Indiana Uncommitted Upperclass Standouts from Midwest Fall Championships
September 19, 2023
Over 200 coaches across all levels flocked to Grand Park for the PBR Tournaments - Midwest Fall Championships this past weekend to see some of the top high school prospects in the midwest, along with top junior colleges as the Puma Classic ran in conjunction with the high school event. Our staff followed closely along with many Indiana groups and today we highlight uncommitted upperclassmen (2024-2025) that stood out throughout the weekend.
By: Cooper Trinkle, Indiana Lead Scout
I tabbed ‘24 Corner Infielder Drew Helton (Whiteland HS) as the biggest uncommitted winner of the weekend, and for good reason. The 6-foot-1, 195 pounder hit in the 3-hole of a loaded Team Indiana lineup, filled with Power 5 & Division 1 recruits, and found barrel-after-barrel against quality arms due to a simple operation in the right-handed batter’s box. Helton sets up in a wide, balanced stance and coils into the back hip from a no-stride position. This allows for consistent timing and lets his hands work short to the baseball. Helton has an accurate barrel and was a run-producer, lining balls from gap-to-gap all weekend. School still in need of a ‘24 bat need to give Helton a serious look.
‘24 RHP Micah Vessely (Greenwood HS) turned heads with his ability to spin one of the better high school breaking balls I saw all weekend. The athletic, 6-foot-1, 175 pounder worked his curveball at 72-74 mph, spinning it numerous times over 3,000 RPMs causing uncomfortable takes and swing-and-misses. Vessely pitched off the breaking ball, allowing his 84-87 mph fastball to play-up. A strike-thrower, Vessely also flashes an 80-81 mph straight change, showing starter upside. The Greenwood product’s athleticism shows up in the delivery and his arm speed should allow his fastball velocity to continue to increase.
‘25 RHP Luke Riha (Homestead HS) settled in against a quality Cangelosi Sparks lineup and showed some of the best pure stuff I saw out of any uncommitted ‘25 arm this weekend. The physical, 6-foot-2, 200 pounder showed wipeout potential on a 75-78 mph slider that induced ugly swings & freeze-takes. He was able to run his fastball up to 89 mph, pitching at 85-88 mph, and the fastball tunneled well with the slider to beat hitters at the top of the zone late in counts. Riha also flashed a big, 70-71 mph curveball to give a different look. The physical right-hander shows the makings of a potential power back-end arm at the next level and is an uncommitted ‘25 that schools need to continue to follow.
‘25 2-way Luke Neiswonger (Homestead HS) has gained traction in the last couple weeks and followed suit with a big performance on the mound this weekend. Standing at 6-foot-2, 200 pounds - Neiswonger ran his fastball up to 89 mph (85-88) and was able to get chase on a big, 70-73 mph slider with sweep and also flashed a mid-70s changeup. A durably built right-hander, Neiswonger has long, deep arm action that accelerates to a ¾ release point and his slot creates run on the fastball. A right-handed hitting SS/3B, Luke generates powerful bat speed at the dish, allowing for offensive impact, and his arm strength translates to the left-side of the diamond.
With everyone chasing velocity in today’s world, it is refreshing to see a true strike-thrower, and ‘25 RHP Ivan Mastalski (Andrean HS) fits that mold. A projectable, 6-foot-3, 200 pounder - Mastalski flooded the zone in my look this week with a sinking, low-to-mid 80s fastball that ticks up to 86 mph on his best bullet. The Andrean product has substantial room to add velocity with added strength due to a clean arm swing and low-effort delivery. His changeup is advanced and he shows the ability to throw it in any count, sinking it at 75-78 mph with fastball arm speed. The changeup induced tons of ground ball contact and he showed a sweeping, 71-74 mph slider that will only improve as he adds overall velocity.
‘25 LHP Lucas Collins (Bishop Dwenger HS) had a really solid start this weekend, working 4 scoreless innings with 9 punch-outs. The athletic, 6-foot, 180 pound southpaw worked his fastball in the 84-87 mph range and the fastball plays with ride/run properties, averaging over 15” of horizontal movement and getting up to 21” of induced vertical break. This allowed Collins to get numerous swings-and-misses on the fastball over the plate, and he paired the fastball with a faded changeup at 73-76 mph. An athletic mover with quality hip-to-shoulder separation in the delivery, Collins shows developing feel for a mid-70s slider - improvements on this pitch will pay dividends for the quick-armed lefty.
‘25 C/OF Drew McTagertt (Harrison HS) swung a hot-bat in the two games I saw of him this weekend, showing the ability to hit the ball all across the yard with some authority. A wiry, athletic, 6-foot-3, 180 pounder - Drew hit a long home run to his pull-side, coming off the bat at 96 mph, then proceeded to barrel a ball right at the second baseman his next AB. I’ve watched McTagertt’s hit-tool standout since he was a freshman in high school and now he’s beginning to add strength to his frame to allow for more impact. His hand speed stands out at the dish, along with an efficient lower-half. McTagertt is an athletic receiver behind the dish and his catch-and-throw abilities are very solid, yet he also shows the ability to use his athleticism in the outfield and he should be able to man a corner outfield spot at the next level when he is not behind the dish.
A ‘25 bat that keeps getting better and better, I really like the overall development ‘25 1B Matt Drozlek (Westfield HS) has made in his game. The 6-foot-6, 225 pounder looks the part of a future-power bat and showed flashes of that throughout the weekend. Drozlek torched a ball to the RF track (with wood) and proceeded to go 97 mph off the bat on a single to LF later in the day. Drozlek has made strides in his overall body composition in the last year, allowing for more athleticism and explosiveness, with still room to continue to improve.
