Underclass Prospect Games: Middle Infield Analysis

By Rob Allison
Iowa Scouting Director

The Underclass Prospect Games brought over 30 uncommitted prospects to showcase themselves to colleges in attendance in the one day event held at the University of Iowa. Over the next week we will unveil our analysis of the top players at their respective positions.

With today's list of middle infielders, 2016 Chili Moseley (North Scott), took the top spot in this category.  Moseley, a switch-hitter, showed well in all aspects in this event.

TOP middle infield PROSPECTS

1. Chili Moseley, SS, North Scott, 2016
5-foot-5, 130-pound shortstop.  4.16 home to first time.  Switch hitter, right handed exit velocity 78 mph.  Left handed velocity 73 mph.  Left handed, simple easy load and stride, repeatable swing, line drive/ ground ball swing.  Wants to put ball in play and get out of box and run.  Right handed, some disconnect, creates better bat speed, has longer swing, more uphill, hits more fly balls.  Does show ability to make consistent solid contact from both sides of plate and get on base.  Defensively, works from ground up, good hands, big motor during games, plays with energy, ability to slow game down defensively, quiet easy approach with glove.  Uses different throwing angles effectively depending on type of groundball.  Routine high ¾ arm slot throwing 76 mph across diamond.  Accurate throws.  Overall proto leadoff hitter, with ability to get on base, become disruptive with speed, and score runs.  Will make routine plays and more in field.  Not tooled up or physical but can play.

2. Maxwell Ridenour, SS/RHP, West Delaware, 2016
5-foot-11, 175-pound 2 way player.  4.75 home to first time.  Right handed hitter, very low hand set/load, arm bar, front heel turn trigger, strides across body.  Swings up through ball.  Makes consistent contact.  Exit velocity off tee 83 mph.  Defensively, moves very well, quiet actions, fields ground up, soft hands, better infield arm in event, over top slot, 83 mph across with accuracy and carry.

3. Ketzalli Dondiego, SS, Northeast Goose Lake, 2016
6-foot-0, 180 pound infielder.  Solid athletic build.  4.89 home to first.  Right handed hitter, high back elbow, loads with shoulders, strides closed, tends to open early at contact, uses hands well in swing, short in hitting zone.  87 mph exit velocity off tee.  Defensively has average rhythm, throws from ¾ slot.  79 mph across infield.  Projects to be a third baseman.


Brady Bunten, 2B, Cedar Rapids Washington, 2018
5-foot-8, 145-pound infielder.  4.63 home to first time. 75 mph exit velocity from the tee.  Right handed hitter, drop hands to create rhythm with load, front foot turn- no stride, over rotates on back foot through contact, short to contact, shows good hand eye coordination, long finish after contact.  Defensively in infield shows above average feet and hands, good angles to balls, plays with some rhythm. Drops elbow creating low ¾ arm angle, 73 mph across.  Interesting follow once he begins to mature physically.

Jacob Conley, SS, Durant, 2017
5-foot-9, 155-pound shortstop. 4.59 home to first. Right handed hitter, smooth load, wraps bat behind head, small leg kick trigger. Uphill path, pull side approach, 71 mph exit velocity from the tee. Defensively plays with a short arm action, high ¾ slot, 67 mph across infield.

Ben Dotzler, RHP/SS, OA-BCIG, 2016
6-foot-2, 205-pound 2 way player. Thick powerful build. 4.53 home to first.  Balanced set-up offensively.  Straight back load with balanced stride.  Choppy swing, very short in zone, short finish.  Cuts off swing.  Limited use of lower half.  82 mph exit velocity off tee.  Defensively projects as a third baseman.  Average glove and feet.  Opens front side early using mid ¾ arm action, 80 mph across infield.

Walker McDonald, 2B, Waukee, 2016
5-foot-10, 150-pound second baseman.  4.66 home to first time.  Right handed hitter, both elbows high and bowed out,  weight shift into load, no stride,  needs to get loaded and set, right now is one continuous action.  Glides to contact.  Makes consistent solid contact.  Flat level swing plane.  Exit velocity off tee 78 mph.  Defensively, shows above average first step, good angles to balls, has energy at position, glove works.  High ¾ arm slot throwing 77 mph across diamond.

Cooper Siebrecht, 2B, Alta-Aurelia, 2018
5-foot-5, 110-pound infielder.  5.08 home to first time.  Left handed hitter, wraps bat for load, leg kick and stride to swing, lacks strength, swings mostly upper body.  61 mph exit velocity off tee.  Defensively, showed a high ¾ arm slot with 72 mph velocity across infield.