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Tournaments | Story | 7/19/2019

17u Midwest: Day 3 Scout Notes

Nate Schweers         Ben Milks        
Photo: Reece Lawler (Perfect Game)

17u WWBA Prospect Meadows Scout Notes: Day 1 | Day 2

Brennan Orf (2020, Wildwood, Mo.) had a really impressive day at the plate Friday, going 2-for-2 with a double, triple and four RBI. Orf has a really fluid and powerful swing at the plate, and his physical frame provides for some present power to the pull side. At 6-foot-3, 215-pounds, Orf has the present size and strength to be the ultimate power threat at the plate. What was really impressive with in Orf’s swing was his ability to get his hands extended and drive the ball to right field. The lefthanded hitter has a naturally lifted barrel plane and he swings with the intent to drive the baseball at all times.

Parker Wright (2020, Columbia, Mo.) was another member of the St. Louis Prospects Scout Kirchner to have an impressive day at the plate. After a home run earlier in the tournament, the Missouri commit went 3-for-3 with three RBI on Friday. Wright is a physical corner infielder with a lot of tools that play at the next level. The present power in the swing is something that will play at all levels and his high-contact approach at the plate will lead to success in the SEC.

While those that have followed his career know that AJ Vukovich (2020, Mukwonago, Wisc.) can swing the bat, Vukovich did a little bit of everything for Hitters 2020 on Friday. Vukovich has the projectable frame and present power that scouts love, blasting a home run the opposite way in his second at-bat. However, the high-end draft prospect flashed his two-way upside with an impressive display of arm strength on the mound. Vukovich sat 89-91 mph during his inning of work Friday, and he could continue to shine in a two-way capacity should he make it to Louisville.

Reece Lawler (2020, Gurnee, Ill.) was another impressive arm on the GRB Rays staff to have an impressive outing Friday. Lawler tossed four scoreless innings in his start, allowing just three hits and striking out six. Lawler has a free and easy arm action on the mound and his projectable frame has plenty of room to fill out and add strength. Lawler attacked hitters with a fastball at 84-86, topping at 88 mph. Lawler has developing feel for a curveball at 69-73 mph, and as the righty starts to throw that pitch with confidence, the Iowa commit will become even more of a force on the mound.

Max Wagner (2020, Green Bay, Wis.) had a breakout day Friday, going 2-for-2 with a pair of doubles and three RBI. Wagner is an athletic player that has a ton of tools to be successful at the plate and in the field. Wagner ripped both doubles to the gap in left-center field, getting his hands extended and showing off his quick hands. Wagner has some present strength in the frame and he plays a clean shortstop as well. Wagner’s combination of offensive power and defensive consistency make him an excellent prospect in Clemson’s 2020 class.

When thinking about the ideal candidate to increase production at the top of the order, Mitch Jebb (2020, Saginaw, Mich.) is a name that comes to mind. Jebb was 3-for-3 on Friday, showing excellent bat-to-ball skills and the ability to drive the ball to all fields. Jebb has a high-contact approach at the plate, and the lefthanded hitter is an excellent option at the leadoff spot. Jebb is not a player that will boast astronomical power numbers, but the defensive shortstop can manufacture innings with his bat and speed. I was most impressed by the way the Michigan State commit goes about his business on the field. Jebb is a high-motor player that is constantly looking to take the extra base and he is definitely a player to keep an eye on in the 2020 class.

– Nate Schweers

Ernie Day (2020, Chicago, ll.) had a loud day at the plate and on the mound for the Illinois Indians. At the plate Day features an elevated barrel path through the zone with good bat speed in a smooth swing with easy power to the pull side. He showed impressive power at the plate with two home runs on the day, both to right field, showing the present pull-side power. Day was also able to contribute a single to the effort to go along with five RBI. On the mound Ernie features a deliberate delivery with explosive actions moving down the mound. He showed an interesting two-pitch mix with a fastball up to 85 mph and a sharper slider at 73 mph.

Adding a home run for the Illinois Indians was Noah Leib (2020, Evanston, Ill.) showing an easy swing creating good bat speed and working the barrel out front well with good extension. Lieb showed present power to the pull side with a loud home run while also collecting two RBI in the game.

Joseph Radloff (2020, Chatham, Ill.), a strong righty, showed the ability to create bat speed while getting extended out front well in a compact swing. Radloff drove the ball to the pull side consistently with a double to left field followed up by a loud home run to left field, continuing the trend of home runs on the day.

Throwing a complete game shutout on Friday for Stiks Academy Red was Donovan Schulltz (2020 Appleton, Wis.). The strong lefty worked seven innings while scattering six hits and striking out five. The uncommitted 2020 features repeatable mechanics with interesting arm speed. He works largely off a fastball thrown for consistent strikes at 85 mph complemented by a 70 mph curveball that he shows good feel for the zone with and an interesting cutter creating swing-and-miss at 78 mph.

Will Tenuta (2020, Orland Park, Ill.) worked four innings on the mound for Cangelosi Sparks 2020 Black allowing zero runs while scattering four hits and striking out two. Tenuta has a strong build with athletic actions working on the mound. He works from a high three-quarters arm slot with good arm speed. Tenuta displayed a fastball thrown by hitters up in the zone consistently up to 88 mph complemented by a sweeping swing-and-miss curveball at 77 mph.

– Ben Milks

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