Prep Baseball Report

Southern Wisconsin Open: Outfielder Analysis

By Wisconsin Staff

On Oct. 19, the PBR Wisconsin team hosted its annual fall showcase, the Southern Wisconsin Open, at STiKS Academy where 60 high school-level prospects participated in the final Wisconsin showcase of 2019.

Immediately following the showcase, we posted some rapid analysis inside our Quick Hits post and then dissected all of our measured data in our Statistical Analysis.

Today, we continue to roll out our position-by-position analysis with the day’s outfielders. We’ve ranked the top-five below, including three 2022 talents who really earned some added attention. Also, uncommitted senior Xavier Schreiber (McFarland) looks like a late pop-up inside this class who needs to be on radars ahead. He swings a fast and physical left-handed bat with a strong and athletic build.

For reports on each of the catchers who made it out to our final showcase of the year, continue reading on below.


1. Jayce Weber, Arrowhead (WI), 2022
Positional Profile: OF The sophomore showed well in Southern Wisconsin. Weber should be a high follow outfielder in the 2022 class.
Body: 5-foot-10, 160-pounds. Proportional frame with a thick/strong lower half.
Hit: RHH. Wide balanced set up. Loads hands back. Short/small leg kick. uses lower half well and stays balanced. Showed good bat speed. Level path with extension through the zone. Showed the ability to make consistent hard contact producing line drives to both gaps. Fluid repeatable rhythm.
Power: 85 mph exit velocity from the tee. Produced consistent solid hard contact during his BP round and hit 85mph off the tee.
Arm: RH. OF - 78 mph. Short quick arm action out of the high 3/4 slot. Strong arm produced some carry and accuracy.
Defense: Athletic outfielder flashed slightly above average actions. Quick low shuffle. Clean and quick exchange.
Run: 7.14 runner in the 60. 

2. Xavier Schreiber, McFarland (WI), 2020
Positional Profile: OF Quick twitch athletic outfielder with offensive upside. Schreiber could find himself amongst the middle to upper half of the 2020 outfielders.
Body: 6-foot-2, 190-pounds. Strong and built.
Hit: LHH. Slightly open and balanced stance. Minimal load with a slight bat wrap. Short and quick leg kick. Good balance throughout. Showed fast bat speed with his in/out quick swing. Got his hands to the ball with consistent line drive production.
Power: 95 mph exit velocity from the tee. Strong swing during BP and hit 95mph off of the tee. Schreiber is a little stiff in the shoulders but once he learns to relax his upper body, he projects to be a strong middle of the order hitter at the next level.
Arm: LH. OF - 81 mph. Long and loose arm action. Comes out of a high 3/4 slot. Showed some carry and accuracy.
Defense: Flashed slightly above average hands with a clean exchange. His throws are strong but he has room to improve his footwork. If Schreiber can grow into his footwork and get the ball out quicker by eliminating his second set of shuffles, he projects to be a solid outfielder at the college level.
Run: 6.98 runner in the 60. 

3. Bailey Prevost, De Pere (WI), 2021
Positional Profile: OF/RHP
Body: 5-foot-11, 165-pounds.
Hit: RHH. Tall open setup, subtle toe tap timing, leg kick stride. Middle to pull side approach, path works level with loose hands and some feel for the barrel.
Power: 83 mph exit velocity from the tee.
Arm: RH. OF - 84 mph. Long arm action, over the top slot, showed some carry.
Defense: Glove hand works out front, in front of lead leg, varies transition through release, aggressive footwork getting rid of the baseball.
Run: 7.26 runner in the 60. 

4. Logan Libby, Waukesha North (WI), 2022
Positional Profile: OF
Body: 5-foot-11, 165-pounds. Tall and lanky projectable frame.
Hit: RHH. Balanced set up with a weight back and slight bat wrap load. Short toe tap stride. Good balance, loose actions throughout. Flashed slightly above average bat speed. Level bat path that showed good control of the barrel with consistent hard contact to both gaps.
Power: 81 mph exit velocity from the tee. Plus gap to gap contact for his age.
Arm: RH. OF - 76 mph. Long and loose arm action coming from a high 3/4 arm slot. Flashed some carry and had consistent accuracy throughout.
Defense: Athletic defender, showed fluid footwork and the ability to play through the ball.
Run: 7.12 runner in the 60. 

