Brett Lilek, Marian Catholic
Stats: 7-4, 89 SO, 61 2/3 IP, 27 BB, 39 H, 19 ER, 2.16 ERA; .327 avg., 9 2B, 2 3B, 1 HR, 24 RBIs, .481 slug. pct.
Scouting report: The Times Player of the Year did not allow an earned run in four postseason appearances. The lefty struck out 36 hitters in three postseason starts. The Arizona State recruit was also a 37th-round pick of the Seattle Mariners. He came back from some midseason soreness in his left arm and led the Spartans to the Class 3A state title. He was also 6-for-8 in the two state final games.
Jesse Lopez, Washington
Stats: 8-3, 123 SO, 17 BB, 3.65 ERA, .420 avg., 21 SB, 6 HR, 47 RBIs
Scouting report: Lopez was all-city and all-Public League Ernie Banks Division as he led the Patriots to the division title. He was the team MVP and threw two no-hitters. His six home runs and 47 RBIs led area sluggers.
Tom Hayes, Mount Carmel
Stats: .434 avg., 46 H, 11 2B, 4 HR, 37 RBIs
Scouting report: Hayes is a pure hitter and the left-handed hitter has extraordinary power. Coach Brian Hurry said he was a presence in the middle of the Caravan's lineup and expects even bigger things from him in 2013.
Dan Lietz, Homewood-Flossmoor
Stats: 9-5, 1 Sv, 134 SO, 73 2/3 IP, 24 BB, 48 H, 16 ER, .338 avg, 10 2B, 2 3B, 4 HR, 17 RBIs
Scouting report:The lefty was the ace of the Vikings staff and one of the best pitchers in the SouthWest Suburban Blue. Coach Todd Sippel said he is one of the best pitchers to come out of H-F, right with John Ely and Aaron Hauge. Lietz will play at Heartland Community College in Normal.
Colton Lopez, St. Francis de Sales
Stats: 8-7, 152 SO, 90 1/3 IP, 58 BB, 3.56 ERA, .302 avg., 15 RBIs
Scouting report: The most outstanding player in the Catholic League Red, Lopez led the area and state in strikeouts, according to maxpreps.com. He also played first base for the Pioneers.
Zach Aring, Beecher
Stats: 8-2, 1.63 ERA, 96 SO, 60 IP, .409 avg., 9 RBIs
Scouting report: The River Valley Conference's player of the year, Aring was one of the reasons the Bobcats again won the RVC title. He averaged 1.5 strikeouts per inning.
Braden Mulder, Illiana Christian
Stats: 9-2, 1.43 ERA, 83 SO, 15 ER, 26 BB
Scouting report: The lefty was the ace of the Vikings staff and an all-Metro Suburban Conference pick. He knew how to mix up his pitches and had good control.
T.J. Laurisch, Mount Carmel
Stats: 10-4, 4 Sv, 63 SO, 80 1/3 IP, 19 BB, 69 H, .375 avg., .473 slug. pct., .493 on-base pct., 42 H, 1 HR, 25 RBIs
Scouting report: The Catholic League Blue's Lawless Award winner, Laurisch was the Caravan's mound leader. The Harvard recruit also was 4-for-4 in save opportunities and also was handy with the bat. Laurisch was the school's valedictorian.
John McLaughlin, Crete-Monee
Stats: .468 avg., 58 H, 20 2B, 4 HR, 29 RBIs
Scouting report: McLaughlin was an Illinois Coaches Association East all-star as well as a Southland Athletic Conference pick. A four-year starter, he led the team in batting, hits, doubles and home runs. His 58 hits led the area. McLaughlin was second in RBIs and struck out just nine times. McLaughlin will play at Kankakee Community College.
Sam Kint, Mount Carmel
Stats: .377, 46 H, 7 2B, 3 HR, 45 RBIs, .508 slug. pct., .423 on-base pct.
Scouting report: A Catholic League Blue pick, Kint led the team in hits and RBIs. He could drive the ball to all fields and wasn't afraid to sacrifice himself to move the runner over. His height and reach was also good for a few extra outs on close plays or wide throws.
Cameron Bass, Crete-Monee
Stats: .349 avg., 37 H, 9 2B, 2 HR, 36 RBIs, 16 SB, .509 slug. pct., .432 on-base pct.
Scouting report: An all-Southland pick, Bass led the team in RBIs and struck out just six times. He was 16-of-17 in stolen base attempts and was very solid defensively.
Ben Kirchler, Homewood-Flossmoor
Stats: .447, 42 H, 39 R, 14 2B, 2 3B, 2 HR, 17 RBIs, 16 SB
Scouting report: Anchored the Vikings middle infield. Coach Todd Sippel said he is the best offensive shortstop he ever coached. He will play at Allegheny (Pa.) College. He was caught stealing just twice.
