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Top 10 Most Viewed Profiles For The Week Dec 29-Jan 5

Dylan Hefflinger
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The Buckeye State is filled with high-level baseball prospects throughout each corner of the state. The 2018 class has commitments all across the United States, from Vanderbilt to Miami to Kentucky to Missouri to Nebraska and many more colleges across the U.S. When looking at the 2018 rankings, you will see plenty of Ohio colleges littered throughout all of the commitments as well.

The 20192020 and 2021 classes are loaded and primed to make some big-time commitments to colleges all across the nation over the next few years. PBR Ohio is committed to bringing insightful information on big-time commitments as well as providing a spotlight on the top uncommitted prospects.

Ohio Insider: Top 10 Most Viewed Profiles For The Week Dec 29-Jan 5

After drilling down into our Google Analytics we have compiled a list of the 10 most visited Ohio profiles on the Prep Baseball Report website for the past week. Below you can see that the top 10 is a mix of some of the most talented prospects the Buckeye state has to offer within their respected classes. To view more articles as well as videos of the prospects, please click on the individual profile.

No. 1 TJ Brock RHP / SS / Cincinnati Country Day, OH / 2018

Top Story for the year 2017: TJ Brock Finds Inspiration With Family

6/6/17 Scouting Report
A very talented two-way prospect in the 2018 class. Likely the top uncommitted arm talent the state has to offer in the 2018 class. Long-limbed kid with room to fill out. Works fast and has obvious confidence in his ability on the mound. Arm is loose and can be electric. Fastball jumps out of his hand at 84-88 mph, mostly sitting 87-88 mph (we saw him up to 93 mph this spring). Breaking ball was as impressive as any we saw at the event. The pitch is a true 12/6 curveball that drops off the table late at 75-77 mph. Very good spin on the pitch, making it hard for hitters to pick up. Also showed feel for his change-up that showed run and sink.  A right-handed hitter that starts in a a balanced setup. Loading sequence is fluid and creates energy. Swings with intent and showed solid natural tools. Ball comes off his bat well showing gap to gap pop in general, and flashing power potential.
Infield Velocity: 94
Exit Velocity: 94

No. 2 Zade Richardson C / 3B / New Richmond, OH / 2018

6/6/17 Scouting Report
A right-handed hitter that starts in a an athletic setup. Swing is fluid and natural tools stand out amongst the crowd. Ball explodes off his bat, showing pop to both sides. Took two balls out during batting practice to his pull side. Checks all of the boxes for a run producer at the next level. Behind the plate arguably the top catch and throw skills in his class. Footwork and exchange are as quick as you’ll find. Well above average athlete behind the plate.
60-yard dash: 6.83
Catcher Velocity: 78
Pop Times: 1.89-1.92
Exit Velocity: 93

No. 3 William Cook 3B / RHP / Miamisburg, OH / 2021

12/3/17 Scouting Report
The Louisville commit looked the part of a top prospect in the state’s 2021 class. At 6-foot-3, 160-pounds Cook has endless physical projection left on his frame. In the box he has a series a fluid, well timed movements that sync his body up prior to launch. Launches from a balanced setup, generating torque/separation as foot strike. Swing is very efficient and fluid from the left side. As he fills outs, expect any added strength to easily translate into added pop. Cook shows all the physical signs of potentially developing into a dynamic bat down the road. Very impressive defensively at third base as well.

No. 4 Spencer Marinac LHP / OF / St. Edwards, OH / 2019

To read more about Spencer, please click on the following article ---> Uncommitted Spotlight: Left-Hander Marinac Showing Promise

No. 5 Avery Fisher SS / 2B / Ontario, OH / 2019

Commitment Article: 'Spark Plug' Fisher Just Keeps Improving

Future Games Scouting Report
Fisher was sound defensively and had a big knock at the plate. Looks at home at second base, where he projects to be an above average defender at the next level. At the plate he drove a ground rule double to his opposite field gap.

Looked comfortable and athletic in the infield. Showed confident actions with impressive glove skills. Has the tools to stay in the middle at the next level. At the plate he initiates his loading sequence through a leg kick. Bat has some quickness to it and strength is a better tool than frame would suggest. Path is level to slightly downhill. Worked to his pull side during BP.

