Prep Baseball Report

Recruiting Roundup: 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 Illinois prospects who have committed to colleges, with detailed scouting information.

Dan Blomgren, SS, Janesville Craig, 2019

Dan Blomgren7/26/16 - 5-foot-11, 170-pound shortstop, athletic frame with loose live actions. Defensively showed advanced actions on the infield, soft hands, plays quickly and aggressively, plays through the baseball, confident hands. Showed easy actions with good body control. Arm action is short, over the top slot, can play athletically when on the move, 82 mph across the diamond. 4.63 runner down the line. Right-handed hitter, balanced setup, short stride, strong balance. Loose athletic hands at the plate, head stays level, showed barrel awareness in BP, line drive spray approach. 83 mph exit velocity from the tee.

Carl Valk, OF, Appleton North, 2017
Madison College

Carl Valk6/16/16 - 5-foot-11, 150-pound, switch-hitting outfielder with a lanky frame. Defensively has a long arm action from a high ¾ arm slot. Accurate throws flashed some carry throwing 84 mph from the outfield. Fluid, athletic actions in the outfield with a clean exchange and soft hands. From the left side, hits from a balanced setup with a smooth load and short leg lift stride. Short, level swing path, showed strength thru contact with 83 mph exit velocity from a tee. From the right side has a toe tap stride and short swing path. Showed strength thru contact with 86 mph exit velocity. Ran the 60 at 7.14. 

Charlie Peterson, RHP, Waukesha North, 2017
UW-La Crosse

Charlie Peterson6.16.16 - 6-foot-3, 185-pound, long limbed, athletic right-handed pitcher. Works out of a high ¾ window, long and loose arm action with regular effort. Clean and repeatable drop and drive delivery, stays in line, lands square, finishes athletically. Fastball, slight run and sink, ranged between 79-81 and topped 82 mph. Curveball, 11/5 shape, near fastball arm speed, flashed depth, pounded the zone, sat between 67-70 mph. Changeup, near fastball arm speed, fade, controlled in the zone, sat 74-76.

Bryce Bradison, 2B, De Pere, 2017
Dakota County JC

Bryce Bradison3/1/15 - 6-foot, 145-pound two-way player, lean athletic frame with projection. Right-handed hitter, balanced stance, average stride, linear lower half. Good bat path, stays inside the baseball, opposite field approach, occasionally lunges. 76 mph exit velocity from the tee. Defensively showed athletic actions defensively, fluid defender, slow exchange, long transfer. Arm action is long, high ¾ slot, 73 mph across the infield. On the mound arm and delivery are clean, balanced and athletic. Fastball is mostly straight, 72-74 mph, topped at 75 mph. Breaking ball has 11/5 action, showed feel, 59-60 mph. Changeup has sink, 63-65 mph.

Paul Petit, RHP, Eau Claire Regis, 2017

Paul Petit6.16.16 - 6-foot, 175-pound, right-handed hitting multi-positional prospect. At the plate, balanced set up, short, leg lift stride, balance on follow through. Fluid rhythm, flashed bat speed, short path, line drive, opposite field approach. Recorded an exit velocity of 95 mph. In the outfield, showed athleticism, worked through the ball. Long arm action, over the top arm action, flashed some carry. Clocked at 85 mph from the outfield. In the infield, flashed a clean exchange, showed athleticism at position. Shorter arm action, over the top slot, flashed carry. Clocked at 80 mph across the diamond. On the mound, over the top slot, long action, tall balance, regular effort. Rhythm, in line direction, athletic finish. Fastball, topped at 84, sat 81-83. Curveball, sat 67-71, 11/5 shape, tight spin, late action. Changeup, sat 72-73, near fastball arm speed.

Matthew Osterberg, LHP, Coleman, 2017
St. Cloud State

Matthew Osterberg3/13/16 - 6-foot-1, 175-pound left-handed hitting LHP/OF with a lanky, high waisted frame. On the mound works from a high ¾ arm angle with a loose arm action. Wraps on the backside. Tall and fall delivery with a closed landing. Fastball sat 80-82 topping out at 83 mph for strikes. Showed feel for his curveball with 12-6 shape, sharp action, and tight rotation at 67-69 mph. Maintained arm speed on his changeup at 72-73 mph. Offensively hits form a balanced setup with a smooth load and short stride. Line drive hitter with fluid rhythm and a short, level swing path. 79 mph exit velocity from a tee. Ran the 60 at 7.59. Defensively has a short arm action from a high ¾ arm slot. Threw 79 mph from the outfield.

