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High School  | General  | 11/22/2023

Regional Superlatives: MW, OHV & Canada

Tyler Kotila      Blaine Peterson      Brian Sakowski     
Most Likely to Make a Huge Jump in 2024  

Brayden Alivo, 2026, SS/RHP, Franklin (WI) 

Brayden Alivo is a two-way standout in the 2026 class who started to garner some attention with his performance this fall. He played up in the 18U Division alongside his brother, Kyle Alivo (an Iowa Hawkeyes commit), with the Prospect Training Academy squad. Alivo is up around 80 mph on the mound with a high-energy mound presence. At the plate, it's an athletic operation with quick hands. He’s quick to rotate and gets his hands on the ball well. Moving forward, he has the traits to make a jump on both sides of the ball. - Tyler Kotila 

Garrett Luett, 2026, SS/RHP, Underwood HS (IA) 

Another 2026 prospect who really caught my attention this fall was Garrett Luett. He’s also a two-way standout, with upside on the mound and plenty to like with the bat in his hands. The Iowa Hawkeyes commit hit exceptionally well this fall, with plenty to like about the operation and strength off the barrel. On the mound, it's a three-pitch mix with likable traits and room to keep improving. Luett is someone who could come out and take some serious strides on the circuit heading into the 2024 year. - TK 

JD Prorok, 2026, RHP/1B, Chester HS (SD) 

It’s not often we talk through prospects from the Dakotas, but JD Prorok showed off why he’s someone to pay attention to. Prorok played with Midwest Evolution on the prep circuit in ‘23 and also made a name for himself at the Midwest Prospect showcase. He has a 6-foot-3, 230-pound frame with traits to like on both sides of the ball. Prorok worked up into the mid-80s on the fastball, mixing in a slider and changeup for a three-pitch mix. At the plate, it's a physical presence and swing that can produce some lift and strength. Keep an eye on Prorok for some big jumps during 2024. - TK 

Cole Pladson, OF, Clay Center, Kansas

In my opinion this is a player with the tools to suggest that he’s already a top 50 player in the 2025 class. One of the very best and more polished hitters from Kansas in a long time. Currently ranked just inside the top 200, which is very likely to change as we get to this spring and summer. He’s from a smaller town in central Kansas which maybe kept him hidden for awhile but after this past summer he’s certainly no longer a hidden prospect. And after next summer he has a very good chance to make the leap up rankings lists and end up on pro scout radars. This is a multi-sport athlete that excels at each sport; on the baseball field the simple left-handed swing with a blend of hit and power to the profile really stand out. Realistically he’s a candidate for multiple categories in this article; hit .500 at PG events could easily happen, lead the region in home runs could easily happen, back up a breakout 2023 season is very probable as well. There’s room to really rise in PG rankings lists here and it’s very likely going to happen in 2024. -Blaine Peterson

Brooks Zumwalt, C, Lees Summit, Missouri 

A 6-foot-5 left handed hitting catcher that has shown the swing mechanics and in game production at high level tournaments to warrant a notable rise up the rankings in 2024. This is a unique and well sought after offensive profile regardless of whether he sticks at the catcher position or not. There’s advanced feel for getting the swing synced up and on time here with natural loft to drive the baseball. Hit .367 with two home runs in PG tournaments this past summer and with another year of development and continued production he’ll have the profile and track record to make a big jump in the rankings. This is a player in a very strong 2026 class, but all the fundamental traits and upside qualities are there to really take a big step forward. -BP

Case Bosch (2025), LHP, Jenison, Mich. (Michigan Elite)

Bosch is a big-framed lefty who won’t turn 17 for a few months yet and has a very small PG resumé to date, though that doesn’t change the upside here. He moves pretty well for a big dude at 6-foot-4, 200-pounds, and has a certain ease of operation that really projects. He’s already in the high-80’s and steadily climbing, with advanced feel for his changeup and a solid slider. The upside here is vast, and with continued maturation and growth, the ranking could jump in a big way as well. -Brian Sakowski

Trey Meyers (2025), OF, Glencoe, Ill. (Wilmette Waves)

