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2016 MLB Draft Follow Lists – MAC

Typically we start with the hitters because I’m an incredibly biased baseball fan and “writer” who grew up during the steroid era predisposed, right or wrong, to love offense. There’s no way we can do that with this year’s collection of MAC prospects. The top four pitchers in the conference – Eric Lauer, Nick Deeg, Zach Plesac, and Keegan Akin – are all fantastic draft prospects. The only difficulty here is picking a favorite.

Akin, the lefty with an above-average slider, deceptive delivery, and up-and-down control, might fit best in the bullpen over the long haul. Or maybe he’s the guy you view as having the highest ceiling thanks to a fastball that he can dial up to 95 when needed. Plesac has the obvious bloodlines working in his favor, but it’s his unusual athleticism and deep reservoir of offspeed pitches that make him a favorite of mine. He’s third on my list only because of a lost coin flip to Deeg, another lefthander with above-average velocity (86-92, 94 peak) and an average or better breaking ball (his curve took off this summer after firming up from a loopier 71-74 to an improved 79-81 bender). Deeg got the edge over fellow lefty Akin despite the latter’s better peripherals to date because of a more advanced change (a low-80s offering with average or better upside) and an interesting but as yet underdeveloped mid-80s cutter. His size advantage (6-5, 220 for Deeg, 6-1, 200 for Akin) certainly didn’t hurt either.

As much as I like all three of those pitchers, there’s still a decent-sized gap between Eric Lauer and the field. Lauer, the third lefthander in my MAC top four, combines the best of all of the prospects below him on the rankings. There isn’t a box that he doesn’t check when looking for a potentially quick-moving above-average mid-rotation big league starting pitcher. He’s an athletic (like Plesac) lefthander (like Deeg/Akin), with good size (like Deeg/Plesac), very strong performance indicators (10.78 K/9 and 2.72 BB/9), above-average heat (88-94) that he commands like a pro, and a complete assortment of offspeed pitches (74-77 CB, 78-82 SL, emerging CU) he can throw in any count. One could quibble by noting there’s no singular knockout pitch here – maybe with continued work one of his secondaries can become a consistent plus pitch, but certainly not presently – so maybe Lauer’s best case scenario outcome isn’t quite that of some of his peers across the country, but that’s a nitpick for a still impressive ceiling/high floor starting arm. Maybe you don’t love him – I kind of do, clearly…but maybe you don’t – but he’s still a prospect that’s hard not to at least like.

Lauer, Deeg, Plesac, and Akin are the four best prospects here, but they are far from the only prospects of note. I’m 100% ready to invest in all the Mike Kaelin stock I can afford. How can you not love a big fastball (up to 95) from a smaller righty (5-9, 185) who happens to be coming off a season where he whiffed 12.14 batters per nine? Beyond even those five, there are plenty of other pitching prospects worth knowing, especially those with advanced changeups. For whatever reason, the change seems like the pitch in the MAC this year. Nick Jensen-Clagg, Steven Calhoun (who also happens to be 6-7, 205 pounds), and Adam Aldred all throw really good ones. Sam Delaplane (94 peak and good SL, listed at 5-11, 175 pounds, and 10.80 K/9 last season) is a little bit like the Michigan version of Kaelin. I happen to like Sean Renzi and deep sleeper Kyle Slack as big men with some upside left to be unsheathed.

Despite the emphasis on pitching here, there are a handful of interesting MAC position players in need of more attention at the national level. Jarett Rindfleisch is a steady defender with a big arm, real power upside, and a decent approach at the plate. I’m not yet sure what exactly to make of Alex Borglin, but everything I know about him I like. He’s a great athlete who can run (but hasn’t done much of it yet), and flash some impressive leather at short. I’ve heard his arm could necessitate a move to second or possibly even center, so that’s something to watch. Mitch Longo has some “scouty” questions to answer this spring, but I’m sold on the bat. A little bit further down the list are names like Manny DeJesus (two plus tools in his CF range and speed, not to mention an ideal leadoff approach), Deion Tansel (handles the bat well and makes all the plays at short), and Zach McKinstry (draft-eligible sophomore with an advanced hit tool, ample speed, and impressive defensive gifts) , each intriguing in his own right.


