Prep Baseball Report

Wisconsin Senior Games: All Prospect Analysis

By Andy Sroka
Illinois and Wisconsin Assistant Director

On Sept. 20, the PBR Wisconsin team gathered at the brand new, state-of-the-art Milwaukee School of Engineering facility in Glendale to host its annual Senior Games event. Some of the best uncommitted prospects in the state’s 2021 class met for this event to perform at a showcase and play against one another in a simulated game.

We published some post-event analysis in the days following the event, inside our Quick Hits and Statistical Analysis posts. Today, we’re concluding our showcase analysis by publishing the scouting reports on each of the players who made it out to participate in this invite-only event.

Eight of the players in attendance have since committed already, and counting. Among those who remain uncommitted, yet still contain some upside: 3B Adam Bretsch (Marquette University) and LHP Mitch Fassbender (Wauwatosa West). Bretsch has a combo of strength and athleticism worth mentioning here, as a 6.84 runner who also hits the ball hard from the right side. As for Fassbender, he’s a funky left-hander with a low release that helps him generate some big sinking action on the fastball, and he has the feel for a curve and change to round out a projectable arsenal.

A couple more players really popped up at this event to capitalize on their PBR event debuts: Ben Johnson (New Berlin West) and Ethan Sawyer (Germantown). Johnson, still uncommitted, may be a little raw but he has an enticing toolkit, fit with serious bat speed and strength from the right side, in addition to some upside to refine on the infield. Sawyer parlayed a productive summer into a good showing here, and eventually a commitment to Upper Iowa just last week.

For reports on each of the prospects who made it out, check out the reports below, as there are still plenty of talented, uncommitted athletes within the state’s 2021 class.


Zachary Alburg, Menomonee Falls (WI), 2021
Positional Profile: C
Body: 5-10, 175-pounds. Lean, wiry strength.
Defense: 2.12-2.26 pop times; Good balance, direction from the crouch; stays low. Efficient transfers, some length in exchange, but also was consistently clean and accurate.
Arm: RH. C - 72 mph. Short arm action from an over-the-top slot.
Hit: RH. Crouched, hands set high, front leg bent, open. Hands slightly drop into load, weight transfers into back leg. Front leg hangs in load, short stride closed. Bat path can get a little long to the zone, but creates noteworthy bat speed to make up for it. Uphill path through impact.
Power: 92 mph exit velocity from the tee. Topped 94.6 mph during batting practice and recorded a max measured distance of 361 feet, per TrackMan.
Run: 7.33 runner in the 60.

Nate Bacskai, Homestead (WI), 2021; Edgewood College commit.
Positional Profile: OF
Body: 6-1, 175-pounds. High waist, long levers; projects.
Defense: Athleticism on approach, corrals the ball well; fluid feet, clean transfers. Confident routes with efficient movements.
Arm: LH. OF - 78 mph. Long arm action from an over-the-top slot.
Hit: LH. Wide/balanced base, hands set high, pre-pitch rhythm. Weight shift load back, short stride stays square. Simple and direct path to the zone, showed some hand/eye skills, repeating contact well.
Power: 82 mph exit velocity from the tee.
Run: 7.16 runner in the 60. Athletic gait.

Adam Bretsch, Marquette University (WI), 2021
Positional Profile: 3B; A rising, ranked uncommitted senior in the state.
Body: 5-10, 180-pounds. Notable proportional strength in an athletic build.
Defense: Third base profile; defends low to the ground, athletic gather. Fluid feet helps set position; steady, reliable actions.
Arm: RH. INF - 85 mph. Short, loose throws with carry across.
Hit: RH. Wide/athletic setup, slightly open. Brief, fluid load; short stride to even. Fluid, smooth swings, some length through the zone. Line-drive type with some barrel feel.
Power: 91 mph exit velocity from the tee. Averaged an exit velocity of 86.8 mph during BP, with a 91.8 high; averaged distance of 249 feet, all per TrackMan.
Run: 6.84 runner in the 60.

