Prep Baseball Report

Illinois Libertyville Preseason I.D.: Top Overall Prospects

By Drew Locascio
Illinois Scouting Director

On Sunday, February 23, the PBR Illinois team hosted its first-ever Libertyville Preseason I.D. showcase at the Libertyville Sports Complex where over 70 prospects participated in this open event. 

Shortly after the event’s conclusion we posted an early analysis of the event with our Quick Hits and Statistical Analysis pieces. We jump started our position-by-position breakdown by taking a dive into the catchers.

Today we conclude the analysis of the event with a look at the top overall prospects. At the top of the list is 2022 INF Casey Hintz (St. Viator). Hintz is an athletic, smooth defender with the tools to stick at shortstop moving forward and a simple right-handed swing with upside.

Right behind Hintz is 2021 RHP/OF Brady Wells (Libertyville). On the mound, Wells has a strong, easy arm and his stock will only increase as he continues to develop his secondary offerings. At the plate Wells creates easy bat speed, the ball jumps off his barrel and he ran a 7.03; well-above average given his 6-foot-3, 210-pound frame.

Read on below for the Top-10 overall prospects from the event.


Casey Hintz SS / 2B / St. Viator, IL / 2022

Positional Profile: SS/2B; High-follow 2022 middle infielder.
Body: 5-foot-9, 140-pounds. Lean, high-waisted, athletic build. Young look with plenty of room for continued physical development.
Hit: RHH. Wide setup, short stride and maintains balance throughout. Simple, repeatable swing, loose levers, creates barrel whip at times, long path, gap-to-gap approach and fluid rhythm throughout.
Power: 79 mph exit velocity from the tee.
Arm: RH. INF - 84 mph. Short, loose, athletic arm action. can throw from multiple angles; throws play accurate and with carry.
Defense: Loose athletic upside actions, plays light on his feet, ranges well to both sides, maintains body control. Soft hands, smooth double play turn, and clean quick release.
Run: 7.05 runner in the 60.

Brady Wells RHP / OF / Libertyville, IL / 2021

Positional Profile: RHP/OF
Body: 6-foot-3, 210-pounds. Wide-shouldered, durable build with strength throughout.
Delivery: Smooth controlled tall and fall delivery, stays online and lands slightly closed.
Arm Action: RH. Clean, easy arm action, high 3/4 slot.
FB: T89, 85-87 mph. Easy and clean out of the hand, jumps through the zone, plays mostly straight.
CB: 66-70 mph. Lowers slot, 10/4 sweeping shape, ability to get it glove side. Lands for strikes out of the stretch.
CH: 76-79 mph. Tendency to slow arm action, works mostly straight with occasional fade.

Hit: RHH. Balanced setup, pre-pitch load and short stride. Simple, strong swing, strong wrists, flashed quick twitch and bat speed. Uphill path, ball jumps off the barrel and made consistent hard contact into the pull-side gap.
 Power: 90 mph exit velocity from the tee. Present bat strength.
 Arm: RH. OF - 87 mph. Long, easy arm action, 3/4 to high 3/4 slot.
 Defense: Sits back at times, steady hands, clean release.
 Run: 7.03 runner in the 60.

Tyler Conklin  SS / Kaneland, IL / 2021

Positional Profile: SS
Body: 5-foot-9, 180-pounds. Live-bodied, well-proportioned frame.
Hit: RHH. Balanced setup, smooth load and leg-kick/hang timing trigger. Fast hands, present twitch, level path, creates occasional pull-side leverage and ball jumps off the barrel.
Power: 96 mph exit velocity from the tee. Advanced bat strength.
Arm: RH. INF - 94 mph. Loose, quick, live arm action from a 3/4 slot; throws play with life, carry and accurate across the diamond.
Defense: Steady defender, reliable hands, plays with body control, long release, winds up at times.
Run: 7.13 runner in the 60. 

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