Wisconsin Class of 2025 Rankings: Newcomers


By: Isaiah Glidden and Vinny Rottino
Wisconsin Staff

Every year, the fall circuit features more and more must-see events that host the top prospects in the region, creating some post-summer movement on the rankings just before the offseason. Because of that we recently just updated our Class of 2025 rankings earlier this week, in which we also expanded our list to a top-50, bringing in roughly 25 new names to the board. 

Earlier this week we highlighted some of the players who made some significant jumps inside this rankings list. Today, we focus on many of the new names that have created some buzz for themselves, thus jumping inside our updated '25 board. 

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Jack Lutz SS / 2B / Whitnall, WI / 2025

Making his rankings debut just outside the top-15, the slick left-handed-hitting middle infielder greatly increased his prospect stock throughout this past year. At the plate, Lutz works with rhythm and utilizes a quick stroke to consistently hit line-drives to the entire field and profiles as a top-of-the-order type prospect. Defensively, Lutz is an athletic mover that has range to both sides, and he couples it with sure-handed infield actions. His defensive capabilities not only set him apart from others they also point to him sticking at the shortstop position in the long-term. Overall, there is still some major upside inside his lanky 6-foot, 125-pound frame so it wouldn’t be surprising to see this prospect continue to rise up this board as he continues to develop. He’s also a high-level prospect on the basketball court.

Abe Herchenbach RHP / Elkhorn, WI / 2025

Herchenbach makes his rankings debut at No. 21 in this update after showing well in a handful of looks this year. Herchenbach first came onto the scene back in the winter at the South Milwaukee Preseason ID after twirling a memorable ‘pen where impressed with his ability to control his body while on the mound despite his young age. We have seen his fastball reach highs of 84 mph and while we can’t say for sure, it wouldn’t be a shock if Herchenbach gained some velocity the next time we see this young arm. He also features two quality offspeed offerings, a 11/5 breaking ball, and a changeup with some late arm-side run. While both of these offerings aren’t necessarily out pitches as of now, they both have some high potential to be those with some natural development. 

Marek Bolson C / 2B / Oconomowoc, WI / 2025

Bolson is one of the names who completely broke out this fall and now owns the No. 22 spot in this ‘25 rankings board as a result. Back in October, Bolson was in attendance at one of our few fall events, the Southern Wisconsin Open. There, the long-limbed 6-foot, 165-pound backstop impressed during his round of BP as he showed off the strides he has made offensively and if it continues to trend in the right direction, there is no reason why Bolson couldn’t become one the Badger States top catchers in this sophomore class. On defense, Bolson is an athletic and bouncy backstop with an arm that has topped at 73 mph and has recorded pop times as low as 2.10 on his quickest throws down to second. There is a lot to like from this young backstop and with a lot more room to add to his lanky frame, we could continue to see him trend upwards inside this sophomore class. 

Connor Harvie C / 3B / Waterford Union, WI / 2025

Harvie is another backstop in this sophomore class who continuously proves that he is one of the top catchers in this sophomore class. Offensively, Harvie works with rhythm and utilizes a short, loose to consistently drive the ball to both gaps. Defensively, he is a soft-handed receiver that we have seen able to handle high velocity. He also has quick feet and a strong arm that help him record pop times in the 2.07-2.09 range consistently. Harvie has always been a name who has performed well in front of our staff, but throughout this year he has taken it to another level and now finds himself inside the top-25 in the Badger States class of 2025 rankings board. 

MORE NEWCOMERS

+ LHP Brolan Frost (Elkhorn Area) first came onto the scene during the PBR at The Rock Fall Championships where he twirled an impressive outing for his GRB STiKS squad. Standing at a high upside 6-foot-2, 175 pounds, Frost is a clean mover on the mound and surprisingly syncs up his extra long levers surprisingly well. In our looks, Frost has consistently sat in the high-70s and topped at 80 mph, but with his projectable frame and whippy arm, we could see a velocity jump from him. Another impressive trait of Frost’s game is the feel he possesses for both of his offspeed pitches, a curveball and a changeup. His curveball features survey type movement that plays well in the bottom of the zone and also is a pitch that has some swing-and-miss potential. As for the changeup, it is a tick slower than his fastball, but it is still a quality offering as he throws it with the same arm speed and from the same slot as his heater. 

