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Tournaments  | Story  | 12/5/2022

Uncommitted Gems: Midwest

Brett Swalve     
Photo: Perfect Game
Matt Sauser, RHP, Bloomington, Ill.
Class of 2023 | PG Rank: 500

Sauser is recently back on the market after his decommitment from the University of Iowa. Sauser is a projectable right-handed pitcher who consistently runs his fastball into the low-90s. He recently threw three shutout innings down at the WWBA World Championships in Jupiter for the Cincinnati Reds Scout Team. His slider features wipeout potential and command that is going to compete right away at the collegiate level. Should be a highly sought-after arm left on the market.

Adam Switalski, RHP, Burlington, Wis.
Class of 2023 | PG Rank: 500

Switalski is an uber-athletic right-handed pitcher who uses an up-tempo delivery on the mound with high pitchability traits. His frame is slender with plenty of room to fill out, while already featuring a fastball that has touched 90 mph multiple times at our events. His fastball plays heavy in the zone, while the breaking ball shows sharp downhill action to keep hitters off-balance. He’s recorded 38 strikeouts over 19 2/3 innings pitched during PG events in 2022.

Anthony Alvarez, MIF/OF, Overland Park, Kan.
Class of 2024 | PG Rank: 500

Alvarez is a quick-twitch athlete who has some versatility on the defensive side of the ball. He has smooth, athletic actions on the infield who has arm strength to stay on the left side, long term. Over the last year at PG events, Alvarez has hit .400 with nearly as many extra-base hits as he has strikeouts. The bat-to-ball skills are obvious and stand out over the course of an at-bat. Was a standout performer at the recent High School All-State Select Championships.

Tyne Weeden, OF/1B, Johnston, Iowa
Class of 2024 | PG Rank: 500

Weeden is a physical left-handed bat in the Iowa class of 2024. He has exploded onto the scene in the last 12 months, turning heads consistently during his high school season. There is an insane amount of strength in the barrel and consistent timing at the plate, allowing him to go the other way with ease or pull side when needed. The frame suggests that there will be plenty more power left to gain. A middle-of-the-order bat at the next level, Weeden should be one of the most sought-after power bats in the Midwest right now.

Xavier Crowder, SS/RHP, Westchester, Ill.
Class of 2025 | PG Rank: 267

Crowder is that type of player you can’t take your eyes off of when watching him play, whether that is in the box, on the mound, or playing a clean infield. The agile 5-foot-11, 180-pound athlete looks the part on the diamond and consistently produces at a high level. There aren’t many players in the 2025 class that have the raw strength and juice that Crowder does, which makes his upside and ceiling that much higher. The bat-to-ball skills have really taken off in the last calendar year and if his currently trajectory keeps tilt, then watch out for what he can accomplish in years to come.

Adam Urban, SS/RHP, Wauwatosa, Wis.
Class of 2025 | PG Rank: 255

Urban is that type of prospect you want to buy stock in sooner, rather than later. The tools are legit, along with the natural feel for the game and overall upside in his actions at this current moment. If you were to go watch this kid play, you would have no idea he is a 2025. His left-handed stroke is clean with pop and carry off the bat. The upside in Urban is immense, and he should be looked at as one of the top uncommitted 2025 infielders on the market currently. A top performer from the recent High School All State Select Championships.

Max Heineman, C/UTL, Bloomington, Ill.
Class of 2026 | PG Rank: 175

Heineman is a kid who has really exploded onto the PG scene over the last 12 months. His frame carries strength and agility throughout, showing clean actions behind the plate with an above-average arm from out of the crouch. There is a poise to him when in the box that is hard to find at his age. I think the bat is going to keep progressing well and continue to show plenty of power to sustain his current trajectory. He hit .419 at PG events this year with only three strikeouts in 41 plate appearances. Look for Heineman to make some noise on the recruiting trail, sooner rather than later.