PLAYER SPOTLIGHT

  • Bryce Denton

    Denton was the top-ranked position player in at the Super 60 and he showed why. The Vanderbilt recruit had arguably the best batting practice session of the day, showing a good, short swing with bat speed that consistently produced hard line drives, doing well to keep his hands inside the ball. He also showed good hands and a strong arm on defense.

     

  • Jake Lochner

    Lochner had been creating some buzz lately and he may have surpassed expectations at the Super 60. Hitting that magic number of 90 always puts a southpaw squarely on the radar, but Lochner did more than that. He sat 90-92, touching 93 with his final pitch, but also showed off a very good curveball at 78-79 with depth.

     

  • Luke Shilling

    Nobody improved their stock more at the Super 60 than Shilling, who was virtually unknown to national scouts before the weekend. He has a big frame at 6-foot-5, 250 pounds and set a Super 60 record by hitting 95 on the radar gun. He pitched with an easy delivery, sitting in the 93-95 range. His secondary stuff wasn’t as advanced, but showed the potential of being at least average down the road. His curveball sat 75-77 with shape and his changeup was 81-82. Shilling is relatively new to pitching, having been a catcher in the past. He was committed to Cincinnati, but switched to Illinois later in 2014.

     

  • Matt Vierling

    Vierling got people talking in the last couple weeks when he sat in the low 90s and touched 95 at a workout after missing about seven months in 2014 with a broken ankle. He had another strong bullpen at the Super 60. The first to take the mound, the Notre Dame recruit came out firing fastballs in the 92-93 range with arm-side sink. He pitches with regular effort and mixes in a 79-81 slider and a firm changeup that has arm-side sink too. He also showed athleticism with a good swing, strong arm from the outfield and 6.73-second 60. He could play on both sides of the ball for Notre Dame, but his ability on the mound may steer him toward professional baseball.

     

  • Jesse Wilkening

    Indiana’s class is extremely deep with pitching—deeper than previously thought with some arms taking a step forward at the Super 60—the arms shouldn’t overshadow Wilkening. He had one of the best BP sessions with a good swing and bat speed. He consistently hit hard line drives and the ball jumped off his bat. He also showed a strong arm behind the plate. A Nebraska recruit, he is put together with a strong, stocky frame at 5-foot-10, 195 pounds. His pop times ranged from 1.93-2.01 seconds, and he also stood out as a top-level receiver during bullpens.

     

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2015 PBR Overall Rankings

Rank Name State School Class Position
1 Brendan Rodgers FL Lake Mary 2015 SS
2 Mike Nikorak PA Stroudsburg 2015 RHP
3 Ashe Russell IN Cathedral 2015 RHP
4 Triston McKenzie FL Royal Palm Beach 2015 RHP
5 Nick Plummer MI Brother Rice 2015 OF
6 Juan Hillman FL Olympia 2015 LHP
7 Donny Everett TN Clarksville 2015 RHP
8 Demi Orimoloye ON St. Matthew 2015 OF
9 Nick Shumpert CO Highlands Ranch 2015 SS
10 Austin Smith FL Park Vista 2015 RHP
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