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2014 Spring Top Prospect Showcase






2014 Top Prospects

Mitch Keller - RHP - 2014 - Cedar Rapids, IA
Keller continued to do what he's been doing all spring, topping out at 95 mph with a hard breaking curveball. It will be interesting to see just how far he's risen up professional team's draft lists with his steady stream of similar outings this spring.

Keaton McKinney - RHP - 2014 - Ankeny, IA
The Arkansas signee had a solid outing, sitting in the 90-92 mph range with his usual plus change up. He's been generally topping out at 93-94 in Iowa Spring League games this year.

Ryan Lillard - SS - 2014 - Urbandale, IA
Lilliard showed a somewhat different approach at the plate that was more pull power oriented and he looks like he's physically stronger as well. The Kansas State signee showed off his arm strength both in the infield and outfield with event leading marks of 94 and 91 mph respectively.

Michael Peters - LHP - 2014 - Coal Valley, IL
Peters is an Illinois resident who is pitching in the Iowa Spring League and who will be attending Des Moines Area CC next year. He was dominant this weekend, retiring six straight hitters, four on strikes, while touching 91 mph with a hard breaking curveball.

Anthony Schneider - SS - 2014 - Altoona, IA
Schneider was one of the best hitters at the showcase, with a sweet left handed swing that produced consistent hard line drives along with some power potential. He also ran very well at 6.87 and will be able to stay in the middle of the infield defensively at South Dakota State.

Jake Westphal - RHP - 2014 - Sioux City, IA
Westphal will be taking his 90 mph fastball and aggressive approach to pitching to SEC Tennessee next year.

Parker Sniatynski - OF - 2014 - Brookfield, WI
Sniatynski has an extremely projectable athletic build and lots of present tools to build on with more strength. He stood out with the bat for his overall bat speed and approach, threw 94 mph from the outfield in drills and looked faster than his 7.1 sixty speed in game action.

Noah Sadler - OF - 2014 - Mukwonago, WI
Sadler is a multi-tooled athlete who does everything well on the field. He's a very good left handed hitter with the speed and instincts to play centerfield at the next level with right field arm strength. He also throws up to 86 mph from the left side off the mound.

Travis Wacker - C - 2014 - Oakville, ON
Wacker is a Canadian who will be taking his diverse talents and projectable athleticism down to Texas to play for Grayson CC. He looked very good defensively both behind the plate and in the outfield and is projectable offensively with a very sound fundamental swing.

Brock Neuhaus - RHP - 2014 - Bettendorf, IA
Neuhaus will be joining fellow Iowa product Ryan Lilliard at Kansas State next year. He touched 86 mph this weekend but there is plenty more velocity in his right arm to go with his out pitch slider.

Quinton Forrester - LHP - 2014 - Iowa City, IA
6-foot-9, 240 pound southpaws get immediate attention regardless and Forrester lived up to his appearance, topping out at 86 mph with very nice arm side running action. He'll be pitching at Johnson County CC in Kansas next year.

Matt Hoffmann - C - 2014 - East Dubuque, IL
Hoffman as a very strong 6-foot-3, 210 pound build and lots of untapped power in his right handed swing. He showed off big-time arm strength both behind the plate, where he threw 81 mph in drills, and from the outfield.

J.T. Sole - C - 2014 - Cedar Falls, IA
Sole recently committed to stay home in-state at Iowa for his college baseball. He has long been the top defensive catcher in Iowa and he has surprising power in his bat for his size.

Nick Biancalana - RHP - 2014 - Des Moines, IA
Biancalana showed a polished combination of a mid 80's fastball, a 77-79 mph slider that is going to be his out pitch at Air Force and a nice sinking change up that he had lots of confidence in throwing and threw for strikes.


2015 Top Prospects

JD Williams - 2B - 2015 - Brampton, ON
Williams had the best bat speed at the event with a nice combination of strength and quick twitch athleticism. He also ran 6.89 and showed a strong arm from both shortstop and the outfield. He's an outstanding follow for next year and will likely be one of the top 2015 prospects in Canada.

Christopher Comito Jr - RHP - 2015 - Norwalk, IA
Comito is a potentially high ceiling pitching prospect who could really blossom over the rest of the spring and summer. He's touching 88 mph now with a long and loose arm action and there is plenty more there as he fills out his 6-foot-5, 215 pound frame.

Luke Farley - OF - 2015 - Denver, IA
Farley is simply a very good hitter. He sees the ball and recognizes pitches very well and attacks them and it's hard to imagine his not being an outstanding college hitter at Iowa. His run and throw tools keep improving and he's becoming a true all around prospect, not just a hitter.

Drew Denkinger - RHP - 2015 - Johnston, IA
Denkinger dominated, striking out five out of six hitters while pitching in the 85-88 mph range with very sharp curveball. He also showed the type of athleticism and hitting ability that could make him a two-way performer at the college level.

