Fox Cities Preseason I.D.: Infielder Analysis


PBR Scouting Staff

In our next edition of the Fox Cities Preseason I.D. positional breakdowns, we’ll uncover some of the surprising pop-up infielder prospects who attended the Feb. 17 event. There was some real talent that shined among the 70 players who took part in the Fox River Valley showcase.

One of the day’s biggest stories was the emergence of junior Fletcher Dallas (Valders). Dallas was a name completely unknown to our staff prior to his performance at the event. Presently a middle infielder, his frame projects him to move from up the middle to third base, eventually, where he has the arm and reliable glove to play there at the next level. His athleticism was on display in all facets of his game and he went from on off-the-radar talent to one of the event’s best prospects.

Half of the top-ten infielder prospects from the day were made up of underclassmen. Sophomore Ethan Habetler (West De Pere) really stood out for his strength, regardless of age, recording a 91 mph exit velocity. Fellow sophomore Will Semb (De Pere) is a genuine two-way prospect who happened to record the day’s best infield velocity, too, at 88 mph, four ticks harder than the next best.

To see where these names fell in line on the infielder’s top prospect list, continue reading on. We also have reports on each and every one of the infielders who took reps at the day’s event.

Top Prospects

1. Fletcher Dallas, SS/2B, Valders, 2019
6-foot-2, 195-pound, sloped shoulders, strong, athletic frame, middle infielder. Defensively, profiles as a third baseman at the next level, short arm action, high ¾ arm slot, accurate across the infield at 80 mph. Athletically plays through the ball with soft hands, fluid footwork, clean exchanges. Ran a 7.17 laser-timed 60. Offensively, tall, narrow setup, fluid rhythm, short stride, leg kick timing trigger, maintains good balance, makes hard contact producing back spin, 89 mph exit velocity.

2. Spencer Hans, SS/2B, Lake Mills, 2019
5-foot-8, 155-pound, athletic middle infielder. Defensively, short, athletic arm action, high ¾ arm slot, soft hands, fluid footwork, clean on exchanges, plays through the ball, 80 mph across the infield. Offensively, open setup, short, even stride, maintains balance. Line drive type hitter, stays middle of field, level barrel path, present bat speed, 87 mph exit velocity. Ran a 7.10 laser-timed 60.

3. Miller Wallace, INF, Oconomowoc, 2019
5-foot-10, 183-pound, strong, stocky right-handed hitting corner infielder. Offensively, balanced setup, short stride, maintains good balance through swing. Line drive type hitter, level barrel path, gains extension through the zone, present bat speed, 92 mph exit velocity off a tee. Ran a 7.61 laser-timed 60. Defensively, short arm action, over-the-top slot, throws carried with accuracy, 84 mph across the infield. Plays through the ball with soft hands, fluid footwork, clean on exchanges.

4. Ethan Habetler, INF, West De Pere, 2020
6-foot, 175-pound infielder, athletic frame, carries some present strength. Right-handed hitter, balanced stance, big easy leg kick into bat tap load, athletic and on time. Path is short to the baseball, gets level through it, loose levers create bat speed. Contact is mostly up the middle, line drive gap to gap type approach. 91 mph exit velocity from the tee. Defensively arm action is long and loose, high ¾ slot, occasional carry, 80 mph across. Actions tend to stay back, static to and through the baseball, above average hands. 7.38 runner in the 60.

5. Will Semb, RHP/INF, De Pere, 2020
5-foot-10, 160-pound two-way player, lean projectable frame. Showed big arm strength for his age. On the mound delivery works with some effort, over the top slot. Loose quick arm action. Fastball showed feel for the zone, 83-85 mph, touched 86 mph. Curveball has gradual 11/5 action, 68-70 mph. Changeup is straight with fastball arm action, showed feel, 75-78 mph. Defensively arm carries across the diamond, 88 mph, over the top slot. Hands showed soft play, feet work with athleticism through the baseball. 7.63 runner in the 60. Right-handed hitter, balanced stance, leg kick stride. Hands are loose, creates bat speed, shorter path, 87 mph exit velocity from the tee.

