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.

Eli Kramer, OF, Hortonville, 2019
Nebraska

Eli Kramer7/7/16 - 6-foot, 160-pound left-handed hitting OF/RHP. Advanced approach at the plate for his age. Hits from a wide base with a slightly open stance. Fluid rhythm with a fast bat and loose hands. Good feel for the barrel with consistent hard contact. Went 3-4 with five RBIs in game. Got on the mound worked from a high ¾ arm angle with a fast arm. Tall and fall, online delivery with good explosion in the core. Fastball sat 82-84 mph. Slider is throw with conviction at 72-73 mph with hard breaking action.

Bryce Konitzer, RHP, Mukwonago, 2018
Illinois State

Bryce KonitzerFuture Games 2016 - 6-foot, 190-pound right-handed pitcher, solid build, strong lower half. Arm plays from a ¾ slot, loose and live, athletic arm with little effort. Fastball gets run to his arm side, sat 84-86 mph, got on hitters with some late finish. Curveball was 68-69 mph. Allowed a hit, a walk and struck out two in two innings of work on back to back days, showing similar stuff and abilities both days. 

Evan Albrecht, SS, West Bend West, 2018
Purdue

Evan AlbrechtFuture Games 2016 - 5-foot-10, 146-pound shortstop, athletic frame, live loose body type, will carry more strength. Stood out as one of the better middle infield defenders at the event, highly athletic, showed quick twitch actions at times, had a knack for the spectacular play all weekend. Hands are soft and showed arm to play the left side (83 mph), advanced actions. 6.89 runner in the 60. Offensively grinds out at bats, showed better approach in game than in BP, projects as a singles top of the lineup type hitter. 86 mph exit velocity from the tee. Aggressive base runner, speed to be a base stealer at the next level, swiped two in games, finished 2-for-7 in game play. Grinder type ball player, game plays up.

Griff Lukes, 3B, Hartford Union, 2017
UW-Oshkosh

Griff Lukes9.18.16 - 6-foot-1, 190-pound third baseman, carries some present strength. Right-handed hitter, open stance, leg kick stride, average balance. Front foot hitter, showed bat speed, 86 mph exit velocity from the tee. Defensively arm action is showed some length and carry, 79 mph across the diamond. Solid body control, ability to come get the baseball. 4.68 runner down the line.


Grant Kosanke, SS, Slinger, 2017

Evangel University

Grant Kosanke2/28/16 - 6-foot, 145-pound right-handed hitting shortstop with a thin, lanky frame. Defensively has a loose arm action from a high ¾ arm slot. Average hands with slower actions. Threw 78 mph across the infield. Offensively hits form a balanced, slightly open stance with a short stride. Short swing path. 77 mph exit velocity from a tee. Ran the 60 at 7.74.

 


Brandon Hafemann, 2B, Marquette University, 2017
St. Mary's (MN)

Brandon Hafemann2/28/16 - 5-foot-5, 118-pound right-handed hitting second baseman. Defensively has a loose arm action from a high ¾ arm slot. Athletic actions while playing thru the baseball. Showed good body control on the run thru. Threw 73 mph across the infield. Offensively hits from a balanced setup, slightly open stance with a short stride and average balance. Level swing path with average bat speed. 69 mph exit velocity from a tee. Ran the 60 at 7.69.

 

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