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2013 Iowa Spring League

 



Top Prospect Game #3 >>
Gm # 101 | 4/28/2013 | 3:00 PM Top Prospect Team 1 vs. Top Prospect Team 3
Austin Stroschein (2013, Linn-Mar HS) has armside run on his fastball pitches downhill and has good arm speed. Stroschein had his curveball at 71mph to go along with his fastball which topped out at 86mph.

Michael Bruhin (2015, Parkway HS) had his fastball topping out at 88mph this afternoon with his curveball at 71mph and his changeup at 78mph. Bruhin has a leg raise delivery, with a quick arm, works quick on the mound and has good depth to his curveball.

Brock Neuhaus (2014, Pleasant Valley HS) pitches from an extended 3/4 arm slot, with a good curveball that has bite at 74mph which keeps hitters off-balance. He had his fastball sitting at 83-85mph today.

Collin Shultice (2014, Ankeny HS) had his fastball sitting at 85-87mph with his curveball at 72mph. Shultice has good arm speed with arm strength and gets armside run on his fastball.

Eli Dunne (2014, Grinnell HS) has a tall side step delivery, throws a heavy fastball with lots of sink, and has bite to his slider. Dunne had his fastball top out at 86mph this afternoon.

Matthew Johnson (2013, Ankeny HS) had a couple of hits in the game. Johnson has a good swing at the plate with bat speed and has a sound approach.

Zachary Fricke (2013, West HS) had a couple of hits in the game including a double. Fricke has bat speed and makes very hard contact at the plate. He also had 2 of his balls in play come off the bat at 91mph and 87mph.

Cooper Lang (2014, Shorewood HS) has an over the top release point with a leg raise delivery and good arm strength on the mound. Lang's fastball topped out at 85mph with his changeup at 72mph.

Ryan Belk (2014, Assumption HS) had his fastball top out at 85mph this afternoon. Belk works quickly on the mound and pounded the strike zone.

Ryan Lillard (2014, Urbandale HS) showed of his swing this afternoon collecting a couple of hits in the game. Lillard has good bat speed, makes solid contact, and is able to square the ball up.
Top Prospect Game #2 >>
Gm # 100 | 4/28/2013 | 12:00 PM Top Prospect Team 3 vs. Top Prospect Team 2
Cole Baker (2015, Dallas Center Grimes HS) had his fastball top out at 86mph with his curveball at 72mph and his changeup at 79mph. Baker has a large projectable frame pitches from a 3/4 arm slot, has depth to his curveball with good clean mechanics.

Zach Henderson (2014, Greendale HS) had his fastball topping out at 89mph with his curveball at 76mph and his changeup at 78mph. Henderson has good arm strength with repeatable mechanics and a good arm action.

Drew Denkinger (2015, Valley HS) has an athletic projectable build with good arm strength, pitches from an over the top arm slot with a clean loose arm action.

Nick Belzer (2013, Ankeny HS) had his fastball sitting at 88-90mph with it topping out at 92mph. Belzer pitchers from a high 3/4 arm slot, with an online delivery has an arm that works, and has a plan on the mound.

Joe Bappe (2014, Ames HS) had a couple of hits in the game this afternoon. Bappe has pop in his bat with a good swing and doesn't get cheated at the plate.

Bryce Grimm (2014, Xavier HS) also had a couple of hits in the game. Grimm has a good swing is short to the ball and makes consistent contact at the plate.

Noah Sadler (2014, Mukwonago HS) had a double in the game for his team this afternoon to go along with a single. Sadler has bat speed at the plate with a good aggressive swing.

Nathan Greve (2013, Linn-Mar HS) struckout 4 in his two innings of work this afternoon. Greve had his fastball top out at 88mph to go along with his curveball at 73mph and his changeup at 80mph. Greve pitches from a 3/4 arm slot with a long loose arm action, and has good life on his fastball.

Kolton Smith (2014, South Toma County HS) had a couple of hits in the game this afternoon. Smith has a good swing with bat speed and makes consistent contact at the plate.

Logan Augustine (2014, Urbandale HS) had a single and a double in the game for his team. Augustine has a solid build with bat speed and pop in his bat.
Top Prospect Game #1 >>
Gm # 99 | 4/28/2013 | 9:00 AM Top Prospect Team 2 vs. Top Prospect Team 1
Matthew Kellis (2013, Marquette Sr. HS) had his fastball topping out at 86mph with his curveball at 73mph. Kellis pitches from a 3/4 arm slot with good arm speed and a clean balanced delivery.

Jacob Brentz (2013, Ballwin, MO) had his fastball top out at 94mph this morning. Brentz has good arm speed with arm strength, and pitches from a 3/4 arm angle.

AJ Puk (2013, Washington HS) struck out 6 in 3 innings of work this morning with his fastball sitting at 85-89mph with it topping out at 90mph, his curveball at 74mph and his changeup at 78mph. Puk has good arm speed mixes his pitches well and has good easy mechanics.

Justin Wyant (2013, Linn-Mar HS) had his fastball topping out at 87mph with his curveball at 76mph and his changeup at 74mph. Wyant mixes his pitches well on the mound and keeps hitters off-balance.

Mitch Keller (2014, Xavier HS) kept the hitters guessing in his two innings of work mixing his pitches and working in and out to batters. Keller's fastball topped out at 87mph completing his curveball which was 67mph and his changeup at 82mph.

Derek Burkamper (2013, Muscatine HS) struckout 6 batters in his 3 innings of work this morning. Burkamper has a repeatable delivery and attacks hitters with his fastball which was up to 92mph today.

Jake Westphal (2014, East HS) struck out all 3 batters he faced in his only inning of work to finish the game. Westphal had his fastball topping out at 91mph to go along with his curveball at 73mph. Westphal also looked good at the plate walking twice and hitting a Solo Home Run to pace the offense for his team. Westphal has a good swing with pop in his bat.