6. Colin Hageman, INF, Janesville Craig, 2020
5-foot-11, 165-pound switch hitting infielder, broad shoulders, trim waist. Offensively showed much more natural actions from the right side, balanced set-up, toe tap stride. Path is level and loose from the right side and showed line drive contact. 88 mph exit velocity from the right side, 73 mph from the left side. Defensively showed range with an athletic arm action at times, feet work with playable hands. Arm action plays over the top 82 mph across the infield. 7.08 runner in the 60.  

7. Samuel Pitz, 3B, Appleton West, 2019
6-foot-5, 210-pound, lanky, strong, durable frame, third baseman. Offensively, balanced setup, stride foot hovers back and then replaces, maintains balance through contact. Short barrel path, line drive hitter with pull tendencies, fluid rhythm, 92 mph exit velocity off a tee. Defensively, profiles as a corner infielder, short arm action, high ¾ arm slot, steady hands, plays through the ball, 75 mph across the infield. Ran a 7.80 laser-timed 60.

8. JP Gauthier, SS/RHP, De Pere, 2021
5-foot-11, 150-pound, lanky, athletic two-way prospect, projectable build. Defensively, loose, athletic arm action, high ¾ arm slot, throws carry across the infield at 78 mph. Plays through the ball with soft hands, easy body control. Offensively, tall, athletic setup, hanging leg kick stride, maintains good balance through contact. Line drive hitter, gap-to-gap at times, level barrel path, present bat speed, 86 mph exit velocity off a tee. Ran a 7.91 laser-timed 60. On the mound, loose arm action, quick arm speed, over-the-top slot. Tall and fall delivery, stays tall at balance point, regular effort, smooth rhythm, shoulders stay level. Fastball, mostly straight, 76-77. Curveball, 11/5 shape, gradual break, 67-69. Changeup, sinking action, 70-71.

9. Will Mattheis, RHP/3B, Laconia, 2021
5-foot-10, 165-pound left-handed hitting two-way prospect, projectable arm. On the mound, right-handed pitcher, long arm action, quick arm speed, high ¾ arm slot. Tall and fall delivery, quick, smooth rhythm, no wasted time, works on-line, sets up first base side of rubber, lands square, finishes athletically. Fastball, slight run, 76-78 mph. Curveball, 11/5 shape, depth and tight spin, near fastball arm speed, 69-71. Changeup, near fastball arm speed, fade action, commanded, 70-72. Defensively, long arm action, high ¾ arm slot, throws carried, maintained body control, 78 mph across the infield. Offensively, balanced setup, short stride, long barrel path, 74 mph exit velocity. Ran a 7.85 laser-timed 60.

10. Trey Tennessen, INF, Kimberly, 2019
5-foot-11, 160-pound, right-handed hitting middle infielder. Defensively, short, quick arm action, high ¾ arm slot, kept throws around the bag, some carry, 81 mph across the infield. Fields with a wide base, sits on it, steady hands, quick release. Ran a 6.93 laser-timed 60. Offensively, balanced setup, big load, leg kick timing trigger, long, uphill barrel path, power pull hitter type, 80 mph exit velocity off a tee.

 Best of the Rest (Listed Alphabetically)

Caleb Dohms, INF/RHP, Menasha, 2019
5-foot-6, 155-pound, two-way prospect. Defensively, short arm action, high ¾ slot, soft hands, quick, clean on exchanges, plays through the ball, 79 mph across the infield. Offensively, balanced setup, short stride, maintains balance through contact, level barrel parth, line drive type hitter, 80 mph exit velocity off a tee. Ran a 7.77 laser-timed 60. On the mound, long arm action, high ¾ slot, tall and fall delivery, works on-line, lands square. Fastball, mostly straight, 73-75 mph, touched 76. Curveball, 11/5 shape, gradual break, 63-66. Changeup, near fastball arm speed, fade action, 69-72.

Adam Duevel, OF/INF/RHP, De Pere, 2021
5-foot-10, 140-pound two-way prospect. Offensively, right-handed hitter, balanced setup, triple tap stride, maintains balance through contact, uphill barrel path, 76 mph exit velocity. Defensively, short arm action, high ¾ arm slot, plays through the ball at times, 72 mph from the outfield, 66 across the infield. Ran a 7.46 laser-timed 60. On the mound, short arm action, high ¾ slot, tall and fall delivery, works on-line, lands square, finishes upright. Fastball, 69-71 mph, touched 72. Curveball, 11/5 shape, gradual break, 61-63. Changeup, near fastball arm speed, fade action, 64-67.

