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Uncommitted Gems: Midwest Region

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Sam McAleer (2022, Leawood, Kan.) has a strong 6-foot-2, 195-pound frame while being agile, which helps his mobility as a catcher behind the dish. His best recorded pop time at a Perfect Game event has been 1.84 seconds and shows a solid release. He tore up Perfect Game events in 2021 by posting a 1.220 OPS over 28 plate appearances. He has the defensive chops to stay behind the plate as a catcher and has some thump in his bat to add some offensive value to his profile as well.




Jackson Mervosh (2022, Lenexa, Kan.) proved to be an incredibly tough out during his time playing in PG events this year, posting a .568 OBP spanning over 37 plate appearances. He also showed off his solid speed by swiping four bags. He’s a very versatile defender that primarily plays up the middle in the infield but is athletic enough to handle any position on the diamond. Wherever he ends up at the collegiate level will be getting a do-it-all defender with a knack for getting on base.
 
Erik Tapia (2022, Kansas City, Kan.) has a very projectable build coming in at 5-foot-10 and 135 pounds. The fastball tops in the mid-80s range now but the arm is loose and once he adds some strength to the frame, he’s a candidate for a quick and drastic velocity spike. He also features a 11/5 shaped curveball and a fading changeup in his arsenal.


Nathan Schwab (2022, Overland Park, Kan.) is up to 80 mph with the heater and showed real feel for spinning and controlling his curveball. He also has a changeup in the arsenal. Very projectable frame and the pure stuff could tick up with added strength.
 
Luke Moore (2022, Kansas City, Mo.) is the top-rated catcher in Missouri for the 2022 class. Shows a quick release and feet which sync up well. At the plate he flashes power to all fields and a path that has natural loft to it. Whoever can land Moore will be getting a good student and a catcher who provides value on both sides of the baseball.


Steven Henley (2022, Steele, Mo.) is a strong and physical right-handed pitcher who has been up to 90 mph at PG events. He also features a sharp slider in his arsenal that has proven to generate swings and misses. Still developing command and repeating his delivery and will be a high-impact arm once those skills tick up.
 
Reece Kardell (2022, Lees Summit, Mo.) has a projectable build with loose and smooth actions on both sides of the ball. His hands are smooth enough to stay up the middle and he’s proven to be a well-rounded hitter who consistently finds barrels.


Tamden Webb-Tate (2022, Ankeny, Iowa) had a breakout season at PG events this year posting a 1.366 OPS over 46 plate appearances, including two home runs. He shows plenty of bat strength and the ability to put the ball in the air. Whichever college he decides to attend will be getting a premium power bat.
 

John Klosterman (2022, Iowa City, Iowa) is a catcher who really performed very well at the plate at PG events in 2021. He posted a .514 OBP and a .379 average over 37 plate appearances. He shows a quick release and strong arm from behind the plate defensively.
 
Tanner Olson (2022, Duluth, Minn.) is PG’s second-ranked catcher in the 2022 Minnesota class. He has a strong, compact build that he handles well and will be a prize for the college that gets his commitment.


Ethan Loss (2022, Lake Elmo, Minn.) is a Swiss army knife with his ability to play nearly every position on the diamond. His all-fields approach with solid bat speed through the zone allows him to pack a punch at the plate as well.
 
Alex Call (2022, Brooklyn Park, Minn.) has an uber-projectable frame at 6-foot-2, 175 pounds with a loose arm action. Call is a candidate for a significant velocity jump in the near future to complement his deep curveball.

Landon Meyer (2022, Lincoln, Neb.) is a defender who has the hands and agility to stay up the middle, as well as solid bat-to-ball skills and feel for controlling the zone. He swiped eight bags in 2021 at PG events while also compiling five extra-base hits.

Luke Broderick (2022, Elkhorn, Neb.) had a small sample size on the mound at PG events in 2021, but when he did take the bump, he took full advantage by striking out 14 batters in 6 1/3 innings while allowing only one hit against him. His fastball has been up to 90 mph and looks to have more in the tank.


Brayden Smith (2022, Omaha, Neb.) is a middle infielder who showed an advanced feel for hitting during PG events in 2021. He batted .322 with a .459 on-base percentage over 74 plate appearances while also swiping five bags. Smith will be a boost to whatever collegiate program he decides to continue his career at.
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