Keaton McKinney (2014, Ankeny HS) also struck out 3 batters in his 2 innings of work. Mckinney has good arm speed with repeatable mechanics and is aggressive with his fastball. McKinney pitched with his changeup at 81mph, his curveball at 76mph to go along with his fastball which topped out at 93mph.
Pick, Kanavas with 2 hits >>
Gm # 95 | 4/27/2013 | 3:45 PM Red vs. Green
Adam Pick (2014 - Xavier HS) and Nick Kanavas (2013 - Brookfield, WI) had 2 hits apiece in the Red vs Green matchup.  Pick has been swinging a hot bat from the left side of the plate.  He's taking his hands to the baseball well and showing some pop.  Kanavas has good hitting tools and good bat speed from the right side of the plate.
Fricke, Dallas with 2 hits apiece for Black >>
Gm # 93 | 4/27/2013 | 1:30 PM Black vs. Steel
Zach Fricke (2013 - Waterloo West HS) and Tanner Dallas (2014 - St. Louis, MO) had 2 hits apiece for the Black team.  Fricke has been swinging a hot bat the past few weeks making hard middle of the field contact with some pop.  Dallas is a physical outfielder with good hitting tools.  

Michael Kuntz (2014 - Cedar Falls HS) pitched at 80-83 MPH with his fastball and showed feel for his off speed pitches.  Kuntz has some arm speed with a clean arm stroke.

Chris Balthazor (2014 - Cedar Falls HS) pitched well and showed pitchabilty changing speeds and throwing 3 pitches for strikes.  There's more velocity in there with some mechanical adjustments.
White Wins close game >>
Gm # 94 | 4/27/2013 | 1:30 PM White vs. Columbia Blue
Anthony Schneider (2014, Southeast HS) Homered for the second game in a row to lead Col. Blue on offense. Schneider's Home Run this game was a grand slam helping keep Col. Blue in the game. Schneider has good bat speed with a good swing and pop in his bat.

Alex Mixon (2016, Cedar Rapids Prairie HS) had 2 more hits in the game for the Col. Blue team to help the offense. Mixon has a good swing with pop in his bat.

Nick Biancalana (2014, Roosevelt HS) had another 2 hits in the White team's game to pace the offense. Biancalana has a good swing with pop and makes soild contact when he squares the ball up.
Stickney with good game for Navy >>
Gm # 91 | 4/27/2013 | 11:15 AM Steel vs. Navy
Mitch Stickney (2014 - Linn Mar HS) swung the bat well for the Navy team going 2-2 with a double, triple, and 2 RBI.  He's a lean projectable bodied outfielder with good bat speed.  He also flashes some pop with more power potential in there.

Parker Schutt (2015 - Dallas Center Grimes HS), Chris Balthazor (2014 - Cedar Falls HS), Justin Wyant (2013 - Linn Mar HS), and Colton Janssen (2013 - Starmont HS) each had 2 hits as well in the game.  
White Slugs its way to Win >>
Gm # 92 | 4/27/2013 | 11:15 AM Gold vs. White
Keaton McKinney (2014, Ankeny, IA) showed off his big time power in his team's first game crushing 2 Home Runs for the White team in their victory. McKinney has a good swing with bat speed.

Matthew Johnson (2013, Ankeny, IA) also showed off the pop he has with 2 doubles in the game for the white team. Johnson has good bat speed with a sound approach at the plate.

Jack Fitzgerald (2014, Mason City, IA) also had a couple hits in the game showing off his swing and leadoff hitter approach at the plate. Fitzgerald makes consistent contact and gets on base for the middle of the order.

Kolton Smith (2014, Toledo, IA) had a good game as well for the White team collecting a couple of hits from the leadoff spot this afternoon. Smith has a good swing with bat speed and a sound hitting approach.

Nick Biancalana (2014, Des Moines, IA) also had a couple of hits for the White team. Biancalana has pop in his bat with a strong build and makes hard contact at the plate.

Joe Bappe (2014, Ames, IA) had another solid game for the Gold team with a couple of hits including a double. Bappe makes solid contact at the plate and has pop in his bat.


Col. Blue Outlasts Gold >>
Gm # 90 | 4/27/2013 | 9:00 AM Columbia Blue vs. Gold
Anthony Schneider (2014, Altoona, IA) had a couple of hits in the game for the Col. Blue team including a Solo Home Run to lead off the game this morning. Schneider reached base all 5 times he came up to the plate showing good patience with a sound approach and a good swing.

Nathan Greve (2013, Cedar Rapids, IA) also had a couple of hits in the game for Col. Blue. Greve has a good swing with bat speed and makes consistent contact at the plate.

Ty Hoeksema (2014, Davenport, IA) showed a sound approach at the plate with an aggressive swing adding a couple of hits to the Col. Blue team's cause.

Alex Mixon (2016, Ely, IA) also had a couple of hits in the game for the Col. Blue team including a double. Mixon showed off the pop he has, and is an intriguing prospect to follow as he continues to get older.

Toran Shahidi (2014, Ames, IA) had a couple of hits in the game to help pace the Gold offense on the day. Shahidi has a good swing with bat speed, and pop in his bat.

Joe Bappe (2014, Ames, IA) had a 3-Run Home Run to lead the Gold offense on the day. Bappe has pop in his bat with a strong build and makes hard contact when he squares up the ball.
Janssen with HR for Navy >>
Gm # 89 | 4/27/2013 | 9:00 AM Navy vs. Black
Colton Janssen (2013 - Starmont HS) hit a deep home run to left center field in the first inning.  He's a strong player with some pop.

Declan Doyle (2014 - Iowa City West HS) swung the bat well for the Black team going 2 for 3 with a double.  He has bat speed and a smooth path to the baseball. 

Zach Patterson (2013 - Burlington HS) also had 2 hits for the Black team.  Patterson has a good hand path to the baseball with good bat speed.

Cody Rutscher (2014 - Overland Park, KS) scored 2 runs and had a hit for the Navy team.  He also showed good actions defensively with arm strength.
Col. Blue Scores 4 in 6th for Win >>
Gm # 75 | 4/13/2013 | 6:15 PM Columbia Blue vs. White
Garret Grove (2014, Southeast Polk HS) had the winning hit in the game for the Col. Blue team. Grove has a good swing and makes consistent contact at the plate. Grove also pitched in the game topping out at 82mph on his fastball with his curveball at 69mph. Grove pitches from a 3/4 arm angle with good command, competes on the mound, and has arm side run on his fastball. 

