Prep Baseball Report

Southern Wisconsin Open: Outfield Analysis

By Steve Nielsen
Scouting Supervisor – Wisconsin/Illinois

The outfielders were led by three left-handers that showed excellent athleticism and upside. All three are very projectable at the next level and have strong tools sets. Nate Anderson (Mukwonago), already a Heartland CC commit took the top spot with the most polished tool set of the three. Another Mukwonago product, Augie Mihlbauer, looks to have the most projection of the three, still a 2017 graduate, Mihlbauer has a similar tool set to Anderson and a highly projectable frame. Joey Scaffidi (New Berlin Eisenhower, 2017) is raw with quick twitch athleticism. His 60 time (6.79) was the best at the event and looks to be a top of the lineup, opposite field hitter from the left side.

Top Outfield Prospects

1. Nate Anderson, OF/LHP, Mukwonago, 2015
Heartland CC commit. 6-foot-1, 179-pound two-way player, lanky athletic frame. Offensively hits from a balanced stance, short stride, smooth loading action, good balance. Whippy bat path through the zone, short path, line drive hitter. Defensively plays through the baseball, athletic defender, clean exchange, natural defender. Hands play soft and crowhops through the baseball. Arm action is loose, high ¾ slot, 89 mph from the outfield. Ran the 60 at 7.05. On the mound delivery is athletic, arm action is loose, high ¾ slot. Fastball has arm side action, tended to miss arm side, 82-84 mph. Slider has downer action, some back up, 71-74 mph, some control. Hard changeup showed action, fastball arm speed, 78-80 mph.

2. Austin “Augie” Mihlbauer, LHP/OF, Mukwonago 2017
Lean athletic frame, highly projectable, 5-foot-11, 150-pound two-way player. Projects well on the mound, delivery is athletic and fluid, tall and fall, highly balanced, repeats well. Closed landing, can get more out of lower half. Arm action is loose and quick, ¾ slot, slight crossfire. Fastball has easy late life to it, arm side run, sits 81-83 mph with good control. Curveball has sweeping action, plays on 2/8 plane, spins it well, late sharp action, 68-71 mph. Changeup is hard, power change at 76-80 mph. Left-handed hitter, tall open stance, smooth loading action back, short stride, chokes up on bat. Loose hands with bat speed, line drive gap to gap hitter, athletic in the box. 87 mph exit velocity from the tee. Defensively uses quick fluid footwork in the outfield, athletic defender, takes good routes. Hands play soft, arm works cleanly with carry, 87 mph arm strength from the outfield.

3. Joey Scaffidi, OF/LHP, New Berlin Eisenhower, 2017
Left-handed two-way player, 5-foot-9, 160-pounds, athletic build carries strength. Left-handed hitter, slightly open stance, short stride, minimal loading action – slight arm bar, lower half can get more involved. Simple approach, handsy hitter, opposite field ground ball hitter, slap type swing. 80 mph exit velocity from the tee. Excellent runner, 6.79 laser timed in the 60. In the outfield showed athletic footwork (quick), raw athleticism in the outfield. Arm played over the top with some carry, 80 mph arm strength. Left-handed pitcher, tall and fall delivery, stretch only. Arm works from high ¾ slot. Fastball sat 76-77 mph. Showed two breaking balls, curveball has gradual action, 57-61 mph, slider sat 65-65 mph. Changeup cuts, 68-70 mph.

Best of the Rest (Listed Alphabetically)

Steele Beatty, OF/MIF, Pewaukee, 2018
5-foot-8, 145-pound multi-positional player. Right-handed hitter, short lifted stride, good balance through contact. Showed some bat speed, level bat path, 81 mph exit velocity from the tee. Ran the 60 in 8.06. Defensively showed better in the outfield, used a crowhop through the baseball, plays through with one hand. Arm action is long, over the top slot, played at 77 mph from the outfield, 67 mph from the infield.

