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Wisconsin Class of 2018 Rankings Updated

By Steve Nielsen
Scouting Supervisor - Wisconsin/Illinois

The summer is nearly over and it’s time again for another rankings update. The 2018 class gets dusted off first with little movement at the top. OF Jarred Kelenic (Waukesha West) continues to put on a show at the national level. Most recently Kelenic participated in the Under Armour All-American Game at Wrigley Field. Outside of scoring the winning walk off run for the American team. Kelenic went 1-for-3 with a walk and two stolen bases in the game. Prior to the game Kelenic competed in the Home Run Derby where he finished with four long balls. As he continues to impress this summer his name keeps climbing projected MLB draft boards and is not out of the possibility of being the first overall pick next June.

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Behind Kelenic comes a loaded top ten that is so close in comparison that the separators between No. 2 and No. 7 are miniscule, if any.

1 Jarred Kelenic WI Waukesha West 2018 OF Louisville
2 Alex Binelas WI Oak Creek 2018 3B Louisville
3 Max Alba WI Franklin 2018 RHP North Carolina
4 Jeff Holtz WI Arrowhead 2018 C Indiana
5 Jacob Campbell WI Janesville Craig 2018 C Illinois
6 Dillon Nowicki WI Stoughton 2018 RHP Michigan
7 Tanner Kohlhepp WI Eau Claire Memorial 2018 SS Tennessee
8 Gunner Peterson WI Wilmot 2018 OF Illinois State
9 Alan Roden WI Middleton 2018 C Creighton
10 Nate DeYoung WI Xavier 2018 3B Wisconsin-Milwaukee

Starting at No. 7, RHP/SS Tanner Kohlhepp (Eau Claire Memorial) has shown uncanny stuff on the mound. His fastball has reached 91 mph while his slider is a plus pitch with wipe out action, and doing it from a ¾ slot.

No. 6 RHP Dillon Nowicki (Stoughton) has arguably the quickest arm in the state. He too has been up to 91 mph with electric action in the hitting zone on his fastball/curveball combination.

At No. 5 Jacob Campbell (Janesville Craig) has made a serious jump this summer, establishing himself as one of the best defensive catchers in the Midwest.


No. 4 Jeff Holtz (Arrowhead) has a premium right-handed bat and has shown it this summer. His bat is his calling card and at 6-foot-4, 207-pounds and a sub-7.0 runner, Holtz’s bat will always keep him on the field at the next level.

RHP Max Alba (Franklin) ranks as the top arm in the state at No. 3. Alba has unique athleticism that makes him raw yet showing polish on the mound this summer. His command has improved this summer along with his secondary stuff and holds on to his No. 3 spot in the state.

Left-handed hitter Alex Binelas (Oak Creek) stays at No. 2 and shows no signs of giving it up. Binelas has flashed left-handed pop this summer that rivals some of the top bats in the rankings. Unlike typical power left-handed bats, Binelas is athletic and possesses above average run and arm grades that could make him even more versatile at the next level.

Alan Roden (Middleton) and Nate DeYoung (Xavier) both jumped into the top ten. DeYoung quietly impressed at the PBR ProCase - Midwest where the 6-foot-7, 215-pound left-handed hitting infielder swung an easy bat and showed good feel for the barrel at his size.

After the top ten, the 2018 saw quite the overhaul. Several prospects made big strides this summer, and even more landed a new spot in the rankings. RHP Taylor Jansen (Sun Prairie), LHP Luke DePrey (Sun Prairie), RHP Jackson Mandella (Nicolet) and OF Nick Herbst (McFarland) saw notable rises in the rankings, while Oak Creek RHP Nicalas Wanker was the highest new addition. Stay tuned for more coverage on the 2018 Wisconsin Rankings.  

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