Top Prospect Games: Gray Team Analysis



By PBR Staff

The final team analysis is in.  Some big names (McGuire, McCauley, Reuss, Gonzalez, Leatherman) led this talented group, but it was a few pleasant surprises (Holt, Bronkema, Wysocki) who put there names on the map.

Hunter Green, C, Birmingham Seaholm, 2014
Green had a good showing overall. He threw the ball well behind the plate and registered 2.01-2.05 pop times consistently.  5-foot-11, 165-pound athletic build.  Good physical projection.  Swung it well from both sides of plate. Has some pop in the bat from both sides.  Gap-to-gap potential. Some loosness in swing with ability to whip barrel through the zone. Threw from outfield as well- 82mph with carry.

 

Ryan Stewart, OF, Parkway Christian, 2014
Smaller outfielder at 5-foot-8, 165-pounds.  Good competitor.  Speedy outfielder.  80+ from the outfield with over-the-top slot.  Balanced setup at the plate from right-side. Gap-to-gap potential.  Quick twitch athlete with some upside.  Small school kind of player.  Should garner some attention.

 

Riley McCauley, SS/RHP, Sterling Heights Stevenson, 2015
One of the better infielders in the Class of 2015 in Michigan.  Potential two-way prospect. Physically strong already.  6-foot, 175-pound athlete.  Limited physical projection.  Fast bat with pop.  From the mound is long and loose. Touched 86mph, primarily sat between 83-85mph.  Shorter slider has tendency to backup.  84mph across the diamond in the infield.

 

Maris Marazita, SS/2B, Edwardsburg, 2014
Marazita is a player.  Solid speed from the left side (4.36).  Offensively minded player.  Looking to drive the baseball. Will use all fields. Whips the barrel through the zone. Plays bigger than his 5-foot-9 frame suggests. Good feet in the infield. Projects to be a second baseman at the next level.  74mph across the diamond.

 

Kyle Houts, OF/INF, Spring Lake, 2014
Smaller compact player with good actions.  Instincts are good.  Only 5-foot-9, 150-pounds but plays bigger than frame suggests. Good arm from the outfield with carry (82mph).  Contact hitter at the plate.  Bat path is flat through the zone.  Has some gap pop when he gets it right.

 

Anthony Diponio, MIF/C, Divine Child, 2014
Has good actions. Stands at 5-foot-10, 160-pounds.  More room to grow.  Wiry build with some projection.  Short arm-action with high ¾ slot.  76mph across the diamond. Throws were accurate and online.   Good swing path.  Short to the baseball.  Consistent hard contact.  Plays really well. Has versatility and can add depth and versatility.

 

Andrew Gonzalez, RHP, Walled Lake Western, 2014
One of the highest rated players in the state.  Committed to Michigan State.  Right-hander with some upside.  Slighter frame overall but athletic 6-foot-2, 170-pounds.  Arm is long and loose.  Wraps a bit on backside. Sat 86-87mph with his fastball. Sweeping breaking ball with swing and miss potential. Will add velocity as time goes on. 

 

Dan Chmilewski, OF, Utica Eisenhower, 2014
Chmilewski is an extremely athletic 6-foot-2, 180-pound outfielder.  Long legs with a good frame to add pounds.  Still a bit raw but has some tools. Arm strength was 77mph from the outfield. At the plate gets good extension with power potential. Good gait. Long strider who runs easy. Overall a good athlete with best years ahead of him.

 

Josh Arndt, C, Oxford, 2014
Smaller compact frame at 5-foot-10, 170-pounds.  4.5 runner from left-side. Good thrower with 1.97-2.04 pop times. Presents good target rolls well to pitches. Short stride offensively.  Switch hitting catcher. Will see more pop in the bat as he incorporates lower half more.  Line drive stroke.  Had a base hit during TP Games.

 

Greg Antoine, RHP/OF, Romeo, 2014
Antoine is an athletic 6-foot-1, 180-pound OF/RHP.  Has some prejectability.  Arm is loose and works well.  Best throw from the outfield was 79mph.  Ball has some carry, good spin and was online.  From the plate, shows good balance and quick hands.  Gap-to-Gap potential.  Showed pull tendencies in BP. Got to extension well.  On the mound is a strike thrower.  Fastball ranged between 75-79mph.  High ¾ slot.  Could be a two-way player for smaller school.

 

Joe Wolf, RHP, Sterling Heights Stevenson, 2014
Wolf has a slender frame at 6-foot-1, 140-pounds.  Plenty of room to grow.  Arm works well as he whips baseball.  Good looseness in hips.  Showed feel for three pitches.  Velocity was not at its best on this day 77-79mph.  Have seen him up to 84mph.  Breaking ball shows 12-6 spin with later bite. Waiting for him to make his jump.

 

Nick Holt, LHP, Muskegon Catholic, 2015
Holt was a pleasant surprise at Top Prospect Games.  6-foot, 180-pound lefty with some projection.  Strikes to both sides of the plate.  Competed really well.  Fastball sat between 79-82 mph.  Has touched 84mph in the past.  Breaking ball for strikes.  Low ¾ almost side arm slot. Easy effort with looseness.  Has tendency to get under the fastball a bit and ball flattens out.  When on top gets good arm side run down in zone.  Should get outs.

