Prep Baseball Report

Southern Wisconsin Open: Preview

By: Isaiah Glidden
Staff Writer, Associate Scout

This Saturday, October 14th, the PBR Wisconsin team is hosting the Southern Wisconsin Open at STiKS Academy in Waukesha, WI, the first showcase of our fall circuit. This is an open event for all high school classes (2024-27), and gives our staff an ample look at the area’s top players.

For a closer look at the showcase details and the technologies we'll have on-site to assist our in-person evaluation for all in attendance, click here. For a complete look at those registered to attend this event, view the most up-to-date version of the roster by clicking here.


We've been hosting this event for the past 10 years, and it's consistently provided us a look at prominent players who've later gone on to receive invitations to select events, like the PBR Future Games. Among the players in attendance at this event in 2022, there are already nine commitments among them.

One of the biggest winners from this same event last year was RHP Tavian Ramos (Neenah, 2024; Cornell commit) who gave our staff a glimpse of his electric arm talent that has been on display over the course of 2023, committing to Cornell earlier this year.

RHP/INF Eli Bryant (Beaver Dam, 2025; Kent State commit) and LHP Brolan Frost (Elkhorn Area, 2025; Iowa commit) were two prospects who earned invite’s to the 2023 Future Games after impressing our staff at this event last year, and both of them announced their commitments earlier this year, too. Two other Future Games participants who attended this same event last year were C Marek Bolson (Oconomowoc, 2025) and INF Brayden Steinbecker (Manitowoc Lincoln, 2025) who are amongst the top uncommitted talents in the state’s junior class. 


This year’s roster is shaping up nicely, just like in years past.

+ C/OF PJ Hamel (Arrowhead, 2025) is a projectable 6-foot-3, 185-pound athlete that has impressed across a handful of looks over the course of 2023. He swings a controlled right-handed bat that produced exit velocities up to 91.4 mph at the Eastern Wisconsin Open a couple of months ago. Also, he features a strong arm from behind the plate (78 mph) that has recorded pop times in the 2.18-2.20 range and we are certainly excited to get an update look at this high-ceiling prospect on Sunday.

PJ Hamel (8/21/23)

+ INF/OF Owen McLellan (Shorewood, 2026) made his debut on our 2026 rankings board following multiple strong performances this year. McLellan is an athletic 5-foot-9, 150-pound infielder who swings a short and compact bat from the right side. He also features sure-handed actions on the infield and pairs it with an accurate arm, too. 

+ After impressing at the PBRT The Rock Open which earned him a top-25 inside of our 2026 rankings, LHP Brett Rybarczyk (Sheboygan North, 2026) is set to make his PBR event debut on Sunday. Built at a long 6-foot-1, 165-pounds, Rybarczyk is an upside southpaw on the mound who is a clean and athletic mover downhill. This summer, Rybarczyk was up to 80 mph with his fastball and also featured a low-70s breaking ball with late bite, too.

Brett Rybarczyk (6/17/23)

+ Two freshman prospects to know before Sunday’s event are RHP Eli Dreier (Wisconsin Lutheran, 2027) and C Haaken Hovestol (Delavan-Darien, 2027), who both have put together strong performances in front of our staff. Dreier is a 6-foot-1, 194-pound two-way prospect that has been up to 84 mph on the mound from an athletic delivery, with feel to spin an 11/5 breaking ball. Offensively, he was all over the barrel across the summer from a controlled right-handed swing as well.

Eli Dreier (9/23/23)

As for Hovestol, he is an advanced receiver behind the plate and not just for age either. At the plate, he has a smooth left-handed swing with bat-to-ball skills and he has flashed some big power potential that certainly adds to his already impressive prospect stock. 

Haaken Hovestol (9/30/23)


Because of the high number of prospects set to attend Saturday’s event, it is imperative that you read our adjusted showcase itinerary below, which will allow our staff to swiftly and efficiently educate and evaluate the players set to attend.

Additionally, in an effort to continue and develop contactless check-in strategies, upon arrival, players will scan a QR Code with their smart phone camera that will lead them to a Google Form. On that Form, players will enter their name (matching the spelling on their PBR profile) and hit submit. Upon submission, players will be prompted to click a link that will direct them to their jersey color and number, located next to their registered name.


+ Position Players: 

  • Check-in: 9:00 am

+ Pitchers-Only: 

  • Check-in: 11:45 am


Click here to learn more about our tech partners that have enhanced our players showcase experience. Partners like TrackMan, Vizual Edge, Swift and Blast Motion have helped both our in-event evaluation process, as well the compilation of our post-event scouting reports – and they're also a tool for our players to learn more about their measured and collected data, that can be applied to improve upon their game. Finally, wear baseball clothes; assigned and numbered PBR jerseys will be provided.