Pete Schuler standing atop the 2015 class in Wisconsin

By Steve Nielsen
Scouting Director - Wisconsin/Illinois

Pete Schuler (Kenosha St. Joseph) is one of the more highly touted prospects in the Class of 2015, and well deserving of his No. 1 ranking in the state. At 6-foot-3, 180-pounds and swinging a left handed bat from the catching position already puts him in a rare class of prospects. Combine that with the fact that he has an advanced arm behind the plate (79 mph) and a 1.97 pop time and you have a rare breed of catcher that profiles exactly what college coaches are looking for.

When Schuler is not calling pitches behind the plate he has the ability to move well laterally and flash soft hands at third base. He also showed an 83 mph arm across the diamond. Schuler might not be as advanced on the infield as he is behind the plate but shows a high level of athleticism that looks promising on the infield as well.

Over the last year we’ve seen Schuler tinker with multiple setup and timing triggers. His bat speed and path has always been there and once he gets comfortable with his timing will be a very dangerous hitter. Schuler squared up multiple baseballs at the Midwest Future Games, facing some of the top pitching prospects in the Midwest. More recently he made the All-Tournament team at the Labor Day Challenge thanks to his 4-for-9 performance at the plate with five RBI and four runs scored.

Schuler is getting plenty of attention from the next level and is certainly one of the more highly touted prospects in the Midwest. Currently he is receiving major attention from multiple high level Division 1 schools. Kent State, Indiana and Illinois look to be leaders in the clubhouse at this point but it’s still too early to tell which way Schuler will go.

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