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Wisconsin Underclass Trials: Outfielder Analysis


By Wisconsin Staff

On June 24, the PBR Wisconsin team started its hefty summer showcase circuit with its annual Underclass Trials event, a showcase targeted for prospects representing graduating classes of 2022, 2023, and 2024. We produced our rapid post-event analysis in the days that followed, inside our Quick Hits and Statistical Analysis posts, and we’re wrapping up our event analysis this week having written scouting reports on each of the event’s prospects.

We began our position-by-position analysis with the event’s catchers, and we’re onto the outfielders today.

This group is comprised of some especially intriguing upside frames and athletes, led by J.T. Kelenic (Catholic Memorial, 2023), who pieced together arguably the day’s best round of batting practice, with some premium right-handed power potential. Fellow 2023 prospect Luke Schuler (St. Joseph) also offers a projectable build with an easy right-handed swing. An uncommitted junior now, Jaicee Foster (Green Bay Southwest) earned a place on Team Select at this summer’s Future Games with the help of his performance here, one in which he launched the farthest contact of the showcase.

Check out their scouting reports in full below, as well as the rest of the outfielders who took reps at this event back in June.

TOP OUTFIELD PROSPECTS

1. J.T. Kelenic, Catholic Memorial (WI), 2023
Positional Profile: OF; A prominent name on the soon-to-be ranked state's Class of 2023.
Body: 6-4, 190-pounds. Premium projection and athleticism; wiry, lean strength.
Hit: RH. Balanced/athletic setup, slightly open, pigeon-toed stance. Confident approach, bat rests on shoulder. Simple/smooth load back, small leg kick, stride to even. Simple, easy repeat with advanced bat speed; feel to loft contact with relative ease.
Power: 87 mph exit velocity from the tee. Advanced power potential; hit three balls over 310 feet, including a 357-foot best. Topped 94.2 mph exit velo in BP, per TrackMan.
Arm: RH. OF - 79 mph. Long arm action from a high 3/4 slot, with some accuracy to home.
Defense: Athletic approach, fluid footwork. Simple actions on gather, funnel, and clean through transfer and exchange.
Run: 7.15 runner in the 60. Athletic gait, especially for his size, frame, and age.

2. Jaicee Foster, Green Bay Southwest (WI), 2022
Positional Profile: OF; Strong showing here helped him earn an invite to the 2020 PBR Midwest Future Games.
Body: 6-0, 185-pounds. Looking leaner, with strength intact since we last saw him.
Hit: RH. Tall setup, front foot open, hands set high, horizontal bat. Smooth load back, leg kick stride out to even. Short path to the zone, fast bat speed off an inclined plane with barrel feel. Blast Motion indicates he rotates well with a quick bat that projects for power.
Power: 86 mph exit velocity from the tee. Power potential to pull-side; hit one baseball 348 feet and another 360 feet. Topped 95.5 mph in live BP, per TrackMan.
Arm: RH. OF - 83 mph. Long, loose throws from a high 3/4 slot with accuracy to home.
Defense: Sneaky athleticism; direct approach to ball with fluid footwork. Clean, efficient funnels through exchange. Projects best in a corner spot.
Run: 7.29 runner in the 60. Athletic gait, long strides.

3. Luke Schuler, St. Joseph Catholic Academy (WI), 2023
Positional Profile: OF/RHP; An interesting upside prospect to know in the state's 2023 class.
Body: 6-3, 180-pounds. Lean athlete with premium projection.
Hit: RH. Balanced/athletic setup; front foot slightly open. Loads weight onto back leg, wraps bat some, strides out to even. Simple bat path; short and compact, repeats it well. Line-drive approach that is consistently on plane.
Power: 90 mph exit velocity from the tee. Sprayed line-drives to all fields; topped 92 mph exit in live BP, per TrackMan.
Arm: RH. OF - 80 mph. Long arm action from a high 3/4 slot, with some accuracy to home.
Defense: Fluid footwork that will fit best in a corner spot; uses crowhop. Consistently clean, smooth through gather and exchange.
Run: 7.55 runner in the 60. 