Nathan Greve (2013, Linn-Mar HS) had his fastball sitting at 81-83mph with it topping out at 84mph with his slider at 73mph. Greve pitches from a 3/4 arm angle, throws strikes, has an easy arm action, attacks hitters, and is aggressive with his fastball. Greve is a Barry University Commit. 

Matthew Johnson (2013, Ankeny HS) had a couple of doubles in the game for the White team this evening. Johnson has a good swing with bat speed, is an aggressive line drive contact hitter and makes good hard contact at the plate. Johnson is a South Dakota State Commit. 
Denkinger has hit in White Team Win >>
Gm # 72 | 4/13/2013 | 4:00 PM White vs. Columbia Blue
Drew Denkinger (2015, Valley HS) had a hit in the game for the White team this afternoon. Denkinger has a fluid swing with a quick bat and has good plate coverage. 

Nate Schweers (2014, Ankeny HS) pitched 3 scoreless innings for the White team. Schweers pitchers from a 3/4 arm angle, with a 1-7 break on his curveball, gets arm side run on his fastball, throws strikes and has a balanced delivery. Schweers allowed 0 runs 0 hits while walking 0 and striking out 5. 

Luke Hassman (2014, Southeast Polk HS) had a hit in the game for the Columbia Blue team. Hassman has a strong build and is an aggressive hitter at the plate who makes good hard contact. 
Shultice, Johnson with HR's for White >>
Gm # 87 | 4/14/2013 | 1:30 PM Royal vs. White
Matt Johnson (2014 - Ankeny HS) hit an opposite field home run.  Johnson has good bat speed and strength in his swing.  SDSU commit.  Collin Shultice (2014 - Ankeny HS) also hit a home run to left field.  He has some bat speed and strength in his swing.

Drew Denkinger (2015 - WDM Valley HS) pitched at 83-86 MPH with a sharp downer curveball.  The's got a live quick arm with projectable velocity.

Ryan Lillard (2014 - Urbandale HS) hit a hard double over the center fielders head.  He's shown good bat speed and pop all spring.

Matt Johnson (2015 - Urbandale HS) looked good on a sharp single to the opposite field off an 85 MPH fastball.  Johnson has a short swing path to the ball with some bat speed.

Cole Scieszinski (2015 - Urbandale HS) had 2 hits for the Royal team with a double.  He has some bat speed with a contact approach.

Logan Augustine (2014 - Urbandale HS) had 2 hits as well with a double.  He has good bat speed and some hitting tools.

Kolton Smith (2014 - South Tama HS) hit a 3 run double to left center field.  Smith alertly took third on an errant throw to the third baseman.  Smith is a strong player with bat speed who can also run.
Brentz up to 95 MPH >>
Gm # 85 | 4/14/2013 | 11:15 AM Black vs. Royal
Jake Brentz (2013 - Ballwin, MO) was impressive today in the elements pitching at 91-95 MPH with his fastball early in the game and showed good feel for a change up at 78-81 MPH.  He throws his change up with good arm speed and deception with good sink and slight run to it.  Brentz struck out 13 hitters in his 4 innings of work.  

Shane Cooper (2013 - O'Fallon, MO) pitched at 86-89 MPH with his fastball showing a live loose arm.  He's a solid two-way prospect committed to Iowa.

Jake Westphal (2014 - Sioux City East HS) pitched well at 84-88 MPH with his fastball showing a quick loose arm action.  He also showed a curveball at 71 MPH that he threw for strikes.  

Logan Augustine (2014 - Urbandale HS) pitched at 81-84 MPH with his fastball with some run on it.  There's more velocity in there with some lower half tweaks.
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Gm # 82 | 4/14/2013 | 9:00 AM White vs. Black
Matt Kellis (2013 - Chesterfield, MO) was sharp in his innings of work pitching at 81-84 MPH with his fastball and showing good feel for his breaking ball.  It has tight spin and he throws it to both sides of the plate.

Collin Shultice (2014 - Ankeny HS) showed good arm strength pitching at 83-85 MPH with his fastball.  He showed some feel for a change up at 74 MPH.

Zach Fricke (2013 - Waterloo West HS) looked good swinging the bat hitting a hard double off the left field fence and a double over the center fielders head.  He's got a smooth swing path to the ball and strength in his swing.  Fricke has more power potential in there.

Shane Cooper (2013 - O'Fallon, MO) looked good on a hard single up the middle.  Cooper is a fast twitch athlete with good bat speed and some pop. 

Declan Doyle (2014 - Iowa City West HS) hit a hard double off the right field fence.  He's a strong player with power potential.

Nick Biancalana (2014 - DM Roosevelt HS) pitched well at 81-84 MPH with his fastball and pounded the strike zone.  He threw 3 pitches for strikes and showed feel for his slider and change up.  Projectable velocity.
Gold wins 2nd game 1-0 >>
Gm # 74 | 4/13/2013 | 2:00 PM Gold vs. Orange
The Gold Team scored 1 run in the bottom of the 6th on a Sac Fly that score.  Zach Hovick picked up the win on the mound throwing the last 4 innings.  Colby Hansen started and threw 3 solid innings.

Cody Brandt kept the Gold team in check pounding the zone with a fastball and a 1/7 curveball.  Brandt has good upside on the mound.

Nick Hoefer, a 2016 that attends West High School in Davenport showed a good swing with some projectable tools.
Flummerfelt, Belk up to 83 MPH >>
Gm # 71 | 4/13/2013 | 12:00 PM Orange vs. Gold
Matt Flummerfelt (2015 - Ames HS) was up to 83 MPH with his fastball.  He struggled a bit with control, but there's definitely more velocity and command in there with a few adjustments.

Ryan Belk (2014 - Assumption HS) pitched at 80-83 MPH with his fastball and pounded the strike zone.  He threw 3 pitches for strikes and showed some feel for his breaking ball.

Drew Wescom (2013 - Assumption HS) swung the bat well for Orange showing fast twitch actions and some bat speed.  Good line drive swing.
Janssen Homers for Navy in Win >>
Gm # 70 | 4/7/2013 | 6:00 PM Navy vs. Green
Colton Janssen (2013, Starmont HS) had a 3-Run Home Run in the game for the Navy team this evening. Janssen is an aggressive hitter at the plate, with pop in his bat, and shows bat speed. 

