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2011 Iowa Spring Wood Bat League



2011 Iowa Spring League

 



Iowa Spring League Blog
5/1/2011 1:24:13 PM

Dakota Freese touched 91 MPH for the Orange Team.  He sat mostly at 88-90 MPH.  He located his breaking ball well and was around the plate with 3 pitches.
 
5/1/2011 1:14:57 PM

Andrew Hedrick (2011 - Ankeny HS) was up to 87 MPH with his fastball.  He also threw his breaking ball for strikes with good bite on it.
 
5/1/2011 1:06:49 PM

Braden Shull(2011 - Mt. Pleasant HS) was up to 89 MPH for the Orange Team.  He also showed good feel for a breaking ball in the 72-75 MPH range. 
 
5/1/2011 11:22:30 AM

Drew Arends (2011 - Fort Dodge HS) had a good outing for the Gold team.  The right hander sat at 82-85 MPH with his fastball and allowed no runs over 5 innings of work.  He pounded the zone with his fastball and struck out 9. 
 
5/1/2011 10:06:47 AM

Scott Harris (2011 - Dallas Center-Grimes HS) was up to 85 MPH with his fastball.  He's an interesting left hander who projects well with more lower half use in his delivery.
 
4/30/2011 7:00:52 PM

Keaton McKinney (2014 - Ankeny HS) touched 88 MPH for the White Team.  He's one of the top 2014's in the country both on the mound and at the plate.  The ball comes out of his hand clean with very little effort.  He's a legit two-way talent who will draw a lot of attention though out his high school career.
 
4/30/2011 6:58:28 PM

David Kerian (2011 - Bishop Heelan HS) had a very good game for the White Team.  He hit a home run from the left side of the plate, and a hard triple off the left field fence as well.  He has been very impressive all spring and is a very interesting unsigned player.  He can really run too!
 
4/30/2011 11:13:44 AM

Brennan Hammer (2013 - Prairie HS) looked very good at the plate today.  He absolutely crushed a ball to the right center field gap about 360 feet.  Hammer squares the ball up well and the ball jumps.  He's a good young follow for the 2013 class.
 
4/30/2011 9:27:12 AM

Dakota Miller (2012 - Kennedy HS) was dominant in his 2 innings of work.  He faced the minimum while striking out 4.  Miller's fastball was steady in the 85-88 MPH range while touching 89 once.  The ball comes out of his hand clean and he has arm speed.
 
4/30/2011 8:51:53 AM

Jordan Stroschein (2011 - Linn Mar HS) homered to left field for the Blue Team.  He has good bat speed with some lift to his swing.
 
4/12/2011 8:33:19 AM

I was able to watch 4 games in windy Carroll on Sunday after driving over from Omaha.  Perfect Game is in the midst of developing a new system for scoring games using IPad technology and we worked on that all day, so box scores from the games should have been available immediately after the final pitch.  Here are some impressions on individual players during the day, in no particular order.

2011 RHP Calvin Matthews from Davis County HS was very impressive, topping out at 91 mph from an over the top release point and showing a very fast and loose arm.  His off speed pitches still need development but there is no question about the arm strength and I could see him as a 92-94 mph guy by the time he graduates. 

Matthews has a teammate at Davis County HS, IF-RHP Josh Martsching, who is also a top 2012 prospect.  Martsching has a nice left handed swing with some power and also threw 84-86 mph off the mound with a nice slider.  Both Matthews and Martsching have verbally committed to Iowa.

91 mph wasn't the top fastball of the day, though.  That belonged to 2011 RHP Dakota Freese, who topped out at 92 mph, which may be the first time that Freese has hit 92 mph at a PG event, at least according to the database.  Freese threw mostly fastballs, sitting between 88 and 90 mph, but will need to mix up his pitches more in the future.

RHP Joe Goodman was probably the most effective pitcher, striking out 7 hitters in 3 innings of work, including 6 straight at one point.  Goodman pitched at 85-87 mph but simply abused hitters with a 77 mph slider.  I'm told there are a couple of schools after the 5-10 Goodman hard right now and that's a good thing, as he's going to be a very successful college pitcher for the right school.

LHP Braden Shull, a Kansas State signee, threw the best I've seen him throw in a long time, maybe ever.  I'm told he's been working hard on using his lower half more in his delivery and the efforts showed.  He threw in the 86-88 mph range with nice life, showed some snap on his curveball when he maintained his arm speed and had nice fade on his change up.  Shull's arm works extremely easily and if he can keep incorporating his strong lower half more, he's going to keep improving.

Big LHP David Stagg did his usual number on hitters, mixing up an 84 mph fastball, big breaking downer curveball and nice change up to cruise through 3 innings of work.

Another big 2011 LHP, Scott Harris, also threw well.  Harris attends Dallas Center-Grimes HS and is 6-4, 230 lbs.  He touched 85 mph but interestingly threw 2-3 mph harder from the stretch than he did from the windup, which is a dead giveaway that you have delivery problems.  In Harris' case, I think that is drifting way too much in his windup and his arm struggles to catch up.  From the stretch he's more compact and over the rubber and his arm comes through on time, giving a better indication of his arm strength.  Harris hasn't signed with a school yet I'm told and as a mid-80's southpaw with big strong body and room to get better with mechanical work, he can definitely pitch at the next level.

