MN Preseason Underclass: Pitching 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 pitching prospect from the event; along with evaluations for each player in attendance.

 

top pitching Prospects

Brock Anderson, LHP/OF, Alexandria, 2018
6-foot, 190-pound left-handed hitting 2-way player. #110 ranked in 2018 PBR Overall. Mature build with strong lower half. Good sequence and rhythm in delivery, slight stab down in arm circle, loose and clean out front, extension to plate. Fastball was straight with solid command of zone at 82-83 mph; touching 84 mph. Curveball had 1/7 shape with tight rotation, sharp break, and showed ability to show in zone and take away from hitter. Changeup was firm, thrown at fastball arm speed, with avg. fade. 7.09 runner. Easy leg kick trigger, strides to square, quiet head to contact, flashes pop in bat with good hitting ability, mid/pull approach with 89 mph exit velocity off tee. Above avg. feet and actions. Fields with ease. Clean arm action with well above avg. carry and accuracy to target at 88 mph.

Chris Chiriboga, RHP, Hopkins, 2018
6-foot, 140-pound right-handed pitcher. Lean projectable frame. Lacks posture at balance point. Better out of stretch. Short on back-side; arm is fast and clean out front. Shows life on fastball, thrown consistently for strikes, at 75-77 mph; touching 78 mph. Breaking ball is above avg., thrown with good extension, from same fastball slot, with tight rotation and 11/5 shape. Changeup is firm, for strikes, with avg. fade and depth. Interesting follow on mound with instruction and physical maturity.

William Eckland, RHP, Edina, 2018
6-foot-1, 145-pound right-handed pitcher. Projectable frame with long legs and loose actions. Solid mechanically, clean arm action, up-tempo delivery, with good body control. Fastball has good life on downhill plane with late run at 79-82 mph. Curveball has tight rotation with sharp break consistently; 12/6 shape. Above avg. action on changeup when thrown at fastball arm speed. Strong follow in 2018 class.

Will Frisch, RHP/3B, Stillwater, 2019
6-foot, 190-pound right-handed hitting 2-way player. Strong frame. Slight tuck and turn delivery from balance point, tends to rush to plate, good direction with extension on release. Fastball was straight, with occasional cut, at 77-79 mph; touching 80 mph. Curveball was consistently down in zone, with sharp break, and good 11/7 shape. Showed solid run on changeup when thrown at fastball arm speed. 7.91 runner. 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.

Andrew Gustafson, RHP/OF, Tartan, 2019
5-foot-11, 160-pound right-handed hitting 2-way player. Simple step and turn delivery. Open front hip in balance point, clean arm action with arm speed. Fastball was 76-78 mph, touching 80 mph, with good feel for bottom of zone. Flashes solid breaking ball with 12/6 shape. Split-action on changeup with heavy feel in bottom of zone. Follow on mound in 2019 class. 7.4 runner. Crouched stance, balanced stride, lift at contact, flashes pop in bat, pull approach, 81 mph exit velocity. Clean arm action, solid carry on throws, accurate to target. 75 mph arm strength.

Richie Holetz, RHP/1B, Edina, 2018
6-foot-1, 170-pound right-handed hitting 2-way player. Long legs- projectable frame with maturity and strength gains. Slight collapse in delivery, front foot outside knee, with avg. finish/extension to plate. Hides baseball behind body with stab down; clean arm action out front. Fastball has downhill plane with slight cut, commands the strike zone, and was 75-76 mph. Breaking ball was solid with tight rotation, small shape, and depth for strikes. Slows arm action on changeup with fade in zone. 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.

Dillan Janak, LHP/1B, Harrisburg (SD), 2018
6-foot-1, 145-pound left-handed hitting 2-way player. Slender-loose frame. Tall balance point with good body control. Lands slightly across body, slight stab on backside, arm is quick and clean out front, good extension to plate, Shows solid life on fastball at 75-77 mph. Breaking ball has 1/7 shape with short break for strikes. Flat action on changeup at 71-72 mph. Follow on mound in 2018 class. 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.

