Wisconsin 2018 Rankings Updated

By Steve Nielsen
Scouting Supervisor – Illinois/Wisconsin

The 2018 rankings were in need of some shuffling and after the PBR Future Games we’ve seen some big jumps in the 2018 class. We’ve expanded Wisconsin’s class to 80 of the top prospects in the state with more than 20 new additions.

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Top prospect, OF Jarred Kelenic (Waukesha West) has been on a terror this summer solidifying his spot atop Wisconsin’s 2018 rankings and making a push for one of the top overall prospects in the country. Kelenic is a dynamic two-way talent who possesses an elite level bat and plus arm strength. At the Badger State Battle Kelenic put it all on display going 9-12 with five extra base hits and closing out a win on the mound pumping fastballs up to 92 mph from the left side. Prior to that Kelenic was one of three 2018 prospects to make the 40-man Team USA 18u Trials Roster. This September he will have a good chance to make the 20-man cut in Houston, TX. The left-handed hitting Kelenic also put on a display at the Underclass Area Code Games in Long Beach, CA. He hit a deep home run to right at the always pitcher friendly, Blair Field, proving he has the coveted combination of power and speed.

Arrowhead’s Jeff Holtz has seen a steady uphill trend in his game since bursting on the scene as a freshman. His right handed bat is turning into one of the top bat’s in the country and producing at a torrid pace. Along with left-handed hitting Alex Binelas (Oak Creek), the state of Wisconsin boasts three premium bats on par with some of the top in the country.

On the pitching side of things, RHP’s Dilon Nowicki (Stoughton) and Max Alba (Franklin) are the top two arms in the class, a class filled with high level position players. Both righties run their fastball up to 89 mph. Alba showed well at the Future Games this summer and is being courted by several of the country’s top programs.

The biggest jolt to the top ten came from Tanner Kohlhepp’s (Eau Claire Memorial) breakout performance at the Future Games. Kohlhepp has always been a projectable prospect with a ton of upside, and is realizing that this summer. Not only did Kohlhepp prove his left-handed bat can play at a high level, he was one of the more intriguing prospects all weekend on the mound. Sparingly used as a pitcher, the 6-foot-2, 165-pound right-handed showed a running fastball at 86-87 mph from a ¾ slot, complimented by a swing a miss wipe out slider at 75-77 mph.

1 Jarred Kelenic WI Waukesha West 2018 OF Louisville
2 Jeff Holtz WI Arrowhead 2018 C Indiana
3 Alex Binelas WI Oak Creek 2018 3B Louisville
4 Dillon Nowicki WI Stoughton 2018 RHP Michigan
5 Max Alba WI Franklin 2018 RHP
6 Tanner Kohlhepp WI Eau Claire Memorial 2018 SS
7 Jacob Campbell WI Janesville Craig 2018 C Illinois
8 Ty Olejnik WI Hamilton Sussex 2018 OF
9 Nate DeYoung WI Xavier 2018 3B Wisconsin-Milwaukee
10 Stephen Lund WI Verona 2018 C Gonzaga

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