The best hitter in the 2011 class in Iowa, at least in my opinion, is Mason City HS shortstop Jason Peter, who is signed with Creighton.  Peter was the leadoff hitter in the first game and smashed the very first pitch of the day hard up the left centerfield gap.  He should hit right away in college.  Peter also threw 84-86 mph off the mound and could be a two-way guy at Creighton as well.

He's still young but college coaches and pro scouts need to get used to hearing the name of 2014 catcher Keaton McKinney from Ankeny HS.  McKinney is a solidly built 6-3, 200 lbs already and has present bat speed and a very nice swing.  He had no problem getting around on the mid 80's fastballs he saw and had one such pitch that he just missed, fouling it straight back to the screen off a near perfect swing.  You could tell from his body language that he knew he just missed destroying the pitch.  With everything else going on I didn't get a good feel for his defensive tools/skills but I'm told they are plenty good for a freshman.

I had never seen IF David Kerian, a 2011 from Bishop Heelan HS in Dakota Dunes, South Dakota, before Sunday and wish I had.  Kerian has a sweet left handed swing and good present bat speed.  He's athletic on the bases and in the field, too.

A two-way player that was fun to watch was OF-RHP Anthony Gagliardi, a 2011 from Prairie HS in Cedar Rapids who is signed with Southeastern CC.  Gagliardi is a lose actioned 6-4, 185 lb athlete who threw 84-86 off the mound with a big downer curveball and showed bat speed at the plate.  He should keep improving in both areas as he gets stronger.
 
4/3/2011 5:09:08 PM

David Kerian (2011 - Bishop Heelan HS) hit a hard double over the left fielders head.  He has good bat speed and squares the ball up well.
 
4/3/2011 2:54:19 PM

Calvin Mathews (2012 - Davis County HS) hit a home run to left field for the White Team.  He showed bat speed and squared the ball up on the home run swing.  Mathews looks to lift the ball.
 
4/3/2011 2:51:58 PM

Taylor Kaufman (2011 - Glenwood HS) was up to 87 MPH with his fastball and sat in the 84-86 MPH range.  He also showed a breaking ball at 73-74 MPH.  Kaufman projects well and the ball comes out of his hand easy. 
 
4/3/2011 1:59:26 PM

Dakota Freese (2011 - Washington HS) sat in the 87-90 MPH range with his fastball.  He struggled with his command today but flashed a couple of good breaking balls for strikes.
 
4/3/2011 1:32:12 PM

Austin Christensen (2011 - Kennedy HS) unloaded on a 1-0 fastball from Calvin Mathews and hit it over the 351 foot sign in left center field.  Christensen is a legit two-way guy who shows some pop to all fields. 
 
4/3/2011 1:23:35 PM

Ryan Rumpf (2011 - West HS) made solid contact off his future Iowa teammate (Calvin Mathews) and split the gap in left center field for a double.  Rumpf has good bat speed and the ball jumps some off his bat.
 
4/3/2011 1:19:52 PM

Calvin Mathews (2012 - Davis County HS) touched 90 MPH for the White Team.  He throws with a clean arm stroke and has good arm speed.  He stays behind the ball well and the ball comes out of his hand clean.  Mathews has committed to Iowa and is a good follow for the 2012 draft.
 
4/3/2011 1:11:38 PM

Braden Shull (2011 - Mt. Pleasant HS) touched 89 MPH in his first inning of work.  He throws with very low effort and the ball comes out easy.  He struggled with his command today but threw a couple of good breaking balls and change ups.
 
4/3/2011 11:02:03 AM

Brian Schmiedt(2012 - Waukee HS) had a good outing for the Maroon Team.  His fastball was in the 80-84 MPH range and his curveball was at 73 MPH.  He worked out of trouble in the second and the third and made pitches when he needed them. 
 
4/3/2011 10:46:59 AM

Brad Lombard(2011 - Fort Dodge HS) showed good command in his outing today.  He sat at 81-84 MPH with his fastball and located it well on both sides of the plate.  He also threw his breaking ball for strikes.
 
4/3/2011 10:40:47 AM

Tyler Peyton (2012 - Dallas Center-Grimes HS) looked good at the plate with a hard double to the left center field gap.  He showed good bat speed and some pop.  He's also been up to 84 MPH on the mound.  His arm works and his arm strength projects.
 
4/3/2011 10:31:25 AM

Nick Suckow (2011 - Waukee HS) looked good at the plate hitting two hard line drive doubles down the left field line.  When he squares up the baseball the ball really jumps off his bat.  He's got good strength in his swing.
 
4/3/2011 10:28:14 AM

Sam Norman (2012 - Roosevelt HS) homered to deep left center field to put the game out of reach for the Maroon victory.  Norman is a tall projectable right handed hitter.  He shows good patience at the plate and has some pop in his bat. 