Jayden Johannsen, SS/RHP, Sioux Falls Washington (SD), 2019
6-foot-2, 160-pound right-handed hitting 2-way player. Tall lean frame- wiry strength. 7.12 runner. Square spread stance, short load, good balance, pre-set hands and load- some rhythm. Line drive swing plane, solid contact, pull approach, 82 mph exit velocity. Fields routine, has better actions when on the run using athleticism, still growing into body, short arm action, 77 mph arm strength across infield. Follow in 2019 class. Solid body control, balanced delivery, front shoulder tilt/up and over delivery, clean arm action. Fastball has arm-side run at 74-77 mph; touching 78 mph. 11/7 breaking ball has loose spin and gradual break. Solid run on changeup with late movement.

Aidan Maldonado, RHP/OF, Rosemount, 2018
6-foot, 160-pound right-handed hitting 2-way player. #279 in 2018 PBR overall. Lean live body. Good body control, some effort on release, upright finish, deep arm circle, fast and clean out front. Fastball was 84-85 mph with above avg. life. Slider was above avg. with depth, tight rotation, and ability to consistently land in zone for strikes. Good run on changeup, with depth, thrown at fastball arm speed. Square stance, leg kick trigger, hover to stride, creates whippy bat speed, clean path, aggressive swinger with mid/pull approach. 82 mph exit velocity. Athletic actions, moves with ease, long arm action, well above avg. carry on throws. 88 mph arm strength. 7.43 runner.

Jonah Milbrandt, RHP/3B, Simley, 2018
6-foot-2, 200-pound right-handed hitting 2-way player. 7.97 runner. Will be very physical presence on mound with maturity and strength gains. Short balance point, relatively clean arm action, inconsistent getting out and over front leg. Fastball was straight, solid command of zone, at 77-79 mph. Makings of solid breaking ball with 11/5 shape. Changeup was 70-73 mph; kept in bottom of zone. 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.

Joe Parenteau, LHP/OF, DeLaSalle, 2018
5-foot-8, 155-pound right-handed hitting 2-way player. Short balance point, some uphill tilt with shoulders, drop and drive lower half, clean arm action out front. Fastball was 76-77 mph, slight effort, front-side deception, avg. life to arm-side of plate. 1/7 breaking ball flashes depth and was better the more he threw it. Heavy changeup and showed good feel for zone. 7.22 runner. Open stance, shoulder load, uphill swing plane, aggressive swinger. Mid/pull approach with 81 mph exit velocity. Aggressive fielder, short arm action, solid accuracy, good carry, 79 mph arm strength.

Leo Pfarr, LHP/OF, DeLaSalle, 2018
5-foot-10, 150-pound left-handed hitting 2-way player. Slight tuck and turn delivery. Solid balance, lands across body, hides baseball from hitter, clean arm action from short circle. Shows arm-side life on fastball at 76-78 mph. Curveball has tight rotation at 62-64 mph. Flashes arm-side sink on changeup with above avg. feel for zone. Strong follow on mound in 2018 class. 7.65 runner. Square stance, balanced stride, flat rotational swing path, solid bat speed, 86 mph exit velocity off tee. Moves well in OF, uses momentum on throws, good direction/routes to target, clean arm action. 84 mph arm strength with accuracy and carry.

Ben Smith, RHP, South St. Paul, 2018
6-foot-2, 200-pound right-handed pitcher. Durable frame with stronger lower half. Controlled delivery, good direction to plate, clean arm action, and upright finish. Fastball flashed running action at 80-82 mph. Solid breaking ball with 11/7 shape and sharp break with depth. Late run and sink on changeup.

Paxton Thompson, SS/RHP, St. Michael-Albertville, 2018
6-foot-1, 155-pound right-handed hitting 2-way player. 7.4 runner. Lean projectable build. Strong set-up in box, generates good bat speed, stays inside baseball at contact, shows good hit tools, 81 mph exit velocity. Loose, easy, athletic actions in field. Glove is soft; tends to field deep and funnel occasionally. Long release on throws. Arm projects well with long loose action. 81 mph arm strength across. Strong follow in 2018 class. Controlled delivery on mound. Swings front leg open; maintains good balance and direction to plate. Moderate effort with extension to plate. Late heavy sink on fastball, commands zone well, at 79-81 mph touching 82 mph. 11/5 shape on elevated breaking ball. Good arm action and feel for changeup kept in bottom of zone for strikes.

