Cole Crafton

CLASS OF 2024

SS
3B

Cole
Crafton

Lincoln-Way West (HS) • IL
6-3 • 185LBS • L/R
Travel Team: Chicago Elite

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2024 National

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10/03/20

Louisville commit. Highly-athletic, advanced, 6-foot-2, 175-pound frame. One of the top athletes we have seen in the 2024 class to date. Left-handed hitter can play all over the field, including on the mound where he has been up to 84 mph. Future primary position is yet to be determined as he plays a smooth shortstop and looks natural out in center field. Easy range, fluid mover, light on his feet and his arm plays strong for age. Offensively, uneven results throughout the weekend. Confident, calm look in the box. Loose hands, above-average bat speed and uses the middle of the field. High-ceiling prospect in the 2024 class.
Final Line: 2-for-7, 2B, 2 BB.

8/22/20

Positional Profile: INF/RHP; High-ceiling two-way player who is already among the top freshmen in the state.
Body: 6-2, 175-pounds. Highly-athletic frame. Lean, defined muscle. Room for added strength moving forward.
Delivery: Straddles the rubber, slow tempo rock to knee tuck and hip turn at athletic balance point. Brief high front, working on line, shorter stride to closed landing. Effort through finish, momentum carries him off to the first base side.
Arm Action: RH. Compact, clean arm action from a high 3/4 slot; quick, loose.
FB: T84, 82-83 mph. Showed only fastball at this event. Generates advanced carry for age and velocity; 17.7 Induced Vertical Break on average, per TrackMan. Steady run, averaged 10.8 inches of horizontal break. 

Hit: LHH. Balanced, tall setup, quiet load and short stride. Confident look in the box, athletic, loose hands, creates advanced bat speed. Level path, stays through the zone a long time, gap-to-gap approach and fluid rhythm throughout.
Power: 94 mph exit velocity from the tee. 95.82 mph max exit velocity, second-best at the event and max distance of 345', via TrackMan.
Arm: RH. INF - 82 mph. Clean arm circle, high 3/4 slot and throws play with carry and accuracy across the infield.
Defense: Versatile athlete, can play all over the field. Took it on the infield at this event. Steady infield defender, gets around the baseball, fields out front, reliable hands and clean release.
Run: 7.04 runner in the 60. Long-strided runner.

6/02/20

A physical looking left-handed hitting SS/3B; lean, wiry frame with more projection to come as he matures. Hit out of the two-hole for Chicago Elite. Balanced setup, smooth load, short stride to even. Loose hands, present bat speed, controls the barrel well, line-drive approach. Fluid rhythm throughout, advanced overall offensive game. Went 3-for-4 combined in two games on Saturday, with a double and a triple.


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