AJ Puk(2013 - Washington HS) showed good arm strength on the mound sitting at 80-83 MPH.  He showed arm speed and his arm works.  He's got a projectable 6-2 180 lb build.  He showed feel for his change up that has deception and sink to it.   
4/3/2011 9:36:55 AM

Luke Tasler (2012 - Roosevelt HS) had a good game for the Maroon Team.  At the plate, he went 2 for 2 with a run.  He showed good speed on the basepaths.  He also was effective on the mound going 2 innings allowing 1 hit with 5 strikeouts.
 
4/3/2011 9:15:33 AM

The Orange Team pounded out 11 hits and scored 10 runs in a10-0 win over the Blue Team.  JacobPeter(2011 – Mason City HS) and Mack Mattke (2012 – Xavier HS) had two hitsapiece.  Peter is a left handedhitting short stop with good bat speed and juice in his bat.  Mattke is a tall first baseman withquick hands at the plate and squares it up well.

 
4/1/2011 2:53:07 PM

Scott Harris(2011 - Dallas Center-Grimes HS) pitched at 82-84 MPH for the Gold Team.  The big left hander showed some arm speed and pitches with lower effort.  His velocity projects some and should be followed closely for improvement this spring.  Drew Arends(2011 - Fort Dodge HS) pitched at 82-84 MPH for the Gold Team.  He uses a short arm action with some arm speed.  He should be followed this spring for improvement. 

Alex Crowl(2012 - CBAL HS) had a good game at the plate.  He went 2 for 4 with a run.  He showed bat speed and made solid contact.
 
4/1/2011 2:48:02 PM

Arms were on display in the game pitting the Orange Team vs. the Gold Team.  For the Orange Team, they sent Brandon Platts(2011 - Mason City HS), Braden Shull(2011 - Mt. Pleasant HS), Dakota Freese(2011 - Washington HS) and Jacob Peter(2011 - Mason City HS).  University of Missouri signee Brandon Platts was steady at 86-88 MPH with his fastball and pitched with low effort.  He struggled with his command today but will be followed closely this spring.  Kansas State signee Braden Shull was 85-88 MPH with his fastball and showed good arm speed.  He had command of his fastball and showed some late cut action on it, especially to his gloveside.  LSU-Eunice signee Dakota Freese pitched at 88-90 MPH with his fastball with max effort.  Creighton signee Jacob Peter was steady at 84-85 MPH with his fastball.  He also showed good bat speed at the plate. 

Brad Lombard(2011 - Fort Dodge HS) pitched at 83-85 MPH with his fastball and showed some command.  Drew Arends(2011 - Fort Dodge HS) went 2 for 2 at the plate with 2 runs and a walk.
 
4/1/2011 2:39:12 PM

Dakota Miller(2012 - Kennedy HS) touched 89 MPH with his fastball.  He mostly sat in the 85-87 range with his fastball.  Miller showed arm speed and arm strength. 

Brian Schmiedt(2012 - Waukee HS) pitched at 82-85 MPH with his fastball.  He showed arm speed and threw his curveball for strikes.  John Foley(2012 - Roosevelt HS)  had a good game at the plate for the Maroon Team going 2 for 2 with 2 doubles.  He showed bat speed and some pop.
 
4/1/2011 2:33:42 PM

Kyle Simpson(2011 - Lincoln HS) led the way for the White Team in the second game of the day going 2-3 with two doubles.  He showed good bat speed and showed some pop at the plate.  Simpson also showed good arm strength from behind the plate with carry on his throws.  He's signed to play next year at Marshalltown CC.  Andrew Hedrick(2011 - Ankeny HS) pitched at 84-86 MPH for the White Team.  Joe Goodman(2011 - Gilbert HS) pitched at 84-86 MPH as well and showed a nasty breaking ball. 

Dustin Carlson(2011 - Prairie HS) had a good game for the Blue Team.  The Southeastern CC signee looked good behind the plate and also smoked a double over the center fielders head.  Another Southeastern CC signee, Anthony Gagliardi(2011 - Prairie HS), looked good on the mound sitting at 83-86 MPH with his fastball.  He pitches with low effort and had some sink on his fastball. 
 
3/31/2011 10:17:05 AM

White team pitchers shut out the Maroon team in the Iowa Spring Scout League opener.  David Stagg(2011 - Valley HS) pitched very well in the frigid 30 degree weather.  Stagg pitched at 84-86 MPH with his fastball and showed feel for his breaking ball and threw it for strikes.  Iowa commit Taylor Kaufman(2011 - Glenwood HS) followed Stagg with a solid outing of his own.  He sat at 84-85 MPH with his fastball and also threw his curve ball for strikes.  Brennan Floss(2011 - Valley HS) also pitched very well.  Floss showed good command on his fastball at 82-85 MPH with very good cutting action on it.  His command has come a long ways over the past year and is continuing to improve.

At the plate, Keaton McKinney(2014 - Ankeny HS) was very impressive.  He is a big 2014 at 6-3/200 lbs.  He showed good bat speed and a good swing at the plate.  He is a very talented and interesting follow for the 2014 class.