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2009 Midwest Underclass Showcase






2011 Top Prospects

Danny Heim - RHP - 2011 - St Louis, MO
Heim isn’t big or physical at 5-11, 175 lbs but he’s very athletic and throws with minimal effort. He has four quality pitches in a fastball that touches 88 mph, both slider and a curveball and a nice change up.

Dakota Freese - RHP - 2011 - Cedar Rapids, IA
The comparison between Freese and the Giants Tim Lincecum has been made before and likely will be made again due to their similar deliveries. But it’s raw stuff that puts the 6-4 Freese on prospect lists, including an 87 mph fastball, a sharp breaking curveball and well developed change.

Nick Suckow - 3B - 2011 - Waukee, IA
Suckow is extra strong at a listed 6-2, 195 lbs and very athletic. His big tool is his power and when he gets his hands extended he can hit the ball out to all fields.

Ian Mezlak - MIF - 2011 - Lorain, OH
Mezlak did everything on the field well, including play both the infield and outfield, throw and swing the bat, except for run. He looks like the perfect physical/tool profile to convert into a catcher at the next level.

Erik Maki - OF - 2011 - McHenry, IL
The 6-3, 185 lb Maki’s bat was as good, if not better, than any player at the showcase. He has a smooth left handed swing with very good bat speed and extension.

David Yancey - RHP - 2011 - Cedar Rapids, IA
Yancy is very much like top prospect Danny Heim, a 5-11 quality athlete with very good command and a smooth arm action, only with a grade lower present stuff across the board.

Ryan Rumpf - RHP - 2011 - North Liberty, IA
Rumpf throws from an extended mid ¾’s release point with a very loose and whippy arm out front. He sat at 83-84 mph with little effort and showed nice feel for a big breaking curveball and deceptive change up.

Brennan Floss - RHP - 2011 - West Des Moines, IA
Floss is long and loose at 6-4, 185 lbs and throws with little effort. His fastball only topped out at 81 mph but it really wasn’t a fastball, it was a quality slider with very consistent, large break. When he learns to stay behind a “fastball”, that true slider becomes even a bigger weapon.

Braden Shull - LHP - 2011 - Mt. Pleasant, IA
Shull looks like a prospect with a loose 6-4, 190 lb build. His fastball touched 83 mph and he should good command and feel for his curveball and change up.

Mike Herrmann - 1B - 2011 - Gurnee, IL
Lots of big guys (6-4, 195 lbs) have good looking swings but Herrmann translated his cut into big power, blasting a long home run into the Memorial Stadium left field seats.

Brad Lombard - RHP - 2011 - Fort Dodge, IA
Lombard is 6-3, 175 lbs and has all the attributes a young pitcher who is going to improve usually has. He has a long, loose arm, and extended ¾’s release point and maintains his 84 mph fastball with hard sink very well.

Brandon Shulista - RHP - 2011 - Solon, IA
Schulista didn’t have one outstanding pitch but pounded the strike zone with three quality ones, a 83 mph fastball, a sharp curveball and a very nice change up.

Alex McRae - RHP - 2011 - New Berlin, WI
McRae has a big, broad shouldered 6-2, 180 lb build that hasn’t started to fill out yet. He touched 84 mph with a big downer curveball.


2012 Top Prospects

Jason Goldstein - C - 2012 - Highland Park, IL
Goldstein is one of the most impressive young defensive catchers we’ve seen in some time, especially in his receiving/blocking skills. He swings the bat pretty well, too, especially for a 15 year old.

Alec Rash - RHP - 2012 - Adel, IA
Rash has a very nice young pitcher’s build at 6-2, 165, with broad shoulders, and hasn’t started to fill out yet. He pitched in the mid 80’s and showed some promise spinning the ball.