PLAYER SPOTLIGHT

  • Dustin Landers

    Kaukauna (WI), RHP, 2015
    6-foot-2, 175-pound right handed pitcher, standard build, athletic frame with some projection. One of the best available arms in the Class of 2015, Landers is highly athletic with a big upside. Delivery is athletic and works online with good tempo, repeats well finishing on his glove side. Shows the ability to maintain his delivery from the stretch, athletic and quick to the plate. Arm action is quick and athletic, loose arm with little effort, high ¾ slot. Fastball has run and shows the ability to command it, sits 86-87 mph, touching 88 mph. Curveball has 11/5 shape, occasional sweeping action, thrown aggressively with fastball arm action, had tendency to get on the side, 69-72 mph. Changeup has action to his arm side with sink, showed advanced feel of the pitch, 71-73 mph.

     

  • Liam Jenkins

    Lincoln Way North HS (IL), RHP, 2015
    Extra-large build, 6-foot-8, 225-pound, right handed pitcher. Delivery works well, stays online and repeats well for size, delivery shows athleticism and body control. Arm action is quick and loose, high ¾ slot, arm action has whip. Fastball is mostly straight with occasional run to his arm side, has control of the zone, heavy feel, good finish through the zone, 87-88 mph touched 89 mph. Curveball has 12/6 action, advanced bite, near fastball arm action, showed the ability to throw it consistently for strikes, 70-73 mph. Straight changeup had tendency to leave up, showed fell for it, 76-80 mph, near fastball arm speed. Jenkins has grown leaps and bounds this winter improving his velocity by more than six mph since the summer. Jenkins frame and live arm makes him one of the best available right handers in the state.

     

  • Kylan Nelson

    Lafayette HS (KY), OF, 2014
    5-foot-10, 175-pound prospect with athletic build, shows good footwork, good routes to the ball, clean exchange, strong/accurate arm with carry at 88 mph.  At the plate, hits from balanced setup, quiet approach, tendency to drop hands in load triggering hands from chest level, somewhat long swing path to the ball, hands have quickness, gap to gap type hitter, very athletic prospect, ran event best 6.56 60 yard dash, showed bat speed with 90 mph tee exit velocity, potential to be elite level prospect with continued development of offensive skills.

     

  • Christopher Machamer

    Massillion Washington HS (OH), SS/RHP, 2016
    6-foot-1, 178-pound two-way prospect with big time potential. May have been the top player at the 2013 Top Prospect Games. It is difficult to determine his position at the next level as he shows well in all areas of the game. On the mound, the righty uses a quiet, repeatable delivery. He throws with quick arm speed through a high ¾ arm slot. His fastball sat 86-88 mph and ran up to 90 mph on occasion. He also used a 70 mph breaking ball with gradual 11/5 break. He also showed a straight 72 mph changeup. In the field, he shows smooth, fluid actions. Takes good angles to the ball. Looks advanced for his age. Shows softness in his hands and a quick transfer. At the plate, he uses a balanced setup. Features a simple load with little wasted movement. Bat stays through the zone with uphill path. Truly hits the ball gap-to-gap. Surprising power at his age, which will only get better as he physically matures.

     

  • LaRon Mitchell

    Susquehanna HS (PA), LHP, 2014
    Mitchell is a physical left-handed pitcher at 6-foot-5, 215-pounds but does not overpower the baseball. Mitchell throws with a loose-armed motion out of a high 3/4 arm slot and did not come close to reaching maximum effort. He sat 88-90 at the Preseason All-State Showcase in February. He commanded his fastball for strikes out of the wind up and the stretch. His curveball showed good 1/7 rotation and two-plane action. He showed considerable arm-side run to both his fastball and his 74 mph changeup thrown at fastball arm speed. We saw Mitchell in November sitting 85-87. With his size and sound, repeatable mechanics it seems the sky is the limit for Mitchell. His performance will vault him to near the top of the Class of 2014 rankings in Pennsylvania and likely onto the national recruiting scene.

     

  • Zach Minnick

    Logan HS (WV), C, 2015
    Zach Minnick hit a robust .366 with 24 RBI and 24 runs scored as a freshman in 2012. He started well hitting safely in 6 of his first 10 high school games and finished even better hitting safely in 15 of his final 18. What Minnick accomplished on the mound was just as impressive. In 35.1 innings of work, he went 5-1 with a 4.16 ERA. Minnick's numbers were even better in 2013 as a sophomore. He went 7-2 with a 1.38 ERA and hit .539 with 6 home runs and 39 RBI.

     

  • T.J. Collett

    Terre Haute North Vigo HS (IN), C, 2016
    One of the most impressive hitters in the country in the 2016 class. Collett’s BP was jaw dropping at times. The lefty has plus plus bat speed and the rare ability to hit for power. The other thing Collett did was showed how much work he has put in behind the plate. Collett has good hand strength behind the plate and his exchange has become much cleaner than this winter. Collett is becoming more and more serviceable behind the dish and is a premium prospect in the 2016 class.

     

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Rankings

Rank Name State School Class Position
1 Cameron Varga OH Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy 2014 RHP
2 Jake Godfrey IL Providence Catholic 2014 RHP
3 Brad Bass IL Lincoln-Way Central 2014 RHP
4 Shane Benes MO Westminster 2014 SS
5 Evan Skoug IL Libertyville 2014 C
6 Micah Miniard KY Boyle County 2014 RHP
7 Alex Lange MO Lee's Summit West 2014 RHP
8 Monte Harrison MO Lee's Summit West 2014 OF
9 Brandon Murray IN Hobart 2014 RHP
10 Zack Shannon OH Anderson 2014 1B
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