Jake Zitella
Jake Zitella
Jake Zitella
Jake Zitella




St. Charles East (HS) • IL
5-11 • 195LBS • R/R
Travel Team: Canes Illinois


2023 National

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Perhaps the day’s loudest BP round came from INF Jake Zitella (St. Charles East, 2023; Illinois). A well-proportioned 5-foot-11 195-pound athlete, Zitella swung with controlled aggression throughout his entire BP round, displaying explosive bat speed and consistent loud contact to all fields. It’s clear that he wields one of the state’s most potent right-handed strokes as the Illinois commit recorded a max exit velocity of 103.9 mph and peak distance of 365 feet while averaging 94 mph off the bat, too. Zitella flashed sure-handed actions on the infield as well and the arm strength to pair, reaching an 87 mph high during his defensive workout. He definitely created some positive momentum heading into the IHSA season as a high follow right-handed hitter in the state’s current junior class. 


Zitella repeatedly found the barrel this morning at the PBR at The Rock 16u Championships. He’s a right handed hitter with a strong lower half that swings with intent. The Canes Illinois two-hole hitter went 3-for-4 including a three-run rocket over the left field wall for a home run. He added a hard hit single and a double to the wall in left-center, and made a loud out on a screaming line drive to left in his last at-bat. 


Positional Profile: 3B/SS
Body: 5-foot-11, 185-pounds. Wide-shouldered, strong build.
Hit: RHH. Tall setup, balanced stance, subtle load action, easy pre-pitch actions. Short, strong swing, with intent, repeatable, level path, ball jumps off barrel, consistent hard contact, gap-to-gap approach with advanced ability to drive the baseball.
Power: 98.12 max exit velocity, averaged 91.55 mph. 331’ max distance.
Arm: RH. INF - 82 mph. Loose arm action, high 3/4 arm slot.
Defense: Third base type, easy infield actions, steady hands, athletic footwork, quick exchange, plays with proper direction, ability to change arm angle.
Run: 7.19 runner in the 60. 


Positional Profile: 3B/SS
Body: 5-foot-11, 175-pounds.
Hit: RHH. Tall, balanced setup, open base, minimal pre-pitch load, short stride.  Aggressive swing, long level bat plane, gets extension after contact, power gap-to-gap approach, fluid rhythm.
Power: 95.77 max exit velocity, averaged 85.96 mph. 333’ max distance.
Arm: RH. INF - 85 mph. Short loose arm action, high 3/4 slot, throw carry.
Defense: Small pre-pitch hop, works towards the baseball, clean exchange.
Run: 4.25 runner in the 60. Above average runner.


Positional Profile: 3B/SS
Body: 5-11, 165-pounds. Long levers with projectable strength.
Hit: RHH. Tall/open setup with hands set high, bathead horizontal. Athletic leg hang back to even triggers swing. Path works from aggressive approach with bat speed off an incline. Works to pull, lift hard-hit contact while maintaining a rhythm.
Power: 90 mph exit velocity from the tee. Power potential, especially to his pull-side.
Arm: INF - 79 mph. Short, loose throws with accuracy from a high 3/4 slot.
Defense: Feet range well enough to help him land in position on time; defends tall at times.
Run: 7.35 runner in the 60. 

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