PBR at The Rock 15U: Scout Blog


By Wisconsin Staff

From June 20 to 23, the PBR Wisconsin team hosted a handful of the best 15U club teams in the Midwest at The Rock Sports Complex in Franklin, Wis. We’ve taken the time to compile and share notes amongst our staff to produce the Scout Blog below, featuring a plethora of this past weekend’s standouts.

Continue on below for in-depth reports on all these prospects representing the 34 teams in attendance.

15U

29ers Baseball

Zach DeMarlie, INF, Rock Island (IL), 2022
Athletic build. 5-foot-5, 110-pound right-handed hitting middle infielder. Balanced setup, slight leg kick, short stride. Level path to the baseball. Flashed good glove work and a quick release across the diamond, showed good range up the middle and in the hole.

Tyler Hansen, OF, Rock Island (IL), 2022
Athletic build. 4-foot-10, 90-pound right-handed hitting outfielder. Swings the bat well for his size. Uses a short to the ball, long through the zone swing. Three-hole hitter knocked in a run with a double and followed that up with a barreled single on Saturday.

Davis Hoffstatter, INF, Moline (IL), 2022
Strong, athletic build. 6-foot-1, 172-pound left-handed hitter. Tall setup, comfortable presence in the box. Smooth swing with slight natural lift to pull side. Hit mirroring triples to the right-center gap, and added a run-scoring double down the first base line on Saturday showing relatively easy pull side pop. Hitting out of the five hole. 

BNBA Gold 15u Hawk/Pax

Jack Bach, RHP/1B, Normal University (IL), 2022
Strong build. 6-foot-3, 190-pound right-handed pitcher. Took the hill on Saturday night. Short and loose arm action, high ¾ slot. Fastball sat 80-82, touched 83 mph with arm side run. Bach also showed a change up at 73mph and a curveball that ranged from 64-66 mph with 11/5 shape. 

Andrew Coats, OF, Normal West (IL), 2022
Coats launched a three-run HR over the left-center field wall to break open the game in the night cap on Saturday. The right-handed hitting outfielder put together quality at-bats all game and was able to connect on a long shot in his last at-bat of the day. 

Joe Jefferson, C, Normal West (IL), 2022
Strong, athletic build. The 5-foot-11 backstop showed the ability to make hard contact recording a single right back up the middle. Jefferson registered pop times of 2.19-2.26 during the night cap on Saturday.

Evan Kochel, RHP/3B, Normal University, (IL), 2022
Started on the mound for BNBA Gold. 6-foot-1, 240-pound right-handed pitcher. Han advanced, strong frame for his age. His fastball sat 78-79 mph topping 80 mph with slight same plane run playing up most of the game. The CB has 11/5 shape with rolling action occasionally late off the hand. Kochel also hit 4th going 1-for-2 with a HBP and two runs scored. Path works uphill with some bat strength.

Jake Swartz, RHP, Normal University (IL), 2022 
Right-handed pitcher who started on the mound for BNBA Gold HawkPax and showcased one of the livelier arms of the day. Swartz, a 5-foot-10, 145-pound, quick-armed right-hander sat 83-85 mph early in his outing. Swartz paired his live fastball with a hard-biting curveball, 71-72 mph.

CBT 15u

Landon Behringer, OF, North Fond Du Lac (WI), 2022
Lean, athletic build. 5-foot-8, 145 pound right-handed hitting outfielder. Played CF for the Wolfpack Thursday morning. Went 2-for-3 on the day with two singles. Highly athletic outfielder for the Wolfpack and presents a strong run tool that can play at any level. Behringer showed off his speed on a stolen base and on a bunt single where he showcased a 4.36 time down the line to first.

Jalen Gellings, SS, Campbellsport (WI), 2022
5-foot-8, 155-pound athletic/sturdy frame, durable lower half, right/right prospect. Sets up balanced/tall, open stance, smooth load back into simple toe-tap stride even. Path is short and level, athletic and loose hands help generate bat speed, above-average barrel feel. Has a tendency to get on top of the ball, but was able to barrel up line drives throughout the tournament, too. He’s also an athletic defender who fields in rhythm with above-average arm strength.

Wendell Waukau Jr., 1B, Menominee Indian (WI), 2022
6-foot, 230 pound left handed hitting third baseman who batted fourth in the lineup for CBT on Friday against Slammers-Coyote. He went 2-for-2 with two singles and a walk. Waukau has an open set up with a toe tap stride which brings him to a closed position. Above average bat strength was present in his swing.

Central Illinois Outlaws

Kaiser Quick, RHP, N/A (IL), 2022
Right-handed pitcher. Came in the game in relief. Showcased long and loose arm action. Throws from a high ¾ window. Works in line, lands slightly closed. Fastball sat 74-76 mph, touching 77 mph a few times. Curveball at 65-68 mph with 10/4 shape and sweeping action. Showed feel for curveball, potential swing-and-miss pitch.

Nathan Cooley, C, Illinois Valley Central (IL), 2022
Our first look at the athletic/compact backstop who started on varsity this past spring. Hit in the five-spot for the Outlaws through the tournament, but mostly impressed with his glovework from behind the plate. He has advanced actions both as a blocker and in his catch-and-throw abilities. He has strong wrists that help him frame and receive pitches well and is a soft blocker who is able to direct balls back toward the plate. Did not get a clean pop time, but it’s evident that his short, over-the-top throws are quick down to second, and feature some carry. At the plate, tall/balanced setup, open stance, weight-shift load back, short stride lands open. Present bat speed, level path, some feel for the barrel.

GRB Rays Green

AJ Finco, C/3B/OF, Home School (WI), 2022
One of the bigger revelations of the weekend came on the right handed bat of AJ Finco. Solid stocky build, compact levers and body type with strength. Consistent middle of the field approach, short compact swing path produced some of the harder line drives of the weekend. Ball jumped off the bat with low effort. Intriguing right-handed hitter to follow in the class. He was 4-for-4 with a double and three singles, two RBIs, and a run scored on Friday, showcasing a gap-to-gap approach and innate feel for the barrel. Finished the tournament 7-for-14 with a double, four runs scored, three runs driven in, and a pair of walks.

Cal Fisher, SS, Deerfield (WI), 2023,
5-foot-10, 155-pound projectable frame. 2023 grad playing against 2022s. Leadoff hitter. At the plate, hits from a tall and balanced setup, leg kick stride, hands fall back into load, short and compact swing. Has an advanced approach at the plate and feel for the barrel, finding it in all 3 plate appearances. Consistent hard contact. Finished 2-3 with a pair of doubles and an RBI in an 9-1 win over Top Tier North. Gap-to-gap hitter with power potential. In the field, showed natural actions at the shortstop position. Started a 6-3 triple play.
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Aaron Jungers, LHP, Madison Memorial (WI), 2022
5-foot-10, 160-pound left-handed pitcher, lean longer frame, projects some. High pitchability left-hander, showed innate ability to control both sides of the plate with his fastball. Excellent mound presence and poise, low effort collected presence. Arm plays out of high ¾ slot, while front side tends to open slightly early, methodical approach. Fastball sat 72-74 mph , with arm side run, excellent feel, consistently misses barrels.

Addison Ostrenga, OF, Sun Prairie (WI), 2022
6-foot-4, 195-pound strong and projectable frame with long limbs. At the plate, starts in a balanced, slightly crouched stance. Short stride, hands fall into load, short and uphill path to the baseball. Pull side approach. Consistent hard contact. Finished 2-3 with a single, found the barrel for a double, and 2 RBI in a 9-1 victory. In the field, played RF. Made a diving catch on a ball hit to the right-center gap and showed accuracy and arm strength by doubling off the runner at 2nd base. 

Luke Ross, LHP/1B, Waunakee (WI), 2022
Punched out seven batters in five dominant innings. Easy effort delivery. He featured a heavy fastball that sat 77-79 mph, and touched 81-82 mph a couple of times. Ross locates his fastball well down in the zone, too. He throws two distinctly different breaking balls, a slider and curve, in the same slot as his fastball which helps add some swing-and-miss to his arsenal. Curveball plays 12/6 with depth at 65 mph, while slider showed 2/8 shape thrown firmer at 70 mph. Final line: CG (5 IP), ER, 3 H, 1 BB, 7 K.

Kolton Schaller, INF, Mount Horeb (WI), 2022
6-foot-1, 152-pound lanky frame. Played 3B and batted second. At the dish, balanced setup, smooth load, loose hands that generate bat speed. Short and level path through the zone. Pull-side approach. Found barrels and hit the ball hard in both ABs. Finished 2-2 with a single, double, hit-by-pitch and 3 RBI in a 9-1 victory. Ran a 4.91 (turn) down the line. 

Nick West, 1B, Verona (WI), 2022
The 6-foot-0 170lb switch hitter attacks the baseball with a relaxed, easy effort swing. Reached base safely on all three of his plate appearances. Flashed pull side power with an effortless swing from the left side. Drove a 2B to the right center gap that showed some carry. He finished the morning with 2 RBI and a stolen base as well. 

GRB Rays Yellow

Jenkin Alexander, SS, Sun Prairie (WI), 2022
5-foot-9, 160-pound left-handed hitting middle infielder. Tall and balanced setup, short stride, quick hands that create present bat speed. Against slammers, went 2-3 with a single, a double, three runs driven in and a run scored. In the field, showed natural actions. Fluid footwork, clean exchange. Short arm action from an over-the-top slot, played accurate across the diamond. 

