PLAYER SPOTLIGHT

  • Mike Nikorak

    Nikorak vaulted to No. 1 in the Pennsylvania and Overall Rankings for the Class of 2015 during a summer in which he consistently flashed low- to mid-90s velocity on the national stage. The 6-foot-5, 205-pound Alabama recruit capped his summer tour of marquee events by getting the start for the American team in the Under Armour All-America Game. Nikorak retired the side in order in his one inning of work with two strikeouts while topping at 94 mph.

     

  • Ashe Russell

    Russell has been a known commodity on the prospect radar and did nothing this summer to dissuade his status as one of the country’ top right-handers. He has electric stuff that is arguably the best current arsenal among high school arms. His fastball sits in the low 90s with arm-side life and can touch the mid 90s. His slider has power, sitting 79-81 with power and depth. He also mixes in a low-80s changeup. He didn’t allow a hit in four innings in a late-June tournament while striking out five. At the Area Code Games, Russell again didn’t allow a hit, this time in three innings of work. He walked two and struck out four.

     

  • Bryan Hoeing

    The 6-foot-6, 200-pound Louisville recruit worked a scoreless seventh inning with one strikeout at the Under Armour All-America Game. Also a high-scoring forward in basketball, Hoeing is extremely athletic for his size. Hoeing dropped his arm slot a tick this summer, now working closer to three-quarter. His fastball sat 90-91, while his curveball ranged between 74-76 with more horizontal action, opposed to the 12/6 break he created from his former slot.

     

  • Chandler Day

    Day gained experience pitching in front of scouts last summer when he attended the East Coast Pro Showcase as an underclassman and he seemed at ease at the Tournament of Stars, striking out seven and allowing just one unearned run on four hits and two walks over six innings pitched. He also hit two batters, but on nasty breaking balls down and in. Day sits 90-92 with his fastball and can get it down in the zone well at times. His slider has power and depth to it at 77-80, though he didn’t always finish the pitch. He has a very quick arm and maintains his arm speed on a swing-and-miss changeup that sits around 80 with good sink. He has a tall, lanky frame at 6-foot-4, 160 pounds and some effort to his delivery. He is verbally committed to Vanderbilt.

     

  • Nick Plummer

    Plummer was one of the Midwest’s biggest risers this summer after strong performances at the Music City Baseball Classic, East Coast Professional Showcase and Area Code Games. Offense is his biggest strength right now with his good approach, bat speed and power. Home runs are hard to come by in Long Beach, CA, and he deposited the second pitch of the Area Code Games over the right-field wall. He takes a quick, easy swing and rarely chases pitches out of the zone, driving everything with authority. He has a solid arm and moves well in center field. A late addition to the Under Armour Game, Plummer also decommitted from Michigan earlier in the summer and is now verbally committed to Kentucky.

     

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2015 PBR Overall Rankings

Rank Name State School Class Position
1 Mike Nikorak PA Stroudsburg 2015 RHP
2 Ashe Russell IN Cathedral 2015 RHP
3 Bryan Hoeing IN Batesville 2015 RHP
4 Chandler Day OH Watkins Memorial 2015 RHP
5 Nick Plummer MI Brother Rice 2015 OF
6 Charlie Donovan IL Westmont 2015 SS
7 John Aiello PA Germantown Academy 2015 SS
8 Noah Burkholder IN Crown Point 2015 RHP
9 Kyle Ostrowski IL Lincoln-Way North 2015 LHP
10 Riley Thompson KY Christian Academy 2015 RHP
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