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Blizzard High School Prospect Report, year-end update

06/05/2017, 2:30pm CDT
By Adam Barta, Minnesota Blizzard

44 Blizzard players committed in 2017, college commits hits 300 player mark

Play Ball MN - Mr. Baseball Finalists

The Blizzard program wants to congratulate our Blizzard players nominated for the Minutemen Players of the Year.  Five of the seven candidates are Blizzard 2017 grads

RHP Sam Carlson
LHP Ryan Christopher
INF Dylan Criquet-Danielson
LHP/1B Bubba Horton
RHP Trent Palmer

Play Ball All-Star Series ... Blizzard represented

Metro East Mestro West Metro North Metro South North South
Ryan Duffy Michael Jensen Cole Albers Ross Bastyr Noah Winkelman Ryan Christopher
Cam Kline Jordan Schramel Connor Hogan Ryan Brunner Dylan Criquet-Danielson
Ty Okada Jack Zigan Bubba Horton Kaylan Legred
Joe Vondrachek Zach Loven Cole Pengilly
Trent Palmer Zach Smith
Josh Peterson
Max Ploof

The Minnesota Play Ball All-Star Series has 22 Blizzard players who were selected to represent both their school and respective area.  Congrats to the players! (above)

College Commitments

The Blizzard program has had 44 college commitments in 2017 with five more committing in the 2018 class driving the number of Blizzard college commits since 2008 to 312.

2017 College commitments
2018 College commitments

In our upcoming article "2017 Blizzard MLB Draft Preview", we'll discuss the Blizzard Alumni currently playing pro ball and those who have high hopes in this year's draft including potential 1st rounder and Blizzard Alumni, Sam Carlson.

Past Minnesota award winners who played Blizzard Baseball

Shore and Fiedler 2013 MN Players of the Year

Our program has been very fortunate to work with these players who come from great high school programs.  These players, as well as the fantastic players who have not been nominated, are very deserving of the hard work they have put in.

Here is a list of Blizzard Alumni who have been at the 'top of their game' in the past years.

Blizzard College Commits since 2008: 312
All-State Players since 2013: 44
Blizzard Alumni in the Pros since 2008: 40 
Blizzard Players in the Play Ball MN All-Star Game: 2
Gatorade Player of the Year: 4
Minutemen Mr. Baseball Player of the Year: 2 

Gatorade Player of the Year

2011 - Robert Youngdahl
2013 - Logan Shore
2014 - Sam Hentges
2017 - Sam Carlson

Minutemen Mr. Baseball Award

2013 - Logan Shore
2014 - Brad Mathiowetz

Minnesota High School Player of the Year

AAA - Trevor Moses (Mahtomedi)

AAA - Jake Stevenson (Waconia)
A - Ben Suits (Heritage Christian)

AAA - Sam Hentges (Mounds View)
AA - Toby Hanson (Delano)

AAA - Logan Shore (Coon Rapids)
AA - Matt Fiedler (St. Paul Academy)

Bridging the Gap from High School to College - college consultations

100% of our Blizzard Elite players have gone on to play college baseball since our first graduating class of 2008.  Not only does the Blizzard create opportunities for the best players in the state to play with each other, it also gives parents and players a great resource for the best recruitment, consultations and advising around. 

Our one on one work with players and parents from the time they are in the program until graduation is non-stop.  Whether it be a cover letter, recruiting video, making phone calls, giving advice or just listening to our players, the recruiting piece is one that is incredibly valuable and available for our players as a part of the program!

Our tryouts begin at the end of June.  I would like to see you there to see if you have what it takes to play with the Minnesota Blizzard baseball program!

Play with the best in the state against the best in the country.  Blizzard Baseball.

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