Missouri Valley Preview: Highlights



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By Brian Feekin
Prep Baseball Report Nebraska

Prep Baseball Report's Missouri Valley Preview event took place on Monday, February 15, 2016. The event was held at Ultimate Baseball Academy in Omaha, NE. The event featured prospects from the 2016-2017-2018 and 2019 classes who showcased their talents in front of our scouting staff and multiple coaches in attendance.

The event featured players from all over the state of Nebraska and a few from Iowa and South Dakota . Although Nebraska did make up the majority of the players at the event, RHP/1B Billy Mount (2017, Vermillion SD) made a impression during his bullpen. The 6-foot-1 220-pound physical right-hander sat 83-84 mph and topped out at 85 mph with his fastball. He showed the ability to throw two breaking balls for strikes and used his leverage to get all pitches downhill into the strike zone.

Two 2018 graduates from Nebraska worth noting were Dylan Phillips (Creighton Prep, NE) and Caiden Hill (Papillion LaVista, NE). Phillips is a 5-foot-10, 180-pound left-hander whose fastball showed life and late run. He also flashed a tight spinning breaking ball and plus feel for his changeup from his ¾ arm slot. Hill is a player we saw improvement from since the Western Iowa Open in August. Since the event in August 2015, the quick arm righty’s fastball has jumped from 78 mph to 81 mph. He repeats very simple mechanics and threw his breaking ball and changeup for strikes.

The event also had a couple of projectable arms worth mentioning as well in Chase Stebbing (2018 Wahoo, NE) and Hayden Bahl (2019 Papillion LaVista, NE). Stebbing (6-foot-3 165 pounds and Bahl (6-foot-6 165 pounds) are both long and lean right-handed pitchers who showed feel for three pitches. Stebbing works from a loose ¾ arm action and Bahl shows a loose/long over-the-top arm action.

The top 2016 uncommitted prospect was Alec Lee (Grand Island, NE). The 5-foot-10 200 outfielder ran a 4.88 40-yard dash and put up the top outfield velocity (84 mph) and exit velocity (92 mph).  

+ SS Garrett Kocis (2017 Millard West, NE) showed a big arm from short, 85 mph, and a mature approach at the plate and in the field during the event.

+ SS/RHP Garrett Olson (2018 Lincoln Southeast, NE) is a right-handed hitter who registered a 76 mph exit velocity and showed a compact swing generating pop to all fields.

+ RHP Trey Kissack (2016 Grand Island, NE) had the top velocity at the event, topping out at 88 mph. The University of North Dakota commit repeated his max effort delivery and showed feel for both his breaking ball and change-up.

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Below we have listed the leaders for each statistical category at the event.

 

40-Yard dash
4.81—Dayne Kreikemeier, OF, Lincoln Pius X, 2018
4.85—Carson Pilkington, OF, Elkhorn South, 2018
4.87—Grant Bohling, OF, Lincoln Southwest, 2018
4.88—Alec Lee, OF, Grand Island, 2016
4.88—Nolan Opheim, C, Omaha Burke, 2018

h/1b time
4.03—Dayne Kreikemeier, OF, Lincoln Pius X, 2018
4.04—Garrett Kocis, SS, Millard West, 2017
4.08—Jake Gish, 2B, Millard South, 2019
4.08—Isaac Nelsen, SS, Sioux Falls Roosevelt (SD), 2017
4.09—Carson Pilkington, OF, Elkhorn South, 2018

Hitting Exit Velocity
92—Alec Lee, OF, Grand Island, 2016
87—Garrett Kocis, SS, Millard West, 2017
84—Jake Reeves, C, Seward, 2017
82—Billy Mount, RHP/1B, Vermillion (SD), 2017
81—Chase Lauver, OF, Lincoln Northstar, 2017
81—Jared Jennings, 3B, Elkhorn South, 2018
 

Outfield Throwing Velocity
84—Alec Lee, OF, Grand Island, 2016
81—Travis Baily, C/OF, Elkhorn, 2017
81—Dylan Phillips, LHP/OF/1B, Creighton Prep, 2018
80—Jake Reeves, C, Seward, 2017
79—Chase Lauver, OF, Lincoln Northstar, 2017
79—Carson Pilkington, OF, Elkhorn South, 2018
 

Infield Throwing Velocity
85—Garrett Kocis, SS, Millard West, 2017
80—Caiden Hill, SS/RHP, Papillion Lavista, 2018
79—Riley Beck, SS/RHP, Cedar Rapids Xavier (IA), 2018
77—Garrett Olson, SS/RHP, Lincoln Southeast, 2018
76—Billy Mount, RHP/1B, Vermillion (SD), 2017
76—Tyler Schatz, SS, Elkhorn South, 2018

Catcher Throwing Velocity
76—Colin Weis, C/RHP, Omaha Gross, 2016
72—Travis Baily, C/OF, Elkhorn, 2017
70—Jake Reeves, C, Seward, 2017
70—Bryce Walker, C, Bellevue West, 2017
69—Cullen Ainsworth, C, Elkhorn, 2019

Catcher Pop Times
2.03—Travis Baily, C/OF, Elkhorn, 2017
2.07—Brenton Davis, 2B/C, Raymond Central, 2017
2.07—Bryce Walker, C, Bellevue West, 2017
2.12—Colin Weis, C/RHP, Omaha Gross, 2016

Max Fastball Velocity
88—Trey Kissack, RHP, Grand Island, 2016
85—Billy Mount, RHP/1B, Vermillion (SD), 2017
82—Colin Weis, C/RHP, Omaha Gross, 2016
82—Jonathan Reyes, RHP, Papillion Lavista South, 2016
81—Caiden Hill, SS/RHP, Papillion Lavista, 2018
81—Mark Timmins, RHP, Omaha Central, 2017


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