West Milwaukee Preseason I.D.: Preview

By Andy Sroka
Staff Writer

On Sunday, Feb. 17, the PBR Wisconsin staff will host its second event of 2019: the West Milwaukee Preseason I.D. in Waukesha. Over 90 prospects are already slated to attend – and counting – with registration still open.

For sign-up details, click here. For a look at the most up-to-date roster, click here.

By the looks of it, the STiKS-hosted event is set to be a star-studded one, with an ensemble of ranked prospects planning on joining us on Sunday morning. There have been some rumblings online of a productive offseason from a handful of the arms attending the showcase, including RHP Gavin Hinckley (West Bend West; uncommitted) and RHP Chris Byhre (Catholic Memorial; uncommitted). Both are ranked on the state’s 2020 board and both could come away with some added momentum after Sunday.

Gavin Hinckley (8/2/18)

We got our first look at LHP David Go (Heritage Christian; uncommitted) in October, where he was smooth and simple with above-average arm speed. His performance then landed him on the 2020 board, too, and we’re excited to see how he progressed over the offseason.

One of the state’s top ranked backstops, Bryce Miller (Franklin, 2020; uncommitted), made a move up the board in the most recent rankings update, and it’ll be interesting to see if he can continue that ascent north.

Two of their respective class’ top ranked prospects will join us on Sunday, too. Sophomore OF Q Phillips (Brookfield East; uncommitted) and junior OF Alex Ryan (Lakeside Lutheran; uncommitted), both of whom are top-15 state ranks. Ryan, specifically, is one of the highest ranked juniors in the state without a commitment.

Alex Ryan (8/1/18)

Our staff is also looking forward to seeing a number of high-end, unsigned prospects who will be making their PBR event debuts on Sunday: SS/2B Bobby Ball (Brookfield Central, 2021), SS Ryan Taylor (Verona, 2021), RHP Conner Haggerty (Onalaska, 2020), and LHP Alex Hayes (Muskego, 2021). Taylor is ranked inside the top 20 for the state’s 2021 class and plays the game at an accelerated pace with a patient and short left-handed swing. Ball and Haggerty are ranked within their state’s class lists and, while Hayes is not, he’s an ideal candidate to rocket up the rankings with a strong performance Sunday.


  • Check-in for Position Players: 8:20 to 8:40 a.m.

    • Offensive Evaluations (exit velo, mechanical analysis, batting practice)

    • Defensive Evaluations (arm strength, mobility, positional reps)

  • Check-in for Pitchers only: 11:45 a.m. to noon

    • Bullpen Sessions (15-pitch session, mechanical analysis)

    • Catcher Evaluations (evaluating receiving/blocking skills)

  • Catchers will stay for both sessions.