+ Standing at a projectable 6-foot-1, 165-pounds, INF/RHP Jack Zeller (Indian Trail) brings a lot to the table as a left-handed-hitting middle infielder. At the plate, Zeller works with rhythm and is able to adjust to different types of pitches to rip line drives to the entire field. Defensively, he is a quality option at any of the infield positions with his sure handed actions and quick movement laterally. Zeller’s also shown a high ceiling on the mound too, where his athleticism and upside frame should continue to play.

+ We got our first look at RHP Ben Hefter (Franklin) back in the summer at the Badger State Games and he earned a No. 32 spot inside these rankings after an impressive performance on the mound. Standing at a strong 6-foot-1, 205-pounds, the righty ran his fastball up to 82 mph and consistently sat 78-80 mph throughout his outing. He also flashed some feel for a 11/5 breaking ball that showed some occasional depth in the zone. Hefter is a raw prospect on the mound but he does possess some natural talent, and he is an arrow up prospect to keep on eye on inside this sophomore class. 

+ Across a couple of looks this summer, LHP/1B Warren Bowe (Cadott) became a legitimate prospect to know in the Badger States sophomore class. On the mound, the southpaw was up to 83 mph with ride through the zone down at the Creekside complex earlier this summer and featured an aggressively thrown breaking ball in the low-70s, too. Another one of our looks at Bowe came at the Western Wisconsin Open, and here is what our staff had to say regarding his performance there… Bowe has advanced strength inside his 5-foot-11, 190-pound stature, and he used it well in the left-handed box, showing consistent timing and barrel control that resulted in impactful all-fields contact. Bowe’s max exit speed of 94.2 mph was among the day’s highest, and it led all players outside of the Class of 2023. He also showed some ability to play around the first base bag, with an accurate arm that was able to turn a tricky 3-6-1 double play during defense evals.”

+ OF Braylen White (Brown Deer) is one of the state’s top athletes, regardless of class, and he enters our ‘25 rankings board at No. 34. Back in the winter, White came away a winner from the South Milwaukee Preseason ID and this was what our staff had to say after his impressive performance… “White is a high-capacity, dynamic athlete in Wisconsin’s freshman class, starting his day off with an elite 6.55 time in the 60-yard dash. In the box, White offers an interesting look. He works from open to slightly closed and swings with a higher slot and quick hands, finishing the barrel with some violence with a strong plant leg. White repeated line drives to the middle of the field with a knack for repeating flights. During his defensive session, he moved with athleticism, and delivered from a high slot with some arm speed. He gained lots of ground on different plays and worked with clean alignment in transition. White is a blooming outfield name to know and will surely gain lots of interest as folks gain looks on his  maturation process.”

+ INF/RHP Cullen Kirchberg (Deforest) makes his rankings debut at No. 35 in this update. Kirchberg is an athletic, left-handed hitting middle infielder that consistently shows the ability to barrel the baseball and he brings an advanced approach to the plate as well. He also flashes some two-way potential as his athleticism transfers over to the mound and has been up to nearly 80 mph in our looks, while also featuring feel in his secondaries that are worth monitoring as he continues to develop.

+ RHP Zachary Kiffmeyer (Oshkosh North) recently came away a winner from October’s Southern Wisconsin Open event and earned a No. 36 spot inside this ‘25 rankings board as a result. Here is what our staff had to say regarding his performance at that event… “Kiffmeyer is a strong 6-foot-2 pitching prospect with some room to fill out more as he matures. Kiffmeyer performed like a high-follow member of the state’s 2025 class at this showcase while on the mound, sitting 82-83 mph and locating at the bottom of the zone while working at an uptempo pace. He also showed a breaking ball with considerable horizontal movement, flashing sharp at times, and his changeup, 68-72 mph, is thrown with conviction and dives arm side heavily. During batting practice, Kiffmeyer employed a handsy swing and took a direct path to go along with an opposite field approach, posting an exit velo as high as 91.4 mph during his round.”

