BaseballAmerica:(ranked #20 in Illinois)
Nothing on him.
Jake DePew is an athletic prep catcher from Granite City, Illinois, a northeastern suburb of St. Louis. DePew’s calling card is a well-rounded game that relies a lot on physical tools. At the plate, he offers solid upside, though he has a long way to go to provide average offensive production with a wood bat at the pro level. His hit tool gets a fringe-average grade, mainly due to excessive length in his swing, which will cause an above-average number of strikeouts against pro velocity and breaking balls. He’ll need a bit of a re-work with his swing to become an average hitter, though he does have above-average bat speed, which bodes well. Part of the reason why his swing is so long is that he drops his hand in order to get power going, and he has average to slightly above-average raw power. Despite the offensive drawbacks, he offers solid defensive value, starting with average overall athleticism. He runs very well for a catcher, getting average grades, and he also has solid lateral quickness and quick feet. Combine that with an above-average arm, and you have above-average catch-and-throw skills. Add the fact that his high school coach, his father, was a minor league catcher for a season in the Northwest League and you have a good catching prospect on the defensive side. With these tools in mind, DePew’s expected to be a fifth to tenth round prospect, though his Louisville commitment might be enough to keep him from signing below the fifth round.
I guess we'll see.