Labor Day Challenge: Reds Scout Team Preview



By Steve Nielsen
Scouting Supervisor – Illinois/Wisconsin

The 2015 Labor Day Challenge will take place September 5 – 6 at Standard Bank Stadium in Crestwood, IL. This year’s event features five high level teams with prospects from around the state of Illinois and beyond.

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Throughout the week we will bring you a quick preview as to what to look for out of the participating teams. Today we highlight the Reds Scout Team.

The Reds Scout Team covers the widest geographical area spanning from Minnesota to Michigan, Nebraska to Indiana and everywhere in between. Reds Scout Team is comprised primarily of 2016 graduates with aspirations of being draft prospects. Many of the players on the roster are considered top ten prospects in their respective states, but more than just that, the Reds Scout Team features six prospects in the top 50 of our 2016 overall rankings.

C Cooper Johnson (Carmel HS, IL, Mississippi) highlights the roster, but the No. 5 prospect in our overall rankings is still with Team USA in Japan after making the 18u roster earlier this summer. Johnson has emerged this summer as quite possibly the best defensive high school catcher in the country. Johnson has made his rounds on the summer circuit, capped off recently with his performance at the Under Armour All-American game at Wrigley Field.

Another participant in the Under Armour All-American game, RHP Brenden Heiss (Jacobs HS, IL, Arkansas) comes in at No. 18 overall. Heiss has been a known commodity since heading into his junior year when he touched 95 mph at the PBR Future Games.

Also featured in the top 50 of the PBR Overall Rankings is RHP/3B Cal Coughlin (Lake Forest HS, IL, TCU) at No. 31. Coughlin has showed two-way abilities on the diamond with a fastball sitting in the low 90s.  

The Reds roster also has a mix of 2017 graduates sprinkled in. RHP/1B Jimmy Ramsey (Minnetonka HS, MN, uncommitted) stands atop this group, at 6-foot-7, 220-pounds and ranked No. 28 in the overall 2017 rankings. Ramsey runs his fastball into the upper 80s and boasts a big left-handed bat with easy power. OF Brad Czerniejewski (Lake Forest HS, IL, TCU), C Adam Proctor (St. John’s HS, MI, Michigan State) and LHP Brendan Murphy (Mundelein HS, IL, uncommitted) also rank in the top 150 of the 2017 overall rankings.


Name Position Jersey # Height Weight  
Matt Burch SS 31 5-9 155lbs View Profile
Cal Coughlin 3B 52 6-1 200lbs View Profile
Cooper Johnson C 46 6-0 200lbs View Profile
Connor Manous RHP 33 5-11 160lbs View Profile
Alec Trela 3B 56 6-4 215lbs View Profile
Matt Bottcher 2B 29 5-8 160lbs View Profile
Dominic Clementi OF 37 6-2 180lbs View Profile
Reid Schaller RHP 49 6-3 193lbs View Profile
Jack Eagan LHP 54 6-3 220lbs View Profile
Cal Elvers C 43 6-1 175lbs View Profile
Joe Acker OF 34 6-0 175lbs View Profile
Skylar Szynski RHP 38 6-2 195lbs View Profile
Brenden Heiss RHP 36 6-1 200lbs View Profile
Ryan Schmitt RHP 35 5-10 170lbs View Profile
Brandon Skopick SS 32 5-11 165lbs View Profile
Brad Czerniejewski OF 41 6-1 185lbs View Profile
Alec Marsh RHP 51 6-2 200lbs View Profile
Jel Raikes OF 47 6-2 180lbs View Profile
Dalton Parker RHP 45 6-4 205lbs View Profile
Cameron Beauchamp LHP 40 6-1 194lbs View Profile
Nick Hanson RHP 55 6-6 210lbs View Profile
Jimmy Ramsey 1B 57 6-6 210lbs View Profile
Adam Proctor C 50 6' 213lbs View Profile
Brendan Murphy LHP 48 6-3 180lbs View Profile
Ryan Swanson RHP 53 6-5 205lbs View Profile
Logan Foster C 39 5-10 185lbs View Profile

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