Check out our five players to watch with the high school baseball season underway this week.
Ben Harris, Prairie Ridge, sr., P-1B – Harris, a Northwest Herald All-Area second-team selection last season, led the 21-14 Wolves with 31 RBIs and hit .404, mainly as their designated hitter. He also was 8 of 9 in save opportunities and had a 0.30 ERA in 23 1/3 innings, striking out 32 batters. Harris will play first base and hold a starting spot in the rotation this season. He will play at NAIA Judson University next year.
Joe Kaminski, McHenry, sr., P-1B – Kaminski was one of the area’s most dominant pitchers last season when he whiffed 86 batters in 68 innings and had a 0.82 ERA. He was 7-3 and his WHIP was 1.029. He helped the Warriors to a Fox Valley Conference runner-up finish, and also hit .327 and drove in 24 runs. He was an All-Area first-team selection.
Alex Powers, Prairie Ridge, sr., C – Powers hit .327 and drove in 24 runs for the Wolves, who tied for third in the FVC and played for a Class 3A sectional championship. Powers, who will play at NCAA Division I Illinois-Chicago, will be back in the middle of what looks like a strong lineup. He was an All-Area honorable-mention selection.
Quinn Priester, Cary-Grove, P-DH – Priester, a TCU signee, is projected as a first- or second-round draft pick and has been hitting 93 mph on speed guns. He was an All-Area first-team pick as a sophomore, but last year threw only 14 innings when he was overcoming some forearm stiffness. He had a huge summer pitching in elite showcases, including one at Wrigley Field and one at San Diego’s Petco Park.
Hunter Rumachik, Huntley, sr., 1B-P – Rumachik hit .311 and knocked in 23 runs for the Class 4A state runners-up last season, and also pitched 32 2/3 innings and was 4 for 4 in save opportunities. The left-hander had a 1.50 ERA and 29 strikeouts. He will be relied on as a middle-of-the-lineup run producer and will be a starter in the rotation for the Red Raiders. Rumachik, an All-Area honorable-mention pick, will play at McHenry County College next year.