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2019 WP Championship West : Top Prospects

By Mike Maerz, 06/17/19, 2:15PM CDT

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Standouts From Wilson Premier Championship West

The 2019 Wilson Premier Championship West took place from June 7-10th in the greater Phoenix, AZ area at two separate Spring Training Complexes in both Surprise and Peoria, AZ. Surprise is home to the Kansas City Royals and the Texas Rangers while Peoria is home to the Seattle Mariners and San Diego Padres.

 

Wilson Premier Baseball events are fortunate enough to be considered some of the most competitive events nationally. From some of the top 2020 drafts prospects, to numerous Division I commits at the underclass level, and some of the top uncommitted players from across the country, Wilson Premier events undoubtedly host top level talent.

 

Schools like Georgia, Alabama, Vanderbilt, North Carolina, Louisville, South Carolina, TCU, Florida, Arizona State, Cal Poly State, Arizona, Miami, Arkansas, Iowa, Georgia Tech, Florida State, Tennessee, Auburn, Virginia, Santa Clara, and many others have selected Wilson Premier Baseball events as must recruit events.

 

Below are 35 of the top ranked players in the country and their respective states that were present at the 2019 Wilson Premier Championship West which includes notes along with video on most. All players below were either ranked in the top 75 for their state or appeared at the National level, using Perfect Game’s Rankings for the 2020-2022 classes. This list also includes several players who stood out and will be strong uncommitted follows going forward.

 

2020 SS/RHP Colby Halter (Canes National)

The Florida commit is currently ranked No. 20 in Florida, No. 94 Nationally via Perfect Game on a 6-foot-1, 195 pound strong, athletic frame with broad shoulders and a strong lower half. Halter was a catalyst at the plate for Canes National as he collected multiple base hits throughout the event out of the three spot with above average bat speed and a present feel for the barrel from the left side. He also hopped on the mound in some relief work, running his fastball up to 91 mph. The athletic middle infielder shows some next level tools and will be one to watch from a draft perspective leading up to next year.

 

2020 3B/RHP Jonathan Vaughns (Team Cal Hawaii)
Vaughns may be the highest ranked uncommitted players at the event, checking in at No. 22 in California, No. 116 Nationally via Perfect Game on a physical, athletic 6-foot-2, 210 pound frame. Offensively, he has above average speed from the left side and generates hard contact while showing present power from the left side. During one of the games over the weekend, Vaughns launched a no-doubter home run over the right field wall that easily went 400+ feet. Vaughns then hopped on the mound in relief, showing off his plus arm strength and featuring a fastball that mostly sat 89-90 mph, touching 91 multiple times along with a hard power slider at 79-80 mph. Vaughns will not only be sought after as one of the top uncommitted players in his class, but will be a strong follow from a draft perspective over the next year.

 

2020 LHP Ryan Lynch (Canes Midwest)
The Notre Dame commit came into the event as one of the top ranked left handed pitchers not only in his state, but the country as well, checking in at No. 2 in Indiana, No. 75 Nationally via Perfect Game. Lynch stands at 6-foot-2, 195 pounds with a projectable frame and featured a fastball that mostly sat 88-90 mph with run while mixing in a 71-72 mph curveball that showed depth. He has a loose, easy working arm and should see an uptick in velocity as he continues to mature. He finished his outing on the day with five strikeouts and only one hit allowed in three innings pitched. Lynch will continue to be a high follow for his class and expect to see an uptick in his velocity as he fills out his frame. Another good draft follow for the next year.

 

2020 OF Dominic Johnson (Canes National)
The Oklahoma State commit is currently ranked No. 5 in Oklahoma, No. 96 Nationally via Perfect Game on a 5-foot-10, 170 pound frame with plenty of athleticism. While Johnson shows a quick hands and present bat speed at the plate, where he really stands out is his plus speed on the base paths and the ability to kick it into the next gear on extra base hits. Johnson was clocked at 4.12 seconds down the line in his home to first time and can beat out slow rollers and turn them into infield hits. Defensively, he shows a quick first step and above average closing speed while playing center field. Johnson’s speed is a real separator and with the athleticism he possesses, makes him another strong follow.

