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2012 Top Prospects

Alec Rash  RHP - 2012 - Adel, IA   Missouri

Rash was outstanding in his first appearance for PG scouts since last June and made a big leap up the draft lists of all the pro teams at the showcase. He pitched at 91-93 with plus life at times and showed good quality to his change up and breaking ball. Watch out when he's out of basketball and pitching full time!.

Mitchell Brown  RHP - 2012 - Rochester, MN   San Diego

Brown has all the pitches, including a fastball that touches 93 mph, a curveball, slider, cutter and change up and he does a good job throwing all his pitches for strikes. He'll battle Rash for the top pitching prospect in the Upper Midwest this spring.

Nick Stroud  RHP - 2012 - Dalton City, IL   Quincy

Stroud was an unknown coming into the event but that quickly changed. The loose 6-3/200 right hander topped out at 92 mph but his upper 70's curveball was his best pitch, with hard, nasty biting action at times. Scouts will be out to see him early this spring.

Matt Fultz  C - 2012 - Lee's Summit, MO   Kansas State

Fultz has almost all of the tools you look for in a young catcher, especially his ability hit the ball hard and consistently left handed. His upper body carries over to his hands, as he receives the ball very smooth and cleanly behind the plate.

Calvin Mathews  RHP - 2012 - Bloomfield, IA   Iowa

Matthews didn't have his normal 91 mph fastball, topping out at 89 mph, but all the rest of the package was there. His change up has really improved over the last year and he did his usual exceptional job of pounding the bottom of the strike zone.

Matt Jones  RHP - 2012 - Omaha, NE   Nebraska

Jones is a physical specimen at 6-6/245, all of it muscle. He throws surprisingly easily, topping out at 89 mph from a calm, slow paced delivery. The Nebraska signee might be a better prospect as a power hitting first baseman and will surely get a chance to hit at the next level.

Jonathan Harris  RHP - 2012 - Florissant, MO   Missouri State

Harris is 6-4/160 but has wiry mature strength than shows both on the mound and in the batter's box. He topped out at 89 mph and stayed at the bottom of the zone with impressive regularity. Harris also threw a 74 mph curveball that is going to get lots of hitters out at the next level. He's signed with Missouri State.

C.J. (Christian) Martin  RHP - 2012 - St Louis, MO   Eastern Illinois

Martin is an extra strong 6-3/220 athlete who gets outstanding sinking action on an upper 80's fastball he throws from a mid 3/4's release point. He also showed some of the best power potential of anyone at the event and could be a two-way standout at Eastern Illinois.

2013 Top Prospects

AJ Puk  LHP - 2013 - Cedar Rapids, IA   Florida

Puk was very impressive on the mound, pitching at 86-88 mph with plus command potential, great projection and a big sweeping curveball. In the indoor environment he might have been even more impressive with the bat, crushing the ball more consistently than any hitter at the event.

Devin Williams  RHP - 2013 - Florissant, MO   Missouri

The 6-3/165 Williams has "projection" written all over him. He has a long and very loose arm with a low effort release and touched 91 a couple of times while pitching consistently in the upper 80's with good heavy action at the plate. His change up is his second best pitch at present and gets the same type of late sink and run.

Derek Burkamper  RHP - 2013 - Muscatine, IA   Nebraska

Burkamper continues the loose and projectable theme of the event, with a young 6-2/170 build and a loose, quick arm. He topped out at 87 mph from a high 3/4's release point but his best pitch was a 12/6 downer curveball with hard spin that he stayed on top of very well.

Lawson Vassar  RHP - 2013 - Little Rock, AR   Arkansas

Vassar is a U. Arkansas commit who has three quality present pitches and the ability to use them with maturity. His fastball was steady at 86-88 mph and he showed very good feel for both his curveball and change up.

2014 Top Prospects

Alex Lange  RHP - 2014 - Lee's Summit, MO   Louisiana State

The 6-3/190 Lange has a chance to be an outstanding prospect in two more years and is already very good right now. He topped out at 89 mph with a loose, very fast arm action and there is plenty more velocity in there. Both Lange's curveball and slider were good and he threw a surprisingly sound change up as well.

Chad Spanberger  C - 2014 - Granite City, IL   Arkansas

Spanberger has an outstanding 6-2/205 build and lots of present strength. He's also a left handed hitting catcher and his bat looked to be his best present tool; he really has a nice, quick short swing and the strength to drive the ball hard. He'll be fun to follow for the next two years.

Mitch Keller  RHP - 2014 - Cedar Rapids, IA   North Carolina

Keller is the young brother of hard throwing U. Nebraska RHP Jon Keller and he looks like he has the physical tools to match his brother's. He topped out at 83 mph but was completely effortless in his delivery and release and his arm stroke tension free. Expect big things, maybe even as soon as this spring/summer.

2015 Top Prospects

Ricky West  RHP - 2015 - Louisville, KY   Uncommitted

We can envision West dominating his age group back in Kentucky. He sat steadily at 82-84 mph with plus pitching mechanics and ability to repeat his delivery. Both his curveball and change up flashed good quality at times.

2016 Top Prospects

Joey Polak  3B - 2016 - Quincy, IL   South Carolina

Eighth graders usually don't have the skills or strength to make prospect lists but the 6-3/190 Polak is an exception. He obviously looks the part and his swing and bat speed are way beyond what you will see in the vast majority of players his age.

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