Prep Baseball Report

PBR ProCase: Wisconsin Reports

By Matt Huck
Area Scout

The second annual PBR ProCase took place on Tuesday June 21st at Silver Cross Field in Joliet, IL. Players from Illinois, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Michigan, Missouri, and Indiana took place in a pro style workout in front of the PBR Scouting Staff and representatives from Major League Organizations. Seven Wisconsin players took place in the event, today we roll out the scouting reports on each of them as complied by PBR Executive Director Sean Duncan.

Wisconsin Reports (Alphabetical Order) 

Jack Anderson, RHP, Pulaski HS, WI, 2017
Jack AndersonIllinois State recruit. 6-foot-6, 215-pound right-handed pitcher, athletic build, long arms, upside in the frame. High-ceiling potential as he continues to physically develop. Athleticism in the arm and delivery, high-¾ slot, gets down the mound well. Fastball sat 85-86, touching 87; more velocity likely to come. Fastball flashed occasional arm-side life and sink when mechanics in sync. Threw curveball for strikes, a few with late bite at 69-71. During game play, he worked a quick spotless inning.

Ryan Bader, LHP, Mukwonago HS, WI, 2017
Ryan BaderNorthwestern recruit. 6-foot-2, 160-pound left-handed pitcher, lanky build, longer limbs, plenty of room for continued physical development. Long easy arm action, high-3/4 slot, deceptively quick arm, three-pitch feel all with similar arm action. Fastball velocity was down significantly from the winter when we saw him at 85-88 mph. At the ProCase, fastball ranged between 81-83 mph. Curveball showed depth, 1/7 shape, at 68-69 mph. Changeup flashed fade during warmups.

Zach Clayton, 3B, Oconomowoc HS, WI, 2017
Zach ClaytonOregon State recruit. Physical 6-foot-2, 210-pound third baseman, mature build, proportionally strong, defined lower half, barrel-chested. Has shown vast improvements over the last year; was one of the biggest risers at the PBR Midwest ProCase with his all-around performance. Offensively has advanced approach. Right-handed hitter, balanced and simple, minimal moving parts, direct, short path, strong through contact, knows how to backspin a baseball. Comfortably worked all fields in BP, consistent loud contact, present power with more to come. Registered 90 mph exit velocity with wood. Athletic for his size and strength, ran a 7.05 laser-timed 60. Defensively, plays shortstop for his high school team, but profiles as third base prospect. Easy arm strength, throws carry on line, 87 mph across the infield. Reliable hands, above-average range at third base; with refined footwork could develop into power-hitting third baseman and become a high-interest draft follow in the coming years.

Griffin Doersching, 1B, Greendale HS, WI, 2017
Griffin DoerschingUncommitted. 6-foot-4, 250-pound right-handed hitting first baseman, massive presence in the box, wide shoulders, extremely strong lower half. Possesses big pull-side power with matching big swing. Has incorporated pronounced leg kick and loading action in swing; generates significant bat speed and loft. When swing is timed up, he has the ability to hit it a long way. He proved that during game action when he crushed a towering home run to left field at Silver Cross Stadium with wood. Also registered event-best 102 mph exit velocity with wood. More nimble and athletic than the frame would suggest. Handles himself well around the bag; big target, soft hands and picks balls out of the dirt well. Ran a 7.58 laser-timed 60.

Ben Dragani, LHP, Catholic Memorial HS, WI
Ben DraganiMichigan recruit. 6-foot-5, 205-pound left-handed pitcher, athletic, well-proportioned, highly projectable frame. Fluid, balanced delivery, repeats well. Longer arm action, high 3/4  slot, works free and easily. Fastball sat 84-85 mph with arm-side run; tendency to leave up in game. Slider ranged between 75-76, more lateral action - have seen it previously in the 78-80 range. Changeup ranged 76-78, good feel for pitch. Overall has solid three-pitch mix. With his size and easy arm action, Dragani has intriguing upside.

Nick Elsen, OF, Indian Trail HS, WI, 2017
Nicholas ElsenKent State recruit. 6-foot-2, 175-pound frame, lanky-athletic build, longer limbs. Right-handed hitting outfielder, solid tools across the board with athletic tendencies and upside. Hits from balanced setup, slightly open, aggressive lower half, maintains balance throughout. Bat speed present, some length in swing, stays through ball well with extension, gap power with potential for more as he physically develops. Registered 88 mph exit velocity with wood and ran a 7.00 laser-timed 60. Defensively, moves well in outfield, aggressive routes, plays through ball well, throws have carry at 89 mph.

Ryan Hoerter, RHP, Indian Trail HS, WI, 2017
Ryan HoerterAuburn recruit. 6-foot-6, 185-pound right-handed pitcher, highly projectable frame, long, lean and athletic. Overall excellent athleticism for size, should become high-interest draft prospect if not next June, then in three years. Arm is athletic, quick and clean, high-¾ slot, works with minimal effort, present arm speed. Delivery has tempo and rhythm, lands slightly closed. Fastball sat 86-88 mph with downhill plane, around the plate but lacked consistency in the zone. Curveball ranged between 73-74, shows feel for pitch, good shape and late bite at times, can develop into swing-and-miss offering.

The Class of 2017 Overall Rankings were just released this past week and look for an updated Wisconsin Class of 2017 rankings later this week.

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