+ MIF Luke Schlosser (Oconomowoc) is another prospect in this ‘Newcomers’ list that was in attendance at the Southern Wisconsin Open and after catching our staff’s attention, he earned the No. 37 spot on our sophomore rankings board. Here is what our staff has to say about Schlosser’s performance during October’s event… “Schlosser is listed at an athletic 5-foot-10, 145 pounds with quick-twitch traits attached to his game. Schlosser opened the event by impressing during batting practice, making easy, rhythmic right-handed contact while being repeatedly on the barrel, spraying liners to all fields. He kept up his impressive showing by taking arguably the top defensive round of the day. Schlosser looks like a true middle infielder, with quick feet that play well both to his forehand and backhand, and he unleashed throws to first the topped 86 mph across, and from multiple angles. Schlosser was one of the winners from this event and is a follow sophomore moving forward.”

+ RHP Jack Welak (Catholic Memorial) makes his rankings debut at No. 38. Welak impressed our staff last spring at our Madison Preseason ID event showing off his ability to control his long levers through the delivery and drive his repertoire through the zone, and he was very effective again in a live look this past summer, at the Badger State Games. Listed at 5-foot-10, 145 pounds he has more room in there to grow in size and strength. Currently pitching with a low-80s fastball, he possesses a whippy arm through release indicating that there certainly could be a big velocity bump in the future. The secondaries show promise as he features a developing curveball, slider and changeup and can land all three for strikes. Those offerings should continue to improve both in consistent shape and overall quality as he develops.  

+ Fresh off an injury that kept him sidelined for a large chunk of time, OF/LHP Brandon Morrissey (Beaver Dam) was back to full health at the Southern Wisconsin Open in October. There, the athletic and strong 5-foot-11, 180-pound prospect impressed with his smooth and rhythmic left handed stroke that produces hard hit contact to all fields. Even with his absence because of his injury, Morrissey still looks the part of next level prospect and he has the chance to breakout following a full off-season of training.

+ RHP/1B Liam St. Denis (Wauwatosa East) is built at a sturdy 6-foot-1, 210-pounds and is an arm to keep an eye on in this sophomore class. In the winter, St. Denis reached highs of 83.1 mph with his fastball at the Madison Preseason ID which is consistently one of our highest attended events and also one of the most talented ones as well. He also features a slurve-y breaking ball and a straight changeup, too. St. Denis is a name our staff is excited about and we are looking forward to seeing the progress he has made throughout the off-season.

+ Across multiple looks this year, INF Daniel Hauboldt (Muskego) has sort of made a name for himself after a handful of impressive performances. Our most recent look at Hauboldt came during October’s Southern Wisconsin Open event and here is what our staff had to say… Hauboldt is listed at an athletic, wiry 6-foot, 175 pounds with more size and strength coming. Hauboldt started the day by running a 7.29 in the 60-yard dash, and he showed some quick turnover and burst once he really got going. Hauboldt also showed a natural, rhythmic swing that landed repeated barreled contact. His best batted ball left his barrel at 90.5 mph, and he’s a candidate to make a leap after a diligent offseason.”

+ Built at a sturdy/strong 6-foot-3, 210 pounds, LHP/1B Adam Kudronowicz (Mukwonago) is a two-way prospect to know inside the Badger States sophomore class. Offensively, Kudronowicz creates some whip in his bat with an aggressive hip turn towards the baseball and has created a max EV of 89 mph in front of our staff before. While on the mound, he is a raw prospect but he does possess some clean mechanics that produces fastball velocities up to 80 mph with run. From his lower slot, he makes for a unique battle for a would-be batter and he still has plenty of more velocity inside his large stature.

