PBR Future Games: Team Illinois Preview (2024)

On July 27, PBR will bring to you the summer’s premier scouting event:The Future Games.Taking place at the state-of-the-art LakePoint sports complex in Emerson, GA, this four-day event will pit some of the country’s top 2024 and 2025 prospects against one another in front of hundreds of college and professional scouts.

On Wednesday, Team Illinois - along with every other represented state - will participate in a workout day. This year's gameplay has Illinois squaring off with Pennsylvania on Thursday, Midwest (IA,MN,NE) on Friday, and Jew Jersey on Saturday. All further scheduling can be foundHERE.

Now, lets check out who will be representing Team Illinois.

Position Players

Samuel Chapman OF / RHP / Woodstock , IL / 2024


Another left-handed-hitting 2024 who continues to show well: OFSamuel Chapman(Woodstock). Chapman has cut his 60-yard dash time down to a 7.14 on Saturday (7.39, previously) and he continues to show off the same prowess with the bat that we have become accustomed to. It's a whippy, loose swing and the barrel stays in the zone a long time, covering both sides of the plate. Chapman continues to show advanced outfield actions as well, with fluid footwork and a loose, quick, easy arm. The ball exploded out of the hand at times and topped at 91 mph.

JAXON HYDE-HERERRAC / RHP / Putnam city west, ok / 2024


Positional Profile: C/RHP
Body: 6-2, 230-pounds. Large and physical build with present strength.

Hit: RHH. Starts with a slightly open stance with an athletic posture and hands getting set at shoulder height. Quick load into the lower half and utilizes a high leg kick stride. Lower half works linearly through the zone into a firm front leg. Shows a slight uphill bat path and likes to work the ball up in the air to the pull side. Hands work quickly through the zone with good overall bat speed and has strength at contact.
Power: 95.5 max exit velocity, averaged 88.6 mph. 286’ max distance.
Arm: RH. C - 86 mph. High 3/4 arm slot with a short and quick arm action.
Defense: Receives with one knee in the dirt and a strong feel for pitch framing. Feet and hips work very quickly out of the crouch with throws having elite carry to the bag to go along with elite arm strength. Shows strong blocking skills with good posture and recovery skills.
Run: 6.98 runner in the 60.

Enzo Infelise C / 3B / Providence Catholic, IL / 2025


Has shown well in multiple looks in the past, including the 2021 Junior Future Games. Strong build, listed at6-foot, 190-pounds. Right-handed hitter got the start behind the plate and batted fifth. Balance stance, arm bar pre-pitch, smooth toe tap stride. Strong hands, advanced bat speed for age, short and direct to the ball, powerful swing; pull side, gap-to-gap approach. Defensively behind the plate, quiet receiver with soft, receptive hands. Tall, athletic setup with runners on, quick transfer with athletic feet. Threw out a runner taking third base to complete a strike out/throw out to end the third inning.

Jimmy Janicki C / 3B / Downers Grove North, IL / 2024


Uncommitted. Physical frame, standing 6-foot-3, 205-pounds, strong lower-half. Started behind the plate and showed some upside to all sides of his game, both behind the dish and at the plate. The right-handed hitter starts in a somewhat upright position, hands high, stride is short and repeatable; his hands drop at foot strike while creating some separation, moving with a flat path through the zone and line-drive approach. Behind the plate, Janicki has soft/receptive hands that work under the ball to present pitches around the zone; he moves well into blocks, both out in front and side-to-side, deadening the ball out front. Out of the crouch, his feet work directionally and gain ground on his throws, also moving with a quick transfer; his arm plays with true backspin and effortless carry, standing out visually immediately.

Dayton Murphy SS / 2B / Crystal Lake South , IL / 2024


INFDayton Murphy(Crystal Lake South, 2024) certainly left a positive impression on our scouts after a quality all-around showing on Sunday. The 5-foot-9, 155-pound sophom*ore showed a repeatable right-handed stroke in BP, staying short to the baseball with sneaky barrel strength and gap-to-gap feel. Murphy’s glove may be his biggest asset as he projects to stick somewhere on the infield in the long-term. He owns an innately advanced feel for himself on the dirt, moving with tempo and rhythm with comfortably nimble feet throughout. He also recorded the day’s hardest throw across the diamond, reaching an 87 mph high, and his arm is capable of accurately playing from multiple angles, too. Murphy joins a quality list of name-to-know prospects from the Fox Valley Conference as we prepare for the spring season.

