2016 Top Prospect Games Preview: Pitchers



On Tuesday, June 17 some of the top players in the class of 2016 will play in the Top Prospect Games in Warrensburg, Missouri.  Over the past several days we have highlighted the players attending the event on twitter.  The Top Prospect Games will showcase players from all around the state with hitting and defensive skills in the morning, games in the afternoon. You can see a live stream of the games on STL Productions

Today we will look at the pitchers headed to Warrensburg on June 17.

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All eyes will be on the mound, as some impressive pitchers will toe the rubber next Tuesday. Here is preview of who to watch:

DeSmet’s Erik Miller is a 6’4 lefty who showed well at the PBR Pre-Season All-State event in February. His velo was 80-84 MPH and has a projectable frame. PBR clocked him in a bullpen this spring at 85-86 MPH. Isaac Olsen is a 6’6 righty from Chaminade. His projectable frame and great down angle on his fastball will be something to look for. Rockhurst’s Jon Wemhoff tossed a complete game shutout against an excellent hitting Liberty North squad this spring. Braydon Cook led State Championship Runner-up Francis Howell in innings this year. He finished the year with a 3.89 ERA and 25 to 12 K/BB ratio. His teammates Ryan Perkins, Justin Perkins, and Luke Kahle will also get to throw some pitches.

Alex Moore is a 6’7 right hander from Mountain Grove with a projectable frame and big expectations. Conway’s Hunter Dame showed well at the PBR Pre-Season All-State event in February. He projects as one of the top power arms of this class with a top velo of 84 MPH. Springfield Kickapoo has a trio of pitchers attending the Top Prospect Games. Kyle Giefer is coming off of a heartbreaking extra inning loss to Nixa in district play. His teammates Tristan Stevens had a 77-79 MPH fastball with good off- speed command and Kaleb Schmidt had a velo of 81-83 MPH on his fastball in February. Park Hill’s Aaron Ashby is a lefty to watch. He tossed some innings for the varsity team this spring and touched 78 MPH in the PBR February event.

Liberty’s Colton VanVleck broke onto the scene this spring for the streaking Blue Jays. Another Northland product, Hunter Swift is a lefty that impressed the Staley coaching staff this spring. CBC’s Billy Rice will get some time on the mound along with Timberland’s Eric Downing. Some position players that will also see some mound time are Barstow’s Jared Gillen, Timberland’s Jacob Gonzales, Parkway South’s Alex Hackworth, Lee’s Summit West’s Dusty Stroup, and State Champion Rock Bridge’s Avery Jennings.

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