Top Prospect Games: Preview
July 8, 2023
Coming Tuesday, July 11, 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 2024 and 2025 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 2023 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.
*Coaches, we will have digital rosters. If you'd like a printed roster we can send you a PDF ahead of time. Please email [email protected] for PDFs*
* This story was updated on July 10th to reflect roster changes.
CLASS OF 2024 PROSPECTS
Taking a look at a handful of right-handers set to attend, RHP Alex Vander Loop (Kimberly) is a strong 6-foot-1, 190-pound pitcher to know in the state. This spring our staff saw Vander Loop run his fastball up to 89 mph, with confidence for both a sharp slider, and an aggressive changeup. Wyatt Rushing (Elkhorn) and Tyler Suttner (Waukesha Transition Academy) are two other right-handers who feature some high-upside on the bump.
Alex Vander Loop (4/13/23)
Rushing is listed at 6-foot-1, 175-pounds, and we have seen him run his fastball up to 89.7 mph just this past winter. He also has feel for both a mid-70s slider and a low-80s changeup with fade. As for Suttner, he is similarly built at 6-foot-2, 175-pounds and he is a name we recently saw at the PBRT Rock Open. There he featured a high-spin fastball in the mid-80s, and paired it with a sweeping slider.
RHPs Ty Rechner (Stevens Point), Kaden Russo (Elk Mound), and Andrew Halser (Marquette) are all just a few of the other high-upside arms making it out to The Rock. Still, they all feature mid-to-high-80s fastballs, with feel for multiple offspeed pitches.
RHP Kaden Russo (Elk Mound, 2024; @PBRWisconsin) was impressive in his start for @EauClaireAs17U.— PBRT Scouting (@pbrtscouting) July 2, 2023
FB worked 83-86 throughout, T87 mph and earned S/M up in the zone. CB had 11/5 shape with late break in the mid-70s.
Final line: 6IP, 2H, 0R, 6K#BadgerState | @PBR_Uncommitted pic.twitter.com/C0FFp7exF2
The crop of backstops is also deep, starting with C/INF Cal Casper (Bay Port) and C Nathan Hanel (Oak Creek), both of which have continuously shown well-above average toolsets from behind the plate and over our previous looks they have each added more pop to their smooth right-handed bats. It is also worth noting that Casper has also shown well on the infield with quality actions and soft hands.
Cal Casper (2/25/23)
Both C/1B Joshua Gilroy (Arrowhead) and C/1B Parker Schwake (Wauwatosa West) are two physical prospects coming to The Rock, and they both have marked some of the top exit velocities we have seen over the past year or so. Gilroy is listed at a strong 6-foot-2, 205-pounds, and he has reached exit velocity highs of 102.7 mph from a strong right handed swing. As for Schwake, he is a 6-foot-4, 215-pound right-handed hitter, and he just recently posted exit velocities up to 104.8 mph at the Milwaukee Open.
Joshua Gilroy (3/18/23)
C Peyton Ryback (Nathan Hale) is another athletic backstop registered for Tuesday’s event. From the right-handed box, Ryback swings a quick and compact bat that has proven to find barrels in game. Behind the plate, he has produced pop-time lows of 1.93 before and has topped at 79 mph on his hardest throws down.
C/RHP Samuel Mommer (St. Thomas More) is fresh off a successful junior campaign for Division 2 State Runner-Up St. Thomas More, in which he tallied a .394 batting average with 33 RBIs, and 40 runs scored. Also, he has shown some intrigue on the mound, where he has run his fastball up to the mid-to-high 80s with feel for a breaking ball with depth.
Recent Future Games participant, INF/RHP Keagen Jirschele (Mosinee) will be making the trip from the upper portion of the state, and he is certainly someone we are excited to get an updated look at. Standing at an athletic 5-foot-10, 175-pounds, Jirschele is a well above average defender up-the-middle, and pairs it with a quick right-handed swing that has added some pop over the past year or so. Also, we have heard reports of some massive gains Jirschele has made on the mound, and we are excited to see those gains first-hand.
First-base prospects, Aren Robinson (Brookfield Central) and Graham Kasten (University School of Milwaukee) are two other names-to-know heading into Tuesday’s event. Starting with Robinson, he is a physical 6-foot-5, 215-pound right-handed hitter who has put up some noteworthy batted ball metrics before from an aggressive but controlled right-handed stroke. Robinson has also shown the ability to man the hot corner before, too, and he has certainly made strides defensively over our past couple of looks.
