2018 Top Prospect Games: Infield Analysis



By Steve Nielsen
Scouting Supervisor – Wisconsin/Illinois

Middle infielders were led by Wisconsin’s Noah Berghammer (Janesville Craig). Berghammer showed his bat could play in games going 3-for-5 with three singles. Andrew Wilhite (Stillman Valley)took one of the better BP rounds of the day and showed a big arm across the diamond, while Mason Hull (Effingham) is a really projectable player who already shows a consistency about his game. Anthony DeConcilis (Lake Park) and Nate DeYoung (Xavier) rounded out the top five. DeConcilis also looked to be one of the better in game hitters.

Top Infield Prospects

1. Noah Berghammer, SS, Janesville Craig, 2018
6-foot, 170-pound middle infielder, athletic body shape. Defensively showed good footwork that sets himself up well and plays through the baseball. Hands have a soft feel, presents open glove early and funnels to throwing hand, plays on the move with body control. Arm plays with a short over the top arm slot, accurate arm across the diamond, played at 79 mph. Right-handed hitter, balanced stance, toe tap leg kick stride, good balance through contact. Showed athletic hands at the plate, hand dominated swing, can get more from lower half, showed bat speed, short path producing line drives. 82 mph exit velocity from the tee. 4.4 runner down the line. Went 3-for-5 on the day in game play with three singles. High follow 2018 in Wisconsin.

2. Andrew Wilhite, SS/RHP, Stillman Valley, 2018
5-foot-11, 165-pound left-handed hitting two-way player, average athletic build. Balanced stance, short stride, smooth loading action and solid balance. Loose hands with bat speed, short path with rhythm. 84 mph exit velocity from the tee. Defensively played the baseball out in front, hesitates to play through. Arm action is short, over the top slot, showed carry across the diamond, 82 mph. On the mound has an easy delivery, smooth and athletic. Loose arm, high ¾ slot. Fastball has slight arm side run, showed the ability to command to glove side, 78-81 mph. Curveball showed feel, has the ability to spin it, 67-69 mph. Flashed a fading changeup at 73 mph.

3. Mason Hull, SS, Effingham, 2018
5-foot-11, 150-pound middle infielder, lanky athlete, thin projectable build, loose actions. Right-handed hitter, balanced stance, slightly closed, short stride, lower half engages, good athletic balance throughout. Repeatable contact in BP, spray hitter, flashed occasional gap pop, quick loose bat, path really works. 81 mph exit velocity from the tee. Defensively plays the middle of the infield with confident hands, athletic and plays through the baseball. Tendency to play tall through exchange. Arm action is short, over the top slot, ball carries, 76 mph across the diamond. Hull had a perfect day at the dish going 3-for-3 with a double, RBI and a walk.

4. Anthony DeConcilis, MIF, Lake Park, 2018
5-foot-10, 160-pound middle infielder, average lean frame with some projection. Right-handed hitter, balanced stance, maintains athleticism through swing. Loose hands, front foot hitter, middle of the field approach. Took quality at bats in game. Showed bat speed on a short path, 85 mph exit velocity from the tee. Defensively showed actions on the infield, body control, showed good feet and played through the baseball. Arm plays at 77 mph across the diamond, short loose action with carry. Went 2-4 with a double and an RBI, took some of the better in game at bats of the day.

5. Nate DeYoung, SS/RHP, Xavier, 2018
6-foot-3, 180-pound left-handed hitting infielder, long projectable frame, slender build. Bat shows projection, open stance, tall setup, short stride back to even. Loose hands, whippy bat, good approach, gap to gap type. 85 mph exit velocity from the tee. Defensively showed actions on the infield, clean exchange, plays through the baseball with a wider base than most. Arm action is loose and athletic, 77 mph across the infield. On the mound arm worked similarly and gets down the hill. Fastball played with sink down in the zone, 77-78 mph, touched 79 mph. Curveball has 11/5 shape, gradual action, 69 mph. Flashed a changeup at 73 mph.

Best of the Rest (Listed Alphabetically)

Max Alba, RHP/1B, Franklin, 2018
Lean athletic projectable frame, 6-foot-5, 175-pound two-way player. Looks to project best on the mound. Full windup delivery, high leg kick, squared landing, works online. Arm action is quick and loose, high ¾ slot. Fastball has slight arm side run, sat 82-84 mph, showed control of the zone. Used curveball sparingly in game action, 70-71 mph, lateral action 10/4 plane almost slider type, near fastball arm speed. Flashed a straight changeup at 74 mph. Offensively hits from the left side, wider setup, hands drop at load. Pull side approach with uphill/lifting path, flashed power potential. 84 mph exit velocity from the tee. Defensively has plus arm strength from first base for his age, 83 mph across the diamond.