NJ Elias, SS, Verona Area (WI), 2022
Lean, athletic build. 5-foot-9, 155 pound shortstop. Balanced setup, slight leg kick, short stride. Swings a quick bat with strong hands that stay in a strong hitting position throughout load. Hit out of the leadoff spot for GRB Yellow against NEO Elite, went 1-for-3 with a single and two barrels. Silky smooth in the field. Soft hands, strong arm, made plays to both his front and back hand, strong body control. 

Peyton Lee, RHP/OF, Edgerton (WI), 2022
Lee was dealing on the mound against an undefeated Slammers-Coyote club. The 6-foot-1, 165-pound righty has an athletic frame with long limbs. On the rubber, he has a tall and fall delivery with a tall balance point. Showcased long and loose arm action from a high 3/4 slot. Showed feel for his fastball, sitting at 78-80 mph, touching 82 mph. Also showed feel for both offspeed pitches. Curveball sat 68-71 with tight spin and an 11/5 shape, confidence to throw it at any point of the count. Changeup sat 71-72 mph with fading movement. 

Wyatt Miles, RHP, D.C. Everest (WI), 2022 
Miles got the start for GRB Yellow and offers plenty of upside in his long-levered 6-foot-2, 135-pound frame. Miles has a loose arm, feel for pitching and sat in the mid-70’s during his outing, routinely mixing in a breaking ball for strikes.

Cuyler Zukowski, RHP, Madison LaFollette (WI), 2022
Strong and muscular build, projectible frame. 5-foot-11, 165-pound RHP/OF. Started on the mound against NEO baseball on Saturday. Long/loose arm action, over-the-top slot. Lands slightly closed, throws across body, creates deception. Easy and clean delivery with rhythm. He has a lively fastball that touched 84 mph, sat between 81-83 mph with run/cut. Works with the kind of athleticism that should make him an enticing follow as he continues to mature. Hit out of the three-hole for GRB Yellow and walked twice. 

Great Lakes Baseball Academy 15u

Zackary Goodwin, C/INF, Roseville (MN), 2022
Strong, athletic frame. 5-foot-9, 145 pound left-handed hitting catcher that caught the first of two games on Saturday afternoon for the Lumberjacks. Balanced setup, smooth load, short stride with a slight leg kick. Swings a quick bat because of his quick hands, level path to the baseball, smooth throughout with not a lot of moving parts, confident at the plate. Went 4-for-5 at the plate on the day with four singles and a walk. Aggressive on the basepaths and is an above-average runner. Defensively, looked the part behind the plate. Recorded pop time of 2.13 both in-game and in warmups, would have thrown a runner out had it not been for a defensive miscue in game. Displayed natural defensive actions behind the plate, receives the ball well, bought his pitcher some strikes, adept blocker, showcased a strong arm behind the plate. Confident in himself, vocal leader on the field, has an advanced knowledge for what’s going on and how to command an infield. Goodwin also saw time at third base. He showed good range at the hot corner on multiple plays in the morning session. Also showed the ability to move both way laterally with good footwork. He showcased a strong arm with carry for accurate throws from deep in the hole. 

Josh Kirchhoff, 1B/C, Concordia (MN), 2022
Showed an advanced approach at the plate, looking towards the middle of the field. He shot a fastball right back up the middle with power on a smooth swing. Kirchhoff also flashed a 2.12 pop from behind the plate.

Jackson Schaffer, OF, Hastings (MN), 2022
Athletic build. 5-foot-6, 150 pound right-handed hitting outfielder that appeared in the leadoff spot and the two-hole for the Lumberjacks. Balanced setup, short stride with a slight leg kick. Good pre-pitch rhythm, hands separate well, simple compact swing with not a lot of moving parts. Went 3-for-6 on Saturday afternoon with three singles and two stolen bases. Defensively, took a great read to a well-struck ball in left field to make a play that ended the inning. Made an appearance on the mound against Indiana Nitro 15U Gold. Long and loose arm action, high ¾ slot. Fastball touched 73 mph and sat between 69-71 mph. Curveball had 11/5 shape and played at 59-61 mph. 

TJ Swidorski, MIF/RHP, East Ridge (MN), 2022
Right-handed pitcher. Started against STiKS Academy Red on Saturday afternoon for the Lumberjacks. Athletic, projectible frame that will fill out as he matures. Tossed four solid innings, surrendering three runs while punching out five and walking none. Long and loose arm action, high ¾ slot, square landing, works in line with his target, clean and easy delivery that he consistently repeated. Threw 68% of his pitches for strikes, filled up the zone, threw almost entirely in the bottom half of the zone. Commanded a fastball that touched 74 mph and sat between 71-73 mph that played down during the entire game. Showed feel for a 12/6 curveball that sat between 62-64. Had a solid performance despite some defensive miscues. 

Hitters Navy

Mason Buss, RHP,  Arrowhead (WI), 2022
5-foot-11, 160-pound right-handed pitcher who started on the mound against STiKS-Black on Thursday. Athletic build, throws from a high ¾ arm slot with arm action that is long and loose. Side-step rocker who finishes his delivery by landing with his front foot square. Fastball played mostly straight and had life, sat 81-82 mph, topped 83 mph. Curveball had 11/5 shape and was 67-68 mph. Pitched five innings giving up two runs and striking out six.

Hayden Christiansen, C, Richmond-Burton (IL), 2022
Started his day hot with a double over the left fielders head and followed it up hosing a runner at second in the very next inning. The 6-foot-1, 175-pound RHH sports a short, compact path with rhythm through contact and a gap-to-gap approach as he lined the double to left and a single to right.  He finished 2-for-2 with a 2B, a BB, one RBI and a run scored. Also, 3-for-3 in caught stealing as he repeated 2.08-2.10 to second in between innings and in-game to second. Athletic actions with fluid footwork and a true ball to second with carry and accuracy; Called a solid game behind the dish. 
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Luke Klekamp, RHP, Oak Creek (WI), 2022
Tilt and topple style with funk in his delivery, he sports a clean high ¾ slot with present arm speed. Sat his fastball at 77-79 mph, topping 81 mph with a breaker at 67-68 mph for Hitters Navy. The heater has easy run and sink to match the easy effort overall. The breaker has 10/4 shape with sweeping action and he used both throughout the game. Also flashed a changeup that faded with FB arm speed. 

Keegan Knutson, 3B, Milton (WI), 2022
5-foot-10, 150-pound third baseman who batted second in the lineup for Hitters Navy on Thursday against STiKS-Black. Knutson had a hard hit double in the gap which resulted in an RBI. The right-handed hitter has a balanced setup with a quiet load. He has a short, quick path to the baseball and maintains good balance throughout his swing. Final line on Saturday was a combined 4-for-7 with a home run. Knutson plays the game at a different speed then his peers, uptempo and energetic, grinder type with leadership qualities that standout on the diamond. 

Michael Lippe, OF, Whitefish Bay (WI), 2022
Louisville commit. Strong right-handed hitting outfielder. Lippe’s reputation as one of the country’s top athletes and bats precedes him. He produces a different sound off the bat. He tacked on another three barrels that went for singles today and is a plus runner with a strong, proportional build. His bat was one several standout on the weekend, gets easy exit velocity off the barrel, middle of the field approach.. 

Michael Mulhollon, LHP, Westosha Central (WI), 2022
Lean, highly projectable 6-foot-4 frame. The No. 22-ranked left-handed pitcher in our national 2022 rankings. Mulhollon has been on our radar for about a year now, and he continues to show that he's among the top pitching prospects in Wisconsin's 2022 class. He came in to close for Hitters in Day One action and sat 80-81 mph with a 64-65 mph breaking ball that he could drop in for a strike to righties, though mostly relied on his fastball. Mulhollon has a quick, loose, and easy arm, with a lean, loose build that allows for comfortable projection.

Willard Peterson, LHP, Evansville (WI), 2022
Large frame and build, 6-foot-2, 210-pound left-handed pitcher. Repeatable delivery, gets rotational at times and will finish to third base side. Arm is loose and easy, works out of high ¾ slot. Fastball showed natural cut action, played 77-79 mph. Flashes slurve type breaking ball at 65 mph. Follow left-handed arm in the class.

Will Vierling, C, Homestead (WI), 2022
5-foot-11, 170-pound left-handed hitting catcher who batted fourth in the lineup for Hitters on Thursday against STiKS-Black. Athletic, projectable frame. Has a balanced setup with a smooth load and level path to the baseball. Has an overall fluid rhythm to his swing and stays balanced through contact. Vierling went 2-for-4 with 2 singles and an RBI. Vierling homered on Friday and slugged a deep triple to the right-center gap in Saturday’s action.

Mitchell Voit, CIF/RHP, Whitefish Bay (WI), 2022
Super athletic and strong 2022 finished with two singles, one to each side of the field, with a run scored and the walk-off RBI. Short stroke at the plate, level through the zone. Picked it well at first base, comfortable around the bag. 

Hitters White

Josh DeGroot, 2B/SS, Union Grove (WI), 2022
5-foot-10, 137-pound right/right middle infield prospect with a lean, loose frame. Led Hitters White at The Rock with seven hits (7-for-12), including a pair of doubles, struck out just once. Balanced setup, simple and repeatable swings. Loose hands, level path, geared for opposite-field contact, barrel feel. A sound defender who plays well on the move with the actions to continue profiling as an up-the-middle defender.