Louis Baker - C - 2015 - Queensland, AUS
Baker traveled to Iowa all the way from Australia and, aside from being a bit taken back by the weather in the Upper Midwest, put on a very good show with his overall athleticism and next level bat speed. He was a four-year teammate of fellow Aussie Jack Barrie, who signed with the Twins for $250K after the 2013 PG National Underclass Main Event Showcase in late December.

Ty Denzer - SS - 2015 - Victoria, MN
The Kansas commit is a switch-hitter with a polished and nearly identical approach from both sides of the plate, a rarity in a young player. He has all the tools to stay in the middle infield at the college level, including 6.9 speed and a strong throwing arm.

Matt Flummerfelt - SS - 2015 - Ames, IA
Flummerfelt is a solid all around player with a commitment to Northern Illinois. He stood out with the bat, with a short and quick right handed swing that barrels the ball up consistently and should produce consistent high averages and gap power.

Cole Baker - RHP - 2015 - Grimes, IA
Another University of Iowa commit, Baker topped out at 87 mph from a loose, easy arm action and flashed depth on a sharp biting 11/5 curveball at 73 mph.

Mathew Szabo - RHP - 2015 - Sarnia, ON
Szabo has a nice projectable 6-foot-2, 170 pound build and a loose arm that produced a fastball up to 87 mph to go with a hard spinning low 70's curveball.

Canice Ejoh - OF - 2015 - Toronto, ON
Ejoh's skills are still developing but he has present strength and some of the best bat speed we saw all weekend. He also showed nice instincts in the outfield on several plays.

Trey Beckman - OF - 2015 - Cedar Rapids, IA
The Nebraska commit ran the best sixty of the showcase at 6.78 under blustery conditions and has the strength to develop power from the left side of the plate.

Miller Hogan - RHP - 2015 - Overland Park, KS
Hogan showed a nice three-pitch mix, including a fastball up to 86 mph, a sharp breaking curveball and nice feel for his change up while striking out four hitters in two innings.

Cole White - RHP - 2015 - Barrie, ON
White has a very nice 6-foot-4, 185 pound pitcher's build that looks stronger than listed and a fast right arm. He topped out at 85 mph with plenty more in his arm and flashed hard spin and bite to a low 70's curveball.

Nick Morreale - C - 2015 - Lake Elmo, MN
Morreale is an interesting and very projectable 6-foot-4, 185 pound catcher with loose athleticism for his size and lots of growth and power potential. He has limited experience on the mound but was up to 85 mph with a loose, easy arm action and should improve there as well.


2016 Top Prospects

Grant Judkins - 3B - 2016 - Pella, IA
Judkins has the chance to be the big power bat in the 2016 class in the state of Iowa, which is looking very strong and deep at this early stage. He also showed potential on the mound, throwing up to 85 mph

Spencer Van Scoyoc - LHP - 2016 - Cedar Rapids, IA
Van Scoyoc is starting to look like he could take a A.J. Puk/Keaton McKinney type development path where the hitting and pitching tools both converge at a high level. He keeps getting stronger and more athletic, resulting in better and better bat speed.

Kace Massner - OF - 2016 - Burlington, IA
Massner has a very athletic 6-foot-5, 190 pound build that really projects well. He runs a 6.90 sixty, which is very impressive for his age and size, but his big future tool is likely to be his left handed power potential.

Bryce Ball - 1B - 2016 - Mason City, IA
Ball is a 6-foot-4, 215 pound physical specimen who is also a top level hockey player. He has big, big power potential from the left side of the plate and showed he wasn't going to be intimidated by his elders by taking some very good cuts against mid-90's right hander Mitch Keller.

Kyle Crowl - 3B - 2016 - Council Bluffs, IA
Crowl has excellent hitting mechanics from the right side and lots of present bat speed despite being only a sophomore. He has plenty of arm strength already to be a top defensive third baseman and is just going to keep getting stronger.

Duncan Snider - RHP - 2016 - Muscatine, IA
Snider is a well built 6-foot-6, 220 pound sophomore with nice delivery mechanics for his age and a consistent mid 80's fastball to go with a 72-74 mph curveball that showed lots of promise. He resembles Twins 2008 sixth round pick, RHP B.J. Hermsen, at the same age.

Preston Blount - RHP - 2016 - Lake St. Louis, MO
Blount is a fascinatingly versatile athlete who played every position in drills except for first base, then took the mound and threw at least five different pitches, including a fastball that topped out at 85 mph, from a variety of different arm slots. Time will tell where he ends up focusing on but there is potential everywhere.

Connor Lindaman - 1B - 2016 - Davenport, IA
Lindaman is a big young sophomore at 6-foot-4, 235 pounds but he's loose and pretty athletic on the mound. He kept walking up the ladder on the mound, starting in the low 80's and eventually reaching 86 mph. His 74 mph slider showed good promise, too.

Zeb Adreon - 1B - 2016 - Pleasantville, IA
Adreon is one of the better young defensive first baseman you'll see anywhere, a testament to his athletic ability. He has a loose and easy left handed swing that will keep getting better and faster as he gets stronger.