Western Wisconsin Open: Position Analysis



By Matt Huck
Area Scout

The Western Wisconsin Open took place on July 14th at Carson Park in Eau Claire, Wisconsin.

Today we roll out the position player analysis lead by 2015 C/RHP Alex Stodola of Coleman. Stodola impressed behind the plate popping 2.00-2.12 and throwing 78 mph from the crouch.

6-foot-3, 200-pound right-handed hitting Blake Margis also impressed in workouts throwing 88 mph from the outfield and running a 7.22 60-yard dash.

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Top Position Players

1. Alex Stodola, C/RHP, Coleman, 2015
6-foot-1, 185-pound, right-handed hitting C/RHP. Defensively has a short arm action from an over the top arm slot. Accurate throws with some carry. Soft hands with quick footwork, and a clean exchange. Popped 2.00-2.12 and threw 78 mph from the crouch. At the plate hits from a balanced setup with a leg kick stride. Short, level swing path with a fast bat. 82 mph exit velocity from a tee. Ran the 60 at 7.65. On the mound works high ¾ arm angle with an up-tempo tall and fall delivery. Online delivery with a square landing. Fastball sat 84-86 mph. Curveball showed 11-5 shape at 72-75 mph. Slider showed hard action at 79-82 mph. Maintained arm speed on changeup with armside run for strikes at 75-78 mph.

2. Lucas Maurina, SS, Altoona, 2016
5-foot-8, 150-pound, left-handed hitting shortstop. Offensively hits from a balanced setup with a smooth load and short leg lift stride. Good balance with a fast bat. Line drive spray hitter with fluid rhythm. 76 mph exit velocity from a tee. Ran the 60 at 7.19. Defensively has a short arm action from a high ¾ arm slot. Soft hands with fluid footwork and a clean exchange. Profiles at second base. Threw 75 mph across the infield.

3. Blake Margis, OF/1B, Coleman, 2016
6-foot-3, 200-pound, right-handed hitting outfielder with a strong, lanky frame. Defensively has a short, loose arm action from an over the top arm slot. Plays thru the ball with fluid footwork and a clean exchange. Accurate throws throwing 88 mph from the outfield. Took drills in the infield showing a long arm action with good arm strength, threw 86 mph across the infield. At the plate hits from an open stance with a long stride. Pull, power hitter with a fast bat. Showed strength thru contact with 86 mph exit velocity from a tee.

4. Justin Reinkall, RHP/SS, Superior, 2017
6-foot-2, 165-pound, right-handed hitting RHP/SS with a lanky, projectable frame. On the mound works from a high ¾ arm angle with a long, loose, quick arm action. Tall and fall uptempo delivery online with home plate. Fastball sat 80-82 mph. Curveball showed 12-6 shape at 67-70 mph. splitter showed sinking action at 61-63 mph. Changeup flashed some cut at 68-70 mph. Defensively has a loose arm action from a high ¾ arm slot. Soft hands with fluid footwork and a clean exchange. Plays thru the ball with athletic actions. Solid actions on the backhand, profiles for third base. Threw 80 mph across the infield. At the plate hits from a balanced setup with a leg kick stride and good balance. Short path with extension thru contact. Fluid rhythm with a fast bat. 81 mph exit velocity from a tee. Ran the 60 at 7.34. Will continue to improve with maturity.

5. Kole Lekvin, 2B, Eau Claire Memorial, 2016
5-foot-11, 160-pound, right-handed hitting second baseman with a strong frame. At the plate hits from a balanced setup with long load to backside. Short leg kick stride with good balance and fluid rhythm. Gap to gap hitter with some pop and a fast bat. Consistent hard contact in BP. 81 mph exit velocity from a tee. Ran the 60 at 7.72. Defensively has a loose arm action from a high ¾ arm slot. Accurate throws with carry. Plays thru the ball with average hands. Profiles at third base. Threw 75 mph across the infield.

6. Payton Slaby, SS, Whitehall, 2016
5-fooot-7, 160-pound right-handed hitting shortstop with an athletic frame. At the plate hits from a open stance with a short stride and good balance. Gap to gap hitter with a short swing path and fluid rhythm. Consistent hard contact in BP. Showed strength thru contact with 83 mph exit velocity from a tee. Ran the 60 at 7.26.  Defensively has a short loose arm action from a ¾ arm slot. Average arm strength with soft hands, and a long exchange. Profiles at second base. Threw 71 mph across the infield.