Heath Venne, C, Muskego (WI), 2022
Venne had himself a nice day at the plate on Thursday. He lined a hard single the opposite way in game one and pulled a homer to straightaway left in game two. Venne has a loose barrel in the right-handed box and has all of the actions from behind the dish, including a strong arm and quick catch-and-throws down to second.

Illinois Indians

Bruno Pallan, RHP, Barrington (IL), 2022
Pallan went 5.2 innings and allowed just one hit and two walks while punching out 10 batters – his first six outs of the ballgame were via the strike out. He topped 80 mph in the first but the Kards clearly had trouble throughout touching his mostly upper-70s fastball with downhill tilt. He kept his opposition way off balance by dropping in his curve for strikes, burying it away to righties, too. That breaking ball lived in the 63-65 mph range, working off a 10/4 plane.

Mikey O’Conor, OF, Notre Dame Prep (IL), 2022
5-foot-8, 150-pound lanky/athletic right-handed-hitting outfielder. In the box, simple approach, balanced/relaxed setup. Advanced feel for balls and strikes, aggressive swings. Feel for the barrel is advanced, too, capable of driving the ball from foul pole to foul pole. Simple weight shift back load, short hands to the ball, loose/quick bat speed. Led off for the Indians all week and got off to a hot start, going 3-for-3 in the team’s first game on Thursday with three doubles.

Josh Outlaw, LHP, Maine West (IL), 2022
5-foot-11, 155-pound left-handed pitching prospect with lanky, loose levers and high projectability. Tough look, especially for left-handed hitters. High knee tucks into coiled balanced point, slight hip turn, shoulders closed; mixed in quick slide steps home when needed. Arm action is long and loose, straight over-the-top slot, closed-toe landing, gets out front and on top. He punched out eight batters in his five innings of work against Rhino Wisconsin on Saturday, allowing just one run on six hits, two walks. Was primarily mixing his fastball and curveball on this day. Fastball had downhill tilt with slight natural cut on occasion, 73-75 mph, topped 77 mph a couple of times; it played up with his ability to hide the ball. Curveball, 1/7 plane with above-average depth, feel for strikes, 63-65 mph.

Illinois Indians Red

Jack Alport, OF, Buffalo Grove (IL), 2022
Right handed hitting outfielder. Alport hits from a balanced setup, smooth load, short stride, shows balance through his swing. Short level bat path, line drive hitter, works the middle of the field, fluid rhythm. Has an ability to get on base any way he can. Alpot has a knack for putting the barrel to baseball. Is your prototypical lead off hitter. Works counts and ends up on base in almost every at bat.

Dominic McKevitt, SS, Saint Viator (IL), 2022
6-foot-1, 160-pound shortstop. Long loose frame, higher ceiling body type. Athletic runner, live body with long stride. Right-handed hitter with long levers, creates lift and showed above average power off the bat. Turned the centerfielder for a triple against GRB Yellow. Against CBT, went 2-for-3 with a pair of hard hit singles, driving in two runs. Finished the tournament 4-for-12 with a triple, six runs batted in, four runs scored and three walks.

Charlie Saul, UTL, Batavia (IL), 2022
To say Saul had himself a game against CBT is an understatement. The 5-foot-10, 160-pound first basement has an athletic build with a projectable frame. At the plate, Saul starts in a tall and open setup, a high leg kick stride, and his hands fall back into his load. He showed short and level swing path paired with great feel for the barrel. He finished the game 4-4 with a single, a pair of two-run doubles, and a three-run triple. He showcased gap-to-gap power as well, as all three of his extra base hits went to different parts of the field. In the field, Saul’s athleticism allows him to play a variety of positions. He saw action at 4 different positions this weekend, starting a game behind the plate, one at second, one at first, and one in the outfield.

Illinois Lightning

Brendan Max, OF, Libertyville (IL), 2022
Athletic build. 5-foot-8, 145 pound left/left outfielder. Hit out of the two-spot for IL Lightning. Slightly open setup, smooth load, short stride, slight leg kick. Quick hands, level path to the baseball, hands start and stay in a strong hitting position, consistently made hard contact.

Carter Kaye, RHP, N/A (IL), 2022
Lean, athletic build. Right-handed pitcher. Started on the mound for IL Lightning against ProPlayer-Freund on Friday night. Long arm action, high ¾ slot. Lands square, works in line with his target. Fastball touched 73 mph, sat between 71-72 mph, thrown for strikes, used it to get ahead. Changeup played at 63-64 mph. Curveball ranged between 58-60 mph, 12/6 shape, used as a swing-and-miss offering. Located all three of his pitches well, kept hitters off balanced, showed feel for himself on the mound. Threw five innings, striking out nine batters and only walked one.

Daniel Pacella, 1B, Mundelein (IL), 2022
The Illinois Lightning saw some power in their lineup from their four hitter. The 6-foot-2, 185 pound first basemen put one over the center field wall in his last at bat of the game against STiKS-Red. He had a balanced setup with a long stride that was able to generate power and solid contact on the baseball. Aside from his homerun, Pacella showed patience at the plate by walking twice. Continued his power streak against ISA Stars, launching two home runs, including a grand slam, and driving in seven runs. Appeared on the mound as well against ProPlayer Canes - Freund on Friday night. Long and loose arm action, over-the-top slot. Deceptive delivery, hides the ball well. Fastball touched 78 mph, sat between 75-77 mph. 

Indiana Nitro 15u Gold

Ashton Bandy, RHP/SS, Monroe Central (IN), 2022
Strong, athletic build. RHP/shortstop for Indiana Nitro. Started on the mound against Great Lakes on Friday morning. Fastball topped at 78 mph, sat between 75-77 mph and flashed arm side run. Changeup was thrown near fastball arm speed and played at 68-70 mph. Curveball was used sparingly, thrown at 65 mph, 11/5 shape. Started at shortstop against NEO baseball on Saturday morning. At the plate, balanced setup, smooth load, leg kick, short stride. Quick and simple swing, hands stay back in a strong hitting position, doesn’t try and do too much. Went 2-for-3 at the plate with a hustle double and an RBI. Impressive defensively at shortstop. Natural defensive actions, smooth hands, strong arm, able to make plays to both sides, plays athletically in the field. 

Brody Chrisman, OF, Zionsville (IN), 2022
Lean and athletic build. Projectible frame. 5-foot-9, 135-pound left-handed hitting outfielder.  Balanced setup, smooth load with a bat tip, short stride with a slight leg kick. Quick hands, level path to the baseball, favored his pull-side. Went 2-for-3 with a rocket double to right-center, RBI, and a stolen base out of the six-hole for Indiana Nitro against Great Lakes Academy. Defensively, had one ball hit to him in right field in the game. Made the play and threw it to home, stranding the runner at third. Got under the baseball, set his feet well, and delivered an accurate and strong throw to home plate. 

Ben Gomez, RHP, Cathedral (IN), 2022
Athletic build. Tossed 4 โ…“ scoreless innings in relief for Indiana Nitro, striking out four and surrendering three hits. Long and loose arm action, worked exclusively from a sidearm slot, deceptive motion that was not easy to pick up. Favored a fastball that touched 73 mph and ranged between 69-71 mph with natural run from his delivery. Sparingly showed a cut pitch some lateral movement that sat between 66-68 mph. Found himself as the game went on and improved in the later innings. 

Josh Kern, INF, Noblesville (IN), 2022
5-foot-9, 143-pound right-handed hitting outfielder/middle-infielder. Athletic build. Tall, balanced setup, slightly open, smooth load, short stride. Quick hands, level path to the baseball, hands separate well, simple and compact swing. His quick and simple swing continues to make consistent hard contact and tear up opposing pitching. Entered the game for Indiana Nitro in the fourth inning as a defensive replacement against Great Lakes Academy. Went 2-for-2 with a double and an RBI out of the two-hole. Finished pool play 6-for-9 with four extra base hits, including a home run, and five RBIs. 

Zack Todd, RHP, Wes-Del (IN), 2022
The 5-foot-11, 165 pound right handed pitcher started on the mound for Nitro on Friday against Pro Player Canes. He throws from a ¾ arm slot and the action is clean and short. He has a drop and drive delivery and finishes by landing square. His fastball showed some arm side run and sat 76-78 mph, topped at 79 mph. His curveball showed 11/5 shape and was 66-69 mph. Changeup sat between 70-74 mph and was thrown for strikes. Todd also batted second in the lineup and went 2 for 4 with 2 singles. He has a balanced setup and a fluid swing.

ISA Stars Royal

Caden Capomaccio, SS/RHP, Notre Dame Academy (WI), 2022
5-foot-11, 159-pound shortstop from the Green Bay area. Capomaccio batted second in the lineup against Pro Player Canes on Friday. The right handed hitter went 2 for 3 with 2 singles. Capomaccio was also able to show off his athleticism as a two way player by pitching in his team’s second game of the day. The lanky framed, right handed pitcher showed us a loose, quick arm that helped him get up into the low 80s, touching 82 mph a handful of times. He was also able to drop in a few tight curveballs with the confidence to throw it at any point in an at-bat. He struck out eight in his four-plus innings of work.

Jaicee Foster, SS/3B, Green Bay Southwest (WI), 2022
5-foot-10, 165-pound right/right middle infielder with athletic build, thick/durable lower half. Hit in the middle of the order for Stars Royal all tournament. An aggressive right-handed hitter with above-average pop. Sets up in athletic stance, balanced/open, hands set high, quick load back with slight arm bar, short stride lands toe open. Quick, short, and level bat path geared for line drives. Projects for a spot on the left side of the infield, hands work, feet can be a little heavy, but defends with above-average actions all around.

