Dillon Head is a 5-foot-11 and 180-pound outfielder by way of Homewood-Flossmoor HS in Floosmoor, Illinois. The speedy base thief is the 40th-ranked prospect in the upcoming 2023 MLB Draft, and he’s considered the best prospect to ever come out of Homewood-Flossmoor, surpassing the likes of pitchers John Ely, Eric Hillman and Larry Rothschild.
What sets Head apart is his uncanny speed and instincts. That in itself caught the eye of former major leaguer and 2019 NLCS MVP and World Series champion Howie Kendrick. During the 2023 MLB Dream Series in January, Kendrick got to see it firsthand, and told reporters this about the supremely talented Head.
“Really good player, with a lot of speed. He can play the game, and I like the way he goes about it. He’s a hard worker.”
During his junior season, Head was named all-state and set the school single-season records for both hits and stolen bases. That speed and base-running is a trait that all MLB teams crave, and it should bode well for whatever franchise drafts Head in the July draft. Speed aside, Head’s high school coach says there’s so much more to Head as a player and person.
Head Possesses Other MLB Skills
While Head will be looked upon for that top-end speed, quickness and elite athleticism, his high school coach John McCarthy says he’s so much more than that overall.
“With Dillon, everybody wants to say he’s an athlete, but he’s not an athlete, he’s a smart, smart, smart baseball player. His athleticism and speed are one thing, but for me, it’s his elite hand-eye coordination and his baseball instincts.”
Head Is Committed To Clemson, But Expects To Be Drafted
Lauded for his leadership and maturity, Head who was originally committed to Michigan, flipped to Clemson after the Wolverines head coach Erik Bakich left Ann Arbor for Clemson. As Head preps for the MLB Draft, he isn’t letting the pressure get to him, in fact he’s taking it all in stride.
— Dillon Head (@DillonHead4) July 11, 2022
“Whether I go to college or pro ball out of high school, I see myself getting there to the big leagues one day either day, I’m not too stressed about it.”
The belief is Head will be drafted early and not attend Clemson at all, instead going right into prepping for his major league climb in the very foreseeable future.