Meyers has a huge frame and huge athleticism to go along with it, clocking in plus (or better) times in the 60 yard dash at 6-foot-6, 210-pounds. He’s explosively athletic and tests extremely well, and as the baseball tools catch up to the athleticism, the upside here is truly massive. There’s a chance for plus-plus power with plus speed here along with potential center field defensive projection. He’s one to watch very closely in 2024. -BS

Most Likely to Hit .500 in 2024 PG Events  

Ethan Bass, 2026, SS, Glenbrook North HS (IL) 

Ethan Bass was one of the prospects from this region that has caught my attention for a while now. The middle infielder out of Illinois has plenty to like with his operation at the plate, and it feels like he’s always on the barrel and doing damage. The Illini commit has an athletic and fluid right-handed stroke that seemingly finds the barrel often. Bass works at-bats well and is someone who I think has a chance to hit .500 on the circuit in 2024. - TK 

Will Specht, 2025, OF/MIF, Wahlert HS (IA) 

One of the Iowa-based prospects who made a name for himself this fall was Will Specht. The left-handed hitting outfielder showed off the bat speed and smooth stroke often. He hit well and has a swing that produces a natural lift off the barrel. He hit around .300 in 2023 with a .380 OBP. Specht is one of those players who could very much so make a jump on the circuit and churn out quality at-bats on the circuit. - TK 

Ethan Holliday, IF, Stillwater, Oklahoma 

It’s very difficult to write a midwest region article and not want to include Ethan Holliday in multiple categories. There’s been a lot of scouting reports and articles already highlighting him and there will be many more covering his next two prep seasons and beyond. One of, if not the premier bat in the entire 2025 class, it would be no surprise to see him hit .500 in PG events in 2024. It’s a fluid swing with elite bat speed that produces consistent quality contact. There’s some space to cover at the plate with a 6-foot-4 frame but that hasn’t been much of an issue as a prep hitter. The profile might be power over hit right now with big developing raw power, but the hit tool is certainly there as well which makes him the elite polished offensive prospect he is. Everyone knows who he is at this point, he’ll be closely followed for very likely the rest of his playing career at this point as well. Highest rated prospect in the 2025 class and next in line of elite level players that have come out of Oklahoma. -BP

Walt Jones, MIF, Ashdown, Arkansas 

Simply just a player that can flat out hit. It’s a simple and balanced right handed swing that is consistently on time and in a fundamental hitting position. The bat to ball skills really stand out and he’s performed in tournaments in the past. Hit .450 across 50 plate appearances in 2023, so hitting .500 in 2024 events is certainly within reach here. Gamer type player that does all the fundamental things the right way and really performs, All-Tournament team player in every event he played in this past summer. Just look for him to keep on hitting an impacting games in 2024. -BP

Chandler Taylor (2026), OF, Cincinnati, Ohio. (Legends Scout)

Taylor, the younger brother of Indiana star Devin, has similar traits to big bro at the same age, namely being all over the barrel all the time. It’s a quick and direct stroke with advanced hand-eye coordination and subsequent bat-to-ball skills, with the ability to make hard contact all over the zone while taking his walks as well. He’s still very much growing into a big frame and big power is a ways away, but the quality of the hit tool is hard to question at this juncture. -BS

Robert Omidi (2026/2027), SS, Mississauga, Ont., Canada. (Fieldhouse Pirates/Canadian Premier)

Omidi rakes, and honestly that could be the end of this blurb by itself. The lefthanded swing is whippy and on a great path with good lag through the hitting zone and very good ability to manipulate and direct the barrel already. He’s already viewed as one of the top positional prospects in Canada, and he’s still just 15 years old. There’s a chance for a real monster of a prospect here in time, but for right now you can bank on the quality of the hit tool. -BS

Most Likely to Make Big Velo Jump (Mid-90s)  

Tyler Guerin, 2025, RHP, Mounds View HS (MN) 