7. Will Nelson, SS, Rosemount, 2016
5-foot-9, 171-pound, right-handed hitting shortstop. In the field has a loose arm action from a high ¾ arm slot. Some accuracy with average arm strength and a clean exchange. Showed good body control on run thru. Profiles for third base. Threw 72 mph across the infield. At the plate hits from a balanced setup with a short stride, average balance and an uphill swing path. 74 mph exit velocity from a tee. Ran the 60 at 7.37.

8. Storm Standiford, LHP/1B, Eau Claire Memorial, 2016
6-foot-4, 185-pound, left-handed hitting LHP/1B with a lanky, athletic frame. On the mound works from a high ¾ arm angle with a loose arm action. Tall and fall online delivery with easy effort. Smooth rhythm with level shoulders and a square landing. Threw fastball for strikes showing run and sink at 77-79 topping out at 80 mph. Curveball showed sweeping action at 68-69 mph. Threw changeup for strikes at 66-68 mph. Defensively has a loose arm action from a high ¾ arm slot. Fluid footwork with soft hands. Good feel around the bag. Threw 73 mph across the infield. At the plate hits from an open stance with a short, toe tap stride. Line drive gap to gap hitter with fluid rhythm. 82 mph exit velocity from a tee. Ran the 60 at 7.44.

Best of the Rest (Listed Alphabetically)

Michael Abraham, OF, Logan, 2017
5-foot-7, 145-pound, right-handed hitting outfielder. Offensively hits from a balanced setup with a leg kick stride and average balance. Opposite field hitter. 79 mph exit velocity from a tee. Ran the 60 at 7.33. Defensively has a long arm action from a high ¾ arm slot. Average hands with slower footwork. Threw 65 mph from the outfield.

Jake Arens, 1B, Mauston, 2016
5-foot-11, 210-pound, right-handed hitting first baseman. At the plate hits from a balanced setup with a toe tap stride and average balance. Pull hitter with an uphill swing path and a fast bat. 74 mph exit velocity from a tee. Ran the 60 at 8.16. Defensively has a long arm action from an over the top arm slot. Threw 67 mph across the infield.

Will Brahan, SS, Altoona, 2017
5-foot-11, 155-pound, left-handed hitting shortstop with a thin frame. Defensively has a loose arm action from a high ¾ arm slot with average arm strength. Plays thru the ball with soft hands and a slower exchange. Threw 74 mph across the infield. Offensively hits from a balanced setup with a short stride leg lift and good balance. Simple mechanics with a short swing path. 68 mph exit velocity from a tee. Ran the 60 at 7.29.

Logan Carroll, 3B, Pepin, 2016
5-foot-11, 155-pound, right-handed hitting third baseman with a lanky frame. Defensively has a long arm action from a ¾ arm slot with average arm strength. Threw 73 mph across the infield. At the plate hits from a balanced setup with a short stride and average balance. Pull hitter with a level swing path. 76 mph exit velocity from a tee. Ran the 60 at 7.09.

Dale Cetnarowski, OF, Cudahy, 2016
5-foot-11, 155-pound, right-handed hitting outfielder with a thin frame. Defensively has a short arm action from an over the top arm slot. Accurate throws with average arm strength. Plays thru the ball with athletic actions and a clean exchange. Threw 76 mph from the outfield. At the plate hits from a balanced setup with a short stride and uphill swing path. 75 mph exit velocity from a tee. Ran the 60 at 7.14.

Jack Hinton, 1B/RHP, La Crosse Logan. 2017
6-foot-1, 195-pound, right-handed hitting 1B/RHP with a solid frame. At the plate hits from an open stance with a short stride, average balance and a short swing path. 73 mph exit velocity from a tee. Ran the 60 at 7.92. Defensively works from a high ¾ arm slot with average hands. Threw 66 mph across the infield. On the mound works from an over the top arm angle with a short arm action. Tall and fall delivery with a square landing. Fastball sat 69-73 topping out at 74 mph. Curveball showed slurvy shape with loose rotation at 61-63 mph. Maintained arm speed on changeup with sinking action at 66-69 mph.