 

2020 RHP Tyler Olenchuk (Canes National)

The Clemson commit is currently ranked No. 3 in South Carolina, No. 220 Nationally via Perfect Game with a 6-foot-2, 190 pound athletic frame and strong lower half. During his time on the mound, Olenchuk was in the zone early and often, throwing multiple first pitch strikes on his way to a standout performance in which he finished with seven strikeouts and gave up no hits in his three innings of work. His fastball mostly sat in the 89-90 mph range touching 91 a few times along with a 92 while working down in the zone and the corners of the plate. He also mixed in a 74-75 mph slider that showed depth, throwing it for strikes along with a 78-79 mph changeup with fade.

 

2020 LHP Caden Grice (Canes National)
The Clemson commit is currently ranked No. 6 in South Carolina and the 24th ranked LHP Nationally via Perfect Game on a very projectable and extra large frame at 6-foot-6, 220 pounds. Grice has a fluid delivery with a longer arm stroke where he mostly worked at 86-87 mph with his fastball along with a 77-78 mph curveball with depth. Clean and easy out of the hand, throws a high percentage of first pitch strikes. The big left hander was dominant vs. JG Baseball, finishing with ten strikeouts and allowing only one hit in five innings. Grice shows a lot of potential and was impressive on the mound during the event. Big arm to follow.

 

2020 LHP Drew Dowd (Canes National)
The Stanford commit was another highly ranked arm at the event as Dowd came in ranked No. 30 in California, No. 149 Nationally via Perfect Game on a projectable 6-foot-1, 190 pound frame. Loose, easy working arm that featured a fastball that was mostly in the 85-89 mph range, touching 90 a couple times along with an above average curveball with 11/7 shape that sat 76-77 mph. Dowd shut down the other side offensively, finishing with six strikeouts and allowing no hits in his three innings of work.

 

2020 RHP Riley Eikhoff (Canes National)
The University of Virginia commit is currently ranked No. 8 in the state of Virginia as well as No. 265 Nationally via Perfect Game on a lean, athletic frame at 5-foot-11, 175 pounds. Quick arm that featured a fastball that mostly sat 88-90 mph, touching 91 while also mixing in a 79-81 slider w/ some bite and a changeup at 83-84 mph.

 

2020 OF/IF Jake Gelof (Canes American)

The William & Mary commit may have had one of the most impressive Wilson Premier events offensively, as he  is currently ranked No. 1 in Delaware via Perfect Game, standing at 6-foot-1, 185 pounds on a strong frame with a good lower half. Gelof has consistently showed the ability to square the ball up and make hard, solid contact. The ball jumps off the bat. During one of his at-bats, Gelof laced a ball over the center fielder’s head for a RBI double which proved to be a key part of the Canes American comeback bid.

 

2020 C Tomas Frick (Canes National 2020)

The University of North Carolina commit is currently ranked No. 8 in South Carolina, including being the top ranked catcher in the state via Perfect Game. Frick has a physical, durable frame standing at 6-foot, 200 pounds with a strong lower half. Offensively, Frick shows above average bat speed and strength throughout his swing which was seen multiple times throughout the event as he consistently made hard, loud contact which including homering in his third game. Behind the plate, Frick keeps everything in front of him and strong hands, while receiving the ball well. Possesses a high level of baseball IQ and shows strong leadership skills in the field.

 

2020 RHP Ethan Chenault (Canes American)

The UNC-Wilmington commit is currently ranked No. 29 in Virginia via Perfect Game and has a big frame at 6-foot-5, 190 pounds with plenty of projection. His fastball mostly sat in the 88-91 mph range, touching 92 with plenty of arm side run, jamming right handed batters. He also mixed in a 67-69 mph breaking ball that had some depth and shape to it when he was able to get on top of it. Chenault works with a quick pace and with the frame and projection, figures to see an uptick in velocity as he continues to fill out. Big arm to follow.

 

2020 RHP Wyatt Hudepohl (Canes National)
The University of Kentucky commit came into the event ranked No. 10 in Ohio via Perfect Game on an athletic, 6-foot-3, 195 pound frame with a strong lower half. Mostly sat 88-91 mph with his fastball that showed movement along with an 80-81 mph change up. Works out in front and has a bigger leg kick for his delivery. Longer arm circle, but comes out of the hand fairly clean. The right hander was yet another high end arm at the event that will be a good follow going forward.