Cade Milton, C/2B, Green Bay Southwest (WI), 2022
Strong, athletic build. 5-foot-10, 170-pound right-handed hitting catcher/outfielder. Went 1-for-3 as the cleanup hitter against IL Lightning on Saturday night. Balanced setup, long stride, slight leg kick. Level path to the baseball, juice in his swing, ball jumps off his bat. Consistently made hard contact in the game, even when he got out, ripped an RBI double to center field that almost cleared the fence. 

Braedon Sonnabend, OF/RHP, Bay Port (WI), 2022
Lanky and projectable frame. Started the game in CF and hitting cleanup. At the plate, open setup, slight leg kick with a long stride, smooth load. Long and slightly uphill bat path. Got around on a fastball, shooting the ball down the left field line for a walk-off three-run double in a 4-3 victory over Top Tier North. On the mound, showed long and loose arm action. Arm works out front, throws from an over-the-top window. Fastball sat 71-73 mph, topped at 75 mph. Curveball at 58-60 mph, 11/5 shape with depth.

Kards 15u

Noah Hanson, 3B/OF, McDonell Central (WI), 2022
6-foot-1, 180-pound corner infielder with an athletic frame and strong build with projection. At the dish, open setup, hands drop back into load, uphill bat path. Present bat strength and showed the ability to find the barrel. Hit a home run off the foul pole of the monster on Friday. On Saturday hit a bullet up the middle for the base hit, running a 4.89 (turn) down the line. Found the barrel a handful of other times, unfortunately, hit right at defenders. Flew out to the warning track in dead center with the wind blowing in. In the field, showed range to each side at third base. Long arm action with present arm strength, played accurate across the diamond. 

Bjorn Pressler, 2B/SS, Eau Claire Memorial (WI), 2022
6-foot, 170-pound middle infielder. Strong, athletic build with projection; looks the part. Leadoff hitter. Displayed an advanced approach at the plate, consistently working the count deep. At the plate, balanced and athletic setup, slight leg kick stride and hands set high and drop back into arm bar during load. Short bat path, can get on top of the ball, loose wrists, whippy bat through the zone. Flashed gap-to-gap contact potential, hitting a one-hopper to the wall in right field, also tallied a couple doubles grounded down the third base line. Finished the two games on Saturday a combined 2-for-5 with a hard-hit single up the middle, a triple to deep right, and three walks. In the field, alternated between shortstop and second every inning. Showed natural actions at the shortstop position. Fluid footwork, clean exchange. Long arm action, played accurately across the field. 

Walker Retz, OF/RHP, Boyceville (WI), 2021
Was a two-way guy for Kards 15U vs. Hitters White 2022. On the mound, Retz shows quick arm action, level shoulders, in line with target, lands with a closed toe, drop/drive type. Works from a high ¾ arm slot. Retz showed a fastball, slider combo. Fastball ranged from 76-78 mph, and touching 79mph. Slider was 66-70 mph showing 11/5 shape. Arm speed on slider stayed near fastball arm speed. At the plate Retz hits from a slightly open, balanced set up, small leg lift trigger, short stride. Presented a short, level bat path, with a line drive, gap-to-gap approach.

Gabe Richardson, 3B/RHP, Eau Claire North (WI), 2022
Big strong, athletic, frame, highly projectable. Played third base and pitched for Kards 15U. On the mound Richardson has a smooth delivery, works from a high ¾ arm slot, has loose arm action, in line, lands square. Throws a fastball and slider. Fastball consistently sat at 73mph and slider sat at 67. Slider shows 11/5 shape, presents similar arm speed as fastball. At the plate Richardson hits from a square, balanced set up, short stride, smooth load, shows balance throughout his swing. Has fast bat speed, advanced approach at the plate, short level, slightly uphill bat path, gets extension. Line drive, gap- to- gap hitter, with some power potential in the near future.

Minnesota Millers 15u

Zackary Anderson, MIF/OF, Wayzata (MN) 2022
Anderson went 2-for-2 on Thursday against Prairie Gravel with two singles and a walk. The left-handed hitter has an athletic frame with a balanced setup and line drive approach at the plate. 

Sajan Chesson, RHP, Hopkins (MN), 2022
5-foot-10, 150 pound right handed pitcher who started on the mound for Minnesota Millers on Thursday against Prairie Gravel. With an athletic, projectable frame, Chesson throws from a ¾ arm slot with arm action that is quick and short. His fastball played mostly straight and flashed some arm side run, sat between 77-80 mph, topped at 82 mph. His curveball showed 10/4 shape and was thrown for strikes at the bottom of the zone, 66-67 mph. Changeup was 72-74 mph.

Alex Crusan, RHP/3B, Chanhassen (MN), 2022
Athletic build and projectable frame. On the mound, showed long and loose arm action, arm works out front. Worked from a high ¾ window. Fastball sat 78-81 mph, touched 83 mph. Heavy pitch that played with arm side run. Curveball at 65-68 mph, sharp 11/5 shape with depth. Potential to be a strikeout pitch. Changeup at 72-73 mph with fade action. Maintained arm speed on both offspeed pitches. 

Noah Karschnik, C/3B, Wayzata (MN), 2022
Karschnik hit in the three spot, playing both behind the plate and at third for the Minnesota Millers on Friday night. The 6-foot-3 lengthy infielder showed good footwork at third base and a calm approach in the box. The left-handed hitting Karschnik showed that he can get his hands to the ball quickly by launching an inside fastball, over the CF’s head, that landed on the warning track for a double. He also collected another single, stole a base, and scored twice. 

Luke Luskey, SS/RHP, Belle Plaine (MN), 2022
Luskey started the game at SS and then came on in relief, earning the win for the Minnesota Millers. The 5-foot-9 dual threat athlete showed well on both sides of the diamond in the night game vs the Naperville Renegades. Luskey sat 74-75 with his fastball and touched 76. His curveball flashed 11/5 movement and kept hitters off balance ranging 64-66mph. Luskey, the Millers clean-up hitter showed both power and speed during his at bats as he recorded an RBI triple to right center field. Luskey reached base every time he was up to bat, finishing the day with 2 RBI, a stolen base, and a 3B. 

MN Blizzard

Trenton Burkhalter, 3B/RHP, Forest Lake (MN), 2021 
5-foot-10, 170 pound right-handed hitting third baseman/RHP. Burkhalter had a good defensive night on Friday. Showed athleticism at third base making a diving play up the line. Quickly got to his feet and showed off a strong arm delivering an on target throw across the infield. Came into the game out of the pen showing a fastball ranging 75-76 mph and a curveball ranging from 64-66 mph. 

Ben Irsfeld, RHP/C, Sioux Falls Roosevelt (SD), 2022
Irsfeld had a solid outing on the mound for the Minnesota Blizzard on Friday night. At 5-foot-8, the athletic and energetic pitcher showed three pitches but relied consistently on his two best pitches, his fastball and sweeping curveball. His fastball sat at 80mph for the majority of the game and touched 81mph. He showed good control of his curveball (64-66mph) with the ability to throw it for swing and miss strikes. 

Thomas Nelson, OF, Roseville (MN), 2022
Athletic build. Right-handed hitting, speedy centerfielder. Uses his instincts to get good jumps on fly balls. Showed above average range on balls hit in the gaps and the ability to come in on the ball. Strong arm that showed slight carry to his defensive arsenal. Hts from the right side of the plate and has a fluid swing, displaying hard contact. Recorded a hard hit single on Friday night. 

Sam Schneider, C/2B, Rochester Lourdes (MN), 2022 
Schneider showed athletic movement behind the plate for the Blizzard. Receives the ball with a quiet body and blocks the ball very well on both fastballs and offspeed pitches. Schneider’s ability to control his body allows him to keep the ball close to the plate on his blocks. Showed plus glove control, sticking pitches for strikes at the bottom of the zone, and in on his glove side. Recorded an accurate pop time of 2.38 with a short and quick arm action. Vocal leadership and control of the game behind the dish.

Naperville Renegades American

Jacob Eason, C/3B, Plainfield East (IL), 2022
The big bodied infielder played behind the dish and at the hot corner over the weekend. Eason showed an over the top arm action from behind the plate with slight carry on throws to second. At third, Eason used his big frame to keep the ball in front and showed athleticism for his size. At the plate on Friday night, Eason hit a pair of doubles to LF and RF respectively. Eason showed the ability to make hard contact and hit with power to both fields. 

Michael Flavin, OF, Plainfield East (IL), 2022 
The outfielder showed well both offensively and defensively in the night cap on Friday. Flavin’s best tool defensively is his arm. He got behind the baseball well and showed carry on his throws to the bases. Flavin also helped pace the Renegade offense collecting two hits, including a double, and two RBI, while displaying the ability to hit to all fields. Flavin continued his tear at the plate on Saturday collecting another double on a hanging breaking ball that he took to the gap in left center field. 

Joe Mannino, C/INF, Plainfield North (IL), 2022
Right-handed hitting, highly athletic catcher and shortstop. Plays larger than his frame presents. Behind the plate, showed advanced receiving and blocking abilities. Recorded pop times of 2.34- 2.38 both in game and in between innings. Quick release with quick feet which can allow him to stick at the position. At shortstop he showed a flashy glove. Mannino showed range to both sides and worked with soft, quick hands to deliver the ball on time to 1st. At the plate, hits from a balanced set up, short leg lift trigger, short stride, with a smooth load. Presents a line drive, gap-to-gap approach. Flashed the ability to spray the ball all over the field. Above-average speed and advanced base-running ability.

