Prep Baseball Report

Wisconsin Class of 2018 Rankings Updated

Steve Nielsen
Scouting Supervisor - Wisconsin/Illinois

The 2017 calendar season is essentially in the books as most of the country’s baseball players have moved indoors for some offseason training. With that being said it's the perfect time for an update to the rankings, and we will start with the 2018 class.

Today also marks the opening of the early signing period as several of the state’s top ranked seniors will be inking their National Letter of Intent.

CLICK HERE for complete Wisconsin 2018 Rankings.

Looking at the top of the 2018 class, it’s no surprise Jarred Kelenic (Waukesha West) stays atop the class. Heading into the offseason, Kelenic is still regarded as one of the top high school draft prospects in the country. In our recent update to the PBR Draft 100, Nathan Rode puts Kelenic at No. 4 in the country for high school draft prospects.

Shaking up the top of the class was C Jacob Campbell (Janesville Craig) and RHP Tanner Kohlhepp (Eau Claire Memorial), coming in at No. 2 and 3 respectively. Campbell has continued to steadily trend upward and established himself as a one of the premier defensive catchers in the country all while improving a strong gap to gap approach at the plate. Tanner Kohlhepp’s fall consisted of proving his ability to be a starting arm going forward. His pitching appearances have typically been sparatic and out of the bullpen while showing tantalizing swing and miss stuff. This fall he showed promise as a starter proving he can hold velocity (88-92 mph) for multiple innings while not losing stuff or command, an even bigger feather in his cap.

Louisville commit Alex Binelas (Oak Creek) continues to show off premium power from the left side this fall. The heavy hitting left-hander is a premium bat in the class and speaks to the high end depth in Wisconsin’s 2018 class.

RHP Randon Dauman (Columbus) moved up into the top 10 for the first time. Dauman has shown a high pitchabilty and consistently competitive stuff in the zone. The Ohio commit is the type of arm that could step in right away for the Bobcats and compete for heavy innings.

We will continue to break down the 2018 rankings this week as we’ve expanded the list to 125 and added several new prospects to the list.

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