Prep Baseball Report

Labor Day Challenge: GRB Rays Preview

By Steve Nielsen
Scouting Supervisor – Illinois/Wisconsin

The 2015 Labor Day Challenge will take place September 5 – 6 at Standard Bank Stadium in Crestwood, IL. This year’s event features five high level teams with prospects from around the state of Illinois and beyond.

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Throughout the week we will bring you a quick preview as to what to look for out of the participating teams. Today we highlight the GRB Rays.

The Rays roster consists of strictly Wisconsin prospects, and the Rays will be bringing some of the top ranked prospects in their respective classes.

Gonzaga commits LHP Keaton Knueppel (Verona Area, 2016) and RHP/3B Taylor Borchers (Appleton North, 2016) highlight the roster along with speedy CF Zach Gilles (McDonnell Central, 2016, Central Michigan). All three are top 20 prospects in Wisconsin.

The Rays 2016s will also feature three of the top uncommitted prospects in the state in OF Ben Carew (Kimberly), C Trent Bauer (Green Bay East) and LHP Jordan Krueger (Mukwonago).

Two Wisconsin Future Gamers are also featured on the roster as OF Nick Elsen (Indian Trail) and OF Carl Valk (Appleton North) headline their 2017s.

The Rays roster also boasts two of the top ten 2018 prospects in C Stephen Lund (Verona Area) and RHP Dillon Nowicki (Stoughton).

Also keep an eye out for 2019 left-handed hitting catcher Nathan Stevens (Waunakee). We saw Stevens early this spring and again at the Junior Future Games and he continues to stand out as an early candidate for one of the top prospects in that class.


Position Jersey # Height Weight  
Keaton Knueppel LHP 22 6-1 185lbs View Profile
Jeff Steuck 1B 17 6-2 200lbs View Profile
Nicholas Elsen OF   6-1 168lbs View Profile
Jordan Krueger LHP 18 6-2 215lbs View Profile
Taylor Borchers RHP 37 6-1 200lbs View Profile
Kyle Sinclair 3B 19 6-0 185lbs View Profile
Jackson Hoang OF 31 6-2 185lbs View Profile
Sean O'Brien RHP 32 6-0 175lbs View Profile
Stephen Lund C 24 6-0 183lbs View Profile
Reagan Klawiter LHP 9 5-9 130lbs View Profile
Calvin Nowak OF 29 5-8 135lbs View Profile
Nathan Stevens C 11 5-9 140lbs View Profile
Zach Gilles OF 20 5-9 160lbs View Profile
Dillon Nowicki RHP 16 6-0 170lbs View Profile
Carl Valk OF 10 5-11 145lbs View Profile
Ben Carew OF 15 6-0 175lbs View Profile
Charlie Peterson RHP 28 6-3 182lbs View Profile
Colten Schild SS 7 5-6 125lbs View Profile
Trent Bauer C 34 6-2 165lbs View Profile
Alan Roden C 36 5-11 175lbs View Profile
Tanner Kohlhepp SS 33 6-0 155lbs View Profile
Tyler Rouze LHP 25 6-0 170lbs View Profile
Brady Butler SS 35 6-1 165lbs View Profile
Trevor Tietz OF 47 5-11 140lbs View Profile
Jarrett Fueger 3B 26 6-1 182lbs View Profile


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