Brady Butler, SS, McFarland, 2018
Thin slender build, longer limbed frame, wiry athlete, 6-foot-1, 165-pound middle infielder. Right-handed hitter, balanced stance, short stride. Loose hands at the plate, smooth swing, path is level, line drive type hitter. 85 mph exit velocity from the tee. Defensively played with softer hands, footwork showed actions, clean exchange, played through the baseball. Steady defender. Short arm action over the top slot, played at 72 mph across the diamond.

Jarret Fueger, INF, Waunakee, 2018
6-foot-1, 185-pound infielder, average frame and build, projects best at a corner spot. Defensively hands showed the ability to play. Arm action is short, over the top slot, with accuracy and carry, 79 mph across the diamond. Third base type defender. Right-handed hitter, balanced stance, short stride. Showed bat speed with a pull side approach, showed strength in his bat. 86 mph exit velocity from the tee. 4.76 runner down the line. Hit a triple in game play.

Josh Killeen, 1B, Mount Carmel, 2018
6-foot-, 185-pound first baseman, thick stocky build with strength. Left-handed hitter, balanced stance, leg kick trigger. Strong bat, showed occasional pop to pull side, 80 mph exit velocity from the tee. Arm action is short, high ¾ slot, 72 mph across the diamond. 4.84 runner down the line.

Tanner Kohlhepp, INF, Eau Claire Memorial, 2018
6-foot, 155-pound infielder, lean athletic build. Left-handed hitter, hits from a balanced setup, slightly open, short stride, good balance through contact. Repeats swing well, good barrel control, loose hands, consistent contact in BP. Line drive approach, slight pull side approach. 82 mph exit velocity from the tee. Defensively showed athletic loose actions, high ¾ slot, arm played with carry at 78 mph across the diamond.

Jack McNeil, 1B/RHP, Edgewood, 2018
Extra-large frame and build for his age, 6-foot-5, 230-pound two-way player. Right-handed hitter, balanced stance, tall setup, short stride, lower half has some collapse. Flashed pop in BP, strong bat, hits off back side on uphill plane, power swing looks to lift to gaps. 94 mph exit velocity from the tee. Average first base action, arm played at 72 mph across the diamond. On the mound works from an over the top slot, stays upright and finishes to first base side. Fastball is mostly straight, touched 79 mph, worked at 75-77 mph. Curveball has 12/6 shape, gradual action, 63-66 mph.

Sean O’Brien, RHP/3B, Marquette University, 2018
6-foot, 175-pound two-way player, carries strength, athletic build. On the mound uses a slight drop and drive style delivery. Arm action has a long draw, release from the ear, over the top slot. Fastball is mostly straight four seam, showed control of the zone, flashed arm strength touching 82 mph, sat 78-80 mph for most of his outing. Curveball has 12/6 action, feel for the zone, showed depth with proper spin, 65-67 mph. Right-handed hitter, balanced stance, short stride, smooth loading action, maintained strong balance. Bat strength hitter, path works slightly uphill, producing gap power. 91 mph exit velocity from the tee. Defensively fields the baseball out in front, third base type defender. Arm action is short, over the top slot, arm has carry and accuracy to stick on the left side (80 mph). Ran a 4.62 down the line.

Bryce Parrish, 3B, Whitewater, 2018
6-foot-3, 175-pound infielder, long lean frame with projection. Right-handed hitter, balanced stance, short stride. Creates bat speed with hands, short quick to the baseball, rigid path. 80 mph exit velocity from the tee. Defensively, arm action is firm, over the top slot, 75 mph across the diamond. Transfers the baseball cleanly, third base type defender.

Malik Peters, SS, Mount Carmel, 2018
6-foot, 150-pound middle infielder, long limbed frame, slender build, lot of room to fill out. Hits from a balanced stance, short stride, good balance. Loose hands with a middle of the field approach, line drive type. 77 mph exit velocity from the tee. Defensively plays with a bounce in his step, fields confidently. Arm plays at 77 mph across the diamond, high ¾ slot, loose arm action.

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