Spring League Week 1 Recap

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Steve James        
Published: Monday, March 20, 2017

The first weekend of the Iowa Spring League is in the books!  It was a bit chilly for much of the mornings and early afternoon, but overall a good first weekend.  Big thanks to Scott Belger and Southeast Polk for hosting on the turf!  There were some good performances this weekend to recap.  This time of year the pitching is ahead of the hitting, so for this week anyway is more pitching dominant in the recap.

Nettleton Dominant

Clayton Nettleton (2018 – Davenport West) was very impressive in his 2 innings of work.  He pitched at 86-89 MPH and located extremely well.  He only threw 23 pitches, was 100% first pitch strikes, threw 78% strikes, and struck out every batter he faced.  Needless to say he was very sharp.  He mixed in his curveball and changeup effectively and they were quality pitches for him.  The efficiency he pitched with was by far the most impressive outing of the weekend.

Brayden Frazier shows high level hitting tools

Brayden Frazier (2018 – Jefferson HS) showed his high level hitting tools again this past weekend.  He made consistent hard barrel contact and every one of his hits were for extra bases.  He has an aggressive approach at the plate and looks to do damage in every at bat.  He had 2 doubles, 1 triple, an RBI, and 2 runs this weekend.  The ball flies off his bat when squared up and he’s going to have quite a few extra base hits this spring.

Arons shows big power

Kamrin Arons (2017 – Bettendorf) hammered a deep home run to centerfield in his first at bat of the Spring League.  At 6-2/255 he sticks out with his physicality and size, it’s what he’s able to do with the bat that fits the profile.  Arons has good bat speed and when he connects it really jumps off the bat.  He’s going to hit quite a few home runs in his baseball career with all the strength in his swing.  He’s also a solid defensive first baseman and has light feet around the bag.

Swanda good in first outing

John Swanda (2017 – Roosevelt) pitched well at 85-88 MPH with his fastball from a loose easy arm action.  He allowed just 1 hit and a walk while striking out 8.  The velocity projects and the ball comes out of his hand really easy.  It’ll be interesting to see where he’s at come middle of May.  Swanda also swung the bat well collecting 3 hits and showing good barrel skills.

Helland with good first weekend

Jake Helland (2018 – Lake St. Louis, MO) swung the bat well collecting 3 hits, 1 double, 1 triple, 3 RBI, and 4 Runs.  He’s got some strength in his swing as well as some bat speed.  He squared the ball up well and showed solid hitting tools to work with.

Reifert making strides

Evan Reifert (2017 – Wilton) has made some strides since last spring topping at 88 MPH with his fastball and showing improving command.  He struck out 5 in his 2 innings of work with 1 walk and no hits.  He was efficient throwing only 27 pitches in his 2 innings of work. 

Van Scoyoc with quality outing

Connor Van Scoyoc (2018 – Jefferson) pitched well at 83-85 MPH with his fastball and located well.  He struck out 7 in 3 innings of work and didn’t allow a hit.  He was another guy with a very efficient outing averaging 13.3 pitches per inning.  The velocity will climb throughout the spring.

Drezek shows good arm strength

Graysen Drezek (2020 – North Scott) was impressive in his first outing topping out at 83 MPH.  He’s a strong 2020 with good arm strength.  He struggled with his control at times, but there’s talent there to really improve over the years.  He’ll be interesting to track for the next 4 years.

Paulus dominant

Evan Paulus (2019 – Newman Catholic) topped at 82 MPH with his fastball and struck out 8 in 3 innings of work.  He didn’t allow a hit and walked 2.  Paulus projects for more velocity and the ball comes out pretty clean.

Blunt with hitless outing

Jarrett Blunt (2018 – Ottumwa) didn’t allow a hit in his 3 innings of work.  He was efficient throwing just 14 pitches per inning and threw a lot of strikes.  He pitched to contact well and struck out 5 while topping at 84 MPH.  He threw his curveball for strikes and projects well.

Bockenstedt efficient

Jake Bockenstedt (2018 – Washington) pitched well averaging 15.67 pitches per inning while allowing 1 hit over 3 innings.  He struck out 6 while walking just one.  He flashed better feel for his curveball with good shape to it.  He’s making steady improvements and showing pitchability.

