Prep Baseball Report

Recruiting Roudup: Who's Heading Where?

By Matt Huck
Area Scout

Every Friday National Scouting Supervisor Nathan Rode provides a roundup of insider recruiting information and commitments throughout the PBR coverage area: The Buzz. Click Here to take a look at this week’s National Buzz. With that in mind, let’s take an in depth look at the Wisconsin prospects who have committed to colleges, with detailed scouting information.

Mike Bauer, C, Arrowhead, 2015
McHenry County College

Mike Bauer1.11.15 - Strong stocky build, typical catchers’ body, looks the part behind the plate, 5-foot-11, 180-pound catcher. Defensively showed above average catch and throw abilities. Arm played at 74 mph out of the crouch, short over the top arm action, typical of a catchers arm action, arm played well, accurate on the bag multiple times. Received with softer hands, exchange is fluid and clean, athletic actions behind the dish. Sound blocking mechanics. Pop times ranged from 2.12-2.32, can improve with quicker feet out of the crouch. Ran the 60 with effort, 7.85 runner laser timed. Offensively hits from a slightly taller and open stance, short stride, smooth loading action, overall athletic setup. Maintained balance, lower half worked. Bat speed present for the next level, mostly worked up the middle of the field, gap to gap type hitter, occasionally casts barrel, 81 mph exit velocity from the tee. Bauer will be a solid receiver at the next level with the ability to swing the bat, strong follow at Arrowhead HS this spring.

Keaton Knueppel, LHP, Verona Area, 2016
Gonzaga University

Keaton Knueppel3/16/14 - 6-foot-1, 175-pound two-way player, athletic build. Higher prospect on the mound, young left handed arm with projection. Delivery is athletic and repeatable, works directionally. Arm action is quick, easy arm action, loose, high ¾ slot. Fastball showed advanced feel, slightly heavier action, showed the ability to command the baseball. Curveball had 11/5 shape, flashed occasional 12/6 action, has depth and action, showed tight spin with bite, control of the zone, 67-69 mph. Changeup has feel, sinking action, near fastball arm speed, controlled the zone. Defensively has a short arm action from the outfield, high ¾, 78 mph from the outfield, works slightly uphill. Offensively hits from a balanced setup, taller, slightly open stance. Short opposite field approach, 78 mph exit velocity from the tee. Above average foot speed, 4.07 runner home to first. High follow prospect in Wisconsin’s 2016 class.

Jeff Steuck, 1B, Kenosha Tremper, 2016
University of Dayton

Jeff Steuck3/16/14 - 6-foot-2, 190-pound corner infielder with a strong, athletic frame that projects well. At the plate hits from a balanced stance, short stride, strong lower half usage, solid balance through contact. Swing is short and level with extension, gap-to-gap approach, fluid rhythm and above average bat speed. Exit velocity was 85 mph off the tee. Defensively there is plenty to like. Shows soft hands, fluid feet, and athletic actions playing through the ball out in front. Arm works short, over the top, 74 mph across the diamond. Posted a 4.91 home to first time.

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