Hunter Hockenbrock, C/RHP, Superior Senior, 2016
5-foot-10, 131-pound, left-handed hitting C/RHP. Offensively hits from a balanced setup, drops hands on load with a short stride. Good balance with a level swing path. 74 mph exit velocity from a tee. Defensively has a short arm action from an over the top arm angle. Quick feet with a clean transfer. Popped 2.18-2.26 and threw 70 mph from the crouch. On the mound works from a high ¾ arm angle with a short arm action. Regular effort with a tall and fall slow paced delivery. Fastball flashed cut at 72-74 mph. Slider showed gradual action at 62-66 mph. Maintained arm speed on changeup that flashed sink at 67-70 mph.

Dalton Hutton, 2B, McDonell Central, 2016
5-foot-8, 145-pound, right-handed hitting second baseman with a small, strong frame. At the plate hits from a balanced setup with an arm bar load to backside. Short stride with average balance. Line drive hitter flashed a fast bat with a long level swing path. 78 mph exit velocity from a tee. Ran the 60 at 7.30. Defensively has a long arm action from a high ¾ arm slot. Average hands, fields ball deep with a long exchange. Threw 76 mph across the infield.

Lance Johnson, SS, Pepin, 2016
5-foot-9, 165-pound, right-handed hitting shortstop with a strong frame. Offensively hits from an open stance with a low hand set and big toe tap stride. Average balance with an uphill swing path. Showed strength thru contact with 85 mph exit velocity from a tee. Ran the 60 at 7.28. Defensively has a short arm action from a high ¾ arm slot. Average arm strength with slower actions. Threw 77 mph across the infield.

Adam Krajewski, C, Eau Claire Memorial, 2017
5-foot-11, 180-pound, right-handed hitting catcher with present strength. At the plate hits form a wide, balanced setup with a short stride. Short, compact swing path with a fast bat. 80 mph exit velocity from a tee. Ran the 60 at 7.53. Defensively has a short arm action from an over the top arm slot. Stand and throw with a click, clean transfer. Popped 2.22-2.26 and threw 70 mph from the crouch. 

Carl Krumenauer, SS/C/RHP, Chippewa Falls, 2016
6-foot, 150-pound, right-handed hitting SS/C/RHP. At the plate hits from a balanced setup with a short stride. Flashes a fast bat, pull hitter with an uphill swing path. 81 mph exit velocity from a tee. Ran the 60 at 7.01. Defensively has a short arm action from a high ¾ arm slot. Fluid footwork with slower actions. Threw 72 mph across the infield. Also took drills at catcher popping 2.17-2.44 and threw 71 mph from the crouch. On the mound works from an over the top arm angle with a short arm action. Tall and fall online delivery with a square landing. Fastball sat 73-75 mph. Curveball sat 60-64 mph. Maintained arm speed on changeup that flashed sink at 67 mph.

Jared Lenze, RHP/2B, Mauston, 2017
6-foot-1, 175-pound, right-handed hitting RHP/2B. On the mound works from an over the top arm angle with a short arm action with a slight stab in the back. Tall at balance point with regular effort. Tall and fall online delivery with a square landing and smooth tempo. Fastball flashed sink at 72-74 mph. Curveball showed gradual action at 59-63 mph. Maintained armspeed on changeup with sinking action at 62-64 mph. At the plate hits from an open stance with an even stride. Line drive hitter with a short swing path and fluid rhythm. 75 mph exit velocity from a tee. Ran the 60 at 7.78. Defensively has a long arm action from an over the top arm slot. Average arm strength with a long exchange. Shoed good actions on the backhand. Threw 73 mph across the infield.

Matt McCann, RHP/1B, Eau Claire Regis, 2017
6-foot-4, 200-pound, right-handed hitting RHP/1B. On the mound works from a high ¾ arm angle with a long arm action. Fall and fall delivery with regular effort. Fastball sat 75-77 mph. Curveball showed 12-6 shape with loose rotation at 59-61 mph. Changeup sat 58-62 mph. At the plate hits from an open stance with good balance. Pull power hitter with a fast bat. Showed strength thru contact with 83 mph exit velocity from a tee. Ran the 60 at 7.87. Defensively has a long arm action from a ¾ arm slot with slower actions. Threw 68 mph across the infield.

