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Juco | Story | 11/29/2018

JUCO Notes: Midwest, Great Plains

Brian Sakowski        
Photo: Levi Usher (Perfect Game)

Contributing: J.A. Cordts

We take a lot of pride in our second-to-none coverage of Junior College baseball across the country here at Perfect Game, and we’re even more excited that we were able to see quite a bit of it this fall. Between myself and contributor J.A. Cordts, we got a significant look at what the Midwest, Great Plains and Southwest areas of the country have to offer in terms of Junior College baseball talent. Today, we’ll roll out our combined notes from the Midwest and Great Plains, and look forward to the reports from the Southwest on Friday. Also, the first edition of the Junior College MLB Draft prospects list will be released next week.

Players listed below from the following programs: Kirkwood, NIACC, Parkland, John A. Logan, Wabash Valley, Triton, DMACC, McHenry, Johnson County, Coffeyville, Cowley, Pratt, Allen, Kansas City, Butler, Neosho County, Fort Scott.

Levi Usher, of, Kirkwood CC (Louisville commit) – A Perfect Game All-American in 2017, Usher has long shown outstanding athleticism and peripheral tools, and the hit tool came along in a big way this fall. Usher’s tools speak for themselves, with plus speed, arm strength and overall athleticism to go along with solid defensive instincts. He also has average raw power from the left side of the plate to go along with his new-and-improved contact ability, and if he continues on his current developmental trajectory, he could be a potential high draft choice in June.

Austin Krob, lhp, Kirkwood CC (TCU commit) – Another Kirkwood freshman, Krob started generating some buzz in the industry early in the fall as a relative unknown touching 93 mph from the left side. Hailing from a tiny high school in eastern Iowa, Krob was a bit under-scouted as a prep, but that’s changed in a big way this fall. My look at Krob saw him work in the 86-89 mph range for an inning, working the fastball around the zone and showing a solid slider that flashed average. With excellent size, a fresh arm, and plenty of projection remaining; big schools moved quickly to evaluate Krob, and he signed early with TCU a few weeks ago.

Cameron Leff, rhp, Kirkwood CC (Florida Atlantic commit) – One of Kirkwood’s several physical arms, Leff was solid in a brief look this fall, working in the 87-91 mph range with his fastball and doing a fair job of throwing strikes while also working in a fringy slider and changeup as well. His mechanical profile speaks to a future bullpen role, but he has a chance to be immediately impactful in that role at FAU.

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