Prep Baseball Report

Summer Stars - Uncommitted '24s to Know

Cooper Trinkle
Lead Scout

With the current nature of college recruiting, it is tougher than ever before for high school recruits. High school prospects are competing with thousands of experienced college players that are in the transfer portal for limited roster spots, and even more limited scholarship opportunities. With that being said, Indiana’s 2024 class is one of the deepest crops of talent that we have seen to date, and still has plenty of promising uncommitted players still left on the board. 

Earlier in the summer, I highlighted a crop of uncommitted 2024s that stood out early in the summer at the PBR Tournaments : Indiana Open. Of that group, we have since seen Landen Smith (Ball State) and Logan Crock (Butler) commit to division one programs, while multiple others are still available, some with offers in-hand. Find that full list of uncommitted 2024 prospects HERE. For more talented & uncommitted ‘24s - check out our Top Prospect Games standouts HERE

Today, I am highlighting 15 more uncommitted 2024s I saw on the 2023 Summer Circuit with no-doubt college potential.

Christian Klug, OF/2B, Bishop Chatard HS

Klug had a big summer on the circuit and was productive each time I got a look at him. An athletic, 5-foot-11, 180 pounder - Klug showed an improved ability to stay behind the baseball this summer, allowing him to elevate the ball with true spin more consistently and adding another layer to a well-rounded offensive profile. Klug showed comfortability handling premier arms with quality feel for the barrel against national level competition this summer. Along with a consistent hit tool, Klug’s foot-speed allows him to impact the game on the base-paths (4.2-4.3 H-1st from the RHH) along with allowing him to be a plug-and-play type defender, proficient enough to play all 3 outfield positions along with 2B.


Aiden Schwartz, RHP, Harrison HS

After missing much of the high school season due to injury, Schwartz’s powerful right-arm helped to create lots of buzz on the summer circuit. A physical, 6-foot-3, 210 pounder - Schwartz had a big performance at the Grand Park Summer Championships, running his fastball up to 90 mph (87-90) while flashing two sharp breaking balls. Schwartz showed a sharp, 11/5 CB (2650 RPM per Trackman) along with a tight, late breaking slider at 80-82 mph that he was able to get to the back-foot of LHHs. Schwartz moves with a purpose and attacks hitters with intent, showing back-end of the bullpen type stuff that should be able to get outs at the college level right away.


Brayden Huebner, SS, Evansville North HS

Huebner stood out during a couple looks in the high school season, including hitting a no-doubt HR at Bosse Stadium during a look in sectionals. I was able to lock in on the athletic, 6-foot-2, 175 pounder at the Indiana Summer Championships, where Huebner proved to be one of the best bats in attendance. The Evansville North product has serious prowess in the right-handed batter’s box - showing the ability to get his “A” swing off with less than 2K, along with being able to simplify while still creating bat-speed with 2K. Huebner’s 2K approach is impressive and speaks volumes to his ability to compete in the box. Also a standout on the hardwood - Huebner’s frame + athleticism should allow him to stick in the middle of the diamond at the next level.


Christian Forniss, LHP, Brebeuf Jesuit HS

After a standout spring for Brebeuf, Forniss was very impressive at the 17U ABC. An athletic, 6-foot-1, 185 pound southpaw - Forniss showed off a quick left-arm from a ¾ slot that produced a fastball up to 89 mph (84-88). The fastball showed some life, along with run to the arm-side of the plate, and paired well with a sweeping, 71-74 mph slider. Forniss is a strike-thrower that has steadily improved his stock over the past 12 months.


Adam Buczkowski, RHP, Carmel HS

A former Future Games participant, Buczkowski showed some serious electricity in his right-arm during his start at the 17U ABC, sitting 88-92 mph on his fastball. A high-waisted & athletic, 6-foot-2, 190 pounder, Buczkowski pitches from a H ¾ slot that allows for serious arm-side run on the FB at times. The Carmel product offers a sharp, 81-84 mph slider that flashes wipeout potential, along with developing feel for an 80-83 mph changeup with fade. Buczkowski has some pitchability question marks at times, but undoubtedly has the most arm talent of any 2024 grad still left on the board.


Coen Evrard, LHP, Floyd Central HS

Evrard recently re-opened his recruiting process and takes over as the top-ranked uncommitted southpaw in Indiana’s 2024 class. The lanky, 6-foot-2, 175 pounder attacks hitters from a ¾ slot with a loose & quick arm - an especially tough-look on left-handed hitters. In a look at Evrard this summer, he sat 87-90 mph on his fastball while flashing some feel for a 79-81 mph slider. Evrard has the potential to be a premier left-handed reliever with the stuff he’s shown at this point, but also has starter upside if he can sure up some inconsistencies in his overall command of the strike zone.


