MN Preseason All-State: Corner Infield Evaluations

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By Rob Allison
Prep Baseball Report Minnesota

Prep Baseball Report's MN Preseason All-State event took place on Sunday, March 20, 2016. The event was held at the Vadnais Sports Center in Vadnais Heights, MN. The event featured prospects from the 2017 class from Minnesota and North Dakota who showcased their talents in front of our scouting staff. Thank you to the players, parents, my staff and the Vadnais Sports Center for such a great event.

There were a number of great individual performances this year at the MN Preseason All-State. Also of note is the fact that official high school practices don't start in Minnesota until the Monday after the event. Look for many of these player's numbers to continue to improve as they start playing and working into mid-season form.

As we drill down into the statistics:

+ 21 players ran sub-7.2 60's.
+ 33 players recorded 85+ mph exit velocities
+ 18 players recorded 80+ mph infield throws
+ 13 players recorded 80+ mph outfield throws
+ 15 catchers recorded 70+ mph throws to second base
+ 8 catchers recorded sub-2.1 pop times
+ 40 pitchers were 80+ mph on the mound

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Today we highlight the corner infield prospects at the event.


top corner infield Prospects
Brock Boltmann, C/3B, Edina, 2017
6-foot-1, 190-pound right-handed hitting catcher. #39 in MN 2017 class. 7.13 runner. Solid/strong build. Athletic high hand set-up. Square stance with leg kick trigger. Clean line-drive swing plane, bat speed, and uses hands in swing. Stiffer lower half. Good pop to pull side of field. 92 mph exit velocity. Open receiving stance, avg. glove, good low set-up and target, quick feet, long arm path, hitch in release, good arm strength. 76 mph velocity with 2.09 pop time. Shows soft hands, good range, accurate arm, and solid athleticism in field. Short release with avg. carry to bag; 81 mph arm strength. Multi-sport player with enough athleticism to develop and make big strides in college playing one sport.

Dawson Degnan, 3B/C/RHP, Cretin-Derham Hall, 2017
6-foot, 175-pound left-handed hitting player with versatility. #48 ranked player in MN 2017 class. 7.5 runner. Square stance, deeper load, double tap trigger, hitterish, bat stays through zone, line-drive swing plane with ability to drive baseball to opposite field. 85 mph exit velocity. Good footwork in field, soft hands, fields deep occasionally, solid range, accurate arm and follows throws to target, 79 mph arm strength. High set-up, clean exchanges, quick clean arm action, solid carry on throws, needs better direction through plate. 72 mph arm strength with 2.03 pop time- accurate to bag.

Ross Indlecoffer, 3B, Mounds View, 2017
6-foot-2, 190-pound right-handed hitting third baseman. Physical build with good actions. 7.09 runner. Projectable bat, loose hands, short to contact, good extension through contact, shows loft power, mid/pull approach, 87 mph exit velocity. Easy actions with good footwork, sits back occasionally, solid glove, long release on throws, solid carry, 73 mph arm strength. Strong follow in 2017 MN class; will make significant jump into rankings.

Hunter Koep, RHP/3B, Northfield, 2017
6-foot-3, 200-pound right-handed hitting 2-way player. #13 ranked player in MN 2017 class. Strong build. 7.18 runner. Open stance, strides square, pull approach, upper echelon pull power, consistent loud contact, 96 mph exit velocity. Late glove presentation, fields on heels occasionally, above avg. carry and accuracy on throws, 83 mph arm strength. Good high school player with big tools. Will only get better with college instruction.

Will Oberg, 3B, Wayzata, 2017
6-foot-2, 215-pound right-handed hitting third baseman.7.37 runner. Physical build. Stays in middle of field, good hands to baseball, on and through at contact, shows ability to use whole field, 88 mph exit velocity. Soft hands, works though baseball, long release, accurate arm across, 77 mph arm strength.

Brodie Paulson, 3B/RHP, Woodbury, 2017
6-foot-4, 200-pound left-handed hitting 2-way player. Projectable build. 7.4 runner. Aggressive swings, stays in middle of field, barrel exits zone early occasionally, line drive swing plane with clean path. 89 mph exit velocity. Fields out front, avg. foot quickness, solid arm strength, simple actions, avg. tempo, 81 mph arm strength. Interesting follow through spring; will enter MN 2017 rankings.

