PBR’s Super 60 event has developed into a marquee scouting event over the years. The event originally started as a way to give kids from the upper Midwest more exposure just before the beginning of their senior years in high school, but when scanning the 2021 rosters you know that it has become much more than that. From British Columbia to Florida and pretty much everything in between, this is truly a national event.
This was my first taste of the Super 60, which made its way to my backyard at the MOSH (Midwest Orthopedic Specialty Hospital) Performance Center just south of Milwaukee. Below I will share videos already shared on Twitter, along with some additional comments, on the position players in attendance that stood out to me. I’ll have a second installment with the event’s standout pitchers.
College commitment in parenthesis
JD Rogers, OF, Carmel, Ind. (Vanderbilt)
I really enjoyed watching Rogers at last summer’s GEICO City Series and he did not disappoint in a showcase setting. He ran a 6.53-second 60-yard dash and threw 94 mph from the outfield. He’s most impressive in the lefthanded batter’s box with a line drive approach in which he looks to drive the ball up the middle of the field. He’s quick down the line, can cover a lot of ground in the outfield and has a hose for an arm (watch this throw). Vanderbilt got another good recruit and I personally think he’s not ranked as high as he should be on some national lists.
Brock Daniels, IF, Chesterfield, Mo. (Oklahoma)
Daniels is another player I saw last summer, competing at the Hitters Invite. Daniels is an offensive-minded infielder that could have some versatility at shortstop, second base and third base. He’s a lefthanded hitter that consistently squares the ball up. He’s not a burner, and he doesn’t have a big arm, but he’s a soli all-around player that should excel at Oklahoma.
Ian Moller, C, Dubuque, Iowa (LSU)
Arguably the top prospect in attendance at the Super 60, Moller can do it all. He’s really athletic and ran a more-than-respectable 7.06-second 60-yard dash. With a strong, physical frame he definitely looks the part with a strong arm and some thunder in his righthanded swing. Moller should be a first-round pick in the draft this summer.
Joey Spence, C, West Bend, Wis. (Notre Dame)
Spence is an offensive-minded backstop, which isn’t to say he’s bad defensively, but his bat is his calling card. A lefthanded hitter, Spence has a really good approach and knows how to loft balls to all parts of the park, showing his all-fields power from the opposite field gap to right field. He also has a strong arm behind the plate with 1.95-2.00 POP times. As noted in the tweet, he reminds me a lot of once Illinois-prep and TCU catcher Evan Skoug.
Noah Smith, SS, Chicago, Ill. (Louisville)
Smith has long been identified as a top prospect. He’s committed to Louisville (and has been for a while) with quick-twitch, athletic actions. He ran a 6.66 60 and threw 90 across the infield. It’s mostly a line drive approach and he consistently hit the ball hard.
Carter Jensen, C, Kansas City, Mo. (LSU)
Ian Moller and Carter Jensen are both committed to LSU even if it’s unlikely that one or both of them make it to campus. Jensen brings a physical presence to the field at 6-1/215, specifically in the lefthanded batter’s box where he routinely mashes the baseball. The arm strength is just as big as the frame and power potential. Wherever he ends up next he’s fun to watch hit.
Noah Miller, SS, Fredonia, Wis. (Alabama)
I probably saw Miller in 12-15 different games last summer and can confidently say that showcase settings are not the best way for him to stand out. That’s because he is such a special defensive player, a truly creative talent that you need to see work his magic in game situations. That said, he still hits the ball hard up the middle with power to the opposite field gap from both sides of the plate. Should he make it to campus he would give Alabama two premier talents from Wisconsin to go along with Connor Prielipp.
Matthew Polk, SS, Irvine, Calif. (Vanderbilt)
Polk looks like a football running back (and runs like one too). He didn’t have the best round of BP but did square up a few balls well. I compared him to Anthony Volpe in my tweet above, who he is similar too but not nearly as developed of a prospect at the same point of their careers. Polk, however, could really blossom into that type of player after 2-3 years at Vanderbilt.
Ryan Gilbert, OF, Chagrin Falls, Ohio (Indiana)
No player mashed like Gilbert did at the Super 60, as balls just made a different sound off of his bat. He didn’t get cheated with any of his swings, clearly embracing the “swing hard” mentality. He’s a big, physical player, ran an impressive 60-time (6.68 seconds) and had the event’s best exit velo (107 mph).