One of my favorite arms I saw on the circuit in the Midwest was Minnesota’s Tyler Guerin. He pieced together an absolutely exceptional outing for the Minnesota Blizzard squad. The Iowa Hawkeyes commit has an uber-projectable 6-foot-7, 205-pound frame. He has long levers and uses them well with easy and fluid mechanics working down the slope. The fastball was up to 92 mph and paired well with a frisbee slider he snaps off often. The long and loose frame, paired with already working into the low-90s, could see him working into the mid-90s this Spring as he wraps up his prep career.  -TK 

Creighton Tuzzio, 2024, RHP, Clarinda HS (IA) 

Creighton Tuzzio is another arm from the 2024 class who could make a last-ditch jump with his velocity as he wraps up his prep career. The Iowa Western commit also has a long & loose, 6-foot-6, 210-pound frame. He’s worked up to 89 mph on the fastball out at Prospect Meadows and might just have some more in the tank to reach up into the low- to mid-90s on his fastball this spring. Tuzzio also has an 11-5 shaped curveball in the mix that he uses to attack hitters. - TK 

Tate Proskovec, 2025, RHP,  Xavier HS (IA) 

Tate Proskovec was exceptional on the circuit this fall with the Iowa Select Scout 2025 squad. He’s a 6-foot-3, 190-pound right-handed pitcher who has already been up to 90 mph on the fastball. He’s got a quick arm through release, with a chance to keep creeping up into the mid-90s, improving his velocity. The right-handed uses a slider and curveball, rounding out his pitch mix to attack hitters. Proskovec is currently uncommitted and has a chance to keep climbing. He’s someone who impressed on the circuit, and I think he has a real shot to show there’s more in the tank. - TK 

JD Dohrmann, RHP, Wildwood, Missouri 

Big stuff jump in the last year and all the ingredients to make another jump in 2024. The building blocks of what could become one of the better pro pitching prospects in the region for the 2025 class. Jumped from the lower 80’s during summer 2022 to upper 80’s and topping out at 92 in summer 2023. The fluid delivery with the easy clean arm action stayed intact and he grew to a now 6-foot-2 athletic frame. The arm speed is there, the extension already helps the fastball play up and it just really wouldn’t be much of a surprise to see him reach the mid 90’s at some point in 2024. Regardless of if he does or not, this is a big time pitching prospect that can spin the breaking ball as well and really looks the part on the mound. -BP

Jordan Martin, RHP/SS, Jefferson City, Missouri 

A legitimate two-way talent with a future on both sides of the baseball. The 6-5/200 frame on the mound with athleticism and efficient movements in the delivery really stand out. Up to 92 this past summer and sat upper 80’s consistently so reaching the mid 90’s is a real possibility in 2024 even with a marginal velo jump. One thing that may keep him from it? He’s a pretty good hitter that hit .464 in PG tournaments in 2023 so it’s possible he just focuses on becoming a force at the plate. If not then I’d almost expect mid 90’s with a sharp low 80’s slider at some point during summer 2024. -BP

Tyler Finkbeiner (2025), RHP, Anchor Bay, Mich. (WOW Factor National)

Finkbeiner jumped squarely onto the radar at the Great Lakes Indoor Showcase a few years back and has seen his stuff steadily climb in the interim. He’s 6-foot-6, 210-pounds with an easy delivery and very fast arm, already reaching 92-93 mph with his fastball. It wouldn’t be a surprise in any way whatsoever to see him touching the mid-90’s next spring/summer. -BS

Ben Goodacre (2025), RHP, Ancaster, Ont., Canada. (Fieldhouse Pirates/Canadian Premier)

Goodacre, a West Virginia commit, has performed at every stop along the circuit as an underclassman in 2023, including a good showing at PG’s Junior National Showcase. It’s easy gas in the 87-90 mph range right now with good arm speed and a very projectable frame. Mid-90’s would be quite a jump from that in a years’ time, but I’ve long been bullish on Goodacre’s velocity upside and right now is no exception to that. -BS

Most Likely to Backup a Breakout in 2024  

Hudson Dinger, 2026, 3B, West Fargo Sheyenne HS (ND) 