 

2020 IF Cooper Porter (Canes American)
The North Carolina State commit is currently ranked No. 32 in North Carolina via Perfect Game on a lean, athletic 5-foot-11, 150 pound frame with room to fill out. Porter shows plenty of quick twitch and athleticism which was seen all over the field. Offensively, he shows loose, quick hands from both sides of the plate with a feel for the barrel, being able to drive the ball into the gaps while also showing some power which was seen when he homered over the right field wall during game play. Look for Porter’s game to only improve as he continues to strengthen his frame.

 

2020 RHP/3B Camryn Szynski (Canes Midwest)
The Tulane commit is currently ranked No. 15 in Indiana via Perfect Game and has a strong, athletic frame standing at 6-foot-2, 215 pounds. He has a simple, repeatable delivery and displayed a fastball that mostly sat 87-89 mph during his outing along with an above average slider with depth that sat 73-74 mph. In his first inning of work he struck out the side, using his slider with two strikes. Offensively, Szynski also showed some juice from the left side as he made hard, solid contact.

 

2020 IF Jack Nehls (AZ Sandlot)

While the University of New Mexico commit may not be currently ranked, you can expect to see him appear on the rankings in the near future. Offensively, he shows a balanced approach in the box with strong, quick hands through the zone and a simple swing. During one of his at-bats during the game, he drove a ball deep over the left fielder’s head for an easy stand up double which scored a run. On the base paths, he also displayed the ability to kick it into the next gear.  

 

2021 OF Lonnie White Jr. (Canes National)
The Clemson commit is another highly ranked 2021 at the event as he checked in at No. 3 in Pennsylvania, No. 69 Nationally via Perfect Game with a big, athletic frame standing at 6-foot-3, 200 pounds. White checks a lot of the boxes as he shows easy bat speed from the right side and can really drive the ball into the gaps, which was seen when he laced a ball into the left center field gap out of the leadoff spot during his third game. Above average arm from the outfield and shows a very high level of athleticism.

 

2021 C Satchell Norman (Canes National)

The Florida State commit was another highly ranked player coming into the event, checking in at No. 17 in Florida, No. 83 Nationally via Perfect Game on a 5-foot-11, 185 pound athletic frame. Offensively, Norman shows some present bat speed with loose, quick hands through the zone. Drives the ball into the gaps with some pull side pop. Norman really stood out behind the plate where he showed a strong arm with accurate throws to the bag, throwing out multiple base stealers throughout the event. Pop times ranged in the 1.94-2.0 seconds range. Athletic catcher who also has above average speed on the base paths as well.

 

2021 LHP/1B Rocco Reid (Canes National 2021)

The Clemson commit came into the event as not only highly ranked in the state of South Carolina (No. 2 in the state) but also is ranked No. 186 Nationally via Perfect Game. Reid currently stands at 6-foot, 170 pounds and shows a loose, easy working arm with a real feel for his offspeed stuff. His fastball mostly sat in the 85-88 mph range touching 89 while also mixing in a 77-79 mph slider that showed depth, throwing it for strikes and generating swings/misses. Simple, repeatable delivery and gets outs. Reid figures to see an uptick in velocity as he continues to fill out.

 

2021 1B Blake Burke (Canes National 2021)

Burke is another highly ranked 2021 as he came into the event ranked No. 28 in California, No. 187 Nationally via Perfect Game. Currently stands at 6-foot-3, 238 pounds with a big, strong frame. Burke stood out offensively throughout the event where he consistently made loud contact on the ball, driving the ball deep into right field from the pull side (left handed bat) while also taking it the other way down the left field line. The ball jumps off the bat and he creates loft in his swing while also possessing some present power. Strong bat to follow.

 

2021 C Cole Messina (Canes National)

The South Carolina commit came into the event as the second ranked catcher in South Carolina (No. 8 in the state) as well as No. 356 Nationally via Perfect Game on a durable frame at 6-foot, 215 pounds with a strong lower half. Offensively, Messina shows strong hands through the zone with gap-to-gap power potential. When he squares it up, the ball really jumps off the bat and he drives the ball with intent. This was shown throughout the event where he barreled up the ball several times for some loud hits. The durable frame works well behind the plate where he shows strong wrists, and shows lateral movement well, keeping balls in the dirt in front of him.

