH: 69-70 mph. Similar profile to the fastball, developing pitch. T1970, 1951 average rpm.
ATH: 7.66 runner in the 60. 1.81 and 4.17 in the 10 and 30 yard splits.

Ben Ford SS / Waubonsie Valley, IL / 2024


From 2/25/23:
Profile: SS/OF
Body: 6-2, 195-pounds. Athletic look, round shoulders with evenly proportioned strength.
Hit: RHH. Wide, balanced setup, toe-taps into a medium stride.  Downhill path through the zone, stays through the zone with extension through contact, pull-side approach.
Power: 94 max exit velocity, averaged 87 mph. 260’ max distance.
Arm: RH. INF - 83 mph. Quick arm, 3/4 slot with some life out of the hand.
Defense: Steady actions, sure-handed, clean transfer, quick/active feet.
Run: 7.12 runner in the 60. 

Jaden Harmon 2B / RHP / St Charles North, IL / 2024


From 6/23/21:
Profile: 2B/RHP
Body: 5-11, 150-pounds.
Delivery: Tall and fall delivery with rhythm, stays inline and lands square.
Arm Action: RH. Long, loose arm action delivered from a high 3/4 slot.
FB: T80, 76-79 mph. Heavy fastball with sink and run. Average rpm 1911, T1964.
CB: 68-70 mph. Gradual breaking curveball with 11/5 actions. Average rpm 2046, T2080.
CH: 71-72 mph. Straight change with fastball arm speed and fade. Average rpm 1557, T1639.

Hit: RHH. Balanced, crouch, open stance. Long stride to launch position. Long, level bat path quickly in and out of the zone.
Power: 81.66 max exit velocity, averaged 70.99 mph. 288’ max distance.
Arm: RH. INF - 80 mph. Long, high 3/4 slot.   Throws have carry.
Defense: Soft hands, fluid footwork, plays through the ball well.
Run: 7.46 runner in the 60. 

George Hoss Jr. SS / 2B / Moline, IL / 2024


Aiden Masidonski LHP / 1B / Columbia, IL / 2024


MJ McKinney SS / OF / St. Rita, IL / 2024


From 10/1/23:
Profile: SS/OF
Body: 5-7, 140-pounds.
Hit: SH. Taller setup, medium leg lift with minimal stride. Short to the ball, quick hands, uphill path at times. 58.4 mph bat speed with 6 G’s of rotational acceleration.
Power: 80 max exit velocity, averaged 71.7 mph. 237’ max distance.
Arm: RH. INF - 72 mph. Short, quick arm action, 3/4 slot.
Defense: Soft hands, athletic actions, fluid footwork, moves well up the middle, clean double play turn.
Run: 7.88 runner in the 60. 

Riley Mohr SS / RHP / Pinckneyville, IL / 2024


From 2/20/23:
Profile: SS/RHP
Body: 6-0, 180-pounds. Lean, athletic frame capable of adding future strength.
Delivery: Long side step to start, high leg kick to balance, tall/fall delivery, works across body, upright through release.
Arm Action: RH. Long arm swing, 3/4 slot.
FB: T78, 76-78 mph. Two-seam type, flashed late arm-side break and sink at times. T1951, 1897 average rpm.
CB: 62-63 mph. 11/5 shape, developing feel to spin. T1754, 1624 average rpm.
CH: 66-69 mph. Near fastball arm speed and slot. Gradual arm-side action. T1085, 1085 average rpm.

Lucas Riebeling RHP / SS / Columbia , IL / 2024


From 8/8/23: "...showed well in front of our scouting staff, firing 2.2 innings while allowing just one earned run and striking out two. Up-tempo delivery, slight drop/drive lower-half that works in-line. Loose, clean arm that plays from a ¾ slot. Fastball worked in the 82-85 mph range with a finish through the zone. Showed some confidence in his curveball, landing it for strikes consistently at 71-73 mph (2200-2300 RPM). Also went to a fading changeup at 77-79 mph, killing spin."  

Kristian Shinohara OF / Glenbard West, IL / 2024


From 10/1/23:
Profile: OF/3B
Body: 5-10, 172-pounds. Strong, well-proportioned frame.
Hit: RHH. Strong, balanced setup, foot starts closed, quiet load and stride. Short, direct to the ball, intentful swing with uphill path. Stays controlled and balanced through contact. 70.6 mph bat speed with 21 G’s of rotational acceleration.
Power: 92 max exit velocity, averaged 85.3 mph. 317’ max distance.
Arm: RH. OF - 83 mph. Shorter arm action, over the top slot.
Defense: Moves with ease, one-hand gather out front, fields ball to body.
Run: 7.07 runner in the 60. 

Zach Spidle C / 3B / Bloomington , IL / 2024


From 7/18/23:
Profile: C/3B
Body: 6-0, 150-pounds.
Hit: RHH. Athletic look, balanced setup, subtle hand load, minimal stride.  Simple path to contact, level through the zone, long at times, covered the plate, sprayed to all fields.  64.6 mph bat speed with 15 G’s of rotational acceleration.
Power: 85 max exit velocity, averaged 81.3 mph. 267’ max distance.
Arm: RH. OF - 88 mph. Short and compact arm draw, high 3/4 finish, loose, played with carry and accurate to target.
Defense: Gets behind the baseball, steady hands, clean release.
Run: 6.96 runner in the 60.

Keegan Waters RHP / 1B / Morris, IL / 2024


From 3/21/23: "...right-handed pitcher continues to add quality strength to his frame. Got the start for Morris and intrigued in his three-inning stint despite getting tagged with the loss. Waters showed off a quality three-pitch mix throughout. Ran his fastball up to 87 mph a couple of times, mostly sitting 84-85. He showed control of the fastball working mostly straight and to his glove side with occasional ride through the zone. His favorite secondary looked to be a firm slider 78-79 mph that he has the ability to manipulate depending on count and situation. Landed for strikes early in the count a number of times and broke it off the plate or below the zone with two strikes. Also flashed an above-average changeup with feel and late running action. Waters went three innings (68% strikes), scattered three hits, four runs, one earned, struck out six and walked one. Uncommitted junior arm to follow moving forward."

Bradley Weber / 1B / Triad, IL / 2024


Jack Wisdom RHP / Bloomington Central Catholic, IL / 2024


From 7/12/22: "...gave a strong look on Tuesday, working his fastball in the 78-80 mph range with arm-side life at times. His curveball was sharp and played off an 11/5 plane, thrown for strikes often. His last offering was a straight changeup, 72-75 mph."


Cole Lockwood SS / 2B / Libertyville, IL / 2025


From 8/8/23: "...was another junior that came away from this event a winner. Lockwood controlled the barrel from an easy, simple right-handed swing, and he showed feel to spray line drives to all fields during his round of BP. That feel to hit showed in game, as Lockwood finished the event 4-for-6 with four singles, no strikeouts, and two runs scored. He’s also a 6.90 runner in the 60 with steady, sure-handed actions on the infield that play well on the move."