MN Unsigned Sr. Showcase: Pitcher Evaluations

Wed September 13, 2017

By Rob Allison
Prep Baseball Report Minnesota

The PBR MN Unsigned Sr. Showcase event took place on Sunday, August 20, 2017. The event was held at the University of Northwestern-St. Paul in Roseville, MN. The event featured prospects from the 2018 class who showcased their talents in front of our scouting staff and college coaches in attendance.

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Below we have listed the evaluations for all the pitchers who were in attendance at the event. 2018 Richie Holetz, RHP, Edina and Tristen Roehrich, RHP, West Fargo (ND) were the top two pitchers from the event. Holetz has progressively improved over the last year; throwing a substantial amount of innings for a strong Edina squad last spring and continuing that success over the summer. Roehrich, hidden in North Dakota, appeared on the scene at the event showcasing an above avg. 3-pitch mix with an athletic delivery and projectable arm action. Rosemount's Cole Kraemer was up to 89 mph at the event. Beginning to mature physically, his velocity has continued to up-tick and as he learns to harness his velocity, good things are ahead for the senior prospect.

 

Richie Holetz

Class of 2018 / RHP

Player Information

  • Graduating Class: 2018
  • Primary Position: RHP
    Secondary Position: 1B
  • High School: Edina
    State: MN
  • Summer Team: Edina Legion
  • Height: 6-4
    Weight: 200lbs
  • Bat/Throw: R/R

Statistics

  • Pitching
  • Max Fastball: 88Fastball: 87-88
  • Curveball: 76-77Changeup: 78-80
  • Slider: 79-81


Tristen Roehrich

Class of 2018 / RHP

Player Information

  • Graduating Class: 2018
  • Primary Position: RHP
  • High School: West Fargo
    State: MN
  • Summer Team: West Fargo Patriots
  • Height: 6-1
    Weight: 170lbs
  • Bat/Throw: R/R

Statistics

  • Pitching
  • Max Fastball: 88Fastball: 85-87
  • Changeup: 75-77Slider: 75-77


Cole Kraemer

Class of 2018 / RHP

Player Information

  • Graduating Class: 2018
  • Primary Position: RHP
    Secondary Position: OF
  • High School: Rosemount
    State: MN
  • Summer Team: Rosemount Legion Green team
  • Height: 6-2
    Weight: 180lbs
  • Bat/Throw: R/R

Statistics

  • Pitching
  • Max Fastball: 89Fastball: 88-89
  • Curveball: 75-77Changeup: 75-77
  • Position
  • 60 Time: 7.01Position Velocity- Outfield: 88
  • Exit Velocity: 85


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PITCHER EVALUATIONS (ALPHABETICAL)

Ayrton Aust, RHP/OF, Coon Rapids, 2018
6-foot, 160-pound right-handed hitting 2-way player. On mound; controlled tempo in delivery, pause at balance point, compact arm action, OT slot. Fastball was straight, slight downhill plane, at 79-81 mph. Has good shape on 11/5 curveball, tight spin, thrown at 72-73 mph. Changeup is firm with flat action at 74-76 mph. 7.14 runner. Open stance, leg kick to square, line drive swing plane, mid/away approach, consistent solid line drive contact, flashes of strength and pop in bat, 78 mph exit velocity. Clean compact arm action, solid athleticism, works through ball, sound mechanics, flashes accuracy and carry on throws, 79 mph arm from outfield.

Jack Berset, RHP, Minnetonka, 2018
6-foot-6, 185-pound right-handed pitcher. #40 ranked player in MN 2018 class. Tall lanky frame. Builds momentum through delivery, front side flies open early, long arm action, ¾ slinger to plate. Fastball was 81-83 mph with running action to plate and avg. command of zone. 11/5 curveball was thrown at 66-69 mph. Leaves changeup to arm-side of plate; flashed occasional solid fade and sink for strikes.