David Fodor, OF/LHP, Bradford, 2016
5-foot-9, 161-pound left-handed two-way player. Left-handed hitter, closed setup, reverse toe tap stride, dives to hit, bat waggle load. Pull side swing, 81 mph exit velocity from the tee. Defensively plays with two hands from the outfield, deliberate routes to the baseball, arm action is short, high ¾ slot, arm plays at 74 mph. On the mound delivery works rotationally, slight coil into balance position with toe up. Arm action similar to that in the outfield. Fastball has slight cut, 68-73 mph. Curveball sat 54-56 mph, 1/7 plane. Changeup has slight cut action as well, 57-61 mph.

Nathan Hefle, OF, Germantown, 2017
6-foot, 190-pound outfielder, carries strength. Offensively hits from the right side, wide setup, open stance, short stride. Took aggressive swings, loose hands, makes hard contact out in front, found barrel. Slight uphill path, lifts with pull side pop. 80 mph exit velocity from the tee. Defensively uses a short arm action, over the top slot, from the outfield, 81 mph arm strength form the outfield. 7.63 runner in the 60.

Jerry Reinhardt, RHP/OF, Rib Lake, 2015
5-foot-10, 180-pound two-way player, average frame with strength. On the mound delivery starts with straight back rocker step to a high toe lift in to balance position, landing opened toed but staying on line. Regular arm action, high ¾ slot. Fastball sat 74-76 mph, mostly straight four seam. Curveball has sweeping action, 10/4 plane, 63-65 mph. Flashed a knuckleball at 59-63 mph. Right-handed hitter, closed stance, minimal loading action, short stride. Strong muscled swing, made occasional hard contact. 78 mph exit velocity from the tee. Defensively played the outfield with a long ¾ arm action, 75 mph. Ran the 60 at 8.01. 

Nathan Santos, RHP/3B, Altoona, 2016
6-foot-1, 200-pound two-way player, large frame, solid build. Projects well on the mound, tall and fall type delivery, works on line, athletic finish. Arm action is long and loose, ¾ slot. Fastball has running action, showed feel for the zone and stayed around it, 80-82 mph, topped out at 83 mph. Threw two breaking balls. Curveball has slurve type feel, fastball arm action, good control, 71-73 mph. Slider showed similar action, 69-72 mph. Changeup has arm side action with sink, flashed excellent action, 74-76 mph. Right-handed hitter, balanced stance, short toe tap stride, good balance. Opposite field approach, slight uphill path, 89 mph exit velocity from the tee. Defensively showed some athleticism in the field, corner type defender. In the outfield arm played at 85 mph, on the infield played at 83 mph. 7.37 runner in the 60.

Shamus Segersten, C/OF, Marian Central Catholic, 2016
6-foot-1, 185-pound multi-positional player, athletic build. Offensively hits from a slightly open stance, longer stride, lower half works linear, loose hands at setup. Attacks the baseball, line drive approach, well above average bat speed for his age. 91 mph exit velocity from the tee, occasionally lunges. Defensively played from the outfield and caught. As a catcher showed fundamentally sound blocking abilities, arm action is over the top, 74 mph arm strength from the crouch. In the outfield showed good arm strength at 85 mph, shuffles through the baseball and glove pats prior to release. Ran the 60 at 7.47.

Jake Sperry, OF/MIF, Chippewa Falls, 2016
5-foot-10, 165-pound multi-positional player, showed quick aggressiveness in his game. Left-handed hitter, closed stance, slight leg kick trigger, lower half works, maintained balance. Aggressive pull type swing that attacks the baseball, slight lunge, showed current bat speed, 88 mph exit velocity from the tee. Ran the 60 at 7.17, laser timed. Defensively projects better in the outfield, arm played loosely from a high ¾ slot, 82 mph from the outfield crowhop. On the infield arm action showed slightly less effort, 76 mph across the diamond.

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