Nate Mole, SS/P, Plainfield East (IL), 2022
Lean, athletic build. 5-foot-7, 145-pound right-handed hitting shortstop. Moves well up the middle and shows the ability to maintain body control coming in on slow rollers. Showed quick hands, a strong arm and an above average release across the diamond. At the plate, Mole hits from a slightly open stance and has a short stride. Sat back on a pitch and took it to the right side to drive in a run on Friday night. 

NEO Baseball Club Elite

Andrew Apanasewicz, C/3B, Saint Ignatius High School (OH), 2022
Strong, athletic build. 5-foot-8, 170-pound right-handed hitter. Went 3-for-4 with a double, three RBIs, and four walks in the three-hole over a two-game span on Saturday afternoon. Slightly open balanced setup, short stride, slight leg kick. Hands stay in a strong hitting position throughout load, fluid rhythm throughout swing. Patient approach at the plate, picks his pitch out, didn’t chase. Defensively, showcased an above-average blocking skill behind the plate and a strong arm. Was not challenged on the basepaths in game, recorded a 2.31 pop time in warmups between innings. 

Ashton Gotham, C/OF, NDCL (OH), 2022
Strong build. 5-foot-11,193- pound right-handed hitting catcher/outfielder. Went 2-for-4 with two RBIs and three walks as the five-hole hitter in two games on Saturday afternoon. Works from a slightly open, balanced setup, short stride, slight leg kick. Rhythm in his swing, hands are ready to hit throughout. Showed natural defensive actions behind the plate, soft blocker, quick release. 

Andrew Jones, RHP/SS, Burch (OH), 2022
One of the most impressive overall athletes playing at The Rock this weekend. He's a wiry 6-foot-2 and is highly projectable. In NEO's first game of the tournament, Jones led the game off with a homer to left, lagging his barrel through the zone. He also started the game on the bump for his squad where he stole even more attention. Jones works with a rhythmic, quick-tempo, high knee up into slight hip turn. Can open up a little early which leads to occasional command issues, but arm action is fast, loose, from a high ¾ slot. Fastball on Thursday sat at a live 80-82 mph, hard and downhill. He also came in to pitch in relief on Sunday and was sitting more regularly 83-84 mph, with a ball that really jumped from his hand. In both outings, Jones mixed in an aggressive slider, 73-74 mph, working off a downer plane, with above-average break and bite; real swing-and-miss potential. Was also savvy enough to mix in a curveball when necessary, 12/6 shape, depth, 67-69 mph. And when he’s not pitching he slides in at shortstop, where his premium athleticism fits right in.

Ryland Talley, RHP, Willoughby South (OH), 2021
Strong build. 5-foot-7, 170-pound right-handed pitcher. Started on the mound against GRB Yellow on Saturday afternoon. Long arm action, high ¾ slot. Tossed 4 โ…“ innings and struck out five batters in a winning effort. Fastball touched 80 mph, sat between 77-79 mph. Curveball sat between 64-65 mph with 11/5 shape. Struggled in the first inning, settled in as the game went on. Showed feel for curveball and used it as a swing-and-miss pitch at any point in the count. 

Zac Tizzano, LHP, Villa-Angela St. Joseph (OH), 2022
Strong, physical build. 6-foot-3, 190-pound left-handed pitcher. Came in relief against Indiana Nitro and tossed 3 โ…” innings with six strikeouts and no walks. Long and loose arm action, over-the-top slot. Lands closed off to his target and throws slightly across his body, creating some deception. Ran is fastball up to 77 mph and sat between 75-76 mph with natural cut to it. Also featured a slider that sat between 68-69 mph, thrown with fastball arm speed and from the same arm slot. Struggled with the slider early on, but adjusted and got better with it as the game went on. Used it primarily as his strikeout pitch. Projectible left-handed pitcher with room to mature. 

NorthStar Navy 15u

Drew Berkland, C, Wayzata (MN), 2022
5-foot-11, 175-pound right-handed hitting athlete. Physical build with present strength, sloped shoulders into trim waist. Showed ability to play multiple positions on the diamond (C, SS, OF), buts its his bat that does the most talking. Quiet athletic setup, stays plate disciplined and swings with intent. High hand eye and bat to ball skills, minimal swing and miss, looks on time every swing. Advanced pull side pop, ball jumps of the barrel, low effort -hard contact. Berkland launched not one, but two long grand slams on Thursday. Took the mound on Friday and looked similarly electric. The right-hander tossed three innings and allowed just two hits, one earned run, and punched out three. Fastball sat 75-78 mph, topping 79 mph with present run and occasional tilt down in the zone, worked both sides of the dish. Curveball has 1/7 shape with depth down at times, power type, occasional early break off the hand. 

Josh Hatano, RHP/SS, Park (MN), 2022
Helped his team complete pool play undefeated with a complete-game shutout. Hatano struck out 10 in seven scoreless innings. Fastball played 76-77 mph throughout. Hatano likely projects best on the infield where he showed a high level of feel and savvy for the position. Actions are smooth and easy, showed ranged to both sides as well as above average body control and enough arm to play the left side. High follow defender on the infield. At the plate on Sunday, Hatano showed a smooth swing that keeps his barrel long through the zone. Hatano showed good carry and power on a long double that landed on the warning track in left-center field. Hatano also added a single to left field on Sunday. 

Kristofer Hokenson, LHP, St. Louis Park (MN), 2022
The long-limbed 5-foot-10, 140-pound southpaw sports a clean and easy delivery and lands closed, adding deception. He was up to 79 mph, ranging mostly from 75-78 mph with run and some tilt down in the zone. He went to his curveball often, which has power potential. On the mound, went four strong frames of four-hit ball, allowing one run with seven punch-outs and two walks.

Weber Neels, C, East Ridge (MN), 2022
6-foot, 175-pound catcher, strong athletic build high-end defender at the position. Showed easy arm strength with carry, short over the top slot, quick release, showed ability to get to arm strength with ease and while off balance. Got a 2.29 pop in game on a caught stealing. High follow catcher.

Easton Richter, RHP, Rosemount (MN), 2022
Northstar Navy brought with them one of Day One’s most impressive arms from Minnesota. The 5-foot-11 righty took the mound to start against Naperville Renegades on Thursday and came out working 80-82 mph, touching 83 mph, with a quick, easy, and loose arm. Richter’s low-80s fastball played up, featuring late life and carry through the zone, and he also dodged bats with an above-average breaking ball, 63-64 mph, and a changeup, 72 mph. He also came up big for Northstar at the plate, too, by going 2-for-4 with a double and a pair of RBIs. He added three more hits on Saturday for an undefeated NorthStar Navy squad. 

 

PBA WI

Austin Labreche, LF, Tremper (WI), 2021 
Left-handed hitting outfielder, batted lead off for PBA. Labreche went a clean 4-for-4 in action against Illinois Indians Red. Labreche showed the ability to work the ball from line to line. Labreche hits from a tall balanced set up, short leg lift trigger, short stride, balance throughout the swing. Shows fast bat speed, an advanced approach, line drive hitter, fluid rhythm in the box. Shows all the qualities that you want in a high level lead off hitter. Plus athlete on the base paths and in the outfield. 

Joe Lagina, C, Freedom Project Academy (WI), 2022
5-foot-9, 187-pound right-handed hitting catcher. Balanced setup, minimal load or stride. Quick hands, level path to the baseball, ball jumps off his bat. Knocked a double and a single off the barrel on Saturday morning. Showed athleticism behind the plate blocking the ball well, with good body control. All of his blocks were kept close to plate. 

Ben Massoglia, OF, Bradford (WI), 2021
6-foot-1, 175-pound right-handed hitting outfielder. Reached base all four times he came to the plate. Struck the ball well, showing power on a single up the middle, and carry on a triple to the wall on Saturday. The speedy CF tracked balls down well and stole two bases on the morning. 

Prairie Gravel

Zander Buchan, C/OF, Maine South (IL), 2022
South Carolina commit. Strong, athletic build. Switch-hitting catcher/outfielder. Showed out over a four-game stretch from Saturday night into Sunday morning, launching a home run, three doubles, and driving in six runs. Balanced setup, smooth load, short stride with a slight leg kick. Quick hands, level path to the baseball, on time, incredibly fluid swing. Present bat strength. Ball sounds different off his bat, consistently made hard contact all throughout the day. Defensively, natural instincts behind the plate. Quality receiver, soft hands, clean and quick exchange leading to a quick transfer, strong arm, carry on throws. Threw several runners out, leader behind the plate. 

Keegan Buska, RHP, Homewood-Flossmoor (IL), 2022
Strong build. Right-handed pitcher. Started on the mound against Hitters White on Saturday night. Tossed five innings, striking out seven batters. Long and loose arm action, high ¾ slot. Drop and drive delivery, lands square, works in line with his target. Fastball touched 84 mph, sat between 82-83 mph with life and flashed arm side run. Curveball sat between 70-72 mph, 11/5 shape, slight deceleration in the arm speed, showed feel for pitch, tunnels well with fastball. 

Christian Holmes, MIF, De La Salle (IL), 2022
Strong, athletic build. 5-foot-10,160 pound right-handed hitting middle infielder. Hit out of the leadoff spot for Prairie Gravel. Balanced setup, smooth load, short stride, slight leg kick. Quick hands, level path to the baseball, hands stay in a strong hitting position throughout, fluid rhythm in swing. Defensively, active feet, steady hands, quick and clean transfer, strong arm. Played athletically in the field, showcasing a strong body control play and the ability to range to both sides of his glove. Hustle player, turned should-be singles into doubles multiple times throughout the tournament.