Brandt Ollinger (2015, Linn-Mar HS) continued hitting in Navy's second game collecting two more hits. Ollinger has a good swing and is a young player to follow in the years to come. 

Jake Robinson (2014, Xavier HS) had a couple of hits in the game for the Green team. Robinson makes consistent contact at the plate and has a sound approach. 
Westphal up to 87 MPH for Royal >>
Gm # 69 | 4/7/2013 | 6:00 PM Royal vs. Gold
Jake Westphal (2014 - Sioux City East HS) pitched at 84-87 MPH with a quick arm action.  He throws it pretty easy and the velocity projects with a few lower half adjustments.  Interesting arm to follow! 

Ryan Lillard (2014 - Urbandale HS) hit a home run to the right side of center field for the Royal team.  He's got good bat speed and strength in his swing.  His hitting tools project!

Zach Hovick (2014 - Roland-Story HS) had an RBI single for the Gold team.  
Burkamper up to 91 for Royal Team >>
Gm # 67 | 4/7/2013 | 3:45 PM Gold vs. Royal
Derek Burkamper (2013 - Muscatine HS) pitched very well in his 3 innings of work striking out 7 of 9 hitters.  He pitched steady at 89-91 MPH with his fastball and threw a hammer curveball at 76 MPH.  Burkamper is continually improving!

Ryan Lillard (2014 - Urbandale HS) looked real good defensively showing excellent actions and arm strength at shortstop.  He also showed good bat speed at the plate.

Dom Thompson-Williams (2013 - Sioux City East HS) showed good bat speed at the plate with a shorter swing path.  Brady Mayo (2014 - Bishop Heelan HS) also swung the bat well showing a short swing path to the ball with bat speed.  He hit a home run to center field and showed some pop.

Toran Shahidi (2014 - Ames HS) swung the bat well and showed good bat speed with a short swing path.  He squared the ball up well and showed good hitting tools.

Logan Augustine (2014 - Urbandale HS) pitched well at 81-84 MPH and showed control to both sides of the plate.  He also threw a slider for strikes at 76 MPH.  More velocity to come with some lower half adjustments.

Matt Flummerfelt (2015 - Ames HS) looked good on the mound pitching at 79-83 MPH.  His arm works well and there's more velocity to come with some adjustments.  Interesting young arm.
Orange Steel play to Tie >>
Gm # 66 | 4/7/2013 | 1:30 PM Orange vs. Steel
Cole Baker (2015, Dallas Center-Grimes Community HS) had his fastball sitting at 82-84mph with his curveball at 68mph. Baker has a large projectable frame, pitches from a low 3/4 arm angle, attacks hitters, and has good command of his pitches.

Matthew Ulrich (2013, Bettendorf HS) had his fastball sitting at 80-82mph with it topping out at 83mph and his curveball at 71mph. Ulrich pitches from a 3/4 arm angle, has good command, attacks hitters and hides the ball well.
Brentz Impressive in Spring League Debut >>
Gm # 65 | 4/7/2013 | 1:30 PM Black vs. White
Jake Brentz (2013 - Ballwin, MO) was very impressive in his much anticipated Spring League debut.  The first batter of the game he went 95, 94, 96 MPH with his fastball for a 3 pitch strikeout.  Brentz was steady 92-95 MPH with his fastball the rest of the first inning.  One scout had him up to 97 MPH.  

Anthony Denkinger (2013 - Dowling HS) looked real good at the plate hitting a no doubt line drive home run to the right side of center field.  He hit a 92 MPH fastball off Brentz and showed real good strength in his swing.

Keaton McKinney (2014 - Ankeny HS) looked good at the plate making hard contact.  He hit a lazer up the middle off a Shane Cooper 86 MPH fastball.  

Shane Cooper (2013 - O'Fallon, MO) looked good on the mound pitching at 84-86 MPH with low effort.  The ball comes out of his hand easy and there's more in there.  

Matt Johnson (2013 - Ankeny HS) pitched well for the White team pitching at 83-86 MPH with his fastball with good run on it.  He also threw a good slider at 79 MPH.
Puk up to 89 MPH >>
Gm # 63 | 4/7/2013 | 11:15 AM Red vs. Black
AJ Puk (2013 - Washington HS) pitched at 88-89 MPH and threw a good curveball at 73 MPH.  He threw a very good change up at 79 MPH with good run on it.  

Luke Sommerfield (2014 - Elm Grove, WI) pitched well at 83-85 MPH and touched 86 MPH.  He threw his breaking ball for strikes and didn't allow a run in his 3 innings of work.  There's more velocity to come.

Logan Rupard (2014 - Hartland, WI) swung the bat well and showed good strength in his swing on a double off the wall.  
Schneider's triple earns Col. Blue Tie >>
Gm # 64 | 4/7/2013 | 11:15 AM Steel vs. Columbia Blue
Anthony Schneider (2014, Southeast Polk HS) had a couple of hits including a game tying triple with 2 outs in the top of the 7th to help the Columbia Blue team earn a tie. Schneider who had 2 hits in the game has a confident approach at the plate, makes good hard contact, and is a gap to gap hitter with bat speed.

Drew Yanecek (2015, Cedar Rapids Prairie HS) was 3-3 in the game to help pace the Columbia Blue team on offense as well. Yanecek has a good swing with bat speed, and hits to all fields.

Ben Jacobson (2013, Humboldt HS) pitched innings for the Steel team today topping out at 84mph on his fastball, with his curveball at 74mph. Jacobson pitches from a 3/4 arm angle, has good command, and throws his late breaking 12-6 curveball for strikes.

Kyle Crowl (2016, Abraham Lincoln HS) had a double in the game with 2 RBI's to help pace the Steel offense. Crowl is a line drive contact hitter with bat speed.
Gold outlasts Col. Blue >>
Gm # 51 | 4/6/2013 | 10:00 AM Gold vs. Columbia Blue
Arturo Oropeza Reyes (2014, Ames HS) had 2 hits to help pace the offense for the Gold team this morning. Reyes has pop in his bat with a good swing at the plate.

Alex Good (2015, Nevada HS) had a couple of hits as well for the Gold team this morning. Good who had the team's lone RBI, has a good swing and makes consistent contact at the plate.