Josh Pearson, OF, Downsville, La. (LSU)
There were a handful of promising LSU recruits on hand and you have to wonder how many of them will even play for the Tigers. Pearson’s older brother, Jacob, was a third-round pick of the Angels in 2017 and there’s an even younger brother who might be the most physical and athletic Pearson of the three. Josh Pearson shows a good approach in the lefthanded batter’s box with a line drive swing and good speed.
Chase Jans, IF/OF, (Kansas)
Jans’ performance wasn’t super loud, but he’s an obviously well-built athlete that has defensive versatility. He runs well and took some good swings in his two rounds of BP.
Q Phillips, OF, Elm Grove, Wis. (Michigan)
Phillips is a premium athlete full of quick-twitch fiber. He runs well, has a strong arm and a line drive stroke from both sides of the plate. I saw Phillips for a few games during the summer of 2020 and was impressed with his approach. When it completely clicks for Phillips he’s going to be a special ballplayer.
Braden Montgomery, OF/RHP, Madison, Miss. (Stanford)
Ian Moller might have been the top prospect at the event, but Braden Montgomery was the most notable standout prospect at the 2021 Super 60. He stood out as both a position prospect and as a pitcher, and is written up here since his future as a hard-hitting outfielder is more promising, but that could change in time given how easy he currently throws 91-93 mph fastballs. He ran a 6.90-second 60 and threw 99 from the outfield with 100 mph exit velos.
Grant Hussey, 1B/OF, Washington, W.Va. (West Virginia)
A player long identified given his hulking stature, Hussey certainly can impact a baseball. He had an exit velo of 103 mph as a lefthanded hitter and could become a dangerous force in the Big 12 with his in-state West Virginia commtiment.
Will Rogers, C, Shoreview, Minn. (Arizona State)
Rogers created several “wow” moments. It started behind the plate with the event’s hardest throw (84 mph) and some of the event’s best POP times, along with Ian Moller’s. He has a physical and athletic frame at 6-1/215 and makes plenty of loud contact off of the barrel as a righthanded hitter, with one exit velocity recording 104 mph. Arizona State did a good plucking up this Minnesota native.
Luke Leto, IF, Portage, Mich. (LSU)
Leto is another player that has been identified as a top talent for quite some time, and like Grant Hussey, he offer a pretty physical presence. Despite his larger frame he remains pretty light on his feet, running a 6.85-second 60-yard dash and recording infield throws of 89 mph. Add Leto to the list of seemingly endless LSU recruits that were in attendance.
Kendall Diggs, 3B, Olathe, Kan. (Arkansas)
Diggs is an easy player to like, and one you can see having success as he continues to progress in his career, whether that be in college, at the pro level or both. He’s a rare high school talent who already plays, and continues to project to play, third base. Where he especially stood out at the Super 60 was in the lefthanded batter’s box, with a really nice swing that led to consistent hard, line drive contact.
Connor Simon, SS, Mandeville, La. (LSU)
An angular athlete with a slender 6-foot, 180-pound frame, Simon is yet another LSU recruit that stood out at the Super 60. He did a nice job squaring up the baseball during his rounds of BP, lacing one line drive after another. He had a good 60 time (6.69) and threw 90 mph across the infield.
Cameron Clayton, SS, West Linn, Ore. (Washington)
Clayton and Simon are similar overall prospects with good athleticism and a solid collection of tools. Clayton was a tick behind Simon in the measured skills (6.77 60, 89 mph IF throw) but hit the ball a tick harder, more consistently, really putting the charge in the ball.
Ryan Campos, C, Mesa, Ariz. (Arizona)
Campos’ throws from the behind the plate are what caught my attention. He doesn’t have big, big arm strength, recording 75 mph throws (which is still plenty good), but his pop times were consistently in the 1.9-2.0 second range. Even more impressive were that the throws were consistently on the money, thrown right to the infielder’s glove, one after the other, which isn’t something you always see in showcase settings. His transfers and overall mechanics stood out in what was an especially impressive group of catchers.
Ty Hodge, SS, College Station, Texas (Texas A&M)
Hodge deserves mention for the metrics. He ran a 6.52-second 60-yard dash, threw 94 across the infield and recorded 99 mph exit velos. He’s a 6-2/190 athlete that is going to continue to get stronger for his hometown Aggies.