2014 Pitcher/Catcher Indoor Showcase
2014 Top Prospects
- RHP - 2014 - Ankeny, IA
McKinney is ranked #37 in the 2014 class based primarily on his pitching and that is his projected professional position. However, if he fulfills his commitment to Arkansas, he could be a two-way standout due to his power. McKinney didn't throw at the P/C Indoor but swung the bat well against some top level pitchers.
- RHP - 2014 - Orland Park, IL
Dietz gets your attention with his long armed 6-foot-5, 230-pound build and keeps it with a consistent 87-89 mph fastball that gets very good sink and run down in the strike zone. He'll need some mechanical adjustments at the college level but he is a high ceiling arm.
- RHP - 2014 - Sioux Falls, SD
Baumgart is from South Dakota but looks to be in late Spring form on the mound. He topped out at 90 mph from a high 3/4's arm slot and gets hard late tumble on what looks to be a split finger change up.
- RHP - 2014 - Bettendorf, IA
Neuhaus has a very projectable 6-foot-3, 180-pound build that is going to fill out and add velocity to his current mid-80's fastball. Is out pitch is a big breaking 77-79 mph slider that sometimes has curveball depth and shape to go with hard biting action.
- RHP - 2014 - Sioux City, IA
Westphal is a strong and mature right hander with a strong arm and an aggressive reliever's mentality. He topped out at 90 mph frequently and throws a mid-70's power curveball that has tight spin and hard biting action at times.
- RHP - 2014 - Naperville, IL
Hasper has a deceptive delivery and three or four quality pitches depending on whether you categorize his breaking ball as one pitch or as both a curveball and a slider, as Hasper changes the velocity and shape frequently. He topped out at 87 mph and has a potential plus change up.
- RHP - 2014 - Hobart, IN
Barnes doesn't have a college commitment but definitely has the potential to be a solid pitcher at the next level. He pitched in the 85-87 mph range with a low 70's curveball that he spotted well for strikes.
2015 Top Prospects
- OF - 2015 - St. Louis, MO
Vierling has got bigger and stronger since we last saw him and could become an impact prospect in the 2015 class. He swung the bat very well, with a short and quick swing for someone his size and stayed on top of the ball especially well. That Vierling threw up to 91 mph off the mound is window dressing for the primary outfielder and shows his full range of tools.
- RHP - 2015 - Fayetteville, AR
Pagnozzi was the top 2015 pitching prospect at the event and has taken a step forward from when we last saw him in October. He showed three high quality pitches in an 89-91 mph fastball, a sharp curveball and deceptive change up and threw from picture perfect mechanics that hid the ball extremely well and made his velocity and command play up.
- RHP - 2015 - Fort Smith, AR
Harpenau, part of the strong contingent of Arkansas pitchers at the event, gets very good downhill angle on an upper 80's fastball from a high 3/4's to over the top release point. His power curveball up to 77 mph gets big downer depth at times. He threw strikes and dominated.
- C - 2015 - Galesburg, IL
Isaacson stood out on both sides of the ball. He has a fluid and fast left handed swing that produced consistent hard line drive contact and showed a high level of athleticism and quickness receiving behind the plate.
- RHP - 2015 - New Hampton, IA
McDonald hasn't pitched much at PG events due to his parallel football career but he showed that he has the talent be one of the top 2015 pitchers in the Upper Midwest. He topped out at 88 mph with a very nice curveball and a deceptive change up and attacked hitters aggressively while filling up the strike zone.
- RHP - 2015 - Fayetteville, AR
Davenport throws from simple turn and throw mechanics and was very consistent at 88-89 mph with his fastball, a pitch that's going to add more velocity in the future. His slider flashes some lane changing ability in the upper 70's.
- C - 2015 - Brampton, ON
Shred looks bigger than his 6-foot-2, 200-pound list and has a nice combination of athletic looseness and strength. The Canadian showed two huge potential tools in his raw power and his arm strength (84 mph catching, 86 mph on the mound), although his hitting mechanics and approach still need refining.
- RHP - 2015 - Johnston, IA
Denkinger throws from a very low effort and efficient delivery and the ball comes out of his hand exceptionally easily from a high 3/4's to over the top slot. He sat at 85-86 mph and command the corners and lower part of the zone well while showing an advanced curveball and change up.
- C - 2015 - Elkhorn, NE
Kistaitis has a chiseled and plus strong 6-foot-2, 210-pound build that still retains good flexibility and looseness. He moves well behind the plate and catches the ball easily while showing big arm strength. His right handed swing is well balanced and strong and the ball comes off his barrel hard.
- RHP - 2015 - Sussex, WI
Bredeson is another young pitcher who gets your attention with his size and strength. The 6-foot-6, 235-pound right hander topped out at 87 mph and was picking up velocity his entire time on the mound while also showing a downer curveball that peaked at 74 mph.
- C - 2015 - Lee's Summit, MO
Geha is only 5-foot-10, 160-pounds but is very athletic for a catcher. He receives the ball well behind the plate and quick in his blocking and shifting. He showed a quick, short swing from the right side and squared the ball up consistently to all fields.
- RHP - 2015 - St. Louis, MO
Howard showed four good pitches from a very sound delivery, including an 85 mph fastball, a nice sinking change up and both a curveball and slider. His arm works well and he projects to move his stuff up another notch as he gets older and stronger.
- C - 2015 - Milton, WI
Blomgren has a nice balance of hitting ability and strength to go with polished actions and defensive skills behind the plate. He projects as a solid college level performer in the future.
2016 Top Prospects
- RHP - 2016 - Elburn, IL
Holubecki was one of the revelations of the showcase. He has a prototype pitcher's build at 6-foot-3 and a slender 190 pounds and is extremely projectable. He pitched in the 88-90 mph range with his fastball and it's not hard to imagine him as a mid-90's guy in two years. His curveball had good spin and shape but he tended to slow his arm on release, something that he should be able to correct with repetitions.
- C - 2016 - Greenville, SC
Brady is only a sophomore but he's already a strong and well-proportioned 6-foot-3, 210-pounds. He shows surprising agility and quickness behind the plate and blocks and receives the ball well. His right handed swing has present bat speed and nice extension and lift for future power.
- RHP - 2016 - St. Louis, MO
Olson looks even younger than his sophomore status, even with his tall 6-foot-5, 187-pound build. His arm really works well from a simple delivery. He topped out at 82 mph but there is huge amounts of projection in his arm and body. Both Olson's curveball and change up, and especially his change up, are potential weapons in the future as well.
- C - 2016 - Plainfield, IL
Dunham stood out as one of the top defensive catchers at the showcase. He's quick and agile behind the plate, with soft hands and a high energy approach to playing the position. His right handed swing is short and quick and he looks like he'll be a high average hitter at the next level.
- RHP - 2016 - Creve Coeur, MO
Proctor has a nice 6-foot-4, 200-pound build that is very projectable and loose. He topped out at 86 mph with big running action at times and is going to throw very hard someday when he gets stronger.
2017 Top Prospects
- SS - 2017 - Victoria, MN
Bonk was the only freshman at the event but showed a range of athletic ability both hitting and on the mound. He graded out higher pitching, with a fastball that topped out at 81 mph and two promising off speed pitches in his curveball and change up.