Indiana Announces Midwest Future Games Roster

Midwest Future Game 2013 SLIDE

By Phil Wade

Director, PBR Indiana

Team Indiana has shown high level talent in the first two years of the invitation only Midwest Future Games Powered by Under Armour event.  Three players off of the 2011 squad were drafted in last June’s MLB draft; Danny Ayers (LHP, Columbus North HS), Zack Brown (RHP, Seymour HS), and Alex Krupa (OF, Greenwood HS). 

Last year’s team featured RHP Jonah Patten from Norwell HS, committed to Arkansas, who set the record for the event’s high recorded velocity by touching 92 mph on the radar gun (the record is shared with Illinois’ Jake Latz).

The 2013 roster, like the past two years, has high end talent, but this is by far the most talented squad Indiana has entered into the Midwest Future Games.

This year’s roster will feature 18 players currently ranked in the Top 25 in the 2015 class, with six of those players ranked in the Top 10.  The roster also features the No. 1 and No. 2 ranked prospects in the 2016 class.

A quick look at Team Indiana’s roster:


The pitching staff is loaded with high end arms.  Six have been as high as 89 mph, with three hitting 90 mph.  2015’s No. 3 Noah Burkholder, No. 4 Nolan Watson, No. 6 Brady Cherry, No. 7 Grant Sloan, and No. 10 Grant Inman are all 6-foot-1 or taller RHP’s that should be some of the most coveted arms at the event, while the No. 2 prospect in the 2016 class, Reid Schaller, will open the eyes of scouts standing at 6-foot-2 with a high 80’s arm that can get up to the low 90’s.

Other right-handers include; No. 13 Chris Ayers, and No. 14 Tyler Ward, No. 16 Evan Giles and No. 22 Matt Kent (6-foot-5).

From the left-side, Indiana features No. 11 Jordan Poore and No. 15 Zach Spears.


No. 9 ranked prospect Devin Mann will lead the way at up the middle at shortstop. Nick Podkul, ranked No. 13, Grant Inman and Tyler Ward will also contribute up the middle for Team Indiana.

Third base will feature Brady Cherry, Nolan Watson, and Evan Giles when they’re not on the mound.

At first base No. 8 ranked Dillin Diehm will lead the way.  Diehm has one of the best left-handed swings in the state of any class.  No. 22 ranked Owen Young will also see time at first base.  The 6-foot-3 inch prospect is the son of former Major Leaguer Dimitri Young, and possesses a projectable bat from the right side.


The outfield will be led by Jordan Poore, No. 12 Luke Miller, Chris Ayers and No. 20 Braden Giroux. Poore, Ayers and Giroux all possess solid bats from the left side of the plate, while Miller has one of the better swings in the state from the right side.  Team Indiana’s outfield possesses tons of athleticism, arm strength, and projectable bats from both sides of the plate.


Leading the way behind the plate is the No. 1 prospect in the 2016 class, T. J. Collett.  Collett is an absolute force from the left side of the plate with projectable power and arguably owns the most projectable swing of any player in the 2016 class throughout the Midwest.  

No. 25 Jesse Wilkening out of Hanover Central will also be a key contributor behind the plate.  


Name State School Class Pos Commitment
Chris Ayers IN Westfield 2015 OF
Noah Burkholder IN Crown Point 2015 RHP
Brady Cherry IN Lapel 2015 RHP
T.J. Collett IN Terre Haute North Vigo 2016 C
Dillin Diehm IN Garrett 2015 1B
Evan Giles IN Franklin 2015 RHP
Braden Giroux IN McCutcheon 2015 OF
Grant Inman IN FW Carroll 2015 RHP
Matt Kent IN FW Canterbury
2015 RHP
Devin Mann IN Columbus North 2015 SS
Luke Miller IN Cowan 2015 OF
Nick Podkul IN Andrean 2015 SS
Jordan Poore IN Muncie Central 2015 LHP
Reid Schaller IN Lebanon 2016 RHP
Grant Sloan IN Zionsville 2015 3B
Zach Spears IN Mt. Vernon 2015 LHP
Tyler Ward IN Hertiage Hills 2015 RHP
Nolan Watson IN Lawrence North 2015 RHP
Jesse Wilkening IN Hanover Central 2015 C  
Owen Young IN Alexandria-Monroe 2015 1B