West Milwaukee Preseason I.D.: Infielder Analysis


By Wisconsin Staff

The second showcase of 2020, the West Milwaukee Preseason I.D., took place on Feb. 16 at STiKS Academy where over 70 prospects were in attendance, ranging from 2020 to 2023 high school classes.

Two weeks ago, we began our post-event analysis by publishing our Quick Hits and Stats Story.

This week, we’ve begun to break down our position-by-position analysis, starting on Monday with the event’s catchers. We’re onto the infielders today, where an increasingly intriguing uncommitted two-way junior, Jacob Hartlaub (Martin Luther), led the way. A freshman from Illinois, Adam Schilz (Warren Township), made sure we passed his name along to our neighbors to the south. There were several other first-timers who made strong impressions, too.

Keep on reading below for full reports on each of the infielders who attended the West MKE I.D. event, and stay tuned tomorrow for a look inside the day’s outfielders.

TOP INFIELDER PROSPECTS

1. Jacob Hartlaub, Martin Luther (WI), 2021
Positional Profile: SS/2B; A rising uncommitted name to know in this class.
Body: 6-foot-2, 160-pounds. Athletic, high-waisted build. Plenty of projection to come.
Hit: RHH. Relaxed, slightly open setup, hands load back, leg kick, short stride to closed, simple.  Fast hands, short, uphill path to the baseball, loose/easy swing, fluid rhythm throughout.
Power: 91 mph exit velocity from the tee.
Arm: RH. INF - 82 mph. Short, loose arm action, high 3/4 slot.
Defense: Steady hands, fluid footwork, confident on the move to his glove side, clean exchange to quick release, natural instincts in the field.
Run: 7.17 runner in the 60. Quick feet, covers ground. 

2. Adam Schilz, Warren (IL), 2023
Positional Profile: SS/RHP
Body: 6-foot-2, 165-pounds. Lean, athletic, high-waisted build. More projection to come.
Hit: LHH. Balanced setup, smooth leg kick trigger, short stride, aggressive lower half.  Present bat speed, loose actions, uphill path through the zone, creates extension, gap-to-gap approach.
Power: 91 mph exit velocity from the tee.
Arm: RH. INF - 78 mph. Long, athletic arm action, high 3/4 slot, throws flashed carry.
Defense: Sound footwork, two-hand gather, clean funnel, long to release, showed advanced actions on double play turn.
Run: 7.28 runner in the 60.

3. Bradon Ahn, Marquette University (WI), 2021
Positional Profile: SS/OF
Body: 5-foot-9, 145-pounds. Athletic build, room to mature.
Hit: RHH. Athletic, open setup, short stride to even, smooth load.  Present bat speed, quick hands, line drive approach at the plate, consistently repeats his swing.
Power: 81 mph exit velocity from the tee.
Arm: RH. INF - 79 mph. Short arm action, high 3/4 slot.
Defense: Soft hands, fluid footwork, clean exchange, athletic fielding position, advanced actions, instinctual defender.
Run: 7.13 runner in the 60. Quick feet. 

4. Cade Neuber, Slinger (WI), 2021
Positional Profile: 3B/SS
Body: 5-foot-10, 175-pounds. Well-proportioned build, defined lower half.
Hit: RHH. Relaxed, athletic, balanced setup, wide base, smooth load, stays balanced through contact.  Quick hands, loose, level path to the baseball, gap-to-gap approach, fluid rhythm through contact.
Power: 81 mph exit velocity from the tee.
Arm: RH. INF - 82 mph. Short, athletic arm action, over-the-top slot.
Defense: Soft hands, fluid footwork, clean funnel, quick to release, plays athletic in the field, comfortable on the move, above-average overall defender for his age.
Run: 7.79 runner in the 60. 

5. Ryan Roehl, West Bend West (WI), 2022
Positional Profile: RHP/3B
Body: 6-foot-0, 180-pounds. Athletic, projectable build, more room to mature.
Hit: RHH. Relaxed, balanced setup, bat tips in load, slight leg lift, short stride.  Level path to the baseball, contacts the ball out in front, favored his pull-side.
Power: 86 mph exit velocity from the tee.
Arm: RH. INF - 84 mph. Long, loose arm action, high 3/4 slot, above-average arm for age.
Defense: Steady hands, quick, fluid footwork, plays athletic in the field, sound defender.
Run: 7.61 runner in the 60. 