Sean Durand, INF, Oconto, 2020
5-foot-5, 110-pound left-handed hitting infielder. Hits from a tall open stance, leg lift stride, good balance. Repeats swing, added strength will improve contact, short path level through contact. 65 mph exit velocity from the tee. Defensively arm plays short from a high ¾ slot, 68 mph across the diamond. Plays through the baseball with excess footwork at times, hands work. 7.80 runner in the 60.

Denver Evans, RHP/3B, Cambridge, 2019
6-foot, 185-pound, strong two-way prospect. Offensively, right-handed hitter, balanced setup, quick load, long stride, swings with aggression, 91 mph exit velocity off a tee. Defensively, corner infielder type, short arm action, over-the-top slot, steady hands, 77 mph across the infield. Ran a 7.94 60. On the mound, short, loose arm action, slot varied between over-the-top and high ¾.Tall and fall delivery, works on-line, finishes walking off. Fastball, flashed run, 77-80. Curveball, 12/6 shape, 69-71. Changeup, fastball arm speed, 75-77.   

Jacob Freson, INF, Lakeside Lutheran, 2020
5-foot-10, 150-pound infielder, slender build. Right-handed hitter, balanced stance, short stride, maintains balance. Path is level, middle of the field approach, linne drive contact. 80 mph exit velocity from the tee. Defensively arm plays long from a high ¾ slot, 67 mph across. Actions play tall through release, 8.07 runner in the 60.

Michael Freson, INF, Lakeside Lutheran, 2019
5-foot-11, 190-pound, right-handed hitting corner infielder. Offensively, wide, balanced setup, long stride, maintains balance, uphill barrel path, pull hitter type, 88 mph exit velocity. Defensively, long arm action, high ¾ arm slot, clean on exchanges, 71 mph across the infield. Ran a 7.62 laser-timed 60.

Luke Hamann, RHP/1B, Wausau West, 2019
6-foot-4, 190-pound, lanky two-way prospect. On the mound, short arm action, high ¾ arm slot, tall and fall delivery some rhythm with regular effort, lands square. Fastball, run action, 81-82 mph, touched 83. Curveball 11/5 shape, 68-69. Changeup, fade at times, 75-77. Offensively, right-handed hitter, open setup, even stride, long, uphill barrel path, 89 mph exit velocity. Defensively, short arm action, high ¾ slot, 72 mph across the infield. Ran a 7.96 laser-timed 60.

Max Hauser, 1B/3B, Marquette University, 2019
6-foot, 185-pound, right-handed hitting corner infielder. Offensively, open setup, leg kick timing trigger, maintains balance through contact, long barrel path, level at times, 84 mph exit velocity. Defensively, short arm action, over-the-top slot, kept throws around the bag at 72 mph. Ran an 8.00 laser-timed 60.

Brady Jurgella, INF, Menasha, 2020
5-foot-11, 160-pound left-handed hitting infielder, lean build. Hits from an open stance, leg lift to squared hitting position. Level path, showed shortness to the ball, occasional hard line drive contact. 81 mph exit velocity from the tee. Defensively arm plays with length, high ¾ slot, showed above average arm strength at 82 mph across the infield. 7.17 runner in the 60.

Jacob Lillge, 2B/SS, Little Chute, 2019
5-foot-9, 155-pound, right-handed hitting middle infielder. Defensively, short arm action, high ¾ slot, soft hands, fluid footwork, clean on exchanges, plays through the ball, maintains body control, 79 mph across the infield. Ran a 6.88 laser-timed 60. Offensively, balanced setup, short stride, maintains balance through contact, level barrel path, 83 mph exit velocity off a tee.

Hunter Olson, C/INF/RHP, Oconomowoc, 2019
5-foot-10, 170-pound two-way player, carries some strength. Profiles best behind the plate, 2.11-2.26 pop times, exchange is clean, deliberate at times. Arm action is short and over the top, advance arm strength, carries to target, 79 mph. On the infield arm plays similar, 83 mph across. Right-handed hitter, slightly open setup, arm bar load, short stride. Path has length above average bat speed. Contact was mostly on a line, pull side tendency, occasional hard contact. 90 mph exit velocity from the tee. 7.39 runner in the 60. On the mound delivery is simple and direct. Long high ¾ slot. Fastball has slight arm side run, 79-80 mph, touched 82 mph. Curveball played 68-71 mph, 11/5 shape. Changeup fades, 76-78 mph.

