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Blizzard at World Championships - Rotations, Rosters, Schedule

10/17/2017, 9:15am CDT
By Adam Barta, Minnesota Blizzard

Minnesota Blizzard Elite playing in biggest tournament for second straight year

Blizzard Roster and Scouting Reports

Blizzard Rosters and Reports

No. First Last Grad Pos. Pitcher B T Ht Wt Commitment Report
1 Eathan Soeffker 2018 INF RHP R R 6' 1" 195 Leadership Award winner / gd CIF / top team player for 4 years
2 Alex Prindle 2018 C RHP L R 6' 2" 190 2.1 game pop / accurate throws / line drive hitter / developing bb player
3 Teague Bogenholm 2018 1B, 3B RHP L R 6' 3" 210 top defensive 1B In program / balanced hitter with some juice in his bat
4 Tommy Springer 2018 OF RHP R R 6' 1" 205 Missouri 84-88 with much improved SL / good down action on FB with gd CH / warrior
5 Derrick Winn 2018 3B R R 6' 0" 180 very athletic with some very gd bat speed / going to hit with power / very gd 3B / needs to learn OF
6 Brock Anderson 2018 1B, OF LHP L L 6' 0" 195 NDSU top 3 OF in program / + arm w/ power to pull side / + CV, good CH, 83-86 top 88
7 Nathan Berg 2018 SS RHP R R 6' 1" 180 left side of INF in college, very athletic, middle of order, 83-85 top 89 with gd CV
8 Nicholas Juaire 2018 C RHP S R 5' 9" 175 TCU legit 1.8 game pop with explosive defensive actions / true switch hitter / power from LH, spray hitter from RH
9 Charlie Fischer 2018 INF RHP L R 6' 0" 185 Southern Miss athletic and toolsy / 2B in college-pro ball / barrel finds ball / short, quick
10 Nic Nelson 2018 INF R R 6' 0" 200 Angelo State spray and line drive hitter / works counts / great around 2B
11 William Goodin 2018 SS, OF RHP R R 5' 5" 135 baseball player! Aggressive, fearless and great baserunner Great defender, avg. arm and can hit
12 Seth Halvorsen 2018 SS RHP R R 6' 1" 198 Missouri #1 2018 prospect in program, has been up to 95 with good CV / good actions at SS
14 Leo Pfarr 2018 LHP L L 5' 11" 160 our LHP Greg Maddux / 78-80 with good CV and abv avg CH / K-thrower !
16 Cole Kraemer 2018 RHP R R 6' 3" 190 top 2018 RHP 84-87 and as high as 88-89 with an above average SLV / developing CH / football player
34 Will Busch 2020 C RHP R R 5'11" 185 top defensive catcher in program behind Juaire (TCU) / quick actions / strong arm - has high ceiling with bat
37 Will Frisch 2019 1B, 3B, OF RHP R R 6' 1" 200 TCU best 16U player in Blizzard program since Logan Shore / future draft / still learning SL and CH / 4-hole / LEADER
38 Maxwell Carlson 2020 OF RHP R R 6' 0" 158 UNC yikes! Projects very high / potential HS draft if velo increases / good SL with plus CH / repeats delivery with more left

Pool Preview - Perfect Game World Championships - by Vincent Cervino, Perfect Game

Pool J

Team Top Player RK Class Top Pitcher RK Class Location
East Coast Sox Select Jeremiah Jackson 20 2018 Connor Shamblin 120 2018 Columbus, MS
MN Blizzard Elite Seth Halvorsen 27 2018 Maxwell Carlson 76 2020 Vadnais Heights, MN
Orioles Scout Team Cade Fergus 500 2018 Ryan Moore 500 2018 Fort Lauderdale, FL
Team Mizuno Puerto Rico Kevin Vargas 57 2018 Jan Lopez T1000 2018 Caguas, PR

Projected Pool Winner:  East Coast Sox Select

Jeremiah Jackson, East Coast Sox Select

After finishing the 17u WWBA National Championship with a third place finish, the East Coast Sox are back in Jupiter and have a very loaded roster. The predominantly southeast-based ball club has a plethora of talent up and down the roster including a quartet of PG All-Americans in Jeremiah Jackson, J.T. Ginn, C.J. Willis and Bryce Bush. The wealth of arms on this staff is what puts them ahead of everyone else. Even though Ginn is not likely to throw they have numerous other impact arms such as Connor Shamblin, Reggie Grace, Colson Geisler and Jacob Gilliland. The underclassmen are also impressive on the bump led by the No. 88 ranked prospect for the 2019 class, Farmer Abendroth. The offense should be loud with Jackson hitting somewhere near the top of the order and Bush and Willis being there to provide the pop in the middle of the lineup. Expect some of the underclassmen, who played big roles for the 16u team over the summer, to make an impact as well as Hayden Dunhurst, Jordan Beck and Ryan Hawks will all be relied upon. 

Dark Horse: Team Mizuno Puerto Rico
Team Mizuno Puerto Rico has some serious star power on this roster. Highly ranked players such as PG All-American Kevin Vargas (57), Ezequiel Pagan (247) and Erick Rivera (147) should be able to rack up the runs for Team Mizuno. Vargas has one of the more well-rounded profiles of the event with impact glove skills and bat speed. Pagan will be a force out of the leadoff spot as an above average runner with some barrel skills and Rivera is capable of going on extremely hot stretches to drive in runs. As is the case with most teams, the ceiling on Team Mizuno comes down to the pitching staff. Led by Jan Lopez, the pitching is not going to have to go toe-to-toe with some of the premier arms, but they will have to get outs and give the offense a chance to score some runs. 

What To Watch For: Seth Halvorsen vs. East Coast Sox
Jupiter is legendary not only for the amount of sheer talent at the event, but for how often the aces of various staffs get the ball against the best team in the pool and this year will certainly be no different. PG All-American Seth Halvorsen is the No. 27 prospect for this year's class and is a true two-way prospect. A 6.6 runner who has also been up to 96 mph on the mound, expect the Missouri commit to get the ball against the loaded East Coast Sox. You got a taste of it in the All-American Classic, but watching Halvorsen attack bats who could be top three-round draft choices a year from now is extremely tantalizing. Halvorsen will have to quiet the big bats in the middle of the lineup such as Willis and Bush and he certainly has the stuff to do just that. 

– Vincent Cervino

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