Another prospect out of the Dakotas is North Dakota’s Hudson Dinger, who was solid with the Dakota Selects team that came to Prospect Meadows. He has a projectable 6-foot-2, 195-pound build, and he gets it done in the batters’ box. Dinger has the strength to impact and lift the ball in the air. He’s got hard turns through contact, being able to do some real damage pull-side when synced up. He’s someone who had a bit of a breakout, making a name for himself on the circuit in the Midwest. In 2024, he will have a chance to back that up with a bigger sample size on the circuit. - TK 

Enzo Infelise, 2025, C, Providence Catholic HS (IL) 

One of the players who was impressive at Prospect Meadows this fall with the Cangelosi Sparks squad who made a run in the Kernels Foundation Event is Enzo Infelise. The Oklahoma Sooners commit has some serious power in his 6-foot-2, 205-pound frame. Infelise has a simple operation, with a deep load, getting over his backside before turning hard through contact and showing serious strength off the barrel. Not to mention, he has an absolute hose behind the plate, being able to throw runners out with power throws and quickness out of the crouch. Infelise was exceptional in my looks this fall and is someone who has a chance to double down with a huge performance as the calendar flips to 2024. - TK 

Kelvin Jones Jr., 2025, 1B/OF, Home School  

Kelvin Jones Jr was one of the most consistent performers on the circuit this fall. The 5-foot-10, 170-pound outfielder made a name for himself. He was exceptional, with tons of athleticism in the field and at the dish. He swings it from the left side with great bat-to-ball and tons of bat speed working through it. He’s got the strength to impact on an uphill path as well, which makes him a real threat in the batters’ box. He’s someone who’s got some tools to dream on and showed that, hitting .307 with a .474 OBP. Jones Jr. is uncommitted for now, but if he performs in 2024 like he did on the circuit in 2023, I cannot imagine it will be for long. - TK 

Carson Brumbaugh, IF/RHP, Edmond, Oklahoma 

I don’t know that 2023 was necessarily a break out year here because he’s been a pretty intriguing talent for awhile now. But it certainly was the year he solidified himself as one of the very best two-way talents in the country. The arm strength to make all the throws from multiple angles at shortstop, big all fields power that can put on a show in BP and he has hit well in big tournaments in the past. On the mound, gets into the lower 90’s consistently and has been up to 96 as part of a 3 pitch mix. There’s just a lot of high level impact tools here. Solidified himself as a top 50 prospect in the 2025 class this past summer and the skill set is there to back it up for the foreseeable future. -BP 

Danny Wallace, OF, La Vista, Nebraska 

Another two way talent and a premium athlete. For midwest purposes this has been a clear top level talent in the region for a couple years now. Really jumped onto the national scene this summer/fall with some big tournament performances including hitting .500 with four extra-base hits at the Underclass World Championships. Perhaps the best part of that performance that went unnoticed, he didn’t strike out a single time that tournament in seven games played. Consistently makes good solid contact to all fields, covers ground in the outfield and is an instinctual baserunner. Then can jump on the mound and reach the low 90’s with some swing and miss off speed stuff. Good player that’s only getting better. -BP

Drew Rerick, 2024, RHP, Fargo Davies HS (ND) 

Since I’ve made a point out of mentioning the standout prospects from the Dakotas in this piece, it would be wrong not to mention Drew Rerick and his special 2023 campaign on the circuit. The North Dakotan was exceptional on the mound this year, using his big ol’ 6-foot-5, 230-pound frame with an uber-physical presence on the mound. He performed well at the 2023 National Showcase, working into the mid-90s with a low-80s slider to pair. He performed well, earning himself a nod to the 2023 PG All-American rosters. Rerick has a chance to come out in the Spring and show some loud performances before capping off his prep career. - TK 

Blane Metz (2025), RHP, Floyds Knob, Ind. (Louisville Sting)

Metz exploded at PG’s Junior National last summer and followed it up with a dominating performance at 16U WWBA en route to being named to the first-ever PG All-Star Game. That constitutes a serious breakout, and he has the ingredients to back that up in 2024. He sinks the fastball well and has advanced changeup feel to go along with projection on his frame and good arm speed. The makings of a monster arm are here. -BS

Ryan Bosch (2025), LHP, Muskegon, Mich. (Padres Scout Team)