 

2021 RHP Ryan Higgins (Canes National)
The right handed pitcher may have been one of the top uncommitted arms at the event in the 2021 class as he is currently ranked No. 2 in Connecticut via Perfect Game on a projectable 6-foot-2, 185 pound frame. Higgins uses an old style wind up bringing both his hands over his head before he delivers. Repeats well, gets extension out in front. He featured a fastball that mostly sat 90-91 mph, touching 92 through the first two innings while holding his velocity and still sitting 88-90 into the fourth inning. Also mixed in an above average slider with plus potential that sat 77-79 mph, throwing it for strikes and generating plenty of swings/misses. Higgins may have come into the event uncommitted, but that shouldn’t last too long as he shows all the makings of a big time starter at the next level.

 

2021 RHP Cayden Collins (GBG Arizona)
The Utah commit is one of the highest ranked players in Arizona for his class, checking in at No. 9, and the No. 1 pitcher for the state of Arizona via Perfect Game on a very projectable 6-foot-3, 185 pound frame with long limbs. His fastball mostly sat 84-86 mph during his outing which also included a 76-77 mph changeup with some fade. Works ahead in the count and throws a high percentage of first pitch strikes. More velocity to come

 

2021 C/3B Landon Boyd (D-Bat Elite 16u)

The Oklahoma commit is currently ranked No. 3 in Colorado, No. 354 Nationally on a 5-foot-11, 190 pound athletic frame. Switch hitter offensively, he shows a feel for the barrel from both sides of the plate, but a little more fluid with his swing from the left side. Defensively, he receives well behind the plate and shows a solid arm with accurate throws to the bag, resulting in throwing out several base stealers over the weekend.

 

2021 OF/1B Jordan Viars (D-Bat Elite 16u)
The Oklahoma State commit came in ranked No. 50 in the state of Texas via Perfect Game with a big, strong frame at 6-foot-3, 200 pounds. Viars really made himself known offensively throughout the event as he homered twice along with multiple extra base hits. He has above average bat speed from the left side and the ball really jumps off the bat. Viars will continue to be a high follow with his bat going forward.

 

2021 C Tanner Smith (AZ Sandlot)
The Oregon State commit is another highly ranked 2021 at the event as he is currently ranked No. 2 in Arizona via Perfect Game on a strong frame standing at 5-foot-11, 200 pounds. Smith has an outstanding tournament offensively, where he finished with 7 RBIs and 4 doubles which earned him Tournament MVP honors. Smith shows gap-to-gap power potential at the plate which was seen when he just missed putting one over the left-center field wall during one of his at-bats, settling for a stand up double. The ball jumps off the bat and Smith will continue to be a high follow going forward.

 

2022 1B/OF Ryan Clifford (Canes National)
The uncommitted 2022 was the top ranked player at the event in his class, coming in ranked No. 1 in South Carolina, No. 2 Nationally via Perfect Game on a physical, athletic frame at 6-foot-3, 205 pounds. Clifford immediately stands out at the plate with his big power potential and the loud, hard contact he creates on the ball when he squares it up. The ball explodes off from the left side. Clifford also shows an above average arm and will continue to be one of the top follows for his class from a national perspective moving forward.

 

2022 OF/RHP Nathan Fink (Canes National 2022)

The University of Virginia commit was one another one of the top 2022s in attendance not only from a state perspective, but nationally as well as he came in ranked No. 1 in Virginia, No. 7 Nationally via Perfect Game. The two-way prospect currently stands at 6-foot-3, 175 pounds on a long, loose projectable frame. Fink stood out offensively on Championship Day where he showed quick hands and present bat speed which was seen when he laced a lane drive deep over the center fielder’s head for a triple. Ball jumps off the bat and more power to come as he continues to fill out his frame. On the mound, Fink has been in the mid 80s with his fastball. High two-way follow.

 

2022 C/RHP Luke Davis (Canes National)

The University of Southern California commit is one of the highest ranked 2022s at the event, coming in at No. 2 in California, No. 8 Nationally via Perfect Game. While the athleticism is off the charts, Davis had a standout day at the plate where during one of his at-bats he drove a ball deep into the left-center gap for a two-run double. Advanced approach at the plate from the left side (switch hitter) and shows a present feel for the barrel, looking to drive the ball deep into the gaps. Davis looks to be one of the top players in his class and will continue to be an extremely high follow not only offensively, but with his all-around toolset as well.

