Team Wisconsin: Takeaways
August 3, 2023
From Wednesday, July 26th, through Saturday, July 29th, the Prep Baseball Report Future Games took place at the LakePoint Sports Complex in Emerson, Georgia. This event featured select uncommitted 2025 and 2026 prospects from our 40-plus state coverage area and Canada.
For more information about the event, click HERE.
On Wednesday, Team Wisconsin participated in a pro-style workout, collecting unrivaled data with the help of our tech partners, such as athletic testing, batted ball data, and position velocities. To see all of the stat leaders from the event, click HERE.
Following Wednesday’s workout, Team Wisconsin played three simulated games over the next three days, finishing the week 0-2-1. The group fell to Select (9-7) and Missouri (9-3), and tied with Michigan (4-4) at the beginning of the round robin pool play.
Now, at the conclusion of this year’s Future Games, we’ve taken the time to compile our notes and summarize the week in totality within these takeaways. Below, broken down by position, you’ll learn more about the members of Team Wisconsin and their performances throughout the week.
+ C Marek Bolson (Oconomowoc, 2025) offers upside and projection in his lean 6-foot-1, 175-pound frame. The left-handed hitting backstop took a number of quality at-bats during Team Wisconsin’s three games of the week, and in their first one, he flashed his power potential as he drilled a deep fly-ball to the opposite field fence for an RBI double. In the next two games of the week, Bolson continued to show off his bat-to-ball skills as he collected two more hits, finishing his illustrious week with three hits, while driving in a combined two runs, too. Positionally, Bolson is a clean and athletic mover behind the plate, which helped him mark pop-time lows of 2.01 during Team Wisconsin’s workout. His innate defensive abilities seemingly transferred over to live gameplay, as he threw out a runner in Team Wisconsin’s final game of the week, all while being an advanced receiver and blocker, too. Bolson surely made the most out of the gameplay portion of this premier event, as he was one of Team Wisconsin’s most consistent bats; Bolson asserted himself even more as one of the top incoming junior backstops in the Badger State.
+ C Terek Verhage (Monona Grove, 2025) was a steady and consistent presence on Team Wisconsin throughout the past week, both at the plate and behind the dish. Standing at a projectable 5-foot-10, 165-pound frame, Verhage’s athleticism was noteworthy at the catcher position, each in the workout day and gameplay. On Wednesday, Verhage finished with pop times ranging from 1.94-2.04 seconds, showcasing his quick feet and hands. His top throw, reaching 77 mph, was paired with accuracy and illustrated why Verhage entered the summer as one of the top backstops in Wisconsin’s 2025 class. His swift hand-to-glove transition translated to live action, where Verhage displayed those same traits, challenging opposing runners on the basepaths. On the offensive end, Verhage’s bat continues to show improvements, adding another strong dimension to his game. The left-handed batter finished with two hits on the weekend, overcoming a slow start with an up-the-middle approach, catching multiple barrels. His simple approach, with quiet hands and the ability to spray the ball all over the field will continue to be one of Verhage’s strengths as he progresses in his prep career, using this past week as a step in the right direction for the future.
+ Presenting himself at a strong 5-foot-10, 180-pound frame, C Peter Visconti II (Kenosha St. Joseph, 2025) showed well throughout his performances down in Georgia this past week, establishing himself as one of the top catchers in Wisconsin’s 2025 class. Speed was a separator for Visconti during the showcase and gameplay portion of the event, as he began his event with a 7.13-second 60-yard dash. That translated to live action, where Visconti scored every time he reached base. This was highlighted by a high IQ play on his end, where he stole home on a double steal after watching a throw go all the way through to second base, reflecting his true athleticism. The athleticism plays behind the dish as well, where Visconti turned in a pop time range of 1.93-2.11 seconds, paired with a velocity of 77 mph by the end of his session. In the right-handed batter’s box, Visconti’s compact swing reached a max EV of 94 mph, illustrating his natural power at the plate. His ability to dive in and elevate the baseball will be a skill that continues to carry with him, along with his defensive prowess. A quality showing in Georgia further solidified Visconti as an intriguing prospect to monitor in the next couple of months, as he currently sits as Wisconsin’s No. 9 ranked prospect in the 2025 class.