Bosch exploded onto the national radar last summer as a huge lefty with power stuff. He stands 6-foot-8 and weighs in at 235 pounds and moves really well for his size on the mound, already reaching the low-90’s with his fastball and living on the edges with it. He throws a power curveball in the mid-70’s with shape and bite, and has all kinds of bat-missing qualities moving forward. He struck out 30 in in 17.2 PG innings in 2023. -BS

Most Likely to Lead the Region in Home Runs  

Colin Coonradt, 2024, MIF, Cedar Falls HS (IA) 

If there was one thing for certain this fall during Iowa Select Scout 2024 games, Colin Coonradt would do damage at the top of the lineup and maybe even leave the yard on a home run. Coonradt is a 6-foot-1, 195-pound frame with plenty of strength and quick hands to lift the ball working pull-side. The Iowa Hawkeyes commit had had 6 home runs in 2023 on the circuit, and I’d expect him to do some damage once again. He can surely lift the ball and has a chance to come out and do just that in 2024 during the PG Iowa Spring League. - TK 

Milo Kelley, 2025, C/RHP, Davenport Central HS (IA) 

Another talent who has a chance to impress during the PG Iowa Spring League in early 2024 is Milo Kelley. The Iowa Hawkeyes commit hit .391 during 2023’s Spring League campaign, including a home run and a handful of extra-base hits. Overall, Kelley had a couple of big flies and has a great feel to work on plane and get uphill through the zone. Kelley can lift the ball and do damage in the air. This spring, I’d expect him to launch a few balls and do some damage from the right side. -TK 

Collin Mowry, 2024, C, Lincolnway Central HS (IL) 

One of the loudest performances of this fall came from Cangelosi Sparks' backstop, Collin Mowry. The right-handed hitting Louisville commit barreled up baseball after baseball this fall. Mowry managed four home runs with a couple of wallbanger doubles as well. Mowry nearly hit .500 in his 50 at-bats on the circuit this year. He’s got an innate feel for the barrel to lift the ball and do damage. He was downright dominant on the circuit during his ABs this fall and will have a chance to launch some balls this spring. -TK 

Sebastian Norman, 3B, Springfield, Missouri 

This may very well be the strongest physical presence as a prep player in the entire midwest region. Hit three home runs in tournaments in 2023 and will undoubtedly be among the home run leaders for the region in 2024. Right-handed hitter with big strength in the swing to impact the baseball. Fair to say he has all fields power and he’s certainly going to get at least future plus power grades on scouting reports going forward. And that’s that, a 6-2/225 physical specimen that will hit plenty of home runs in his baseball career. -BP

Keaton Neal, SS, Olathe, Kansas 

Athlete that is starting to get stronger, has quick hands and a natural feel for lifting and driving the baseball. This is a 2026 that has hit multiple home runs in tournaments in each of the past two seasons when he wasn’t as physically strong. The quick twitch athleticism, torque he creates in the swing and natural feel to turn under and lift the baseball is where the power has come from in the past. Add strength to that and there’s just going to be that much more power in the future. Really took a big step forward this past year and certainly has the ability to lead the region in home runs in 2024. -BP

Mason Braun (2025), 1B, South Bend, Ind. (5 Star/Cubs Scout Team)

Braun, a recent commit to defending national champion LSU, has monster power from the left side of the plate as well as the hit tool to get to that power with frequency. The path is ideally-lofted and features both above-average bat speed and physical strength, and when taken in tandem those traits equate to a huge power upside. It wouldn’t surprise anyone if Braun had a monster high school season and took that directly into PG events next summer. -BS

Jordan Jacob (2025/2026), 3B, Maple, Ontario, Canada (Ontario Blue Jays/Canadian Premier)

Jacob would also be a candidate for the “most likely to back up a breakout” category here, as the young Canadian exploded onto the scene in 2023 and has all kinds of upside moving forward. He has seriously advanced power already in his righthanded swing, with plenty of strength and bat speed, and as he continues refining his approach and honing the consistency of his swing path, he has a real chance to lead the region in bombs next summer. -BS