Top-10 Profiles of 2019: No. 6 Michael Lippe


By Andy Sroka
Staff Writer, Associate Scout

Since we first debuted the state’s Class of 2022 Rankings, there has been one clear and obvious choice atop the board: OF Michael Lippe (Whitefish Bay; Louisville commit).

He’s one of the most physical prospects in the state, regardless of age. He packs a ton of strength and speed into his 6-foot-1 frame, so much so that the way he races around the basepaths would look more appropriate on an SEC football field. Lippe was among the first recruits in the state’s 2022 class to commit and he verbally announced his allegiance to Louisville – a program that now has several commits in the state’s 2022 class, the top-three currently, in fact.

Lippe helped his high school make a deep playoff run in 2019 and the Blue Dukes aren’t going anywhere any time soon. It’s a youthful program with two other ranked sophomores on the team, not including Lippe himself.

As it stands now, Lippe is the No. 41-ranked prospect on the national board, too. From a tools perspective, it’s easy to see why. He’s already a 6.82 runner in the 60-yard dash that’s especially impressive when you notice he’s that quick inside a strong 190-pound frame. That speed and muscle works especially well in the right-handed batter’s box where he routinely lines hard contact from the barrel, primarily into the right-center gap that he favors. He’s certainly athletic enough to operate in all three outfield spots, including center field, and the arm strength features plenty of carry to profile in right as well.

Lippe is one of the top prospects in the Midwest and, thus, the country. He’s at the top of what’s becoming a very memorable 2022 class in Wisconsin.

No. 6: Michael Lippe

Michael Lippe

Class of 2022 / OF

Player Information

  • Graduating Class: 2022
  • Primary Position: OF
    Secondary Position: OF
  • High School: Whitefish Bay
    State: WI
  • Summer Team: Hitters Baseball
  • Height: 6-2
    Weight: 220lbs
  • Bat/Throw: R/R

Statistics

Pitching
76
Max FB
73 - 75
FB
66 - 68
CB
62 - 63
CH
Pitching
Max FB
76
FB
73 - 75
CB
66 - 68
Position
6.77
60-yard
(03/21/21)
74
INF Velo
98
OF Velo
(03/21/21)
99
Exit Velo
(03/21/21)
4.47
H-1st
(07/23/19)
Position
60-yard
6.77
OF Velo
98
Exit Velo
99
Position
60-yard
6.88
OF Velo
95
Exit Velo
92
Position
OF Velo
89
H-1st
4.47
Exit Velo
92
Position
60-yard
6.82
OF Velo
86
Exit Velo
92
Position
60-yard
7.23
INF Velo
74
OF Velo
79
Exit Velo
91
Position
60-yard
7.32
OF Velo
77
Exit Velo
83
Trackman - Hitting
99.1
Exit Velocity (max)
(03/21/21)
87.7
Exit Velocity (avg)
(03/21/21)
181
Distance (avg)
(03/21/21)
353
Distance (max)
(03/21/21)
Trackman - Hitting
Exit Velocity (max)
99.1
Exit Velocity (avg)
87.7
Distance (avg)
181
Distance (max)
353
Hard Hit %
Sweet Spot %
Line Drive %
Fly Ball %
Ground Ball %
Blast - Hitting
27.1
Hand Speed (max)
(03/21/21)
25.5
Hand Speed (avg)
(03/21/21)
79.7
Bat Speed (max)
(03/21/21)
77.0
Bat Speed (avg)
(03/21/21)
Blast - Hitting
Rot. Acc (max)
Rot. Acc (avg)
Hand Speed (max)
27.1
Hand Speed (avg)
25.5
Bat Speed (max)
79.7
Bat Speed (avg)
77
On Plane Eff (avg)

Scouting Report

9/13/19

Lippe is a physical specimen and uses the basepaths like an SEC running back would. He’s strong, fast, and packs a punch from the right-handed batter’s box, favoring the right-center gap.

7/23/19

Positional Profile: OF
Body: 6-foot-1, 190-pounds. Strong athletic build.
Hit: RHH. Balanced stance, minimal load, short stride, maintains strong balance through contact. Short path, line drive gap to gap contact, quick hands with strength. Creates bat speed with intent.
Power: 92 mph exit velocity from the tee. Power projection bat.
Arm: RH. OF - 89 mph. Long arm action, high 3/4 slot, arm carries well, advanced arm strength.
Defense: Athletic actions, plays from all three OF spots, clean exchange, works through the baseball in stride.
Run: 4.47 runner down the line. Athletic gait, above average baserunner.

6/25/19

Louisville commit. Strong right-handed hitting outfielder. Lippe’s reputation as one of the country’s top athletes and bats precedes him. He produces a different sound off the bat. He tacked on another three barrels that went for singles today and is a plus runner with a strong, proportional build. His bat was one several standout on the weekend, gets easy exit velocity off the barrel, middle of the field approach.. 

3/03/19

3.3.19 - Positional Profile: OF High follow 2022 prospect in the country.
Body: 6-1, 190-pounds. Advanced physical frame, broad shoulders, projects well.
Run: 6.82 runner in the 60. Plus for age, power type runner with some effort.
Hit: RHH. Balanced stance, smooth loading action, short stride, good balance through contact. Short to the baseball with extension through contact, barrel stays in the zone, line drive type contact, hits in rhythm.
Power: 92 mph exit velocity from the tee. Above average power, gap to gap power projection.
Arm: RH. OF - 86 mph. Arm carries, over the top slot, played accurate, short loose action.
Defense: Natural actions, fluid footwork, plays aggressively through the baseball. Projects in any outfield position.

8/29/18 - Verbally committed to Louisville.

8/5/18 (Junior Future Games) - 6-foot, 170-pound right-handed hitting outfielder, strong athletic build. Advanced approach in the box, barrel aware gap to gap line drive approach. Will hit where he is pitched, made some of the hardest in game contacts of the weekend. Moves well around the bases, above average runner, 7.08 in the 60, could project in centerfield. Arm flashes carry, well above average for his age.

6/20/18 - 6-foot, 170-pound, strong, athletic-build, right-handed outfielder and corner infielder, projectable frame. Offensively, balanced, reverse toe-tap stride, maintains good balance. Gap-to-gap type hitter, long barrel path through zone, fluid rhythm, 91 mph exit velocity off a tee. Ran a 7.23 laser-timed 60. Defensively, in the outfield, long, loose arm action, kept throws on target, 77 mph. On the infield, similar arm action, 74 mph across. Plays through the ball, athletic actions.

3.20.18 - 6-foot, 160-pound two-way player, lean athletic shape, broad squared shoulders. Right-handed hitter, balanced setup, slight leg lift stride. Hard contact in BP, above average bat speed, short finish at times. Defensively plays in stride with quick footwork, hands play, exchanges into crowhop. Over the top arm, carries on line, 77 mph from the outfield. 7.32 runner in the 60. On the mound fastball gets downhill and show tilt, 73-75 mph, topped at 76 mph. Curveball has 11/5 shape, 66-68 mph.

3.15.17 - 5-foot-9, 135-pound, two-way prospect. Defensively, short arm action from over-the-top slot, 69 mph across the infield. Plays through the ball, soft hands, fluid footwork. Offensively, balanced setup, short stride, maintains balance, long, level barrel path, 78 mph exit velocity. Ran a 7.73 60. On the mound, high ¾ arm slot, short arm action, regular effort. Tall and fall delivery, works on-line, lands toe-closed, finishes falling off first base side. Fastball, straight, sat 67-69 mph. Curveball, downward shape, loose action, 60 mph. Changeup, flashed sink, 62-63 mph.


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