Carl Cano, Bay Port (WI), 2021; University of St. Thomas (MN) commit.
Positional Profile: RHP; He was one of the highest rated on-the-market players in the state while at this event, and has since committed.
Body: 6-1, 173-pounds. Wiry strength; broad shoulders. Athletic build.
Delivery: Pre-set start; quick pace side step to level knee lift balance point, hip turn in slight coil. Strides down mound with shoulders closed, works on line; carries good momentum to square landing, toe open, controlled finish.
Arm Action: RH. Clean, compact arm circle to high 3/4 slot. Loose, quick arm action. Live arm creates demonstrable elbow flexion.
FB: T88, 86-88 mph. Aggressive pitch with feel to locate. Averaged nearly 2,300 rpm while flashing carry and noteworthy horizontal action, at an average of 13.4 inches. Break was consistently hard, late.
SL: 76-78 mph. Sharp, downer bite with feel; also thrown aggressively. Average spin rate of 2,285 rpm with more vertical break. 

Cal Dobbe, Wauwatosa East (WI), 2021
Positional Profile: LHP
Body: 6-2, 200-pounds. Long levers, sturdy build.
Delivery: Tall start working off the right edge of the rubber. Side step in rhythm to high knee balance point into slight coil/tuck. Drops and drives in a slightly high front, shoulders closed; gets back level, as he lands in a controlled, closed spot. Low effort involved.
Arm Action: LH. Long draw creates long circle to 3/4 slot. Loose.
FB: T79, 77-79 mph. Above-average carry through the zone, especially for a low-spin offering (averaged 1,724 rpm). Consistent run/sink with -18.4 inches of horizontal break.
SL: 71-73 mph. Short wrinkle; more downer shape. Still finding the feel for spin.
CH: 71-73 mph. Tunnels best off his fastball; matches arm speed and creates similar, large horizontal movement. 

Mitch Fassbender, Wauwatosa West (WI), 2021
Positional Profile: LHP; A pop-up uncommitted left-hander to know in the state.
Body: 6-3, 170-pounds. Lanky levers, high waist; projects.
Delivery: Squared start from the center of the rubber; big side step rock to extreme, high leg kick balance point, drops down into stride with shoulders down/closed, lands square to target.
Arm Action: LH. Long arm swing to low 3/4 slot; loose, whippy. Average release height of 3.77 feet.
FB: T82, 79-80 mph. Slot helps create substantial run/sink; averaged -16.8 inches of horizontal action and a spin rate of 1,844 rpm.
CB: 65-67 mph. Gradual action from a higher slot; breaks early, though featured some depth and feel to locate.
SL: 71-73 mph. More closely matches his typical arm slot, creating more deception. Sweeping movement, some sharp.
CH: 73-74 mph. Tunnels well, matches slot; generates less arm-side action than fastball, but a viable pitch. 

Elijah Frank, Bay Port (WI), 2021; Wisconsin-Whitewater commit.
Positional Profile: 3B/RHP; Earned attention as a follow senior after his showing here.
Body: 6-3, 215-pounds. Powerful, strong build; athletic.
Defense: Soft, confident hands; tendency to gather the ball up high. Smooth transfers, clean exchanges; efficient through funnel to release. In the outfield, more controlled approach, still exemplifies athletic overall actions. Tools fit best at third base but could land in a corner outfield role.
Arm: RH. INF - 86 mph. OF - 82 mph. Short, loose throws from a 3/4 slot; can alter arm action athletically.
Hit: RH. Wide, athletic setup. Brief weight shift load back, short stride stays even. Fluid swings, balanced throughout; natural uphill swing through contact, generating effortless power potential.
Power: 94 mph exit velocity from the tee. Averaged an exit speed of 88.1 mph during BP with a 97.3 high at an average distance hit of 295 feet. Hit the hardest ball of the day during gameplay that travelled to the right-center fence.
Run: 7.41 runner in the 60. 