Hayden Thomsen, SS/RHP, Maple Grove, 2018
6-foot-2, 175-pound right-handed hitting 2-way player. Projectable frame- will add quality weight and strength. 7.7 runner. Open stance, short stride, shoulder load, solid pop, uphill plane, bottom half contact, 80 mph exit velocity. Clean arm action with good carry and accuracy- 75 mph arm strength. Avg. tempo, solid glove, makes routine. Back turn delivery, swings front leg down the mound, good direction to plate, solid extension and finish, arm works well and is loose. Fastball was straight at 75-77 mph; touching 78 mph. 11/5 shape on breaking ball thrown with good arm speed. Changeup, thrown with avg. arm speed, had flat action. Follow on mound for 2018 class.

 

pitching Prospects
 

Gavin Baker, SS/RHP, Lakeville North, 2019
5-foot-10, 160-pound right-handed hitting 2-way player. 7.41 runner. Tall stance, simple stride, loose hands, drives backside through at contact well, good gap to gap approach, 80 mph exit velocity. Flashes actions in field, works out front- tends to funnel balls in. Will improve once he grows into body. 76 mph arm strength. Interesting follow in 2019 class with continued development. Short balance point, lands across body, with wrap on back-side of arm action. Fastball had solid run, consistently down in zone, at 71-72 mph; touching 73 mph. Sharp break on curveball thrown at bottom of zone with 11/7 shape. Late down action on changeup thrown with good arm action.

Brenden Baxter, 2B/RHP, Rochester John Marshall, 2019
5-foot-6, 125-pound right-handed hitting 2-way player. Open stance, strides slightly across body, consistent contact, mid/pull approach, 68 mph exit velocity. Fields deep in stance, tall position, hands are solid, accurate arm, should continue to improve with maturity and strength, 67 mph arm strength. Shows body control, up-tempo delivery, repeats arm slot well. Short arm action producing fastballs 65-66 mph; touching 71 mph one time. 12/6 breaking ball had loose spin and tended to miss arm-side. Changeup was thrown with slight cut.

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. Short rocker step, leaks early from balance point, slight crouch in delivery, exaggerated finish down mound. Clean arm action producing 76-78 mph fastballs with varying action. Curveball has 11/7 shape with loose spin and gradual break. Flat action on changeup; tends to throw with stiff wrist.

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. Uptempo delivery with body control and tempo. Slight shoulder tilt; is able to get downhill with fastball. Fastball was 73-75 mph with ability to throw strikes. Shows ability to land 12/6 breaking ball for strikes. Changeup had flat action at 68-70 mph; in and around zone.

Daniel Claussen, SS/RHP, Totino-Grace, 2018
6-foot, 150-pound right-handed hitting 2-way player. 7.9 runner. Projectable frame- solid strength. Active load, short to contact, generates bat speed, hard contact, mid/pull approach, 81 mph exit velocity. Flashes solid athleticism, decent glove, short release on throws, 72 mph arm strength. Has interesting traits; follow in 2018 class. One piece pie arm action, uptempo delivery, with uncontrolled front leg. Fastball was consistently down in zone, running action, at 74-77 mph. Slurvy shape on breaking ball, elevated, with upright finish. Tends to push changeup, firm, with flat action to plate.

Shaun Crawford, RHP, Andover, 2018
6-foot-1, 185-pound right-handed pitcher. Stays over rubber with hips, front foot outside knee, lands on stiff front leg, one piece arm action, upright on release. Fastball was elevated at 70-72 mph; touching 75 mph. Curveball had gradual break with 11/5 shape. Inconsistent feel for changeup with heavy action.

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. Short arm action on mound from OT slot. Fastball was 68-70 mph, touching 71 mph, on a downhill plane for strikes. 12/6 breaking ball had solid shape and avg. depth. Solid arm-side fade on changeup for strikes.

