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Summer Collegiate : : Rankings
Northwoods League: Top 20 Prospects, 2010
   
Published: Wednesday, September 15, 2010

NORTHWOODS LEAGUE
TOP 50 PROSPECTS, 2010
 
COMPILED BY PATRICK EBERT
In Association with League Managers and Scouts

 
Official League Website: www.northwoodsleague.com
 
FAST FACTS
Year League Established:1994.
States Represented in League:Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Ontario (Canada).
Level of Competition (1-to-4 Scale):1.
No. of Teams in League:16 (14 in 2009).
Regular-Season Champion (best overall record):Eau Claire Express (48-22).
Post-Season Champion:Eau Claire Express.
Teams, PG CrossChecker Summer 30/Final Ranking:No. 1 Eau Claire Express, No. 19 Wisconsin Woodchucks, No. 30 St. Cloud River Bats.
No. 1 Prospect, 2009 (per PG Crosschecker):Robert Brantly, c, La Crosse Loggers (UC Riverside; Tigers/3rd round).
First 2009 Player Selected, 2010 Draft:Mike Kvasnicka, of, Brainerd Lakes Area Lunkers (Minnesota; Astros/supplemental first round).
 

Most Valuable Player:Steve Nyisztor, ss, St. Cloud River Bats.
Most Outstanding Pitcher:Jason Wheeler, lhp, St. Cloud River Bats.
Top Prospect (as selected by league):None selected.
 

BATTING LEADERS
Batting Average:Drew Heithoff, 2b, Eau Claire Express (.389).
Slugging Percentage:Jimmy Waters, of, Rochester Honkers (.558).
On-Base Average:Drew Heithoff, 2b, Eau Claire Express (.515).
Home Runs:Scott Schebler, of, Green Bay Bullfrogs; Mark Threlkeld, 3b, Duluth Huskies (10).
RBIs:Cody Asche, 3b, Duluth Huskies (61).
Stolen Bases:Carlos Leyva, 2b, Willmar Stingers; Travis Whitmore, of, Wisconsin Woodchucks (29).
 

PITCHING LEADERS
Wins:Lindsey Caughel, rhp, Alexandria Beetles; Matt Flemer, rhp, La Crosse Loggers; Jason Wheeler, lhp, St. Cloud River Bats (8).
ERA:Jason Wheeler, lhp, St. Cloud River Bats (1.35).
Saves:Luke Putz, rhp, Waterloo Bucks (12).
Strikeouts:Jason Wheeler, lhp, St. Cloud River Bats (74).
 

BEST TOOLS
Best Athlete:Kyle Gaedele, of, Madison Mallards.
Best Hitter:Jordan Smith, of, Willmar Stingers.
Best Power:Cody Asche, 3b, Duluth Huskies.
Fastest Base Runner:Zeke DeVoss, of, Duluth Huskies.
Best Defensive Player:Andrew Aplin, of, St. Cloud River Bats.
Best Velocity:Sam Selman, lhp, Mankato Moondogs.
Best Breaking Ball:Mike Strong, lhp, Rochester Honkers.
Best Command:  Matt Flemer, rhp, La Crosse Loggers.
 