6. Harrison Toone, Brookfield East (WI), 2021
Positional Profile: 2B/RHP
Body: 5-foot-7, 145-pounds. Compact, athletic build.
Hit: RHH. Slightly open, balanced setup, hands start up/stay up through load, short stride.  Short, level path to contact, upright finish, line drive approach, sprays the baseball, fluid rhythm through contact, simple swing.
Power: 82 mph exit velocity from the tee.
Arm: RH. INF - 77 mph. Short, loose arm action, high 3/4 slot.
Defense: Soft hands, works out in front, clean funnels, quick exchange, quick feet, fluid, confident on the move, athletic in the field, natural instincts, advanced defensive actions.
Run: 7.46 runner in the 60.

7. Emiliano Ramos, Arrowhead (WI), 2022
Positional Profile: SS/RHP
Body: 5-foot-11, 185-pounds. Strong, sturdy build in lower half.
Hit: RHH. Balanced, athletic setup, hands start up and load back, leg kick trigger, short stride.  Present bat speed, short path to the baseball, gap-to-gap approach, ball jumps off his bat, clear physicality in the box.
Power: 97 mph exit velocity from the tee.
Arm: RH. INF - 78 mph. Long arm action, high 3/4 slot.
Defense: Fields the ball out in front, two-hand gather, corner infield profile.
Run: 7.94 runner in the 60. 

Best of the Rest (Listed Alphabetically)

Owen Anderson, Hudson (WI), 2021
Positional Profile: RHP/C
Body: 6-foot-1, 196-pounds. Athletic, well-proportioned build, looks the part.
Hit: RHH. Crouched, athletic setup, starts loaded on back leg, quick leg kick trigger, slight drop in hands, short stride.  Clear bat speed, fast hands, bat travels in a long, uphill path through the zone, loud contact, aggressive hacks.
Power: 89 mph exit velocity from the tee.
Arm: RH. INF - 85 mph. Short, loose arm action, over-the-top slot, clear arm strength, throws produced carry.
Defense: Hands work under center, active feet, athletic body control.
Run: 7.72 runner in the 60. 

Jacob Archibald, Brookfield East (WI), 2021
Positional Profile: 1B/
Body: 5-foot-11, 230-pounds.
Hit: RHH. Front foot starts slightly open, leg kick, short stride.  Level path through the zone, tendency to favor his pull-side.
Power: 77 mph exit velocity from the tee.
Arm: LH. INF - 54 mph. Long arm action, high 3/4 slot.
Defense: Two-hand gather.
Run: 8.24 runner in the 60. 

Cole Armstrong, Waukesha North (WI), 2021
Positional Profile: SS/2B
Body: 6-foot-1, 185-pounds. Strong, well-proportioned frame with room to add more muscle.
Hit: LHH. Athletic, balanced setup, bat wraps, toe-tap, short stride.  Quick bat takes a level path through the zone.
Power: 86 mph exit velocity from the tee.
Arm: RH. INF - 72 mph. Short arm action, high 3/4 slot.
Defense: Fields the ball near his right foot, corner infield profile.
Run: 8.21 runner in the 60. 

Mason Beining, Mequon Homestead (WI), 2022
Positional Profile: 3B/2B
Body: 5-foot-11, 190-pounds. Strong, well-proportioned build. Sturdy lower half.
Hit: RHH. Wide, balanced setup, quick leg lift trigger, smooth load, short stride.  Long, uphill path through contact, favored his pull-side, present bat strength.
Power: 80 mph exit velocity from the tee.
Arm: RH. INF - 71 mph. Short arm action, high 3/4 slot.
Defense: Secures the baseball, active feet, long to release.
Run: 8.04 runner in the 60. 

Tyler Butina, Jefferson (WI), 2023
Positional Profile: 3B/1B
Body: 6-foot-0, 198-pounds.
Hit: LHH. Starts tall in the box, slight leg lift initiates load, short stride.  Raw bat strength, uphill path through the zone, creates extension, elevates the baseball.
Power: 86 mph exit velocity from the tee.
Arm: RH. INF - 73 mph. Long arm action, high 3/4 slot.
Defense: Two-hand gather, secures the baseball.
Run: 8.04 runner in the 60. 

