Showcase Spring Top Prospect
Apr 30 - May 1, 2005 Perfect Game Field at Veterans Memorial Stadium - Cedar Rapids, IA  

2004 Top Prospects

Marcel Champagnie  - MIF - 2004 - Bolton, ON - CAN
Champagnie was the star of the showcase, a previously unknown prospect from north of Toronto, Canada, with top of the board pro level tools at shortstop. He's a 6.5 runner with incredibly quick hands and pure shortstop actions and arm strength. He showed power and bat speed with the wood bat and drove several balls up the right centerfield gap.

2005 Top Prospects

Jeremy Hellickson  - RHP - 2005 - Des Moines, IA - USA
Hellickson overcame low 40's temperatures and a prom the night before to show the scouts he was in excellent form. His fastball was 90-93 and his curveball nasty in the mid-70's with precision control of both pitches. He should be throwing even harder before the June draft.

Schuyler Tripp  - LHP - 2005 - Drakesville, IA - USA
Tripp was another Iowa pitcher who was on top of his game, throwing 86-88 mph from the left side with a sharp and deep 70 mph curveball that had batters bailing out. Tripp is still very projectable and could be a low 90's southpaw soon.

Wesley Freie  - IF - 2005 - Wilton, IA - USA
Freie didn't pitch at the showcase and there are those who are beginning to think that the mound is his eventual best position. He's shown his big time power all spring and is a sound fielder at third base.

Ivan Rusova  - RHP - 2005 - Toronto, ON - CAN
Rusova is a 2005 Canadian with excellent arm strength. He topped out at 91 mph this weekend and we've seen him at 93 mph before. His 78 mph curveball is sharp at times. Rusova's mechanics and approach are raw, but you don't see this type of arm strength very often.

Craig Herrforth  - RHP - 2005 - Delafield, WI - USA
Herrforth has been up to 90-91 mph frequently in the past and was solidly 86-88 in Cedar Rapids with very good life. His sharp curveball and deceptive mechanics make for very uncomfortable at bats for the hitters.

Jordan Tiegs  - RHP - 2005 - Woodstock, ON - CAN
Tiegs is senior right hander from Canada but still has lots of projection. He topped out at 86 mph but his 72 mph curveball was one of the top breaking pitches of the event.

RJ Jerrick  - 1B - 2005 - Iowa City, IA - USA

Kyle Jones  - OF - 2005 - Clive, IA - USA

Matt Lenski  - C - 2005 - Milwaukee, WI - USA

Jesse Mangal  - RHP - 2005 - Toronto, ON - CAN

Cody Raisch  - RHP - 2005 - Urbandale, IA - USA

Aaron (AJ) Shindler  - MIF - 2005 - W. Des Moines, IA - USA

2006 Top Prospects

Chad Pierce  - C - 2006 - Fond du Lac, WI - USA
Pierce has defensive skills behind the plate that rank him among the better high school catchers in the country. He's a quick, agile athlete with strength and a cannon arm. We like the power potential we saw from him as well.

Scott Matyas  - RHP - 2006 - North Prairie, WI - USA
Maytas is a junior who was solidly 85-86 mph with his fastball and has been higher during Spring League action in Wisconsin. His curveball and pitching mechanics are solid and he's improving quickly.

Nick Nordgren  - OF - 2006 - Norway, IA - USA
What's not to like about a switch-hitting 6-3 centerfielder who runs 6.76, has great outfield instincts, throws well and is projectable? What's going to push Nordgren up the prospect charts is the power he'll start showing, especially from the right side, when he begins to fill out and get stronger.

Ryan Durant  - MIF - 2006 - Eldridge, IA - USA

Jon Rondeau  - LHP - 2006 - Keswick, ON - CAN

Zach Von Tersch  - RHP - 2006 - Cedar Falls, IA - USA

2007 Top Prospects

Jon Gilmore  - SS - 2007 - Iowa City, IA - USA
Gilmore is only a sophomore but he's already 6-3, 185 lbs with excellent strength. His best tool right now is his bat and power potential but he does throw 89 mph across the infield and has very good mobility for his size and age. He should become a national level prospect.

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