‘25 SS Joe Washburn (Saint Joseph HS) was a spark-plug at the top of the order this weekend, showing real impact foot-speed. A 6.7 runner that plays faster than his 60 time suggests, Washburn turned in home-to-first times in the high 4.1s throughout the weekend and his foot-quickness showed up on the base-paths, and in the form of range in the middle of the diamond. The left-handed hitter showed feel for the barrel with a short, simple swing and a middle-of-the-diamond, contact-oriented approach.
‘24 RHP Carter Orner (Plainfield HS) provided an upside look this weekend, just scratching the surface of his big potential. The 6-foot-7, 210 pounder ran his fastball up to 88 mph this weekend, pitching at 84-86 mph from an OTT slot that allows the fastball to play downhill. The uncommitted right-hander provides a big presence on the mound and showed improved abilities to get all three-pitches in the zone compared to looks across the summer. Orner showed a 12/6 shaped breaking ball at 69-72 mph along with a tumbling splitter at 76-77 mph. The splitter is a little ahead of the breaking ball at this point and Orner showed confidence throwing the split to both RH & LH hitters.
‘25 OF Gabe Mathison (Carmel HS) had a solid weekend, impressing in Centerfield and the left-handed batter’s box. An athletic, 6-foot-1, 175 pounder - Mathison has tons of twitch that shows up in the box. The twitch, combined with quick hands, allows him to cover all parts of the zone with a short, direct swing. In the outfield, Mathison roamed Centerfield with range and also has above average arm strength.
I was really impressed with ‘25 LHP Carter Beck (Avon HS) and his ability to compete in the zone. The 6-foot, 180 pound southpaw uses a balanced, low-effort delivery and repeats it consistently. His arm action is loose & uninterrupted - producing a riding fastball that sits at 81-84 mph with 20-22” of induced vertical break. His ability to ride the fastball played the velocity up and he was able to get tons of swing-and-misses in the zone against a lineup full of good hitters. Beck showed a short, late-breaking slider at 74-75 mph that tunneled off the fastball and also flashed a low-70s straight change. Beck already has the pitch-ability to consistently get outs and it was very good to see his overall stuff take a step up this weekend.
’24 RHP Jack Grunkemeyer (Batesville HS) had a strong outing out of the bullpen this weekend with 5 strikeouts in 2 innings pitched. Grunkemeyer is one of the top uncommitted prospects in Indiana’s 2024 class. The sturdy, 6-foot-2, 205 pounder attacked hitters with a firm fastball that sat 86-88 (T89) mph in this look. The right-hander is able to get outs with a heavy fastball and he is able to ride it at the top of the zone & his low ¾ slot induces arm-side run, as well. The Batesville product featured a slurvey breaking ball that showed some glimpses of sharp action, sitting in the low-70s. Grunkemeyer also shows a sinking change at 77-80 mph.
’25 INF Huston Dunn (Fishers HS) continued right where he left off in the summer – producing in-game. The 6-foot-2, 195 pound left-handed hitting infielder is one of the top uncommitted prospects in Indiana’s 2025 class. The Fishers product has a simple, repeatable swing that translates to barrel accuracy. Dunn was on the barrel in multiple trips to the plate throughout the weekend. The LHH is a mature defender with fluid feet - should be able to play multiple infield positions in college. An appealing profile that is a must-follow for college coaches the rest of the fall.
’25 RHP Ethan Dorsey (Cathedral HS) had a solid outing on the bump this weekend, pitching five scoreless frames. The 6-foot-2, 190 pound right-hander is a strike-thrower with a repeatable, stretch-only delivery. The arm is quick from a H ¾ slot. Dorsey commands three pitches in the zone with an 84-85 mph fastball and a tumbling 71-73 mph splitter that is very effective to LHH. The Cathedral product also features a sharp mid 70’s breaking ball that he is confident to throw in most counts.
’24 C Sage Adams (McCutheon HS) is an uncommitted name-to-know for colleges looking to add a backstop. Adams has a strong, 5-foot-9, 190 pound frame and he hits from a tall stance with a leg kick stride. Adams was impressive in the batters box this weekend, grinding out at-bats - proving to be a tough-out. The McCutheon product offers solid receiving skills and catch-and-throw capabilities. Adams high-motor behind the plate and competitive nature are contagious and he will be an asset to college programs.
I liked the swings from ’25 INF Jordan Williamson (Pendleton Heights HS). Athleticism stands out for the 6-foot-1, 170 pounder. Williamson gets his foot down early, with a compact load of the hands and turns the barrel on an upward swing plane. The infielder was on the barrel often this weekend and showcased his athleticism on the base paths and in the field. The Pendleton Heights product has solid defensive actions in the infield. Added strength will pay dividends to Williamson’s overall game.
’25 LHP Jack Warner (Danville HS) was an intriguing watch this weekend. A 6-foot-4, 200 pounder – Warner attacks hitters from a side-arm arm slot, providing a tough look on opposing hitters. Warner worked the fastball up to 82 mph in this look – the fastball was up to 86 mph in the summer – plays up due to arm slot and size. The southpaw featured a sweeping slider at 67-69 mph (2700+) - a potential-plus pitch. Warner also flashes an above-average, fading changeup at 71-73 mph. Warner is an uncommitted southpaw to keep tabs on.