Sat May 11, 2013
By Mike Penn
Michigan Director of Scouting
The Class of 2015 has some top-end talent that is starting to heat up at the right time with only three weeks left in the regular season. Here is a look at some of the sophomores who are making names for themselves in Michigan.
Mason Opple, 3B/1B, Hudsonville HS, 2015 - Opple is tearing it up at Division I defending state champion Hudsonville. The 6-foot-3, 200-pound Opple is physically gifted. On the year Opple is leading Hudsonville by a wide margin in average, hitting .526. The Eagles lineup has plenty of thump, too, with Robbie Greenman, Dakota Prince, Logan Magsig, and Nate Boschma.
Chandler Sedat, RHP, West Bloomfield HS, 2015- Sedat, who will be attending both the Top Prospect Games and Midwest Futures Games this summer, has simply been outstanding this season. Perhaps the most improved player on the Laker team. Sedat now is 5-0 this season. He has sat between 83-87 mph this spring and shown a sharp biting, swing-and-miss breaking ball.
Nick Plummer, OF, Brother Rice HS, 2015 - Plummer has been impressive thus far this spring and arguably has one of the most advanced approaches in the Class of 2015. Most noticeably, Plummer has been extremely aggressive on the basepaths. The patient Plummer is hitting .323 on the year with 31 walks and only 17 strikeouts. He has swiped 18 bags and only been caught 3 times at an 85% success rate. Plummer's approach allows him to carry a quiet and calm confidence about him. He, too, will be attending Top Prospect Games and Midwest Futures this summer.
Riley McCauley, SS/RHP, Sterling Heights Stevenson HS, 2015- McCauley has the potential to be pretty special at the next level. At the plate this spring McCauley is hitting .378 with five doubles and 15 RBI. Additionally, McCauley has been up to 89mph off the bump and has sat comfortably between 84-87mph. The 6-foot McCauley has a long, loose, whippy arm action that produces good armside run. He possesses a 2.23 ERA and 19 strikeouts on the year.
On a different note:
Jacob Vander Wal, OF, Grand Rapids Catholic Central HS, 2015- Vander Wal has been quiet this spring, not because he has been hurt but rather because he transfered to Grand Rapids Catholic Central HS mid-year and subsequently lost his eligibility to play baseball this spring. However, Vander Wal, son of former Major Leaguer John Vander Wal, will be attending Top Prospect Games and Midwest Futures this summer as well as playing for the Grand Rapids Diamonds. Vander Wal is an an extremely athletic, wiry, quick twitch outfielder. A 6.76 runner and 80+ mph from the field, Vander Wal has considerable tools. He is certainly one to watch this summer.