Delivery: Wide base, straddles the rubber. Slow, rhythmic pace to balance point, drops and drives on line, slightly closed, creating some crossfire action after landing.
Arm Action: RH. Loose, clean circle to low 3/4 slot, sometimes true sidearm.
FB: T85, 78-82 mph. Consistent, hard arm-side run; 18.2 inches of horizontal break on average.
SL: 66-66 mph. 10/4 shape, some sweep; raises release point some. Breaks early but features depth and large action.
CH: 69-70 mph. Matches arm speed; slightly raises slot. Similar run/sink. Some feel to locate. 

Maximus Graetz, Oak Creek (WI), 2021
Positional Profile: RHP
Body: 6-0, 190-pounds. Durable build.
Delivery: Tall start from the left edge of the rubber; fluid, smooth pace helps him repeat well and in a rhythm. Side steps to high knee tuck and coil, hip turn balance point. Good momentum down the mound, efficient movement helps him stay in sync consistently. Level shoulders, works on line, lands closed. Low effort involved.
Arm Action: RH. Loose, clean arm to high 3/4 slot; efficient motion creates whippy arm at plant.
FB: T80, 77-79 mph. Steady arm-side run, averaged 16.8 inches of horizontal break.
CB: 64-67 mph. Early action, flashed some depth; more short, side-to-side action. 

Ridge Guyette, Hilbert (WI), 2021
Positional Profile: 1B
Body: 6-1, 220-pounds. Large build with strength in levers; sturdy lower half.
Defense: Moves well for size; confident hands. Feel for the base and as a target at first base.
Arm: RH. INF - 72 mph. Long, loose throws from a high 3/4 slot.
Hit: RH. Tall, open setup, hands set shoulder high with pre-pitch rhythm; calm, confident approach. Arm bars in load, strides to even simultaneously. Long path, extension through impact, strength on contact. Repeats it well and stays balanced throughout. Generated noteworthy bat speed, at an average of 73.6 mph, per Blast.
Power: 90 mph exit velocity from the tee. Applies strength well; averaged 88.6 mph exit speed in BP, and a 97.7 max. Furthest batted ball travelled 361 feet.
Run: 7.99 runner in the 60.

Darryl Jackson, Milwaukee King (WI), 2021; Wisconsin-Whitewater commit.
Positional Profile: SS/2B; Was one of the state's top unsigned shortstops, though he committed shortly after this event.
Body: 5-8, 150-pounds. Lean, live athleticism.
Defense: Defends low to the ground, athletic at gather, easy range. Smooth, quick funnels through exchange and release. Plays with a confidence and bounce; profiles at shortstop long-term.
Arm: RH. INF - 84 mph. Short, loose throws from an over-the-top slot; flashes carry.
Hit: RH. Wide/square base, hands set low, bat waggle rhythm. Fluid load back, hands drop slightly and bat gets a little vertical; strides slightly closed, creates noticeable hip/torso separation. Line-drive profile; swing projects well.
Power: 83 mph exit velocity from the tee.
Run: 6.92 runner in the 60. Athletic gait; ran a 4.19 down the line during gameplay.

Ben Johnson, New Berlin West (WI), 2021
Positional Profile: 3B/RHP
Body: 6-1, 190-pounds. Proportional strength build.
Defense: Active footwork, defends low to the ground. Gets into an athletic position at gather; efficient exchanges and shuffles across. Raw actions, but upside athleticism.
Arm: RH. INF - 82 mph. Long arm action from a 3/4 slot; some carry across.
Hit: RH. Balanced setup, front foot set open, bat rests on shoulder. Creates some torque in load; hands load back, lead leg strides/hangs to even. Generates noteworthy bat speed, at an average of 72.3 mph. Simple approach helps him repeat line-drive contact well; long path to the zone, level through it, pull-side approach.
Power: 91 mph exit velocity from the tee. Averaged an exit speed of 86.5 mph during BP, with a 94.8 high.
Run: 7.31 runner in the 60. 

Delivery: Staggered start from the middle of the rubber; methodical, rhythmic triggers to help repeat. Side step shuffle to athletic balance point. Fluid stride down mound, on line, level shoulders, lands square with toe open. Generates good hip/torso separation, creating good external rotation in arm action.
Arm Action: RH. Loose, quick, clean arm action to 3/4 slot.
FB: T80, 78-80 mph. Low-spin offering at an average of 1,594 rpm; steady run.
CB: 62-65 mph. Flashed large horizontal break; 10/4 shape. 