As for Kasten, he is amongst the top uncommitted left-handed bats in the state. Listed at 6-foot-1, 205-pounds, Kasten hits and hits for power with each and every look we get at him. Most recently, Kasten was at the PBRT Wisconsin Open where he was all over the barrel throughout the entirety of the weekend. Also, he features a low-80s fastball on the mound from the left-side.
1B/LHP Graham Kasten (University School, 2024; @PBRWisconsin) hits a ground-rule 2B in a victory for @MKEBaseball.— PBRT Scouting (@pbrtscouting) June 29, 2023
Coming off of a standout spring, where he won POTY in his conference. Remains one of the top @PBR_Uncommitted prospects in Wisconsin’s 2024 class.#BadgerState pic.twitter.com/0GVkXKanPS
MIFs CJ Trask (Oak Creek), Nolan Sandee (Nicolet) and Seth Koci (Indian Trail) are three other names making it out to The Rock on Tuesday. Starting with Trask, he is fresh off a standout spring for his Oak Creek squad, and Tuesday will serve us our first look at him this summer. Standing at an athletic 5-foot-11, 190-pounds, Trask features a quick right-handed stroke that has continued to add more pop. He is also a sure-handed defender that will surely stick up-the-middle in the long term.
CJ Trask (3/18/23)
As for Sandee, after walking away as one of the biggest winners at the West Milwaukee Preseason ID, he has continued to impress across the summer circuit. Featuring an athletic left-handed swing, Sandee has marked multiple exit velocities in the low-90s before. He is also an athletic defender up-the-middle with sure-handed actions and has topped at 87 mph across the infield, too.
Nolan Sandee (2/18/23)
Rounding out the talented group of MIF prospects is the aforementioned Koci who is yet another athletic member of the state’s incoming senior class. Koci is a 6.91 runner and it is apparent on the infield as he is able to smoothly work from side-to-side, and he pairs it with sure-handed actions. As for the bat, he has registered low-90s exit velocities from an easy right-handed swing in the past.
A recent addition to Tuesday's roster, MIF Tate Schmidt (Waunakee) is one of the top uncommitted prospects in the Badger State's 2024 class. Schmidt features a smooth left-handed swing that we have seen consistently find barrels in game. Defensivley is where Schmidt really shines as he is an advanced defender up-the-middle and pairs with a strong arm that has topped at 84 mph across the infield.
MIF Beau Bloxdorf (Union Grove) is another late add to the roster for Tuesday's event. Bloxdorf is an athletic mover on the infield with sure-handed actions and arm strength. He also swings a compact right-handed bat that has consistently produced in-game, too.
OF/RHP Payten Jibben (Oak Creek) is a two-way prospect to know, heading into the event. Built at a strong and athletic 6-foot-4, 210-pounds Jibben features a strong right-handed swing that has marked exit velocities up to 93.1 mph. On the mound, he is an athletic mover and has been up to 89.8 mph with his fastball, while also showing the utmost confidence in both a curveball and a deceptive changeup.
Payten Jibben (3/18/23)
When speaking of two-way prospects, OF/RHP Noah Latham-Woodruff (Madison Memorial) has to be brought up. Standing at a high-upside 6-foot-4, 215-pounds, Latham-Woodruff creates some easy power from the right-handed box. On the mound, he has been up to 89.3 mph from a simple delivery - and he has also shown advanced feel for two different breaking balls, and a changeup.
RHP/OF Noah Latham-Woodruff (Madison Memorial, 2024; @PBR_Uncommitted) put together one of the top two-way performances at the #MadisonID.
FB sat 86-88 T89.3 mph and avg. 2253 rpm. CB and SL both avg. 2200+ rpm. Mid-70s CH.
