West Milwaukee Preseason ID: Preview
February 16, 2023
This Saturday, Feb. 18th, the PBR Wisconsin team is hosting the West Milwaukee Preseason ID at the STiKS Academy in Waukesha, Wis. This is an open event for all high school classes (2023-26), and gives our staff an ample look at the area's top players.
For a closer look at the showcase details and the technologies we'll have on-site to assist our in-person evaluation for all in attendance, click here. For a complete look at those registered to attend this event, view the most up-to-date version of the roster by clicking here.
We've been hosting this event for the past four years, and it's consistently provided us a look at prominent players who've later gone on to receive invitations to select events, like the PBR Future Games. Among the players in attendance at this event in 2022, there are already 14 commitments among them.
Last year, OF Logan Des Lauries (Oconomowoc, 2022; Wisconsin - La Crosse) was the lone senior in attendance and he put together arguably the day’s top performance, committing to La Crosse shortly after. Another name who impressed at this event in 2022 was C Dominic Kibler (New Berlin West, 2023; Kent State commit). While he was already committed when he came out to STiKS Academy, he did get the chance to show off his improved defensive abilities and he also took one of the loudest rounds of the day which is something the left-handed hitter has become quite known for over his prep career. After this performance he did earn an invite to the Midwest Procase later in the summer where he yet again, was a standout name and earned national attention, as a result.
We're looking forward to checking in on the next crop of talent from this event to earn next-level attention in the coming weeks, months, and years.
This year's roster is already shaping up nicely, just like in years past.
Two ranked members of the Badger State’s 2024 class, SS Eddie Rynders (Wisconsin Luthern, 2024; Kent State commit) is set to attend Saturday’s showcase in Waukesha. Rynders features a smooth left handed swing that he has seemingly added power with each and every look we get at him. While we haven’t seen Rynder’s in a showcase setting in quite some time now, he has long been regarded as one of the top prospects in his respective class and he is a name our staff is excited to get an updated look at this weekend.
A plethora of high-end 2025 prospects will also be in attendance on Saturday, starting with SS/RHP Greyson Zach (Pewaukee, 2025) who currently holds the No. 2 spot in our state rankings. Standing at an advanced 6-foot-3, 205-pounds, Zach swings an aggressive right-handed bat that has produced EVs up to 94.5 mph in front of our staff before. While it is unclear exactly where he profiles best of the infield, he certainly has the ability to be a lockdown defender where that is. On the mound he has run his fastball in the mid-to-high 80s, and we have heard reports of that number maybe being even higher after this last offseason of gains.
Another name in the state’s ‘25 class, RHP Peter Kussow (Arrowhead, 2025; Louisville commit) will be in attendance on Saturday, and to put it simply, he absolutely exploded this past year. Standing at an ultra-projectable 6-foot-5, 195-pounds, Kussow made a name for himself this summer and attracted attention seemingly everywhere he went and during the fall we got to see why firsthand. At the Grand Park Fall Championships, Kussow was electric in his relief stint, running his fastball up 87 mph with feel for a big 11/5 breaking ball. Kussow is another name our staff hasn’t seen in a showcase setting in quite some time and with him making some massive jumps to his game, he is certainly someone that our staff is excited to see.
SS/RHP Eli Bryant (Beaver Dam, 2025) made for a good look at this same STiKS Academy during the Southern Wisconsin Open. There Bryant sat in the low-80s with his fastball from an easy and repeatable delivery, while also showing feel for three off-speed offerings. Offensively, he sprays line drives to every part of the field from a free and easy right-handed swing.
Eli Bryant (10/15/22)
C Nathan Schopf (Oak Creek, 2025) is a physical 6-foot-1, 205-pound backstop who will make the short trip out to Waukesha on Saturday. From the right-handed box, Schopf swings an aggressive, but controlled bat and he registered some of the loudest contact our staff saw during the entirety of 2022 After a full offseason of gains and adding roughly 20-pounds to his frame, there is a chance his batted-ball metrics might be even more impressive during Saturday’s showcase.
LHP Ryan Brennecke (Oconomowoc, 2025) and C Connor Harvie (Waterford, 2025) are two other names-to-know looking forward to Saturday’s event. Brennecke stands at a projectable 6-foot-2, 189-pounds and on the mound he features a true feel to pitch, pairing it with quality off-speed offerings. Harvie’s job on the other hand is behind the plate, and across previous looks he has proved to be one of the state’s top backstops, regardless of class. We have long known Harvie for his advanced catcher actions but throughout the past year or so, he has started to add some more pop to his right-handed bat which only adds to his already impressive prospect stock.
Connor Harvie (10/15/22)
The names listed above are only scratching the surface of the amount of talent that will be in attendance at this large event on Saturday. Also, perusing the event roster, we’re set to meet a majority of players who’ve not yet attended a PBR showcase, and we’re eager to add more names to our follow lists.
EVENT CHECK-IN PROCESS
Because of the high number of prospects set to attend Saturday's event, it is imperative that you read our adjusted showcase itinerary below, which will allow our staff to swiftly and efficiently educate and evaluate the players set to attend.
Additionally, in an effort to continue and develop contactless check-in strategies, upon arrival, players will scan a QR Code with their smart phone camera that will lead them to a Google Form. On that Form, players will enter their name (matching the spelling on their PBR profile) and hit submit. Upon submission, players will be prompted to click a link that will direct them to their jersey color and number, located next to their registered name.
+ All Position Players:
- Check-in: 8:00 A.M.
- Pitchers-only Check-in: 12:30 P.M.
MORE EVENT DETAILS
Click here to learn more about our tech partners that have enhanced our players showcase experience. Partners like TrackMan, Vizual Edge, Swift and Blast Motion have helped both our in-event evaluation process, as well the compilation of our post-event scouting reports – and they're also a tool for our players to learn more about their measured and collected data, that can be applied to improve upon their game. Finally, wear baseball clothes; assigned and numbered PBR jerseys will be provided.