Prep Baseball Report

College Crosscheck: Week 12 Hitters

David Seifert
Director of College Scouting

It’s not too often that you scout the nine-hole hitter on a college team and project him to be a MLB prospect, but for the second week in a row that’s just what I did. After Will Holland occupied the last spot in the order for Auburn during my Week 11 travels, another talented middle infield prospect who has also struggled to put up numbers during his draft year was in my sights this week. After a three-inning look at an undersized righty with an electric arm running his fastball up to 97 mph for Ball State at Northern Illinois University, it was off to Iowa City for a night game to focus on UC-Irvine shortstop Christian Koss and a couple of his teammates against a resilient Iowa Hawkeye club.

In our coast-to-coast coverage we also saw an under the radar outfielder from Illinois State who is having a big year, a likely Day One bat from Southern Miss and a tooled up shortstop at Middle Tennessee. As for tools and talent, here’s what we saw…

No. 33 Matt Wallner, OF, Southern Miss- Tall, long bodied outfielder with plus raw power and arm strength as his top tools. Wallner began the season as a two-way player, but strained his flexor tendon in his forearm during a pre-season intrasquad. It was not a serious injury, tests did not show major damage, but it has taken...

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