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High School  | General  | 2/29/2024

Midwest Dream Team & Top Tools

David Rawnsley     

The Midwest Region is one of the more talented in the country this year and the All-Region team features six Perfect Game All-Americans, plus the top ranked player in the 2025 class.  And the team doesn’t even include two Iowa players, All-American middle infielder Myles Davis and mid-90’s left-hander Blake Larson, both of whom are attending school in Florida for their senior seasons.

The area that really stands out in the Region are the senior class of right-handed pitchers, all of whom are mid to upper 90’s power pitchers who rank in the Top 50 in the PG 2024 class rankings.  That group of power arms hides a very talented group of arm talents just behind it.

Impressively, nine of the Region’s ten states are represented on the team, with only South Dakota coming up empty this year.  Valley View High School of Arkansas, behind their star outfielder Slade Caldwell, is the only school in the Perfect Game Pre-Season Top 50, ranking 26th in the country.

C – Carter Kutz (Jr., Hartford HS, Wisc.)

Kutz is a very athletic 6-foot-3, 185-pound two-way player and the eighth ranked catcher in the 2025 class nationally (149th overall).  In addition to his catching ability and growing power potential, Kutz also has a 90 mph fastball on the mound and may end up doing both should he end up at Nebraska, where he’s committed.

1B – Kale Fountain (Sr., Norris HS, Neb.)

Fountain is a primary third baseman at present but it’s easy to see the 6-foot-5, 230-pound right-handed hitter either at first base or at a corner outfield position, where his 6.65 speed would be an asset.  Regardless of his future position, Fountain’s best tool is his bat and especially his power potential.  Along with taking over as the all-time leader for Nebraska home runs as only a junior, Fountain hit .400-1-16 with 16 walks and only 2 strikeouts in 20 PG tournament games in 2023.  He is signed with Louisiana State.

MIF – Trey Snyder (Sr., Liberty North HS, Mo.)

Snyder has a big and strong 6-foot-2, 197-pound build but is a high-level athlete with plus speed at 6.57 and lots of middle infield athleticism.  The right-handed hitter has a strong line drive swing that projects plenty of power as he gets more repetitions.  The 56th ranked player in the class and a Perfect Game All-American, Snyder is signed with Tennessee.

MIF – Tyson Lewis (Sr., Millard West HS, Neb.)

Lewis is a live bodied athlete with five-tool potential if his power continues to develop.  A 6.4 runner in the sixty, Lewis was a perfect 41-41 in steals as a junior at Millard West High School while hitting .460-2-37 on the season.  He is signed with Arkansas.

3B – Ethan Holliday (Jr., Stillwater HS, Okla.)

Son of Matt and brother of Jackson, the latest of the Holliday’s more favors his father as a big 6-foot-4 power hitter, with the advantage of being a left-handed hitter.  The number one ranked player in the 2025 PG class rankings, Holliday hit .451 with 15 home runs and 51 walks as a sophomore at Stillwater HS.

OF – Slade Caldwell (Sr., Valley View HS, Ark.)

Caldwell is the highest ranked senior player in the Midwest Region, checking in at 11th overall in the PG class rankings.  A 5-foot-9 high energy bundle of quick twitch muscle, Caldwell’s size, tools and style of play have already drawn comparisons with 2023 NL Rookie of the Year Corbin Carroll, although Caldwell doesn’t project the same type of power as Carroll.  The left-handed hitter has dominated the Arkansas high school baseball scene for years and hit .516 with 40 steals and 54 runs scored as a junior while also going 7-1 on the mound.

OF – Jake Quinn (Sr., Cretin Derham Hall HS, Minn.)

Quinn really showed out at the 2023 PG National Showcase, running a 6.42 sixty and throwing 93 mph from the outfield while generating lots of left-handed bat speed from his 6-foot-3, 190-pound frame.  He is the top ranked position player in Minnesota and 223rd overall nationally.  Quinn will be attending Minnesota.

OF – Danny Wallace (Jr., Papillion-LaVista South HS, Neb.)

Wallace is an outstanding two-way prospect and ranked 55th nationally in the 2025 PG class rankings.  The Oklahoma State commit runs a 6.6 sixty and throws in the low 90’s both from the outfield and from on the mound.  Wallace has actually swung the wood bat in the summers and fall much better than the metal bat in the spring, as he hit .382 with a 1.153 OPS in 29 games on the PG circuit in 2023 and .490 with a .1362 OPS in 20 games in 2022.

RHP  Anson Seibert (Sr, Blue Valley Southwest HS, Kan.)

Seibert is an intimidating presence on the mound at 6-foot-9, 220-pounds and has an easy delivery that enables him to throw plenty of strikes.  Seibert generally sits in the 94-96 mph range with his fastball but there have been reports of his hitting 98-99 in early season bullpens this year.  Seibert also throws a hard slider and a change up.  He has been compared to the Dodgers Tyler Glasnow for his size and raw stuff.

RHP Drew Rerick (Sr., Fargo Davies HS, N.D.)

Rerick is one of the best prospects ever to come out of North Dakota and the first Perfect Game All-American from that state.  The big 6-foot-5, 230-pound right-hander was up to 95 mph at the PG National Showcase and has touched 97 mph at other events.  Rerick pairs his heat with a mid-80’s slider and a developing change up.  He is signed with Texas A&M.

