Michael Ludowig
Michael Ludowig

CLASS OF 2017

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LHP

Michael
Ludowig

Wake Forest
Briar Woods (HS) • VA
6-1 • 215LBS • L/L

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5.31.17: Ludowig had a tough day of results at the plate against Hanner. He had good at-bats, working the count deep in each of his three at-bats, but was only able to put the ball into play once, striking out twice and grounding out in another at-bat. He showed good make-up and ability to mentally bounce back from tough results, reaching first on a swinging strikeout that got away from the catcher and sprinting out of the box immediately. Ran a 4.19 on the groundout. On the mound, came in from center with no warm-up in the middle of an inning, was 83-84 at first. In first full inning of work was 86-88, touching 90 with late run. A bit of effort to his delivery. Change-up had heavy fade, slowed his arm down to throw it, velocity was 70-71. Breaking ball had big 2/8 break, slowed his arm to throw it at 63.

3.26.17: Ludowig has an athletic frame and hits from the left side from a balanced athletic stance. Big leg kick stride, smooth load back, good rhythm to swing. Short to ball, level swing path with good extension through the ball, very quick bat with power to all fields. Doubled off of the leftfield wall on a two-strike pitch in first at-bat, tripled to center later in game. Home to first times with those turns were 4.53 and 4.46. In the outfield, good first step, plays ball in the direction he wants to throw it, very quick clean transfer, strong arm. Pitched in the game as well, drop and drive delivery, throws from a three-quarters arm slot, short arm action with easier effort. Shoulders closed and uphill, lands closed with slight fall off. Fastball sat 86-89, touched 90 once. Threw a change-up with heavy fade running 69-70, slowed his arm a bit on it. Pitched at the belt most of the night, struck out seven in three innings, walking two and allowing a lone base hit.

2.11.17:  Ludowig is 6-1 and hits from left side from an open balanced athletic stance. Leg kick stride, smooth load back with good rhythm, explosive hips and good balance throughout swing. Short to ball, level swing with extension through it, line drive swing with power potential, showed good approach working middle of the field, exit velocity was 102. In the outfield, gets behind the ball well, above average hands, plays through the ball to a quick clean exchange. Throws from a three-quarters slot with a loose, quick arm, outfield velocity was 87. Home to first was 4.2.

9.29.16 - Wake Forest commit. Athletic frame with a ton of athleticism. Quick hands at the plate and stayed inside the ball well during BP. Shows some power potential at the plate. Quick twitch athlete that was consistently in the 4.2 range on home to first and got as low as 4.12. Loose arm action from the outfield with carry on throws. Got on the mound and used that frame and loose arm action to get up to 88 on the mound sitting 87 mph.

10/15: Committed to Wake Forest

4.22.16:  Ludowig has an athletic frame and hits from the left side with high hands. He loads back into an arm bar with a big leg kick. He has explosive hips and good balance, with fast hands generating good batspeed. He gets good extension through the ball and has gap or better power to all fields. He is quick, running a 4.04 home to first. On the mound, Ludowig has a drop and drive delivery and throws from a three-quarters arm slot with a lightning fast, loose arm action that generates easy velocity. His fastball sat 85-87, touching as high as 89. His changeup was 82. He slowed his arm to throw a 1/7 curveball that was 63-67.

8/20/19:Showed above-average raw power in batting practice, easily driving the ball from pole to pole, but was not able to carry it over to the games, slashing .256/.299/.278 (.022 ISO). The bat speed was average in our summer looks and he continually spun off pitches, but there’s good strength and athleticism in the body. He’s an average runner out of the box but above-average underway, with a good glove and arm on the grass. The summer wasn’t as loud as evaluators had hoped for, but he remains an interesting collection of tools that could break out in a big way this spring. (Faleris)

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