  1. Ball State JR C Jarett Rindfleisch
  2. Central Michigan JR SS Alex Borglin
  3. Ohio JR OF Mitch Longo
  4. Miami (Ohio) SR 3B/OF Chad Sedio
  5. Ball State JR OF Alex Call
  6. Ohio SR OF Manny DeJesus
  7. Toledo SR SS/2B Deion Tansel
  8. Northern Illinois SR SS Brian Sisler
  9. Central Michigan SO SS Zach McKinstry
  10. Eastern Michigan JR 1B John Montgomery
  11. Central Michigan SR OF Logan Regnier
  12. Western Michigan JR 3B Grant Miller
  13. Miami (Ohio) JR 2B Steve Sada
  14. Miami (Ohio) rJR 3B Adam Yacek
  15. Ball State SR 2B Ryan Spaulding
  16. Miami (Ohio) SR OF Jake Romano
  17. Eastern Michigan rJR C/OF Michael Mioduszewski
  18. Eastern Michigan rJR SS/OF Marquise Gill
  19. Kent State SR 1B/3B Zarley Zalewski
  20. Kent State JR 1B/OF Conner Simonetti
  21. Central Michigan rSR SS Joe Houlihan
  22. Buffalo SR SS Bobby Sheppard
  23. Ohio rSR C Cody Gaertner
  24. Buffalo rSO 2B Ben Haefner
  25. Ohio SR 1B John Adryan
  26. Ball State JR 1B/C Caleb Stayton
  27. Northern Illinois SR C Johnny Zubek
  28. Eastern Michigan SR 1B/3B Mitchell McGeein
  29. Toledo rSR OF/SS Dan Zuchowski
  30. Ball State JR SS/RHP Alex Maloney
  31. Central Michigan SR 1B Zack Fields


  1. Kent State JR LHP Eric Lauer
  2. Central Michigan JR LHP Nick Deeg
  3. Ball State JR RHP Zach Plesac
  4. Western Michigan JR LHP Keegan Akin
  5. Buffalo rJR RHP Mike Kaelin
  6. Kent State JR RHP Andy Ravel
  7. Kent State SR RHP Nick Jensen-Clagg
  8. Eastern Michigan JR RHP Sam Delaplane
  9. Toledo JR LHP Steven Calhoun
  10. Miami (Ohio) rJR LHP Ryan Marske
  11. Central Michigan SR LHP Adam Aldred
  12. Western Michigan SR RHP Gabe Berman
  13. Central Michigan SR RHP Sean Renzi
  14. Bowling Green rJR LHP Andrew Lacinak
  15. Central Michigan JR RHP Jordan Grosjean
  16. Miami (Ohio) JR RHP Jacob Banks
  17. Ohio JR RHP Jake Rudnicki
  18. Toledo SR RHP Kyle Slack
  19. Western Michigan SR LHP Derek Schneider
  20. Ball State JR RHP BJ Butler
  21. Buffalo JR RHP Alec Tuohy
  22. Northern Illinois JR RHP Andrew Frankenreider
  23. Buffalo JR RHP Brent Cleland
  24. Eastern Michigan JR RHP Kevin Shul
  25. Ohio SR RHP Jake Miller

Ball State

JR RHP Zach Plesac (2016)
JR RHP BJ Butler (2016)
rJR LHP Kevin Marnon (2016)
JR SS/RHP Alex Maloney (2016)
JR C Jarett Rindfleisch (2016)
JR OF Alex Call (2016)
SR 2B Ryan Spaulding (2016)
JR 3B Sean Kennedy (2016)
JR 1B/C Caleb Stayton (2016)
SR OF Scott Tyler (2016)
JR OF Matt Eppers (2016)
SO RHP/3B Colin Brockhouse (2017)
SO RHP Brendan Burns (2017)
SO LHP Trevor Henderson (2017)

High Priority Follows: Zach Plesac, BJ Butler, Alex Maloney, Jarett Rindfleisch, Alex Call, Ryan Spaulding, Sean Kennedy, Caleb Stayton, Matt Eppers

Bowling Green

rJR LHP Andrew Lacinak (2016)
SR RHP Devin Daugherty (2016)
SR OF Matt Smith (2016)
SR OF Kory Brown (2016)
rJR C Tyler Greiner (2016)
rJR 3B/1B Nick Glanzman (2016)
SO RHP Zac Carey (2017)
SO LHP Kody Brown (2017)
SO 3B/RHP Cody Callaway (2017)
SO 1B Randy Righter (2017)
FR OF Blake Jenkins (2018)
FR 1B/OF Logan Giddings (2018)
FR 3B/OF Cameron Daugherty (2018)
FR RHP Matt Szabo (2018)
FR RHP Chase Antle (2018)
FR RHP Brad Croy (2018)

