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Top-10 Player Profiles of 2018: No. 8 Max Wagner

Steve Nielsen
Scouting Supervisor

It’s countdown season and time to put a bow on 2018. Our Top-10 Countdown to the new year highlight the most viewed profiles and the most important stories of 2018. After analyzing PBR Wisconsin’s web traffic over the past 12 months, we’ve assembled a list of the most-read stories and profiles that generated the most clicks and views.

Our countdown continues at No. 8 with Green Bay Preble infielder Max Wagner. 2018 was a big year for Wagner, his profile views spiked around the Future Games where he was one of the more followed prospects of the event. Wagner’s barrel caught the attention of several Power 5 schools that weekend, and ultimately led to a commitment to Clemson shortly after the event, leading to a clicking frenzy on his profile.

Wagner ranks as the No. 3 prospect in Wisconsin’s 2020 class and a top 100 overall in the PBR rankings. His prowess as a two-way player for the Hornets led to a state semi-finals appearance and will be a huge cog going forward in 2019. 


Max Wagner

Class of 2020 / 3B

Player Information

  • Graduating Class: 2020
  • Primary Position: 3B
    Secondary Position: 2B
  • High School: Green Bay Preble
    State: WI
  • Summer Team: GRB Rays
  • Height: 6-0
    Weight: 215lbs
  • Bat/Throw: R/R


Max FB
85 - 87
74 - 75
79 - 79
INF Velo
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INF Velo
Exit Velo

Scouting Report

8/7/18 - Verbally committed to Clemson.

7/30/18 - Wagner was able to make adjustments from pitch to pitch in his at-bats, and battled for two, two-strike hits in Game 1 of OK Limited Series. Setting up balanced with the bat rested on his back shoulder he rocks his weight back with a slight leg hang stride before showing a flat barrel through the zone, and the ability to work line drives to all fields. He also did a nice job at shortstop with multiple chances. Though he projects as more of a third baseman or offensive second baseman, he has confident hands and an accurate arm.

3/11/18 - 5-foot-10, 185-pound two-way player, strong thick build, athletic body. Right-handed hitter, balanced setup, loads hands on time with leg lift trigger. Front foot heavy at times, present bat speed, strong hands, aggressive hitter with knack for the barrel. 98 mph exit velocity from the tee. Defensively profiles at third base, natural actions with soft hands, fluid feet, easy actions. Arm carries well, plus arm across, 91 mph, loose high ¾ slot, athletic release. 7.14 runner in the 60. On the mound fastball shows arm side run, topped at 85 mph, sat 81-83 mph, control of the zone. Curveball has 11/5 shape, late action at times, 73-74 mph. Feel for changeup, fastball arm speed, arm side action, 76-78 mph. 

7/14/17 - Strong, athletically built, right-handed hitting infielder. Aggressive approach at the plate, swings with intent and present strength and bat speed. Doubled to center field in his first at-bat of the day. Later in the day, one-hopped the left-center field wall for a triple, 4.70 on the turn. Also, lined a single to right field. Looks to be a high-level right-handed bat in the 2020 class.

3/12/17 - 5-foot-10, 155-pound two-way player, stronger build for his age. 7.14 runner in the 60. Right-handed hitter, open stance, tall setup, longer stride with leg lift, on time. Showed barrel control, hard contact to the middle of the field, line drive guy with confidence in the box. 95 mph exit velocity from the tee. Defensively arm showed carry, short loose ¾ slot. Exchange is clean, long at times, plays tall showed above average hands. On the mound arm works more over the top, quick arm. Fastball controlled the zone, 78-80 mph, touched 82 mph. Curveball played at 67-68 mph, 12/6 action. Changeup comes out of slightly lower slot, 69-71 mph, thrown with arm speed and showed feel.



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