Prep Baseball Report

Underclass Trials: Top Overall Prospects

By Drew Locascio
Illinois Scouting Director

The Underclass Trials took place on Wednesday, June 5 at Symonds-Puckett field on the campus of Triton College. This annual event provided those who attended an opportunity to showcase their skills in front of the PBR Illinois staff. With over 65+ athletes in the 2021, 2022, and 2023 classes in attendance, the event itself was full of young talent.

A few days following the event, we posted our rapid analysis on the event in our Quick Hits post and we broke down each of the measured statistics in our Statistical Analysis story. This week, we’ve previously covered the Underclass Trials by each position.

Today we look at the top overall prospects from the event.


No. 1 Brennyn Cutts RHP / Toledo-Cumberland, IL / 2021

Positional Profile: RHP. One of the top uncommitted 2021 arms in the state.
Body: 6-foot-3, 200-pounds. Strong, wide-shouldered, athletic build.
Delivery: Starts from the third base side of the rubber, rocker step wind up, slightly uptempo pace throughout and works with rhythm. Delivery works in line, lands square, athletic finish, repeatable with smooth rhythm and minimal effort.
Arm Action: RH. Loose and clean arm action, quick out front; high ¾ slot.
FB: T89, 88-89 mph. Plays straight, late jump through the hitting zone, thrown for strikes.
CB: 71-72 mph. 11/5 shape, thrown near fastball arm speed, depth and tight spin at times.
CH: 77-79 mph. Maintains arm speed, sink and fade action, swing-and-miss offering.

no. 2 Hunter Pudlo RHP / 1B / Lakes, IL / 2022

Positional Profile: RHP/1B. Emerged as a high-follow 2022 prospect.
Body: 6-foot-4, 220-pounds. Extra-large, imposing, physical frame.
Delivery: Starts from the third base side of the rubber, side step initiates tall/fall delivery, works in line with his target, lands square, finishes towards first base side.
Arm Action: RH. Long, loose, quick arm action, out of a high ¾ slot.
FB: T89, 87-88 mph. Jumps out of the hand, late life.
CB: 74-78 mph. Thrown aggressively, tendency to miss up in the zone.
CH: 84-84 mph. Thrown with fastball arm speed, plays straight.
Hit: RHH. Tall, relaxed setup, hands load back with barrel tip, hanging foot timing trigger to even. Fast hand, short barrel path on an uphill plane, ball jumps off the bat, looks to do damage to his pull side, rhythm involved.
Power: 90 mph exit velocity from the tee. Present power potential.
Arm: RH. INF - 86 mph. Long, loose arm action, present arm speed, high 3/4 slot.
Defense: Active feet, two-handed, clean gather to release, athletic actions for size.
Run: 7.76 runner in the 60.

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