Showcase Midwest Top Prospect Showcase
Sep 29 - 30, 2007 Kirkwood CC - Cedar Rapids, IA  

2007 Top Prospects

Kyle Morton  - OF - 2007 - Mississauga, ON - CAN
Morton is a hitter with some real pop in his left handed swing. The ball just carries farther than you’d expect it to and he has the ability to square up on the ball consistently. He’s not physically mature and projects well.

2008 Top Prospects

Brent Warren  - OF - 2008 - Robins, IA - USA
Warren showed his Aflac All American tools, running a 6.48 and hitting the ball with authority, especially with some loft power to left centerfield. His arm strength is beginning to build back up following his December surgery.

Marcus Knecht  - OF - 2008 - Toronto, ON - CAN
Knecht has the raw tools to get attention (6.76 60/90 mph outfield arm strength) and his bat continues to get better each time we see him. He hit the ball hard to the gaps and has very good bat speed.

Geoffrey Rowan  - C - 2008 - Naperville, IL - USA
Rowan is one of the quickest catchers we’ve seen this year; his 1.78 best pop was consistent with his other throws and he’s accurate, too. He does a nice job of keeping his swing short and quick.

James Kottaras  - 2B - 2008 - Markham, ON - CAN
Kottaras is a polished hitter who can move the ball around the field, hit to the alleys and work counts. Being a left handed hitting middle infielder is a big plus as well. He won’t hit with the power his older brother, George, has, but his skills play high.

Jake Mitchell  - RHP - 2008 - Overland Park, KS - USA
Mitchell has the present stuff to be successful right away at the college level. He pitches at 87 mph with a sharp 73 mph curveball and spots the ball just where he wants to.

Trentt Copeland  - MIF - 2008 - Guelph, ON - CAN
Copeland looks like he has pure shortstop actions that will play in the middle infield. He shows flashes of some power with the bat and has an aggressive swing with bat speed.

Nick DaSilva  - RHP - 2008 - Toronto, ON - CAN
DeSilva looks the part at 6-4, 190 lbs and throws and easy 85-87 mph fastball. He has a lot of deception in his delivery and hitters looking for his fastball will often see a good hard curveball from the same deceptive release point.

Nicholas Fogarty  - LHP - 2008 - Thornhill, ON - CAN
Fogarty has been a prominent prospect since he was 14 years old and is very polished with all his pitches. He tops out at 86-87 mph and his curveball is a potential out pitch.

Kyle Stewart  - RHP - 2008 - Onalaska, WI - USA
Stewart is a very interesting athlete at 6-5, 190 lbs. He throws 87 mph from a long, loose mid ¾’s release point but is also a 7.0 runner with some pop in his bat. He could really blossom as he matures physically.

Casey Hall  - RHP - 2008 - Grass Lake, MI - USA
Hall was one of the most projectable pitchers at the showcase. He’s a slender 6-4, 160 lbs and he was consistently 84-86 mph with a good curveball when he stayed on top. He’ll throw harder as he gets stronger.

Chris Booth  - OF - 2008 - Independence, MO - USA
Booth has a very loose and athletic 6-4, 180 lb frame and showed speed (6.78) and excellent range in centerfield. His swing looks good, but he lacks strength right now. Watch out as he gets stronger, though.

Peter Bako  - C - 2008 - Mississauga, ON - CAN
Bako has two plusses as a catcher; he’s a quality athlete (including a 7.01 60) and he’s a left handed hitter with some gap pop. He should keep improving and he has the tools to be a good one.

2009 Top Prospects

Chad Christensen  - 3B - 2009 - Cedar Rapids, IA - USA
Christensen’s approach at the plate is a bit unconventional but he has plus bat speed and attacks the ball with a hitter’s arrogance. He projects to third base when his 6-3, 185 lb frame starts to fill out.

Aaron Labrie  - LHP - 2009 - Sioux Falls, SD - USA
Labrie’s mechanics are very raw but you can see the potential he has; his fastball tops out at 85 mph and his curveball has velocity (73 mph) and hard spin. He’s young and has very good athletic tools.

Josh Biggs  - LHP - 2009 - Valparaiso, IN - USA
Biggs is loose and projectable at 6-2, 175 lbs and throws 84 mph from the left side with a hard curveball that he like to backdoor right handed hitters with. He should keep getting better.

Mike Reeves  - C - 2009 - Peterborough, ON - CAN
Reeves stood out on defense; he’s quick and agile and has solid arm strength with a best pop time of 1.90. He’s a left handed hitter as a bonus.

2010 Top Prospects

Evan Grills  - LHP - 2010 - Whitby, ON - CAN
Grills has everything you’d want to see in a very young pitching prospect; some present fastball velocity (top 87 mph), a sharp and hard curveball, feel for changing speeds and a very projectable 6-4, 175 lb build. Expect big things!

Kellen Sweeney  - SS - 2010 - Cedar Rapids, IA - USA
Sweeney’s tool is his bat; he has a shorter, quicker swing at the same age than his older brother, Ryan, and he’s going to be strong. Where he ends up defensively is an open ended question.

Jacob Winicki  - RHP - 2010 - Troy, MI - USA
Winicki is a very young prospect and is a two-way athlete right now. He does everything well on the field and plays hard; we wouldn’t be surprised if he ends up as a position prospect with some pop in his bat.

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