Future Games: Team Wisconsin Position Player Highlights



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By Matt Huck
Area Scout

Many players from Team Wisconsin helped their recruiting stock at the Future Games. Earlier this week we looked at what pitchers stood out at the event (Article can be found HERE). Today we will take a look at what position players stood out for Team Wisconsin.

Jack Blomgren, SS, Janesville Craig, 2017
Blomgren anchored the left side of the infield for Team Wisconsin at the Future Games. The 6-foot, Jack Blomgren165-pound right-handed hitting shortstop has an athletic frame, running the 60 at 6.88. At shortstop Blomgren shows smooth, athletic actions, with soft hands and lateral agility. Short arm action from a high ¾ arm slot, threw 84 mph across the infield. Showed off range in games going up the middle on groundballs. Offensively he hits from a balanced, slightly open stance. Short, leg lift stride, with a short path to the ball, and extension thru contact. 87 mph exit velocity from a tee. Hard nosed player, despite going 0-4 in games reached base four times, three via hit by pitch, and walking once. Blomgren will be one of the top middle infield prospects in Wisconsin’s 2017 Class.

Griffin Doersching, 1B, Greendale, 2017
At a hulking 6-foot-4, 245-pounds, Doersching came into the Future Games as one of the top power Griffin Doerschinghitting prospects in the Midwest, and he did not disappoint. At the plate he hits from a balanced setup. Smooth load to backside with a short, linear stride. Short, direct path to the ball with extension. Strong thru contact showing second best exit velocity at the event (98 mph off a tee). Hit three homeruns out of his twelve swings in batting practice. During games he lead Team Wisconsin with three RBIs, going 3-7 at the plate. Defensively shows good feel around the bag at first. Strong accurate arm, threw 81 mph across the infield. In games showed athleticism at first taking good routes, and showing soft, sure hands on throws in the dirt. Ran the 60 at 7.65.

Nick Elsen, OF, Indian Trail, 2017
Elsen came into the Future Games swinging a hot bat from the high school and summer season, and he Nicholas Elsenstayed hot in Indy. The 6-foot-1, 168-pound, right-handed hitting outfielder has wiry strength that translates at the plate. Shows strength thru contact with 92 mph exit velocity from a tee. Offensively hits from a tall, balanced setup. Short, leg lift stride. Pull hitter with deceptive power at the plate. Despite only going 1-7 at the plate in games, showed great feel for the barrel with multiple hard hit outs. Defensively has a long arm action from a high ¾ arm slot. Plays thru the ball with fluid footwork. Long release with accurate throws, threw 85 mph from the outfield. Solid runner running the 60 at 7.07.

Carl Valk, OF, Appleton North, 2017
Swith-hitting outfield Carl Valk lead Team Wisconsin at the plate over the three games going a combined Carl Valk4-7 at the plate. Valk has a small, athletic frame, ran the 60 at 7.06. In the outfield has a long, loose arm action from a ¾ arm angle. Threw 77 mph from the outfield. In games made a play going deep into the left centerfield gap to run down a flyball. Offensively from the left side hits from a balanced, slightly open stance. Smooth load to backside with extension thru contact. Showed 80 mph exit velocity from a tee left-handed. From the right side has a balanced setup with with a short swing path. 78 mph exit velocity from a tee right-handed.

Ben Hauser, OF, Sun Prairie, 2017
Hauser used the Future Games to raise his recruiting stock. The 6-foot-3, 190-pound, physical, Ben Hauserleft-handed hitting outfielder showed raw arm strength throwing 87 mph from the outfield during workouts.  Offensively hits from a tall, narrow setup with a leg lift stride. Short swing path with a fast bat. Pull hitter who showed pop in batting practice. 85 mph exit velocity from a tee. Athletic fielder, plays thru the ball, and projects for a corner outfield spot. Ran the 60 at 7.37. In games went 1-3 and showed a patient approach working three walks and scoring a run. Should see recruiting interest pick up after his performance at the Future Games.

 

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