Josh Schattner, RHP, Wilmot, 2017
Winona State

Joshua Schattner1.31.16 - 6-foot-2, 180-pound right-handed pitcher. Works form an over the top arm angle with a short, quick arm action. Tall and fall delivery with a square landing and headsnap at release. Fastball showed some tilt at 82-83 topping out at 84 mph. Curveball showed 11-5 shape with sharp action and tight rotation at 70-72 mph. Maintained armspeed on changeup that flashed fading action at 74-76 mph.

Austin Braund, RHP, Holmen, 2017
Concordia (MN)

Austin Braund6.16.16 - 6-foot-5, 210-pound right-handed pitcher, extra-large frame, solid build, typical pitcher’s frame. Slight drop and drive type delivery, works on line with some uptempo rhythm, uses slide step from the stretch. Arm action is long, high ¾ slot, loose arm. Fastball sat 82-83 mph, showed feel for the zone. Slider showed sweep, 10/4 action, flashed feel, 66-68 mph. Changeup has sink to arm side, 72-76 mph.


Dylan Karvala, RHP, New Berlin Eisenhower, 2017
Concordia (WI)

Dylan Karvala2/28/16 - 6-foot-2, 175-pound right-handed hitting RHP/OF. On the mound works from a high ¾ arm angle with a short, stiff arm action with some quickness. Tall and fall delivery with some effort and an upright finish. Slide step from the stretch. Fastball sat 77-80 topping out at 81 mph. Slider showed 10-4 shape at 64-67 mph. Maintained armspeed on his changeup that was firm at 74-76 mph. Defensively has a long arm action from a high ¾ slot. Shuffle and throw. Threw 83 mph from the outfield. Offensively hits from a balanced stance with a closed setup. Long, uphill path with average batspeed. Showed strength thru contact with 85 mph exit velocity from a tee. Ran the 60 at 7.86.

Justin Reinkall, RHP, Superior, 2017
Southeast CC (NE)

Justin Reinkall10/2/16 - 6-foot-2, 178-pound right-handed pitcher, lean loose frame. High upside pitcher, quick arm the projects well. Uptempo delivery, slight effort. Arm action is live and loose, quick arm from a high ¾ slot. Fastball finishes with arm side sink, played harder than velocity suggested, sat 83-85 mph. Slider has sharp 10/4 action, thrown hard and aggressively with confidence, 75-77 mph. Flashed a changeup at 75-76 mph.


Sam Zarling, 3B, Kettle Moriane Lutheran, 2017
John A. Logan

Sam Zarling6.16.16 - 6-foot, 200-pound, right-handed hitting multi-positional prospect. Offensively, balanced set up, short stride, balance on follow through. Fluid rhythm, bat speed, gap to gap approach, flashed pull side pop. Recorded an exit velocity of 93 mph. Defensively, in the outfield quick exchange, plays through the ball. Short arm action, ¾ slot, flashed carry. Clocked at 82 mph. In the infield, quick exchange, ¾ slot. Clocked at 84 mph. Ran a 6.96 in the 60.

Alex Tricoli-Walkanoff, 2B, Indian Trail, 2017
Heartland CC

Alex Tricoli-Walkanoff9/18/16 - 5-foot-11, 180-pound middle infielder, carries present strength. Right-handed hitter, balanced stance, short stride, good balance. Looks hitterish in the box, well above average bat speed, pull side line drive contact, athletic hitter. 81 mph exit velocity from the tee. 4.65 runner down the line. Defensively showed solid hands, deliberate footwork. Arm played at 82 mph across the diamond, high ¾ slot.


Connor Manthey, C, Columbus, 2018
Bradley University

Future Games 2016 - 6-foot-1, 205-pound catcher/third baseman, large strong build. Offensively hits from an open stance, short stride. Strong fast bat, shows pull side power, makes hard contact in BP and game play, good barrel control with bat strength. Hit a double with three RBI in game play. 89 mph exit velocity from the tee. Defensively got out of the crouch well, ability to block and recover well. Pop times ranged 1.97-2.05. Threw out a runner in game at 2.08, showed accurate arm with carry, 79 mph. Moves well for his size, ability to defend third base at a high level, good body control with above average range to glove side. 7.42 runner in the 60, 4.44 down the line.

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