Thursday, February 23, 2012
Updated: March 1, 10:05 AM ET
All-State Baseball: Illinois
With spring approaching, ESPNHS has all the info you need on the top high school baseball players in Illinois.
We've broken down the state's top 20 players into two teams -- one of position players and one of pitchers. Keep in mind, these preseason selections were determined by a combination of in-season performance and recruit rankings.
See all 51 all-state baseball teams.
Jack Amaro, Neuqua Valley, OF, Senior
Batted .396 as a junior; committed to Purdue.
Jason Goldstein, Highland Park, C, Senior
Only Illinois player at Perfect Game All-American Classic in 2011.
Blake Hickman, Simeon, C, Senior
Iowa recruit is an elite hitting prospect.
Sam Kint, Mt. Carmel, 1B, Senior
Batted .442 with 12 homers and 53 RBIs last year.
Ryan Koziol, Providence Catholic, SS/RHP, Senior
Transfer rules will keep him from playing high school ball this spring.
Keith Lehmann, Lyons, C/3B, Junior
Cracked seven homers and drove in 31 for state champs as a soph.
Devin Pickett, Marian Catholic, 3B, Senior
Batted just .250 last year but should break out as a senior.
Corey Ray, Simeon, OF, Junior
Has already committed to Louisville.
Kevin Ross, Niles West, SS, Senior
Michigan recruit batted .436 with 30 RBIs and 16 SBs as a junior.
Adam Walton, Stevenson, SS, Senior
Batted .350 with three homers last year; signed with Illinois.
Ryan Borucki, Mundelein, LHP, Senior
Ace went 7-1 with a 1.20 ERA and 57 Ks a year ago.
Eddie De La Riva, St. Rita, RHP, Senior
Set a school record for wins last season.
Kevin Elder, Burlington Central, RHP, Senior
Arizona recruit posted a 1.81 ERA with 132 Ks in 69.2 innings in 2011.
Kyle Funkhouser, Oak Forest, RHP, Senior
Louisville recruit went 12-0 with a 0.85 ERA as a junior.
Will Headean, Morton, LHP, Senior
Has a career 18-6 record at the high school level.
Andy Honiotes, Geneva, RHP/OF, Junior
Went 6-1 with a 1.96 ERA as a sophomore.
Jack Landwehr, Mt. Prospect, RHP/3B, Senior
Led the state in wins with 14 in 2011; also drove in 44 runs.
Brett Lilek, Marian Catholic, LHP, Senior
Flamethrower may be the most feared pitcher in the state.
Ryan Perez, Westminster Christian, RHP, Senior
Ambidextrous pitcher can throw 90-plus with either arm.
Matt Schultz, Oswego East, RHP, Senior
Throwing in the 09s after missing last year (Tommy John surgery).
OTHER TOP PLAYERS
Brady Arenson, New Trier, LHP, Senior
Cody Campbell, Lake Orion, OF, Junior
Jack Czeszewski, Elk Grove, OF, Senior
Nick Dalesandro, Joliet Catholic, C, Freshman
Darius Day, Simeon, OF, Sophomore
Adam Dressler, Hinsdale Central, RHP, Junior
Kevin Duchene, Joliet Catholic, LHP, Senior
Joba Ferrell, Kenwood Academy, OF, Senior
Matt Frawley, Glenbard North, RHP, Junior
Tanner Geisel, Neuqua Valley, SS, Senior
Brent Gibbs, Alton, C, Junior
Henry Gigeous, Jacobs, RHP, Senior
Mike Hearne, Marist, LHP, Senior
Steve Heilenbach, Lyons, RHP, Senior
Mitchell Holtz, Aurora Christian, OF, Senior
Matt James, Normal West, RHP, Junior
Patrick Kenney, Warren, RHP, Senior
Zak Kutsulis, Providence Catholic, LHP, Senior
Colin Lyman, Huntley, OF, Junior
Bryce Only, Huntley, 3B/RHP, Junior
Michael Papierski, Lemont, C, Sophomore
Jack Picchiotti, Oak Park-River Forest, C, Senior
Kyle Richardson, Maine South, OF, Senior
Jacob Roberts, Plainfield South, SS, Senior
Chuckie Robinson, Danville, C, Junior
Ryan Roper, Harrisburg, SS, Junior
Kevin Smith, St. Laurence, SS, Junior
Zach Soria, St. Rita, C, Senior
Zach Stoner, Boylan, 1B, Senior
Nick Stroud, Mt. Zion, RHP. Senior
Alex Young, Carmel Catholic, LHP, Senior