Week 1 Hitting Category Leaders

Team Name First Name Last Name H
Black Magic Trever Brown 4
Golden Bears Brayden Frazier 3
Grey Wolves Jake Helland 3
Navy Seals John Swanda 3
Grey Wolves Kade Vander Molen 3
Black Magic Braden Hageman 2
Grey Wolves Levi Davidson 2
Grey Wolves Brayden Hoops 2
Red Dragons Gavyn Ashley 2
Red Dragons Matthew Fitzsimmons 2
Aquasox Andrue Henry 2
Black Magic Tyler Oberbroeckling 2
Blue Crew Evan Reifert 2
Blue Crew Trevor Burkhart 2
Blue Crew Mac Conrad 2
Golden Bears Nic McCay 2
Grey Wolves Sam Goodman 2
Red Dragons Matyk Hilton 2
Whitecaps Keaton Baayen 2
Whitecaps Conrad Burke 2
Team Name First Name Last Name HR
Golden Bears Kamrin Arons 1
Team Name First Name Last Name 2B
Golden Bears Brayden Frazier 2
Black Magic Trever Brown 1
Grey Wolves Jake Helland 1
Grey Wolves Brayden Hoops 1
Red Dragons Gavyn Ashley 1
Red Dragons Matthew Fitzsimmons 1
Grey Wolves Levi Davidson 1
Black Magic Braden Hageman 1
Blue Crew Collin McCrabb 1
Blue Crew Ryan McKown 1
Navy Seals Sebastian Hutson 1
Red Dragons Lane Thole 1
Navy Seals Will Nigut 1
Team Name First Name Last Name RBI
Grey Wolves Landon Vander Leest 4
Grey Wolves Jake Helland 3
Black Magic Trever Brown 3
Grey Wolves Jordan Wendel 3
Black Magic Tyler Oberbroeckling 2
Black Magic Eli Bergeron 2
Red Dragons Matthew Fitzsimmons 2
Black Magic Casey Sole 2
Black Magic Braden Hageman 2
Black Magic Billy Nix 2
Navy Seals Graysen Jennings 2
Team Name First Name Last Name R
Black Magic Tyler Oberbroeckling 5
Grey Wolves Jake Helland 4
Grey Wolves Sam Goodman 4
Grey Wolves Kade Vander Molen 3
Black Magic Eli Bergeron 3
Black Magic Josh Hilsenbeck 3
Red Dragons Evan Paulus 3
Black Magic Jarrett Blunt 3


Week 1 Pitching Category Leaders

Team Name First Name Last Name SO
Red Dragons Evan Paulus 8
Whitecaps Draeden Spang 8
Navy Seals John Swanda 8
Golden Bears Connor Van Scoyoc 7
Black Magic Tony Comellas 6
Blue Crew Clayton Nettleton 6
Aquasox Graysen Drezek 6
Black Magic Jacob Bockenstedt 6
Navy Seals Will Nigut 6
Aquasox Evan Crawford 6
Golden Bears Luke Golla 6
Golden Bears Nic McCay 6
Team Name First Name Last Name K/BB Ratio
Navy Seals John Swanda 8
Golden Bears Connor Van Scoyoc 7
Black Magic Jacob Bockenstedt 6
Black Magic Tony Comellas 6
Navy Seals Will Nigut 6
Golden Bears Luke Golla 6
Grey Wolves Levi Davidson 5
Blue Crew Evan Reifert 5
Grey Wolves Luke Llewellyn 5
Red Dragons Evan Paulus 4
Blue Crew Curtis Lilenthal 4
Aquasox Jack Young 4
Whitecaps Dylan Schultz 4
Aquasox Andrue Henry 4
Grey Wolves Stefan Stockwell 3
Team Name First Name Last Name FPS%
Blue Crew Clayton Nettleton 1
Aquasox Zachary Bierman 0.824
Golden Bears Connor Van Scoyoc 0.8
Red Dragons Gavyn Ashley 0.778
Blue Crew Cam Baumann 0.7
Golden Bears Drake Frazier 0.7
Golden Bears Nic McCay 0.688
Whitecaps Elijah Townsend 0.667
Blue Crew Collin McCrabb 0.667
Aquasox Jack Young 0.667
Blue Crew Cade Lisk 0.667
Team Name First Name Last Name P/IP
Red Dragons Gavyn Ashley 11.333
Blue Crew Clayton Nettleton 11.5
Red Dragons Noah Wells 11.5
Blue Crew Collin McCrabb 12.5
Blue Crew Noah McCreary 13
Golden Bears Connor Van Scoyoc 13.333
Aquasox Nathan Wilkinson 13.333
Blue Crew Evan Reifert 13.5
Golden Bears Austin Marchesani 13.875
Black Magic Jarrett Blunt 14
Blue Crew Brendan Paper 14
Black Magic Billy Nix 14
Golden Bears Ethan Weichers 14.5
Red Dragons Matyk Hilton 14.5
Whitecaps Draeden Spang 15
Grey Wolves Levi Davidson 15
Grey Wolves Kade Vander Molen 15
Blue Crew Trevor Burkhart 15
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