Brady Camara, Waukesha South (WI), 2021
Positional Profile: RHP/3B
Body: 5-foot-10, 195-pounds. Strong upper body.
Hit: RHH. Balanced setup, hands move pre-pitch, short stride.  Short, level path through the zone.
Power: 81 mph exit velocity from the tee.
Arm: RH. INF - 71 mph. Long arm action, high 3/4 slot.
Defense: Fields under center, two-hand gather.
Run: 8.46 runner in the 60. 

Carson Cordelli, Oak Creek (WI), 2022
Positional Profile: 3B/SS
Body: 6-foot-4, 195-pounds. Lanky, projectable build.
Hit: RHH. Balanced, slightly closed setup, slight leg lift, loud front foot, short stride, dives towards the plate.  Quick swing, short, uphill path through the zone.
Power: 87 mph exit velocity from the tee.
Arm: RH. INF - 71 mph. Long arm action, over the top slot.
Defense: Fields the ball under center, long to release.
Run: 7.47 runner in the 60. Long strides, covers ground. 

Payton Frehner, Waukesha North (WI), 2022
Positional Profile: 3B/1B
Body: 5-foot-11, 180-pounds. High waisted, well-proportioned frame.
Hit: RHH. Balanced, athletic setup, arm bar load, slight leg kick, short stride, maintained balance through contact.  Present bat strength, quick hands, short, level path to contact, showed a gap-to-gap approach at the plate, fluid rhythm throughout.
Power: 86 mph exit velocity from the tee.
Arm: RH. INF - 80 mph. Long arm action, high 3/4 slot. Above-average arm strength for age.
Defense: Quick exchange, long to release.
Run: 7.51 runner in the 60. 

Noah Gerritson, Waupun (WI), 2021
Positional Profile: LHP/1B
Body: 6-foot-1, 195-pounds.
Hit: RHH. Balanced setup, wide base, bat wraps in load, toe-tap trigger to short stride. Quick, level path to contact, raw bat strength, pull-side tendency in batting practice.
Power: 92 mph exit velocity from the tee.
Arm: LH. INF - 76 mph. Long arm action, high 3/4 slot.
Defense: Hands play out in front, feel around the bag.
Run: 8.52 runner in the 60. 

Colin Henry, South Milwaukee (WI), 2023
Positional Profile: 3B/2B
Body: 5-foot-11, 181-pounds. Strong, well-proportioned build.
Hit: RHH. Open, balanced setup, leg kick trigger, short stride.  Long, uphill path through the zone, consistently produced line drives primarily to his pull-side.
Power: 82 mph exit velocity from the tee.
Arm: RH. INF - 65 mph. Short arm action, high 3/4 slot.
Defense: Fields out in front, secures the baseball.
Run: 8.45 runner in the 60. 

Colin Indermuehle, Grafton (WI), 2021
Positional Profile: SS/2B
Body: 5-foot-11, 178-pounds. Athletic build.
Hit: RHH. Balanced setup, pre-pitch movement, high leg kick, long stride. Bat travels in a long, uphill path to the baseball, elevates the baseball, present bat strength.
Power: 94 mph exit velocity from the tee.
Arm: RH. INF - 82 mph. Long arm action, high 3/4 slot.
Defense: Fields out in front, athletic fielding position, occasionally long to release.
Run: 7.24 runner in the 60. 

Grant Meulemans, Freedom (WI), 2022
Positional Profile: SS/2B
Body: 5-foot-10, 155-pounds. Lean, athletic build.
Hit: RHH. Slightly open, tall, balanced setup, quick leg lift trigger, hands drop in load, upright finish through contact.  Bat travels in a long, uphill path to the baseball, pull-side approach.
Power: 82 mph exit velocity from the tee.
Arm: RH. INF - 76 mph. Long arm action, over-the-top slot.
Defense: Deep fielding position, long to release.
Run: 7.21 runner in the 60. 