Maxwell Ploof, 3B/C/RHP, Anoka, 2017
6-foot-3, 200-pound right-handed hitting player. 8.1 runner. Tall projectable build that will handle considerable weight and strength. Square stance, athletic set-up, short to contact, stays connected to well, good extension through contact, stays in middle of field with gap to gap approach, above avg. leverage and strength. 91 mph exit velocity. Good footwork, fields out front, solid range, soft hands with clean exchanges, follows throws across, good carry with accuracy to bag, 83 mph arm strength. Minimal experience behind plate, solid athletic actions, strength in receiving, very flexible for size, good hands with clean exchanges, long release on throws, 76 mph arm strength behind plate with 2.12 pop time. Accurate to bag with carry. Will make significant jump into 2017 rankings.

Will Rog, 1B, Totino-Grace, 2017
6-foot, 210-pound right-handed hitting first baseman. Strong compact build. 8.06 runner. Spread balanced stance, rhythm to load, uses hands in swing, shows ability to drive ball oppo, 84 mph exit velocity. Solid footwork, soft hands, accurate throws, ¾ slot, 76 mph arm strength.

Ronnie Sweeny, 1B, Woodbury, 2017
6-foot-2, 210-pound left-handed hitting first baseman/catcher. #18 ranked player in MN 2017 class. Physical build with strength. 7.41 runner. Slightly open stance, balanced stride, slight arm bar in load, clean bat path, finds barrel consistently, loud mid/pull contact with projectable power, 86 mph exit velocity. Solid glove at first base. Receives throws well. Good target. Accurate arm. 75 mph arm strength.

Ramon Vega, 3B, Buffalo, 2017
5-foot-8, 180-pound right-handed hitting third baseman. #36 ranked player in MN 2017 class. Strong compact build. 7.21 runner at this event. Simple swing with quiet actions, works pull gap well, clean swing plane, balanced swing, consistent hard contact, 85 mph exit velocity. Easy actions, solid footwork, shows strong arm, profiles as offensive second baseman. Arm strength to turn double play. 82 mph arm strength.

corner infield Prospects

Blake Anderson, RHP/1B, Alexandria, 2017
6-foot-3, 175-pound right-handed hitting 2-way player. 7.81 runner. Knee to knee leg kick trigger, taller stance, arm bar in load, line drive swing plane, middle/away approach, 79 mph exit velocity. Active feet, usable glove, makes routine plays, solid around bag with footwork, short arm action, 69 mph arm strength.

Benjamin Arends, RHP/1B, Cretin-Derham Hall, 2017
5-foot-9, 195-pound right-handed hitting 2-way player. 8.62 runner. Square stance, double tap trigger, short to contact, lift at contact, solid contact with mid/pull approach, 76 mph exit velocity. Works through the baseball, solid footwork around bag, accurate throws to bases, 72 mph arm strength.

Jimmy Connell, LHP/1B, Edina, 2017
6-foot-4, 215-pound left-handed hitting 2-way player. 7.57 runner. Tall athletic set-up. Good weight transfer, short finish through contact, inconsistent contact, mid/pull approach, 80 mph exit velocity. Good footwork, easy actions, soft glove, short release on throws, moves around bag well, 69 mph arm strength.

Sam Dupont, 1B, Eden Prairie, 2017
6-foot, 205-pound right-handed hitting first baseman. Physical build. 7.2 runner. Pre-set hands, body load, good lower half balance, loses posture/ pulls off contact occasionally, good strength with power potential, 85 mph exit velocity. Solid defender. Avg. tempo, Fields routine. Accurat throws. Runs enough to possibly play left-field. 68 mph arm strength.

Garrett Hendricks, 3B/RHP, Hudson (WI), 2017
6-foot-2, 160-pound right-handed hitting 2-way player. 7.47 runner. Pre-set hands and load, in-line stride, some tilt in set-up, uses whole field, solid contact, short to contact, 76 mph exit velocity. Active feet, stops when fielding, fields deep occasionally, accurate arm to bag, 78 mph arm strength.

Ryan Hillman, RHP/3B, Coon Rapids, 2017
5-foot-10, 190-pound right-handed hitting 2-way player. 8.12 runner. Body load, balanced stride, middle of field approach, line drive swing plane, inconsistent contact, 75 mph exit velocity. Soft hands, fields deep and on heels occasionally, avg. carry on throws, 68 mph arm strength.

