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.

Brett Smerz, RHP, Pius XI, 2016
Iowa Western CC

Brett Smerz9.5.15 - Solid build, uptempo right-handed pitcher. Pitches with effort, high energy. Quick arm out of high ¾ slot, short arm action. Lively fastball, 87-88 mph, touched 89 mph, lacked command but showed swing and miss life through the zone. Hard curveball, ranged 73-77 mph, between 11/5 and 12/6 action, got steeper when thrown harder, got 3 of 4 strikeouts via the curveball in two innings pitched.

Hop Buran, 3B, Lake County Lutheran, 2016
Grand Valley State

Hop Buran2/8/15 - 6-foot-4, 190-pound, right-handed hitting third baseman. Large, strong build. In the field has a short arm action from an over the top arm slot. Average arm strength with some accuracy. Average hands, fields ball close to body, good body control for size. At the plate hits from a balanced setup with a short stride. Long weight-transfer load to backside with good balance. Gap to gap hitter who looks to elevate, fast bat with fluid rhythm. Strength thru contact, 87 mph exit velocity from a tee. Ran the 60 7.52.

Noah Herried, 2B, Necedeh, 2016

Noah Herried6/26/13 - 5-foot-6, 130-pound middle-infielder hits from a balanced setup with a short stride. Line-drive hitter, staying level through the zone maintaining balance throughout the swing recording a 68 mph exit speed off the tee. Defensively throws 70 mph across the infield.



Carter Elliott, 3B, Hudson, 2016
Minnesota State

Carter Elliott6/16/15 - 6-foot-2, 180-pound 2-way player. 7.5 60. Shows energy at third base with bigger body. Glove is clean. Long release at times. Throws are online and accurate at 81 mph across diamond. Has some looseness in swing and uses hands well. Creates bat speed through zone. Active load effects timing/trigger. 82-84 mph fastball; topping out at 85 mph. Is able to play catch with glove and command fastball. Some effort in delivery. Lacks arm speed on breaking ball at 65-66 mph. Bat is best tool with improving feel and actions at 3B. Follow in the 2016 class.

Jacob Sandy, OF, Brookfield Central, 2016
UW-La Crosse

Jacob Sandy9/20/15 - 5-foot-11, 190-pound, right-handed hitting outfielder with a strong frame. Defensively has a short loose arm action from an over the top arm slot. Accurate throws with carry. Plays thru the ball with athletic actions, fluid footwork and a quick exchange. Threw 84 mph from the outfield. Offensively hits from a balanced setup with a short stride and good balance. Gap to gap hitter with a short swing path and a fluid rhythm. Showed strength thru contact with 84 mph exit velocity from a tee. Home to first at 4.37.

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