Future Stars Series Regional Combine Preview: Chicago

Approximately 75 of the best amateur players in the area are set to descend upon The University of Illinois at Chicago for the latest New Balance Baseball Future Stars Series Regional Combine on February 26.

There are some familiar faces expected, notably Indiana commit A.J. Garcia, who earned an invite to the Underclass Elite event out of the Underclass Combine after first getting seen at this event last year, but unfortunately missed most of the event in Orlando with an injury, as well as Zion Rose, a Louisville commit who has previously attended regional events.

Those six dozen or so players have been split into three groups — the older players primarily make up the first group, and so on — with the following schedule expected for the event:

Group 1
2:00 p.m. – Check-in
2:15 – Stretch
2:30 – Athletic Testing
3:15 – Throwing
3:30 – Defensive Testing and Pitcher Bullpens
4:30 – Offensive Testing
5:30 – Dismiss

Group 2
4:00 p.m. – Check-In
4:15 – Stretch
4:30 – Athletic Testing
5:15 – Throwing
5:30 – Defensive Testing and Pitcher Bullpens
6:30 – Offensive Testing
7:30 – Dismiss

Group 3
6:00 p.m. – Check-In
6:15 – Stretch
6:30 – Athletic Testing
7:15 – Throwing
7:30 – Defensive Testing and Pitcher Bullpens
8:30 – Offensive Testing
9:30 – Dismiss

There is a wide variety of talent expected to be spread throughout the three groups, with players coming in from Wisconsin and Iowa, not just Illinois.  The following is a list of notable players expected to attend this weekend in Chicago.

2023 Andres Allred, 2023 Antonio Barnes, 2023 Gavyn Bowen (UAB commit), 2023 Kyle Ezell, 2023 Ryan Geraghty (Wichita St. commit), 2022 Jalen Headly, 2022 Andrew Ivy, Jr., 2024 Klayton Bolkema, 2024 Justyn Hart, 2024 Michael Person, 2024 Paul Svanascini, 2024 Morgan Wachler, 2024 Mikey Wolverton, 2025 Jimmy Downs, 2025 Derrion Howard, Jr. and 2025 Lance Moon, among many others.

Mike Ashmore

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