Ryan Bourassa, RHP, West Fargo (ND), 2018
6-foot, 220-pound right-handed pitcher. Thick durable build with present strength. Full turn rocker step into balance point, slight shoulder tip, some effort in delivery, from OT arm slot. Fastball was 83-85 mph, straight action, delivered on downhill plane for strikes. Solid 12/6 shape on curveball with avg. depth at 62-65 mph. Wobbly action on changeup with inconsistent feel for zone at 68-71 mph.

Brett Carlson, RHP, Osceola (WI), 2018
6-foot-3, 195-pound right-handed pitcher. Rolls into balance point, early collapse down mound, clean arm action out front. Riding life on fastball from short arm action at 81-82 mph; touching 84 mph. 12/6 curveball has early break, tends to guide to plate, with avg. depth. Changeup is thrown with solid arm speed and shows fade late in zone. Raw mechanically, multi-sport athlete, shows projectable fastball and should continue to develop. Would be a good project guy in college.

Collin Chalmers, RHP/1B, Rosemount, 2018
6-foot-3, 190-pound right-handed hitting 2-way player. On mound; short rocker step, medium balance point, some stiffness to delivery. Short arm action, works downhill, producing 83-85 mph fastballs. Breaking flashes avg./ok with ability to throw for strikes and small 11/5 shape. Has fade and sink on changeup; thrown at 75-78 mph. 7.25 runner. Body load, leg kick trigger, tends to pull off at contact, flashes hard contact with pull pop middle/in, line drive and fly ball contact, 81 mph exit velocity. Sure hands in field, active feet and covers ground, comfortable around bag, solid receiver, 80 mph arm across infield.

Daniel Claussen, SS/RHP, Totino Grace, 2018
6-foot, 175-pound right-handed hitting 2-way player. #45 ranked player in MN 2018 class. 7.53 runner. Tall stance, leg kick trigger, short to contact, flashes solid pop to pull side, 83 mph exit velocity. Solid overall actions, clean arm action, accurate to bag, 81 mph arm across infield. On mound; short rocker step, solid balance point, medium stride, short arm action with quickness. Fastball showed varying action, occasionally underneath on release, at 80-82 mph. Rolling 11/5 break on curveball; with ability to land for strikes. Commands zone well with changeup; thrown with good hand speed and flashes above avg. fade.

Eli Emerson, RHP, Rocori, 2018
6-foot, 150-pound right-handed pitcher. Lean build with high waist. Slight coil over rubber, short arm action, solid extension out front, upright on release. Fastball was 83-84 mph, touching 85 mph, with varying sink and cut action and good command of zone. Breaking ball progressively improved the more he threw it; solid 11/5 shape with depth. Throws changeup with arm speed; flashing avg. fade with sink to plate.

Constantino Fialo, SS/RHP, Benilde-St. Margaret’s, 2018
6-foot, 175-pound right-handed hitting 2-way player. 7.75 runner. Solid present strength, open stance, shoulder load and short to contact, hard pull contact, slightly stiff swing, 80 mph exit velocity. Narrow feet, avg./solid actions, clean arm action, accurate to bag with carry on throws, 80 mph arm across infield. On mound; short rocker step, athletic balance point, medium stride, slight pie arm action. Fastball was 79-81 mph with slight cutting action to plate. Shows solid spin, avg. shape, breaking ball tends to back up on hitter. Solid fade on changeup thrown with arm speed.

Brydon Hegarty, OF/RHP, Rogers, 2018
5-foot-9, 140-pound right-handed hitting 2-way player. 7.16 runner. Tall narrow stance, drops into hitting slot, some extra movements in swing, gap to gap approach, spray contact, avg. barrel skills, 79 mph exit velocity. Solid athleticism in field, works through ball, elevated throws to plate, avg. carry and accuracy to target, 76 mph arm from outfield. On mound; uptempo delivery, throws west to east, swings down and around front leg, changes arm slots, falls down mound to finish. Fastball was 72-75 mph with slight running action. Shows tight spin, small 11/5 shape, with above avg. depth on breaking ball. Cut action on changeup at 62-64 mph.

