Prep Baseball Report

Top 8 Uncommitted Corner Infielders in the 2024 Class

Cooper Trinkle
Lead Scout

Christian Kiper, 1B, South Central HS

Kiper offers offensive prowess from the left-side of the dish. The 6-foot-1, 190 pounder has a simple, upward swing that works from gap-to-gap with barrel accuracy. Kiper put up big offensive numbers in the spring of his junior season, batting .453 with 13 doubles and 6 home runs with only 4 strikeouts in 82 plate appearances.

Kline Woodward, 3B, Bedford North Lawrence HS

A corner guy with tons of physical strength, Woodward stands at 6-foot-3 and 215 pounds. The right-handed hitter hits from a wide stance with a small stride and compact upper-body load to allow for consistent timing. Woodward has a level swing plane with quick hands and is more of a line drive type hitter. A 6.90 runner, Kline moves very well laterally for his size and offers sure hands at the hot-corner with enough arm strength (88 mph INF) to stay there at the next level. 

Zach McLean, 1B, Columbus North HS

A physical presence in the right-handed batter's box - McLean offers big time barrel strength with his 6-foot-4, 235 pound frame. The Columbus North product has an aggressive approach at the dish with big-time bat speed that allows for pull-side power and an exit velocity up to 97 mph. McLean offers tons of arm strength (89 INF Velo) that translates to some two-way promise on the mound. 

Drew Helton, 3B/1B, Whiteland HS

A gamer with tons of feel to hit - Helton had a monster junior year for Whiteland HS, batting .459 with 8 doubles and 3 home runs. The junior corner infielder has a very simple right-handed swing that allows for consistent hard contact and quality control of the strike-zone. The 6-foot-1, 195 pounder has soft hands at the hot-corner with the ability to throw from multiple arm slots from a quick release.

Deklan Thompson, 3B/SS, Mooresville HS

Thompson is an athletic primary 3B that has the ability to play multiple infield positions. A quick-twitch athlete that stands at 6-foot-1 and 170 pounds, Thompson's best tools are his arm strength (89 mph INF) along with his twitchy foot speed (6.88 60). A right-handed hitter with quick hands, Thompson uses a slow and controlled load at the dish with a level, rotational swing plane, producing a max exit velocity of 95 mph. 

Conner Barkel, 3B/1B, Fort Wayne Carroll HS

A sturdy, 6-foot-1, 200 pound corner infielder. Barkel hits from a balanced stance and uses a simple load and stride. The Fort Wayne Carroll product possesses solid bat speed and has some feel for the barrel with an upward swing plane. Barkel offers the versatility to play both corner infield spots with sure hands and average arm strength.

Seth Newkirk, 1B, Floyd Central HS

Newkirk offers big power potential from the right-side of the dish with advanced bat speed, a long-levered swing, and produced a 100 mph exit velocity in showcase this winter. A physical, 6-foot-3, 205 pounder - Newkirk hits with rhythm in his hands as he makes a simple forward move and his bat explodes through the hitting zone. A primary 1B, Newkirk offers above-average arm strength with an infield velocity of 86 mph.

Blake Borkhardt, 1B, Columbus East HS

A left-handed hitter with some juice to the pull-side, Borkhardt uses a long, toe-tap type stride and looks to leverage the ball out front with a level, rotational swing. The 6-foot-1, 190 pounder with strength produced an exit velocity of 95 mph in showcase this winter and is a sure-handed defender at 1B.