The Year In Review - 2021

Dylan Hefflinger
PBR Michigan Editor in Chief/Scout

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The Year In Review - 2021

Each of us here at PBR Michigan want to thank you for making 2021 the best year yet. We look forward to continuing to bring the best baseball coverage. Happy Holidays to all!

"As we move towards the beginning of the year I have to look back at the great year we had in 2021. High school baseball resumed in Michigan where we were able to crown four state champions. Providing state coverage from the Spring through Winter helping provide players with the opportunities to receive multiple scholarship offers. Each year the goal is to help as many young men reach their goals as possible as well as assisting them both on and off the field. That goal will continue as we transition into 2022!"- Aaron Wilson, PBR Michigan Director of Scouting

"I feel with the relationships we've made and the experiences I had personally throughout these past 12 months, that 2021 was a banner year for PBR Michigan. Being able to help high school athletes reach their dreams of playing at the next level while building personal relationships is something I enjoy daily. Thank you very much to the athletes, parents, coaches and all in the great state of Michigan and have a great holiday season."- Dylan Hefflinger, PBR Michigan Editor in Chief/Scout

"The opportunity to talk to so many quality players from different parts of North America is a joy to me. Listening to them tell about their baseball journey, their dreams to continue playing the game as long as they can and the hard work that goes with it brings an appreciation of the commitment it takes to play on the college level and beyond. So many times when I have conversations with these players for PBR articles, the topic includes family, the values taught at home and how that helped them in their quest to play baseball at the highest level possible. I look forward to hearing more players tell their story and what it takes to succeed as they get ready to take the next step in their lives." - Bruce Hefflinger, PBR Michigan Senior Writer

2021 Showcase Recap

Prep Baseball Report events are designed to give players the maximum exposure needed to advance to the next level. In 2021, not only did they receive high-level exposure from college coaches at each event, but all players at these events were videotaped, with the edited performance being posted onto the website with the opportunity to be seen by more than 800 colleges and pro teams who subscribe to the Prep Baseball Report services.

In 2021, PBR Michigan hosted 40 showcases/workouts throughout the year. This included 20 Scout Days, which provided the top summer organizations in the state the ability to show what their program has to offer College/MLB organizations. In this article, you will find the "best of the best" for the year in numerous categories, with the top 10 being highlighted.

Looking ahead to 2022, we at PBR Michigan look forward to bringing you comprehensive year-round coverage throughout the state and continue to be the No. 1 resource for amateur baseball in the state thanks to our variety of events, boots-on-the-ground scouting staff, daily coverage, multimedia platforms and more. With more than 800 colleges and pro teams subscribed to Prep Baseball Report services, we look to continue to help the prospect reach their dreams of playing at the next level.

Michigan High School Spring Season Recap

PBR Michigan covers the High School spring season unlike any other. Each year we look to bring more and more coverage throughout the state. In 2019 we brought to you in-depth Team Previews, Spring Scout Blog, All-State Teams, Team Rankings.

January through the start of the season saw many team previews placed online, click here to view each of the previews from 2021.

Future Games - Team Michigan

The tenth annual Future Games, held previously at Grand Park north of Indianapolis, was held for the third time at LakePoint in Emerson, Georgia on July 28-31. Top uncommitted prospects in the classes of 2024, 2025 and 2026 participated in one of the most popular events of the year.

Prospects from our 40-plus state coverage area and Canada went through a showcase workout on the first day of the Future Games, before playing three games the final three days of the event.

To read about each of the prospects experience at the Future Games, please click on this article. Every single prospect talked about their experience, the highlights, the competition and much more. A must read to say the least. Click here for article. To view the first annual "Heff's Hits", please click here.

PBR Michigan 2021 Player Of The Year

In 2021, Alex Mooney earned the honor of Player of the Year in the state after putting together an outstanding senior campaign for the top team in the state and possibly the nation, Orchard Lake St. Marys. The SS put together this stat line ...  .456 AVG, 11 2B, 4 3B, 9 HR, 68 R, 54 RBI, 26 BB, 18 SB. To read all about the 2021 Player of the Year, please click here.

Uncommitted/Committed Spotlights

In 2021, we were blessed to have OPSWA Hall of Fame writer Bruce Hefflinger back for his fourth full year. With Bruce on board, we were able to provide numerous commitment articles and uncommitted spotlights throughout the year. As of this date, in combination with Dylan Hefflinger's top uncommitted by position articles, we have written 12 uncommitted articles in 2019 and 100+ since late 2017. To view the uncommitted spotlights throughout the year, please click here. When it comes to commitment articles, in 2019 we provided 45 articles and over 100 since 2017. To view each of the commitment tracker articles, please click here.

In 2022, look forward to another year of spotlights heading your way.

2021 MLB Draft

The 2021 MLB Draft took place July 11-13. We at PBR took time to do a preview for the draft in the 2021 Simul-Draft Preview. To view the preview, click here.

Our guys at the national level, David Seifert (Director of College Scouting), Shooter Hunt (Vice President, Scouting) and Nathan Rode (Director, Multimedia & Scouting) took liberties in putting together notes on each day of the draft, you can find each days notes below.

Early Signing Period

The NCAA early signing period took place November 10th-17th. We at PBR Michigan broke down each individual Division 1, Division 2, and Division 3 commitment from in-state prospects, where they are headed and what tools they will bring with them.


Look Ahead At 2022

With 2021 behind us, we look ahead at what 2022 has to offer.

Throughout the year we will offer numerous showcases across the state, click here to view our 2022 showcase schedule.

When it comes to the MHSAA spring season, we look to get our in-depth Team Previews started at some point in January. We will also provide the 2022 Spring Scout Blog, Preseason/Postseason All-State Teams, Preseason/In-season Team Rankings, as well as complete coverage of the MHSAA State Tournament. We look forward to being your number one spot for HS baseball in the spring.

Come summer time, we look to scour the entire state, covering Travel Ball/Legion tournaments. We also have numerous showcases including the Top Prospect Games, Future Games and many more.

Also throughout the year, we will be updating the individual Player Rankings. To view the current rankings, please click below:

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