The left-handed-hitting leadoff man wreaked havoc with his speed for the Golden Eagles. Addante, who is signed with Nebraska, hit .354 with 30 runs scored, 17 extra-base hits, two homers and 15 RBIs. He is one of the area’s best defenders, with an arm that makes coaches think twice before sending runners.
Bobby Miller, McHenry, sr., P-1B
Miller is committed to Louisville, but is likely to be hounded by major league scouts all spring after a couple of his offseason showcase performances. He throws in the low 90s, is 6-foot-5 and added 15 pounds. He is a two-time All-Area first-team pick and should be one of the Warriors’ best hitters.
Matt McCumber, Cary-Grove, sr., P
McCumber is a 6-4 right-hander who is heading to Northern Illinois University next season. He was instrumental in the Trojans winning a share of the FVC Valley Division championship. He was 8-4 with a 2.07 ERA and 64 strikeouts in 64 1/3 innings, with 19 walks.
Tyler Pennington, Cary-Grove, sr., C
Pennington was one of three finalists for the Northwest Herald Baseball Player of the Year last season after hitting .398 with 30 RBIs and 17 extra-base hits. He struck out only nine times in 128 plate appearances and had an OPS of 1.187. Pennington was selected the Northwest Herald Male Athlete of the Year for 2015-16.
Jake Rosing, Richmond-Burton, jr., P
Rosing compiled some amazing numbers last season with an ERA of 0.61, a 7-3 record and 88 strikeouts in 57 2/3 innings. He only walked 16 batters. The right-hander is committed to Louisville and will lead a team that could challenge for the Kishwaukee River Conference title.
– Compiled by Joe Stevenson, the Northwest Herald
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