High Priority Follows: Andrew Lacinak, Matt Smith


rJR RHP Mike Kaelin (2016)
SR LHP Ben Hartz (2016)
JR RHP Brent Cleland (2016)
JR RHP Alec Tuohy (2016)
SR SS Bobby Sheppard (2016)
JR 3B Chris Kwitzer (2016)
JR OF Vinny Mallaro (2016)
SR OF Mike Abrunzo (2016)
rSO 2B Ben Haefner (2016)
SO 1B Charlie Sobieraski (2017)
SO INF Ben Vey (2017)

High Priority Follows: Mike Kaelin, Ben Hartz, Brent Cleland, Alec Tuohy, Bobby Sheppard, Ben Haefner

Central Michigan

JR LHP Nick Deeg (2016)
SR LHP Josh Pierce (2016)
SR RHP Connor Kelly (2016)
SR LHP Adam Aldred (2016)
SR LHP Jimmy McNamara (2016)
SR RHP Sean Renzi (2016)
SR RHP Jason Gamble (2016)
JR RHP Jordan Grosjean (2016)
rSR SS Joe Houlihan (2016)
SR OF Logan Regnier (2016)
SR 1B Zack Fields (2016)
SR C Dylan Goodwin (2016)
rJR OF Adam Colllins (2016)
JR SS Alex Borglin (2016)
SO SS Zach McKinstry (2016)
JR C Robert Greenman (2016)
SR INF Morgan Oliver (2016)
rFR RHP Patrick Leatherman (2017)
SO RHP Sean Martens (2017)
SO OF/1B Daniel Jipping (2017)
rFR OF/C Dazon Cole (2017)
FR LHP Grant Wolfram (2018)
FR OF Daniel Robinson (2018)
FR RHP Michael Brettell (2018)
FR C Evan Kratt (2018)
FR INF Jarrod Watkins (2018)
FR INF Jason Sullivan (2018)

High Priority Follows: Nick Deeg, Connor Kelly, Adam Aldred, Sean Renzi, Jordan Grosjean, Joe Houlihan, Logan Regnier, Zack Fields, Alex Borglin, Zach McKinstry, Robert Greenman, Morgan Oliver

Eastern Michigan

SR LHP Devon Bronson (2016)
SR LHP Michael Marsinek (2016)
JR RHP Sam Delaplane (2016)
JR RHP Matthew Beaton (2016)
JR RHP Kevin Shul (2016)
SR 1B/3B Mitchell McGeein (2016)
SR RHP Nick Jensen-Clagg (2016)
rSO RHP Zach Spangler (2016)
rSR RHP Eli Martin (2016)
rSR LHP Tim Faix (2016)
JR LHP Jared Skolnicki (2016)
SR 1B/3B Zarley Zalewski (2016)
JR 2B Dom Iero (2016)
JR 1B/OF Conner Simonetti (2016)
rJR C/OF Michael Mioduszewski (2016)
JR C/OF Jeremy Stidham (2016)
rJR SS/OF Marquise Gill (2016)
SR OF Jordan Peterson (2016)
JR 1B John Montgomery (2016)
SR OF Jackson Martin (2016)
SO RHP Brent Mattson (2017)
SO RHP Antonio Jacobs (2017)
SO OF Brennan Williams (2017)
FR LHP Tyler Butzin (2018)

High Priority Follows: Sam Delaplane, Matthew Beaton, Kevin Shul, Mitchell McGeein, Michael Mioduszewski, Marquise Gill, Jordan Peterson, John Montgomery

Kent State

JR LHP Eric Lauer (2016)
JR RHP Andy Ravel (2016)
SR RHP Nick Jensen-Clagg (2016)
rSO RHP Zach Spangler (2016)
rSR RHP Eli Martin (2016)
rSR LHP Tim Faix (2016)
JR LHP Jared Skolnicki (2016)
SR 1B/3B Zarley Zalewski (2016)
JR 2B Dom Iero (2016)
JR 1B/OF Conner Simonetti (2016)
rSR OF Alex Miklos (2016)
JR 2B/SS Sam Hurt (2016)
rJR OF Luke Burch (2016)
JR 2B/SS Zach Beckner (2016)
rSR OF Jacob Neuschaefer (2016)
SO RHP Zach Willeman (2017)
SO RHP Chris Martin (2017)
SO LHP Eli Kraus (2017)
SO 3B Dylan Rosa (2017)
FR C Peter Schuler (2018)
FR SS Josh Hollander (2018)
FR LHP Connor Wollersheim (2018)
FR RHP Joey Murray (2018)
FR RHP Austin Havekost (2018)