Connor Olson, Nicolet (WI), 2023
Positional Profile: SS/RHP
Body: 5-foot-11, 160-pounds. Athletic, projectable build.
Hit: RHH. Balanced setup, leg kick, loud front foot, short stride, dives towards the plate.  Long, uphill path to contact.
Power: 82 mph exit velocity from the tee.
Arm: RH. INF - 78 mph. Short, loose arm action, high 3/4 slot.
Defense: Ball gets deep, two-hand gather.
Run: 7.19 runner in the 60. Above-average runner for his age. 

Fred Pierce Jr., Brookfield East (WI), 2022
Positional Profile: 3B/RHP
Body: 6-foot-0, 204-pounds. Strong lower half.
Hit: RHH. Tall setup, short stride, bat stays vertical throughout load.  Long, uphill path through the zone, showed a gap-to-gap approach.
Power: 84 mph exit velocity from the tee.
Arm: RH. INF - 73 mph. Long arm action, worked from both a 3/4 and low 3/4 slot.
Defense: Wide base, fields the ball out in front, two-hand gather, long to release.
Run: 8.11 runner in the 60. 

Joey Schneider, West Bend West (WI), 2022
Positional Profile: RHP/1B
Body: 6-foot-3, 240-pounds.
Hit: RHH. Starts tall in the box, smooth load, short stride with a toe-tap.  Long, level path to the baseball, raw bat strength.
Power: 85 mph exit velocity from the tee.
Arm: RH. INF - 71 mph. Short arm action, high 3/4 slot.
Defense: Two-hand gather out in front, steady hands.
Run: 8.31 runner in the 60. 

Jonathan Showalter, Arrowhead (WI), 2022
Positional Profile: 3B/RHP
Body: 6-foot-3, 238-pounds. Strong overall build, sturdy lower half.
Hit: RHH. Tall, open setup, clear physicality in the box, arm bar load, leg kick, short stride.  Present bat speed/strength, short, level path through the zone, feel for finding the barrel, clear raw power.
Power: 98 mph exit velocity from the tee.
Arm: RH. INF - 75 mph. Long arm action, high 3/4 slot.
Defense: Two-hand gather, wide base, first base profile.
Run: 7.40 runner in the 60. 

Luca Stacey, Sussex-Hamilton (WI), 2022
Positional Profile: 3B/
Body: 6-foot-0, 175-pounds. Strong lower half.
Hit: RHH. Tall, balanced setup, pre-pitch movement in hands, bar load.  Bat takes a long, level path through the zone.
Power: 75 mph exit velocity from the tee.
Arm: RH. INF - 60 mph. Long arm action, high 3/4 slot.
Defense: Ball gets deep, two-hand gather.
Run: 9.20 runner in the 60. 

Jack Tickner, Germantown (WI), 2021
Positional Profile: RHP/RHP
Body: 5-foot-8, 240-pounds.
Hit: RHH. Tall, narrow setup, minimal load, short stride.  Short, level path to contact.
Power: 78 mph exit velocity from the tee.
Arm: RH. INF - 65 mph. Long arm action, high 3/4 slot.
Defense: Fields the ball out in front, two-hand gather, long to release.
Run: 9.42 runner in the 60. 

Dakota Wagner, Plymouth (WI), 2021
Positional Profile: RHP/3B
Body: 6-foot-0, 190-pounds.
Hit: RHH. Tall setup, bat sits vertical pre-pitch, arm bar load, short stride.  Short, level path to contact, simple swing.
Power: 86 mph exit velocity from the tee.
Arm: RH. INF - 81 mph. Long arm action, high 3/4 slot.
Defense: Ball gets deep, long to release.
Run: 8.03 runner in the 60. 

Tyler Young, West Bend West (WI), 2021
Positional Profile: 3B/SS
Body: 6-foot-0, 170-pounds. Lanky, athletic build, more projection to come.
Hit: RHH. Bat starts vertical out in front of body, balanced in the box, slight arm bar load, leg lift trigger, short stride, stays balanced through contact.  Short, level path through the zone, simple swing, sprayed line drives.
Power: 89 mph exit velocity from the tee. Present bat strength.
Arm: RH. INF - 83 mph. Short, loose arm action, high 3/4 slot.
Defense: Active feet, secures the baseball, clean exchange, athletic in the field.
Run: 7.35 runner in the 60. 

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