TOP 50 PROSPECTS
 
1. KYLE GAEDELE, of, Madison Mallards (Valparaiso/JR in 2011)
5-tool talent with + bat speed/power potential/speed/arm strength; hit .315-9-38, 26 SB; Jeff Francoeur-type athlete with + makeup
2. STEVE NYISZTOR, ss, St. Cloud River Bats (Rutgers/SO)
League MVP posted big numbers (.306-8-56, 18 SB) after + FR year at Rugers; has ability to hit for average/power, 3B at next level
3. SAM SELMAN, lhp, Mankato Moondogs (Vanderbilt/SO)
Exciting power lefty, FB clocked as high as 97; went just 2-4, 3.89 (44 IP/32 SO), needs more consistent velo, break stuff, command
4. CODY ASCHE, 3b, Duluth Huskies (Nebraska/JR)
Most consistent slugger/run producer in NWL (.304-9-61); disciplined approach at plate, loft power from LH side; unclear if 3B or 1B
5. ZEKE DeVOSS, of, Duluth Huskies (Miami/SO)
Speedster wreaks havoc at top of lineup (.310-3-26), on base paths (27 SB); has knack for getting on base, solid defender in CF
6. RAY BLACK, rhp, Brainerd Lakes Area Lunkers (Pittsburgh/SO)
Best power arm in NWL, regularly clocked at 94-97; SL also a + pitch, had 8 SV, .116 OBA; needs more consistency, experience
7. JASON WHEELER, lhp, St. Cloud River Bats (Loyola Marymount/JR)
Big lefty went 8-1, 1.35; spots 88-92 FB very well, but needs to tighten up SL; Led league in Ks (74 in 67 IP), ERA, tied for lead in W
8. BRAD SCHREIBER, rhp, Green Bay Bullfrogs (Purdue/SO)
Worked at 92-94, touched 96, though velo dropped after 3-5 IP; went 1-4, 3.83; big body, needs consistency, mechanical tweaks
9. JORDAN SMITH, of, Willmar Stingers (St. Cloud State (Minn.)/SO)
Local D-II product, but fundamentally-sound pure hitter, sprays line drives to all fields; heady player, good instincts, decent wheels
10. MADISON BOER, rhp, La Crosse Loggers (Oregon/JR)
Good-sized RHP worked in low-90s, touched 96 as closer (5 SV, 0.89 ERA); swing-and-miss SL is + pitch, CH/split is solid 3rd pitch
11. HAROLD RIGGINS, 1b/of, Madison Mallards (North Carolina State/JR)
Trimmed baby fat off big frame from 2009 with better conditioning; good athlete, ++ power potential (.337-8-32), lot of empty swings
12. SCOTT SCHEBLER, of, Green Bay Bullfrogs (SIGNED/Dodgers)
Good athlete with exciting power/speed package; tied for league HR lead; Wichita State-bound before sign with Dodgers for $300K
13. DeMARCUS TIDWELL, of, Eau Claire Express (Southern Poly, Ga./JR)
5-tool athlete with speed/power, strong skills in CF; hit .333-2-25, but needs work on swing; character issues scared off D-I schools
14. SEAN DWYER, of/1b, Willmar Stingers (Florida Gulf Coast/FR)
2010 Florida HS grad (SD, 15th round) more than held his own at plate (.291-3-22), has emerging power; primarily a LHP early in HS
15. REED GRAGNANI, 2b, Madison Mallards (Virginia/SO)
Heady, gamer-type shows good approach at plate with live-drive swing (.303-0-20); improving defensive with quickness, soft hands
16. SANDER BECK, rhp, Alexandria Beetles (Maryland/JR)
Solid-built RHP with live arm; throws easy in 88-93 range with sink, needs to improve secondary stuff; went 5-3, 1.41 (64 IP/58 SO)
17. MARK THRELKELD, 3b, Duluth Huskies (Louisiana Tech/JR)
Made big statement by winning league's HR Derby, tied for league lead in HR (.281-10-49); power is best tool, profiles as corner OF
18. JORDAN STERANKA, 3b, Mankato Moondogs (Penn State/JR)
Big-bodied, athletic, LH-hitting 3B may have to slide across diamond to 1B at next level; hit .290-3-33, good power/patience at plate
19. MIKE STRONG, lhp, Rochester Honkers (Oklahoma State/SR)
A’s 22nd-rounder worked at 88-91 with sink; big-breaking CU rated best breaking pitch in league; changes speed +, good command
20. CHRIS JENSEN, rhp, Duluth Huskies (San Diego/JR)
Big, strong RHP went 4-3, 3.48 (57 IP/52 SO), worked easily in 89-92 range/T-94; breaking ball + improved, still needs work on CH
21. BRAD ZAPENAS, ss, Green Bay Bullfrogs (Boston College/JR)
Steady performer with good, not great tools across the board; made all plays at SS, showed line-drive bat (.285-0-28, 34-28 BB/SO)
22. JOSEF TERRY, 2b, Rochester Honkers (Cal State Fullerton/JR)
Versatile athlete with exciting bat/foot speed; unsigned 8th-rounder from California JC, injured much of 2010, headed to CS Fullerton
23. TYLER JONES, rhp, Madison Mallards (Louisiana State/JR)
Live-armed RHP from Wisconsin JC hailed for 6-4 frame, easy delivery, but stuff needs work; could be sleeper on LSU staff in 2011
24. JAMIE BRUNO, 1b, Wisconsin Woodchucks (Louisiana State/JR)
Muscular slugger flashed big-time pull power (.283-9-27, 33 SO/138 AB); will have to sit out 2011 after transferring from Tulane
25. CHADD KRIST, c, Brainerd Lakes Area Lunkers (California/JR)
Short, but sturdy backstop hailed for defensive prowess, has cannon arm behind plate; held his own at plate (.270, 21 XBH, 33 BB)