High Priority Follows: Eric Lauer, Andy Ravel, Nick Jensen-Clagg, Jared Skolnicki, Zarley Zalewski, Conner Simonetti, Luke Burch

Miami (Ohio)

rJR LHP Ryan Marske (2016)
JR RHP Brad Schwartz (2016)
JR RHP Jacob Banks (2016)
SR 3B/OF Chad Sedio (2016)
SR OF Jake Romano (2016)
SR OF Gary Russo (2016)
rJR 3B Adam Yacek (2016)
JR 2B Steve Sada (2016)
rSO C Spencer Dull (2016)
SO RHP Gus Graham (2017)
FR LHP Zach Spears (2018)
FR RHP Cole Gnetz (2018)
FR RHP Michael Hendricks (2018)
FR C Hayden Senger (2018)
FR OF Dallas Hall (2018)

High Priority Follows: Ryan Marske, Jacob Banks, Chad Sedio, Jake Romano, Adam Yacek, Steve Sada, Spencer Dull

Northern Illinois

JR RHP Andrew Frankenreider (2016)
rJR LHP Jordan Ruckman (2016)
SR LHP Ryan Olson (2016)
SR SS Brian Sisler (2016)
SR OF Stephen Letz (2016)
rSR C Tony Brandner (2016)
SR C Johnny Zubek (2016)
rSR OF Alex Smith (2016)
rJR OF Brandon Mallder (2016)
rJR 3B/OF Tommy Hook (2016)
SR 2B Justin Fletcher (2016)
SO RHP Donovin Sims (2017)
SO SS/2B Brad Wood (2017)
FR 3B Joseph Boyle (2017)
FR OF Malique Ziegler (2017)

High Priority Follows: Andrew Frankenreider, Brian Sisler, Stephen Letz, Tony Brandner


SR RHP Jake Miller (2016)
rSO RHP Jake Roehn (2016)
JR RHP Jake Rudnicki (2016)
rSO LHP Gerry Salisbury (2016)
SR RHP Connor Sitz (2016)
JR RHP Tom Colletti (2016)
SR OF Manny DeJesus (2016)
JR OF Mitch Longo (2016)
rSR C Cody Gaertner (2016)
SR 1B John Adryan (2016)
rJR OF Nate Squires (2016)
JR 3B Ty Black (2016)
FR 1B Rudy Rott (2018)

High Priority Follows: Jake Miller, Jake Rudnicki, Tom Colletti, Manny DeJesus, Mitch Longo, Cody Gaertner, John Adryan


SR RHP Kyle Slack (2016)
SR RHP Caleb Schillace (2016)
JR RHP Sam Shutes (2016)
JR LHP Steven Calhoun (2016)
SR LHP Ross Achter (2016)
SR RHP/OF John Martillotta (2016)
JR RHP/OF Jordan Kesson (2016)
SR SS/2B Deion Tansel (2016)
rSR OF/SS Dan Zuchowski (2016)
SR OF Ryan Callahan (2016)
JR OF Jake Krupar (2016)
SO OF AJ Montoya (2017)
SO C/1B Dalton Bollinger (2017)

High Priority Follows: Kyle Slack, Steven Calhoun, Ross Achter, Jordan Kesson, Deion Tansel, Dan Zuchowski

Western Michigan

JR LHP Keegan Akin (2016)
SR LHP Derek Schneider (2016)
SR RHP Pat Haynes (2016)
SR RHP Gabe Berman (2016)
JR 3B Grant Miller (2016)
JR SS Steve Pastora (2016)
SR C Mitchell Ho (2016)
SO LHP Jacob Piechota (2017)
SO LHP/OF Tanner Allison (2017)
FR OF Nate Grys (2018)
FR INF Connor Smith (2018)

High Priority Follows: Keegan Akin, Derek Schneider, Gabe Berman, Grant Miller


MAC 2015 MLB Draft All-Prospect Team

Central Michigan SR C Tyler Huntey
Ohio SR 1B Jake Madsen
Western Michigan JR 2B Kurt Hoekstra
Buffalo JR SS Bobby Sheppard
Kent State JR 3B Justin Wagler
Ohio JR OF Manny DeJesus
Northern Illinois SR OF Stephen Letz
Kent State SR OF Alex Miklos

