Prep Baseball Report

Hitters' Spring League: All-League Awards

By Steve Nielsen
Scouting Director - Wisconsin

With the Hitters’ Spring League coming to an end this past weekend and the summer high school baseball season right around the corner, we will take a look at some of the top players in the Hitters’ Spring League this season.

We saw a number of talented prospects this season and we took the offensive stats from this spring combined with what our scouting staff saw on the field to come up with the All-Hitters’ Spring League teams.

Over the next couple days we will release First Team, Second Team, and Honorable Mentions for the top performers of the spring, based on offensive stats, defensive prowess and overall scouting notes.

Here’s a look at all of the Hitters Spring League honors.

*Minimun requirements of 25 at bats and 10 innings pitched

1st Team All-Hitters’ Spring League

Ben DeGracie, OF, South Milwaukee, 2016
DeGracie had a great spring at the plate. The freshman outfielder hit a whopping .516 in 31 at bats. He led the league in RBI and doubles, driving in 12 on the season. Seven of his 16 hits were doubles slugging .742. DeGracie has a great chance to make an immediate impact for South Milwaukee this summer.

Dominic Clementi, OF, Arrowhead, 2016
Clementi was on a terror early in the spring squaring up baseballs left and right. He finished the spring hitting .425 with a homerun, a triple and two doubles. Clementi got on base at a .531 clip drawing nine walks and stole seven bases. He also scored 16 runs on the spring. Clementi is a 6-foot-1, 170-pound, left –handed hitting outfielder. His bat is what separates him from the rest of his class as he is ranked No. 5 in Wisconsin and No. 19 overall.

Marcel Mundt, OF, West Allis Hale, 2013
Mundt is a 5-foot-8, 165-pound senior from West Allis Hale. Mundt hit .389 on the spring with 12 stolen bases, leading the league. His 21 hits in 54 at bats also led the spring league.

Hayden Krimmer, INF/RHP, Oak Creek, 2013
Krimmer was one of the top all-around players in this year’s Hitters’ Spring League. Pulling double duty, Krimmer hit .483 with nine RBI, three doubles and nine runs scored. Krimmer also stood out on the mound posting a 1.00 ERA in 14 innings pitched. He struck out 25 and walked just two, allowing just eight hits on the year. The Winona St. commit has been up to 90 mph this spring in short stints and will look to lead Oak Creek to another state championship in 2013.

Jake Erfourth, INF/RHP, Homestead, 2013
Erfourth is commited to Carthage College and showed a knack for playing well on his future home field this spring. Erfourth is another two way guy that had success on both sides of the ball. He tied for the spring lead in RBI driving in 12 while scoring 10 runs. Erfourth hit a homerun and batted .348 on the year. On the mound he gave up just one earned run in 10 innings pitched, striking out eight and walking four.

Owen Miller, INF, Ozaukee, 2015
Miller is one of the top 2015 graduates in the state. At No. 6 in his class, Miller is a 6-foot, 165-pound middle infielder with a great glove. Miller was one of the more consistent hitters this spring racking up 20 hits in 51 at bats for a .392 average. He drove in 10 RBI while hitting four doubles and led the league with two triples. Miller is a high follow in Wisconsin’s Class of 2015 and will represent Wisconsin in this summer’s Midwest Future Games Powered by Under Armour.

Brett Krause, INF, Menomonee Falls, 2013
Krause is the No. 7 ranked player in the 2013 class of Wisconsin. The 6-foot-2, 190-pound middle infielder is committed to University of Illinois-Chicago. Krause hit .351 this spring with two doubles and six stolen bases. Krause also flashed the leather this spring showing solid glovework up the middle and a well above average arm across the diamond.

Jack Kinzer, C, Port Washington, 2016
Kinzer had a huge spring hitting a big .464 and slugging .714. The freshman catcher led the league in RBI with 12 and had five doubles and a triple. Kinzer showed advanced pop to his pull side all spring and has a mature presence behind the dish, he controls the game well for a freshman and will be a high follow going forward. Kinzer is ranked No. 8 in his class.

Evan Kruczynski, LHP, Franklin, 2013
Kruczynski is one of the top prospects in the class of 2013. At No. 2 in his class Kruczynski proved his ranking this spring striking out 60 batters in 26 innings. The East Carolina commit posted a 1.35 ERA and walked just four. Kruczynski showed excellent command this spring with swing and miss stuff, he pitched comfortably all spring in the 84-85 mph range and has been up to 88 mph earlier this year at the Super 60.

Joshua Serio, RHP, Whitnall, 2013
Seriois the No. 15 ranked player in the Class of 2013 and had a lights out season on the mound. Serio’s fastball reached 90 mph on multiple occasions this spring sitting comfortably at 88 mph through all of his starts. In 18 innings pitched he struck out 23 and posted a 1.17 ERA, he surrendered just six walks and 12 hits. Serio is committed to Heartland Community College.