Wolfgang Kalz, Appleton West (WI), 2021
Positional Profile: OF A ranked, uncommitted senior in the state.
Body: 5-10, 140-pounds. Thin, lean frame; room to add usable muscle.
Defense: Quick footwork, athletic on approach; transfers are consistently efficient and quick.
Arm: RH. OF - 83 mph. Long, loose throws from an over-the-top slot.
Hit: RH. Tall/square setup, hands set high. Subtle weight-shift load onto back foot, some coil. Long stride to slightly closed position. Loose swings, controlled approach helps him demonstrate barrel feel. Spray-type batted ball profile.
Power: 81 mph exit velocity from the tee.
Run: 6.91 runner in the 60. Efficient, athletic runner.

Griffin Klein, Green Bay Notre Dame (WI), 2021; Wisconsin-Oshkosh commit.
Positional Profile: LHP
Body: 5-11, 160-pounds. Thin, lanky frame.
Delivery: Pre-set start; side steps back from windup. Fluid to high knee lift, sligh hip turn. Tall/fall down mound with reach and high front side, closed shoulders. Short stride lands closed, creating some crossfire.
Arm Action: LH. Compact arm action to a high 3/4 slot; loose out front.
FB: T76, 74-76 mph. Typically a run/sink type; will drop into a sub slot to create even more sinking action. Flashed both carry and substantial arm-side action. Projects as he adds strength.
CB: 63-65 mph. Features above-average action; 1/7 shape with depth and some bite. 

Will Mattheis, Laconia  (WI), 2021
Positional Profile: 3B/1B
Body: 6-0, 185-pounds. Strength in build with some projection.
Defense: Corner infield profile; active footwork. A chance to stick to third base as he sharpens overall actions. Athleticism on approach.
Arm: RH. INF - 81 mph. Short, loose throws from an over-the-top slot.
Hit: LH. Balanced/athletic setup, hands set high. Minimal load back, leg flares out and lands closed. Short, direct bat path; uphill plane through contact. Above-average bat speed created, efficient swings.
Power: 89 mph exit velocity from the tee. Lofted contact creates some pull-side power potential; topped a max exit speed of 94.1 mph in BP, per TrackMan.
Run: 7.65 runner in the 60.

Alexander Pechanach, Sussex Hamilton (WI), 2021
Positional Profile: RHP
Body: 6-4, 220-pounds. Large, sturdy stature.
Delivery: Squared start working off the left edge of the rubber; simple side step to coiled balance point. Shoulders go uphill/closed at draw, average stride lands square, efficient rotation with hip/torso separation.
Arm Action: RH. High draw, compact and clean circle to an over-the-top slot.
FB: T81, 77-79 mph. Feel for strikes; heavy type feel with arm-side run.
SL: 67-71 mph. Flashed sharp with 10/4 shape; averaged -18.2 inches of horizontal break. Above-average feel overall. 

Reece Piontek, Denmark (WI), 2021; Concordia St. Paul commit.
Positional Profile: LHP/1B Was previously among the top-ranked uncommitted pitchers in the state, though has since committed.
Body: 6-2, 175-pounds. Wiry, long levers with some strength; high-waisted frame with demonstrable projection.
Defense: Athletic on approach; showed feel for the bag and as a target.
Arm: LH. INF - 77 mph. Short, loose throws from a 3/4 slot.
Hit: RH. Balanced, quiet setup; no load, direct to short stride. Long, level bat path with a pull-side approach.
Power: 83 mph exit velocity from the tee.
Run: 7.43 runner in the 60. 

