Showcase Spring Top Prospect
Apr 30 - May 1, 2005 Perfect Game Field at Veterans Memorial Stadium - Cedar Rapids, IA  
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2004 Top Prospects

Marcel Champagnie  MIF - 2004 - Bolton, ON CAN   Arizona State/Kaskaskia College

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   Louisiana State

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   Uncommitted

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   Iowa

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   Uncommitted

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   Uncommitted

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   Sauk Valley CC

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   Uncommitted

Kyle Jones  OF - 2005 - Clive, IA   Uncommitted

Matt Lenski  C - 2005 - Milwaukee, WI   Madison College

Jesse Mangal  RHP - 2005 - Toronto, ON CAN   Niagara

Cody Raisch  RHP - 2005 - Urbandale, IA   Uncommitted

Aaron (AJ) Shindler  MIF - 2005 - W. Des Moines, IA   Michigan State/Indian Hills CC


2006 Top Prospects

Chad Pierce  C - 2006 - Fond du Lac, WI   Arkansas

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   Uncommitted

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   Creighton

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   Iowa/Iowa Central CC

Jon Rondeau  LHP - 2006 - Keswick, ON CAN   Uncommitted

Zach Von Tersch  RHP - 2006 - Cedar Falls, IA   Georgia Tech


2007 Top Prospects

Jon Gilmore  SS - 2007 - Iowa City, IA   Wichita State

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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