The Year In Review - 2019


Dylan Hefflinger
PBR Ohio Editor in Chief/NW Scout

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The Year In Review - 2019

Each of us here at PBR Michigan want to thank you for making 2019 the best year yet. We look forward to continuing to bring the best baseball coverage. Happy Holidays to all!

"2019 was another year where we were able to help hundreds of athletes have a better understanding of  the recruiting process and many reach their childhood goal of playing college baseball. Playing a role in the development of young men, while helping guide them through their process is of imperative importance. Moving forward to the 2020 we look forward to targeting underserved areas and providing more opportunities to young men throughout Michigan."- Aaron Wilson, PBR Michigan Director of Scouting

"I feel with the relationships we've made and the experiences I had personally throughout these past 12 months, that 2019 was a banner year for PBR Michigan. Being able to help high school athletes reach their dreams of playing at the next level while building personal relationships is something I enjoy daily. Thank you very much to the athletes, parents, coaches and all in the great state of Michigan and have a great holiday season."- Dylan Hefflinger, PBR Michigan Editor in Chief/Scout

"The opportunity to talk to so many quality players from different parts of North America is a joy to me. Listening to them tell about their baseball journey, their dreams to continue playing the game as long as they can and the hard work that goes with it brings an appreciation of the commitment it takes to play on the college level and beyond. So many times when I have conversations with these players for PBR articles, the topic includes family, the values taught at home and how that helped them in their quest to play baseball at the highest level possible. I look forward to hearing more players tell their story and what it takes to succeed as they get ready to take the next step in their lives." - Bruce Hefflinger, PBR Michigan Senior Writer

2019 Showcase Recap

Prep Baseball Report events are designed to give players the maximum exposure needed to advance to the next level. In 2019, not only did they receive high-level exposure from college coaches at the event, but all players at events were videotaped, with the edited performance being posted onto the website with the opportunity to be seen by more than 800 colleges and pro teams who subscribe to the Prep Baseball Report services.

In 2019, PBR Michigan hosted 25 showcases/workouts throughout the year. This included nine Scout Days, which provided the top summer organizations in the state the ability to show what their program has to offer College/MLB organizations. In this article, you will find the "best of the best" for the year in numerous categories, with the top 10 being highlighted.

Looking ahead to 2020, we at PBR Michigan look forward to bringing you comprehensive year-round coverage throughout the state and continue to be the No. 1 resource for amateur baseball in the state thanks to our variety of events, boots-on-the-ground scouting staff, daily coverage, multimedia platforms and more. With more than 800 colleges and pro teams subscribed to Prep Baseball Report services, we look to continue to help the prospect reach their dreams of playing at the next level.

Future Games - Team Michigan

The eighth annual Future Games, held previously at Grand Park north of Indianapolis, was held for the first time at LakePoint in Cartersville, Ga. on July 31-Aug. 3. Top uncommitted prospects in the classes of 2021, 2022 and 2023 participated in one of the most popular events of the year.

There were 28 teams, including Team Michigan, with players representing 38 states plus the Canadian provinces of British Columbia, Ontario and Quebec. Each team played three games the final three days of the event after all position players went through a showcase workout on the first day of the Future Games.

To read about each of the prospects experience at the Future Games, please click on this article. Every single prospect talked about their experience, the highlights, the competition and much more. A must read to say the least. Click here for article.

PBR Michigan 2019 Player Of The Year

In 2019, Chris Mokma earned the honor of Player of the Year in the state after posting an 8-0 record in 45 innings while striking out 81 batters. At the plate the Holland Christian product batted .433 with 27 RBIs. Later in the spring Mokma was drafted by the Miami Marlins in the 12th round and decided to sign with them, as you can read here.

Uncommitted/Committed Spotlights

In 2019, we were blessed to have OPSWA Hall of Fame writer Bruce Hefflinger back for his second full year. With Bruce on board, we were able to provide numerous commitment articles and uncommitted spotlights throughout the year. As of this date, in combination with Dylan Hefflinger's top uncommitted by position articles, we have written 39 uncommitted articles in 2019 and almost 80 since late 2017. To view the uncommitted spotlights throughout the year, please click here. When it comes to commitment articles, in 2019 we provided 29 articles and almost 70 since 2017. To view each of the commitment tracker articles, please click here.

In 2020, look forward to another year of spotlights heading your way.

2019 MLB Draft

The 2019 MLB Draft took place June 3-5. We at PBR Michigan took time to do a preview for the draft which highlighted eight potential draftees. To view the preview, which featured Chris Mokma (Video), Colin Czajkowski, Aaron Dolney, Cameron Wagoner, Adam Berghorst, Luke Russo, Antonio Flores and Ahmad Harajlir ... click here.

To view a couple of MLB Draft articles, click below:

Our guys at the national level Nathan Rode (National Supervisor) and David Seifert (Director of College Scouting) took liberties in putting together notes on each day of the draft, you can find each days notes below.

Early Signing Period

The NCAA early signing period took place November 13th. We at PBR Michigan broke down each individual Division 1 and Division 2  commitments from in-state prospects, where they are headed and what tools they will bring with them.

  • To view the Division 1 In-State Recruiting Breakdown, click here.
  • To view the Division 1 out of state Recruiting Breakdown, click here.
  • To view the Division 2 In-State Recruiting Breakdown, click here.

Michigan High Spring Recap

PBR Michigan covers the High School spring season unlike any other. Each year we look to bring more and more coverage throughout the state. In 2019 we brought to you in-depth Team Previews, Spring Scout Blog, All-State Teams, Team Rankings.

January through the start of the season saw many team previews placed online, click here to view each of the previews from 2019.

To view the 2019 Scout Blog, please click here.

To view the final Team Rankings, click here.

To view the Teams of the Week, click here.

Look Ahead At 2020

With 2019 behind us, we look ahead at what 2020 has to offer.

Throughout the year we will offer numerous showcases across the state, click here to view our 2020 showcase schedule.

When it comes to the MHSAA spring season, we look to get our in-depth Team Previews started at some point in January. We will also provide the 2020 Spring Scout Blog, Preseason/Postseason All-State Teams, Preseason/In-season Team Rankings, as well as complete coverage of the MHSAA State Tournament. We look forward to being your number one spot for HS baseball in the spring.

Come summer time, we look to scour the entire state, covering Travel Ball/Legion tournaments. We also have numerous showcases including the Top Prospect Games, Future Games and many more.

Also throughout the year, we will be updating the individual Player Rankings. To view the current rankings, please click below: