Prep Baseball Report

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.

Ben Carew, OF, Kimberly, 2016
Kent State

Ben Carew9.20.15 - 6-foot, 175-pound, right-handed hitting OF/2B with an athletic frame. Currently ranked No. 27 in the Wisconsin Class of 2016. Defensively in the outfield has a long, loose arm action from a high ¾ arm slot with carry on throws. Plays thru the ball with athletic actions and fluid footwork. Threw 86 mph from the outfield. In the infield showed off arm strength with athletic actions, throwing 86 mph across the infield. Offensively hits from an upright, slightly open stance with a smooth load and leg kick stride. Fluid rhythm with a short, level swing path and a fast bat. Went 1-2 in game with a single. Showed strength thru contact with 91 mph exit velocity from a tee. Home to first at 4.33. One of the top uncommitted position players in the state.

Jeremy Stouffer, RHP, Indian Trail, 2016
Southwest Minnesota State

Jeremy Stouffer8.7.15 - 6-foot 2, 185-pound, right-handed pitcher. Works from a high ¾ arm angle, loose arm, with good balance point in delivery. Some rhythm in delivery, stays in line, lands square with athletic finish. Fastball was 76-82 with slight run. Curveball was 68-73 with 11/5 action, and threw for strikes in game.


Nicholas Elsen, OF, Indian Trail, 2017
Kent State

Nicholas Elsen7/31/15 - Elsen came into the Future Games swinging a hot bat from the high school and summer season, and he stayed hot in Indy. The 6-foot-1, 168-pound, right-handed hitting outfielder has wiry strength that translates at the plate. Shows strength thru contact with 92 mph exit velocity from a tee. Offensively hits from a tall, balanced setup. Short, leg lift stride. Pull hitter with deceptive power at the plate. Despite only going 1-7 at the plate in games, showed great feel for the barrel with multiple hard hit outs. Defensively has a long arm action from a high ¾ arm slot. Plays thru the ball with fluid footwork. Long release with accurate throws, threw 85 mph from the outfield. Solid runner running the 60 at 7.07.

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