RHP  Carson Wiggins (Sr., Roland HS, Okla.)

Wiggins is a physical copy of his brother Jaxon, a second round pick of the Cubs in 2023, as an upper 90’s right-hander with an athletic 6-foot-5 build.  The younger Wiggins, however, has better command and a better mid-80’s slider at the same age and is generally much more polished on the mound.  Wiggins is signed with Arkansas, perhaps not coincidently where his brother also played.

RHP  Owen Hall (Sr., Edmond North HS, Okla.)

Hall might be the most projectable top pitcher in the Midwest Region and he already has some of the best stuff.  The 6-foot-3, 185-pound right-hander works in the 91-95 mph range and has touched higher to go with a high spin upper 70’s curveball that is a strikeout pitch.  Hall is the 48th ranked player in the PG 2024 class rankings and is signed with Vanderbilt.

RHP Joey Oakie (Sr., Ankeny Centennial HS, Iowa)

Oakie was a well-known two-way prospect in the Upper Midwest since he entered high school but rarely ventured outside the state, so his national profile and standing for the 2024 draft exploded when he crushed his inning at the 2023 Perfect Game All-American Classic, sitting 94-95 mph with his fastball and throwing an 85 mph slider with nasty bite and 2900+ rpm spin rates.  He’s the 2nd ranked right-handed pitcher in the 2024 class in the PG rankings and the 14th overall prospect.  Oakie is signed to stay home at Iowa if he doesn’t turn professional.

UT – Tyler Wood (Jr., Lees Summit West HS, Mo.)

In a Region with tons of multi-tooled players, Wood stands out as one of the toolsiest.  A 6-foot-3, 195-pound right-handed hitter, Wood runs a 6.7 sixty and throws 95 mph from the outfield and the low 90’s from the mound.  A Tennessee commit, Wood is the 58th ranked player in the 2025 class.

Midwest Region Top Tools

Best Hitter for Average: Slade Caldwell (Jr., Valley View HS, Ark.)

Caldwell has one of the best bats in the country and projects as a top of the order hitter as he moves forward, with an elite combination of patience, barrel to ball skills and speed.

Best Hitter for Power: Ethan Holliday (So., Stillwater HS, Okla.)

Holliday’s father’s top big league home run season was 46 in 2007 and if everything falls right for Ethan, he may end up topping that for the family record.  If Jackson doesn’t beat him to it, first.

Best Runner: Slade Caldwell (Jr., Valley View HS, Ark.)

There are numerous players in the Region who have run faster 60’s than Caldwell but none whose speed on the baseball field impacts the game more.  Caldwell is 100% energy once he steps on the field and that comes out in his speed both offensively and defensively.

Best Defensive Catcher: Carter Kutz (Jr., Hartford HS, Wisc.)

Kutz’s overall athleticism stands out behind the plate and would probably enable him to play all over the field defensively.  He’s a 6.88 runner in the sixty and his big arm strength plays well in the games.

Best Defensive Infielder: Tyson Lewis (Sr., Millard West HS, Neb.)

Lewis has all the athleticism and tools to stay at shortstop at the highest levels of the game.  It will be interesting to see how Trey Snyder’s defense will develop as he concentrates on one sport, as he shares the same athletic traits as Lewis.

Best Defensive Outfielder: Slade Caldwell (Jr., Valley View HS, Ark.)

Caldwell may end up having plus-plus range in centerfield between his speed and his excellent jumps and routes.  Watching him chase down balls during batting practice at Chase Field the day prior to the All-American Classic was one of the defensive highlights of the year.

Best Defensive Arm: Tyler Wood (Jr., Lees Summit West HS, Mo.)

The door isn’t closed on Wood ending up a primary pitcher and his right arm is certainly a weapon in the outfield.

Best Fastball: Anson Seibert (Sr, Blue Valley Southwest HS, Kan.)

Seibert and Carson Wiggins functionally throw the same when it comes to velocity but Seibert has better command of the pitch and probably more physical projection remaining.

Best Off-Speed Stuff: Joey Oakie (Sr., Ankeny Centennial HS, Iowa)

Many pro scouts consider Oakie’s mid-80’s slider to be the best single breaking ball in the 2024 class.  He could be one of the biggest risers of the spring and will benefit from the draft being held later in the summer.

Best Pitchability: Kash Mayfield (Sr., Elk City HS, Okla.)

Mayfield has been a dominant pitcher in the Oklahoma ranks since he was a freshman and went 9-1, 0.75 as a junior with before missing the summer circuit with an injury.  A still projectable 6-foot-4 left-hander, Mayfield works in the low 90’s with his fastball to go with a mid-70’s curveball and a change up and hits spots with all three pitches.  He is signed with Oklahoma State.

Best Multi-Sport Athlete: Trey Snyder (Sr., Liberty North HS, Mo.)

Snyder is a three-sport standout who intercepted six passes while playing safety for Liberty North’s state championship football team while also playing point guard on the basketball team.  Carson Wiggins is an outstanding basketball player with above the rim talents.