Prep Baseball Report

Wisconsin 2020 Rankings Updated

By Andy Sroka
Staff Writer

With school nearly back in session and the summer showcase season closing, it’s time for us to update Wisconsin’s class of 2020 rankings. Since we last updated our rankings, there have been over 10 Wisconsin-represented showcases in addition to our biggest Future Games event yet, and numerous tournaments we’ve attended over the summer. This incoming junior class update is an important one because it reflects how the top prospects in the state performed within a jam-packed summer.

Today, we’ll see what the top 10 looks like headed into the school year and who we can welcome aboard. Later this week, we’ll expand outside the board’s top 10 and take a look at those surging up the ranks as well as those who’ve earned their rankings debut.

For a look at the complete up-to-date 2020 rankings, CLICK HERE.


1 A.J. Vukovich WI East Troy 2020 3B/1B Louisville
2 Tyler Chadwick WI Marshall 2020 RHP West Virginia
3 Max Wagner WI Green Bay Preble 2020 3B Clemson
4 Ryan Stefiuk WI Green Bay Preble 2020 LHP Vanderbilt
5 George Klassen WI Port Washington 2020 RHP Purdue
6 Luke Fox WI Catholic Memorial 2020 LHP/OF
7 Michael Seegers WI Home School 2020 SS Iowa
8 Tommy Lamb WI Grafton 2020 LHP Oklahoma
9 Kaden Krueger WI Appleton West 2020 LHP
10 Jake Berg WI Bay Port 2020 C Jacksonville

It’s been well over a year now since this class of 2020 list has had a new No. 1-ranked prospect – this update is no different. The Louisville-bound 3B/1B
A.J. Vukovich (East Troy) is still perched at the top and he didn’t do anything for that to change. Most recently, he homered at California’s Underclass Area Codes event in front of our national crosschecker Shooter Hunt.

But the gap between Vukovich and the next best 2020 in the state is closing.

At the Future Games, RHP Tyler Chadwick (Marshall; West Virginia commit) stepped onto the mound and stirred a crowd – he had just sat 87-90 mph the week prior at our PBR Oklahoma Limited Series. Well, the 6-foot-5 righty surpassed expectations when he zipped in a 93 mph fastball to start his outing in Westfield, Ind., and virtually sat in the low 90s, touching multiple 93s. He pitched again at the event and mixed in some polished offspeed complemented by his electric fastball. He committed to West Virginia in the midst of the Future Games between outings. Chadwick’s summer should help him vault up the national rankings, too.

Tyler Chadwick (8.2.18)

Right behind Vukovich and Chadwick is 3B Max Wagner (Green Bay Preble; Clemson), who climbs five spots all the way to No. 3 on the board. His elite balance and hand-eye coordination allowed him to find the barrel with regularity all summer, culminating with the Future Games. Wagner has the tools to hit at any level, and his confidence in the box and knack for the barrel make him an easy choice at No. 3. Wagner, like Chadwick, cashed in on his excellent Future Games performance with a commitment to Clemson soon after.

Two other prospects break into the top 10, climbing nine and 13 spots, respectively: LHP Kaden Krueger (Appleton West; uncommitted) and C Jake Berg (Bay Port; Jacksonville).

Krueger was actually on the top 10 in the first-ever iteration of the class of 2020 board back in May of 2017 and he makes a triumphant return after a strong performance at the Future Games. In Westfield, he topped at 90 mph and it even managed to play up a little more due to his unique, deceptive delivery. He’ll be tasked with adding some more consistent offspeed offerings, but he has the ability to thrive at the next level. Being a three-sport athlete is another feather in his cap as he continues to grow athletically, and he’ll likely be able to tap into even more potential as baseball comes to the forefront.

Kaden Krueger (8.2.18)

As for Berg, the catcher has been committed to Jacksonville since late July, meaning he was absent from the Future Games roster, but that doesn’t mean he didn’t produce a highly successful summer. He was one of GRB Rays’ best bats at OK Limited Series, which is a good development for Berg considering he’s long had the catch-and-throw skills to perform at a high level. Carrying a big left-handed stick from a premium defensive position likely keeps Berg near the top our our rankings for long to come.

CLICK HERE for complete 2020 Wisconsin Rankings.