+ Throughout the entirety of the week, MIF Preston Yaucher (Edgewood, 2025) was arguably the top performer for Team Wisconsin in many aspects of the game. Standing at an athletic 5-foot-10, 180-pounds, Yaucher’s standout week started during the workout day, where he authored a clean and consistent round of BP, utilizing a gap-to-gap approach. He followed that up with one of the top rounds of infield defense, a trait we have become quite accustomed to over the last couple of years, as he was effortlessly able to work from side-to-side, and paired it with a sure-handed glove, too. While Yaucher’s workout day was impressive in its own right, it paled in comparison to his performances during Team Wisconsin’s three games during the week. Across those matchups, Yaucher led Team Wisconsin with four hits, one of them being a triple, and he drove in two RBIs throughout the week, too. Also, on the infield Yaucher was as lockdown as it gets up-the-middle, making a number of slick, sliding plays, all while making the routine ones with the utmost confidence. It was truly an eye-opening week for Yaucher, and he has cemented himself as a name-to-know inside of Wisconsin’s 2025 class.
+ There weren’t many moments where MIF Jack Lutz (Whitnall, 2025) wasn’t on base for Team Wisconsin this past weekend, as the incoming junior finished his three-game stint with an OBP of .750. Unafraid of the big moment, Lutz faced multiple upper-80s and low-90s arms that he earned hits or reached base off of, reflecting his work throughout the summer in both live action and in a showcase setting. The left-handed batter put up quality numbers during his BP session on Wednesday, hitting a ball a max distance of 326 feet. As he continues to add strength onto his 6-foot, 150-pound frame, his numbers will additionally improve, both offensively and defensively. Lutz reached 85 mph from across the infield, previously reaching 86 mph at PBR Wisconsin’s Top Prospect Games in Milwaukee a couple weeks prior to this national event. To complement his noted arm strength, Lutz took a clean round of infield, translating to Team Wisconsin’s games, where the middle infielder was steady and reliable. His all-around performance was the perfect illustration of Lutz’s success throughout the lengthy summer. The incoming junior provided many upside looks for himself in a short amount of time, trending up as a prospect-to-know in the greater Milwaukee area for the next few years.
+ MIF Jack Zeller (Indian Trail, 2025) had a calm and collected presence to him throughout the entirety of the week, and he was another top performer for Team Wisconsin. The athletic 6-foot-1, 165-pound infielder showcased sure-handed defensive actions during the workout day and also took a clean, controlled round of BP from the left-handed box. Zeller thoroughly impressed when it came to Team Wisconsin’s three games of the week, as well and in game one he got started on a high note. In the matchup with Team Michigan, Zeller recorded a loud double to the right-center gap that brought home a run for Team Wisconsin. Then in Game Two, he followed it up with a 2-for-3 performance, which included his second double of the week, and he would also come around to score a run, too. Not only was his smooth left-handed bat impressive, he was also a sure-handed defender up-the-middle and made numerous tough plays. Zeller strung together multiple standout performances across the summer circuit, and his performance at LakePoint was just the most recent, maybe even his best.
+ SS/3B Brayden Steinbecker (Manitowoc Lincoln, 2025) presented some intriguing tools over the course of the week, standing at a long 6-foot-3, 178-pound frame. During the workout day, Steinbecker posted a max EV of 91 mph and averaged 84.1 mph throughout his BP session. He finished with a 7.09-second 60-yard dash, too, showcasing his athleticism on the diamond. These traits were on display in Game One for Team Wisconsin, where Steinbecker legged out an infield hit, forcing a poor throw to advance to second. He followed that up in the next at bat with a barreled line drive to the shortstop, nearly knocking the defender over. His pull-side approach and short path to each pitch were noteworthy, along with his defensive work. The right-hander reached 81 mph from the shortstop position, and was a steady defender on the left side of the infield throughout the entirety of the weekend. Steinbecker was smooth in his actions and presented quality arm strength, continuing to project as a solid infield presence throughout the latter half of his prep career.
+ Arguably the biggest winner from Team Wisconsin this past week, OF Trevor Vande Hey (Wrightstown, 2025) showcased the loudest and strongest tools not only in the state of Wisconsin, but on a national stage in both a workout setting and in live action. Vande Hey, presenting himself at a quick-twitch 6-foot, 195-pound frame, once again displayed his natural strength and advanced athleticism in front of our staff. It started with his 60-yard dash, where Vande Hey ranked within the top-20 with an extremely fast time of 6.57 seconds. The right-handed batter followed that up with an electric round of BP, averaging an EV of 96.8 mph, good for No. 3 overall amongst the pool of national competition. What’s even more impressive was the incoming junior posted a 101.3 mph max EV, ranking in the top-10, by far the highest for a member of Team Wisconsin in 2023. It was a simple, quiet approach, where Vande Hey allowed each pitch to travel and barreled line drives to all gaps in an effortless fashion. The smooth actions and ease that Vande Hey plays the game with showed in the outfield as well, where the true center fielder reached 90 mph to wrap up his showcase session. For some, showcase traits and tools don’t necessarily translate to gameplay; that was not the case for Vande Hey. He kicked things off with a triple to deep right field, nearly hitting a home run to the opposite field. In taking an upper-80s arm the other way, the star showcased his speed, tearing apart the base paths while beating a throw and cruising into third base. His 77 mph average bat speed was reflected in his final at bat of the weekend as well, where Vande Hey launched a home run to left-center field, banging off one of the shopping crates as people enter and exit the LakePoint Sports Complex. It summarized a legendary week for Vande Hey, as he departed from Georgia with a star next to his name, garnering one of the best skill sets among the 2025 class from a national perspective.