Joey Little, OF, Lake Zurich (IL), 2022
Strong build, athletic frame. Batted fourth in the lineup for Prairie Gravel on Thursday against Minnesota Millers. Went 2 for 2 with 2 singles, a sacrifice fly to center field, and 2 rbis. Athletic build with an open setup, a level, fluid swing, and quick twitch hands. Physical presence in the box, ball jumps off the barrel, mostly gap to gap line drive approach.

Andrew Randazzo, INF, Maine South (IL), 2022
Lean, athletic build. Right-handed hitting infielder. Went 2-for-3 in the championship game against RakeCity, with a double and three RBIs. Balanced setup, smooth load, short stride, slight leg kick. Quick hands, rhythm in swing through contact, barrelled up the baseball. Fast and aggressive on the basepaths, swiped four bases in a four-game stretch, natural baserunner. 

Brady Small, RHP, Lemont (IL), 2022
Lean, athletic build. 6-foot-1, 180-pound right-handed pitcher. Started on the mound for Prairie Gravel in the semi-final game against Slammers baseball. His start was cut short due to inclement weather, but was electric nonetheless. Long and loose arm action, high ¾ slot. Fastball touched 85 mph, sat between 82-84 mph with life and the ability to throw it for strikes. Changeup sat between 71-74 mph, straight movement, thrown with decelerated arm speed. Curveball played at 68-69 mph, 11/5 shape. Physical presence on the mound, projectible frame as he matures. 

Ysen Useni, Maine South (IL), 2022 
Useni set the tone for Prairie Gravel in their 5-0 win over Rhino. The 6-foot-2, 210-pound, strong-bodied, physical right-handed pitcher twirled a complete-game two-hit shutout. Useni ran his fastball up to 82 mph, sat between 79-81 mph. Changeup was his best secondary offering, playing at 66-67 mph, thrown with fastball arm speed. Curveball was 63-64 mph, 11/5 shape. 

Donovan Zielke, RHP/OF, Oswego East (IL), 2021
Lean, athletic build. 5-foot-8, 145-pound RHP/OF. Came in relief on Saturday night against Hitters White and started the quarterfinal game against Starters 15U. Long and loose arm action, over-the-top slot. Tilt and topple delivery, uphill shoulders, lands slightly closed in his front toe, works in line with his target, some effort present. Fastball topped 77 mph, sat between 76-77 mph. Curveball played at 64-67 mph, 11/5 shape, showed feel for pitch. 

Pro Player Canes-Freund

Nicholas Angelakos, RHP, Crystal Lake Central (IL), 2022
Lean, athletic build. 5-foot-11, 145-pound right-handed pitcher. Started against IL Lightning on Friday night. Threw five innings of one-run baseball with five strikeouts and zero walks. Long arm action, high ¾ slot. Tall and fall type of delivery, lands slightly closed in the front toe, throws across his body, deceptive. Fastball touched 75 mph and sat between 72-74 mph with arm side run. Showed command for his fastball and used it to get ahead in counts. Curveball played at 62-63 mph, 11/5 shape, showed feel for pitch, used it as a swing-and-miss offering. Mixed his pitches well, kept hitters off balance, showed an understanding of how to pitch. 

Owen Brock, 2B/C, Prairie Ridge (IL), 2021
5-foot-6, 135 pound right handed hitter. Batted third in Pro Player’s lineup on Friday against Indiana Nitro. He went 1-for-1 with a double, a walk, and a hit by pitch. Has an open set up and a short stride to bring him square. Fluid rhythm throughout his swing and showed power by sending one deep to the left field wall.

Josh Good, RHP, Huntley (IL), 2022
The 5-foot-8, 150-pound right-handed pitcher started on the mound for Pro Player on Friday against Indiana Nitro. Athletically built with a ¾ arm slot and smooth delivery. Finishes by landing front toe closed. Fastball played mostly straight and flashed some run, sat 73-75 mph, topped at 76 mph. Curveball showed 10/4 shape and was 64-66 mph. Changeup at 69 mph. Good added to his performance by batting fifth in the lineup and ging 2 for 3 with 2 base hits.

Braden Thelander, RHP/SS, Prairie Ridge (IL), 2022
5- foot-8, 135-pound shortstop showed an advanced approach in the box for the Pro Player Canes. On the day, Thelander went 1-for-2 with a hard line out to center field and a hard double to centerfield. Thelander shows a middle-of-the-field approach which allows him to stay on everything thrown his way. In the field Thelander shows soft hands and the ability to move well athletically in any direction. Thelander presents a frame that will allow him to put on strength and size that will allow him to play shortstop at a high level. Also took the mound on Saturday night to record a couple of outs. There, he showed a really quick arm from an over-the-top slot with some effort. His fastball was a live, straight four-seam, 79-81 mph, 82 mph. Curveball, one of the sharpest of the tournament, 11/5 shape with consistent late bite, 64-66 mph.

Pro Player Canes- Sommerfield

Braydon Gibour, 3B, Crystal Lake Central (IL), 2022
Athletic build. 5-foot-8, 150 pound left-handed hitting third baseman who went a combined 3-for-4 on Friday between two games. He recorded three singles, a walk, and three RBIs. Balanced set up, with a level bat path and a line drive approach at the plate. 

Charlie Giese, RHP/3B, Huntley (IL) 2022
Giese presents a tall lanky, projectible frame. Giese is an infielder who played third base for the ProPlayer Canes. Giese had himself a day at the plate, going 2-for-3 with a single, double, and a walk and recorded and drove in a couple of runs . Giese hits from a balanced open set up and presents a long loose swing and gets good extension allowing him to drive balls in the gap with authority. He also made an appearance on the mound over the weekend in the quarterfinal game against NorthStar. Long and lanky right-handed pitcher, high ¾ slot, long and loose arm action, hides the ball well. Fastball topped at 82 mph, sat between 79-81 mph. Slider played at 68-69 mph, swing-and-miss offering. 

Kyle Kaempf, RHP, McHenry (IL), 2022
Kaempf had an impressive start to Championship Sunday on the mound. The righty works with control on the mound and delivers with a high leg kick. Showed a good fastball and a sweeping slider that produced swing-and-miss strikeouts. Kaempf threw five shutout innings against the number one seed recording nine strikeouts in the morning. From the plate, Kaempf proved he is a dual threat hitting a double the left field wall.

Rick Powell, RHP, McHenry West (IL), 2022
In Friday’s matchup between Pro Player Canes and Rhino (WI), Powell pitched a complete game, which only lasted 3 innings. The 5-foot-10, 157-pound right-handed pitcher gave up no runs and only one base hit. He has a long, loose arm action and throws from a ¾ slot. His fastball sat between 72 and 75 mph, and topped at 76 mph. His changeup showed some fade and sat from 67-69 mph. Curveball had 10/4 shape and was 64-66 mph. Powell added to his performance by hitting second in the lineup and recording a base hit.

Caleb Royer, 1B/3B, Grant (IL), 2022
Lean, athletic build. 6-foot-3, 155-pound left-handed hitting corner infielder. On day two of action, Caleb Royer was once again an offensive force for Pro Player Sommerfield against Rhino (WI). Advanced approach at the plate, knows the strike zone and knows what pitches he wants to hit, shows gap-to-gap ability and potential pull side power. Went 1-for-1 on the day with a double and two walks. The double one-hopped the right field wall, however earlier in the at bat, Royer sprayed a foul ball line drive right off the middle of the wall. Eye opening power potential in the near future. 

Max Scaravalle, 2B, Crystal Lake Central (IL) 2022 
Sparked the Canes to a big 10-1 win over ISA Stars Royal on Friday. The 5-foot-5 second baseman was 3-for-3 at the plate and drove in three runs. The small framed, right-handed hitter had a balanced set up with a toe-tap stride. He had a level path to the baseball which produced line drive base hits.

PTA

Tyler Bell, 2B, N/A (WI), 2022 
The scrappy second basemen showed well in his game against the Minnesota Starters. Bell controlled his body working well laterally while showing off his range in the hole.

Carson Fluguar, OF/SS, Franklin (WI), 2022
Long and loose build, high-waisted athletic right/right versatile prospect. Bounced all around the field defensively, fits in most places while using his premium athleticism. Raw at the plate, but shows barrel feel. Had a base hit in all four of PTA’s games, including a deep triple into the right-center gap on Thursday. Opposite-field approach, pre-pitch rhythm, loose hands, short and flat path to the ball. Has above-average foot speed once he gets going, with strong instincts on the basepaths.

 Connor O’Reilly, C, N/A (WI), 2022
Stocky build. Three-hole hitter showed hard contact especially on a 2 RBI double to the wall. O’Reilly collected 5 RBI on the day and proved to hit the ball to all fields with a nice inside out swing on an inside fastball. O’Reilly also posted a 2.31 pop time from behind the dish. 

RakeCity

Jayden Cummings, OF, St. Laurence (IL), 2022
Rake City leadoff hitter, showcased game-changing type of speed on the bases. Cummings pulled up early on a groundout to first base and ran a 4.43 down-the-line. He followed that up with a 4.30 on a groundout to shortstop in his final at-bat. Cummings also scored from second base on an errant pickoff throw that did not leave the infield. Highly-athletic, table-setter type.