Jackson Natanek SS / RHP / Brother Rice, IL / 2025


Positional Profile: SS
Body: 5-10, 155-pounds. Athletic build. Plenty of room for continued physical development.
Hit: RHH. Balanced setup, quiet load, short stride. Athletic hands, bat stays on-plane, natural lift, works gap-to-gap.
Power: 83.6 max exit velocity, averaged 76.4 mph. 290’ max distance.
Arm: RH. INF - 87 mph. Short arm circle into a 3/4 slot. Life out of the hand. Accurate throws on the move. Carry to the base.
Defense: Fundamentally sound. Athletic actions. Under control on the move.
Run: 7.70 runner in the 60.

Positional Profile: RHP
Delivery: Twitchy, up-tempo delivery, pre-loads back knee before moving into a strong drop and drive lower-half, works in line with the plate, closed front foot at landing.
Arm Action: RH. Long, loose arm swing out of the glove. Quick arm action, high 3/4 slot.
FB: T83.2, 82.2-83.0 mph. High spin fastball--Life and carry through the zone. T2573, 2459 average rpm.
SL: 71.3-73.6 mph. Hard slider. Tight spin. Out pitch potential. T2679, 2592 average rpm.

Kenny Perez SS / 3B / De LaSalle , IL / 2024


Uncommitted. 5-foot-10, 160-pound, well-proportioned, right-handed hitting infielder, currently ranked No. 30 in the Illinois’ 2024 class. Hit in the four-hole and started at third base. Looks to be one of the top uncommitted position players in the 2024 class. Defensively, has all the actions and tools to be a high-level defender moving forward. Plays with ease, confidence and light, active feet. Hands play soft, works from the ground up and ranges with body control. Made a slow roller, run through play down the third base line look extremely easy and routine. Arm plays quick, loose and accurate across the diamond. Offensively, hits with fluid rhythm and confidence. Loose, athletic swing, gets extension through contact and can drive the ball to all fields with authority. Homered over the right-field fence in his first at-bat. Flew out to center field with authority in his next two at-bats. High-follow 2024 uncommitted infielder.

Khamaree Thomas OF / LHP / Kenwood, IL / 2024


Uncommitted. 5-foot-8. 155-pound, wiry, athletic, left/left outfielder. Played center field and hit in the two-hole. Advanced bat-to-ball skills, athletic hands, stays short and on top of the baseball. Uses the whole field with a line-drive approach. Profiles to stick at the top of an order moving forward. Finished the day 1-for-3 with two RBIs, run scored and a walk. Natural outfield actions, quick first step and above-average closing speed. Arm plays strong from the outfield and could profile in all three spots. Follow left/left outfielder.

Brendan Tunink OF / OF / Newman Central Catholic, IL / 2024


Left/left outfielderBrendan Tunink(Newman Central Catholic) featured some of the highest upside at the event. Tunink has a 5-foot-11, 165-pound, athletic, squared shouldered frame with plenty more strength to come down the road. He ran a 6.87 60 and showed a polished swing with present bat speed and power. Tunink registered the second highest average bat speed of the event at 73.9 mph. He also had the top average exit velocity at 90.2 mph and routinely squared up baseballs in the air to the pull-side of the diamond. It's an athletic, repeatable swing that works on balance and with minimal effort. Defensively, he moves with fluidity, getting around and playing through the baseball in rhythm and with ease to go along with an arm that topped at 85 mph.

Jonah Weathers 3B / RHP / Marian Catholic, IL / 2024


Uncommitted, currently ranked No. 16 in the Illinois 2024 class. Highly projectable and high-waisted frame at 6-foot-2, 165-pounds. Started on the mound for Marian and ran his fastball up to 79 mph. His arm easily translated to the infield, where he showed the ability to backspin the ball over to first with ease, playing with carry and accuracy. Weathers cruised around second base after he was done pitching and impressed with uber-easy and athletic actions, showcasing soft hands with a quick/clean transfer, also playing with easy range to both sides of the glove. The right-handed hitter started in the two-hole for Marian and showcased an easy right-handed swing; long-levered with a flat path to the ball, minimal wasted movement with little perceived effort.