No. 6 Austin Becker RHP / SS / Big Walnut, OH / 2018

Becker was also the No. 1 most viewed profile in 2017, as seen here.

9/24/17 Scouting Report
Becker is the state’s most projectable prospect regardless of class and has positioned himself as one of the top prospects in the country. A very good athlete on the mound with a long-limbed, 6-foot-6 frame. Arm is noticeable loose, generating impressive arm speed. Fastball will sit in the low to mid 90’s, topping out at 96 mph. With his frame and release point he creates good downhill action with a tough angle for opposing hitters. Fastball will show regular arm side action. Breaking ball has continued to progress over the past few years and is getting closer to the pitch’s ceiling. Looks to be a plus offering at times, displaying very sharp 11/5 actions with depth. Already a high follow for pro scouts and has potential to be an early round pick in the 2018 draft.

No. 7 Mackenzie Wainwright OF / Saint Edward, OH / 2020

Wainwright was also the No. 3 most viewed profile in 2017, as seen here.

8/2/17 Scouting Report
At 14 years old Wainwright is almost a full calendar year younger than most 2020s. The No. 1 ranked player in the class already has an impressive frame but is still far from his ceiling athletically. Looks comfortable and confident in the outfield. Moves with fluidity and plays through the baseball well. Arm is an above average tools for his class. At the plate he showed a rhythmic swing with an all fields approach. Line drive type guy who should grow into a regular power threat. Has the potential to grow into a 5-tool guy.

No. 8 Tyler Pettorini SS / 3B / Walsh Jesuit, OH / 2021

7/12/17 Scouting Report
A left-handed bat that starts in a balanced setup. Goes with a double tap load for rhythm and timing. Barrel gets almost vertical prior to launch. Swing is compact with definite barrel whip through the zone. Natural tools are advanced for his class. Ball comes off his bat well, especially to pull side. A talented young bat to follow. In the infield, he fields deeper into the body. Plays through the ball well glove side. Glove skills are there. Transfers are quick and clean. Releases the ball from a 3/4 arm slot with average arm strength.
60-yard dash: 7.23
Infield Velocity: 72
Exit Velocity: 87

No. 9 Joel Roediger RHP / OF / Wapakoneta, OH / 2018

Uncommitted Spotlight: Academics A Big Part Of Roediger Decision

8/6/17 Scouting Report
A right-handed pitching prospect with a live arm. Goes with an uptempo delivery that requires some effort. Arm moves through a near ¾ slot with above average arm speed. Fastball showed heavy arm side run at times. Ball jumps out of his hand and gets on hitters quickly. Slows arm a bit on his changeup. The pitch has similar run to his fastball with added sink. His best secondary offering looks to be his breaking ball. The pitch is sharp w/depth, moving on an 11/5 plane. The spinner was very impressive, having a swing and miss look to it. Has the arm talent to be a scholarship guy and was dominate when in the zone.
FB: 84-88
CB: 76-78
CH: 79-81

No. 10 Nicholas Northcut 3B / RHP / Mason, OH / 2018

Northcut was also the No. 4 most viewed profile in 2017, as seen here.

2/12/17 Scouting Report
A strong frame at 6-foot-0, 200-pound. Northcut, a Vanderbilt recruit, has a low effort delivery as it looks like he is playing catch at 86-88 mph. He uses his fastball in a variety of ways, consistently going to a two-seam and a cutter - both of which show good movement. In addition, he showed feel for a breaking ball that should get outs at the next level. Northcut started off his day by tying the PBR Ohio record of 105 mph exit velocity (but, he did it using a wooden bat). In batting practice he repeatedly showed power potential, driving ball after ball with authority. The righty has a very fluid loading sequence and produces serious juice while remaining under control. He continues to show improve physique along with the arm strength (94 mph across the diamond) to play third base at the next level. It will be interesting how he is used once he gets to Vanderbilt’s campus as he has the skillset to make an impact on the mound, at the plate, or both.
60 Yard Dash: 7.3
INF Velocity: 94
Exit Velo (Wood Bat): 105