Nathan Greve (2013, Linn-Mar HS) paced the offense for the Columbia Blue team. Greve had a couple of hits showing off his swing and his bat speed.
Huber up to 86 MPH >>
Gm # 61 | 4/7/2013 | 9:00 AM White vs. Red
Tyler Huber (2013 - Oklahoma City, OK) pitched at 83-86 MPH with his fastball on a chilly morning in Ames.  He's a big bodied RHP with more strength and velocity to come.  He pitched well to both sides of the plate and showed feel for his breaking ball.  He also swung it well from the left side of the plate showing some pop.

Collin Shultice (2014 - Ankeny HS) pitched well at 83-84 MPH with his fastball with a quick arm action.  
Orange Team Shuts down Col. Blue >>
Gm # 62 | 4/7/2013 | 9:00 AM Columbia Blue vs. Orange
Cayton Wallace (2013, Assumption HS) had a couple of hits in this morning's game for the Orange team. Wallace was on base all 3 times he came up collected 2 RBI's, makes consistent contact at the plate, and has good baseball instincts.

Matthew Ulrich (2013, Bettendorf HS) had a double in the game including 2 RBI's to help pace the offense for the Orange team. Ulrich has a large projectable frame with pop in his bat. Ulrich is a Three Rivers CC Commit.

Justin Hill (2013, Bettendorf HS) pitched 5 innings for the Orange team this morning. Hill struck out 9 while walking 2 and allowing 0 runs on 2 hits. Hill had his fastball up to 82MPH with it sitting at 79-81mph with his curveball at 67mph. Hill attacks hitters on the mound, has a plan, mixes his pitches well, and pitches from a 3/4 arm slot. Hill is a Southeastern CC Commit.

Devon Harms (2013, Fort Dodge HS) had a couple of hits for the Columbia Blue team to pace their offense this morning. Harms makes consistent contact at the plate and has a good swing path.


Franko's Triple wins it for Royal >>
Gm # 58 | 4/6/2013 | 2:30 PM Royal vs. Green
Tyler Franko (2013, East HS) had one hit in the game but it was a bases clearing triple to give the Royal team an 8-6 victory. Franko makes consistent good contact at the plate and hits to all fields.

Jordan Baughman (2013, Chariton HS) also had a couple of hits in the game for the Royal team. Baughman has good plate coverage while batting and goes with the pitch well.

Jacob Harriott (2013, Xavier HS) had 2 doubles in the game for the White team this afternoon. Harriott has pop in his bat with a good swing and shows bat speed

Bryce Grimm (2014, Xavier HS) also had a couple of hits in the game for the White team including a double. Grimm has good speed on the bases and is a leadoff type hitter.

Joey Cardamon (2015, Bettendorf HS) also had a couple of hits in the game for the White team. Cardamon has a big strong build with power potential, and makes line drive contact when he centers up the ball.
Johnson Collects 3 hits for White Team >>
Gm # 55 | 4/6/2013 | 12:15 PM Green vs. White
Matthew Johnson (2013, Ankeny HS) had 3 hits in the game this afternoon for the White team. Johnson is an aggressive hitter with a sound appraoch at the plate and makes good consistent contact. Johnson is a South Dakota State Commit.

Keaton McKinney (2014, Ankeny HS) had a couple of hits in the game for the White team as well. McKinney has good bat speed, with pop in his bat. McKinney is a Arkansas Commit.

Alex Beals (2013, Bettendorf HS) had an RBI double in the game for the Green team to help pace thier offense. Beals is an aggressive hitter at the plate, is a line drive contact hitter that goes gap to gap well.
Tyler Franko hits Home Run in Win >>
Gm # 52 | 4/6/2013 | 10:00 AM White vs. Royal
Tyler Franko (2013, East HS) had a Home Run in the game for the Royal team this morning. Franko has good bat speed with good extension at the plate, and makes line drive contact.

Ryan Lillard (2014, Urbandale HS) had a hit in the game with a couple of RBI's for the Royal team. Lillard has a quick bat with a fluid swing, hits to all fields, and is a Kansas State commit.

Kyle Herrick (2013, ADM Senior HS) pitched 3 scoreless innings for the Royal team. Herrick has good command, attacks hitters, can sink his fastball, and was able to keep the hitters off-balance.

Kolton Smith (2014, South Tama County) had a couple of hits for the White team in the game. Smith has good bat speed with a good swing, has an aggressive approach at the plate and makes contact to all fields.
Adkins with good outing >>
Gm # 60 | 4/6/2013 | 4:45 PM Orange vs. Black
Tyus Adkins (2014 - Iowa City West HS) pitched well for the Black team throwing 3 innings of no hit ball.  He pounded the strike zone with a 78-81 MPH fastball and threw his off speed stuff for strikes.  Solid young player.

Duncan Snider (2016 - Muscatine HS) showed some promise on the mound pitching steady at 77-80 MPH touching 81 MPH.  He's got a tall long frame with plenty of room to fill.  Snider is still very raw and very young and has a chance to really improve.

Alex Herzog (2016 - Washington HS) had 2 hits for the Black team.  He legged out an infield single early on and lined a single to right field later in the game.  He's an athletic young player with lots of upside!

Troy Weiman (2014 - Davenport Central HS) had a good game scoring 2 runs with a hit and a walk.  Cayton Wallace (2013 - Assumption HS) swung the bat well also adding a hit and a walk of his own.  He showed good bat speed with a line drive swing path.  
Waterman with good outing >>
Gm # 59 | 4/6/2013 | 2:30 PM Black vs. Orange
Justin Waterman (2013 - Davenport Central HS) threw well in relief going 5 innings allowing 4 hits with 6 strikeouts and 1 walk.  He pitched at 78-82 MPH with his fastball and threw his curveball for strikes.  

Tanner Dallas (2014 - St. Louis, MO) hit a hard double down the left field line in the first inning.  He's a physical player with good bat speed and strength in his swing.  AJ Puk (2013 - Washington HS) hit a double to left center field.  He continues to square the ball up well with pop.  JT Sole 
Field, Crowl with 2 hits for Steel >>
Gm # 56 | 4/6/2013 | 12:15 PM Navy vs. Steel
Winona State signee Taylor Field (2013 - Newton HS) had 2 hits for the Steel Team.  He showed some bat speed and hustled on the bases well.  

