Cole Kirschsieper
Cole Kirschsieper

CLASS OF 2019

LHP

Cole
Kirschsieper

Illinois
Lincoln-Way East (HS) • IL
6-0 • 170LBS • R/L
Travel Team: Cangelosi Sparks

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7/20/21

USA CNT- Allowed two hits and no runs during a very effective three inning, 57-pitch start in Pulaski. The 2022 draft eligible lefty pitched at 88-90 mph with good sink and tail to his two-seamer from a three-quarter slot and across body landing for good angle and some deception. His near average-quality changeup showed slight fade at 79-81 mph. Cape CodJoined the Gatemen after his time with the CNT (USA Baseball Insider: Scouting the Pitchers). In three appearances covering 12 IP, he allowed just three hits while striking out 19. From a three-quarter slot he produces fair arm speed with plus pitchability to go along with an 89-90 mph fastball that he paints to both sides of the plate. His top offering is a plus change-of-pace that he places at will to his armside; 77-80 mph with tail and sink. His third pitch is a 2/7 spinning slurve that he runs to the plate in the 77-79 mph range. It’s a fringe-quality, yet effective pitch, especially to left handed bats. Overall, the 2022 draft eligible Kirschsieper looked strong against the CNT hitters and looked even better against the lesser lineups in the Cape. With the development of a few more mph, the Illini lefty could be considered in the top 10 rounds next summer.

4/22/19

Illinois commit, currently ranked No. 12 in the state. 5-foot-11, 170-pound, well-proportioned, left-handed pitcher. Arguably the most consistent arm in the state and has been for the past two years. Recently broke the school record for career wins (17). Delivered the kind of performance we have become accustomed to seeing; a high volume of strikes, goes right after hitters, works both sides of the plate with his fastball, rarely shows emotion and makes his best pitches with runners in scoring position. Long, loose arm action, slight wrap on the backside but comes out clean and easy from a high ¾ slot. Fastball sat 86-88 mph early on the outing. Changeup was once again his go-to secondary pitch, late run and sink, 80 mph. Mixed in a 1/7 breaking ball, slurvy action, 75 mph. Outing was cut short due to a lightning delay. Went four innings, scattered two hits, no runs, struck out four and walked one.

9.16.18 - Illinois commit, ranked No. 10 in the Illinois’ 2019 class. 5-foot-11, 170-pound, left-handed pitcher, well-proportioned strength. Has long been known as one of the top left-handed arms in the state. Pounds the strike zone, is highly-efficient and has plenty more in the tank. Started the Championship game and was his usual self. Commanded the fastball to both sides of the plate, sat 85-86 mph. Went to his curveball more than we have seen in the past, 1/7 shape, feel and occasional depth, 73 mph.

4.26.18 - Illinois commit. Currently ranked No. 9 the Illinois’ 2019 class. 5-foot-11, 170-pound left-handed pitcher, plenty of room for continued physical development. Filled the zone all game with an advanced swing and miss repertoire. Struck out ten Eagles in the conference showdown spotting up his mid to high 80’s fastball, using his effective slider in the zone, burying it effectively with depth when needed, and pulling the string on his changeup, which has a chance to be a plus offering moving forward. Showed confidence and feel for all three for the entire outing. Earned the complete game victory with a line of: 7 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 10 K, 0 BB. Revert to week 5 scout blog (4.19 vs Lockport) for more notes on Kirschsieper.

4.19.18 - Illinois commit, currently ranked No. 9 in the Illinois’ 2019 class. 5-foot-11, 170-pound, well-proportioned, left-handed pitcher. Started on the mound for Lincoln-Way East, went 6.2 innings, scattered three hits, two runs, one earned, struck out seven and walked one. Works extremely quick, attacks hitters with his fastball, stays even-keeled throughout and gets tougher with guys in scoring position. Smooth, repeatable delivery, works with rhythm and on-line. Long, loose arm action, ¾ slot with ease and quickness out front. Ball comes out of his hand extremely easy. Fastball, late life, finishes through the hitting zone with late arm-side-run; ability to pitch to both sides of the plate, can elevate with two strikes, sat 86-88, touching 89 once early on. Settled in at 84-88 mph and seemingly had 87-88 whenever he needed it. Changeup is currently best secondary offering; maintains arm speed, flashed fade and sink, good feel, could benefit from expanding out of the zone with it more often, sat 78-80 mph. Curveball has slurve action, 1/7 shape, inconsistent depth at times, 72-76 mph. High-level 2019 left-handed pitcher.

3.6.18 - Verbally committed to Illinois.

2.11.18 - 5-foot-11, 170-pound left-handed pitcher, athletic frame. Easy repeatable delivery, loose actions move on time down the hill, quiet front side. Arm action is loose and clean, high ¾ slot. Easy feel and ability to command three pitches. Fastball runs to arm side, showed command, sat 83-85 mph, topped at 86 mph. Curveball acts 1/7, slurve type 70-72 mph. Changeup fades with action to arm side, advanced feel and arm speed, 77-78 mph.

9.15.17 - Stands at 5-foot-11, 165 pounds with a well-proportioned frame. One of the top uncommitted arms in the event, he helped lead the Cangelosi Sparks to the championship game by logging six strong innings of one-run baseball. He struck out five and scattered five hits in the outing. He threw a high volume of strikes throughout and induced a ton of weak contact early. He primarily used a fastball-changeup mix, despite having an above-average breaking ball in his arsenal. He works from a long, loose ¾ arm slot with easy effort. His fastball sat 82-85 and he commanded it to both sides of the plate. He went to his changeup early and often, showing advanced feel for it at 76-77.

2017 Future Games (8.2.17) - 5-foot-11, 165-pound, well-proportioned, athletically built, left-handed pitcher. Proved he is one of the top uncommitted 2019 arms in Illinois. Showed the stuff to profile as a starter at the next level; three-pitch repertoire with the makings of a swing-and-miss changeup. Live, athletic arm from a clean, repeatable delivery with easy effort. Fastball, jumps out of his hand, late life, arm-side-run at times, sat 84-87 mph, touching 88. Curveball showed feel 71-74 mph, 1/7 type, backs up on occasion. Changeup 77-80 with deceptive fastball arm action, swing and miss pitch. Settled in to strike zone well in his second inning of work; worked efficiently recording a pair of groundouts and a swinging strikeout.

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