 

Luke Schaefer, RHP, Portage Central, 2015
Schaefer is a big RHP at 6-foot-3, 195-pounds.  Arm works well.  Velocity should come soon.  78-83mph.  Shorter arm action with some quickness. High ¾ slot.  Strong legs with wide shoulders and good projectability.  Outing was solid.  Nothing flashy but competed well.

 

Patrick Leatherman, RHP, Jenison, 2014
Big bodied, big arm righty at 6-foot-4, 195-pound. Online delivery with high ¾ slot.  Sat primarily between 86-87mph touched 90mph.  Change up looked to be improved (74mph). Breaking ball had looser spin at 73mph needs to continue to improve to be considered an out pitch.  Has some projection and maturing still to do.  Should see improved velocity over next 6 months.

 

Ryan Wysocki, OF/RHP, Forest Hills Northern, 2014
Wysocki is a quick twitch 6-foot-1, 165-pound athlete.  Played both in the outfield and on the mound.  Lanky build with physical projection. 85mph from the outfield one of the better velocities from the Top Prospect Games.  Shorter arm action from high ¾ slot.  Ball carried well and was online.  At the plate showed good balance.  Line drive approach with solid bat speed.  On the mound showed ¾ arm slot with 82-83mph velocity.  Arm was quick.  Has some effort in the delivery.  Breaking ball has 11/5 shape 68-70mph.  Threw lots of strikes and worked quick.  Seems to have a good motor.

 

Jacob Rogers, 3B/RHP, Sterling Heights Stevenson, 2014
Rogers is a bigger bodied 6-foot-1, 205-pound third baseman.  Shows good agility for a bigger player.  Soft hands with long loose arm action.  78mph across the diamond.  At the plate shows balanced stance.  Willing to use whole field.  Good bat path.  Lots of line drives. Needs to continue to improve bat speed. On the mound has ¾ slot.  Up to 80mph with fastball.  Breaking ball was softer at 62mph. 

 

Zach McGuire, OF/3B, Sterling Heights Stevenson, 2014
McGuire continues to improve. Filled into his body well. Not much more in terms of physical projection.  Offensively-minded player. Has a nose for the barrel. Several hits at TP Games.  Including bullet back up the middle.  Gap-to-gap hitter with lots of slugging power.  Could improve lower half a touch to see more pop. Above average arm from the outfield 88mph.  Shorter arm action with good 4-seam carry. Clean exchange and over-the-top slot.  In infield projects to be corner player.  Softer hands.  Footwork needs to continue to improve to feel more comfortable. 

 

Garret Bronkema, RHP, Edwardsburg, 2014
6-foot-1, 190-pound good looking pitcher.  Long loose arm action with lots of stirkes.  Improved his stock at TP Games.  83-86mph fastball.  Some arm side run. Breaking ball has slurvy action.  Ball pops out of hand a bit (75-76mph).  Change was down in the zone.  Hand speed near fastball (76mph). Will see more velocity as he physically matures.  Needs to get through the baseball more.

 

Paul Harper, C/1B, Utica Eisenhower, 2014
Athletic 6-foot-3, 200-pound C/1B.  Looks the part.  Big frame to throw to with softer hands. Arm is longer behind plate. Pop times 2.1-2.2.  Offensive catcher who swings it from left-side.  Balanced at the plate with fast bat speed.  Had one of the better BP rounds of TP Games. Definite power potential.  Picks it well at 1B.

 

Frank Maloney, 3B/MIF, Macomb Dakota, 2014
Maloney is an intriguing athlete. 6-foot-1, 190-mph. Projects to play 3B at the next level.  Solid action with accurate arm across the diamond (76mph).  Made all of the plays.  Consistent.  At the plate shows balanced athletic approach.  Smooth load with fast bat.  Gap-to-gap potential as evidenced by his double during the games.  Needs to improve speed.  Some strength gains possible.  Has some time left to make a jump.

 

Grant Reuss, LHP, Cranbrook, 2014
Reuss continues to climb on Major league boards.  Committed to Michigan. Really high ceiling.  Arm works well. Up to 89mph for us.  Command needs to improve to really be considered elite.  Still feeling out his mechanics. Breaking ball spins well (71mph).  Potential to be swing and miss pitch.  Should be a high follow for major league scouts this coming spring.

 

Pierce Heythaler, RHP/3B, Warren Mott, 2014
Big bodied 3B/RHP from Warren Mott. Stands at 6-foot-3, 235-pounds.  Showed good athleticsm for size at 3B.  ¾ slot across diamond.  Accurate sure throws. Softer hands.  At the plate was balanced with line drive approach.  Needs to continue to improve lower half.  Showed good two-strike approach during games.  On the mound, fastball at 80mph.  Slider was 74mph.  Solid arm action.  Has seen high velo in the past.