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2014 BASEBALL PREVIEW: The Players – Part 2 (On The Mound)

By: Scott Burnstein, April 5, 2014, 8:00 am

Top 35 Pitchers in the state (alphabetically-listed)

1 Keegan Baar (Hudsonville) – Lethal left-handed pitcher signed with Michigan State

2 Austin Batka (Grand Rapids Christian) – Savvy southpaw hurler signed with the University of Illinois-Chicago

3 Josh Bays (Lake Orion) – Sizzling talent on the mound with a bountiful array of pitches in his artillery, Bays is signed with Western Michigan

4 Connor Bowers (Orchard Lake St. Mary’s) – Imposing and always supremely-focused, this cagey Catholic League spin-master is signed with Army

5 Matt Clark (Adrian) – Feisty fire-baller toeing the slab, Clark is inked with Michigan State

6 Andrew Gonzales (Walled Lake Western) – Tough-minded thrower who pitches with tons of hunger and heart, ‘Gonzo’ is signed with Michigan State

7 Connor Goslin (Dearborn Heights Divine Child) – One of the best junior lefties in the state, Goslin is committed to Michigan

8 Dion Henderson (Dearborn Heights Divine Child) – A sophomore lefty with a ceiling that appears limitless, Henderson is already committed to play his college baseball in the SEC at Kentucky

9 Mike Henrickson (Saline) – Fearless lefty chucker signed with nearby Michigan

10 Oliver Jaskie (Grandville) – Overwhelmingly talented and tenacious, this southpaw spinner is committed to Michigan

11 Dennis Jordan (Stevensville Lakeshore) – The No. 1 junior righty on the mound, Jordan is a beast and an expert in jumping ahead on the count

12 Karl Kauffman (Birmingham Brother Rice) – Sensational sophomore spinster with near-perfect mechanics, Kauffman recently committed to Michigan

13 Ben Keizer (Portage Northern) – The picture of consistent and composure on the hill, this junior lefty is committed to Michigan

14 Pat Leatherman (Jenison) – Bulldog righty inked with Central Michigan

15 Jorge Lozano (Spring Lake) – A technician on the mound, Lozano and his services are currently being highly sought-after by college recruiters

16 Evan Marquardt (Midland Dow) – This right-handed whiz and Ball State-signee unleashes a dandy delivery and knows how to keep opposing batters off balance with his pitch selection

17 Mike Mokma (Holland Christian) – One of the premiere underclassmen hurlers in the Midwest, this sophomore righty is already committed to play on the diamond in college at Michigan State

18 Nate Morris (Clarkston) – Lanky and lightning-throwing, Morris is inked with Michigan State

19 William Mullen (Pontiac Notre Dame Prep) – Sleeper prospect in the state’s junior class with a great and mental physical check-list on the mound, Mullen is committed to Western Michigan

20 P.J. Piesko (Oxford) – Workhorse lefty with accuracy and expert durability, Piesko is signed with Oakland University

21 Kyle Rago (Berrien Springs) – Reliable righty signed with Toledo

22 Mike Reid (Madison Heights Bishop Foley) – A textbook competitor with refined mechanics, Reid is signed, sealed and ready to be delivered via fighter jet to the Air Force Academy

23 Grant Reuss (Bloomfield Hills Cranbrook) – Powerful lefty that has smarts and tenacity and is signed with Michigan

24 Matt Ruppenthal (Birmingham Brother Rice) – Maybe the No. 1 pro prospect in the state on the hill, Ruppenthal, signed with Vanderbilt, is flat filthy and pure power.

25 Chandler Sedat (West Bloomfield) – Fearsome toeing the slab, Sedat throws gas and has master control. He is one of the top college recruits in the state’s junior class

26 Brad Schaenzer (Lake Orion) – All-American lefty with a smooth moxie and an incendiary batch of pitches at his disposal when he takes the mound, Schaenzer is signed with Kentucky

27 Garrett Schilling (Madison Heights Bishop Foley) – You can call this kid Mr. Perfect because he’s never lost a game from the rubber as a prepster (31-0), while helping lead the Ventures to the past three Division 3 state titles. While not overpowering, Schilling is the definition of cool, calm and collected when he has the ball in his hands and has the savvy of a pro. He is signed with Xavier

28 Tyler Schmidt (Crosswell-Lexington) – With a raw and athletic skill-set that just keeps improving, this junior lefty is committed to Ball State

29 Josh Smith (Saline) – Showing the rare type of potential from the rubber that only  few his age can, this towering junior lefty has been committed to play his college ball in the SEC at Kentucky since the fall of 2012

30 Alex Sova (Midland Dow) – Big (6-foot-6), long and featuring a solidly-built frame, this ferocious righty has been slowly, but steadily shooting up recruiting boards and will most likely sign with a Division I college before the fall

31 Jake Stout (Rochester) – Under-the-radar, yet a genuine star-in-the-making, this junior righty is committed to Toledo

32 Alex Wagner (Hartland) – Gem of a lefty hurler inked with Toledo

33 Tommy Waning (Glen Lake) – Relentless righty signed with Xavier

34 Grant Wolfram (Hamilton) –Thunderous junior lefty hurler with size and confidence, Wolfram is headed to Central Michigan

35 Matt Woloszyk (Taylor Kennedy) – The No. 1 pitcher out of the Downriver area (most likely the top overall player in the region, too), Woloszyk is signed with Cincinnati