James Novakovic
James Novakovic
James Novakovic
James Novakovic




New Trier (HS) • IL
6-1 • 182LBS • L/R
Travel Team: Top Tier North/Top Tier Select


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Positional Profile: SS/RHP
Body: 6-foot-1, 182-pounds. Wiry, high-waisted frame.
Hit: L. Balanced setup, smooth load, short stride with an occasional toe-tap trigger.  Loose hands with bat speed, short and uphill bat path, gap-to-gap approach and repeats.
Power: 86.9 max exit velocity, averaged 79.5 mph. 292’ max distance.
Arm: R. INF - 80 mph. Short arm action, high 3/4 slot.
Defense: Present pre-pitch bounce, nimble feet, smooth lower half that works in rhythm around the baseball, athletic on the move. Soft hands, ultra-quick hand transfer, savvy actions.
Run: 7.38 runner in the 60. 


Positional Profile: SS/RHP
Body: 6-0, 169-pounds.
Hit: LHH. Balanced setup, smooth load, toe-tap trigger, short stride, advanced pre-pitch actions. Fluid, athletic swing, average bat speed of 71.6 MPH, path works uphill, gap-to-gap approach with pull side tendencies, line drives.
Power: 87.13 max exit velocity, averaged 80.69 mph. 314’ max distance.
Arm: RH. INF - 79 mph. Short arm action, high 3/4 arm slot.
Defense: Steady hands, clean exchanges, smooth double play turn.
Run: 7.42 runner in the 60. 


Positional Profile: SS/RHP
Body: 6-0, 156-pounds. Athletic build.
Delivery: Simple tall/fall type delivery with some tempo, level shoulders, works in line to target and lands square.
Arm Action: RH. Short arm action, high 3/4 slot.
FB: T77, 75-76 mph. Two-seam/sinker type pitch, showed both run and sink.
CB: 64-66 mph. 12/6 shape with sharp, late break in his ‘pen. 

Hit: LHH. Open, balanced setup, smooth load and short toe-tap stride. Fluid rhythm, loose, athletic hands, natural lift in swing and made a lot of hard lifted contact to the pull-side.
Power: 83 mph exit velocity from the tee. Max exit velocity of 88.56 with a max distance of 326' during BP, according to TrackMan. 69 mph of max bat speed, via Blast.
Arm: RH. INF - 75 mph. Short, loose arm action, accurate arm with the ability to throw from multiple slots.
Defense: Bouncy, actiony defender on the infield. Plays natural on the move, soft confident hands, body control and clean release. Advanced double play turn. Has the tools to stick at shortstop moving forward.
Run: 7.42 runner in the 60. 


Positional Profile: SS
Body: 5-foot-11, 152-pounds. Lanky, athletic build. Room to grow.
Hit: LHH. Tall open set-up, smooth hand load, controlled leg kick into short stride.  Short and level bat path, power approach to the pull-side, extension through the baseball, took an impressive round.
Power: 80 mph exit velocity from the tee.
Arm: RH. INF - 73 mph. Short arm action, high 3/4 release point, baseball carries across diamond, quick release.
Defense: Solid actions, active footwork, soft hands, clean exchange,
Run: 7.72 runner in the 60. 

Positional Profile: RHP
Delivery: Tall and fall delivery, some rhythm, utilizes slide step out of stretch.
Arm Action: RH. High 3/4 release point, short arm action, regular effort.
FB: T75, 71-74 mph. Sinking movement, thrown for strikes.
CB: 58-62 mph. 11/5 shape, pops up out of hand. 

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