Nickolas Lackney, LHP, Whitefish Bay, 2015
Lackney is a highly projectable left handed pitcher at 6-foot-5, 170-pounds. Lackney did not allow an earned run in his 16 innings of work this spring, he struck out 23 and allowed just five hits. Opponents hit just .119 of of the lanky lefty. Lackney is the No. 5 ranked player in the class of 2015 and will be playing in the Midwest Future Games powered by Under Armour in August.

Mitchel Makarewicz, RHP, Oak Creek, 2015
Makarewicz posted a 0.78 ERA this spring and struck out 20 in 18 innings of work. Makarewicz is the No. 10 ranked player in the Class of 2015. Makarewicz is one of the top returning pitchers to an Oak Creek squad that won the Summer State Championship last year.

2nd Team All-Hitters’ Spring League

Cyrillo Watson, OF, South Milwaukee, 2016
Watson hit .387 this spring with 11 RBI. He slugged .548 with five doubles and seven stolen bases. Watson is one of the top prospects in Wisconsin as well as our overall coverage area. He is the No. 4 ranked prospect in Wisconsin and No. 16 overall. His 6-foot, 175-pound frame is projectable and shows length and athleticism. He also shows plus arm strength from the outfield at his age.

Alex Doud, OF, Mukwango, 2015
Doud hit .360 on the spring with nine RBI. The 5-foot-11, 150-pound left handed hitting outfielder added two doubles with his nine hits on the spring.

Connor Kimple, OF, Marquette University, 2016
Kimple is a rangy 6-foot-1, 180-pound outfielder. He showed good athleticism this spring and had 11 hits in 31 at bats for a .355 batting average. He added four doubles, a triple and a home run to slug .645.

Pete Koscinski, INF/RHP, Catholic Memorial, 2016
Koscinski was effective on the mound and at the dish this spring. Koscinski hit .324 this spring recording 11 hits in 34 at bats. He had five doubles with four RBI, seven runs and three stolen bases. On the mound he posted a 1.17 ERA with 11 strikeouts over 18 innings pitched. He went 2-0 and allowed just 13 hits, keeping opposing hitters to a .188 batting average.

Mike Eberle, INF, Brookfield East, 2013
Eberle is 6-foot-4, 175-pound firstbaseman with long levers and shows some projection. Eberle hit .393 on the spring with three doubles and eight RBI.

William Alt, INF, Whitefish Bay, 2016
Alt’s 11 hits in 26 at bats led to a .423 average on the spring. He added a double and four RBI.

Matt Hamilton, UTL, Oak Creek, 2016
Hamilton hit an even .400 on the season going 10-for-25. He added eight RBI and two doubles along with two stolen bases.

CJ Putterman, C, Nicolet, 2013
Putterman is one of the top receivers in his class. He has a strong arm behind the plate and controls his pitchers well. The McHenry County commit hit .350 on the season in 40 at bats. He drove in five and added two doubles. Putterman is ranked No. 25 in his class.

Jonathan Stiever, RHP, Cedarburg, 2015
Stiever is a 6-foot-2, 165-pound right handed pitcher. He works from a ¾ arm slot and has sink to nearly everything he throws. Stiever posted a 1.00 ERA over 14 innings while walking just three. He struck out eight and scattered 12 hits.

Ty Gentz, LHP, Franklin, 2013
Gentz is committed to St. Cloud State. He went the entire spring without allowing an earned run. In his 10 innings of work he struck out 10 and allowed 10 hits while walking none.

Tyler Sanchez, LHP, Round Lake Beach, 2015
Sanchez was 2-0 on the year with a 1.00 ERA. He struck out 19 over his 21 innings of work while allowing 12 hits and 15 walks.

Honorable Mention

Nick Egelhoff, INF, Marquette University, 2015
Hit .400 this spring going 10-for-25. He drove in three RBI and had four doubles on the season.

Jonathan Keane, INF, Brookfield Central, 2015
In 38 at bats hit .316 with four RBI two doubles and four runs scored.

Taylor Grimm, C, Cedarburg, 2014
Hit .310 in 29 at bats. Slugged .586 with a home run, two triples and a double. Grimm showed the ability to make consistent hard contact all spring.

Alex Elliot, C/1B, West Allis Hale, 2015
The left handed hitting catcher hit .333 with three doubles, one triple and three RBI.

Jonah Miedl Zahorondy, C, Wauwatosa East, 2014
Had four doubles and two RBI in his 34 at bats while hitting .353 on the season.

Jordan Grimm, C, Cedarburg, 2016
Went 11-for-26 with six RBI and two doubles. He scored five runs.

Nate Hammel, RHP, Muskego, 2013
In 12 innings pitched posted a 1.75 ERA. He struck out 17 and allowed just seven hits.

Ty Weber, RHP, Menomonee Falls, 2016
1.75 ERA in 12 innings pitched. He struck out 10 allowing just three earned runs and no walks.

Trevor Bednarek, RHP, Muskego, 2014
Posted a 1.91 ERA over 11 innings pitched and struck out 12.

Drake Daniels, RHP, Cedarburg, 2015
Had a 1.35 ERA in just over 10 innings pitched. Daniels struck out 15.


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