26. J.R. GRAHAM, rhp/of, Madison Mallards (Santa Clara/JR)
Athletic, 2-way talent, focused on pitching (2-4, 2.76), earned rave reviews for easy 92-94 heat; pounds zone, has competitive spirit
27. NICK ANDERSON, rhp, Brainerd Lakes Area Lunkers (St. Cloud State, Minn./JR)
Tall, projectable righty pitched at 89-91, touched 93 with downward plane, potential for + CU; D-II product, held his own at 3-1, 2.34
28. TROY SCOTT, 1b, Green Bay Bullfrogs (Washington/SR)
Big-bodied 1B with exciting power potential; has excelled last two summers (.354-5-27, 27 BB/17 SO), despite lackluster UW spring
29. BRANDON KING, of, Wisconsin Woodchucks (Oral Roberts/JR)
Orioles 16th-rounder/ORU recruit was toughest out in NWL (.392-3-24), showed plate discipline (.519 OBP, 29 BB/19 K), gap power
30. LUCAS LEBLANC, of, Madison Mallards (SIGNED/Red Sox)
Red Sox saw solid tools across board, especially speed/arm; signed him for $500 K; can swing bat (.262-4-21), lacks plate discipline
31. DAN LANGFIELD, rhp, La Crosse Loggers (Memphis/SO)
Strong RHP (6-1/230) pitched in 89-93 range; went 4-0, 2.91 (46 IP/51 SO), command/breaking pitch should come with experience
32. ADAM DAVIS, c/of, Madison Mallards (Illinois/JR)
Has + game awareness/approach at plate (.328-6-44); tools OK behind plate, may be better suited in LF, speed (14 SB) plays there
33. MARCUS SEMIEN, ss, Alexandria Beetles (California/SO)
Fast-twitch athlete; 21 E, but shows good quickness/soft hands defensively; slap hitter (.302-1-32, 19 SB), doesn't project power
34. ALEX BLACKFORD, rhp, Mankato Moondogs(Arizona State/SO)
Sum of his parts-type righty with modest build (5-11/185), upper-80s FB that touches low-90s; + CU; went 2-5, fanned 52 in 46 IP
35. ANDREW APLIN, of, St. Cloud River Bats (Arizona State/SO)
Gold-Glove caliber CF with great range/instincts; line-drive/situational hitter, handles bat well (.282-3-20), has good speed (13 SB)
36. RYAN RIEGER, of, Waterloo Bucks (JC of the Sequoias/SO)
Ex-Santa Clara player; well-built LH bat with good power (12 2B, 7 HR), solid plate approach (.322, 35 BB); limited speed/defender
37. CHRIS O'DOWD, c, La Crosse Loggers (Dartmouth/SO)
Son of Rockies GM Dan O'Dowd; showed line-drive approach, occasional pop at plate from both sides (.316-7-37), OK defender
38. JOSH PARR, ss, Madison Mallards (Illinois/JR)
Gamer with hard-nosed approach/good overall feel; line-drive bat/gap power (.307-1-28, 21 SB), good range, strong arm in field
39. MATT FLEMER, rhp, La Crosse Loggers (California/JR)
Competitive, control-oriented RHP; throws in upper-80s, touches low-90s; 3 pitches for strikes; went 8-2, 2.05, 13 BB/65 SO in 70 IP
40. ISAAC BALLOU, of, Willmar Stingers (Marshall/SO)
Extremely athletic OF, one of fastest players in NWL (24 SB/27 attempts); hit .269-2-37, much-improved plate discipline (.395 OBA)
41. DIETRICH ENNS, lhp, Eau Claire Express (Central Michigan/SO)
MAC FR of year, followed up with 3-1, 1.80, 3 SV as starter/closer; + velo for LHP (87-92); good command, depth on improving CU
42. SEAN DEEGAN, of, Battle Creek Bombers (Penn State/JR)
Impressive overall athlete with good speed, average arm, gap-to-gap CF coverage; solid gap power (.299-1-23, 19 2B) from left side
43. DAVID HURLBUT, lhp, Rochester Honkers (Cal State Fullerton/JR)
Sturdy/projectable LHP struggled in first season at D-I level, excelled in summer (3-0, 1.52); FB in upper-80s, sharp breaking ball
44. BEN HUGHES, rhp, Duluth Huskies (St. Olaf, Minn./JR)
Big (6-5/210), long-armed RHP with ability to pitch in low-90s, touched 93/94, went 2-3, 2.50; repeatable mechanics, improving CU
45. BRAD GOLDBERG, rhp, Eau Claire Express (Coastal Carolina/JR)
Struggled with breaking ball, mechanics, control (3-5, 3.97, 59 IP/31 BB), but big, live-armed RHP with consistent low-90s fastball
46. FRAZIER HALL, 1b, La Crosse Loggers (Southern/SR)
SWAC player of year continued to hit during abbreviated summer (.274-4-12, 62 AB); big-body LH hitter with impressive raw power
47. JAKE TANIS, 3b, Alexandria Beetles (Mercer/JR)
Followed up .388-22-88 spring with .315-7-29 summer; solid-average tools across board, + bat speed/raw power; profiles as 1B/LF
48. COREY CHAFFINS, rhp, Battle Creek Bombers (Eastern Michigan/SR)
Modestly built, control-oriented righty with upper-80s FB, touches 91-92; hard-breaking CU is out-pitch; went 2-3, 2.89, 37 IP/37 SO
49. PAT BIONDI, of, Alexandria Beetles (Michigan/SO)
5-9/165 sparkplug athlete with good speed, ability to get on base with patient eye, line-drive bat, uses speed; hit .262-0-12, 13 SB
50. MIKE MARJAMA, 3b, La Crosse Loggers (Long Beach State/JR)
Well-proportioned athlete with line-drive bat, Gold Glove-type glove at hot corner; hit .286-2-37, lack of raw power limits upside