2015 Team Preview: Cincinnati Madeira

By Dylan Hefflinger
Ohio Editor in Chief/NW Scout

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2015 Team Preview: Cincinnati Madeira

School Name: Cincinnati Madeira
Coaches Name/Record: Scott Stocker, 20-9
2014 Record: 20-9
Conference: Cincinnati Hills League
Conference Record/Finish: 12-2, 1st
Division Level: III

Postseason Accomplishments:

  • 2010 State Runner-up
  • 2007 State Final Four
  • 1999 State Champions

Key Players Lost From 2014:

  • Matt Ballweg, SS/RHP
  • Josh Lowndes, CF

Number of Returning Starters/Pitchers: 8/7

Strengths of Team:

  • Pitching
  • Pitching depth
  • Freshman class
  • Solid team speed

Weaknesses of Team:

  • Ace of staff
  • A top flight hitter
  • Lack of a pure speed guy

Top Prospects in Class of 2015:

  • Jake Hyatt, 1B, 6-foot, 230-pounds. Wilmington College commit.
  • Kurtis Groene, C, 6-foot, 225-pounds. Pop times could be around 2.0-2.1 with a 91 mph exit velocity at the plate.

Top Prospects in Class of 2016:

  • Cam McCullough, RHP, 6-foot-1, 170-pounds. Low-to-mid 80s fastball. 17u Cincinnati Flames reliever.
  • Jake Anfinsen, P/OF/INF, 6-foot-1, 185-pounds. Strong arm (low-80s), good speed (6.9 60-yard dash).
  • Jake Megois, RHP/CIF, 6-foot, 210-pounds. One of their strongest athletes. low-to-mid 80s with fastball.

Top Prospects in Class of 2018:  

  • Sam Wirsing, RHP/1B, 6-foot-3, 180-pounds. Good looking prospect. Already low-80s with fastball. Potentially top of rotation guy this year.
  • Jake Weiner, RHP/3B, 5-foot-11, 175-pounds. Solid all around athlete.
  • Patrick Thatcher, RHP/INF/OF, 5-foot-10, 155-pounds. Athletic prospect from a baseball family.

Notable College/MLB Alumni:

  • Andew Benintendi, Arkansas/31st round Cincinnati Reds (2013)
  • Cameron Malone, Xavier (2009)
  • Kenny Fields, Cincinnati (1999)

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