Top Prospect Games MKE: Preview


By Andy Sroka
Illinois & Wisconsin Assistant Director

Coming Tuesday, July 12, PBR Wisconsin is hosting the Top Prospect Games event at The Rock Complex in Franklin, Wis., featuring the top uncommitted players inside the state’s 2023 and 2024 grad classes. This event is also particularly helpful to us as we begin to send our final invitations to incoming juniors to represent Team Wisconsin at the 2022 PBR Future Games in Georgia at the state-of-the-art LakePoint complex.

Today, we’ll spend some time previewing Tuesday’s roster, featuring many high-follow juniors and seniors to be. Each of the players highlighted below are currently uncommitted.

Click here to view the day's roster in full.

To reflect roster changes, this story was updated on July 11:

CLASS OF 2023 ROSTER

This collection of uncommitted Class of ‘23 players is a compelling one, and we’ll start by highlighting the arms slated to attend. RHP Elijah Niemiec (St. Thomas More) just completed a terrific season for his high school team in which he K’d 100 batters in 53.1 innings. He broke out in the fall and hasn’t stopped ascending up our follow list since, now ranked inside the top-50 in the state’s incoming senior class. He climbed into the 85-87 mph range this spring on a fastball with above-average spin, and he’s able to spin a couple different breaking balls at high rates, too. Niemiec is a 6-foot-5, 205-pound uncommitted righty to follow closely on Tuesday and beyond.

Fellow tall and strong ‘23s like RHP EJ Kuster (Greendale) and RHP Logan Frank (Oshkosh North) are a pair more physical follows on the mound headed to Tuesday’s showcase. Two-way players RHP/3B Brayden Olson (St. Croix Falls) and RHP/MIF Noah Dreier (Brookfield Central) are also on the roster, and they’re two of the top-ranked uncommitted prospects in the state. Olson just recently sat 90-92 mph at the Midwest ProCase and he’s earned swings and misses wherever he’s pitched, but he has some real bat-to-ball skills from the right-handed box, too. Dreier has a high-spin arsenal on the mound with a tight, biting breaking ball and a mid-80s fastball that rips through the zone – and he’s a smooth, athletic up-the-middle infielder on defense.

There’s a few interesting 2023 backstops who we’re interested in seeing again: Maxwell Kalk (Kimberly), Jimmy Athans (IMG Academy/Badger), and Trenton Feucht (Freedom). Kalk is a left-handed-hitting catcher who made some positive strides defensively last we saw him at the Madison ID in March, and his smooth swing was making more impactful contact there, too. 

Maxwell Kalk (3/13/22)

As for Athans, he’s a muscular and athletic 5-foot-8, 180-pound prospect who’s also making a name for himself on the football field at Florida’s IMG Academy. In the meantime, he’s also a high-level catcher who uses his strength effectively in the right-handed box. Feucht is a 6-foot-3 prospect with an upside right-handed swing containing bat strength, and he moves well behind the dish for a player his size.

Elsewhere on the infield, two Janesville Craig products are headed to The Rock as a pair of the top uncommitted players in the state’s ‘23 class: MIF Jake Schaffner and 1B Aiden Schenk. Schaffner is an athletic 6-foot-2, left-handed-hitting infielder who comes from a multi-sport background, and he had a strong spring statistically for Craig this past season. His teammate Schenk did too, and he’s another one of the top left-handed bats on the market in Wisconsin’s incoming senior class.

More infielders like 3B/SS Jake Busson (Hudson) and 3B/2B Brady Davidson (Kenosha St. Joseph) are set to attend. Busson is a talented 6-foot, 190-pound prospect with a loud right-handed bat. He generates prominent bat speed, and his strength turns that into hard on-the-barrel contact well. Busson also ran a 7.19 in the winter and reached an 86 mph high across the diamond at that same event.

Jake Busson (3/13/22)

As for Davidson, he’s simply had a knack for the barrel ever since we first saw him. His left-handed bat is another one of the best among uncommitted prospects in Wisconsin, and he’s made gains on defense, attached to an arm that’s reached an 85 mph high on the infield.

These four center field-types are among the top pound-for-pound athletes on our state rankings: Nick Argersinger (Westosha Central), Chris Calico (West Salem), Charlie Jackson (Waukesha West), and Parker Wyatt (Marquette University). Argersinger gets excellent jumps in center field and glides to fly balls in the gaps with noticeable ease, and he’s a table-setting left-handed hitter who makes for a tough at-bat. Calico is a wiry/strong 5-foot-11, 180-pound prospect and prominent tools; he’s a 6.78 runner who creates high-end bat speed and his max exit speed reached 97.0 mph in the winter. Jackson is a 7.03 runner in a 6-foot-2, 200-pound build, and his left-handed bat flashes pop, having reached an 95.5 mph max exit speed last summer, and this will be his first showcase since.

Charlie Jackson (8/29/21)

As for Wyatt, he’s another quality athlete with a center fielder’s toolset, as a 6.61 runner with arm strength in the outfield that we’ve seen play in-game first-hand. Wyatt is a right-handed hitter who checks every box our Blast Motion technology measures, and it results in exit speeds that consistently climb into the mid-90s.