Kyle Crowl (2016 - Abraham Lincoln) had 2 hits for the Steel Team.  He shows a good swing path to the ball with some bat speed.  Interesting young player with room to grow.


Wyant, Stickney lead Navy to win >>
Gm # 53 | 4/6/2013 | 10:00 AM Steel vs. Navy
Johnson County CC signee Justin Wyant (2013 - Linn Mar HS) pitched at 84-86 MPH with his fastball and showed a tight slider at 77 MPH.  He's got a loose quick arm action with projectable velocity.  Wyant has shown big improvement with his command of both pitches over the past couple years.

Southeastern CC signee Mitch Stickney (2013 - Linn Mar HS) showed good bat speed and leverage on a hard 2B over the center fielders head.  Later in the game he hit another double this time over the left fielders head.  He also showed good speed running the bases.

Kurtis Rupe (2015 - Ottumwa HS) swung the bat well with 2 hits for the Navy team.  He showed some bat speed with a line drive approach. 


White team shuts down Royal >>
Gm # 45 | 3/30/2013 | 6:00 PM White vs. Royal
The White Team pitchers shut down the Royal hitters in the last game of the day at Glenwood HS.  Connor Shultice (2014 - Ankeny HS) pitched at 84-85 MPH with his fastball and showed a quick arm action.  He also showed some feel for a breaking ball with bite to it.  

Logan Augustine (2014 - Urbandale HS) was up to 84 MPH with his fastball and showed a quick arm action.  There's more in there with a couple tweaks.  

Ryan Lillard (2014 - Urbandale HS) showed a good swing at the plate and hammered a ball to the left center field fence for a double.  He's got bat speed and some pop with projectable hitting tools.

Jack Fitzgerald (2014 - Newman Catholic HS) had 2 RBI and a run for the White Team.  Fitzgerald had good bat speed with projectable hitting tools as well.  
2014 Assumption grad collects 3 hits >>
Gm # 50 | 3/30/2013 | 2:00 PM Red vs. Orange
Cody Rutscher (2014, Rockhurst HS) had his fastball sitting at 83-85mph with his curveball at 69mph. Rutscher has an athletic build, with arm side run on his fastball, throws from a 3/4 arm angle, and has 11/5 break on his curveball. 

Noah Sadler (2013, Mukwonago HS) had his fastball topping out at 84mph with his curveball at 71mph. Sadler pitches from a 3/4 arm angle, and locates his pitches. At the plate Sadler had a triple in the game for the Red team with an RBI. Sadler has good bat speed, with an aggressive approach at the plate, and hits to all fields. 

Logan Rupard (2014, Arrowhead HS) had a couple of hits for the red team today including a triple and 2 RBI's. Rupard shows bat speed, with good plate coverage, is an aggressive hitter, and makes line drive contact at the plate. 

Austin Banks (2013, Linn-Mar HS) had a couple of hits in the game with an RBI. Banks has a sound approach at the plate, and is a leadoff type hitter for the Navy team. 

Zachariah Adrian (2014, Assumption HS) continued his good day at the plate in the second game going 3-4 with 3 RBI's and 2 doubles in the game. Adrian has good bat speed with pop in his bat, and makes good hard contact at the plate. 

Ryan Belk (2014, Assumption HS) had his fastball topping out at 81mph with his curveball at 69mph. Belk pitches from a 3/4 arm angle, competes on the mound, works fast, has an arm that works, and throws strikes. 
2014 up to 85MPH >>
Gm # 48 | 3/30/2013 | 10:00 AM Orange vs. Navy
Eli Dunne (2014, Grinnell HS) has his fastball sitting at 82-85mph with his changeup at 75mph. Dunne has a large projectable frame with an online delivery, throws from a 3/4 arm slot, has an arm that works well, throws easy from a 3/4 arm angle and has arm side run on his fastball.

Cody Rutscher (2013, Rockhurst HS) had a couple of RBI's in the game for the Navy team. Rutscher has an athletic build, with good bat speed, is aggressive at the plate and makes line drive contact. 

Zachariah Adrian (2014, Assumption HS) had a couple of RBI's in the game for the Orange team. Adrian has a good swing and makes good contact at the plate. 
McKinney up to 94 for White Team >>
Keaton McKinney (2014 - Ankeny HS) was up to 94 MPH for the White Team.  He pitched steady at 92-94 MPH with his fastball and threw a change up at 78 MPH with good sink and run to it.  

AJ Puk (2013 - Cedar Rapids, IA) hit a hard line drive home run to center field off a McKinney 94 MPH fastball.  The ball jumps off his bat and he has high level hitting tools.  

Shane Cooper (2013 - O'Fallon, MO) pitched very well in relief throwing his fastball at 86-87 MPH.  The ball jumps out of his hand easy and there's more velocity in there.  

Michael Bruhin (2015 - Chesterfield, MO) pitched at 82-85 MPH with his fastball with a loose arm action.  There's more velocity in there with a few minor tweaks.  

Drew Denkinger (2015 - Valley HS) pitched at 84-87 MPH with his fastball with a loose quick arm action.  He has projectable velocity and has good arm speed.  Denkinger also throws a breaking ball with good shape and spin to it.
Arms on display in Black vs. Royal game >>
Gm # 43 | 3/30/2013 | 1:30 PM Royal vs. Black
There were plenty of arms on display in the Black vs. Royal game.  AJ Puk (2013 - Washington HS) pitched at 88-91 MPH with a loose easy arm action.  The ball comes out real easy and he works downhill well.  Puk threw a sharp breaking ball at 76 MPH with good shape to it.  He also threw a good change up at 81 MPH with sink and run to it.  Puk picked up where he left off last summer velocity wise and looks to gain more this spring yet.

Derek Burkamper (2013 - Muscatine HS) was impressive pitching at 89-92 MPH with his fastball.  Burkamper has made a jump in velocity since last fall and has shown steady improvement with his off speed stuff.  He thew some good breaking balls at 75 MPH with depth to it.  Burkamper is going to keep generating more draft interest this spring with his continued improvement.

Ben Miller (2013 - Valley HS) pitched at 87-89 MPH with his fastball and showed an improving breaking ball.  He was pitching downhill very well and also showed feel for his change up at 81 MPH.  He also has shown continued improvement over the past few years and should generate some draft interest as well.

