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IA Preseason All-State: Third Base Evaluations

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By Rob Allison
Prep Baseball Report Iowa

Prep Baseball Report's IA Preseason All-State event took place on Sunday, March 13, 2016. The event was held at the SportsPlex West Facility in Waukee, IA. The event featured prospects from the 2017 and 2018 classes from Iowa, Minnesota and Nebraska who showcased their talents in front of our scouting staff. Thank you to the players, parents, my staff and SportsPlex West and the Iowa Sticks for such a great event.

There were a number of great individual performances this year at the IA Preseason All-State. Also of note is the fact that official high school practices don't start in Minnesota for another week; and Iowa players aren't near their peak performance with their season beginning in May. Look for many of these player's numbers to continue to improve as they get closer to actually playing.

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Below we have highlighted the top prospects at their respective positions with evaluations.

top 3B Prospects

1. Izaya Ono-Fullard, 3B/RHP, Iowa City West, 2017
5-foot-10, 200-pound right-handed hitting 2-way player. 7.12 runner. Quiet actions in box. Has well above avg. bat speed. Consistently squares baseball with authority. Mid/pull approach with loose hands and clean bat path to contact. 96 mph exit velocity. Good actions in field. Light on his feet- stays active- with soft hands. Above avg. body control at third base. Clean arm action with above avg. carry to bag and 82 mph arm strength.

2. Tyler Fietek, 3B, Lakeville North (MN), 2017
6-foot-2, 210-pound right-handed hitting third baseman. 7.37 runner. Dive bomb hitter with good use of lower half. Swing is longer with arm bar load; but creates well above avg. bat speed with consistent hard contact to mid/pull side of field with power potential. 93 mph exit velocity. Feet are solid/avg. in field. Tends to field deep in stance but hands are sure with quick exchanges and release. 79 mph arm strength with accuracy across.

3. Clayton Nettleton, 3B, Davenport West, 2018
6-foot-1, 195-pound left-handed hitting third baseman. 7.71 runner. Shows good hitting mechanics with clean bat path and is short to contact. Uses lower half in swing and has leverage. Hands are loose with lift in swing. 89 mph exit velocity. Solid actions in field. Soft hands with quick exchange and release. Works from ground up and is relatively light on his feet. 80 mph arm strength across infield.

3b follow Prospects

Trever Brown, RHP/3B, Don Bosco, 2018
6-foot-1, 175-pound right-handed hitting 2-way player. 7.37 runner. Strong projectable build. Open stance and strides to square. Has good extension through contact and uses his hands well in swing. Flashes of hard contact with 86 mph exit velocity off tee. Avg./ok glove. Tends to field deep in stance. Low arm slot effects accuracy across. Looks athletic enough to be able to make improvements and develop at position. 80 mph arm strength across.

Connor Crabill, RHP/3B, Dubuque Hempstead, 2018
5-foot-8, 180-pound right-handed hitting 2-way player. Loose hands with rhythm at plate. At times tries to do too much. Hard contact with all pull approach. Best swings are when he stays through at contact without trying to lift. 82 mph exit velocity. Shows sure hands in field. Tends to field on heels. Needs to be more active, field with rhythm, and play through baseball. Throws are accurate to bag with above avg. carry. 77 mph arm strength at this event.

Rylan Lechner, 3B, Linn-Mar, 2017
6-foot, 165-pound right-handed hitting infielder. 7.49 runner. Compact swing with hands close to chest. Flashes solid pop in bat with mid/pull approach. Uses lower half in swing. Bat exits hitting zone early through contact. 79 mph exit velocity. Fields deep in stance- funnels baseballs occasionally. Shows good feet and has sure hands. Accurate throws to target with 74 mph arm strength.

Ryan Morrissey, C/3B, Pleasant Valley, 2017
5-foot-10, 195-pound right-handed hitting catcher/infielder. Physical build with strong lower half. 7.28 60 time. Shows strength in bat. Square stance with small leg kick trigger. Stays connected well and generates bat speed. Hard contact to middle/pull side of field. Stays on and through baseball. 91 mph exit velocity off tee. New to catching. Has good durable frame for position. Should continue to improve and polish skills behind plate with reps and experience. 72 mph arm strength with 2.18 pop time. Has solid/ok hands in field. Heavier feet. Clean exchanges with good arm action and solid carry across diamond with accuracy at 79 mph.

