Being a part of a great HS and legion program was a nice exposure booster for Carter Kratz (Vermillion HS, Vermillion Legion Post 1, 5'11, 167, SS) this year, however, he refused to rest on the laurels, worked hard, tightened up his fielding, upped his range at SS, 2B and propelled his recruiting stock with Midwestern USA schools to a new level by becoming the first freshman in 13 years to start on both the High School and Legion teams!
Jessie Slinger (Team All American, 6'1, 210 pounds, 2015) projects well on the mound with his low effort delivery, loose arm action, mentally tough makeup in pressure situations and a win win attitude to the game. We definitely think Jessie has a lot to offer schools and would take him over a number of committed RHP's any day of the week if we were doing the NCAA recruiting job this year in the state of PA or beyond it!
Ability to overcome adversity and come back strong is what separates men from boys and success stories from failures in athletic sports, and scouts have been singing Joe Mercadante' (2015, outfielder, left handed pitcher, 5'11", 170, Feeding Hills MA) praises hard for this reason in 2014, after seeing him wage a hard war with mononucleosis, but still manage to bat .429 and earn himself the coveted All-western MA super 7 nomination!
Pete Derkay' (5'10", 215 pounds, 2016, C, Acworth GA) tools shape up well for D 1 NCAA action, in our opinion, due to his excellent understanding of defensive, offensive game actions and non stop motor. In case you have any residual doubts regarding Pete's upside, we would recommend you follow up on his recent HS exploits, which featured several show stealing performances, including taking his HS to it's first ever 5AAAAA Region Championship!
Ryne Ogren' (All Star Baseball Academy, Conestoga HS, 5'11", 165 pounds, 2015, SS) grandfather and great grandfather both played professional baseball, and, in our long term estimation, Ryne is the chip off the old block, with his easy and smooth defensive actions, bigger than size presence in the batters box and, vastly important for professional career success, innate leadership character traits no coach can teach or develop from scratch in a young prospect!
Boy, will D 1 schools LOVE Nathan Hawkins' (Dallas Mustangs, 6'1", 155 pounds, 2016, LHP) ability to throw all of his pitches for strikes at any time during at-bat at the coming camps and showcases! Rest assured, they will, and we think once Nathan also shows them his sterling command, the ability to throw not just strikes, but good strikes with hard to read ball release, they will all spread out the welcome mat and offer without fail!
Boy, can sky become the limit for Jaco (Langley Blaze, 6'1", 190 pounds, C, 2015) in the game of baseball! Hayden already knows how to draw college scouts' attention behind the plate with his smooth footwork, lateral quickness, whippy arm with very good carry, and excellent leadership, however, he would not relent this year, and is taking his marketable recruit value to the next level by improving his power numbers DRASTICALLY!
D 1 scouts take note! Austin Toerner (Golden Valley Bulldogs, 6'4", 180 pounds, 2015, RHP) shows excellent continuity of momentum mechanics-wise and pitching consistency this year on the mound; just look at the way he led his HS team to the Valley Championship game by throwing two complete game victories against two very strong and competitive opponents with no problem at all!
Zachary Koch (Plant HS Panthers, 5'11", 165 pounds, 2017, C) has been doing a good job this year playing third base, second base, and pitching, however, there is no doubt in our mind catching is Zach's true calling, as his accurate, strong throwing from behind the plate, ability to block well in the dirt and recover, as well as ability to fire his feet actively and have a clean, quick transfer are all worthy of NCAA D 1 and D 2 schools recruiting attention, in our opinion.
There is no doubt about it, Kobe Lopez (FTB Max Bats HS, Archbishop Edward McCarthy, 5'7", 130 pounds, 2016, 2B) is a top quality, high energy defensive player with excellent actions, good range, quick arm and agile "smart routes" feet to the ball. This duly noted, we think Kobe will be one of the few 2016' in the Alabama State University freshman crop capable of jumping in and making an impact right off the bat, thanks to his intangibles, namely, a talent for making defensive adjustments in tough action on the fly!
Our field scouts are impressed this year with Wolf' (East Cobb New England Expos, 6'0", 180 pounds, 2017, 1B) ability to generate an aggressive attacking swing with very good bat speed, fast hands and movement into all-fields power contact, however, even this progression pales in significance to Nate's improved pitch recognition, which is finally enabling him to handle off-seed stuff more effectively and adds to his "defensive specialist" NCAA recruiting appeal a lot, in our opinion.