Southern Wisconsin Open: Preview


By Isaiah Glidden
Area Scout, Staff Writer

This Saturday, Oct. 15, the PBR Wisconsin team is hosting the Southern Wisconsin Open at STiKS Academy in Waukesha, Wis. This is an open event for all high school classes (2023-26), and gives our staff an ample look at the area's top players.

For a closer look at the showcase details and the technologies we'll have on-site to assist our in-person evaluation for all in attendance, click here. For a complete look at those registered to attend this event, view the most up-to-date version of the roster by clicking here.

EVENT HISTORY

We've been hosting this event for the past nine years, and it's consistently provided us a look at prominent players who've later gone on to receive invitations to select events, like the PBR Future Games. Among the players in attendance at this event in 2021, there are already seven of commitments among them.

At this same event last year, RHP Wyatt Rushing (Elkhorn Area, 2024) may have put together one of the most eye popping ‘pens of the year when he topped at 90 mph at his PBR event debut. After this impressive performance he earned an invite to our Top Prospect Games - Milwaukee showcase, which is consistently one of our most talented events of the year, and he remains one of the top uncommitted juniors in the state.

Similarly, RHP Elijah Niemiec (St. Thomas More, 2023) used this event last year to break out as a high-follow '23, and he's only proved since that his emergence at this event was no fluke. His swing-and-miss stuff is apparent in showcase settings like this one, but he's consistently shown that his arsenal plays in-game, and he did so throughout 2022. He's now the No. 33-ranked prospect in the state's senior class, and one of its top uncommitted arms.

Another arm that impressed at this event last year was RHP Grant Schultz (Menomonee Falls, 2023) who recently made his commitment to Wisconsin-Oshkosh. OF Devin Gudenschwager (Janesville Craig, 2023; College of Lake County) and OF/INF River Lindsey (New Berlin Eisenhower, 2023; Rock Valley JC) were also winners from our time in Waukesha last year and made their commitments earlier this year as well. 

We're looking forward to checking in on the next crop of talent from this event to earn next-level attention in the coming weeks, months, and years.

2022 ROSTER

This year's roster is already shaping up nicely, just like in years past.

SS/RHP Eli Bryant (Beaver Dam, 2025) earned a place on the first edition of our Class of 2025 rankings, taking the No. 14 overall spot. He was excellent from the mound at a mid-July Creekside event, where he reached an 82 mph high, pounding the strike zone. He's a 6-foot-2 two-way athlete who is deserving of next-level attention early, and he'll be in attendance on Saturday.

Eli Bryant (7/15/22)

High school classmate OF Brandon Morrissey (Beaver Dam, 2025) is back to full strength and we're eager to see him again. He looked like one of the state's top left-handed hitters this time last year, after representing Wisconsin down at the 2021 PBR Junior Future Games.

From Manitowoc Lincoln, SS/3B Brayden Steinbecker (2025) is another sophomore who we ranked on our initial '25 board headed to this event. He's an athletic 6-foot-2 with a loose right-handed swing that contains some high upside as he continues to fill out his lean stature.

Fellow sophomore C Connor Harvie (Waterford Union, 2025) is not yet ranked on our state's '25 board – but he might deserve to be the next time we update it. He's an advanced catcher, and a reliable receiver who's shown the ability to handle high-end velocity confidently, and not just for a catcher his age. He's also taken strides offensively with some strength in his right-handed swing.

OF/RHP Sawyer Kowalkowski (Ozaukee, 2024) is a live-armed athlete, listed at 6-foot-2, 145 pounds, and it'll be interesting to see how he's progressed on both sides of the ball, considering how well he hit in the spring and summer, in addition to the arm talent he possesses. 3B/RHP Jakeb Lequia (Chippewa Falls, 2024) is another two-way talent headed to STiKS on Saturday, and we saw him back in the summer at our Eau Claire-area event. There, he took one of the strongest rounds of batting practice on the day, and showed a hard and heavy low-80s fastball on the mound.

One other junior who showed well repeatedly in front of us this year already: MIF Beau Bloxdorf (Union Grove, 2024). He's a savvy defender with middle infield actions, and he's also shown quality bat-to-ball skills from the right-handed box, both for his high school in the spring and for his travel club.

Perusing the event roster, we’re set to meet a majority of players who’ve not yet attended a PBR showcase, and we’re eager to add more names to our follow lists.

EVENT CHECK-IN PROCESS

Because of the high number of prospects set to attend Saturday's event, it is imperative that you read our adjusted showcase itinerary below, which will allow our staff to swiftly and efficiently educate and evaluate the players set to attend.

Additionally, in an effort to continue and develop contactless check-in strategies, upon arrival, players will scan a QR Code with their smart phone camera that will lead them to a Google Form. On that Form, players will enter their name (matching the spelling on their PBR profile) and hit submit. Upon submission, players will be prompted to click a link that will direct them to their jersey color and number, located next to their registered name.


ITINERARY

+ All Registered Position Players:

  • Check-in: 9:15-9:30 a.m.

+ All Registered Pitchers-only:

  • Check-in: 12:15 p.m.

MORE EVENT DETAILS

Click here to learn more about our tech partners that have enhanced our players showcase experience. Partners like TrackMan, Vizual Edge, Swift, and Blast Motion have helped both our in-event evaluation process, as well the compilation of our post-event scouting reports – and they're also a tool for our players to learn more about their measured and collected data, that can be applied to improve upon their game. Finally, wear baseball clothes; assigned and numbered PBR jerseys will be provided.

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