Trevor Vande Hey
+ OF Nathan Schopf (Oak Creek, 2025) is a physical 6-foot-1, 205-pound athlete-to-know from Team Wisconsin. Schopf shined during the workout day, as he marked a sub-7.00 60-yard dash at 6.97. He would then take an aggressive round of BP, hitting his hardest ball at 99.1 mph while he also averaged 93.8 mph. In addition to that, Schopf created some noteworthy Blast metrics, too, as his average hand speed came in at 23.5 mph with an average bat speed of 76.6 mph, both of which were some of the best from the entire event. During the gameplay portion of the week, Schopf took a number of quality at-bats and during the final day he absolutely ripped an opposite field single against an upper-80s arm. Also, he was a quality defender in the outfield as well, showcasing his innate athleticism across the entirety of the outfield. Overall, it was yet another quality showing from Schopf, who fit right in with some of the top uncommitted prospects from across the country, and he is certainly someone to follow heading into his junior year.
+ Showcasing some of the best speed on Team Wisconsin, OF Braylen White (Brown Deer, 2025) provided an upside look in his week of play in Georgia. While the bat continues to develop and improve in a 5-foot-11, 160-pound frame, other aspects of his game stand out. White ran a 6.54-second 60-yard dash, the fastest on Team Wisconsin and within the top-15 on the national stage. That trait played on the diamond, especially in the outfield, where he locked down multiple positions with steady defensive play. The arm reached 82 mph from the outfield, summarizing a quality week for White. The stock continues to rise for White after a quality showing in Georgia, as he currently sits as Wisconsin’s No. 35 ranked prospect in the 2025 class.
+ The current No.1 ranked prospect in the Badger State’s 2025 class, 3B/RHP Carter Kutz (Hartford Union, 2025), turned in another outstanding performance in front of our staff, this time on the national stage. It began in the showcase portion of the workout for Kutz, who averaged an EV of 86.4 mph throughout his BP session. The right-handed batter begins in an open stance before closing up and whipping the barrel through the strike zone, where he has consistently shown to elevate the baseball to the pull-side. The power comes naturally for Kutz, standing at 6-foot-2, 185-pounds. He homered in Appleton during the State Tournament, in his round of BP on Wednesday, early on in Team Wisconsin’s pregame BP, and capped off the summer with a home run to deep left field in the second matchup of the weekend; Kutz’s bat speed and quick hands, shown throughout the on-field BP portion of the week, allows him to pull inside pitches and keep the ball fair, all of which was illustrated in gameplay. Positionally, Kutz performed as both a catcher and infielder, finishing with pop times from 1.89-1.94 seconds, and an infield velocity of 88 mph. He stuck at the third base position during gameplay when he wasn’t pitching on the mound. The right-hander got up on the bump for two innings of work, working at an ultra-efficient pace and ranging his fastball in the mid-80s, reaching 87.9 mph. Spin was key for Kutz, as he averaged 2,150 RPM on the fastball, mixing in a solid curveball and changeup as well. He changed pace multiple times, working fast in-between pitches to keep hitters guessing. All of these traits summarize a successful summer for Kutz, who continues to be an arrow up prospect in Wisconsin’s 2025 class.
