Prep Baseball Report

Updated and Expanded Class of 2015 Rankings

By Mike Penn
Michigan Director of Scouting

We have seen plenty of new faces over the course of the summer to go along with many prospects who were already on our radar.  Many players have made significant jumps over the course of the year and even throughout the summer.

Josh Smith, now attending Saline HS, retains his No. 1 ranking.  The Kentucky commit was good in the state tournament sitting between 85-88mph when we saw him. This summer he played with perennial powerhouse Marucci Elite.

Nick Plummer (Brother Rice HS) slides into the No. 2 position.  Plummer has found a home as a future Wolverine in Ann Arbor.  Plummer is one of the more polished offensive players in the class and has a big time future at the next level.

No. 3 through No. 10, with the exception of Western Michigan commit No. 5 Nate Grys, all participated in the Midwest Futures Games and showed exceedingly well. Each of them are garnering interest from Division I schools throughout the region. 

Grys, in his own right, absolutely demolishes baseballs.  He had a stellar state tournament helping Bishop Foley do what no other program and Michigan history has been able to do, win back to back to back state titles.

No. 9 Tyler Schmidt has a considerable amount of attention coming his way.  The freakishly gifted Schmidt can run (6.76), throw (93mph from the OF) and pitch (86-88mph on the mound). Despite being a raw talent, Schmidt has incredible upside.

No. 10 Grant Wolfram (Hamilton HS) made the biggest jump all of the players in class.  Wolfram has been as high as 86mph on the gun but most importantly the 6-foot-6 lefty has perhaps highest upside of any player in the class.

Some newcomers to the rankings are Matt Clark (RHP, Adrian HS), Ben Keizer (LHP, Portage Northern HS),  and Evan Kratt (C, Richmond HS).

Overall the Class of 2015 boasts deeper talent than what we have seen in recent years.  The catching corps alone comprised of Trent Theisen (Saline HS), Jordyn Muffley (Portage Central HS), Kratt, and Jacob Garbarino (Grandville HS), offer perhaps deepest groups of catchers in all of the PBR coverage area. 

Left-handed pitching seems to be deeper than normal as seven of the top 25 slots in the class are southpaws.

Best of all, Michigan tends to be a late blooming state.  We are excited to see who may come out of the woodwork next.

Class of 2015 Top 10

Rank Name Position
1 Josh Smith LHP
2 Nick Plummer OF
3 Collin Goslin LHP
4 Riley McCauley SS
5 Nate Grys OF
6 Jacob Vander Wal OF
7 Trent Theisen C
8 Chandler Sedat RHP
9 Tyler Schmidt LHP
10 Grant Wolfram LHP



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