Conner Vander Luitgaren, RHP, Center Grove HS

Another 17U ABC standout, Vander Luitgaren turned in a quality start at Grand Park, showing a solid FB/SL combo as well as athleticism on the mound. The 6-foot-1, 180 pound righty has been up to 90 mph with the FB (87-89) along with a firm SL at 75-77 mph that will spin at rates north of 2400. The Center Grove product attacks hitters from an over-the-top slot with plenty of arm speed and shows the ability to ride the fastball at 2500+ spin rates. 


Drew Helton, CIF, Whiteland HS

A consummate “gamer”, Helton impressed in the batter’s box throughout multiple looks during the summer of 2023. The 6-foot-1, 195 pound corner infielder’s best tool is his right-handed bat, and that tool allows Helton to consistently produce in-game. His swing is super simple with a consistent timing mechanism - a no-strider that coils into the back hip and controls the lower-half during a minimal forward move to allow his bat-to-ball skills to show consistently. Despite hitting out of a no-stride, Helton is able to produce gap-to-gap power with some strength in the bat to go along with outstanding feel for the barrel. 


Mason Weaver, RHP, Homestead HS

After a huge spring season for Homestead, Weaver was a hot name on the summer circuit - praised for his durable build and strike-throwing capabilities. The 6-foot-2, 190 pound right-hander offers a repeatable delivery and clean, compact arm action from a H ¾ arm slot. Weaver can really command his fastball, up to 88 mph (84-87), and also offers a sharp, 72-75 mph slider that shows swing-and-miss potential at times. A true three-pitch mix, Weaver can also command a 78-82 mph changeup and showed the ability to induce soft contact on the CH to both RH & LH hitters alike. 


Brayden Hibler, SS, Westfield HS

Hibler is on a short-list in terms of the best pure defenders in Indiana’s 2024 class and undoubtedly should stick at SS at the collegiate level. An instinctual defender, Hibler’s feet work downhill through the baseball, his hands are soft, his body control is advanced, and his arm works from multiple angles with plenty of arm strength. The wiry, 6-foot-2, 165 pounder showed budding power potential at the Grand Park Summer Championships with multiple extra base hits to his pull-side gap. Along with the developing strength in the barrel, Hibler offers quality bat-to-ball skills and the ability to control the strike zone. 


Gabe Wilke, C, Evansville North HS

If a school needs a lights-out defensive catcher in the 2024 class, look no further than Evansville North product Gabe Wilke. The 6-foot-3, 170 pounder may be the best catch-and-throw backstop in the class, with ample arm strength and a quick transfer, producing pop times ranging from 1.88-1.94. Wilke impressed me this summer with his ability to control the run game, the athleticism that he shows behind the dish, along with soft hands when receiving. Offensively, Wilke has a short, simple swing that should only improve as he continues to add strength to his projectable frame.


Micah Rienstra-Kiracofe, OF, North Central HS

Currently tabbed at the top-ranked uncommitted position player in the class, Rienstra-Kiracofe offers college-ready athleticism with plenty of untapped potential in his overall game. An athletic, 6-foot-1, 175 pounder - Micah’s premier foot-speed & arm strength are both plus tools and he would not look out of place in a college outfield today. Offensively, Rienstra-Kiracofe shows off twitchy hand speed that allows him to impact the baseball with strength, clubbing double-digit home runs in the spring along with multiple home runs on the summer circuit. The overall bat-to-ball skills are inconsistent at this point, but whoever lands this uncommitted OF could get a potential star with continued refinement & development.


Sage Adams, C, McCutcheon HS

Adams is a hard-working, high-motor backstop that will make a college program better due to his hard-nosed, competitive nature. A strong 5-foot-9, 190 pounder - Adams’ motor behind the dish is second-to-none and his receiving & catch-and-throw abilities are both very solid. Offensively, Adams’ physical strength allows for bat-speed and he shows the ability to grind out at-bats, proving to be a tough-out. A 7.14 runner, Adams hits from a tall stance and uses a controlled, leg-kick stride to create forward momentum in the swing.


Ty Anderson, RHP, Westfield HS

A strike-thrower that commands the zone with three pitches - Anderson has turned in one quality start after another on the summer circuit due to his ability to control the strike zone. A wiry & athletic, 6-foot-1, 155 pounder with ample room to add strength, Anderson attacks hitters with a quick arm from a ¾ slot that allows for plenty of arm-side run on his 84-87 mph fastball. Anderson has the ability to run the fastball in on the hands of right-handed hitters and tunnels his late-breaking, 77-79 mph slider and sinking, 80-82 mph changeup off his fastball. 


Joshua Girvan, INF, Zionsville HS

Girvan is an impact athlete that offers game-changing foot-speed (6.64 60). An athletic, 6-foot, 180 pounder with lean strength - Girvan’s feet are his best tool & they allow him to impact the game on the base-paths, as well as on the dirt. A rangy defender, Girvan shows a strong ability to play downhill in the infield with above-average hands. Offensively, Girvan offers ultra-quick hands and has produced 100+ EV’s in a showcase setting due to his advanced bat-speed.