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Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Northwoods top prospects

Patrick Ebert        
Photo: Tim Casey

2017 Summer Collegiate Top Prospect Index
Year Established: 1994
States Represented: Illinois, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Ontario, Wisconsin
No. of Teams: 20
Regular Season Champion (best overall record): Wisconsin Rapids Rafters (52-20)
Postseason Champion: St. Cloud Rox
No. 1 Prospect, 2016: Keenan Barlett, rhp, Lakeshore (Richmond)
First 2016 Player Selected, 2017 Draft: Drew Ellis, 3b, Rochester (Louisville; Diamondbacks/2nd round)

Player of the Year: Zach Zubia, 1b, Rochester (Texas)
Pitcher of the Year: Aaron Rozek, lhp, St. Cloud (Minnesota State)

Wisconsin Rapids followed up a successful 2016 season in which they claimed the Northwoods League title by setting a league record with 52 regular-season wins. However, once the postseason hit they managed only one win and lost to the Battle Creek Bombers in the South Division as they didn’t even get the chance to defend their title in the championship series.

The NWL championship was claimed by the St. Cloud Rox, who cruised through the playoffs with a 4-1 record and they beat Battle Creek, on the road, in the best-of-three championship series. Matthew Tarantino (Pacific) provided the biggest hit in the Rox’ four-run fifth inning of the deciding game three, a two-run ground-rule double that proved to be the difference in the game.

At the league’s showcase event in Madison, Florida righthander and College World Series hero Tyler Dyson of the hometown Mallards proved he was the no-doubt No. 1 prospect in the NWL by throwing easy mid-90s heat and a nasty mid-80s slider.

Zach Zubia had a huge summer for the Rochester Honkers, hitting 22 home runs and driving in 62 (he added another home run and two RBI at the league’s showcase event), both of which led the league and led him to being named the league’s Most Valuable Player. Minnesota State lefthander Aaron Rozek was named the Pitcher of the Year after going 6-1 with a 2.39 and a league-leading 78 strikeouts in 64 innings of work for the Rox.

Top 20 Prospects

Rk. Player POS. B-T HT WT Hometown ST 2018 School YR Class Last Drafted
1 Tyler Dyson RHP R-R 6-2 230 Bradenton FL Florida SO 2019 Never drafted
2 Zack Watson OF B-R 6-0 166 Ruston LA Louisiana State SO 2018 Never drafted
3 Nick Fortes C R-R 6-0 210 Deland FL Mississippi JR 2018 Never drafted
4 Alonzo Jones OF/IF B-R 5-10 195 Columbus GA Vanderbilt JR 2018 Cubs '15 (36)
5 Kenyon Yovan RHP R-R 6-3 222 Beaverton OR Oregon SO 2019 Mariners '16 (32)
6 Daniel Ritcheson RHP R-R 6-4 200 Northridge CA San Diego State^ FR 2020 Blue Jays '17 (23)
7 Nick Mears RHP R-R 6-4 185 Rocklin CA Sacramento City CC SO 2018 Never drafted
8 Joey Gerber RHP R-R 6-4 215 Maple Grove MN Illinois JR 2018 Never drafted
9 Cole Daily 2B L-R 6-1 184 Springfield IL Notre Dame JR 2018 Never drafted
10 Bryson Stott SS L-R 6-3 195 Las Vegas NV UNLV SO 2019 Never drafted
11 Luke Shilling RHP R-R 6-5 245 Clarkston MI Illinois JR 2018 Rangers '15 (20)
12 Zach Zubia 1B R-R 6-4 235 Richmond TX Texas R-FR 2019 Never drafted
13 Parker Sanburn RHP R-R 6-1 200 Kokomo IN SIGNED/Rangers Never drafted
14 Hunter Feduccia C L-R 6-2 183 Lake Charles LA Louisiana State* JR 2018 Never drafted
15 Chase Strumpf 2B/SS R-R 6-1 197 Ladera Ranch CA UCLA SO 2019 Never drafted
16 Isaiah Carranza RHP R-R 6-5 200 La Verne CA Azusa Pacific* JR 2018 Rangers '15 (35)
17 Gus Varland RHP L-R 6-1 190 Maplewood MN Concordia (Minn.) JR 2018 Never drafted
18 Jake Mielock RHP B-R 6-4 210 Safety Harbor FL Colorado Mesa SR 2018 Never drafted
19 Rylan Thomas 1B/RHP R-R 5-11 235 Winter Garden FL UCF SO 2019 Mets '16 (26)
20 Andy Weber 2B/SS L-R 6-1 190 Aurora OH Virginia JR 2018 Never drafted

* Transfer
^ Incoming Freshman

Top 10 Prospect Reports

1. Tyler Dyson, rhp, Madison (Florida/SO in 2018)
After pitching Florida to the championship at the College World Series, Dyson arrived in Madison to pitch in the Northwoods and may be one of the best pitchers to ever throw in the league. He routinely worked in the 93-95 mph range with his fastball, peaking at 96-97 while mixing in a dominant power slider and commanding both pitches very well. He has enough velo on his fastball to challenge hitters up in the strike zone and changes their eye level with his hard-biting two-plane breaking ball. Dyson made five starts for the Mallards, going 4-0 with a 29-to-3 strikeout-to-walk ratio in 28 1/3 innings, a testament to his command. He’s poised to follow Brady Singer and Jackson Kowar in the Gators’ weekend rotation during the spring and could be the ace of the staff, and a premium draft pick, in 2019.

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