Malachi Paplanus
Malachi Paplanus




Huntley (HS) • IL
6-1 • 200LBS • R/R
Travel Team: Phenom Platinum


2024 National

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RHP Malachi Paplanus (Huntley, 2024) falls into a similar category to Teschke, showing one of the more complete arsenals of the day. He’s got a blistering fastball at 87-89 mph, but it's his breaking ball that’s a true separator. He utilizes a high-spin curveball that reached 2,610 rpm, thrown confidently, 74-77 mph, that creates devastating out-pitch potential. 


Positional Profile: RHP/2B
Body: 6-1, 180-pounds.
Delivery: Polished delivery, showed the ability to repeat, drop and drive lower-half, explosive down the mound, throws with intent, athletic finish.
Arm Action: RH. Long out of the glove with a loose high 3/4 slot, quick arm.
FB: T83.9, 82.3-83.6 mph. T2256 rpm, jumps out of the hand with ride through the zone, some arm-side life at times.  T2256, 2197 average rpm.
CB: 69.4-70.5 mph. Tight spin, 10/4 shape, advanced feel for age, showed the ability to locate for strikes, T2482 rpm with a 2425 rpm average.  T2482, 2425 average rpm.
CH:  72-73 mph. Thrown with intent, showed some arm-side fade, able to command for strikes.  T1848, 1848 average rpm.


Uncommitted. 6-foot-1 170-pound frame, right-handed pitcher; highly-projectable, athletic frame. Looks to be one of the top 2024 prospects in the state. The right-hander started on the mound for Huntley and went four innings while scattering four hits, an earned run and striking out five. Clean, uninterrupted arm action, high 3/4 slot. Athletic, repeatable, polished delivery, gets to a strong balance point over the rubber, drop and drive type delivery, strides in-line with the plate. Fastball sat 80-83 mph, mostly straight action, with feel for the corners of the zone. Slider was 72-74 mph with sharp 10/4 action, thrown in any count both for strikes and to put hitters away; showed his confidence in the pitch, throwing it for the first pitch of the game. Paplanus features a very mature presence on the mound, especially for this age. High-follow 2024. 


Currently uncommitted. Highly-projectable, right-handed pitcher with a 6-foot-1, 170-pound frame. Paplanus looks to be one of the top arms in the Illinois 2024 class that we have seen to-date. Came out of the bullpen and only needed 10 pitches to strike out the side against Neuqua Valley in his one inning of work. Fluid, athletic delivery, stays strong and controlled over the rubber at balance point and strides on line down the mound. Clean arm action, high ¾ slot. Fastball sat 82-84 mph with late arm-side-life. Curveball was thrown at 70-73 mph with sharp action with feel for the zone. Changeup showed to be his best secondary offering, sat 74-75 mph with late sinking and arm-side action; used it to backdoor right-handed hitters on the outer half of the plate. High-level freshman to follow who is seeing action for No. 6 Huntley.


Positional Profile: 3B/RHP
Body: 6-1, 170-pounds.
Delivery: Stretch only, drop and drive delivery, repeatable, strong front side, lands square, works in line with target, balanced finish.
Arm Action: RH. Long, loose arm action, high 3/4 arm slot.
FB: T84, 83-84 mph. Plays downhill, arm side run at times. T2290, 2232 average rpm.
CB: 70-73 mph. 11/5 shape, tight spin. T2616, 2566 average rpm.
CH: 74-75 mph. Straight change, intent to throw down in the zone. T1954, 1875 average rpm.

Hit: RHH. Tall, balanced setup, leg lift, long stride, athletic pre-pitch actions. Short, aggressive swing, works slightly uphill, stays inside the baseball, gap-to-gap approach.
Power: 88.95 max exit velocity, averaged 83.32 mph. 282’ max distance.
Arm: RH. INF - 87 mph. Short, whippy arm action, high 3/4 arm slot, throws carry across infield. Best infield velocity at event.
Defense: Steady hands, flashes range and ability to throw on the run, plays with proper direction.
Run: 7.26 runner in the 60. 

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