#12. Zach Muckenhirn, lhp, Alexandria (North Dakota/JR in 2016)
Area scouts covering the league noted that they would have to make seeing Muckenhirn a priority this coming spring after an impressive summer performance. While he pitched in the league's showcase event – and was the only pitcher to throw more than one inning – he didn't get many looks outside of that appearance considering that he played for Alexandria in the North Division. Muckenhirn uses his modest 6-foot-1, 185-pound frame to create downhilll plane, generating an upper-80s fastball that peaked as high as 91. He pounded the strike zone and really made the most out of his second inning at the showcase event, unleashing a changeup that mimicked his fastball out of his hand that caused hitters to swing over the top of it. He works quickly and commands all quadrants of the strike zone, leading to a 3.68 ERA in 10 appearances (7 starts) this summer with a 34-to-15 strikeout-to-walk ratio in 36 2/3 innings. Muckenhirn's pitchability makes up for what he lacks in upside. (Report by Perfect Game)
#30 Max Knutson (LHP, Nebraska)
#32 Matt Fiedler (RHP, Minnesota)
"Fifi" is a top-third of the order hitter who despite running a flat 7.0 60 time, could be an impact guy his freshman year in a college program. Matt is a gap to gap hitter and will drive most balls to right center with pop. With great hand-eye coordination, his knowledge of the strike zone and a simple, short swing with good bat speed, Matt has put together quite a junior Blizzard season leading his team hitting over .400 which includes the AFBL fall season and three tournaments in Las Vegas, San Diego and Vero Beach. He stays through the zone well and his ability to hit off-speed pitches with authority is one of his stand-out traits. Gamer and winner.
*report from Blizzard 2013
Has ability to play all three infield positions in college primarily shortstop. His first step quickness and his range to both his left and right are above average. His instincts, feet and hands have given him the ability to make all the routine plays (2 errors entire season) while making difficult plays look easy. 87mph across the diamond with good carry.
With a mid-high ¾ arm slot, clean arm action, and a repeatable delivery, Fiedler was the Varsity's #1 pitcher this year, Highlighted by a CG, 10K performance in the championship game in the MLK Classic in San Diego and a 15K, 2-hit shutout in Vero Beach, FL in February. Matt locates four pitches and lives with a FB that sits between 84-87 and will run it up to 88. His two-seam FB shows sink and arm-side run with late life. His CH is above-average with good deception, arm speed and command. His best secondary pitch is a CV with a hard break. A winner, stopper, his own closer, Matt is a guy that you want in a win or go home game.