Miami (Ohio) rSO LHP Ryan Marske
Miami (Ohio) rSR RHP Nate Williams
Central Michigan JR LHP Adam Aldred
Western Michigan JR RHP Gabe Berman
Miami (Ohio) SR RHP Ryan Powers

Both catchers listed below (Central Michigan SR C Tyler Huntey and Eastern Michigan rSO C/OF Michael Mioduszewski) are far more athletic than your typical catcher. That seems to be a trend in college ball this year, though I might just have the recent footage of a USC game and Garrett Stubbs on the brain. The athletic Huntey has the size, strength, and speed to work as an appealing senior sign at a position that teams always load up on at every draft. The athletic Mioduszewski brings similar abilities to the table, but with a bit less of a track record and two more years past this one of collegiate eligibility.

I’m at the point where I now get a little bit sheepish when describing how I feel about Ohio SR 1B Jake Madsen as a prospect. Some guys you almost form an irrational fondness towards through the years, I suppose. Of course, I’d argue my affinity for Madsen is grounded in a fair amount of logic and reason: he has a pretty swing, above-average hit tool, impressive plate coverage, and the kind of patience at the plate that suggests good things to come when combined with all those other positives. The major knock on him has forever been his lack of raw power. I’ve looked past this in prior years because a) I so badly wanted to believe, and b) there were enough intermittent signs of pop that made it appear a full-fledged breakout was imminent. It hasn’t happened yet, so downgrading Madsen from FAVORITE prospect status to just regular plain-old favorite prospect is where things now stand. The good news is Madsen still has that sweet swing, can still consistently barrel up pitches up, down, in, and out, and still walks more than he strike outs. All that and a plus glove make him a rock solid mid-round senior sign that I’d be happy to take a shot on if I ran a room.

Madsen is joined in a strong overall first base group by Central Michigan rSR 1B Cody Leichman. Leichman shares many qualities with Madsen including a strong feel for hitting and a steady glove at first. Working in Leichman’s favor is his greater raw power. If personal preference points you towards the Central Michigan slugger, go for it. If pure uncut upside is your thing, you might want to take a look at Leichman’s teammate JR 1B Zack Fields. Fields has even bigger raw power (and a bigger body at 6-5, 265 to house such power), but all the requisite swing-and-miss that often comes with a man of his stature. There’s also a fairly sizable current gap between what his power could be and what it is; sometimes we (fine, I) get locked into thinking that a young guy with big raw power will eventually turn into an old guy with big in-game power. That’s obviously not always the case – in fact, it’s more the exception than the norm when you get deep down into the boom/bust rate of all these prospects we love so much – and it’s quite common to see a player with huge raw power unable to ever make enough contact to put his raw talent to use. It’s kind of cruel and borderline Twilight Zone-y if you think about; a young man discovers he can hit a baseball thrown at 90+ MPH upwards of 500 feet soaring through the air with majestic arc while oohs and ahhs break out across the crowd, but can’t make even the simplest amount of consistent contact to put that prodigious power to use.

I have a lot of these previews half-written from weeks ago, so calls for breakout 2015 seasons might seem a little funny now that we’re basically a month into the season. Well, trust me (or not!) when I say that Western Michigan JR 2B/OF Kurt Hoekstra’s skill set jumped out immediately after seeing him, making him one of the easier 2015 breakout candidates to call. So far, so good for Mr. Hoekstra as he’s doing a little bit of everything offensively for the Broncos. SR 2B Pat MacKenzie doesn’t have the raw tools of most prospects I’d personally rank him around, but there’s no ignoring his plus-plus plate discipline. How a player can put up a 46 BB to 17 K ratio while slugging just barely over .300 in a full college season I’ll never know, but it’s an impressive feat that earns my respect. If I’m selling MacKenzie to my boss, I’m highlighting his overall hard-working playing style with promises (fine, hopes) that maybe his outstanding mental approach to hitting will rub off some on his new pro teammates. He’s an underdog prospect to be sure, but I just plain like the guy.