Danny Phyle, SS, Rosemount, 2016
5-foot-10, 145-pound, right-handed hitting shortstop. At the plate hits from an open stance with a low hand set. Drop load with a short stride and good balance. Pull hitter with a level swing path. 79 mph exit velocity from a tee. Ran the 60 at 7.17. Defensively works from a ¾ arm slot with some accuracy and average hands. Threw 70 mph across the infield.

Ryan Ponick, C, Chippewa Falls, 2017
5-foot-9, 165-pound, right-handed hitting catcher. Offensively hits from a crouched stance with a wide base, and balanced setup. High, forward hand setup with hands away from the body. Hands load to backside with level swing path. 75 mph exit velocity from a tee. Ran the 60 at 7.74. Defensively has a long arm action from an over the top arm slot, with a long exchange. Popped 2.58-2.66 and threw 66 mph from the crouch.

Nick Sailer, SS, Coleman, 2016
5-foot-10, 160-pound, right-handed hitting shortstop with strength in the lower half. Athletic frame running the 60 at 6.76. At the plate hits from a balanced setup with a short leg lift stride. Starts tall and sinks into load. Long, uphill swing path. 78 mph exit velocity from a tee. Defensively has a short arm action from a high ¾ arm slot. Average hands with quick footwork. Threw 76 mph across the infield.

Jake Sandstrom, 2B, Altoona, 2016
5-foot-10, 160-pound, right-handed hitting second baseman with a strong frame. Offensively hits from an open stance with a short stride and average balance. Pray hitter with an uphill swing path and a fast bat. 81 mph exit velocity from a tee. Ran the 60 at 7.10. Defensively has a short arm action from an over the top arm slot. Some accuracy with average hands. Threw 75 mph across the infield.

Austin Sears, 2B/RHP, Superior, 2016
5-foot-9, 150-pound, right-handed hitting 2B/RHP. At the plate hits from a balanced setup with a short stride and good balance. Line drive hitter with a level swing path. 74 mph exit velocity from a tee. Ran the 60 at 7.18. Defensively has a short arm action from a high ¾ arm slot. Accurate throws with average hands. Threw 68 mph across the infield. On the mound works from a high ¾ arm angle with a short stiff arm action. Tall and fall delivery with a short leg lift and upright finish. Fastball sat 71-72 mph. Curveball showed 12-6 shape at 63-67 mph. Threw changeup for strikes down in the zone and showing sinking action at 66-68 mph.

Austin Steinmetz, 1B, Tomah, 2016
6-foot, 165-pound, left-handed hitting first baseman. At the plate hits from a tall, open stance with a short even stride, and average balance. Uphill swing path. 79 mph exit velocity from a tee. Ran the 60 at 7.00. Defensively has a short arm action from a high ¾ arm slot. Showed good actions around the bag. Threw 67 mph across the infield.

DJ Sweeney, OF/LHP, Janesville Craig, 2017
5-foot-11, 195-pound, switch-hitting OF/LHP. Offensively hits from a balanced setup with a short, leg kick stride. Short, level swing path. 75 mph exit velocity from a tee. Ran the 60 at 7.49. Defensively has a short arm action from a high ¾ arm slot. Some accuracy with average hands. Threw 67 mph from the outfield. On the mound works from a high ¾ arm angle with a short arm action. Tall and fall delivery with some rhythm. Fastball was straight at 68-71 topping out at 72 mph. Changeup flashed sink at 67-71 mph. Curveball sat 65-69 mph.

Reese Vold, RHP/SS, Black River Falls, 2018
5-foot-10, 145-pound, right-handed hitting RHP/SS with a lanky frame. On the mound works from a high ¾ arm angle with a long arm action. Tall and fall online delivery with smooth rhythm. Fastball flashed slight running action at 74-76 topping out at 77 mph. Curveball showed 11-5 shape with gradual action at 62-64 mph. Changeup showed fade at 65-67 mph. Offensively hits from a balanced setup with a drop load and leg kick stride. Pull hitter with an uphill swing path. 81 mph exit velocity from a tee. Ran the 60 at 7.39. Defensively has a long arm action from a high ¾ arm slot. Threw 75 mph across the infield.

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