David Cox SS / 3B / Nazareth, IL / 2024


Positional Profile: SS/3B
Body: 6-3, 180-pounds. Long, lean build.
Hit: RHH. Balanced setup, smooth load, short stride. Loose, strong hands. Barrel strength through the zone. Compact swing. Gap-to-gap approach.
Power: 98.8 max exit velocity, averaged 83.5 mph. 345’ max distance.
Arm: RH. INF - 90 mph. Loose, quick arm action. Natural 3/4 slot. Multi-angle release. Advanced arm strength.
Defense: Balanced footwork, clean exchange, plays through the baseball.
Run: 7.74 runner in the 60.

Positional Profile: RHP
Delivery: Crossfire delivery, works from third base side, closed landing, athletic finish.
Arm Action: RH. Short, compact draw out of the glove. Loose, quick arm action. 3/4 arm slot.
FB: T84.2, 81.0-83.8 mph. Plays straight. Life through the zone. T2282, 2167 average rpm.
SL: 67.4-70.7 mph. 10/4 shape, flashed lateral action. T2018, 1888 average rpm.
CH: 72.1-74.3 mph. Sinking action. T1893, 1791 average rpm.

Nate Harris SS / RHP / Yorkville, IL / 2024


Uncommitted, currently ranked No. 25 in the Illinois 2024 class. Ultra-physical, 6-foot-4, 200-pound frame, broad shoulders with a high-waist and well-proportioned frame. Started in left-field and hit out of the three-hole for No. 17 Yorkville on Tuesday; finishing the day 1-for-4 with a double down the line that looked to be just a single but was stretched into extra bases. The right-handed hitter starts in an athletic/open stance, working back to the plate with a long knee-knock stride; hands start high and create some separation at foot-strike before moving with a flat path to the ball, hands are extremely quick and strong through contact with easy power to the whole field. Harris showed off an extremely strong arm from the corner outfield position as well as highly quick/athletic feet; covering ground with ease and making impressive throws to bases with effortless velocity and carry. Harris is a must-see 2024 prospect for any college coach.


Nick Baffa RHP / Notre Dame College Prep, IL / 2024

Standing 6-foot-1, 155-pounds, Baffa is a right-hander you can dream on. His arm is clean and boasts upside, while also producing a fastball that cruises in the mid-to-low 80s. His breaking ball and changeup also look to have upside as he is able to control both of these offerings around the zone.

Jack Bauer LHP / 1B / Lincoln-Way East, IL / 2025


The biggest winner on the mound was LHPJack Bauer(Lincoln-Way East, 2025). Standing at 6-foot-2, 170-pounds, Bauer has all sorts of projection in his lean/wiry frame. He moves down the mound athletically with a drop/drive lower-half and minimal perceived effort, remaining in-line to the plate before firing from a clean/loose ¾ slot. His fastball worked in the 87-89 mph range, jumping out of his hand with life to the arm-side and spinning at an average of 2,291 RPM (T2440 RPM). His breaking ball plays off a sharp 1/7 plane, spinning at an average of 2,420 RPM, 68-69 mph. His final offering was a fading changeup at 76-78 mph, getting under it at times but thrown with near fastball arm-speed.

Ethan Eberle LHP / 1B / Normal Community, IL / 2024


Positional Profile: LHP/1B
Body: 6-4, 200-pounds. Tall, lanky levers.
Delivery: Up-tempo, tall and fall delivery, tall at balance point, works on line.
Arm Action: LH. Long arm action, 3/4 slot.
FB: T84.8, 82.7-84.2 mph. Hard running action to the arm side. T2198, 2073 average rpm.
CB: 67.4-69.7 mph. 1/7 shape. Late break. Depth. T2224, 2058 average rpm.
CH: 76.7-77.4 mph. Maintains arm speed. A bit firm at times. T1892, 1828 average rpm.

