Red Devils’ Skogsbergh gets second chance at Showcase
Hinsdale Central's Adam Dressler verbally committed to play college baseball at Purdue. | Rob Hart~Sun-Times Media
P Louis Alcaraz, York
C Brandon Aguirre, Leyden
OF Dom Battaglia, Willowbrook
P Henry Cappel, OPRF
P Dave Cericola, Willowbrook
IF Muta Crusoe, Proviso West
OF D.J. Deolitsis, Hinsdale South
P Adam Dressler, Hinsdale C.
P Brian Glowicki, Downers South
IF Connor Kopach, Downers N.
1B Nick Kowalczk, OPRF
P Keith Lehmann, Lyons
OF Mike Lorenz, Lyons
P Mike Marrera, Hinsdale South
OF Cal Moltzan, Willowbrook
P Ivan Nevarez, Leyden
OF Josh Paparone, York
IF River Pitlock, York
1B Tom Prescott, Lyons
IF Kevin Raher, Downers South
OF Matt Reschke, Hinsdale S.C Nick Rybarczyk, Addison Trail
P Bobby Skogsbergh, Hinsdale C.
1B Troy Southard, Downers N.
IF Jerry Stoltz, Hinsdale South
C Tyler Ward, Hinsdale Central
Updated: July 15, 2012 2:56PM
Perhaps one of the most unlikely players to appear in this weekend’s Stevenson Showcase is Hinsdale Central’s Bobby Skogsbergh.
He only pitched a few innings this season. It came in the regular-season finale May 19 when Skosbergh came in for relief during a 4-3 victory against Metea Valley in Hinsdale.
Most players invited to the Stevenson Showcase made major contributions to their team as juniors. But not Skogsbergh.
What sets Skogsbergh apart from many other college prospects this weekend is the fact that the 6-foot-4, 210-pound right-hander is coming off Tommy John surgery.
The Hinsdale resident said he has not heard of anyone else his age suffering a similar elbow injury. Skogsbergh will be a senior next season for the Red Devils (12-22) and was one of 26 players selected by West Suburban Conference coaches to represent the conference in the prospect showcase Friday and Saturday in Lincolnshire.
“I hurt my arm against Downers Grove South last year during my sophomore year,” Skogsbergh said. “It was definitely unexpected. I’ve been working hard since my sophomore year. Things just kind of happen.”
The Stevenson Showcase, officially known as the Northwest Suburban Baseball Tournament, features the top players from the Class of 2013 from eight conferences around the Chicago area.
The format includes only two nine-inning games, one each day, for each team in front of more than 100 college recruiters and nearly 20 major league scouts.
Skogsbergh will be joined by Hinsdale Central teammates Adam Dressler, the team’s pitching ace, and catcher Tyler Ward.
In a separate session, each prospect is timed in a 60-yard dash. Before games, field players take warmups to evaluate their range and arm strength. Pitchers usually get to throw one inning each per game.
The West Suburban plays the Central Suburban at 11:15 a.m. Friday and faces the Fox Valley at 2 p.m. Saturday.
Skogsbergh is playing this summer with the Wisconsin Hitters travel team and plans on returning from a tournament in Cincinnati in time to play at Stevenson Friday. He is planning on pitching in Wednesday’s tournament game. The Hitters will play in future tournaments this summer in Memphis and in Michigan.
Skogsbergh will not be required to travel to Wisconsin for Hitters practices. He will meet the team on its road trips. He latched onto the team through a former coach with the DuPage Dragons.
He made his first start in over a year by throwing nearly 45 pitches in a tournament in Kenosha, Wis. last weekend. He threw less than 30 pitches (limit 15 per inning) at the Silver and Black Showcase Sunday at Triton Community College in River Grove.
“My arm feels good. It’s stronger than it ever was,” Skogsbergh said.
During his time with the Hitters, Skogsbergh will start off with a pitch count that limits his outings to 50 pitches. He said he is still not at full strength.
“The toughest part (after surgery) is rehab every day,” Skogsbergh said. “You do little exercises, but you don’t see the results right away.”