Wisconsin Class of 2021 Rankings Update


By Wisconsin Staff

Ahead of their senior spring season, we’ve touched up the Wisconsin Class of 2021 Rankings. Consider this update a small one, as we last brushed up the board in early December, following the conclusion of a handful of fall events. We haven’t seen a ton of ‘21s in the time since, but there’s been enough intel to warrant a tweak to the rankings prior to the start of the WIAA season.

Our national team recently published its latest update to the overall 2021 rankings, and here’s how the past few months have slightly altered the state’s Class of 2021 board.

SPRING WATCHLIST

Before we really dig in, there are a couple notes to mention at the top of this class. OF Q Phillips (Brookfield East) has been removed from the board, as he’s graduated from high school early to attend Pima JC, while still committed to Michigan in the fall. Central Florida recruit SS Ryan Taylor, formerly of Verona Area, has transferred to a Florida high school for his senior year. So he, too, has been transferred to the PBR Florida database.

+ Keep an eye out next week when we begin to assess the top WIAA programs ahead of spring season, now that we’re less than two weeks away from Opening Day. We’re excited that this Class of 2021 will receive another chance to represent their high school on the diamond.

+ With that being said, professional scouts will need to span the state of Wisconsin this spring to check out two of the Midwest’s top MLB Draft prospects: SS Noah Miller (Ozaukee; Alabama commit) and RHP Vincent Trapani (Eau Claire Memorial; Arkansas). While these aren’t the only two Wisconsin products on the 2021 draft radar, the pair are the Nos. 1 and 2 ranked players in this class and seem to have a reasonable chance of beginning their pro ball journeys straight out of high school.

Miller especially, as he’s ranked at No. 36 overall in the country, and considered one of the top defenders in the country. He made the nearby trip to the brand-new MOSH Performance Center in Franklin, Wis., where we hosted the prestigious PBR Super 60 Pro Showcase in early February. There, he averaged a 90 mph exit speed (96.0 mph max) and appears to be striking the ball with greater authority and at a higher frequency from the left-handed batter’s box. A more impactful batted-ball profile would further enhance his draft stock.

Noah Miller (2/7/21)

We’ll be eager to see Trapani this spring as well. The sturdy, strong right-hander has demonstrated the feel for three pitches, including one of the region’s top fastballs. Its peripherals indicate it contains jump and carry through the zone, amplified by his ability to repeat a funky, unique arm action well, allowing him to attack the strike zone. He’s reached a 95 mph high in front of our staff already, so we’ll see where he’s sitting this spring.

+ C Joey Spence’s (West Bend East; Notre Dame) improvements behind the plate have helped him generate under-the-radar draft interest early in 2021. His timely, efficient left-handed swing has long carried him atop the state’s rankings, but positive defensive strides could pull him away from South Bend. He, too, attended the Super 60 where he recorded one of the day’s highest average bat speed marks (74.8 mph) while popping in the 1.94-2.02 range with an 80 mph high to second.

Joey Spence (2/7/21)

+ RHP Logan Schulfer (Stevens Point Area; Wisconsin-Milwaukee) is another draft follow, as a sinker-type righty with low-90s stuff and a deceptive sinking changeup that complements his fastball well. Seeing Schulfer pitch for the SPASH Panthers once more is high on our spring to-do list over the next couple of months.

ON THE RISE

Liam Moreno 3B / SS / Sun Prairie, WI / 2021

Back on the national rankings, Moreno was among the top performers at the PBR Iowa Midwest ProCase. Here’s his scouting report from that event, which helped him become the new No. 6-ranked player in the state: “Compact, athletic 5-foot-9, 195-pound build. Missouri State commit. The right-handed hitting infielder sets up in a quiet, slightly open stance with fluid actions through his load and stride. Show advanced feel for the barrel, using a compact level line-drive swing to drive the ball to all fields. 99 mph exit velocity, showing solid hand/bat speed. Defensively, clean fielding actions with hands that work out front and smooth exchanges. 87 mph arm strength across the infield from a short high-¾ arm action. Above average 6.49 sec runner in the 60.

Liam Moreno (2/24/21)

Jared Everson 1B / La Crosse Aquinas, WI / 2021

Like Moreno, Everson came away as a winner at the PBR Midwest ProCase back in February. The Minnesota commit increased his average bat and hand speed substantially over the winter; the Blast sensor measured his average bat speed at 77.8 mph in Iowa, and it led to a 99.3 mph max exit speed that produced a max estimated batted distance of 361 feet. His increasing power and natural feel to hit – inside a fundamental, fluid left-handed swing – will help him make an early impact with the Golden Gophers.

Jared Everson (2/24/21)

Ryan Kendziorski SS / 2B / Whitnall, WI / 2021

Kendziorski, who recently committed to UW-Whitewater, added some muscle to his athletic 6-foot-2, 190-pound frame. He attended the PBR Illinois Unsigned Senior Showcase in February and was among the top overall players in attendance. There, he ran a 6.80 and was up to 88 mph across the infield. Kendziorski worked gap-to-gap in a line-drive profile, averaging an exit speed of over 89 mph. He debuted on this board at the end of 2020, and he’s up to No. 80 overall in this update.

Ryan Kendziorski (2/21/21)

NEWCOMERS

Conor Diedrich C / OF / Ripon, WI / 2021

Diedrich also attended the PBR Illinois Unsigned Senior Showcase where he was also among the day’s top performers. He debuted at No. 87 overall in the state, and is still uncommitted. Here’s his report from that day, originally published inside this Quick Hits story: “… ran a 7.12 60, and registered the top exit velocity of the day at 98 mph. The right-handed hitter is calm and quiet in the box and repeats his swing that is direct to the ball with natural lift to the pull-side gap. Diedrich recorded a max distance off the bat of 334 feet during BP. Defensively, in the outfield, he played aggressive through the baseball and topped at 88 mph mph. He was also 75 mph from behind the plate.”

Conor Diedrich (2/21/21)

Harrison Toone 2B / SS / Brookfield East, WI / 2021

Toone, committed to Southwestern CC, has long shown excellent middle infield actions. At the Unsigned Senior Showcase, Toone showcased a little more speed, and increased muscle and strength allows him to impact the ball harder than you might expect. He averaged an exit speed of 89 mph at the event, and his defensive prowess should keep him on the radar following his next destination at the JUCO level.

Harrison Toone (2/21/21)

Click here to view the complete Wisconsin Class of 2021 Rankings.

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