Prep Baseball Report

Week 5 Games

By: Isaiah Glidden & Josh Fields
Wisconsin Staff

The Wisconsin Scout Blog provides insider information and scouting notes from the Prep Baseball Scouting Staff during the season. This running blog will feature information on underclass prospects, unsigned seniors, draft prospects, and anything else that is notable. We will provide a wide range of information, including player evaluations, velocities, pop times, home to first times, and more. Simply put, the Wisconsin Scout Blog is loaded with information …



By: Josh FIelds
Area Scout, Data Coordinator

Avery Duncan, RHP, Notre Dame Academy, 2024
Dallas Baptist commit, Duncan has seen his prospect status rise tremendously over the course of the year. An athletic 6-foot-2, 184-pounds with plenty of room for continued development and fill to add on to his frame. Tossed a complete game in only 80 pitches, 52 strikes, striking out seven batters and scattering four baserunners throughout. On the mound, Duncan is an easy mover delivering the baseball with near zero perceived effort, only fastball/slider in this look against a lineup of all right-handers. Duncan was able to hold and maintain velo with his fastball throughout the outing sitting 88-91 mph, more control over command with the occasional fastball getting away from him making its way to the backstop. His slider got better as the game went on and really came alive in the last inning, earning multiple swings-and-misses in the final inning with the pitch. Playing with sharp and late break and throwing it at 81-84 mph, a pitch that will continue to get swings-and-misses as he gains more command of the pitch. Still a high-ceiling prospect with physical development and room for more refinement on the mound, Duncan reaffirmed himself as one of the top right-handers in the state.

Brady LaViolette, C, Notre Dame Academy, 2024
Ohio commit, LaViolette is a strong 5-foot-10 right-handed hitting backstop. At the plate, LaViolette has some pop in his compact stroke and a knack for finding barrels. In his first at-bat LaViolette drove a ball to the opposite field that carried back to the track, later in the game he singled on a ball hit through the infield. LaViolette was patient in the box, sticking to his approach and looking for pitches he can drive early in counts and not expanding out of the zone as a result. Defensively, catching Duncan, LaViolette showed soft hands at times and some lateral agility behind the plate with some range on blocks.



By: Josh Fields
Area Scout, Data Coordinator

Nolan Buss, RHP, Arrowhead, 2024
Kansas State commit, the 6-foot, 190-pound right-hander has been one of the top prospects in the state for some time. Now a Senior Buss has continued to impress in front of our staff throughout his prep career. In this look, Buss tossed a complete game striking out 11 batters and got stronger as the game progressed. Stretch only, Buss simplifies his delivery and delivers the ball on time and out of the same window with all three of his pitches. His fastball reached 91 mph and held velo throughout the outing sitting 89-91, Buss gained more feel of the pitch throughout the game and the command improved throughout. Late in the game he showed the ability to consistently locate the pitch up and away. Buss went to his slider often throughout the outing, sitting 79-83 mph with the pitch that got stronger later, using both sides of the plate with the pitch. Buss also threw a heavy fading changeup exclusively to left-handed hitters giving him a quality three-pitch mix.


By: Isaiah Glidden
Area Scout, Content

Sam Callow, RHP, Indian Trail, 2025
Uncommitted. 5-foot-11, 165 pounds with room to add. Callow has been on a tear to start the season, coming into Monday’s matchup without giving up an earned run in multiple appearances. While he did give up a couple to a loaded Oak Creek offense, he still came away with the win and was impressive across his five innings of work. Working out of a simple delivery, Callow pounded the zone with a fastball that he got up to 85 mph, and sat in low-to-mid-80s throughout. Off that he spun in a 11/5 breaking ball that he consistently spotted up in the zone for strikes and he also earned some whiffs on it too. He finished his illustrious day with 11 strikeouts, which again was against one of the state’s most talented lineups. It is easy to see why Callow has been off to a productive start, as he has a true feel to pitch and is confident enough to pitch backwards, making him an intriguing uncommitted arm in the state’s junior class.

Nathan Hanel, C, Oak Creek, 2024
Wisconsin-Parkside commit. Sturdy 6-foot-2, 190-pound frame. Hanel has long been one of the top defensive backstops in the state’s 2024 class, but over our past few looks his right-handed bat has made some big strides. He did all he could for Oak Creek in their first loss of the season, going 3-for-3 at the plate, with a pair of doubles and a long home run, all going to the middle/pull side. With these advances to his offensive abilities, he is still a defensive minded catcher. He smothered a number of balls in the dirt and was quick out of the crouch, as he nearly made a diving play on a short foul ball behind him.