Norris (Neb.) High catcher Jakson Reetz has a chance to be the highest-drafted Nebraska high school position player, a distinction held by third-round infielder Scott Bream in 1989, after starring everywhere he went on the showcase circuit. The Cornhusker State has only had three high school position players drafted in a top 10 round out of high school since 1987.
A three-sport star, Reetz is a strong all-around athlete demonstrated by starting at quarterback as an underclassman and leading the basketball team in scoring and rebounding.
He is one of the top backstops in the draft class and has a chance to stick there as a pro with an above-average arm and quick release. Reetz also blocks well and has soft hands behind the dish. He exemplifies the term gamer and his hard-nosed mentality is an asset behind the plate.
The righthanded-hitting Reetz hit consistently on the showcase circuit and for Team USA. Although his swing is slightly unconventional, Reetz makes a ton of hard contact to all fields. Reetz, who loads his hands low, has a quick bat and direct swing path. His power was mostly to the gaps on the showcase circuit but his physical strength should enable average power.
He went 4-for-7 at the Area Code Games with a double and a walk. Reetz was the MVP of the Perfect Game All-American Classic in San Diego, smoking an opposite field double off a 94 mph fastball from Dylan Cease and lining an opposite field single in his last plate appearance to finish as the only player with multiple hits. He then hit .429/.500/.714 for Team USA with a home run and three doubles for the gold-medal winning squad.
While the second-team preseason All-American is a below-average runner in the 60-yard dash (7.27, 7.34 at Tournament of Stars) and home to first, his powerful running style is better underway.
Reetz also offers positional versatility with his athleticism, playing the outfield on the circuit. He also has a fastball that was 88-91 mph last summer, touching higher in San Diego.
At 6-foot, 206 pounds, Reetz has a strong build with physicality throughout his body, especially his powerful lower half.
Reetz led his high school team to the state championship team in consecutive seasons, winning the state title in 2013.
His father Andy, who appears in the video, is an assistant coach on the baseball team and was an outside linebacker for the Nebraska Cornhuskers, the same program to which Reetz is committed.