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The Director's List: Midwest


Shooter Hunt
Vice President, Scouting

Each year, as March 1 approaches, the calls start coming in from college coaches with the same ask to all of PBR’s scouting directors: who do we NEED to see? Yes, those coaches are rarely ill prepared, and likely come in with a strong sense of which players they are targeting, but nevertheless, they value our staff’s opinion and deep knowledge of individuals, and are always looking to uncover hidden gems. In an effort to streamline that process, and make it even easier for college coaches to identify those “spring follows”, the need for On the Hunt: Follow List became paramount.

After many conversations with the numerous boots-on-the-ground staff, as well as my own looks, notes, and discoveries, this comprehensive list will hopefully serve to give uncommitted players an even greater opportunity to be seen by college coaches. While write ups and stories will continue throughout the spring, we have an open line of communication to discuss players in further detail, and will gladly help any college coaches looking for certain positions/players.


The initial rollout focuses on the 2023 class as it heads into the final summer circuit in hopes of giving many coaches a headstart on building a track record throughout the spring.

One caveat: although the list is broken down into regional pairings, many if not all of the players are willing to go to schools anywhere in the country. In some instances, talent has been overlooked or over scouted locally, and those players might end up flourishing away from home.

WISCONSIN

Presley Wachowiak RHP / 3B / Brookfield East, WI / 2023

Wachowiak, a Team Wisconsin PBR Future Games member, continues to trend up after an offseason spent putting in work including increasing strength to what is now a 6-foot-1, 195-pound frame. The right-hander was up to 91 mph during a preseason bullpen (2280 RPM), and the velocity will likely play up in games thanks to a short, quick arm. Efficient and uptempo throughout an athletic delivery, the right-hander finds a consistent high ¾ slot that enables a downhill fastball to be paired easily with above average feel for both a changeup and breaking ball. Wachowiak has all the ingredients to continue as a potential starter at the next level, and along with his propensity for strikes, college coaches will likely find plenty of value in checking out multiple games throughout the late spring and summer.

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