Matt Kellis (2013 - Chesterfield, MO) pitched well in relief pitching at 81-85 MPH with some run on his fastball.  He also threw a breaking ball for strikes with good shape to it.  

JT Sole (2014 - Cedar Falls HS) swung the bat well for the Black team hitting a hard double off the left field wall and another hit.  Michael Bruhin (2015 - Chesterfield, MO) had 2 hits as well for the Black Team.  
Bappe with walk off HR for Gold >>
Gm # 42 | 3/30/2013 | 11:15 AM Columbia Blue vs. Gold
Joe Bappe (2014 - Ames HS) showed some pop hitting a walk off home run in the bottom of the 7th to give the Gold Team a 8-5 win.  Bappe has some bat speed and some raw power at the plate.  

Gage Carpenter (2013 - Wapello HS) pitched well sitting at 82-84 MPH with his fastball and showing a nasty 76 MPH slider with late break.  He showed improving feel for the slider and threw it for strikes.  

Anthony Schneider (2014 - SE Polk) swung the bat well for the Columbia Blue team showing bat speed and some pop.  He hit a hard double to the right center field gap to score 2 in the top of the 7th tying the game at 5.


Greve up to 86 MPH >>
Gm # 41 | 3/30/2013 | 9:00 AM Gold vs. Columbia Blue
Nate Greve (2013 - Linn Mar HS) was up to 86 MPH for the Columbia Blue team.  He pitched steady at 83-84 MPH and pounded the strike zone with his fastball.  

Luke Hassman (2014 - SE Polk HS) showed good bat speed and strength in his swing with a double down the left field line.  He's a physical player with more strength to come.  

Toran Shahidi (2014 - Ames HS) showed good catching skills behind the plate and had a hard line drive single to left field.
Hietpas up to 84 MPH >>
Joseph Hietpas (2014 - Fairfield HS) was up to 84 MPH for the Columbia Blue team.  He pitched steady at 80-83 MPH with a loose arm action.  He gets good downhill action on his fastball and he throws it with lower effort.  Solid young arm.
Close games highlight Opening Day >>
Gm # 68 | 4/7/2013 | 3:45 PM Green vs. Navy
The massive 100 team Coach Bob National Invitational kicked off in full force today, and while it would have been impossible to cover every team on day one, there were several players and teams that shined in front of the PG staff on opening day.


Gorman rallies from five down in fifth to overcome Boyles, Quartz Hill

The opening game of the 2013 Coach Bob National Invitational featured nationally ranked Nevada powerhouse Bishop Gorman, winners of eight consecutive state championships. Their opponent wasn't expected to be a pushover by any stretch of the imagination, as Quartz Hill (CA) came in at 7-2 playing in one of the most talent rich parts of the country.

The Ty Boyles (2013 LHP/1B, Quartz Hill, CA) Show got underway almost immediately as the starting pitcher helped his own cause with a two-run homer to left center in the top of the first. He would follow that up with a scoreless frame in the bottom half and touched 91 mph with his fastball. Boyles would add a double to left and a single to right center in each of his next two trips to the plate before being walked in his final plate appearance.

But it was on the mound where Boyles was even more impressive. Boyles limited Gorman to just three runs over five innings, with two of them coming in the fifth when his pitch count had climbed and was at least in part a result of defensive miscues behind him. Boyles worked 87-89 with his fastball, topping out at 91. He struck out 11, and walked six. There seemed to be a lot of adrenaline involved in his delivery in this outing, as he's typically a polished command and pitchability lefty, and there were times when he was in rhythm where he would flash plus command, especially to the arm side of the plate. Boyles' changeup was quality in the mid 70s, topping out at 78 mph with deceptive arm speed and good fading action. His curveball showed depth in the lower 70s (71-73) with 1-7 shape.
 


At this point, Boyles is still uncommitted, having been a primary 1B until recently, he's seen a big uptick in his velocity. He topped out at 86 mph over the summer as a member of the So Cal Bombers at the 16u WWBA National Championship last July.

But while the story of the game was shaping up to be Boyle's dominance, it turned out to be Bishop Gorman's resilience that stole away what would have been a well deserved headline.

Trailing 6-1 in the fifth inning, Bishop Gorman rallied all the way back, including a four run bottom of the seventh to pull out the improbable victory.

2014 C Mike Blasko continued a big day at the plate by hammering a double to lead off that 7th ining rally to finish the day 3-for-3 with a Home Run, a double and a walk. Following Blasko's double, Gorman's senior captain 2013 OF Kenny Meimerstorf pulled the Gaels to within a run with a two-run homer to left in the bottom of the seventh inning. Finally, pinch hitter 2015 1B Austin Cram stepped in and won it for the Gaels with a fly ball deep to right center for a walk-off hit.

A few quick scouting notes on Bishop Gorman: 2013 OF Jarrell Latham has an athletic swing with looseness and good extension. 2014 MIF Cole Krzmarzick showed quick feet defensively with a short transfer and good release times on his throws from shortstop to go with a quick bat swinging from the left side. 2014 1B/RHP Nick Gates got the start on the mound for the Gaels and topped out at 86 mph, he has a very large frame and showed good strength in his swing.

Scouting notes on Quartz Hill: 2014 MIF Josh Van Dorp showed loose hands at the plate with a direct swing path and a pull approach. He's a solid runner with quick defensive actions in the middle infield and showed range. 2013 MIF Alec Smith showed a well rounded skill set, flashing a mechanically sound swing and solid defensive actions. 2013 RHP Konner Arnold worked 86-88 on the mound with a quick arm and a 73 mph curveball in relief. 2014 RHP/OF Jon Teaney showed good bat speed out of the leadoff spot in the order and is set to take the mound on Tuesday.


Cobb, Tigers survive Lancaster rally

2013 RHP Trey Cobb gives Broken Arrow justifiable confidence every time he takes the mound. While he got off to a slow start and didn't have as much feel for his command early, he eventually settled in and befuddled Lancaster hitters with the plus movement on his fastball.

