Showcase Midwest Top Prospect Showcase
Aug 22 - 23, 2009 Perfect Game Field at Veterans Memorial Stadium - Cedar Rapids, IA  
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2010 Top Prospects

Jon Keller  RHP - 2010 - Cedar Rapids, IA   Nebraska

Keller keeps getting better and better as he refines his delivery and this was probably the best he has ever thrown at a Perfect Game event. He sat between 90-92 mph on his fastball with very good life and did a much better job of keeping his front side in his delivery.

Jonathan Musser  RHP - 2010 - Waukee, IA   Nebraska

Musser has a profile pitcher’s build at 6-5, 205 lbs and a clean, easy arm action that produces a steady 88 mph fastball that touched 90. He flashes sharp bite on his curveball but still needs to refine his off speed pitches.

Cody Ege  LHP - 2010 - Cherokee, IA   Louisville

Ege’s long and loose body and easy athleticism make him perhaps the most projectable player at the event. He has a smooth left handed swing, can play outfield or first base at a high level and also throws 85 mph off the mound.

Matthew Linderer  RHP - 2010 - St. Louis, MO   Missouri

Linderer didn’t touch the magic 90 mph mark but he came close, pitching at 86-88 mph. He had excellent late diving action on his change up and spun a curveball well from a high ¾’s release point.

Brandon Rainford  RHP - 2010 - Rapid City, SD   UNLV

Rainford already has two close to big league average pitches in a fastball that touches 89 mph frequently and a hard breaking curveball. He also swings the bat with authority and could be a two-way player at the college level.

Andrew Redman  RHP - 2010 - Dubuque, IA   Iowa Central CC

Redman brings a mature approach to the mound, potential plus command, along with three solid present pitches. He maintains a mid 80’s fastball very well and compliments that with a good curveball/change up combination.

Eric Croak  C - 2010 - Toledo, OH   Toledo

Croak hasn’t filled out his 6-3, 180 lb frame yet but his bat speed and hitting ability from the left side were very impressive. He’s quick and agile for his size with plenty of arm strength for behind the plate.

Griffith Roark  MIF - 2010 - Stillwater, OK   Western Kentucky/Cowley County CC

In terms of ability to handle the bat and hit for a high average, Roard was probably the top hitter at the event. He’s a scrappy, hustling type of player who could excel at either shortstop or second base.

Clay Welter  MIF - 2010 - Gilbertville, IA   Northern Iowa

Welter is coming off labrum surgery and still can’t throw yet but the rest of the tools are there. He has nice compact strength and moves like an upper level middle infielder.

Trent Muilenburg  RHP - 2010 - Bettendorf, IA   Ellsworth CC

Muilenberg is 6-4, 210 lbs and a very polished hitter who can shorten up his swing against high velocity pitching but still drive the ball hard to all fields. He also throws 85 mph off the mound.

Jordan Patton  SS - 2010 - Des Moines, IA   Indian Hills CC

Patton is a projectable 6-2, 165 lb shortstop and his present tools are already pretty impressive. He’s a 6.9 runner with very smooth hands at shortstop and some present pop in his bat.

Nate Greim  1B - 2010 - Altoona, IA   Uncommitted

Greim was one of the strongest players at the event and has a smooth, fluid swing from the right side and very good bat speed.

Alec Crawford  RHP - 2010 - Wilton, IA   Minnesota/DMACC

Crawford throws a mid 80’s fastball and flashes a hard 11/5 curveball. His delivery is very deceptive but he repeats it well and hitters don’t get good looks at the ball.

Nick McLimans  OF - 2010 - Fort Collins, CO   NIACC

McLimans is a 6.9 runner with compact strength on a 5-10 frame and very good bat quickness. He seemed at his best when facing quality pitching, which bodes well for his ability at the college level.

Connor McClain  MIF - 2010 - Waterloo, IA   Indiana State

McClain’s arm strength might make second base his ideal position, but he’s extremely smooth and quick in the infield. He’s a 6.8 runner with strong, quick hands at the plate.

Collin Crowl  1B - 2010 - Council Bluffs, IA   Ohlone College

Crowl isn’t especially big or physical for a first base but he swings a very impressive bat and has more power than his 6-0, 175 lb frame would indicate.


2011 Top Prospects

Ryan Krill  1B - 2011 - Kalamazoo, MI   Michigan State

Krill looks the part at 6-4, 205 lbs and hits left handed as well. He has serious bat speed and some natural lift in his swing. If he can carry his raw tools to top level pitching, Krill will be an offensive force at the highest levels.

Jason McMurray  SS - 2011 - West Des Moines, IA   Old Dominion

McMurray’s best tool is his overall athleticism. He has smooth actions at shortstop, can run and throw and should keep developing his power as he fills out and matures.

Ryan Bull  C - 2011 - Eden Prairie, MN   Notre Dame

Bull’s switch-hitting ability would make him a prospect at any position and it’s a big bonus as a catcher. He’s a 7.1 runner who can play other positions as well.

Austin Christensen  LHP - 2011 - Cedar Rapids, IA   Nebraska

Christensen is a top level athlete and at 6-5, 185 lbs certainly looks the part. He topped out at 83 mph and his curveball is developing into a big-time weapon.

Derrick Loveless  OF - 2011 - Solon, IA   Iowa

Loveless is a very athletic 6-2, 190 lb outfielder with 7.0 speed and very promising bat speed and hitting potential.

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