5. Grant Beth, Catholic Memorial (WI), 2022
Positional Profile: OF/LHP Strong follow two-way player with projection on the mound.
Body: 5-foot-11, 180-pounds.
Hit: LHH. Open stance, long stride to even, weight stays on back side, loads hands back. Level path, middle of the field contact, loose swing.
Power: 90 mph exit velocity from the tee.
Arm: LH. OF - 82 mph. High 3/4 slot, long arm action, played accurate to target and showed carry.
Defense: Aggressive crowhop though release, plays through the baseball with glove hand out front.
Run: 7.32 runner in the 60. 

Best of the Rest (Listed Alphabetically)

Jaydon Bott, Madison Memorial (WI), 2021
Positional Profile: OF/RHP
Body: 5-foot-9, 170-pounds. Strong lower half, muscle bound build.
Hit: RHH. Wide setup, leg kick trigger, transfers weight into load and gets to front side. Level path with some quick bat strength. Flashed some power to the pull side.
Power: 76 mph exit velocity from the tee.
Arm: RH. OF - 80 mph. Long loose arm action, high 3/4 slot.
Defense: Plays through the baseball in stride, glove works off a forward right foot, clean exchange.
Run:  runner in the 60. 

Pierson Froelich, Shorewood (WI), 2020
Positional Profile: OF
Body: 6-foot, 165-pounds. Lanky frame.
Hit: RHH. Starts tall with high hands, loads back with a long stride. Drags his hands through a short in/out bat path.
Power: 72 mph exit velocity from the tee.
Arm: LH. OF - 71 mph. Short and quick high 3/4 arm action. Glides through low crow hop. Showed accuracy throughout.
Defense: Average hands. Slows body movements while fielding the ball. Exchange was fairly clean.
Run: 7.69 runner in the 60. 

Brian Johnston, Fall Creek (WI), 2020
Positional Profile: OF
Body: 5-foot-11, 200-pounds. Strong lower half.
Hit: LHH. Slightly open stance. Minimal to no load with a short stride. Good balance throughout with a projectable lower half. Average bat speed with a level path. Showed consistent hard contact and flashed pull side power.
Power: 87 mph exit velocity from the tee. Topped out at 87mph off of the tee.
Arm: LH. OF - 79 mph. Long and loose arm action that comes out of a 3/4 slot.
Defense: Attacks the ball on the ground and uses a low crow hop to start his strong release.
Run: 7.17 runner in the 60. 

Eli Michaelis, Wauwatosa East (WI), 2022
Positional Profile: OF/RHP
Body: 5-foot-7, 140-pounds. Athletic build.
Hit: RHH. Open setup, toe tap stride, keeps front side open, loads hands back. Flashed hard contact, long level bat path, loose bat speed.
Power: 80 mph exit velocity from the tee.
Arm: RH. OF - 84 mph. Long arm action, 3/4 slot, occasional carry.
Defense: Aggressive footwork, gains ground with a purpose through release. Clean exchange and works through the baseball.
Run: 7.38 runner in the 60. 

Zach Ortner, Wauwatosa East (WI), 2021
Positional Profile: OF
Body: 5-foot-11, 165-pounds.
Hit: RHH. Starts slightly open and tall, sinks back and into his load. Uses a hard and short stride.  Swings with an in/out path and flashed average bat speed. Showed some contact to the pull side.
Power: 88 mph exit velocity from the tee.
Arm: RH. OF - 71 mph. High 3/4 release while flashing average arm strength.
Defense: Fields the ball deep. Uses a short aggressive hop throwing from the outfield.
Run: 7.00 runner in the 60.