Tom Ford RHP / 1B / Lisle, IL / 2024


The biggest winner on the mound from last Tuesday’s event was RHPTom Ford(Lisle, 2024). Standing at a lanky 6-foot-6, 185-pounds, Ford has plenty of room to fill out his high-waisted and projectable frame. His delivery is simple, pitching exclusively out of the stretch with a drop/drive lower-half, remaining in-line to the plate throughout his stride. His arm works loose and quick with a long arm circle out of the glove, transitioning into a high ¾ slot. The tall right-hander worked primarily in the 86-89 mph range, but reached back for 90-91 mph on his last couple bullets while playing with life at the top of the zone. His curveball looked to be his best off-speed offering on this day, playing with sharp 11/5 shape and downward action, also tunneling off his fastballs effectively while locating down under the zone, 68-70 mph. He went to a slider for his third offering, pulling off to his glove-side at times but flashing sharp 10/4 bullet action, 73-76 mph. Having seen Ford up to 88 mph this past winter, his three mph jump is no surprise as he has started to control his body down the mound more consistently.

Bryce Koch RHP / OF / Barrington, IL / 2024


RHPBryce Koch(Barrington, 2024) was easily one of the biggest winners from Tuesday’s event, catching our staff’s attention the second he walked into the park. The 6-foot-4, 180-pound Koch possesses all sorts of upside to his lean and lanky frame, looking to have plenty of room for added strength in the coming years. It's an easy and low-effort operation down the mound, moving with a tall/fall lower-half that stays in-line to the plate before transitioning into a ¾ to high ¾ slot. His fastball explodes out of the hand with some finish through the zone, sitting 85-87 mph while topping out at 88 mph (T2500 RPM). His changeup was his most consistent off-speed offering throughout his ‘pen, living at the bottom and under the zone while playing with fading action to the arm-side, 78-80 mph. Koch’s slider flashed above-average action at times, playing with sharp/late bite and depth at 74-75 mph, struggling with command down at-times but will easily be able to correct it with a higher starting point for the pitch.

Wyatt Mammen RHP / 3B / Lincoln, IL / 2024


Positional Profile: RHP
Body: 6-3, 200-pounds. Tall, lean build.
Delivery: Athletic delivery. Slight drop and drive lower half into a long stride, remains in line with the plate while front foot lands slightly closed.
Arm Action: RH. Long draw out of the glove. Loose, whippy arm action. Works from a 3/4 slot.
FB: T89.9, 88.7-89.7 mph. Hard and heavy. T1974, 1823 average rpm.
CB: 68.9-72.3 mph. Decelerates. Slurve type action. T1805, 1676 average rpm.
CH: 72.0-75.3 mph. Fading action. Tends to get underneath. Flashed sinking action. Kills spin. T1444, 1329 average rpm.

Alec Marchetto RHP / 3B / Edwardsville, IL / 2024


Uncommitted freshman came out of the bullpen in the final game of the day for Edwardsville. Physically advanced, 6-foot, 190-pound frame with a strong lower half. Simple delivery, slight drop-and-drive action, stays on-line down the mound and lands square. Long arm action, comes out of a high ¾ slot with looseness at foot strike. Fastball works mostly straight, slight arm-side-action, controlled the zone at times, sat 80-81 mph, touched 82. Mixed in a sweeping breaking ball at 66-67 mph. Scattered two hits and no earned runs in his 1.1 innings pitched. Freshman to follow moving forward.

Malachi Paplanus RHP / Huntley, IL / 2024


Uncommitted, currently ranked No. 10 in the Illinois 2024 class. Strong looking build, broad shoulders standing 6-foot-1, 200-pounds. The right-hander’s arm works loose throughout his arm circle into a ¾ slot, playing quick to release. Down the mound, Paplanus works with a repeatable delivery down the mound; reaching balance point and using a drop/drive lower-half to drive down the mound, remaining in-line with a square landing foot. His fastball cruised at 86-88 mph, showing life out of the hand and some run to his arm-side. He went to a slider most often for his change of pace offering; playing off a 10/4 plane with sharp action and feel, 77-79 mph with depth. He also featured a late fading changeup at 78-80 mph, thrown with confidence and feel for the zone.

Luke Weber RHP / Highland Park , IL / 2024


RHPLuke Weber(Highland Park, 2024) is a 6-foot, 170-pound right-hander with a fluid-moving operation. He creates notable hip/shoulder separation at foot-strike to go along with his loose/flexible lower-half. He worked his fastball in the 85-86 mph range, playing with sinking action. His changeup dives late and hard to his arm-side at 79-81 mph, tugging to his glove-side at times but showing an overall feel for the zone. He also went to a tight slider at 75-76 mph, playing with short 10/4 shape and thrown for strikes.

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