Cobb worked 88-90 during the majority of his start, before eventually dipping down to 86-88 in the seventh inning. Defensive sloppiness behind him prevented him from finishing off a complete game efffort, as a pair of routine ground balls were botched on back to back plays with one out in the seventh. Cobb would leave the game with a lead, and in spite of some late inning drama, the Tigers bullpen would hold on to give the Oklahoma State commit the win. Cobb used his breaking ball aggressively, often pitching backwards with it. The shape can vary between a sweeping slider and a 12-6 curveball, with every spin direction in between. With his low arm slot, compact arm action and deceptive back turn delivery, Cobb's style of pitching matched Broken Arrow's throwback uniforms. The strike zone seemed to move around on him a bit, and so Cobb issues more walks than he is accustomed to, but his typical high level pitchability was on display and he was especially sharp during the middle innings.



Scouting notes on Broken Arrow: 2013 C Cody Ziegler homered to left field on a line drive that just cleared the 360 foot sign in left center, he's a big physical catcher who posted a 2.07 pop time cutting down a would-be basestealer. His best between innings pop time was 2.03. 2015 C Harrison Whitworth has a physically imposing 6' 1" 205 pound frame, he showed good strength in his swing from the right side, with an aggressive approach in the box and raw power. 2014 SS Nick Roark showed good footwork around the 2B bag and quick actions, he has a short left handed swing with loosesness. 2013 2B Nik Berg showed good speed, dropping down a bunt single in which he got down the line in 4.01 seconds from the right side.

Scouting notes on Lancaster: 2013 MIF Julian Tejeda showed a quick swing and projectable strength with a chance to develop as a hitter as he continues to add strength. 2013 C Curtis Summers showed a solid arm behind the plate and strength in his swing.


Heart attack for O'Connor as Harte nails down Save

The back and forth afair between Edmond Santa Fe (OK) and Sandra Day O'Connor (AZ) saw plenty of scoring on both sides, and it looked as though Edmond Santa Fe had a chance to pull out a comeback.

But 2014 RHP Degan Harte managed to overcome the defensive miscues behind him to help the Eagles hold on for a 9-8 win in their opener. Harte has a strong lean athletic build at 6' 2" and 205 pounds. His arm is quick and works well with good downhill leverage. He was much more polished from the windup than the stretch, which became an issue after the leadoff hitter reached on an error by the third basemen. Harte's fastball sat 87-89 from the windup with good sinking action and he kept it down in the strike zone. He didn't get as much use from his lower half from the stretch and was 84-86 with less command as a result, but he did bare down and execute pitches when he needed to. Once he learns to utilize his lower half better he has a chance to really take off, as the arm and the body are both the caliber of ingredients scouts look for in young pitching prospects. He showed a deep slider at 74-76 that Edmond Santa Fe had a lot of trouble with as well.

While the game overall featured a good amount of sloppy play, there was one play that stood out as the best of the day of any of the games the PG staff witnessed. Edmond Santa Fe 2013 MIF Daniel Costello popped up into the bermuda triangle down the left field line a few strides past the infield dirt. O'Connor 2014 SS Greg Saenz made a tremendous play running down a ball that was nowhere near his area with a diving catch. The runner on third, Edmond Santa Fe 2014 MIF Xavier Sundman had the wherewithal to see the what was developing as Saenz charged hard toward the ball, he got back to third and tagged up. Sundman runs well and he broke hard and immediately as Saenz caught the ball. A heads up player himself, Saenz knew the runner would likely be going, so after laying out and making the diving catch he immediately popped up and fired the ball towards home plate, it was a pretty strong throw considering he was on the ground, but the ball was just a bit offline and Sundman was able to score on a big league calliber play.

Scouting notes on O'Connor: The Eagles have a very good defensive middle infield, as not only is Greg Saenz a talented shortstop, 2013 RHP/MIF Jade Billbrey who played 2B in this contest, is a very heads up defender with good instincts. He saved a run on a fly ball to shallow right where the outfield made a diving attempt coming in and missed, typically in high school baseball that ball rolls towards the wall in right field all by itself while the runners circle the bases freely, but Billbrey gave chase at full speed the entire time and as a result was able to run the loose ball down quickly and prevent the runners from advancing further. Billbrey showed a lot of hustle throughout the game and that one play was completely in line with his overall performance. 2013 OF Copper Gray showed a quick bat and sound swing at the top of the Eagles order and made consistent hard contact.

Scouting notes on Edmond Santa Fe: The Wovles have a lot of infield depth, as new addition 2014 MIF Xavier Sundman shows a lot of all around potential. He's still physically immature, but projects for a lot of added strength given the amount of room his athletic frame has left to fill. He has good bat speed from the left side and very good lateral agility in the infield. He has good bat speed from the left side and showed good instincts on the bases as mentioned above. Sundman joins 2014 SS Quinn Walbergh, a nationally ranked prospect, and 2013 MIF Daniel Costello in a very strong group for the Wolves.


Future looks bright for Tulsa Memorial, but present belongs to Apollo

Tulsa Memorial (OK) features a very young lineup. Their leadoff hitting shortstop is a sophomore, and their third hitter in the order is a freshman, while underclassmen occupy several other starting spots on the field. As you might expect from a team with such little experience, sloppy play did them in during their opener against host Apollo (AZ) high school.

Tulsa Memorial 2016 IF/RHP Trevor Boone showed a lot of promise, collecting a multi-hit game with projectable tools all around. He smashed a line drive that ricocheted off the top of the mound and bounced into center field, where a misplay and his solid speed combined for an unusual triple. The ball left the bat at 91 mph, it was his third consecutive hit of the night. He also got on with a sharply hit ball down the left field line, and a swinging bunt in which he got down the line in 4.41 seconds. Boone also came on to pitch in relief, and touched 86 mph while working 82-84 from a high three quarters arm slot. The 6' 1" 175 pound freshman has a lot of work left to do to develop into a legitimate prospect, but he has the potential to do just that over the next few years.



2015 MIF Michael Smith has a small frame right now but he's a quick twitch athletic player with good all around ability. Defensively he shows aggressive high energy actions at short, attacking the baseball and taking decisive routes with a quick first step. At the plate his swing is short and compact with good hand acceleration, and he profiles to be a quality table setter.



Apollo 2013 SS CJ Lovato countered Smith with strong play of his own at short, with quick actions and good footwork to get his momentum behind his throws with solid arm strength.