Waylan Deck, RHP, Homewood-Flossmoor (IL), 2022 
Wiry, slender build, upside frame. Arm played deceptive out of ¾ window, loose action. Fastball played with arm side action, 77-79 mph. Showed slider at 68 mph. Deck struck out 10 in six innings pitched, scattering just four hits and one run. 

Estevan Moreno, SS, Montini Catholic (IL), 2022
6-foot, 168-pound shortstop. Premium defender on the dirt, advanced actions, likely to stick at shortstop at the next level. Showed instinctual actions with natural timing and awareness. Easy defender, showed best when on the move, plus body control for age, soft hands transfer to athletic arm action with ability to work from multiple slots. Arm showed carry at times. Right handed hitter, athletic setup, showed feel for barrel and hit in the middle of the lineup with above average pop. Hit three home runs on championship Sunday, including two home runs in the championship game that were no-doubters. Came on in the final inning to close the championship game out as well, fastball touched 85 mph, sat between 82-84 mph. 

Anthony Nino, C, Von Stubeun (IL), 2022
Solid glove work behind the plate. Flashed the ability to get underneath the low pitch and had good body control throughout his receiving. Nino displayed the ability to block the ball well to all directions and recorded pop times of 2.34 and 2.38. 

Luka Radicevich, RHP, Joliet Catholic (IL), 2022
Lean, athletic build. Right-handed pitcher. Appeared in relief multiple times throughout the tournament, including in the championship game against Prairie Gravel. Loose arm action, ¾ slot. Effort present in his delivery, falls towards the first base line. Fastball touched 85 mph, played between 82-84 mph. Curveball featured 11/5 shape, thrown for strikes, sat between 70-72 mph. 

Rhino (WI)

Ethan Cole, LHP, Winnebago Lutheran (WI), 2022
Cole emerged as a follow left-handed pitcher in the 2022 class after his start for Rhino (WI). He has a long, projectable frame, loose, clean arm action and sat comfortably at 77-79 mph. Showed feel for a 1/7 curveball with depth and shape at 67-68 mph.

Cole VanBever, RHP, Waupun (WI), 2022
Compact/athletic build, right-handed pitching prospect. Wide set on the mound, rocks into big hip turn, shoulders work closed, lands closed too. Arm circle is short, a little stiff, works through high ¾ slot. Fastball sat 76-77 mph in the first inning, settled into a 73-75 mph range from there. Curveball varied in between 12/6 and 11/5 shape, above-average depth, some early break but showed ability to locate, 62-64 mph. Tossed a complete game against a sound Illinois Indians lineup on Saturday. His strike-throwing abilities helped him compete and shutout the Indians through five. Weak contact and a couple of defensive miscues tied things up, but VanBever allowed Rhino Wisconsin to at least end it tied, 3-3, when he bailed his team out of a bases-loaded, no-out jam in the bottom of the seventh. He coaxed a force out at home to earn the first out and a nifty 6-4-3 double play ended it. VanBever’s final line: CG (7 IP), 3 ER, 6 H, 1 BB, 6 K.

Rhino Baseball- Blaesing

Corey Boyette, OF, Romeoville (IL), 2022
Boyette showed great instincts in CF for Rhino Baseball. The 5-foot-10 speedster showed plus range to both gaps. Boyette’s first step was quick especially while coming in on the ball.

Nick Kolze, RHP, Romeoville (IL) 2022
Kolze had one of the day’s most impressive outings on the mound. The 6-foot-2, 195-pound righty sat 83-85 mph, touching 86 mph, twice through Minnesota Blizzard’s order. His ability to mix in a power, hammer 12/6 breaking ball helped earn a number of swings and misses.

Christian Mitchelle, RHP, Plainfield East (IL), 2022
Sturdy build, right-handed pitcher. Delivery works uptempo with pace to play, aggressively pounds the zone. Arm works fast from over-the-top slot. Fastball thrown with conviction, played 80-82 mph, with tilt at times. Showed a curveball at 69-72 mph. 

Abram Wills, RHP, Coal City (IL), 2022 
Wills had an impressive one-inning stint out of the bullpen for Rhino Baseball. He has a loose, clean arm action and went right after hitters. Wills worked both sides of the plate with a fastball that sat 83-84 mph, touching 86 mph twice. On top of the live fastball, Wills showed feel for a sweeping breaking ball at 68-72 mph. He’s become a high-follow 2022 arm moving forward.

Victor Izquierdo, C, Lockport, (IL), 2022
Imposing frame. 6-foot, 200-pounds. Izquierdo hit fourth for Rhino Baseball going 2-for-4 with a 2B and three RBI. He singled on a hard ground ball up the middle that left the infield turf in a hurry and sent a double to his opposite field gap showing the ability to stay on baseballs away. There is present rhythm in his swing and natural lift to all fields, impressive for his classification. 

Slammers-Coyote

Owen Housinger, 2B, Stevenson (IL), 2022
Leadoff batter for Slammers-Coyote stood out during the 8:00 pm matchup between STiKS Red and the Slammers. The 5-foot-8, 150 pound right-handed hitting second baseman went 3-for-3 with three singles and a walk. He has an open stance with a minimal load and a line drive approach at the plate. Path is short and stays inside the baseball. He also played a clean defense while turning a double play at 2nd.

Gabe Lynch, OF, Lake Forest (IL), 2022
Right-handed hitting outfielder. Athletic, projectable frame with a strong build. Has an open setup and uses his stride to bring himself square. On the weekend went 4-for-12 with a double, four RBIs, three runs scored, and drew two walks.

Cade Nowik, RHP/3B, Lake Forest (IL), 2022
Strong build. Played 3B and batted second. At the plate, balanced setup, leg kick stride, level path to the baseball. Bat stays in the zone for a long time. Found the barrel a number of times, making hard contact in each of his four at-bats against Kards. Finished 3-for-4 with a pair of singles up the middle, a triple off the wall in right, and drove in two runs. In the field, showed fluid footwork and a clean exchange. Long arm action, played accurate across the diamond. Took the mound over the weekend, too. Also took the mound against NEO Elite on Sunday. Rocks into quick-tempoed wind-up, high knee, closed landing. Compact arm circle, quick and loose, high ¾ slot. Fastball, hard and heavy, 80-82 mph, T83 mph. Did not see an offspeed in his lone inning of work. Struck out the side in a 1-2-3 save situation.

Joey Wizceb, LHP, Vernon Hills (IL), 2022
Lanky, athletic frame with long limbs. Left handed pitcher with a deceptive delivery, hiding the baseball from the batter until he releases it. Short draw, loose arm action, arm works out front from a ¾ slot. Fastball sat 70-72 mph, touched 74 mph. Played with arm side run. Flashed a changeup with arm side run and slight sinking action. Maintained fastball arm speed on changeup. 

Starters 15u

Michael Gabbard, C, Prior Lake (MN), 2022
Lean, athletic build. 5-foot-7, 145 pounds. Right-handed hitting catcher, balanced setup, minimal load, short stride with a toe-tap. Simple and compact swing, doesn’t do too much, quick hands, goes with the baseball, barreled up two doubles to his pull-side. Started behind the dish for Starters in the quarterfinal game against Prairie Gravel. Went 2-for-3 with two doubles and a sac bunt. Used a smooth swing and quick hands to drive two doubles over outfielders’ heads in LF and CF respectively against PBA Wisconsin. Defensively, recorded an in-game pop time of 2.21 where he threw a runner out. Soft receiver, quick and clean exchange, adept blocker. Showed great instincts on a sac bunt, got around the baseball, was vocal, delivered an accurate throw to first base. 

Kyle Hvidstein, CIF, Jordan (MN), 2022 
Strong, physical frame. 5-foot-11, 210 pound right-handed hitter. Hit out of the three-hole for Starters against Prairie Gravel in the quarterfinal game. Went 2-for-3 with an RBI double. Slightly open balanced setup, short stride, slight leg kick. Ball jumps off the bat, made hard contact throughout the game. True power potential in his frame and swing. 

Maddox Mihalakis, SS, Hopkins (MN), 2022
At 6-foot-1 155-pounds, he glides around the infield and showed silky actions at short. Rangy actions on the infield, longer strider, plays easy, arm plays with carry and accuracy, short over the top arm action quick release. His left-handed stroke plays inside out and short to the baseball with a natural tendency to play to the opposite field. He shows above average barrel control, and at times looks as though he can just play pepper with the left side of the diamond. The left-handed hitting shortstop hit lead off for the Starters first game torching a double to the left-center gap and scored the first run of the game. Mihalakis followed that up with another opposite field single. Mihalakis showed good foot speed in the field and on the base paths finishing the game with 2 stolen bases. 

Alex Jensen, OF, Prior Lake (MN), 2022
Jensen finished the game strong on Saturday recording two 2Bs to the right center gap. Jensen stays on the pitches hard and soft away and shows carry to the opposite field. Jensen gets good reads on the ball and used his skills to make a diving catch in the second game of the day. 

Anthony Kuth, RHP, Chanhussen,(MN), 2022
Showed promise on the mound. Plenty of room to grow physically into his high-waisted 5-foot-9, 140-pound frame. Kuth went four innings maintaining his 75-76 mph on his fastball with a curveball at 60-61 mph. He filled the zone all day with both; FB was straight and worked to both sides of the dish and he showed feel to spin a 11/5 shaped CB with depth. 

