Prep Baseball Report

Wisconsin 2020 Rankings Updated

By Andy Sroka & Steve Nielsen
Wisconsin Staff

In this update, the final update of 2018, you might not notice much movement around the top 10, but that doesn’t mean that there isn’t plenty of news and notes to share. We last updated our Class of 2020 board at the end of August. Since, there have been a number of college showcase camps, national tournaments, and a couple select PBR events that have provided us with more information on which prospects are continuing to trend up in their crucial junior campaigns.

Let's get into things by breaking down the state's top-10 juniors.

The top-two prospects within the state’s 2020 class, namely, used the past couple of months to sincerely etch their names onto the national scene. Corner infielder A.J. Vukovich (East Troy; Louisville commit) has cemented his name into draft conversations with regularity. The lean 6-foot-5, 205-pound prospect has done nothing but hit on some of the biggest stages of the fall and it’s translated into some 2020 draft buzz. Vukovich is firmly one of the more talented and projectable right-handed bats in the country.

A.J. Vukovich (8.13.18)

We mentioned in the August update that while Vukovich isn’t in danger of losing his No. 1 spot in his state’s class, the gap between him and Wisconsin’s next-best junior is closing. That remains true in this update.

RHP Tyler Chadwick (Marshall; West Virginia) burst onto the national scene at PBR Future Games in early August and has only continued his march up the national 2020 board since. The 6-foot-5, 200-pound righty is ascending by virtually every measure: from body type to arm projection, present velocity, his ceiling is limitless. Back at Future Games, Chadwick made noise after touching 93 mph a handful of times in his first outing. Well, in Jupiter, Fla., this October, he was even a tick better – touching 94 mph at the WWBA. Now, Vukovich has some company representing Wisconsin in the 2020 MLB Draft.


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 Kaden Krueger WI Appleton West 2020 LHP  
9 Jake Berg WI Bay Port 2020 C Jacksonville
10 Tommy Lamb WI Grafton 2020 LHP Oklahoma

Returning in spots Nos. 3 and 4 are Green Bay Preble stars 3B Max Wagner (Clemson) and LHP Ryan Stefiuk (Vanderbilt). We covered Wagner’s five-spot climb into the No. 3 ranking pretty extensively in the August update, and he’s done nothing to budge from there. As for the lefty Stefiuk, he looked in great shape this fall and his a prime candidate poised for a jump on the mound if he’s able to put together a big offseason.

The next three names are, too, is the same spots as they were ranked in less than three months ago: RHP George Klassen (Port Washington; Purdue), LHP/OF Luke Fox (Catholic Memorial; uncommitted), and SS Michael Seegers (Home School; Iowa). It’s mostly been quiet for these three as the baseball season heads into hibernation, so they haven’t done anything to harm the upside they carry with them. We talked to Klassen recently about his commitment to Purdue and how he handled the recruiting process. Coincidentally, in the Q&A, he called Seegers the toughest opponent he’s had to pitch to.

And then there’s Fox, who’s frankly becoming one of the region’s top unsigned two-way talents. We haven't seen much of him in a baseball uniform recently because he's been busy quarterbacking the Crusaders to a WIAA Division-3 state title. Just this past weekend, Fox was a critical reason why Catholic Memorial rallied back from a 24-0 deficit to come back and beat West De Pere in the D-3 title game.

On the the diamond, Fox is a smooth and loose from a ¾ slot and has been up to 87 mph in front of our staff. His premium athleticism plays in the outfield, too, and he's similarly loose and simple in the left-handed batter's box.

Each up a spot in this edition, ranked at Nos. 8 and 9 overall now on the 2020 board, are LHP Kaden Krueger (Appleton West; uncommitted) and C Jake Berg (Bay Port; Jacksonville). This is the highest either prospect has ever been in the state’s 2020 rankings. The two were also covered in depth last update because both broke out over the course of the summer. Like Fox, Krueger has emerged as one of the region’s most interesting uncommitted juniors.

Kaden Krueger (8.2.18)

Grafton’s Oklahoma commit, Tommy Lamb, is the fourth left-handed pitcher on this list. He drops just a couple spots in this update after fighting some command issues this summer and fall, but still has the raw stuff to compete at the next level.

CLICK HERE for Wisconsin’s complete Class of 2020 Rankings.