Richie Holetz, RHP, Edina, 2018
6-foot-4, 200-pound right-handed pitcher. #84 ranked prospect- will make a jump in MN rankings once updated. Has progressively improved over the last year. Large durable build. Controlled mechanics, clean arm action, slight shoulder tilt- hides ball from hitter, has arm quickness to get up and over, with extension out front. Fastball has life with varying run and cut action, delivered downhill, at 87-88 mph. Throws an above avg. slider, tight spin, with 10/4 shape and late break. Curveball has heavy rolling action with 11/5 shape and avg. shape and depth. Avg. feel for changeup in and around zone.

Westley Johnson, RHP, Breckenridge, 2018
6-foot-1, 215-pound left-handed pitcher. Uptempo delivery, stagnant hands, avg. rhythm, short arm action, upright on release. Fastball was straight with flat action to the plate at 76-78 mph. Lands curveball for strikes with early 12/6 shape at 64-65 mph. Has feel for changeup in zone with avg. fade and sink.

Cole Kraemer, RHP/OF, Rosemount, 2018
6-foot-3, 180-pound right-handed hitting 2-way player. Currently #90 in MN class; will make jump forward in 2018 rankings once updated. Has continued to mature into frame. On mound; uptempo, athletic high leg kick, stays compact with body control, short compact arm action, drives baseball downhill. Fastball was 88-89 mph, straight, on steep downhill plane. Shortens arm stroke on breaking ball; 11/5 shape, avg. depth, with solid spin. Firm changeup has solid fade. Avg. command, some effort, solid arm strength and projects. 7.01 runner. Square stance, body load, present strength, stacked hand setup restricts trigger, spray contact, flashes pop to pull side of field, 84 mph exit velocity. Shows arm strength from outfield, pie arm action, throws have carry and accuracy, solid athleticism, fields cleanly, long release, 88 mph arm from outfield.

Brenden Kruger, RHP, Hastings, 2018
6-foot, 165-pound right-handed pitcher. Short rocker step, uncontrolled front leg, collapse down mound, some extension out front. Fastball was showed flat action at 75-76 mph. Lands breaking ball in zone well; early break with avg. shape and spin. Cut action with avg. fade on changeup.

Braeden Levandowski, RHP, St. Michael-Albertville, 2018
6-foot-1, 210-pound right-handed pitcher. #70 ranked prospect in MN 2018 class. Strong physical build. Sideways rocker step, hitchy leg kick and stride, compact arm action, some finish and extension to plate. Fastball was thrown downhill, occasional boring action into RHH, at 81-84 mph with avg. command. Has tight spin on 11/5 breaking ball with avg. depth. Above avg. fade and sink on changeup at 74-75 mph.

Anthony Lupa, LHP, Northwestern (WI), 2018
6-foot, 175-pound left-handed pitcher. Solid athleticism, high tuck and turn, hides baseball, long arm action from high ¾ slot, comes out of hand well, flies open occasionally staying underneath baseball. Fastball has life with late run and sink at 80-81 mph touching 83 mph. Avg. spin and shape on 1/7 breaking ball at 63-66 mph. Solid arm action on changeup with above avg. fade and sink.

Mason Nadolney, SS/RHP, Minnetonka, 2018
6-foot-4, 210-pound right-handed hitting 2-way player. #16 ranked player in MN 2018 class. Recent commit to Jacksonville University. 7.14 runner. Uses whole field, shows pop in bat, line drive and ground ball contact, 89 mph exit velocity. Sure hands in field, third base actions, solid actions in field, 90 mph arm across infield with accuracy and carry to bag. On mound; uptempo, high leg kick, short slight pie arm action with aggression on release. Fastball was 85-86 mph with running action to plate. Flashes sharp break on curveball, 11/5 shape, thrown with good arm speed. Varying action on changeup; flashes solid fade and sink.

Parker Nelton, SS/RHP, Winona Cotter, 2018
6-foot-2, 170-pound right-handed hitting 2-way player. 7.57 runner. Tall stance, front heel turn trigger, present wiry strength, flashes pop in bat to pull side of field, consistently barrels baseball, 83 mph exit velocity. Has carry and accuracy to bag, avg. hands and feet, makes routine plays, 81 mph arm across infield. On mound; uptempo delivery, slight posture tip at balance point, long pie arm action, lands on stiff front leg. Fastball showed slight cutting action at 79-82 mph. Inconsistent shape on breaking, sideways spin, with minimal break. Slight down action on firm changeup. Knuckleball is usable with solid action.