Dylan Kish, Illinois Lutheran
Stats: .424, 36 H, 9 2B, 1 HR, 35 RBI, .519 on-base pct.
Scouting report: An all-River Valley Conference selection, he was a big-time run producer for the Chargers.
Rob Cifelli, Marian Catholic
Stats: .333 avg., 43 H, 6 2B, 1 HR, 11 RBIs, 54 SB.
Scouting report: Cifelli was the catalyst for the Marian offense and stole a school single-season record 54 bases. His lone prep homer came in the Class 3A state semifinals. He committed just two errors all season and will play at John Carroll University.
Kyle Janowski, T.F. South
Stats: .466 avg., 41 H, 15 2B, 2 3B, 1 HR, 45 RBIs, 9 SB, .716 slug. pct., .541 on-base pct.
Scouting report: He led the Rebels in hitting, doubles and RBIs. He was an all-South Suburban Blue pick and was the team leader. Janowski was 9-for-9 in stolen base attempts.
Zachary Turner, T.F. North
Stats: .425, 51 H, 12 2B, 27 RBIs, 12 SB, 3-2, 20 SO, 3.21 ERA, .963 fldg. pct.
Scouting report: The sophomore played all infield positions, outfield and pitched. He led the area in hits with 51 and also stole 12 bases. He was an all-South Suburban Blue pick and came up with some big hits. Coach Mike Kosiara expects him to be one of the top players in the area the next two years.
Francisco Galvan, T.F. North
Stats: 4-5, 1.97 ERA, 59 SO, 53 2/3 IP, .382, 47 H, 28 RBIs, 8 SB
Jamel Frazier, Thornton
Stats: 33 H, 14 RBIs, 27 R, 3-0, 2.83 ERA, 12 ER, 34 SO, 29 2/3 IP
Matt Barton, Beecher
Stats: 6-3, 1.96 ERA, 48 SO, 50 IP
Jason Gasser, Mount Carmel
Stats: 7-0, 43 IP, 6 ER, 0.98 ERA, .351, 20 H
Ben Santori, Marian Catholic
Stats: 4-2, 2 Sv, 2.60 ERA, 58 SO, 64 2/3 IP, 11 BB, 24 ER
Colton Moore, Illinois Lutheran
Stats: 8-2, 2 Sv, 2.56 ERA, 59 SO, 54 2/3 IP, 31 BB
Steve Roman, Homewood-Flossmoor
Stats: .374, 37 H, 8 2B, 5 HR, 29 RBIs
Renato Perez, Bloom Twp.
Stats: 446, 33 H, 5 2B, 24 RBIs
David Stern, Homewood-Flossmoor
Stats: .346, 26H, 7 2B, 10 R, 17 RBIs, 930 fldg. pct.
Sam Geraci, Illinois Lutheran
Stats: .424, 28 H, 40 BB, 42 R, 22-24 SB, .618 on-base pct.
Jonathan Fasel, Crete-Monee
Stats: .320, 31 H, 2 HR, 25 RBIs, 3 SB
Jordan Davis, Illiana Christian
Stats: .363, 33 H, 8 2B, 2 HR, 20 RBIs
Justin Pasko, T.F. South
Stats: .358, 24 H, 1 HR, 11 RBIs
Bill Wilson, T.F. North
Stats: .393, 53 H, 13 2B, 20 RBIs, 45-49 SB, 919 fldg. pct.
Tyler Sroczynski, Illiana Christian
Stats: .413 avg., 43 H, 8 2B, 20 RBIs
BEECHER -- Justice DeRouin, Michael Takacs, Giovanni Schiavone,
BLOOM TWP. -- Johnny Banuelos, Caleb Coulum.
CRETE-MONEE -- Chris Cockle, Mike Wojtanowski, Zack Silerzio.
HOMEWOOD-FLOSSMOOR -- Elon Chamberlain.
ILLIANA CHRISTIAN -- Aaron Gibson, Joe Heldt, Tyler Smit.
ILLINOIS LUTHERAN -- Jake Kendrick, Zach Kotecki, Mack Newson,
MARIAN CATHOLIC -- Brad Bohlen, Brent Feldner, Devin Pickett, Ryan Waaso,
MOUNT CARMEL -- Jerry Houston, Brent Novosel, Dan Pappas, Justin Sanchez.
ST. FRANCIS DE SALES -- Austin Bober, Wesley Jones, Kemari Simmons.
SETON ACADEMY -- Curtis Cross Jr., Nick Tanniehill.
THORNRIDGE -- Quentin Kennedy.
THORNTON -- Antaun McHerron, Jamal Towns, Jason Towns.
T.F. SOUTH -- Mike Broadwell, Peyton Padjen, Brian Seymour.
THORNWOOD -- Robert Blissitt, Maceo Taylor.
WASHINGTON -- Adrian Luna.
!~ Compiled by Mike Nieto