Meanwhile, Ball State JR 2B Ryan Spaulding is one of those players that I don’t know a ton about, but what I do know I like quite a bit. If any Ball State/MAC baseball fans happen to be reading this, man, watch out for whatever it is they are doing in Muncie. I pay very little attention to college ball outside of tracking prospects (i.e., I don’t know which teams are good and bad outside of the traditional powerhouses), but the talent level on Ball State’s roster has blown me away. I’ve been messing around with some 2016 college prospect lists and Ball State stands out to me with every revision. There are a whole bunch of sophomore prospects there (Alex Call, Jarrett Rindfleisch, Caleb Stayton, Zach Plesac, Alex Maloney) that really stand out as high follows heading into the summer/next season.

I mentioned above that this lists were composed before the season actually began. Sometimes I like to check in on how players are doing and mention it in the write-ups (which, as mentioned, are mostly half-done). Then again, sometimes I don’t. I left the shortstop list alone for now without looking up how each guy has performed to date. That’s done, at least in part, because I don’t want a small sample of good or bat hitting to make me second-guess my initial notes, which are based largely on real scouting reports, firsthand observations (i.e., not real scouting reports since I’m not a scout), and statistical benchmarks accrued in larger samples. This is all a long way of saying that even though Bowling Green SR SS Brian Bien, Toledo JR SS Deion Tansel, and even Kent State SR SS Sawyer Polen have fine combinations of positive scouting notes (“steady glove” is a popular phrase here) and impressive track records at the plate (Bien, for example, hit .351/.400/.401 with a near even BB/K and 17/24 SB last year), my choice of the untested JR SS Bobby Sheppard (Buffalo) stands even with his slow start at the plate (yeah, I cracked and checked just now). My reports on him topped the others, but that doesn’t mean he will hold this spot in perpetuity. If rankings worked like that, then my life would be a lot simpler from February to June. It just means that Sheppard has (had?) the lead and it’s on the rest to overtake him by draft day. You know, since the honor of being ranked highly by me means sooooo much to these guys.

Kent State JR 3B Justin Wagler and Bowling Green rSR 3B Brandon Howard can both ably man the hot corner at the next level. There might not be enough offensively for either to make much noise in pro ball if they get there, but I do like Wagler’s pop and Howard’s speed. I’ve heard some pleasant murmurings about Wagler, mostly in the vein of “if his body fills out, there could be something there.” Both players have racked up plenty tons of MAC plate appearances, so I can’t help but root for them going forward.

Hey, the MAC has some damn bats this year. I can only hope that the wall of text preceding this highlighted some fun names to follow, but if it’s still not coming across then you should really check out the outfield group. The top two outfielders for me are unproven, but full of talent; ultimately, the latter is all I care about when it comes to projecting a young player’s future. Ohio JR OF Manny DeJesus can flat hit. He can also run, defend, and work a pitcher into some crazy deep counts. You can search for many of the nice things about fellow transfer Cedric Mullins and apply them to DeJesus. Neither player is getting much love (as I’ve seen/heard) nationally as a prospect, but these guys can play. Northern Illinois JR OF Stephen Letz is right there with them as a bat, but with arguably the most raw power of the trio.

If Western Michigan SR OF/C Jared Kujawa convinces somebody he can catch professionally, he might have a nifty little future in the pros. He’d instantly become one of baseball’s most athletic backstops and best runners. The bat might be a touch light to profile as anything but an interesting backup, but he does so much well that you can’t help but be drawn to him every time he takes the field. Toledo rJR OF/SS Dan Zuchowski is in the same boat, but he faces the challenge of proving he can play a little middle infield as well as in the outfield. I’ve heard good things about his glove at second base, so maybe a future as a backup 2B/OF prospect could be a possibility. It’s a long shot, but worth considering a late pick on in my view. There’s something about the Regnier family that inspires curiosity within me. JR OF Logan and SR OF Nick (Central Michigan) are similarly built (6-2ish, 200ish pounds) plus runners who control the strike zone and flash a spot of pop here and there. Logan might have to follow in Nick’s shoes as a senior sign; if so (or if not…he could be drafted this year for all I know), it would be great fun to see them reunited once again in pro ball.

I don’t have as much to say about the pitching in the MAC. I wish I did, but I don’t. I always feel guilty when I give one side of the game almost four times as much coverage as the other, but, what can I say, I’m a hitter at heart. A trio of Miami (Ohio) arms sits near the top of list all the same. rSO LHP Ryan Marske was a name I heard a good bit about this winter. The gist: low-90s fastball, offspeed with promise, fresh arm, and ample projection left in his frame. The belief was that he’d be a mid-90s guy once he filled out a bit more, which was good enough for me to give him a shot in the top spot.