Riley Ahern, RHP/3B, Holy Angels, 2017
6-foot-3, 210-pound right-handed hitting 2-way player. 8.5 runner. Body has improved; taller/ leaner with increased strength. Square stance, front heel turn trigger, balanced stride, mid/pull approach with hard pull contact from line drive swing plane. 86 mph exit velocity. Solid feet and hands, avg. quickness, accurate arm to bag, clean arm action, 79 mph arm strength.

Daniel Johnson, 1B, Rosemount, 2017
6-foot-2, 190-pound right-handed hitting first baseman. 7.31 runner. Simple swing mechanics, solid bat speed, longer stride to contact, flat swing plane, mid/pull approach with hard contact, 82 mph exit velocity. Late glove presentation, fields routine, receives throws at bag soundly, short arm action, 69 mph arm strength.

Brady Knotts, 1B, Chanhassen, 2017
6-foot-3, 201-pound right-handed hitting first baseman. 7.91 runner. Crouched stance, stands up through contact, easy bat speed, clean path, works middle of field, solid pop in bat, 79 mph exit velocity. Solid athletic actions at first base, light on feet, solid glove, short arm action, solid accuracy, 75 mph arm strength.

Evan Krhin, 3B/RHP, Park, 2017
6-foot-1, 205-pound right-handed hitting 2-way player. 7.4 runner. Square stance, short stride, active load effects timing and contact, mid/pull approach. Solid pop in bat. 80 mph exit velocity. Solid glove, avg. range, fields out front, accurate to bag, 74 mph arm strength.

Jack Linderbaum, 1B/RHP, St. Charles, 2017
6-foot-3, 260-pound right-handed hitting 2-way player.7.9 runner. Large strong build. Slightly crouched set-up, avg. weight shift, spin tendencies, good pop in bat, consistent solid contact, 92 mph exit velocity. Fields deep, makes routine plays, receives well around bag, short arm action, 71 mph arm strength.

Nate Loch, RHP/1B, St. Michael-Albertville, 2017
5-foot-8, 165-pound right-handed hitting 2-way player. 8.25 runner. Leg kick trigger, gap to gap approach, line drive swing plane, 79 mph exit velocity. Avg. glove and feet. Accurate throws to bag. 70 mph arm strength.

Davis Miles, 1B, Richfield, 2017
6-foot-4, 180-pound right-handed hitting first baseman. 7.15 runner. Pre-set load and hands. Slashy swing plane, mid/pull approach, spray contact, collapse at contact, 80 mph exit velocity. Good range, quick feet, tends to field deep, low arm slot effecting carry and accuracy, 67 mph arm strength.

Darius Uditsky, 1B, Holy Family, 2017
6-foot-3, 230-pound right-handed hitting first baseman. 8.62 runner. Body load, in-line stride, stays connected and short to contact, gap to gap approach, solid pop in bat, 81 mph exit velocity. Fields deep, usable glove, good target at first, solid receiver at first, 77 mph arm strength.

Jackson Uner, 3B/RHP, Hill-Murray, 2017
6-foot, 165-pound right-handed hitting 2-way player. 7.44 runner. Square stance, collapse in swing, long stride, uphill swing plane, gap to gap approach, solid contact, 82 mph exit velocity. Light on his feet, solid actions, good glove, plays with good tempo, above avg. carry and accuracy to target, 81 mph arm strength.

Brennan Unruh, RHP/1B, Rogers, 2017
6-foot-7, 255-pound right-handed hitting 2-way player. Large build. 7.85 runner. Active load and stride, uses hands in swing well, mid/pull approach, inconsistent timing, decent pop in bat, 85 mph exit velocity. Receives ball well at first, big target, usable glove, works from ground up, long release on throws, 75 mph arm strength.

Michael Voss, RHP/3B, Edina, 2017
6-foot-3, 205-pound right-handed hitting 2-way player. 7.78 runner. Square stance, leg kick trigger, uphill swing plane, short high finish through contact, flashes pop in bat, gap to gap approach, 82 mph exit velocity. Short strides, avg. range, fields deep occasionally, cut action on throws, 77 mph arm strength.



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