Nolan Olszewski, IF, Germantown, 2020
5-foot-11, 165-pound left-handed hitting infielder, lean build. Defensively showed playable hands at his age, exchange is clean, and showed ability to play through the baseball. Arm action is firm, 69 mph across the diamond. Hits from an open stance, arm bar load, strides to even. Showed occasional strength, uphill path, creates lift, 73 mph exit velocity from the tee. 7.86 runner in the 60.

Sam Pederson, RHP/3B, Verona, 2019
6-foot-2, 170-pound, lanky two-way prospect, projectable frame on the mound. On the mound, short, wrap arm action, quick arm speed, ¾ arm slot, some rhythm, lands square. Fastball, run action, 79-80 mph, touched 81. Curveball, 11/5 shape, 65-69. Changeup, flashed armside run, 75-79.  Defensively, short, quick arm action, slot varied between high ¾ and ¾. Fluid footwork, clean on exchanges, throws carry, 76 mph across the infield. Offensively, quick twitch, tall, open setup, loads back, short stride, short barrel path, 88 mph exit velocity.

Kolbe Pike, INF/RHP, Kaukauna, 2020
6-foot, 140-pound two-way player, lean slender build. Right-handed hitter, balanced stance, short heel lifted stride, average balance. Showed repeatability, mechanically sound, path has some length, line drive contact approach, 81 mph exit velocity from the tee. Defensively arm plays at 74 mph across from a high ¾ slot. Second base profile, ability to play through the baseball, average hands. 7.77 runner in the 60. On the mound works on-line with high front side. Arm action is long, over the top slot. Fastball has slight rn to arm side, 75-76 mph, touched 77 mph. Curveball plays 11/5, 60-61 mph. Changeup has slight sink, thrown with fastball similar arm action, 67-68 mph.

Josh Randolph, SS/RHP, Rhinelander, 2019
5-foot-11, 145-pound, two-way prospect. Defensively, long arm action, ¾ arm slot, steady hands, 74 mph across the infield. Ran a 7.27 laser-timed 60. Offensively, tall, balanced setup, loads back, short stride, long, level barrel path, 81 mph exit velocity off a tee. On the mound, long arm action, high ¾ arm slot, regular effort, tall and fall delivery. Fastball, commanded, sat 74-75 mph. Curveball, 11/5 shape, around the zone, 64-66. Changeup, has feel for, 72-73.

Charlie Ravanelli, 2B/SS, Homestead, 2019
6-foot, 150-pound, lanky right-handed hitting middle infielder. Balanced setup, short stride, maintains balance through contact. Lone drive type hitter, long barrel path, middle-center type approach, 74 mph exit velocity. Defensively, high ¾ arm slot, steady hands, quick release, 71 mph across the infield. Ran a 7.65 60.

Tanner Schmidt, RHP/SS, Bay Port, 2021
5-foot-11, 151-pound, lanky two-way prospect. On the mound, short, clean arm action, high ¾ arm slot. Tall and fall delivery, smooth rhythm, works on-line, lands square, finishes athletically. Fastball, run action, 75-77 mph, touched 78. Curveball, 12/6 shape, depth at times, 63-64. Changeup, near fastball arm speed, flashed sink, 72 mph. Offensively, right-handed hitter, balanced, open stance, long toe-tap stride, maintains balance through contact, long barrel path through zone, opposite field approach, 78 mph exit velocity. Defensively, long arm action, high ¾ arm slot, accurate on some throws at 74 mph across the infield. Ran a 7.50 laser-timed 60.

Luke Skudlarczyk, RHP/INF, Marquette, 2020
6-foot-2, 180-pound two-way player, projectable frame, wide shouldered, long legs. Projects best on the mound. Repeatable delivery with little effort, works in sync, lands square. Arm action is long and loose, high ¾ slot, projects. Fastball runs to arm side, control of the zone, ranged 79-81 mph, topped at 82 mph. Curveball has moderate action, 67-69 mph. Changeup flashed sink and fade, 69-70 mph, thrown with arm speed. Right-handed hitter, balanced stance, leg lift stride, slightly dives. Generates bat speed, slight uphill path, 86 mph exit velocity from the tee. Defensively profiles at third base, plays through, average range above average arm, played accurate from high ¾ slot, 76 mph across. 7.48 runner in the 60.

