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2008 Spring Top Prospect Showcase






2008 Top Prospects

BJ Hermsen - RHP - 2008 - Masonville, IA
Hermsen was at the point where so many Iowa pitching prospects seem to be in mid-April as seniors with no high school season. He looked loose and easy and threw in the upper 80’s but lack of game action means his mechanics and off speed pitches aren’t in top form.

Brance Rivera - MIF - 2008 - Muscatine, IA
This is probably the best we’ve seen Rivera. He’s stronger and that really showed in his bat speed and overall hitting ability. He ran 6.58 and was agile and fluid on defense.

Brent Warren - OF - 2008 - Robins, IA
Warren was hampered by a pulled quad, which kept him from running and patrolling the outfield without effort, two of his top present tools. His swing was loose and fluid and he showed improved balance and mid/opposite field power.

Stanley Fich - OF - 2008 - Bronx, NY
Fich was the big surprise of the showcase, with two game home runs, one to left field, one to right field, plus a triple to the RCF wall. He has enormous raw power and his other tools play as well.

Willie Argo - OF - 2008 - Davenport, IA
Argo has a pro type body at an extra strong 6-1, 205 lbs and the bat speed and power to go with it. He’s also a 6.62 runner in the 60. Argo has signed to play at Illinois.

Cal Faul - OF - 2008 - Cedar Rapids, IA
Faul has a very interesting combination of strength, speed (sub-7.00) and power. He was one of the best hitters at the event and showed impressive bat speed and power both in BP and in the games.

Jared Meggison - RHP - 2008 - Grimes, IA
Meggison, who has signed with Kansas, throws a heavy sinking fastball that topped out at 89 mph, along with a upper 70’s slider that flashed good bite at times.

Paul Hoenecke - 3B - 2008 - Kewaskum, WI
Left handed hitting infielders are a bonus and Hoenecke’s bat could develop very well. His defensive tools/skills at third base looked very good as well.

Kevin Wild - OF - 2008 - Brown Deer, WI
Wild was easily the top graded defensive outfielder at the showcase and showed a powerful arm at 91 mph during drills. He also threw 84-86 mph off the mound. How far his bat develops will determine his ceiling.

Colin Rea - RHP - 2008 - Cascade, IA
Rea is long and loose at 6-4, 180 lbs, and his arm works very well. He pounded the strike zone with an 86 mph fastball and it looks like there is more velocity in his arm as he gets stronger.

Brock Guetzke - 1B - 2008 - Colgate, WI
The 6-4, 200 lbGuetzke is a two-way talent, with a deceptive left handed delivery and a 84 mph fastball, along with a smooth swing that will blossom when he learns to turn on the ball more.

Billy Scherr - RHP - 2008 - Peosta, IA
Scherr is another slender 6-4 pitcher with a loose arm and a mid 80’s fastball. His velocity projects well and he could add another weapon potentially if he learns to throw a slider.


2009 Top Prospects

Dean McArdle - RHP - 2009 - Sioux City, IA
McArdle lacks size at 5-10, 175 lbs but has big stuff and is an intense competitor. He threw 88-90 and both his curveball and change up were quality pitches

Chad Christensen - 3B - 2009 - Cedar Rapids, IA
Christensen is a player best scene in game action, as he squares up everything against live pitching and makes all the plays defensively. At 6-3, 175, he’s a 6.75 runner whose power projects very well.

Charlie Markson - OF - 2009 - Whitefish Bay, WI
Markson is an excellent athlete who was one of the pleasant surprises of the showcase. He ran a 6.56, threw 88 mph from outfield and made an incredible diving Jim Edmonds style catch in centerfield. His bat shows promise with more experience and repetitions.

Scott Schebler - OF - 2009 - Solon, IA
Schebler has the combination of strength and bat speed you like to see in a left handed hitter. He attacks the ball aggressively and has some lift in his swing that’s going to result in some big home runs in the future.

Joshua DeBoer - RHP - 2009 - Coralville, IA
The 6-4 DeBoer was consistently 85-87 mph from a loose and extended mid ¾’s release point and complimented that with a very nice change up.

Brad Lamberti - C - 2009 - Altoona, IA
Lamberti’s arm strength behind the plate compares to some of the best in the country in the 2009 class and he’s an agile and athletic defender. He could move up the lists quickly if his bat improves.

Conor Boffeli - RHP - 2009 - West Des Moines, IA
Boeffeli is 6-5, 235 lbs and doesn’t even look especially strong yet. He has a balanced well paced delivery and a fastball that’s already touching 87 mph, along with a promising curveball.

Jerad Barth - MIF - 2009 - Sioux City, IA
Barth is a strong hitter for an athletic infielder, with very good bat speed and some developing gap power. He has plenty of arm strength and a quick release on his throws.

Joseph Novak - RHP - 2009 - Lakeville, MN
Novak threw two different types of curveball, one with a sharp, quick break, the other bigger and deeper, and both were very good pitches. His fastball topped out at 85 mph.

Mitchell Overstreet - 1B - 2009 - Bettendorf, IA
Overstreet’s game is all about power. The 6-3, 240 lb right handed hitter attacks the ball like a power hitter should and will be able to hit the ball out of any part of the ball park as he gets older.


2010 Top Prospects

Kellen Sweeney - SS - 2010 - Cedar Rapids, IA
Sweeney’s athleticism continues to move forward and you forget that he’s still only a sophomore. He’s going to be able to really hit by the time he’s a senior.

Jeff Jackson - C - 2010 - Wauconda, IL
Jackson, like Sweeney above, is a young prospect we have to remind ourselves is still only a 2010. He has very advanced defensive skills for his age and upper level arm strength. His bat is coming quickly and he projects big power in the future.