Delivery: Tall start from the right edge of the rubber; simple rhythm to tall, high knee balance point with slight tuck/coil. Short stride into closed landing, controlled finish, square to home. Low effort involved.
Arm Action: LH. Long arm swing, clean and loose to high 3/4 slot.
FB: T83, 80-82 mph. Mostly straight while flashing substantial vertical action; averaged an Induced Vertical Break of 18.2 inches. High upside pitch as he hones his delivery.
CB: 65-68 mph. Generates bite and depth, flashing late action; averaged 2,408 rpm. True 12/6 shape with downer plane.
CH: 76-76 mph. Only showed once at this event; has previously been a usable third pitch with run/sink at arm speed.

Jacob Sankey, Stevens Point Area (WI), 2021
Positional Profile: RHP
Body: 6-2, 160-pounds. Lanky build with projection.
Delivery: Tall start, simple side step to level knee lift, squared/upright balance point. Tall/fall, short stride down mound with shoulders closed, lands closed.
Arm Action: RH. Long, loose, clean arm swing to a high 3/4 slot.
FB: T80, 78-80 mph. Straight four-seam type; flashed carry/ride. Average spin rate of 2,017 rpm.
SL: 69-70 mph. 10/4 shape with a short wrinkle; still honing feel for spin.
CH: 70-71 mph. Maintained arm speed; straight change offering. 

Ethan Sawyer, Germantown (WI), 2021; Upper Iowa commit.
Positional Profile: 2B/OF; A strong summer helped him become a pop-up senior follow, now committed.
Body: 5-10, 170-pounds. Compact strength in build.
Defense: Projects best at second base; controlled, athletic approach helps set a reliable position at gather, though a tendency to gather high.
Arm: RH. INF - 80 mph. Short throws from a 3/4 slot.
Hit: RH. Wide/athletic setup. Weight-shift load onto back leg, slight coil into it, short leg lift stride lands square. Short, fluid swings off an inclined bat path. Feel for plane accuracy. Simple, efficient swings generate sneaky strength on contact. Barreled a couple line-drives during gameplay.
Power: 86 mph exit velocity from the tee. Recorded a max exit speed of 91.0 mph, per TrackMan, at a max distance of 345 feet.
Run: 7.17 runner in the 60.

Peyton Seebacher, Muskego (WI), 2021; Wabash Valley JC commit.
Positional Profile: OF; A highly rated senior who recently committed.
Body: 6-1, 185-pounds. Long, strong levers.
Defense: Athletic feet, controlled approach, works through the ball well. Reliable overall actions.
Arm: RH. OF - 82 mph. Long, loose throws from an over-the-top slot.
Hit: LH. Balanced/athletic setup, hands set high. Subtle load back with leg lift stride to closed, hands drop and load back simultaneously; elbow flares up. Bat path is direct and fluid, efficient to connection point out front. Generates above-average bat speed to help produce naturally lofted hard-hit contact. Recorded a hard-hit triple to right-center in a left/left matchup during gameplay.
Power: 89 mph exit velocity from the tee. Average batted-ball distance of 270 feet; max exit speed during batting practice of 92.1 mph.
Run: 6.90 runner in the 60. Long, efficient strides.

Ryan Sell, Muskego (WI), 2021
Positional Profile: LHP/OF
Body: 6-0, 162-pounds. Thin, lanky, high-waisted frame.
Defense: Controlled approach, works through the ball well.
Arm: LH. OF - 73 mph. Long, loose throws from a 3/4 slot.
Hit: LH. Tall setup, hands set high, bathead horizontal. Strides into toe-tap to slightly closed position; hands and bat slightly wrap into load simultaneously. Short path, level through contact.
Power: 83 mph exit velocity from the tee.
Run: 8.18 runner in the 60. 

Delivery: Staggered set from the left of the rubber; slow and rhythmic side step to high knee balance point. Strides down mound while closed, short stride lands in a closed position, creating crossfire.
Arm Action: LH. Compact arm circle, loose to 3/4 slot.
FB: T80, 75-79 mph. Hard, heavy arm-side run/sink; flashed late. Averaged the most horizontal break on the fastball at -19.0 inches, and a -23.2 high. Average spin rate of 1,850 rpm.
CB: 60-63 mph. 2/8 shape that features some large sweep, side-to-side action. Average horizontal break of 14.6 inches.