Top Prospects (Position, Class, PG National Rank):
1. Will Hodges, RHP/OF, 2016, Follow
2. Wes Putnam, OF/RHP, 2014, High Follow
3. Matt Moorefield, LHP, 2013
2016 OF/RHP Will Hodges is pacing the offense in the early going with four home runs while playing centerfield. 2014 SS/OF Bryce Evans has moved to shortstop to fill a void for the team, but has played outfield in the past and projects there long term thanks to his speed. Evans has perhaps been the player who has taken the biggest step forward this season amid the adversity and is currently hitting .460 with a home run and eight stolen bases.
2014 RHP/OF Wes Putnam has been a key player at times for them this season after coming into the year as the expected leader, but he's missed some time recently due to injuries and is now getting close to being cleared to return to the lineup. 2016 IF Chase Marini is a three sport athlete (also a quarterback and point guard) with some upside, currently plays at 3B but coaching staff expects him to potentially profile at shortstop later in his high school career.
2013 LHP Matt Moorefield went 5-0 last year for the Raiders during their run to the final four, and he has been counted upon again this year.
2016 RHP/OF Ben Hauesseler has been a pleasant surprise for the Raiders, showing low 80s velocity from a low three quarters arm slot with good arm side run and a promising breaking ball. He's already getting hitters out at the varsity level and the Raiders coaching staff is excited about his potential. RHP Trey Kramer is another freshman who has seized the opportunity after being pressed into action from day one.
There may be some growing pains for this young team as they match up against some of the best teams in the nation, but the experience they gain will be very valuable going forward.