I wrote about SR RHP Ryan Powers last year after the Phillies selected him with pick 652 in the 22nd, calling him “another college starter with average numbers, good size (6-5, 210), and not a whole lot in the stuff/projection department.” That was a little bit sassier than I normally get on here, but the point still stands. His size is nice and his stuff is fine (88-92 FB, 94 peak; usable SL and CU), but he’s never missed a ton of bats (K/9’s around 6 over the past two year) and lacks the knockout pitch you’d like to see in a future pro reliever. Draftable arm, sure, and a more certain bet going forward than teammate rSR RHP Nate Williams. Still, I like Williams’ upside a touch more in no small part due to his above-average to plus curveball.

Moving from Oxford to Directional Michigan gives us a chance to take a closer look at JR LHP Adam Aldred (Central Michigan) and JR RHP Gabe Berman (Western Michigan). Aldred won’t wow you with his heater, but his pair of offspeed pitches (SL, CU) each individually rank among the best in the conference. Berman’s big 2014 season (10.85 K/9 in 34 IP) and solid stuff (low-90s FB, CB/CU) make him an interesting follow. Akron teammates JR RHP JT Brubaker, SR LHP Pat Dyer, and rSR RHP Matt LaRocca make the trip to see some MACtion in the Rubber City worthwhile. Brubaker has the fastball (94 peak) and projection, Dyer has the sheer size (6-9, 215 lefty? My interest is piqued), and LaRocca has (but hasn’t always shown) impressive control. Kent State rSR RHP Josh Pierce hasn’t pitched much due to injury, but if he’s healthy and back to his old ways then he could shoot up boards as a priority senior sign.

2015 MLB Draft Talent – Hitting 

  1. Ohio JR OF Manny DeJesus
  2. Northern Illinois JR OF Stephen Letz
  3. Kent State SR OF Alex Miklos
  4. Western Michigan SR OF/C Jared Kujawa
  5. Buffalo JR SS Bobby Sheppard
  6. Ohio SR 1B Jake Madsen
  7. Western Michigan JR 2B/OF Kurt Hoekstra
  8. Ball State JR 2B Ryan Spaulding
  9. Toledo rJR OF/SS Dan Zuchowski
  10. Central Michigan SR C Tyler Huntey
  11. Central Michigan JR OF Logan Regnier
  12. Central Michigan rSR 1B Cody Leichman
  13. Eastern Michigan rSO C/OF Michael Mioduszewski
  14. Bowling Green SR SS Brian Bien
  15. Central Michigan SR OF Nick Regnier
  16. Toledo JR SS Deion Tansel
  17. Akron rSR OF Joey Havrilak
  18. Miami (Ohio) JR OF Gary Russo
  19. Central Michigan JR 1B Zack Fields
  20. Kent State JR 1B/3B Zarley Zalewski
  21. Kent State JR 3B Justin Wagler
  22. Kent State SR SS Sawyer Polen
  23. Buffalo JR OF Nick Sinay
  24. Miami (Ohio) SR SS Ryan Eble
  25. Central Michigan SR 2B Pat MacKenzie
  26. Eastern Michigan SR 2B/SS John Rubino
  27. Bowling Green rSR 3B Brandon Howard
  28. Miami (Ohio) SR OF Matt Honchel

2015 MLB Draft Talent – Pitching

  1. Miami (Ohio) rSO LHP Ryan Marske
  2. Miami (Ohio) rSR RHP Nate Williams
  3. Central Michigan JR LHP Adam Aldred
  4. Western Michigan JR RHP Gabe Berman
  5. Miami (Ohio) SR RHP Ryan Powers
  6. Akron JR RHP JT Brubaker
  7. Akron SR LHP Pat Dyer
  8. Akron rSR RHP/1B Matt LaRocca
  9. Akron rSR RHP Jon Pusateri
  10. Bowling Green SR RHP Trevor Blaylock
  11. Kent State rSR RHP Josh Pierce
  12. Kent State JR RHP Nick Jensen-Clagg
  13. Eastern Michigan SR LHP Ben Dartnell
  14. Toledo JR RHP Kyle Slack
  15. Bowling Green rSO LHP Andrew Lacinak
  16. Toledo JR RHP Adam Tyson
  17. Central Michigan SR RHP Tim Black
  18. Ball State SR RHP Scott Baker