Douglas Nordine, RHP/IF, Hastings, 2018
6-foot-3, 176-pound right-handed hitting 2-way player. On mound; longer rocker step, crouch and coil over rubber, solid extension out front, long arm draw- compact through- clean out front. Fastball flashed life with cut action at 78-80 mph. Lands breaking ball for strikes; small 11/5 shape, with tight spin. Tends to guide changeup with stiff wrist to plate. 7.8 runner. Pre-set weight, shoulder load, stiffness in lower half, flat swing plane, gap to gap approach, 78 mph exit velocity. Solid accuracy and carry to bag, raw defensive actions, 77 mph arm across infield.

Tristen Roehrich, RHP, West Fargo (ND), 2018
6-foot-1, 170-pound right-handed pitcher. Will make jump into MN 2018 rannkings. High leg kick, shows athleticism in delivery, clean arm action, with extension and finish to plate. Fastball has late boring action into RHH at 85-87 mph; touching 88 mph for strikes. Above avg. command of late breaking 10/4 slider with tight spin. Solid fade on changeup, slightly stiff at times, but has enough athleticism to develop.

Casey Ryan, RHP, Goodhue, 2018
6-foot-3, 170-pound right-handed pitcher. Heavy rocker step, tuck and turn at balance point, lands across body, falls off to first base side. 2-piece arm action producing 78-81 mph fastballs with slight cut action. Tight spin on 10/4 breaking ball with small break and avg. shape. Spots changeup well to arm-side with avg. fade and sink.

Jonas Sanders, OF/RHP, Fargo North (ND), 2018
5-foot-10, 165-pound right-handed hitting 2-way player. #114 ranked player in MN 2018 rankings. 6.96 runner. Pre-set weight, small hand load, avg. contact, some stiffness to swing, flashes hard contact, ground balls and line drives, with gap to gap approach, 85 mph exit velocity. Flashes solid actions in field, works through ball, quick release on throws, accurate to target, 83 mph arm from outfield. On mound; controlled delivery, tuck and turn at balance point, coils over rubber and explodes down mound. 3 pitch above avg. mix. Has solid overall stuff on mound. Fastball was 80-82 mph with flashes of life; varying cut and run action. 11/5 breaking ball has tight spin, solid depth, and lands consistently for strikes. Changeup is above avg. with late running sink.

Logan Severson, RHP/OF, Coon Rapids, 2018
6-foot-3, 170-pound right-handed hitting 2-way player. On mound; longer rocker step, medium balance point, short arm action, solid finish to plate. Fastball has run with boring action into RHH at 80-81 mph. 10/4 slider has tight spin, small shape, and lands well in zone. Avg. cut action on changeup. 7.5 runner. Square stance, short load and stride, pushes barrel through zone, spray contact across whole field, 83 mph exit velocity. Tall fielding position, long release on throws, tends to throw flat-footed, avg. accuracy and carry to target, 79 mph arm from outfield.

David Solfelt, RHP/3B, Southwest Christian, 2018
6-foot-3, 165-pound right-handed hitting 2-way player. On mound; controlled tempo, high leg kick, stiff actions down mound, upright on release, short arm action from OT slot. Showed good command of fastball, straight action, at 76-78 mph. Big early shape and break on 11/5 curveball. Good fade with down action on changeup thrown from OT slot. 7.58 runner. Tall open stance, leg kick trigger, line drive swing plane, solid contact, avg. pop in bat, line drive approach, 79 mph exit velocity. Average actions, makes routine, winds up to throws, accurate to bag, 74 mph arm across infield.