 

2022 1B/3B Rocko Brzezniak (Canes National)

The Louisville recruit is another highly ranked 2022 at the event as he comes in at No. 3 in New Jersey, No. 60 Nationally via Perfect Game on an athletic, physical frame at 6-foot-1, 210 pounds. Brzezniak had a tremendous showing offensively where he finished with 6 triples, 13 RBIs, and finished with a .450 average which earned him Tournament MVP honors. He shows big power potential at the plate from the right side and the ball explodes off his bat. This was displayed when he crushed a ball deep into the right-center gap that one-hopped the wall for an RBI triple during the game. Brzezniak will also be an extremely high follow going forward and projects to be a big time power bat.

 

2022 OF Roman Anthony (Canes National 2022)

While Anthony may not be currently committed somewhere, he was also another one of the top 2022s in attendance as he is currently ranked No. 7 in Florida, No. 61 Nationally via Perfect Game. Anthony currently stands at 6-foot-3, 180 pounds with a very projectable, athletic frame. Moves well for his size and stood out playing center field where he made a number of great plays (including a diving catch) while displaying above average range. Offensively, he shows above average bat speed with some pull side pop, while also showing some gap-to-gap power potential. Anthony is one of the top uncommitted 2022s in the state of Florida and will be a high follow going forward.

 

2020 OF Noah Nithman (AZ Sandlot)

While Nithman may not be currently ranked at the moment, he shows some next level stuff and will be another one to watch as he will eventually appear in the rankings. He currently stands at 5-foot-10, 170 pounds with plenty of athletic quick twitch and high baseball IQ. Nithman is your prototypical hitter out of the leadoff spot, taking smart ABs and working the count, while laying off tough pitches just out of the zone. He has quick hands from the left side (switch hitter) and while he can drive the ball into the right-center gap, also displayed the ability to go the other way when he simply flicked his wrists on a pitch to take it the other way into the left center gap for a single. On the base paths, Nithman is aggressive and gets good jumps on the pitcher. From the outfield, Nithman shows a quick first step on the ball and displays plenty of range.

 

2020 MIF Anthony Mata (Trosky National)
While the talented middle infielder may not be ranked at the moment, you can expect Mata to be a high follow going forward as he has shown the ability to make an impact offensively against some of the higher end arms at the event with multiple base hits out of the second spot. He currently stands at 6-foot-2, 160 pounds on a lean, athletic frame with some room to still fill out. Mata also shows smooth actions and plenty of range up the middle.

 

2021 LHP Michael Kasik (T-Rex Easton 2021)

While Kasik may not be currently ranked, you can expect to see him appear on the Rankings board soon as the young lefty was dominant during his time on the mound as all seven batters he faced were retired via a strikeout. His fastball mostly sat in the 81-84 mph range, touching 85 a few times while generating multiple swings/misses. He also mixed in a 68-69 mph curveball that had some shape. Kasik will be a strong follow going forward as an uncommitted arm.

 

2022 MIF/RHP Kai Wagner (USA Prime Texas Rangers Scout Team)
While Wagner doesn’t appear on any Rankings boards yet, expect to see him as a name to watch going forward as he is an extremely athletic 2022, making his impact felt on both sides of the ball during the event. Offensively, he shows present bat speed and some feel for the barrel from the left side which was displayed when during his first at-bat of the game he laced a ball over the right fielder’s head for a triple. He then hopped on the mound later in the game where he showed a quick arm and displayed a fastball that sat 82-84 mph, touching 85 along with a 68-70 mph curveball. Athletic 2022 to watch going forward.

 

2023 3B/RHP Tyler White (USA Prime Texas Rangers Scout Team)
White may be one of the youngest players at the event, but you wouldn’t know it after the offensive performance he put on yesterday, collecting three base hits and three RBIs which included a ground rule double. The strong 2023 stands at 6-foot-3, 185 pounds and shows big power potential going forward from the left side. White also seems to have above average arm strength and will be one to watch on the mound as well.