Will Rodruck, C/3B/RHP, WDM Valley, 2017
6-foot, 190-pound right-handed hitting utility player. 7.24 60 time. Arm bar to start. Minimal rhythm. Slightly open stance- strides to square. Inverted swing plane. Middle/away contact. Flashes of pop in bat. Consistent solid contact. 87 mph exit velocity. New to catching. Solid skill set and should be good option for him with polish and reps. Quick feet and clean exchanges. Receiving will improve with experience. Avg./ok footwork- tends to throw uphill. 2.16 pop time with 75 mph arm strength. Shows avg. feet with sure hands at third base. Throws have good carry with accuracy to bag at 84 mph.

3b Prospects

Jackson Bennett, RHP/3B, Beckman Catholic, 2018
6-foot-3, 207-pound right-handed pitcher/infielder. 7.66 runner. Projectable body. Deep load with longer stride. Rolls hands over early at contact with short finish. Strength in bat with hard pull contact. 86 mph exit velocity off tee. Heavier feet in field. Sure hands. Makes routine plays. Avg. range and quickness. Long ¾ release at 78 mph arm strength across.

Harrison Griess, RHP/3B, Ankeny, 2017
6-foot-4, 240-pound right-handed hitting 2-way player. 8.29 runner. Large build. Longer swing to contact. Limited use of lower half in swing. Some stiffness with strength. Showed ability to stay on and go other way with pitch. 86 mph exit velocity. Heavier feet in field. Tends to field on heels with late glove presentation. Accurate throws across diamond with 72 mph arm strength.

Brannan Hogan, 3B/RHP, Decorah, 2018
6-foot-1, 180-pound right-handed hitting 2-way player. 7.87 runner. Deep load with aggressive flat swing plane. Spray contact to all parts of field. Needs to improve balance and direction in box. 81 mph exit velocity. Plays with energy. Raw fielding mechanics with flashes of athleticism. Late glove presentation- stabs down occasionally. Very accurate to target at 74 mph.

Tyler Lewis, RHP/3B, WDM Valley, 2018
6-foot-3, 220-pound right-handed hitting 2-way player. 7.62 runner. Open stance. Rolls in to hit. Tends to hook baseball at contact with good strength. Limited use of lower half in swing. Some stiffness in swing plane and finish with 2-hands on bat. 86 mph exit velocity. Shows avg./ok feet. Late glove presentation occasionally. Needs to increase tempo and rhythm. Loose arm action with fast hand. Accurate to bag with 79 mph arm strength.

Stephen Loew, 3B, Des Moines Roosevelt, 2017
5-foot-10, 170-pound right-handed hitting infielder. 7.47 runner. Closed stance. High back elbow set-up. Whippy bat speed with lift in swing plane. Flashes pop at contact with mid/pull approach. 67 mph exit velocity. Shows soft glove. Needs to improve footwork on throws. Accurate to bag. Solid/avg. actions in field. 80 mph arm strength.

Kyle Oberbroeckling, RHP/3B, Davenport West, 2018
6-foot, 215-pound right-handed hitting 2-way player. 8.00 runner. High back elbow set-up. Drops hands in swing. Uphill bat path through zone. Spray contact. 82 mph exit velocity. Quiet actions in field. Sure hands. Tends to funnel baseballs. Stiff throwing mechanics with good accuracy to target. 77 mph arm strength across infield.

Chandler Poell, RHP/3B, Cedar Rapids Kennedy, 2017
6-foot-3, 190-pound right-handed hitting 2-way player. 7.25 runner. Spread stance with front heel turn trigger. Works on top of baseball. Stays down and through at contact. Some stiffness in swing. Flashes hard pull contact. 77 mph exit velocity. Active feet and plays with energy in field. Still growing into body. Shows accuracy to bag with 80 mph arm strength.

Austin Shotts, 3B/RHP, Ottumwa, 2017
6-foot-1, 185-pound right-handed hitting 2-way player. 7.28 runner. Shorty slashy swing plane. Active feet in box and needs to improve balance. Out front with spray contact across field. 88 mph exit velocity. Some stiffness in actions but has good hands with good short release on throws with above avg. carry and accuracy to target. 75 mph arm strength.

Cody Van Meeteren, 3B, Sheldon, 2017
6-foot-4, 180-pound right-handed hitting infielder. 7.42 runner. Generates good bat speed with longer levers. Has ability to use whole field. Some stiffness in swing hitting against stiff front leg. 90 mph exit velocity. Active feet. Tends to stab down on balls fielding. Needs to improve throwing footwork. Has solid athleticism. Raw mechanically. 74 mph arm strength.

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