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Hardest High School Throwers So Far
Crosschecker Staff        
Published: Monday, March 16, 2009

This list will grow bigger as the high school season progresses.  We hear of some amazing feats, but can only document a small portion of them.  So far this season, here are the pitchers who are draft eligible and reaching the highest velocity.

 

97 mph - Michael Heller MIF/RHP 6’2/185 Cardinal Mooney, Bradenton, FL

Heller is an outstanding infielder and a prospect, but we fell in love with his arm on the mound last year at the Metrodome (PG National Showcase) and selected him as a pitcher for the Aflac Game. He has committed to the U of Florida

 

97 mph – Madison Younginer RHP 6’3/185  Mauldin, Simpsonville, SC

Younginer has a very good curveball and topped out at 93 mph at both the PG National Showcase and PG WWBA Championship last year.  He is moving up the charts with mid 90s velocity up to 97 mph this spring.  He is committed to Clemson.

 

97 mph – Mychal Givens  SS/RHP  6’2/185  Plant, Tampa, FL

Givens threw up to 98 at last years Aflac Game after throwing 94 at the PG National.  He was awarded the prestigious Jackie Robinson Award as the Nation’s top High School Junior.  The multitalented athlete has been looking good at shortstop this spring. He has signed with Oklahoma State.

 

96 mph – Trent Stevenson RHP 6’6/175 Brophy Prep, Scottsdale, AZ

Stevenson surfaced on the national scene later than most other top prospects, but he is making up for lost time.  In fact, he has added about 4-5 mph to his fastball since last summer.  He has signed with the U of Arizona

 

96 mph- Shelby Miller RHP 6’3/195  Brownwood, Brownwood, TX

Miller started off kind of slow this spring, but has been stepping things up recently.  We had seen him throw 94 just last fall in Jupiter.

 

96 mph – James Dykstra OF/1B/RHP  6’3/185  Rancho Bernardo, San Diego, CA

Dykstra didn’t even pitch at the Metrodome (PG National Showcase) last June.  He is more well known for his power bat, but on the mound this spring he has shocked everyone by topping out at 96 mph. 

 

Note: We have received several other reports of  draft eligible high school pitchers lighting up the radar guns this spring, but we haven’t been able to confirm everything as of this time.