Parker Wyatt (3/19/22)

CLASS OF 2024 PROSPECTS

The list of Class of 2024 prospects set to join us on Tuesday is stacked with next-level talent. We’ll use this event to simultaneously evaluate the players we’d like to extend invitations toward to join us at the PBR Future Games, but the number of talent headed to The Rock next week extends beyond Team Wisconsin – which is only a good thing for the state of baseball in Wisconsin.

We’ll highlight a handful of names here, but all of these ‘24s are players we believe have next-level abilities, beginning with the pitchers. RHP Wyatt Rushing (Elkhorn Area) has premium arm strength in an athletic 6-foot, 175-pound build. He reached an 89.9 mph high in a bullpen this past winter on a heavy four-seamer, and he also has a tight knuckle-curve and a firm fading changeup in his arsenal. RHP Ryan Richter (Waukesha West) is a large 6-foot-4, 210-pound upside follow who’s been performing well this summer, and we’re eager to see it ourselves Tuesday. He was up to 85.3 mph in the winter and it’s pretty easy to see that he’s only just beginning to tap into more velocity and arm strength.

Like Richter, RHP Ryan Sopha (Pewaukee) is a similarly built right-hander listed at 6-foot-4, 215 pounds. He was effective as a sophomore for Pewaukee this spring, and we just saw him recently at the Badger State Games where he held 81-84 mph velocity throughout a sound complete game outing. And RHP Ty Rechner (Stevens Point Area) happens to be yet another large righty headed to Tuesday’s event, listed at 6-foot-6, 245 pounds, and he reached the 85 mph mark around this time last year and we haven’t seen him since, so we’re interested to see how he’s developed since.

If you’re in the market for a left-handed arm, Tyler Wille (Kettle Moraine), Chase Baker (Mukwonago), and Easton Bobb (Chippewa Falls) are two interesting, athletic follows who each reached the 84 mph mark back in March.

The ‘24 catchers headed to Tuesday’s showcase are a group to especially watch closely, and for different reasons. Hudson’s Hunter Carlson is a highly projectable 6-foot, 175-pound left-handed-hitting athlete with advanced defense from behind the dish.

Hunter Carlson (3/20/22)

Lincoln Ascher (Kettle Moraine) earned our attention early as a physical right-handed hitter with skills at backstop, same as Brady Johnson (St. Thomas More). Joshua Gilroy’s (Arrowhead) physicality in the right-handed box is in a class of his own, as he was the only underclassman to record a triple-digit exit speed along our Preseason ID circuit in the winter, and he gets to that power in-game. And at the Badger State Games last weekend, catchers Bennett Keller (Middleton), Carter Vieth (Elk Mound), and Griffin Bowers (Homestead) managed to earn our attention, leading to invites to Tuesday’s showcase. Keller is a left-handed hitter who’s also an adept blocker and receiver on defense, Vieth is fit with strength that plays in the righty box, and Bowers is strong and athletic, and it shows on both sides of the ball.

Quality performances at the Badger State Games also helped players like 3B Will Hess (Arrowhead), OF/RHP Noah Latham-Woodruff (Madison Memorial), and 1B Aidan Perdreau (Mukwonago) earn invites to this event. Hess was all over the barrel last weekend on a simple right-handed swing, and he looks the part of a left-side defender, too. Latham-Woodruff is a highly projectable athlete, listed at 6-foot-4, 190 pounds, and he has above-average speed for his size that he used well all weekend while roaming center field – and his arm strength and athleticism play especially well on the mound, too, where he was up to 85.1 mph in the winter.

Noah Latham-Woodruff (3/13/22)

Perdreau was one of the most productive hitters at Badger State, and he swings a simply and rhythmic right-handed bat that allows his physical 6-foot-2, 210-pound stature to do the rest. And fellow first baseman Jackson Brewer (Homestead) is one of the top-ranked prospects headed to Tuesday’s showcase, as an excellent left-handed hitter who also made the leap on the mound this year. In the winter, he reached an 88.3 mph high, and he was deployed as his high school’s ace in the spring where he often lived in the mid-80s.

Jackson Brewer (3/6/22)

There’s no shortage of Class of 2024 middle infielders headed to this event, either. Brock Lulewicz (Muskego) was one of the first ‘24s to sincerely emerge on our radar, and he’s remained one of the class’ top players ever since. Eddie Peters (La Crosse Aquinas) has been one of the most tooled-up and athletic shortstops in the state for the past year-plus, fit with left side actions and some genuine power potential. Jack Bauer (Greendale) is a twitchy right-handed hitter who’s regularly performed in-game for us over the past year or so, especially.

Eddie Peters (7/20/21)

ITINERARY

Check-in Times:

+ All registered position players (C, INF, OF): 9 a.m.
+ All registered pitchers-only: 11:30-11:45 a.m.

This event will feature live gameplay that will follow the showcase position players will take part in prior to the start of games. Players, keep checking this event page to learn more about which team you will be on; we’ll publish the four teams’ rosters prior to the event, once the event is officially at capacity.

MORE DETAILS 

Click here to learn more about our tech partners that have enhanced our players showcase experience. Partners TrackMan, Blast Motion, Vizual Edge, ProPlay AI, and Swift will enhance the players’ data collection both in-event and post-event. These technologies will assist our evaluation process, while providing players with insight on their own skills in addition to areas of improvement for the betterment of their abilities.

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