Delaney Dahl, LHP/OF, Wayzata, 2018
5-foot-8, 160-pound right-handed hitting 2-way player. Tuck and turn delivery, leaks early from balance point, lands across body, solid extension to plate. Slight wrap on back-side with clean arm action in front. Fastball was 74-76 mph with good command to glove-side of plate. Curveball had 12/6 shape with inconsistent spin. Slider was solid with sharp break and cut action. Slows arm action on changeup with good fade in bottom of zone. 7.8 runner. Open stance, strides to square, mid/pull approach, consistent hard contact, aggressive swings. 78 mph exit velocity. Good routes and footwork, shows ability to field, head-jerk on release, good direction to target, avg. carry with 78 mph arm strength.

Kathan Decker, 2B/RHP, Eastview, 2019
5-foot-6, 150-pound right-handed hitting 2-way player. 7.87 runner. Open stance, clean swing path, pull approach, shows good pop in bat for age, 80 mph exit velocity. Solid glove and actions, will improve with additional reps and maturity, low ¾ arm slot with quicker release, 70 mph arm strength. Simple delivery, stays over the rubber with hips, and has good direction to plate. Fastball was 72-74 mph, touching 75 mph, with slight run. Slider shape on breaking ball with small shape and late break. Tends to push changeup with stiff wrist causing flat action.

Seth Halvorsen, SS/RHP, Heritage Christian Academy, 2018
6-foot-1, 180-pound right-handed hitting 2-way player. Strong projectable build. 7.19 runner. Showed best pop in bat at event, square stance, athletic set-up, minimal movement, easy stride, short to contact, short finish with 2-hands on bat, 87 mph exit velocity. Easy arm action with accuracy to bag; 84 mph arm strength. Soft glove, simple mechanics, avg. tempo, flashes athleticism when on the run. Strong Follow in 2018 class. Controlled delivery on mound, body control, with good sequence and rhythm. Clean arm action and throws with conviction. Fastball was straight at 79-81 mph; touching 83 mph for strikes. Avg. breaking ball with 11/5 shape. Changeup had flat action at 65-66 mph.

Dawson Hensley, C/RHP, Shakopee, 2018
6-foot-2, 215-pound right-handed hitting 2-way player. 8.01 runner. Tall stance. Long stride with good balalance. Keeps hands back and loaded well. Stays in middle of field with above avg. pop in bat. 77 mph exit velocity. Receives well, works hard to block, clean exchanges, hitch in arm action effecting accuracy to bag. 2.3 pop time with 72 mph arm strength. Uncontrolled front leg, loses posture in balance point, clean arm action with up and over delivery. Fastball was 78-81 mph with slight cutting action. Curveball shows tight spin, 11/7 shape, and throws for strikes. Changeup is thrown at fastball arm-speed with flat action to plate.

Benjamin Hurth, SS/RHP, Hopkins, 2018
6-foot, 165-pound right-handed hitting 2-way player. 8.09 runner. Spread stance, solid set-up, flashes pop to pull side, flashes pop in bat to pull side, 74 mph exit velocity. Shows avg. feet and hands, works from ground up well, stiff arm action, 76 mph arm strength. Crouched balance point, lands with front foot open, one piece arm action with head jerk. Fastball was 74-75 mph with cut action. Elevated breaking ball with 12/6 shape. Changeup was 70-71 mph with slight down action.

Jack Jahnke, RHP, Waconia, 2018
6-foot-1, 160-pound right-handed pitcher. At this event, showed cut action on fastball for strikes. Curveball needs to continue to develop; but slider is an above avg. pitch with late break and thrown with good arm speed. Changeup showed improvement with solid run and more consistent feel for zone.

Trey Kocher, SS/RHP, Apple Valley, 2018
6-foot, 170-pound right-handed hitting 2-way player. 6.97 runner. Wiry strength. Simple swing mechanics. Short path through zone, flashed hard contact, some stiffness, gap to gap approach, 86 mph exit velocity. Short strides, solid glove, quick arm action, solid/avg. accuracy, 77 mph arm strength. Solid tools; follow in 2018 class. Overhead delivery, leaks early from balance point, with direction to plate. Pie arm action, flashes run on fastball, at 77-78 mph; touching 79 mph. 11/5 breaking has chance to be a solid pitch with solid shape and break. Changeup is firm; but has good action and depth to plate.

