2013 Draft State Report: Illinois

How down is the talent in Illinois this year? The state likely will get shut out of the first five rounds, which hasn’t happened since 2003, and might not have a player taken in the top 10 rounds, which would be a draft first.

THIS YEAR’S CROP
***** One for the books
**** Banner year
*** Solid, not spectacular
** Not up to par
* Nothing to see here
Rating compares this year’s group to what a state typically produces, not to other states

The Prairie State’s three best prospects are all junior college products, starting with Heartland CC lefthander Daniel Lietz, and almost all of its top collegians are seniors or fourth-year juniors.

Grant Community High (Fox Lake) outfielder Jake Ring leads a crop of high schoolers who will be more of a draft factor in 2016 after three years of college. Ring is headed to Missouri.

 NATIONAL TOP 500 PROSPECTS
BA 500 Scouting Reports for Illinois

1. Daniel Lietz, LHP, Heartland (Ill.) CC (National Rank: 254)
2. Ryan Aper, OF, Lincoln Land (Ill.) CC (National Rank: 309)
3. Nick Gardewine, RHP, Kaskaskia (Ill.) CC (National Rank: 336)
4. Luke Farrell, RHP, Northwestern (National Rank: 354)
5. Mike Tauchman, OF, Bradley (National Rank: 369)
6. Jake Ring, OF, Grant Community HS, Fox Lake, Ill. (National Rank: 384)
7. Zach Burdi, RHP, Downers Grove (Ill.) South HS (National Rank: 397)
8. Justin Parr, OF, Illinois (National Rank: 408)
9. Spencer Drake, RHP, Wabash Valley (Ill.) CC (National Rank: 436)
10. Corey Ray, OF, Simeon Academy, Chicago (National Rank: 480)

OTHER PROSPECTS OF NOTE

11. Jordan Parr, OF, Illinois
12. Michael Hermosillo, OF, Ottawa (Ill.) HS
13. Joey Coonrod, RHP, Kaskaskia (Ill.) CC
14. Ryan Lidge, C, Barrington (Ill.) HS
15. Chris Razo, RHP, Illinois State
16. Eric Aguilera, OF, Illinois State
17. Chad Hinshaw, OF, Illinois State
18. Kyle Ruchim, RHP/2B, Northwestern
19. Joe Greenfield, RHP, Eastern Illinois
20. Kevin Johnson, RHP, Illinois
21. Ben Heller, RHP, Olivet Nazarene (Ill.)
22. Ryne Roper, 3B/RHP, Harrisburg (Ill.) HS
23. Jordan Getzelman, OF, Prairie Ridge HS, Crystal Lake, Ill.
24. John Lieske, RHP, Heartland (Ill.) CC
25. Jeff Zimmerman, 1B, Northern Illinois
26. Chuckie Robinson, C, Danville (Ill.) HS
27. Brian Loconsole, RHP, Western Illinois
28. Matt Jones, C, Southern Illinois
29. Derek Thompson, LHP, John A. Logan (Ill.) CC
30. Austin Cangelosi, SS, Sandburg HS, Orland Park, Ill.