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2011 Pitcher/Catcher Indoor Showcase






2011 Top Prospects

Robert Youngdahl - LHP - 2011 - Stillwater, MN
The 6-2, 185 lb Youngdahl topped out at 90 mph from a very long and loose arm action and projects physically. He has very athletic actions and was one of the top 10 hitters of the event as well.

Brendon Hayden - 3B - 2011 - Twin Lakes, WI
Pro scouts feel that the 6-5, 215 lb Hayden has a higher ceiling as a pitcher, where he sat in the 88-90 mph range, but his strong left handed swing makes him a very promising two-way prospect at the college level.

Brandon Platts - RHP - 2011 - Mason City, IA
Platts was one of two pitchers to touch 91 mph. He has a polished, repeatable delivery and a smooth and easy arm action. Further development of his off speed pitches will determine his future ceiling.

Dakota Freese - RHP - 2011 - Cedar Rapids, IA
Freese keeps getting better and better by small, steady increments and that's something you always want to see in a young pitcher. He topped out at 91 mph with hard downer action on his curveball.

Jacob Peter - MIF - 2011 - Mason City, IA
Peter has got stronger over the off season and that really showed in his swing, which might have been the best of any hitter at the showcase.

Garrett Schlecht - OF - 2011 - Millstadt, IL
Schlecht has a powerful left handed swing and looks the part of the prospect at a strong 6-2, 195 lbs. He threw up to 86 mph from the mound.

Nolan Peterson - RHP - 2011 - Milwaukee, WI
Scouts compared Peterson to a young Tony Zych (Louisville Jr. RHP) for his slender 6-1, 165 lb build, mid ¾’s whippy release point and the power sink on his upper 80’s fastball.

Andrew Hedrick - LHP - 2011 - Polk City, IA
Some scouts think Hedrick will eventually be the top prospect in the 2011 Iowa high school class, especially as he hasn’t started getting strong yet. He topped out at 87 mph with a deep, sharp curveball and nice change up.

Ryan Bull - C - 2011 - Eden Prairie, MN
Bull has outstanding strength in his 6-1, 210 frame and lots of raw power potential at the plate. He’s a switch-hitter whose swing from the right side has really come together nicely.

Lucas Long - RHP - 2011 - Minneapolis, MN
Long was very consistently 88-90 mph from a tight ¾’s release point that hides the ball effectively. How much he improves his breaking ball will be key to his development

Jason McMurray - SS - 2011 - West Des Moines, IA
An indoor showcase isn’t the best place for McMurray to show his middle of the field athleticism but he’s in top shape and swung the bat well.

Alex Hermeling - RHP - 2011 - Northbrook, IL
Hermerling is a big, physical right hander who pitched at 87-89 mph from a deceptive delivery with a nice change up and a slider that showed some promise.

Sam Mahar - LHP - 2011 - Pleasant Prairie, WI
Mahar is very similar to Andrew Hedrick (see above) physically and with raw stuff. His upper 70's change up was the best change up at the showcase.

Caleb Wallingford - LHP - 2011 - Elkhorn, NE
The 6-3, 190 lb Wallingford pitched in the 85-87 mph range and his 74 mph curveball is just a couple of small adjustments from becoming a very good pitch.

Devin Pickell - LHP - 2011 - Chicago, IL
Pickell has a very quick arm and his 85-88 mph fastball looks like it jumps on hitters. More refinement with his off speed pitches could have him moving up prospect lists this spring.

Braden Shull - LHP - 2011 - Mt. Pleasant, IA
Shull has an outstanding 6-6, 220 lb pitchers' build and a smooth and easy left arm. Some delivery adjustments could really boost his present mid 80's fastball.

Lance Thonvold - RHP - 2011 - Eden Prairie, MN
Thonvold is physically imposing at 6-4, 235 lbs and throws with an effortless delivery and arm action. He topped out at 86 mph but it looks like there's a lot more velocity in there.

Austin Christensen - LHP - 2011 - Cedar Rapids, IA
The 6-5 Christensen topped out at 88 mph and it looks like there is more in his loose and long arm. He's set to join his brother Chad at Nebraska next year.

Blake Moe - RHP - 2011 - Davenport, IA
The 6-2, 185 lb Moe topped out at 84 mph at last year's Indoor Showcase, this year he was up to 88 mph and he still projects physically.

Ryan Rumpf - RHP - 2011 - North Liberty, IA
Rumpf didn't reach his usual 88 mph with his fastball but his curveball was biting sharply and his change up is a solid third pitch.


2012 Top Prospects

C.J. (Christian) Martin - RHP - 2012 - St Louis, MO
Martin is a recent convert to pitching and has two-way college level talent still behind the plate. He threw a very heavy 88-90 mph fastball from a deceptive compact arm action and complimented it with a low 80’s slider that flashed some snap.

Mitchell Brown - RHP - 2012 - Rochester, MN
Brown pitched in the 87-90 mph range but his most interesting pitch is a 75-77 mph curveball that shows outstanding bite and depth at times.

Matt Fultz - C - 2012 - Lee's Summit, MO
Fultz was definitely one of most impressive overall catchers at the event regardless of class. He’s quick behind the plate and can really swing the bat from the left side.


2013 Top Prospects

Blake Logan - C - 2013 - Muscle Shoals, AL
Logan has a short and quick right handed swing that reminded scouts of David Wright (Mets) and also graded out as the top defensive catcher at the event. He's on the national map as one of the top catching prospects in the 2013 class.


2014 Top Prospects

Colby Fitch - C - 2014 - Rocheport, MO
The left handed hitting Fitch really stood out with the bat for such a young player and handled himself well behind the plate.