MN Preseason Underclass: Corner Infielder Evaluations

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By Rob Allison
Prep Baseball Report Minnesota

Prep Baseball Report's MN Preseason Underclass event took place on Saturday, March 19, 2016. The event was held at the Vadnais Sports Center in Vadnais Heights, MN. The event featured prospects from the 2018 and 2019 classes from Minnesota and South Dakota who showcased their talents in front of our scouting staff.

There were a number of great individual performances this year at the MN Preseason Underclass. 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.

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Below we have listed the top corner infield prospects at the event in alphabetical order.


top corner infield Prospects

Caiden Bruns, 3B/RHP, Rochester Lourdes, 2019
6-foot-2, 188-pound right-handed hitting 2-way player. Projectable frame- wide shoulders- stronger lower half. 7.7 runner. Open stance, strides in-line, rushes to load/swing, line drive swing plane, uses field, strong for grad class, 77 mph exit velocity. Solid actions, clean arm action, creates direction to target and follows throws, 77 mph arm strength across infield.

Danny Callahan, 3B/RHP, Cretin-Derham Hall, 2019
6-foot, 185-pound left-handed hitting 2-way player. 7.6 runner. Tall athletic stance, easy stride, above avg. pop, short path through zone, solid barrel skills, mid/pull approach, 80 mph exit velocity. Active feet, fields out front, creates direction on throws, solid IF actions, accurate arm to bag, 72 mph arm strength.

Kyle Chiriboga, 3B/C , Hopkins, 2018
5-foot-11, 150-pound right-handed hitting third baseman/catcher. 8.03 runner. Lean loose frame. Active load. Strides to square. Uphill swing plane with lift. Spray contact. Hard contact to middle of field. 78 mph exit velocity. Active in infield, good feet, long release on throws, solid accuracy, above avg. body control, 75 mph arm strength. Quick feet behind plate. Works hard to block and receive. Some strength in glove on balls up in zone. Loses direction on throws. Avg. arm action. 2.19 pop time with 70 mph arm strength.

Will Frisch, RHP/3B, Stillwater, 2019
6-foot, 190-pound right-handed hitting 2-way player. 7.91 runner. Strong frame. Leg kick trigger with easy balanced stride, choppy load, creates good bat speed, hard contact to middle of field, 86 mph exit velocity. Good range in field, has decent actions and reacts well to ball, clean arm action, loose with good velocity, accurate to bag, 81 mph arm strength.

Dillan Janak, LHP/1B, Harrisburg (SD), 2018
6-foot-1, 145-pound left-handed hitting 2-way player. Slender-loose frame. 7.32 runner. Square stance. Short stride, high back elbow, easy swing, uphill plane through contact, quiet head to contact, mid/away approach, 81 mph exit velocity. Fields well at position, moves with fluidity, soft glove, clean arm action with accuracy, 76 mph arm strength.

Jake Maus, RHP/3B, Chanhassen, 2018
6-foot, 180-pound right-handed hitting 2-way player. 7.41 runner. High waisted- strong build. Leg kick trigger, works to stay inside at contact, flat swing plane, solid strength, 79 mph exit velocity. 77 mph arm strength. Athletic movements, solid range, decent glove, clean arm action with above avg. carry on throws at 77 mph.

Carter Theis, 3B, Edina, 2018
5-foot-11, 150-pound left-handed hitting third baseman. Lean projectable build. 7.72 runner. Square stance, short load, double-tap stride, clean swing plane, hitterish, consistent solid contact, quality gap to gap approach, 74 mph exit velocity. Solid actions, soft glove on back-hand, should continue to develop with added strength, 68 mph arm strength.

Daniel Turner, 3B/RHP, New Prague, 2018
6-foot-4, 150-pound right-handed hitting 2-way player. Tall thin frame. 7.37 runner. Tall stance, inconsistent timing, easy swing, flashes pop when extended through contact, uses middle of field, 71 mph exit velocity. Shows solid actions, good footwork, soft glove, and creates direction on throws. Accurate arm across the infield with 71 mph arm strength.

Michael Wallace, C/3B, Minneapolis Southwest, 2018
5-foot-9, 145-pound right-handed hitting catcher. 7.46 runner. Athletic build. Linear swing mechanics. Knee to knee trigger with flat bat plane through zone. Keeps barrel in hitting zone and stays through at contact. Gap to gap approach with ability to drive baseball to opposite field. 85 mph exit velocity. Flexible behind plate, receives with thumb underneath occasionally, light on feet, clean arm path with carry on throws. 2.28 pop time with 70 mph arm strength. Good actions at 3B, above avg. footwork, creates direction and follows throws across, solid glove-skills, accurate arm, 79 mph arm strength across.