Ben Strassman, RHP, Armstrong, 2018
6-foot, 175-pound right-handed pitcher. Medium rocker step, rolls into balance point, long pie arm action, turns ball over on release. Fastball was 74-76 mph with avg. life to plate. Avg. shape and spin on 11/5 breaking ball at 69-70 mph. Solid fade and sink on changeup at 71-72 mph.

Michael Sturek, RHP/3B, Minnetonka, 2018
5-foot-11, 195-pound right-handed hitting 2-way player. On mound; short rocker step, rolls into balance point, coils over rubber, pie arm action, with solid arm strength. Fastball was 87-89 mph with varying action and avg. command of zone. Breaking ball, at 74-76 mph, has small shape with tight spin. Hard cutting action on changeup at 78-79 mph. 7.13 runner. Tall open stance, above avg. present strength, stiff finish through contact, has pop to pull side of field, 94 mph exit velocity. Avg. footwork, fields with flat glove presentation, above avg. arm with accuracy and carry to bag, 87 mph arm across infield.

William Sturek, 2B/RHP, Minnetonka, 2018
5-foot-11, 210-pound right-handed hitting 2-way player. 7.47 runner. Slight body load, rolling hand trigger, dead pull approach, flashes above avg. power to pull side of field, 92 mph exit velocity. Avg. feet and hands, works through baseball, accurate to bag on throws, 82 mph arm across infield. On mound; travels across rubber, stagnant hand set, short arm action, upright on release. Shows avg. command of fastball at 78-80 mph. Breaking ball, thrown at 68-70 mph, has inconsistent spin and shape. Flat action on changeup, occasional fade, at 67-69 mph.

Hayden Thomsen, SS/RHP, Maple Grove, 2018
6-foot-1, 185-pound right-handed hitting 2-way player. #32 ranked player in MN 2018 class. 7.23 runner. Present strength, shows solid bat speed, gap to gap approach, hard line drive and fly ball contact, 88 mph exit velocity. Solid actions, hands are stiff at times but should improve, long arm action, above avg. carry and accuracy to bag, 83 mph arm across infield. On mound; athletic uptempo delivery, leads early from balance point, clean arm action with extension out front. Fastball was 84-87 mph, commands zone well, with varying action to plate. Breaking ball is thrown with above avg. arm speed and has solid 11/5 shape. Changeup is firm, left to arm-side, slight running action, and has avg. fade.

Zach Thor, RHP, New Life Academy, 2018
6-foot-6, 200-pound right-handed pitcher. Tall physical build. Short rocker step, avg. rhythm and tempo, slight collapse at balance point, short arm action, works east to west with shoulders and arm stroke. Fastball had slight cutting action at 79-81 mph. 10/4 breaking ball has small shape, lands in zone well, with occasional side spin. Flashed occasional solid feel for changeup with overall avg. fade and sink.

David Van Ort, 1B/LHP, Stillwater, 2018
6-foot-3, 170-pound left-handed hitting 2-way player. 7.06 runner. Crouched stance, heavier body load, lift in swing plane, flashed hard pull side contact, flare’s oppo, 85 mph exit velocity. Sure hands in field with active feet, comfortable around bag, avg. accuracy on throws, 74 mph arm across infield. On mound; controlled tempo, lands inline with catcher, upright on release. Slingy action on fastball, elevated, with varying action at 77-80 mph. Lands breaking ball well; solid 1/7 shape and spin with depth. Changeup is thrown with good arm speed. Shows avg. action and feel for split.

Dalton Wagner, LHP, Anoka, 2018
5-foot-11, 145-pound left-handed pitcher. Controlled tempo,  lands across body, clean arm action. Fastball was 75-76 mph with avg. life in and around plate. Avg./ok 1/7 shape on breaking ball; flashed occasional above avg. depth. Solid fade on changeup for strikes.

Caden Wiles, RHP, Osseo, 2018
6-foot-2, 180-pound left-handed pitcher. Short rocker step, slight tuck and turn, effort in delivery. Stab on back-side with shoulder delivery to plate. Fastball was 78-79 mph, touching 81 mph, with occasional run and sink. Avg. feel for breaking ball; has quality 12/6 shape with good depth. Changeup is firm with cut action.