4. Grant Beth, Catholic Memorial (WI), 2022
Positional Profile: OF/LHP
Body: 5-11, 180-pounds. Defined muscle in athletic build.
Hit: LH. Balanced setup, slightly closed, bat waggle in pre-pitch. Loads back, bathead gets vertical, soft stride to even. Level, simple bat path; repeats well with some bat speed. Power potential to all fields, focuses on middle-of-the-field contact.
Power: 92 mph exit velocity from the tee. Advanced bat strength; hit five baseballs over 325 feet, topped 358. According to TrackMan, logged a high of 96.5 mph exit in live BP.
Arm: LH. OF - 81 mph. Long, loose, quick throws from a 3/4 slot.
Defense: Athletic feet help get behind the ball well; quick, fluid exchanges while playing through.
Run: 7.27 runner in the 60. Hard, athletic runner.

5. Deuce Musial II, Notre Dame Academy (WI), 2023
Positional Profile: OF/RHP
Body: 6-3, 160-pounds. High-waisted frame with lanky levers.
Hit: RH. Balanced/athletic setup, squared stance. Smooth load back, hands drop into it, strides stays square, toe-open. Loose barrels off a level plane.
Power: 88 mph exit velocity from the tee. Upside bat strength; connects for low-lying contact presently.
Arm: RH. OF - 79 mph. Long arm swing, loose, high 3/4 slot.
Defense: Deliberate approach, shuffles through exchange; some clean/fluid actions.
Run: 7.42 runner in the 60. Long-strided runner.

BEST OF THE REST (LISTED ALPHABETICALLY)

Zachary Adams, Wisconsin Lutheran (WI), 2022
Positional Profile: OF/SS
Body: 5-10, 145-pounds.
Hit: RH. Balanced setup, hands set high, open front foot. Brief load back, toe-tap stride to even. Long bat path off a level plane.
Power: 82 mph exit velocity from the tee. Some hard-hit contact toward the middle of the field.
Arm: RH. INF - 67 mph. OF - 67 mph. Short arm action from a high 3/4 slot.
Defense: Fundamental, fluid feet, defends low to the ground. Utilizes crowhop in outfield.
Run: 7.73 runner in the 60.

Mason Armstrong, Verona Area (WI), 2023
Positional Profile: OF
Body: 5-11, 210-pounds. Strength in frame, especially lower half.
Hit: RH. Balanced/athletic setup; some pre-pitch rhythm. Smooth load back, bat-head tilts forward, leg lift stride to even. Short path to the ball, line-drive contact. Sprayed line drives to all fields, favored left-center gap. Barrel feel while working off a level plane.
Power: 90 mph exit velocity from the tee. Low-lying contact that flashed hard off the barrel.
Arm: RH. C - 67 mph. OF - 79 mph. Short arm action from a high 3/4 slot. Similar arm action in the outfield.
Defense: Steady actions; deliberate catch and throw. In the outfield, shuffles through exchanges, fundamental approach.
Run: 7.93 runner in the 60.

Seth Brankey, Westosha Central (WI), 2023
Positional Profile: OF/SS
Body: 5-9, 155-pounds.
Hit: RH. Balanced/closed setup with hands set high. Subtle load back, small leg lift, strides back down closed. Short bat path, level plane.
Power: 82 mph exit velocity from the tee.
Arm: RH. OF - 70 mph. Long arm action from an over-the-top slot.
Defense: Sets feet well in an athletic position to gather, transfer with consistently clean exchanges.
Run: 7.39 runner in the 60. Quiet, steady gait.

Blake Bussan, Cuba City (WI), 2022
Positional Profile: RHP/OF
Body: 6-1, 185-pounds. Strength in projectable build.
Hit: RH. Balanced/athletic setup, hands set high. Weight-shift load back, toe-tap stride into leg lift, squared landing. Some ability to find the barrel.
Power: 78 mph exit velocity from the tee. Topped 90 mph exit velo in live BP, per TrackMan.
Arm: RH. OF - 73 mph. Slings it from low 3/4 slot.
Defense: Two-handed gather, run-up shuffle through exchange; raw actions.
Run: 7.64 runner in the 60. 