+ RHP/OF/MIF Ethan Bauerschmidt (Tremper, 2025) has continued to climb in rankings, currently sitting at No. 4 in the state of Wisconsin. He backed up that spot with a standout showing down in Georgia, where Bauerschmidt performed well both at the plate and on the mound. In an athletic and fast-twitch frame at 6-foot-2, 172-pounds, Bauerschmidt added on to the growing list of Team Wisconsin prospects who finished with a sub-seven second 60-yard dash, completing the sprint in 6.96 seconds, a personal best. A quality round of BP, presenting a short and powerful swing, translated right away to live action, where Bauerschmidt went 2-for-3 in Game One. He was electric on the mound as well, producing some of the best spin rates amongst the Team Wisconsin arms in a two-inning outing. While the fastball ranged in the mid-80s, topping 87.3 mph, his slider was a separator for the incoming junior. Bauerschmidt spun it at an 2,358 RPM per pitch, maxing out at a mature 2,559 RPM. The pitch earned swings and misses, and was his strongest during his appearance on Friday, paired with a fastball-like changeup. All aspects of his game, in addition to his dominant two years on Kenosha Tremper’s varsity program, makes Bauerschmidt, a super-utility athlete, one of the most exciting prospects to follow throughout the second half of his prep career.
+ After putting together quality showings in front of our staff in the winter, spring, and summer, INF/RHP Eli Bryant (Beaver Dam, 2025) was more of the same in Georgia, continuing to trend up as a name-to-know in Wisconsin’s 2025 class. Bryant, standing at an athletic 6-foot-2, 190-pound frame, was a solid two-way athlete, especially shining on the offensive end. He homered in the final game of the weekend, pulling a first-pitch fastball to deep left field, reflecting his max batted ball distance of 331 feet from earlier in the week. That power was the highlight of Bryant’s success over the past couple of months, presenting a whippy swing with pull-side power to the plate, in addition to his work on the mound. Bryant reached 87.1 mph on the fastball, ranging from the low-to-mid-80s throughout his two-inning appearance. He utilized a three-pitch off-speed arsenal to play off his fastball, a mix that was effective in the spring and during his time in Georgia this past week. Bryant now enters his second year at the quarterback position for Beaver Dam this fall, advancing his athleticism and strength to set him up for success on the diamond in the near future.
+ RHP/INF Greyson Zach (Pewaukee, 2025) was another two-way athlete who put in quality time for Team Wisconsin this past week, especially on the mound. Standing at a physical 6-foot-3, 205-pounds, Zach continues to add onto his frame as he progresses through his prep career. That strength welcomed a velocity bump, starting in the winter where he reached 90 mph from the mound. He has maintained that through the spring and summer, and showed it off on the national stage this past week. His fastball maxed out at 89.8 mph with life, sitting 84-88 mph throughout. He was able to pair his out-pitch with a curveball and changeup, as each pitch complements the fastball in a positive manner. Zach’s first outing of work illustrated that sequence, where the right-hander earned a strikeout and induced weak contact to shut down his opponents. What his pitching doesn’t necessarily speak to is the athleticism that Zach brings to the table, as the prospect ran a 6.84-second 60-yard dash to begin his workout day. At the plate, an easy swing allows Zach to utilize his natural strength to drive the baseball consistently; he finished with one hit in two at-bats over the course of the weekend, taking an upper-80s arm back up-the-middle for a base hit in Game Two of live action. After a strong showing on both ends of the diamond, Zach inserts himself as a name-to-know in Wisconsin’s 2025 class.
+ A linear path of improvement has been the key for RHP/INF/OF Jaxon Clayton (Brookfield Central, 2025), as the right-handed athlete was competitive and came out a winner after his time at LakePoint. Clayton, standing at a projectable 6-foot-1, 182-pound frame, didn’t allow a hit in his two separate one-inning outings for Team Wisconsin. After reaching 86 mph on the infield throughout the workout day, Clayton did more of the same, velocity wise, on the mound. He sat in the mid-80s during his time on the bump, but separated himself with a sharp slider. He spun the pitch at a max 2,596 RPM, averaging 2,441 RPM every time he threw it. Opponents had troubles with it as well, as Clayton garnered multiple swings and misses, in addition to weak contact due to its bite. Offensively, the bat produced a max EV of 91.9 mph in the BP session on Wednesday, as Clayton sprays line drives to all portions of the field. His work in live action and throughout the day on Wednesday should continue to warrant attention on the national stage.
+ RHP Sawyer Deering (Kimberly, 2025) authored arguably the most electric outing during Team Wisconsin’s three games of the week. On Thursday, the 5-foot-11, 180-pound right-hander got things started on the mound, and certainly turned some heads. Throughout his stint, Deering sat 87-90 mph and topped at 91.1 mph with his lively fastball that earned multiple swings and misses in the zone. Not only was the sheer velocity of his fastball impressive, but it also possessed 21’ of IVB at its peak, making it play with major ride and carry through the zone. Pairing off of his fastball, Deering spun in a sharp curveball in the high-70s that averaged over 2,800 RPM and played with late bite. He rounded out his three-pitch mix with a low-80s changeup that he used sparingly. The right-hander would finish his illustrious outing with three strikeouts and held a talented lineup to just one hit in his two innings of work. Deering looked every bit the part of one of the state’s top arms, regardless of class, and he is certainly a high-follow name in Wisconsin’s 2025 class.
