On Thursday, September 7th, the SIC Baseball team traveled to Carterville, IL to participate in a Prep Baseball Report Scout Day hosted at John A. Logan College. This event was host to over 60 players from Kaskaskia, Rend Lake, John A. Logan, and SIC all with the similar goal of finding a four-year program to attend in the near future.
Four Falcon baseball athletes left an impression on the PBR staff, and got the following write-ups from Peter Hamot, a PBR Area Scout and Staff Writer, after their performance:
Bryce Cape, OF, F.J. Reitz (IN), 2021
Sophomore. Compact, 5-foot-9, 165-pound frame with an athletic build. Cape was one of the top performers for SIC last spring, posting a .287 batting average in 143 at-bats with 27 RBIs. The right-handed hitter reached up to 93.3 mph for his max EV, averaging just over 88 mph. He has a fluid rhythm at the plate with sneaky jump off the bat, creating extension through contact. 7.10 runner in the 60-yard dash.
Ryan Taylor, OF, Conant (IL), 2021
Sophomore. 6-foot, 195-pound frame, physical and mature build with strength attached. Taylor gave an impressive look on the day with multiple tools to show for it, starting with his round of BP where he reached up to 95.2 mph for his max EV. Strong, fluid right-handed swing, stays through the baseball and works the ball to the whole field. Above-average athlete, recording a 6.90 in the 60-yard dash. Steady defender in the outfield with soft hands, plays through the ball with intent and reached up to 85 mph with a crow hop, hitting his target consistently at the plate with accurate throws.
John Kiebler, MIF, Paducah Tilghman (KY), 2022
True sophomore. Athletic build, compact frame standing 5-foot-10, 170-pounds. Kiebler is yet another top returner for SIC and he certainly looked the part throughout his workout. Last season the right-handed hitter hit .319 in 138 at-bats and it's easy to see why, as he boasts a loose/athletic stroke with barrel control that looks to keep the ball on a line to the whole field. He’s an above-average defender on the infield, moving athletically to both sides of his glove with some bounce in his step and soft hands. Quick/clean transfer that can play on the move, reaching up to 83 mph across the diamond. 7.17 runner in the 60-yard dash.
Grant Dalton, OF, Bedford North Lawrence (IN), 2022
Sophomore. 6-foot-2, 175-pound frame, lean with plenty of upside. The left-handed hitter saw some time last season and made the most of his opportunity, turning in a .313 batting average in 48 at-bats. His swing is smooth and fluid, working mostly to his pull-side with intent to lift, registering a max EV of 92.4 mph with a good amount of untapped power still in the tank. Steady defender in the outfield, sure-handed and plays through the ball with intent, reaching up to 86 mph from a crow hop. 7.09 runner in the 60-yard dash.