Recruiting Roundup: Who's Heading Where?



By Matt Huck          
Area Scout

Every Friday National Scouting Supervisor Nathan Rode provides a roundup of insider recruiting information and commitments throughout the PBR coverage area: The Buzz. CLICK HERE to take a look at this week’s National Buzz. With that in mind, let’s take an in depth look at the Illinois prospects who have committed to colleges, with detailed scouting information.

Alan Roden, C/OF, Middleton, 2018
Creighton

Alan RodenFuture Games 2016 - 5-foot-11, 175-pound left-handed hitting outfielder, solid build. Quiet setup, consistently takes quality at bats. Bat plays well, hits from a balanced stance, short stride. Pull side approach with some pop, bat path is level and stays through the hitting zone. 90 mph exit velocity from the tee. Average runner (7.15) but plays up in game, makes great reads both in the outfield and on the bases, gets out of the box well, 4.19 down the line on an infield single, also got a 4.33 down the line previously on a ground out. Excellent route runner, well above average corner outfield defender. Arm played at 82 mph from the outfield.

Ryan Wickman, OF, River Valley, 2017
Valparaiso

Ryan Wickman9/18/16 - 6-foot-1, 175-pound right-handed hitting outfielder with a lanky, athletic frame. Defensively has a loose arm action from a high ¾ arm slot. Plays thru the ball with online actions. Throws showed carry throwing 83 mph from the outfield. At the plate hits from a balanced setup with a short stride and good balance. Line drive pull hitter with fluid rhythm and explosive bat speed. Showed strength thru contact with 84 mph exit velocity from a tee. 4.43 runner down the line. In game showed off pull side power with double to left field.

Ryan Zizzo, C, Muskego, 2017
McHenry County College

Ryan Zizzo9/18/16 - 6-foot-1, 185-pound catcher, lean athletic frame. Defensively arm plays over the top, average arm strength, 74 mph out of the crouch. Hands played, pop times posted at 2.18-2.33. Right-handed hitter, balanced stance, short stride. Path worked slightly uphill, above average bat speed, hard topspin contact. 87 mph exit velocity from the tee. Went 2-for-2 in game play with a double. 4.51 runner down the line.

 

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