STiKS Black

Brayden Cooper, RHP, Catholic Memorial (WI), 2022
6-foot-1, 175-pound right handed pitcher who came in relief during his team’s matchup against Hitters Navy. Pitched two innings, giving up no runs and striking out two. Athletic frame with an over the top, short delivery. Finishes his delivery by landing with his front foot square. Fastball played straight and sat between 78-81 mph, topped at 82 mph. Curveball showed 12/6 shape and was 64-66 mph.

Logan Dobberstein, RHP, Pewaukee (WI), 2022
Settled in after a rocky first inning. He allowed two runs on a pair of walks and hit by pitches each, but did not allow a run the rest of the way, in his five innings. Dobberstein is a high-waisted 6-foot-6 right-hander with premium projection and a fastball that ranged from 79-82 mph in the first and dropped only a couple ticks down through his next five innings of work. The running fastball worked well in conjunction with a breaking ball he felt out for strikes and swings and misses after that bumpy first.

Rory Fox, RHP, Catholic Memorial (WI), 2022
5-foot-11, 165 pound right-handed pitcher. Has solidified himself as one of the state’s top 2022 talents. Younger brother of left-handed pitcher and Duke commit Luke Fox (Catholic Memorial, 2020). Athletic frame with repeatable delivery. Arm action plays out of a short over the top window. Finishes his delivery by landing with his front foot square. Fastball had life and played 81-82 mph. Showed a 12/6 curveball with depth, 71-73 mph. Hit two-hole and played shortstop for STiKS Academy Black finishing 1-for-3 with two runs scored and two RBI. A confident demeanor in the box, the 5-foot-11, 165-pound athletic left-handed hitter has a fluid path with rhythm through contact and present bat speed. He flew out deep to right in his first AB and drove a two-run single to right putting his team on the board early. Aggressive on the basepaths, looks to advance. Ranges both ways easy at short, sure hands and gets rid of the ball quickly. High follow 2022.

Payton Frehner, 3B, Waukesha North (WI), 2022
Frehner had a day at the plate on Thursday against Hitters Navy. He went 2 for 2 with a double, single, and a walk. The right-handed hitting 3rd baseman batted 5th in the line-up. He has a tall lean frame and an open setup at the plate. He has a long stride and lowers his hands during his load. 

Aiden Haney, 2B, Catholic Memorial (WI), 2022
5-foot-6, 130 pounds, compact/athletic build. Started at second base and at or near the top of the lineup for STiKS Black all tournament. Combined to go 6-for-11 with three walks and four stolen bases in the team’s four tournament games. Confident approach, sets up in a balanced/athletic stance with a short and twitchy leg lift/hang stride. Quick/athletic hands, level path to the baseball, rhythm throughout swing, active hands allow him to find the barrel with relative ease. Has a plan at the plate with the in-game situation in mind; willing to spray contact to all fields in order to reach in any way necessary. Once he’s on, he’s constantly looking to take the extra base – stole four bases over the week. A reliable defender at second where the twitch plays and the athleticism helps enlarge his side-to-side range; arm strength is average, but his quick release and transfers help his throws play up.

Carson Hansen, 1B/LHP, Pewaukee (WI), 2022
Athletic build. 5-foot-11, 160-pound left/left first baseman. Went 3-for-4 with a double and two RBIs out of the four-hole against Top Tier North. Hasen has put together a tremendous week and he slugged a three-run homer on Saturday to add to it. What was even more impressive about the home run was Hansen’s barrel feel – he let the bat lag through the zone on an offspeed pitch and still managed to elevate and barrel it up to push it over the right-center fence. Slightly open setup, smooth load, short stride. Swings a quick bat with some pop, showed a pull-side approach, hands start down but come up into a strong hitting position during load. Consistently made hard contact throughout the game, even when he got out. Showed feel for the bag at first base, looks the part. 

Charlie Jarvis, C/OF, Arrowhead (WI), 2022 
Strong, athletic build. Right-handed hitting catcher. Balanced setup, smooth load, short stride with a toe-tap, transfers weight well during load. Quick hands, ball jumps off the bat. Went 2-for-3 with a double and three RBIs against Top Tier North. Absolutely smoked a double to straight away center field to essentially clinch his team the victory. Defensively, recorded an in-game pop time of 2.23 twice. Natural receiver, soft block, strong arm behind the plate. Vocal, leader on the field, completely confident in himself both behind the dish and at the plate. 

Levi Kline, C, Baraboo (WI), 2022
Showed his defensive prowess behind the plate for STiKS Black this afternoon. He blocked numerous dirt balls with fast feet and a quick block and recover technique not letting a single ball get to the back stop. He also clubbed a no doubt three-run HR over the left field wall late in the game to put his team ahead for good.

Samuel Meidenbauer, CF, Waukesha West (WI), 2022
Athletic, lean build. Right-handed hitting center fielder. Went 2-for-2 with two singles and an RBI against Top Tier North. Balanced setup, minimal stride with a toe-tap. Quick hands, simple and compact swing. Impressed defensively in center field. Reads the ball off the bat well, quick jumps, has speed, covered a lot of ground, plays athletically in the field. Projectibile frame that is already an advanced defensive center fielder for his age. 

Carter Tower, RHP, Oconomowoc (WI), 2022
Lean, athletic build. 6-foot-4, 150-pound right-handed pitcher. Started against Top Tier North on Friday afternoon. Long and loose arm action, high ¾ slot. Lands slightly closed, works in line with his target. Tossed a complete game, striking out five. Fastball touched 76 mph, sat around 74-76 mph. Featured both a slider and a curveball. Slider ranged between 67-70 mph, showed feel for pitch. Curveball played at 62-63 mph, 11/5 shape, favored slider. Very projectible frame, should fill out as he matures. 

STiKS Red

Nolan Carrington, 1B, Arrowhead (WI), 2022
5-foot-10, 187-pound left-handed hitting first baseman. Went a combined 2 for 4 on Thursday during his team’s matchups against IL Lightning and Slammers-Coyote. Strong build with an open and wide set up, uses a toe tap stride to bring himself square. Easy, effortless, and balanced swing.

Cristiano Ramirez, RHP, Muskego (WI), 2022
Lean, athletic build. Right-handed pitcher. Started on Friday afternoon against Great Lakes Baseball. Tossed five innings, allowing two earned runs and striking out four. Fastball touched 80 mph, sat between 76-78 mph with run. Curveball was 70-72 mph, 11/5 shape, showed feel for pitch. Got better as the game went on, polished on the mound, worked out of some tough situations. Showed out at the plate as well, went 3-for-3 with three singles and three RBIs. Balanced setup, minimal load, short stride. Swings a quick bat, level path to the baseball, made hard contact on all three of his, sprayed the ball to each side of the field. 

Eli Rhodes, OF, N/A (WI), 2022
A right-handed hitter who batted seventh in the lineup for STiKS Red on Thursday against IL Lightning. Rhodes went 2-for-3 with a double, single, and an RBI. Athletic build with a balanced setup and brings hands back when loading. Overall fluid swing. 

Top Tier Nationals

David Andolina, RHP, Oak Park-River Forest (IL), 2022
Right-handed pitcher works out of a high ¾ slot. Fastball played with arm side run and sink, showed pitchability and feel for strikezone, sat 78-80 mph, touched 81 mph. Curveball played 67-68 mph, slurve type, ability to drop for strikes, occasional swing and miss out of the zone.

Braden Gonzalez, C, Geneva Community (IL), 2022
Well above average defender behind the dish, sturdy build, durable, strong lower half. Arm played up with short over the top stroke, quick release. 2.19 pop between innings, threw out a runner at 2.26. Right-handed hitter, flashed above average pop. 

Zack LeBrec, RHP, Cary-Grove (IL), 2022 
Right-handed pitcher who showed one of the better fastballs on Thursday out of the ‘pen, sitting 82-84 mph with relative ease and feel, pairing it with a sweeping slider – good for five strikeouts in just two innings pitched.

Jorgie Vazquez, RHP, Mount Carmel (IL), 2022
Pitched a stellar 5.1 innings, pounding the zone with quality strikes. He had some run on his 78-81 mph fastball which played well into a changeup he threw with confidence that featured similar lateral break. His curveball is more of a change-of-pace offering right now, but it helped him keep his opposition off balance. He was also 2-for-4 at the plate with a double and an RBI.

Top Tier North

Alex Cherian, OF, Niles West (IL), 2022
Lean, athletic build. Right-handed hitting outfielder. Hit out of the leadoff spot against STiKS Black. Balanced setup, long stride with a leg kick. Rhythm throughout swing, hands stay back ready to hit. Went 1-for-1 at the plate with a single and three walks. Quick on the basepaths, stole three bases in the game and manufactured a run for Top Tier by doing so. 

Jackson Haywood, RHP, Harper Creek (MI), 2023
Strong, athletic build. Started on the mound against a tough STIKS Black lineup on Friday afternoon. Long/loose arm action, high ¾ slot. Lands slightly closed, works in line with his target. Clean and easy delivery, repeatable, fluid rhythm throughout, worked downhill. Fastball touched 81 mph, sat between 77-80 mph. Curveball played at 68-71 mph, 11/5 shape, showed feel for pitch, threw it at any point in the count. Playing up for his age, is a 2023 graduate playing against older competition. 

Mason Krznarich, 1B, Arrowhead Union (WI), 2022
Strong build. 6-foot, 190-pound left-handed hitting first baseman. Went 2-for-2 at the plate with an RBI double and a walk out of the four-hole for Top Tier North against STiKS Black. Slightly open setup, smooth load, short stride, slight leg kick. Bat has some juice in it, showed a pull-side approach, hands separate well. Crushed a double to the right-field fence. 

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