Tanner Smith, RHP/INF, Appleton East, 2020
5-foot-11, 175-pound two-way player. Tall and fall delivery, works slightly across body. Arm plays from over the top slot, full arm circle. Fastball topped at 77 mph, sat 73-75 mph, mostly straight four seam type. Slider has 11/5 shape, 63-64 mph. Changeup fades to arm side, 65-67 mph. Right-handed hitter, open setup, loads hands back, triggers stride to squared at hitting position. Path has length, sweeping plane slightly uphill. Some bat strength, 86 mph exit velocity from the tee. 7.38 runner in the 60. Defensively showed average hands, arm action is long and over the top, 75 mph across.  

TJ Van Eperen, SS/RHP, Xavier, 2019
5-foot-11, 175-pound, two-way prospect. Offensively, tall, open setup, hands load back, long stride, maintains balance through contact. Gap-to-gap type hitter, long, level barrel path, 91 mph exit velocity. Defensively, simple approach, short arm action, slot varied between over-the-top and high ¾. Fields position with steady hands, footwork and exchanges are clean, 75 mph across the infield. Ran a 7.06 laser-timed 60. On the mound, short arm action, high ¾ slot, easy effort. Tall and all delivery, smooth rhythm, shoulders stay level, works on a straight line towards home, lands square, finishes athletically. Fastball, flashed sink, commanded, sat 79-81 mph, touched 83. Curveball, 11/5 shape, short action, better feel for out of stretch, 70-72. Changeup, near fastball arm speed, sink action, commanded, 73-74.

Trent Van Ess, SS/2B, Two Rivers, 2019
6-foot, 160-pound, lanky middle infielder. Defensively, short, loose arm action, quick release, maintains body control, steady hands, quick on exchanges, 68 mph across the infield. Offensively, balanced setup, short, left lift stride, maintains balance, pull type hitter, 82 mph exit velocity off a tee. Ran a 7.40 laser-timed 60.

Grant Ver Voort, RHP/3B, Appleton North, 2019
6-foot, 193-pound, strong, athletic two-way prospect. On the mound, long arm action, over-the-top slot. Tall and fall delivery with easy effort, some rhythm. Works on-line, lands open occasionally, finishes square. Fastball, run action, 85-86 mph, touched 87. Curveball, 73-74. Changeup, fastball arm speed, flashed sink and fade, 73-76. Offensively, right-handed hitter, balanced setup, loads back, short stride, maintains good balance through contact. Gap-to-gap type hitter, middle approach, uphill barrel path, present strength, 89 mph exit velocity off a tee. Ran a 7.12 laser-timed 60. Defensively, long arm action, high ¾ arm slot, clean footwork, 80 mph across the infield.

Blake Wallenfang, 1B/RHP, Notre Dame Academy, 2021
5-foot-10, 185-pound, right-handed hitting first baseman and right-handed pitcher. On the mound, long arm action, over-the-top arm slot, tall and fall delivery with regular effort, some rhythm, works towards home plate. Fastball, mostly straight, 75-76. Curveball, shape varied between 12/6 and 11/5, 64-66. Changeup sat 70-72. Defensively, short arm action, loose at times, high ¾ slot, accurate on some, steady hands, 72 mph across the infield. Offensively, balanced setup, long stride, maintains balance through contact, level barrel path at times, pull hitter, 85 mph exit velocity. Ran an 8.48 laser-timed 60.

Hunter Wright, 2B/SS, Winneconne, 2019
5-foot-8, 155-pound, right-handed hitting middle infielder. Offensively, balanced setup, long stride, maintains balance through contact, line drive type hitter, fluid rhythm, 83 mph exit velocity off a tee. Ran a 7.32 laser-timed 60. Defensively, long arm action, high ¾ arm slot, steady hands, clean on exchanges, 78 mph across the infield.

Zach Ziesmer, 1B/3B, West De Pere, 2019
6-foot, 200-pound, corner infielder, strong, thick lower half. Offensively, right-handed hitter, balanced stance, short stride, long, uphill barrel path, power pull hitter, 83 mph exit velocity off a tee. Defensively, took infield at first base, long arm action, high ¾ arm slot, steady hands, feel around the bag, 71 mph across the infield. Ran an 8.04 60.

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