PROFILE: https://t.co/EHSJjsqrrS pic.twitter.com/NH8PlFqSu2
— PBR Wisconsin (@PBRWisconsin) March 14, 2023
OF/RHP Easton Arendt (De Pere, 2024) is another two-way prospect to know in the state's 2024 class, and he just recently registered for Tuesday's event. Arendt is fresh off a stadnout spring season for his De Pere squad in which he earned Fox River Classic Conference Player of the Year and he has not slowed down since. We recently saw Arendt at the PBRT Rock Open and there he impressed yet again on the mound as he punched out nine over his six innings of work while utlizing a fastball/curveball combination, both of which earned many swings-and-misses. Offensively, his we have seen his left-handed bat produce a lot in game and he is also an advanced defender in the outfield.
Left-handed hitting outfielders, Nicholas Guidici (Monona Grove), Issei Takahashi (Arrowhead), and Bradyn Bezanson (Hudson) are also registered for Tuesday’s event. Each of them are fresh off standout junior campaigns for their respective high school teams, and are also enjoying successful summer circuits, as well.
CLASS OF 2025 PROSPECTS
Now focusing on the incoming junior class, starting with the pitchers, RHP Jack Roventini (Arrowhead) recently came onto the scene at last week’s PBRT Rock Open. There he ran his fastball up to 86 mph with some heavy run to the arm side. He also spun in a mid-70s slider that flashed late bite. Tuesday’s event will serve as Roventini’s first-ever PBR showcase and our staff is certainly excited for it.
Jack Roventini (7/2/23)
LHPs Warren Bowe (Cadott) and Brolan Frost (Elkhorn) are two high-upside arms making it out to The Rock. Both of them have featured fastballs in the low-to-mid 80s from clean and simple deliveries, while also having feel for multiple offspeed pitches.
C Dimitry Edmunds (Appleton West) is a high motor backstop that has made some big gains to his game over the last year or so. Behind the plate, Edmunds is an athletic mover and has recorded pop-time lows of 2.01. In the box, he swings a quick bat that has produced exit velocities up to 93.7 mph.
The infield crop of the to-be juniors is a talented one and the names that follow just scratch the surface of the amount of high-level prospects that will be there. Starting with MIF Jack Lutz (Whitnall) who is an athletic up-the-middle defender with a clean left-handed stroke.
SS Jack Lutz (Whitnall, 2025; @PBRWisconsin) has been on the barrel this weekend collecting multiple hits.— PBRT Scouting (@pbrtscouting) July 1, 2023
Athletic actions at SS with the ability to control the barrel. #PBRAtTheRock | @PBR_Uncommitted pic.twitter.com/ebj36xSvIz
1B/LHP Adam Kudronowicz (Mukwonago) is fresh off a standout performance at the PBRT Rock Open, earning an invitation to the PBR Future Games after. Kudronowicz swings a powerful left-handed bat that has produced exit velocities up in the high-90s. On the mound, we have seen his fastball up to 86 mph before, with advanced feel for a sharp slider in the low-70s.
Adam Kudronowicz (3/18/23)
MIF Brayden Steinbecker (Manitowoc Lincoln, 2024) is a 6-foot-3, 175-pound prospect that has some high-upside attached. On the infield, he is a rangy defender up-the-middle with a strong and accurate arm. Offensively, he swings an aggressive but controlled bat that recently impressed at the PBRT Wisconsin Open.
Brayden Steinbecker (2/25/23)
Like the aforementioned Lutz, MIF Jack Zeller (Indian Trail) is also a slick left-handed hitting infielder to know heading into Tuesday. MIF Nathan Glapa (Hamilton) is also set to make it out The Rock, and he is another athletic middle infielder that has impressed across a handful of looks.
Teammate of the Glapa, OF Luke Lehnen (Hamilton) has a natural feel to hit, and we have seen him collect a multitude of barrels in game before. OF Jackson Neilitz (Plymouth) has come onto the scene over the course of the past year or so. Most recently, he came away as one of the biggest winners from the PBRT Rock Open, where he was all over the barrel throughout the entirety of the weekend.
OF Jackson Neilitz (Plymouth, 2025; @PBRWisconsin) is a name-to-know in Wisconsin’s 2025 class.— PBRT Scouting (@pbrtscouting) June 30, 2023
Barrels the ball here to the left side, driving in a run for @ImpactSportsGB.
Athletic, 6-foot-1, 175 pounds. #PBRAtTheRock pic.twitter.com/ohjJVSr4iM
+ All Position and Two-Way Players:
- Check-in: 9:00 AM
+ Pitcher Only's:
- Check-in: 11:00 AM
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 EVENT 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.