PBR Insider: Michigan Top Of The Class Selections



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By Aaron Wilson and PBR Staff
PBR Michigan Assistant Scouting Director

PBR Michigan has all of your high school baseball coverage across the state covered.

Below we announce the inaugural PBR Michigan Top of the Class selections.

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PBR Insider: Michigan Top Of The Class Selections


Player of the Year


Nick PlummerNick Plummer, OF, Brother Rice, 2015

PBR: Nick Plummer was selected 23rd overall by the St Louis Cardinals in the 2015 MLB Amateur draft. Plummer is committed to University of Kentucky to play baseball. On the season he hit .500, scored 68 runs, stole 32 bases, drove in 23 runs, while lacing 22 doubles. A solid left-handed bat with a professional approach at the plate. Has started for Brother Rice all 4 years on a state title contending team each year. He has good speed that allows him to track balls in the outfield. At the plate is where he excels with a polished left hand approach showing the ability to consistently barrel pitches.


Pitcher of the Year


Tommy Henry PitchingTommy Henry, LHP, Portage Northern, 2016

PBR: Tommy is committed to play his college baseball at University of Michigan. The southpaw logged 75 innings, allowing just 4 runs all season (0.37 ERA). The lefty struck out 127 batters while walking just 19, all while compiling 9-1 record. Tommy led his team to the Division 1 State Championship Game. Tommy delivers from a high-¾ angle showing an excelling 3-pitch mix. A polished lefty that touches 89 mph with command on the breaking ball.


Class of 2015


Player of the Year



Luke ShillingLuke Shilling, Pontiac Notre Dame, 2015 (Illinois commit)
Drafted by Texas Rangers in 20th round
2015 Statistics:
49.2 IP, 7-1, 0.70 ERA, 104 K. .400 Avg, 8 2B, 6 HR, 23 RBIs

PBR: Shilling was a big surprise for the state of Michigan. Ending his junior year he was a high level catcher with a power bat. This past summer he threw a bullpen and broke onto the National scene as one of the top dual threats in the country. Luke has power to all fields and can leave any park in the country. Standing 6-foot-4 he is physically imposing on the mound and touched 95 mph several times this spring.


Co-Pitchers of the Year


Grant WolframGrant Wolfram, Hamilton, 2015 (Central Michigan University commit)
17th round draft pick of the Detroit Tigers
2015 Statistics:
50 IP, 9-3, 0.50 ERA, 98 K. .510 Avg, 13 2B, 5 3B, 2 HR, 47 RBIs, 35 R

PBR: Grant is a LHP with a high ceiling. He’s long, lanky and can pitch! Standing 6-foot-6 with a high 80s running fastball that can touch 90 mph, he’s been a terror on the mound. Grant also has a good changeup and plus slider. He reminds you of 2013 #2 prospect, and his future teammate Nick Deeg.




Tyler WaldropTyler Waldrop, Grand Ledge, 2015 (Wayne St commit)
2015 Statistics:
69.1 IP, 10-1, 0.50 ERA, 118 K

PBR: Tyler is a competitor on the mound. He’s not big in stature but his presence is definitely felt each and every time he takes the hill. Tyler was one of the top pitchers in the state and the top strikeout artist in Michigan. The ball explodes out of his hand and he’s electric paired with great movement on all pitches.

 


Class of 2016


Player of the Year


Drew BlakelyDrew Blakely, Gull Lake, 2016 (University of Virginia commit)
2015 Statistics:
.448 Avg, 7 2B, 5 3B, 5 HR, 42 RBIs, 22 Runs

PBR: Drew is a threat to leave the yard each time he comes to the plate. A gap to gap guy with a projectable frame. Drew came into his own this season. Showing improved running speed and great defensive play behind the dish. The run game is complete shut down when drew is behind the plate.

 


Pitcher of the Year


Karl KauffmannKarl Kauffman, Brother Rice, 2016 (University of Michigan commit)

PBR: Karl is an elite pitcher committed to University of Michigan. Karl pitched in several big games for Brother Rice including a catholic league championship game where he went 6 innings, 9 strikeouts, only allowing 3 hits. Kauffman has hit 95 mph several times this season with his best pitch being a 11/5 sharp breaking curve bal. Kauffman is one of the most feared and dominating pitchers in the state. Will garner draft consideration next June.

 

Class of 2017


Co-Players of the Year


Blake DunnBlake Dunn, Saugatuck, 2017
2015 Statistics:
.588 Avg, 7 HR, 42 RBIs, 57 R, 42 SB. 59 IP, 1.31 ERA, 99 K

PBR: Dunn is a small town kid with big time game. He did it all for Saugatuck leading them to a District title throwing a no-hitter with 10+ strikeouts in the championship game. Blake has great instincts on the base path along with good speed. He was the 300 meter hurdles state champion in Division 3. On the mound he has displayed a solid breaking ball at 74-76 mph and touched 89 mph with the fastball a few times. Playing shortstop and catcher he is extremely versatile not missing a beat at either position. A very good contact hitter that played pepper with the centerfield wall all season at Saugatuck.

Steve MannSteve Mann, Detroit Country Day, 2017
2015 Statistics:
.385 Avg, 8 2B, 6 3B, 2 HR, 30 R, 20 RBIs, 23 BB, 21 SB

PBR: Steve Mann is a 5-tool baseball player. He’s ran a 6.65 60-yard dash, thrown 87 mph from the outfield and displayed a jaw dropping 102 mph bat speed. Steve led Country Day to a District title this season as a sophomore captain. Already in his young career Mann has smashed tape measure homeruns out of Comerica Park and Jett Blue Park. In the outfield he is a ball hawk who gets extraordinary jumps and possess plus speed. Steve is a guaranteed triple due to his base running ability.


Pitcher of the Year


Justin CampbellJustin Campbell, Madison Heights Bishop Foley
2015 Statistics:
67 IP, 9-2, 1 save, 0.42 ERA, 85 K

PBR: Justin snatched the ace role this season at Madison Heights Bishop Foley and ran with it. He was literally unhittable all season. Just a sophomore he already stands 6 foot 5 and paints like Picasso. Justin dominated with a complete game, nine strikeout performance in the Catholic League Championship Game helping Foley win its 5th straight title. His fastball gets up to 84 mph with a tailing action, mixed with a 12/6 hammer and solid changeup.

Class of 2018


Player of the Year


Caleb JacksonCaleb Jackson, Brother Rice
2015 Statistics: .305 Avg, 10 RBIs, 20 R, 15 BB, 25 SB

PBR: Caleb plays for a perennial state title contender Brother Rice and roamed the outfield alongside 23rd overall draft pick Nick Plummer. Caleb features 6.78 speed and a good throwing arm. He has the make up to become a five tool guy. Caleb is a top of the order guy that can spray the ball all across the diamond. Stands 5-foot-10 and 178 pounds he has an athletic frame that will continue to fill out as he develops. He is a two-sport varsity player at Rice in the offseason, he plays football as well. A must follow.


Pitcher of the Year


Cole DanielsCole Daniels, Saline

PBR: Cole is a power arm touching 85 mph along with a power slider and curve ball. Throwing from a ¾ arm angle with little effort Cole pounds the strike zone. A young strong framed LHP played at one of the State’s elite programs that featured 10 college commits. Cole will be a high follow over the years. He also swings a powerful left hand bat displaying the ability to leave the yard at college ball parks.

 

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