Prep Baseball Report

Wisconsin 2020 Rankings Updated

By Steve Nielsen
Illinois & Wisconsin Scouting Supervisor

It may read spring on the calendar but it still looks and feels like winter outside. So, to break you out of your winter doldrums, we will fire up another rankings update, this time for Wisconsin’s 2020 class. We saw a ton out of this sophomore class this winter -- there were some big gains and some emerging high-level prospects. As we roll out the new list today, expanded to a top 50, we will focus on the top-10 and bring you newcomers and risers later in the week. Also, be on the lookout for an update to the 2020 PBR Overall Rankings.

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The 2020 class in Wisconsin starts off with 3B AJ Vukovich (East Troy), a Louisville commit. Vukovich is fresh off of a D-3 all-state season in basketball where he led the Trojans to the state semifinals, averaging over 20 points and 10 rebounds a game. He looked right at home again on the baseball field for some early indoor action at Hitters Spring League, and should be poised for a big summer ahead. Look for Vukovich to also make an impact on the Overall Rankings.

RHP George Klassen (Port Washington), LHP Ryan Stefiuk (Green Bay Preble) and LHP Luke Fox (Catholic Memorial) all hold their spots at No. 2, 3 and 4 respectively.

George Klassen (2.25.18)

All three showed continued development in their stuff and are all off to good starts this spring. Klassen proved his showcase sessions this winter were no fluke, showing similar stuff in-game to live hitters, again touching 91 mph with a spin rate ranging from 2100-2400. Stefiuk already has a no-hitter under his belt this spring with 10 strikeouts. And Fox has only given up two hits on the year, yielding no runs over eight innings in two appearances with 13 strikeouts.

SS Michael Seegers (Home School) makes the biggest move within the top 10, up three spots to No. 5. In the last year, Seegers has turned himself into a plus runner (from 7.34 to 6.76) with a well above-average arm that will surely keep him at shortstop at the next level (up from 74 mph to 87 mph across the infield), and he has a bat that continues to show a balanced approach that will hit to all fields. His gains over the last year have culminated into a verbal commit to Iowa this past December.

RHP Tyler Chadwick (Marshall) has played a full football and basketball season since last seeing him late in the summer. The 6-foot-5, 187 pound multi-sport athlete has been one of the higher ceiling prospects on our radar in this class. Even with the time spent on the gridiron and hardwood this offseason, he has still managed to continue to fill those projections. Chadwick has an extremely live arm and sat 86-88 mph at the Madison Preseason I.D., a two mph uptick since the summer. His long, lean natural three-sport athleticism compares to RHP Max Alba (Franklin, 2018; North Carolina) at that age, both continue to show easy, gifted athletic abilities, while the polish will likely develop later.

Tyler Chadwick (3.11.18)

A new addition to this 2020 update gives Green Bay Preble a pair of sophomores in our top 10. Max Wagner, a third baseman, moves up to No. 8 after a strong preseason showing as well. Wagner is clearly one of the better right-handed bats in the class; he has natural barrel awareness, and the strength to turn that into an extra-base, gap-to-gap hitter at the next level. His position profile is likely put to rest as he showed improved footspeed (7.13) and a plus arm across the diamond (91 mph) making him a lock at third base at the next level.

OF Alex Ryan (Lakeside Lutheran) stays put at No. 9 and paints a clearer picture of his profile as well. Ryan serves to be a true centerfield prospect that can likely hit in the leadoff spot, highlighted by his plus run tool. Ryan may also pack a little more punch than your typical leadoff man at the next level, his above-average bat speed has shown to create gap pop and then some.  

Stay tuned this week for more updates on the 2020 class as we breakdown the top risers and newcomers to the top 50 in the state. Also, our 2020 Overall Rankings will be released soon with plenty of Wisconsin flavor.