Luke Kost, OF/LHP, Farmington, 2019
5-foot-10, 120-pound left-handed hitting 2-way player. 7.4 runner. Skinny frame. Square stance, stiff straight legs at contact, spray hitter, 67 mph exit velocity. Appropriate routes to ball, ability to field, short arm action, elevated throws, 62 mph arm strength. Young mechanics on mound. 2-piece arm action from OT slot. Fastball was 62-63 mph; touching 65 mph. Breaking ball was 60-61 mph and changeup was 60-61 mph with flat action.

Noah Matousek, RHP/OF, Eden Prairie, 2018
5-foot-11, 190-pound right-handed hitting 2-way player. Higher balance point, slight collapse, good direction to plate, with extension on release. Short arm action producing 73-76 mph fastballs with cut action. 12/6 breaking ball with loose spin and gradual break. Changeup is straight and thrown in bottom of zone for strikes consistently. Square stance, longer stride, short to contact, flashes solid pop in bat, good extension after contact. Mid/pull approach with 78 mph exit velocity.  Avg. actions, fields on side occasionally, clean arm action with accuracy to target. 77 mph arm strength.

Jake Maus, RHP/3B, Chanhassen, 2018
6-foot, 180-pound right-handed hitting 2-way player. High waisted- strong build. Simple controlled delivery. Opens front side in stride. 2-piece arm action with extension to plate. Fastball was 71-73 mph; touching 75 mph. Tended to miss arm-side with 12/6 breaking ball. Showed solid run on changeup. 7.41 runner. 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.

Tyler Milford, OF/1B/LHP, New Prague, 2018
5-foot-9, 155-pound right-handed hitting 2-way player. 7.12 runner. Athletic frame. Athletic actions in OF, light on his feet, good direction to target, clean arm action from high ¾ slot, plays easy and fluid. 71 mph arm strength. Handles first base with ease. Good footwork and soft glove, covers ground well, accurate arm, 67 mph arm strength. Square stance, leg kick trigger, hands close to chest, still hands. Gap to gap approach with 83 mph exit velocity. Athletic delivery on mound, good rhythm and sequence, level shoulders, long clean arm action. Consistently threw strikes at 70-71 mph; touching 72 mph. Varying shape on breaking ball with ability to land in zone for strikes. Above avg. action on changeup, firm, with good feel for zone. Follow player- solid mechanics and command- looking for velocity increase.

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. Controlled delivery on mound, good direction, solid extension. Short arm action from low ¾ slot. Fastball has arm-side sink, good feel for zone, at 75-77 mph; touching 78 mph. Slider shape on breaking ball with solid depth. Heavy action on changeup at 67-68 mph; kept in bottom of zone.

Mason Nadolney, SS/C/RHP, Minnetonka, 2018
6-foot-3, 205-pound right-handed hitting utility player. 7.59 runner. Large frame with excellent strength for grad class. Physical presence at plate. Aggressive swings. Stays connected and short to contact. Gap to gap approach with above avg. pop in bat to pull side of field. Extra moving parts but shows some hitting ability. 94 mph exit velocity. Profiles as third baseman. Makes accurate throws across. Decent glove. Footwork should develop with instruction and reps. 76 mph arm strength at shortstop. Good flexibility and frame for position, athletic blocking mechanics, good strength holding pitches in zone. 75 mph arm strength with 2.19 pop time. Some raw/crude mechanics but has good tools to work with. Strong Follow in 2018 class. High leg kick, lands open, with solid extension to plate. Short arm action from ¾ slot. Fastball has run at 81-83 mph with solid life. Varying shape on breaking ball with flashes of late break. Heavy feel to changeup with cut action.

Bryce Peterson, OF/LHP, Coon Rapids, 2018
5-foot-11, 160-pound left-handed hitting 2-way player. 7.5 runner. Open stance, balanced stride to square, mid/away approach, aggressive swings. 79 mph exit velocity. Avg. actions, short arm action, cut-action on throws, accurate to target. 71 mph arm strength. Solid body control. High arm slot with head jerk in delivery to clear release. Out and over front leg on release. Sinking action on fastball at 75-76 mph; touching 78 mph. Varying shape on breaking ball with sharp break and depth. Avg. feel for changeup with solid fade in zone for strikes.