Reese Cain, Oak Creek (WI), 2022
Positional Profile: OF/3B
Body: 6-0, 155-pounds. Lanky frame.
Hit: LH. Balanced setup, hands set high. Loads back, elbow flares up, rests foot on back foot, strides slightly closed. Long bat path with some barrel feel, opposite-field approach.
Power: 73 mph exit velocity from the tee.
Arm: RH. OF - 67 mph. Long arm swing to high 3/4 release.
Defense: Crowhop through exchange, plays through the ball.
Run: 7.81 runner in the 60. 

Tyler Clark, West Allis Hale (WI), 2022
Positional Profile: SS/OF
Body: 6-0, 170-pounds. Lean, wiry athlete.
Hit: RH. Balanced/athletic setup; front foot slightly open. Subtle, brief load; leg lifts quickly, soft landing, hips stay hinged. Loose, whippy bat off a level plane with above-average bat speed. Rotates well through contact.
Power: 86 mph exit velocity from the tee. Flatter, low-lying line-drive contact.
Arm: RH. INF - 81 mph. OF - 84 mph. Short, loose throws from a low 3/4 slot on the infield. Similarly loose from a higher 3/4 slot in the outfield.
Defense: Offers defensive versatility; fluid hands and feet that might fit best in the middle of the infield. Two-hand gathers in the outfield.
Run: 7.33 runner in the 60. Athletic, hard runner.

Andrew Gehm, Green Bay Preble (WI), 2022
Positional Profile: LHP/OF
Body: 5-8, 150-pounds. Compact frame with some strength.
Hit: RH. Balanced/tall setup, front foot open, hands set high. Load back with slight wrap, leg kick stride even. Bat path is short on an incline.
Power: 81 mph exit velocity from the tee.
Arm: LH. OF - 76 mph. Long arm action from a 3/4 slot.
Defense: Fundamental footwork, direct approach. Efficient gather, clean transfers.
Run: 7.62 runner in the 60. Athletic gait.

Alex Hanneman, Appleton East (WI), 2023
Positional Profile: OF/3B
Body: 5-9, 160-pounds.
Hit: RH. Balanced setup with open front foot. Small load back with toe-tap stride, long bat path, flattens barrel, inclined plane.
Power: 78 mph exit velocity from the tee.
Arm: RH. OF - 71 mph. Short arm action from a 3/4 slot.
Defense: Fluid footwork on approach, athletic at gather.
Run: 8.15 runner in the 60. 

Levi Kline, Baraboo (WI), 2022
Positional Profile: C/OF
Body: 6-0, 174-pounds. Strength in athletic build.
Hit: RH. Pre-pitch rhythm from tall start, pigeon-toed front foot; bat waggle. Crouches and coils into load back, leg hangs in load, triggers to sync up contact. Above-average bat speed off an athletic, uphill plane.
Power: 88 mph exit velocity from the tee. Creates hard-hit lofted contact well; hit three balls over 320 feet in live BP, including a 343-foot ball at 93.3 mph.
Arm: RH. C - 72 mph. OF - 76 mph. Short, compact arm action from an over-the-top slot from both the outfield and catcher.
Defense: Flexible receiver with above-average actions; quick exchanges as he fluidly erupts from crouch. Footwork is more deliberate and methodical in the outfield.
Run: 6.99 runner in the 60. Above-average footspeed.

Gavin Lettenberger, Manitowoc Lincoln (WI), 2024
Positional Profile: 1B/OF
Body: 6-1, 190-pounds. Lean frame with projection.
Hit: RH. Balanced setup, open front foot. Dips into load, short and quick stride into still-open landing. Short, flat bat path with some barrel feel.
Power: 72 mph exit velocity from the tee.
Arm: LH. INF - 70 mph. OF - 66 mph. Short draw, long arm action from an over-the-top slot.
Defense: Ranges around the bag well at first base; direct approach in the outfield, clean exchanges.
Run: 7.66 runner in the 60. Long strides in gait.

Matthew Nash, Wauwatosa West (WI), 2022
Positional Profile: OF/RHP
Body: 6-0, 160-pounds. Carries high projection, athleticism in wiry frame.
Hit: RH. Balanced/tall setup, front foot open, hands set high. Subtle load with small knee lift, strides stays open. Long bat path with the raw upside to tap into some power potential as he continues to develop.
Power: 84 mph exit velocity from the tee.
Arm: RH. OF - 78 mph. Compact, loose arm action from a high 3/4 slot.
Defense: Quick, athletic footwork on approach. Similarly quick, fluid gathers. Upside athleticism plays in the outfield.
Run: 7.25 runner in the 60. Athletic gait; long strides.

