Prep Baseball Report

Inside the Rankings: Wisconsin 2018s

Steve Nielsen
Scouting Supervisor - Wisconsin/Illinois

We walked you through the top 10 of the Class of 2018 Rankings in Wisconsin and after expanding to the top 125 there are several newcomers to the list as well as a few risers who impacted the rankings.

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RHP Brady Christianson (Hayward) made one of the bigger jumps in the 2018 class. A recent Madison College commit his fastball velocity has steadily climbed late into the summer and showcases a wipeout slider at times as well. Christianson moved up into the top 40.

OF Jaelin Williams (Eau Claire North) moved into the top 60 in the state. The athletic right/right outfielder has a huge upside, boasting a 6-foot-4, 175-pound frame with quick twitch actions that produce advanced bat speed at the plate. Another Eau Claire product saw a bit of a rise as RHP Austin Selz (Memorial) has shown competitive stuff this year. Up to 86 mph, Selz competes in the zone and recently committed to Minot State.



With the addition of 25 slots to the rankings there are several names worthy to mention here, but some of the top new additions include RHP Tate Carter (Brookfield Central) who has a long projectable frame at 6-foot-3, 175-pounds and showed a commanding fastball topping at 84 mph at the Senior Games this fall. Carter’s arm speed projects for more and showed deceptive secondary stuff that includes an above average fastball/slider combination. Carter broke the top 100 this update.

Infielders Ben Seaman (West Bend West), Dayton Gutsch (Eau Claire Regis), Brady Fields (Badger), Sam Beers (Milton) and Ryan Hughes (Beloit Turner) are all versatile defenders that can play several positions on the infield and showed upside at the plate.

LHPs Anthony Lupa (Northwestern) and Griffin Lietzau (Slinger) are a pair of southpaws to keep an eye on. Both are new to the rankings this updates and show lows 80s velocity from the left side.

1B Tristan Largent (Verona) is a left-handed bat that could tun some heads. He has serious power potential with strong hands and a pull side approach, all while showing natural savvy actions around first base.

Stay tuned for more rankings updates to all of our classes over the next several weeks.

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