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. Uncontrolled front leg, lands across body, and throws with one-piece arm action from OT slot. Fastball was 76-78 mph with flashes of running action. Varying break and spin on curveball at 60-63 mph. Developing feel for changeup.

Timmy Smith, RHP/SS, South St. Paul, 2019
5-foot-10, 135-pound left-handed hitting 2-way player. Long legs- lean frame on mound. Short balance point, lands across body, creating slight cross-fire delivery. Pie-arm slot with short path on back-side. Fastball has cut action at 70-71 mph. 11/5 breaking ball with avg. feel; left short of plate. Cut action on changeup at 64-66 mph; thrown with avg. arm speed. 7.79 runner. Square stance, double tap trigger, drops hands in load creating uphill swing plane, mid/away approach, flashes hard pull contact, 65 mph exit velocity. Shows solid feet and hands, low ¾ slot effects accuracy, 68 mph arm strength.

Eathan Soeffker, SS/RHP, Buffalo, 2018
6-foot-1, 182-pound right-handed hitting 2-way player. 8.22 runner. Easy load, balanced stride, quiet head to contact, finds barrel, consistent solid contact, gap to gap approach, 84 mph exit velocity. Moves with short strides, soft glove, clean exchanges, footwork is solid, profiles as third baseman, avg. accuracy to bag with 79 mph arm strength. Follow in 2018 class. Stays over the rubber. Lands across body. Clean arm action with good extension out front. Fastball was 78-80, touching 81 mph, with cut action and heavy feel in zone. Curveball and slider are relatively the same pitch; showing solid depth of break around zone. Currently developing feel for a changeup.

Wyatt Sonneson, RHP, Hermantown, 2018
5-foot-10, 180-pound right-handed pitcher. Simple mechanics, stays over rubber with hips, sound direction to plate, with solid extension. Short arm action producing 71-73 mph fastballs; touching 74 mph. Curveball shows loose spin and slurvy action. Changeup has solid fade down in zone.

JJ Strumbel, RHP, Rockford, 2018
6-foot-4, 165-pound right-handed pitcher. Long legs with lean frame. Pie arm action from low ¾ slot. Early break from glove. Lands across body in delivery. Fastball showed slight cutting action at 68-70 mph; touching 71 mph. Breaking ball was 59-61 mph with loose spin. Split had varying cut and sink, heavy action, and good depth in zone.

TJ Truso, SS/RHP, Chanhassen, 2018
5-foot-9, 150-pound right-handed hitting 2-way player. 7.31 runner. Open stance, strides in-line, athletic set-up, loose hands, good extension through contact, mid/pull approach. 79 mph exit velocity. Solid actions, fields out front, soft glove, works through baseball, needs to follow throws to target, 72 mph arm strength. Follow in 2018 class. Tuck and turn delivery, good body control with loose actions, has direction to plate. Clean arm action producing 72-74 mph fastballs with late cut. 11/7 breaking ball had loose spin for strikes. Above avg. arm action on changeup with late run for strikes.

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. Controlled delivery, has body control, lands across body, hitchy arm action on back-side but comes out free and clean in front. Fastball was 70-74 mph with cut action to glove-side of plate. Gradual break on 11/7 curveball with loose spin. Slight cut action on changeup at 63-65 mph.

Reese Vold, RHP/OF, Black River Falls (WI), 2018
5-foot-11, 150-pound right-handed hitting 2-way player. Good body control, solid balance point, hips leak early to plate. Fastball was 74-76 mph, touching 77 mph, with cut action. Breaking ball was thrown well with tight spin and late action in bottom of zone. Slight arm-side run on changeup for strikes. 7.12 runner. Double tap trigger, longer stride, flat bat path, uses middle of field, 80 mph exit velocity. Long ¾ arm action, fields on side occasionally, elevated throws to target, 74 mph arm strength.

Adam Winkels, RHP/3B, Albany, 2019
6-foot-2, 180-pound right-handed hitting 2-way player. Simple delivery to plate, lands open in stride, short arm action, tends to fall down mound on release. Fastball shows running action at 74-78 mph; touching 80 mph. Flashes sharp break on 12/6 curveball in bottom of zone. Changeup was firm with flat action at 73-75 mph. 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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