Showcase Midwest Top Prospect Showcase
Oct 1 - 2, 2005 Perfect Game Field at Veterans Memorial Stadium - Cedar Rapids, IA  

2006 Top Prospects

Zach Von Tersch  - RHP - 2006 - Cedar Falls, IA - USA
He threw 87-89 with an outstanding mid-70s curveball that's a potential plus pitch. Von Tersch is a high ceiling talent and a potential high draft choice if he keeps improving at the same rate.

Kyle Gilligan  - SS - 2006 - Toronto, ON - CAN
Gilligan is a smooth fielding shortstop with 6.8 speed and a very advanced ability to throw hard and accurately from any arm angle. He also hit the first pitch of the showcase for a home run and impressed everyone with his bat speed and hitting ability.

Chris Roberts  - SS - 2006 - Oshkosh, WI - USA
Roberts is a 6.7 runner with a powerful left handed swing. He plays all over the field defensively and looked particularly good at second base. He projects very well.

Jonathan Waltenbury  - OF - 2006 - Bowmanville, ON - CAN
Outfielder with a pro profile body and tools. He has big time power to all fields. Waltenbury also plays first base very well and showed the athletic ability to consider third base defensively.

Wes Munson  - SS - 2006 - Fond du Lac, WI - USA
Munson has a solid balance of tools offensively and defensively. He has the actions and quickness to stay in the middle of the field as he matures physically and his bat projects at a high level.

Nicholas Kurash  - RHP - 2006 - Hinsdale, IL - USA
Kurash has smoothed out his mechanics and pitching style since we saw him early this year. He pitched at 86-88 mph and threw some very sharp sliders up to 77 mph. Kurash challenges hitters with his fastball and works quickly.

Ryan Allen  - RHP - 2006 - Stillwater, OK - USA
Allen is a legit two-way prospect who could blossom either way. He threw 85 mph off the mound with a nasty sinking change-up, and showed very good hand strength, bat speed and power potential at the plate. He projects very well.

David Francis  - RHP - 2006 - Mississauga, ON - CAN
Francis is a mature right hander from with a power fastball. He topped out at 89 mph and we've heard of him being 92-93 mph in the past.

Ben Ihde  - 1B - 2006 - Neenah, WI - USA
Ihde is a profile first baseman with a powerful left handed swing. He showed his power consistently against live pitching and is a smooth fielding first baseman as well.

Jim Klocke  - 3B - 2006 - St. Louis, MO - USA
Klocke is a primary third baseman, but his tools profile very well at his secondary position, catcher. He has excellent arm strength and his left handed bat is a plus.

2007 Top Prospects

DJ LeMahieu  - SS - 2007 - Bloomfield Hills, MI - USA
LeMahieu is an angular shortstop with very good balance and footwork and a strong arm, plus a knack for making the spectacular play. He showed bat speed and plus power potential. He has a high ceiling as a 2007 prospect.

Nick Rice  - LHP - 2007 - Kenosha, WI - USA
Rice is a lanky southpaw with tremendous projection. He topped out at 88 mph with excellent life and movement. Rice's secondary pitches are developing, but he has a very high ceiling.

Cody Scarpetta  - RHP - 2007 - Rockford, IL - USA
Scarpetta was the hardest thrower at the showcase, touching 90 mph and pitching consistently at 88 mph. He has a variety of secondary pitches, the best a 77 mph sharp slider.

John Christian  - RHP - 2007 - Mississauga, ON - CAN
Scouts in Kentucky need to take note. Christian and his 86 mph fastball and two top level breaking pitches are moving to Kentucky from Canada this fall. He has a very live arm and great projection

Cameron Robulack  - 1B - 2007 - Toronto, ON - CAN
Scouts in Kentucky need to take note. Christian and his 86 mph fastball and two top level breaking pitches are moving to Kentucky from Canada this fall. He has a very live arm and great projection

Nathaniel Smith  - OF - 2007 - Brampton, ON - CAN
Smith is a quality athlete with present strength, sub-7.00 speed, and 85 mph outfield arm strength. He was the best game performer at the showcase with 5 hits and 5 steals in 2 games.

T.J. Dailey  - C - 2007 - Kansas City, MO - USA
Dailey was the best defensive catcher at the showcase. He's an agile, live bodied athlete with excellent arm strength. He's also a switch-hitter with bat speed from both sides of the plate.

Carson Pillar  - RHP - 2007 - Mississauga, ON - CAN
Pillar has a pro type body with excellent strength. He threw 84-86 from the mound, ran close to 7.0, and showed plus power at the plate.

2008 Top Prospects

Nicholas Fogarty  - LHP - 2008 - Thornhill, ON - CAN
Fogerty is only 14 years old, but he has a mature body and a very mature approach to pitching. He threw 82-83 mph with a very good curveball/change up combination.

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