Derrick Winn, 3B, Duluth Marshall, 2018
5-foot-11, 175-pound right-handed hitting third baseman. Solid athletic build. 7.5 runner. Square stance, double-tap trigger, body load with pre-set hands, aggressive swings, clean line drive swing plane, consistent solid contact with gap to gap approach, 81 mph exit velocity. Solid glove, fields better on the move using athletic ability, short arm action, solid carry and accuracy, 75 mph arm strength. Follow in 2018 class.


corner infield Prospects

Tommy Auth, 1B, Hopkins, 2018
5-foot-11, 220-pound right-handed hitting first baseman. 8.12 runner. Short load, stays connected, leg kick trigger, spin tendencies with bat path and lower half, mid/pull approach, consistent solid contact, 84 mph exit velocity. Solid defender at first, tends to field deep in stance, avg. feet, long release on throws, accurate to bag, 73 mph arm strength.

Nathan Brandecker, 1B, South St. Paul, 2018
6-foot-4, 200-pound right-handed hitting first baseman. Tall physical frame with strength. 7.6 runner. Upright stance, stiffer lower ½ in swing, stays short in load, line drive swing plane, uses middle of field with solid pop in bat, 84 mph exit velocity. Late glove presentation, tends to field deep, quicker release from lower slot, 70 mph arm strength across infield.

Kole Crittenden, 1B/LHP, Wayzata, 2018
6-foot-3, 185-pound left-handed hitting 2-way player. 7.88 runner. Body load, easy swing, down and through at contact, mid/pull approach, solid contact, 81 mph exit velocity. Active feet, soft glove, fields well at position, short arm action, 66 mph arm strength.

Richie Holetz, RHP/1B, Edina, 2018
6-foot-1, 170-pound right-handed hitting 2-way player. 8.43 runner. Body load, longer stride, flat swing plane, short finish after contact, pull approach, 77 mph exit velocity. Solid fielder, decent actions, can handle position, long arm action with accuracy, 74 mph arm strength.

Nelson Linscott, C/3B, Eden Prairie, 2018
5-foot-8, 178-pound right-handed hitting catcher. 7.99 runner. Strong compact frame. Creates rhythm in load. Stays in middle of field. Solid line drive and ground ball contact. 74 mph exit velocity. Feet are in-line with target, length to exchange, frames well on balls over plate. 69 mph arm strength with 2.39 pop time. Works down to up, accurate arm, short release, 70 mph arm strength.

Jonah Milbrandt, RHP/3B, Simley, 2018
6-foot-2, 200-pound right-handed hitting 2-way player. 7.97 runner. Tall athletic set-up, easy stride, loses posture at contact, some rhythm in hands, inconsistent contact, has strength, 85 mph exit velocity. Solid actions, soft glove, avg. range, clean arm action with solid carry to bag, 77 mph arm strength.

Seth Miller, 3B/RHP, Blaine, 2018
5-foot-10, 185-pound right-handed hitting 2-way player. 7.9 runner. Square stance, deep load, front heel turn trigger in stride, shows strength in swing, mid/pull approach, short finish after contact, 85 mph exit velocity. 78 mph arm strength. Loose arm action, accuracy to bag, soft glove, avg. feet and range, 78 mph arm strength.

Brent Ryan, 1B, St. Louis Park, 2018
6-foot, 145-pound right-handed hitting first baseman. 7.5 runner. Big leg kick load, some length to contact, low hand slot, uphill plane, pull approach, 78 mph exit velocity. Fields well at position, good glove and footwork, has range, clean arm action, 67 mph arm strength across infield.

Derek Shoen, 3B/RHP, Truman, 2018
6-foot-2, 190-pound right-handed hitting 2-way player. 7.59 runner. Short load, long stride, line drive swing plane, hard contact, pull approach, 87 mph exit velocity. Short steps, solid glove, tends to sit back on groundballs, shows athleticism on body control, fields better on the move, 76 mph arm strength. Raw mechanically with good tools to work with.

Adam Winkels, RHP/3B, Albany, 2019
6-foot-2, 180-pound right-handed hitting 2-way player. 7.53 runner. Tall stance, longer stride, limited weight shift, line drive swing plane, consistent solid pull contact, 80 mph exit velocity. Fields deep in stance, flat-footed throws, accurate to bag, 74 mph arm strength.


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