+ OF/LHP Treyton Schumacher (Culver Academy, IN) makes his rankings debut at No. 43 in this update after a standout performance at June’s Underclass Open and here is what our staff had to say regarding it… “At an athletic 6-foot, 178-pounds with room to add, Schumacher put together a solid overall day which started when he recorded a 7.25 60-yard dash. He then followed it up with a quality round of BP in which his twitchy athleticism was on display as he sprayed line drives to the entire field and logged an 89 mph max exit velocity. He followed this up with an athletic showing while patrolling the outfield, moving quickly to the ball and then firing his hardest to home at 80 mph with accuracy. Schumacher would then complete his day with a solid ‘pen, topping out at 79.7 on his hardest bullet to home. While on the bump, Schumacher works methodically and throws from a low ¾ slot, making him a tough at-bat for lefties. His better of his two offspeed offerings was a tightly spun, 1/7 breaking ball that he flashed feel for. He rounded out his three-pitch mix with a developing changeup that he has a tendency to cut. Overall, Schumacher’s ‘pen was raw but he possesses a quick arm and athleticism that should only get better as he matures.”

+ MIF prospect Aidyn Mueller (Muskego) checks in at No. 44. Listed at 6-foot, 160 pounds the quick twitched Mueller has an athletic frame that projects for more strength and size. He has a short left-handed swing with the ability to loft balls to both gaps. We’ve seen his quick hands allow him to hit both velocity and secondary offerings from opposing arms. The actions in the infield show promise and the arm will continue to get stronger as he develops physically. Mueller certainly has the toolset to continue to open eyes in the state. 

+ RHP Ethan Oatman (Mosinee) is an intriguing arm inside this sophomore class due to his natural feel to pitch. Listed at 6-foot-1, 180-pounds, Oatman is an easy mover on the mound and pairs it with a loose arm action that projects for more velocity in the future. He also features feel for both a curveball and a changeup that complete his starter profile. Oatman is a name to keep on eye out for as he continues to develop and our staff is excited to see him after a full offseason of gains. 

+ RHP Nick Hirsch (Hudson) makes his rankings debut at No. 46. He’s listed at a long 6-foot-1, 165 pounds with plenty more room to add to the frame. Hirsch organizes his movements well through the delivery which allows him to land the fastball in the low-80s to spots in the zone. He has a quick arm to go along with the projectable frame which are indicators for more future velocity. He keeps hitters off balance by mixing in his 11/5 curveball, and changeup for strikes. We are excited to see how Hirsch performs this coming spring season. 

+ RHP Drew Dobberstein (Pewaukee) is another interesting arm in the states sophomore class and he first came on our radar back in the winter circuit at the West Milwaukee Preseason ID, here is what our staff had to say regarding Dobberstein… “Built at a lanky 5-foot-10, 155 pounds, Dobberstein utilized his long levers to reach an 82 mph high with his fastball, all while featuring hard sinking action, and not just for his age. Though still developing a complete feel for his longer levers on the mound, Dobberstein’s breaking ball did flash intrigue. He spun the slurve-type offering at 70-72 mph while averaging 13 inches of horizontal break through the zone. Consider Dobberstein one of the top freshman arms we’ve seen to date this winter.”

+ Much like his cousin, the aforementioned Drew, RHP Owen Dobberstein (Pewaukee), is another righty arm making his debut in this rankings update. This summer, Owen showed a bit of an uptick in velocity since our previous look at him in the winter, as he ran his fastball up to 82 mph with sink. He also flashed feel for a developing breaking ball in the high 60s. On the mound, Drew is an easy mover and has a loose arm that points to a velocity jump in the near future. 

+ Listed at a lean 5-foot-9, 135 pounds, INF Nathan Glapa (Sussex Hamilton) is a projectable athlete to monitor as he continues to develop. During the winter, Glapa was in attendance at the West Milwaukee Preseason ID and despite his metrics not being the highest of the event, our staff came away impressed with his natural feel for the game. Offensively, Glapa knows his game and he doesn’t try to do too much as he takes controlled hacks at the ball to produce low liners to the entire field. Defensively, his 7.36 60-yard dash speed gets put on display while he is on the infield dirt as he effortlessly moves from side to side to profile as a lockdown defender up-the-middle.

+ Starting in the winter, CIF Andrew Carlson (Neenah) has been an arrow-up prospect and now makes his rankings debut at No. 50. Offensively, Carlson’s physical 6-foot, 190-pound frame coupled with some bat-to-ball skills help him to drive hard-hit balls all over the park. Carlson looks every bit the part of a true power threat and if he continues his trend in the right direction there is no reason why he couldn’t continue to move up this rankings board.

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