+ One of the highest upside looks was given by LHP Brolan Frost (Elkhorn, 2025). Frost turned heads when he brought his ultra-projectable 6-foot-4, 165-pound frame to the mound in his two appearances of the week. Frost is a simple and clean mover on the bump, syncing up his extra-long levers well to pound the zone with a three-pitch mix. Frost ran his fastball, a pitch that averaged over a foot of arm-side run, up to 85 mph, and sat strictly 83-84 mph in his pair of one inning appearances. He also has a quality feel for both a low-70s curveball that plays with tight 1/7 movement, and a high-70s changeup with over 15’ of fading action. Frost worked quickly in both of his outings of the week, as he pounded the zone and induced weak contact from opposing batters and finished with two strikeouts, while not allowing a hit. There is a lot to dream on from this uncommitted southpaw and he certainly left LakePoint with an arrow up next to his name.
+ RHP Adam Urban (Wauwatosa West, 2025) is a fluid, athletic mover down the mound who offered some major intrigue for Team Wisconsin in his two outings of the week. At 6-foot-1, 185-pounds, Urban ran his fastball up to 88.5 mph and sat in the 85-87 mph range throughout his three innings on the week. Urban also featured a devastating splitter, a pitch that he has a quality feel for and it plays with late depth while also fading to the arm side, all while spinning at sub-800 RPMs, too. Rounding out his three-pitch mix is a tightly spun slider in the low-to-mid-70s that played exceptionally well off of his fastball. After a quality first outing of the week in which he struck out a pair, Urban was dominant in the outing that followed, as he added two more punch outs and allowed just one hit in two innings of work. While Urban has enjoyed a stand out calendar year, his performance at LakePoint may have been one of his most impressive ones in front of our staff, and walked away from the talented event as a major winner.
+ RHP Loren Georger (Appleton West, 2025) provided multiple upside looks in his time in Georgia by not allowing a run in either of his appearances on the mound. Presenting himself at a long 6-foot-3, 180-pound frame, Georger surprised many with an increase in velocity, maxing out at 89.5 mph with the fastball. A theme to this pitch, along with his off-speed mix was the ability to spin. His fastball averaged 2,300 RPM, peaking at 2,650 RPM by the end of his appearance. That played into the curveball, which had 21.1’ of IVB, creating depth to pair with an average spin rate of 2,222 RPM. Georger’s third pitch, the slider, played in a similar fashion to keep hitters off balance, as he finished with two strikeouts in two innings. The right-hander’s athletic movements on the bump, along with continued development of strength throughout his body, makes him a prime prospect to monitor as he enters high school as an upperclassman in the next month.
+ LHP Ryan Brennecke (Oconomowoc, 2025) was another arm that earned multiple appearances for Team Wisconsin down in Georgia, continuing to display an increase in velocity. Brennecke, standing at an athletic 6-foot-2, 189-pound frame, was a standout in the spring for Oconomowoc. After quality work throughout the summer, he earned his invite to LakePoint with Team Wisconsin. The current No. 1 left-hander in the Badger State’s 2025 class rushed his fastball up to 87.6 mph, jumping on batters in a quick fashion. While working efficiently on the bump, Brennecke flipped up a curveball and changeup to alter the pace, playing off of his heavy fastball usage. The arsenal that Brennecke presented in front of our staff was noteworthy throughout the three games of play, especially coming from the left side, projecting him as a name-to-know in the near future.
+ LHP Adam Kudronowicz (Mukwonago, 2025) allowed zero earned runs in one two-inning appearance for Team Wisconsin, coming off of a dominant spring at Mukwonago and a successful summer for his travel team. Kudronowicz is physical, standing at a strong 6-foot-3, 210-pound frame. The left-hander was smooth on the mound, getting into his lower half and extending, reaching 85.7 mph on the fastball. His primary pitch had life, generating swings and misses and weak contact throughout. He continued to throw strikes and fill the zone with a slider and changeup, too, continuing the theme of having multiple pitches to work with. From the high ¾ slot, Kudronowicz’s deception and ability to attack hitters was noteworthy in Georgia, as his showing was positive and a reflection of his work in the spring and summer, where our staff had multiple looks at the southpaw. Kudronowicz capped off the numerous left-handed arms that showed well at LakePoint, shining light on the under-the-radar talent in the state of Wisconsin.