Charlie Olson, Greenfield (WI), 2024
Positional Profile: OF/LHP
Body: 5-5, 120-pounds.
Hit: LH. Tall setup, hands set low, closed footing. Loads back with hands, leg lifts, minimal stride. Long bat path; sprays the ball around the field, mostly utilizing up the middle.
Power: 72 mph exit velocity from the tee.
Arm: LH. OF - 52 mph. Long arm action from a high 3/4 slot.
Defense: Soft footwork, fluid on approach, gets into position. Clean exchanges.
Run: 8.12 runner in the 60. 

Zachary Rechner, Catholic Memorial (WI), 2023
Positional Profile: 2B/OF
Body: 5-11, 170-pounds.
Hit: RH. Balanced/open setup; some pre-pitch rhythm. Quick load back into long stride to even landing; arm in slight bar during stride. Long, level bat path with above-average bat speed.
Power: 81 mph exit velocity from the tee.
Arm: RH. INF - 78 mph. OF - 82 mph. Compact arm action from a high 3/4 slot; above-average arm strength for age.
Defense: Quick feet, athletic approach to routes in the outfield; can be a little flat-footed on the infield with reliable hands, fluid exchanges.
Run: 7.73 runner in the 60. 

Myles Rewolinski, New Berlin West (WI), 2023
Positional Profile: OF/RHP
Body: 5-11, 160-pounds. Long levers, some projection.
Hit: RH. Tall stance, slightly open front foot, bat wagge in pre-pitch. Coils and crouches into load back, slight bat wrap, leg lift, strides even. Short path to the zone, length through it, extension in finish.
Power: 83 mph exit velocity from the tee. Some power projection.
Arm: RH. OF - 74 mph. Long arm swing to a high 3/4 release.
Defense: Athletic and fundamental footwork, crowhops, efficient exchanges.
Run: 8.02 runner in the 60. 

Daniel Sherman, Slinger (WI), 2022
Positional Profile: RHP/OF
Body: 6-0, 185-pounds. Proportional strength in frame.
Hit: LH. Wide, balanced base, bat rests on shoulder. Loads back with elbow flared, leg lifts and lands closed. Fluid, loose, fast swings, long path through the zone on an uphill plane. Some power potential to the pull side.
Power: 88 mph exit velocity from the tee. Hit two baseballs over 310 feet, including one at 335; topped 90 mph exit velocity, per TrackMan, in batting practice.
Arm: RH. OF - 82 mph. Long, loose throws from an over-the-top slot with effort.
Defense: Slow, deliberate on approach; fluid and fundamental feet. Windup in exchange through release.
Run: 7.66 runner in the 60. 

Logan Shultz, Pulaksi (WI), 2024
Positional Profile: OF/SS
Body: 5-9, 160-pounds.
Hit: RH. Balanced/athletic setup, hands set high, open front foot. Loads back, hands drop, leg kicks out, strides to even. Short, level bat path; hits from middle-of-the-field approach.
Power: 78 mph exit velocity from the tee.
Arm: RH. INF - 69 mph. OF - 70 mph. Compact arm action from a high 3/4 slot.
Defense: Quick footwork, tall at gather, athletic upon approach.
Run: 7.57 runner in the 60. 

Logan Wiese, Fond du Lac (WI), 2022
Positional Profile: 3B/OF
Body: 5-10, 192-pounds.
Hit: LH. Balanced/open setup, hands set high. Smooth load back with leg lift, strides closed, long bat path on an incline.
Power: 82 mph exit velocity from the tee. Some bat strength in lofted contact; hit three balls over 310 feet, including a 341.7-foot best. Topped 92.7 mph exit velo in BP, per TrackMan.
Arm: RH. INF - 80 mph. OF - 79 mph. Compact arm action, some looseness, 3/4 slot. More from over-the-top slot in the outfield.
Defense: Can defend low to the ground, gets into a good position. Smooth funnels to release. Shuffles to crowhop in the outfield. Projects best in a corner infield spot.
Run: 8.27 runner in the 60. 

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