Michigan Insider: Candidates for 2017 Super 60



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By Andy Pascoe, Dylan Hefflinger and PBR Staff
PBR Michigan Director of Scouting / Editor in Chief

With more than 120 scouts in attendance, the 14th Annual Super 60 Pro Showcase delivered many highlights by prospects from 19 different states on Sunday, Feb. 7 at The Max in McCook, IL. Throughout the coming weeks we will produce content highlighting the top performers, the biggest risers and much more from the event, but today we take a quick look at the best statistical performances, which includes two event records.

Although statistics only paint a partial picture of how well a player performed, these numbers are pretty telling for early February:

CLICK HERE for complete stats in PDF format

Now that you have taken a look at the 2016 Super 60 statistics, we at PBR Michigan want to take a look at some possible candidates for the 2017 Super 60. With all the new states that are hopping onto PBR, this showcase is becoming more and more prestigious.

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Michigan Insider: Candidates for 2017 Super 60

 

Steve Mann, OF

Steve MannName: Steve Mann
Position: OF
Grade: 2017
Height/Weight: 6-foot, 190 pounds
High School: Detroit Country Day
Ranking: 1st in Michigan's 2017 Class
College Commitment: Duke

Evaluation: Mann is a bag of tools that translates well into the game. Running a 6.58 60-yard dash while throwing 90 mph from the outfield he is a tremendous CF prospect. Has the ability to get great jumps off the bat paired with his speed he patrols CF with ease. At the plate, he has arguably the fastest hands in the Midwest. His exit velocity has been clocked as high as 98 mph.

Outlook: Mann is a potential top round draft pick with his rare blend of tools. Athletically built paired with elite baseball talent, he will command the attention of MLB scouts.

Video of Steve Mann from 2014:

 

Sam Weatherly, LHP

Sam WeatherlyName: Sam Weatherly
Position: LHP
Grade: 2017
Height/Weight: 6-foot-3, 175 pounds
High School: Howell
Ranking: 2nd in Michigan's 2017 Class
College Commitment: Clemson

Evaluation: Sam is the state’s top two-way player. In the outfield he moves with grace, while showing a strong throwing arm that would allow him to play corner outfield. Along with a strong throwing arm, Weatherly runs a 6.86 60-yard dash that would allow him to play CF at the next level. Arguably Sam’s best position is on the hill. His long athletic frame along with a smooth effortless delivery makes him an elite pitching prospect. On the mound he’s poetry in motion, throwing from a ¾ arm slot with a 3-pitch mix. His fastball has great run sitting 86-88 mph, paired with a changeup that reminds you of Johan Santana and a sharp breaking curveball.

Outlook: If it wasn’t for Mann, Weatherly would definitely be the top player in the state. A true two-way player, Sam could be a potential draft pick as a position player as well as pitcher.

Video of Sam Weatherly pitching from 2015:


Video of Sam Weather as position prospect
from 2015:

 

Adam Proctor, C

Adam ProctorName: Adam Proctor
Position: C
Grade: 2017
Height/Weight: 6-foot, 213 pounds
High School: St. Johns
Ranking: 3rd in Michigan's 2017 Class
College Commitment: Michigan State

Evaluation: Proctor has an impressive frame standing 6-foot, 213-pounds. His tree trunk legs and massive forearms make him a physically imposing player as soon as he steps into the box. The ball makes a sound of lightning off of his bat. He crushes balls with ease up the middle and to the pull side. Has a strong arm behind the plate, throwing 80 mph and popping a 1.88 to second base.

Outlook: Strong hitter that can play behind the plate, will definitely create draft buzz. The sound off his bat places him head and shoulders above most high school players.

Video of Adam Proctor from 2014:

 

Jesse Heikkinen, LHP

Jesse HeikkinenName: Jesse Heikkinen
Position: LHP
Grade: 2017
Height/Weight: 6-foot, 175 pounds
High School: Holt
Ranking: 4th in Michigan's 2017 Class
College Commitment: Michigan State

Evaluation: Works at an uptempo pace, challenging hitters. Heikkinen throws with a little effort. The ball explodes out of his hand sitting 84-87 mph with sneaky get up. Features a big breaking 1/7 curveball that produces a ton of swing and misses. His fading changeup has great movement and he has the confidence to throw it at anytime in the count.

Outlook: An athletic LHP that has plenty more in the tank. The big thing on Heikkinen is upside. As he adds strength to his slim frame, he should add mph and could potentially be a low-90s guy.

Video of Jesse Heikkinen from 2015:

 

Jeff Criswell, RHP

Jeff CriswellName: Jeff Criswell
Position: RHP
Grade: 2017
Height/Weight: 6-foot-2, 175 pounds
High School: Portage Central
Ranking: 5th in Michigan's 2017 Class
College Commitment: Michigan

Evaluation: Criswell has the ideal pitcher’s frame and throws effortlessly from a high-¾ arm slot, touching as high as 89 mph downhill. Also has command over a hard breaking curveball and very deceptive changeup thrown from the same arm slot as his fastball.

Outlook: Criswell is a polished RHP with great composure on the hill. He exploded on the scene last summer with a huge jump in velocity. His great 3-pitch mix is already good enough to throw at the next level.

Video of Jeff Criswell, RHP from 2015:

 

Justin Campbell, LHP

Justin CampbellName: Justin Campbell
Position: LHP
Grade: 2017
Height/Weight: 6-foot-6, 185 pounds
High School: Bishop Foley
Ranking: 6th in Michigan's 2017 Class
College Commitment: Central Michigan

Evaluation: Standing 6-foot-6 has an intimidating presence on the hill. Justin pitches to contact with a fastball that sits 80-84 mph. Campbell's big 2/8 curveball is his out-pitch, that’s close to unhittable when he’s on.

Outlook: Campbell's physically imposing presence on the mound is just now filling out his big 6-foot-6 frame. The southpaw throws with very little effort with a big time breaking ball. As he continues to fill out his frame, while adding strength and velocity, Campbell could be the state’s top arm.

Video of Justin Campbell from 2015: