State Reports: Wisconsin
|THIS YEAR'S CROP
||One for the books
||Solid, not spectacular
||Not up to par
||Nothing to see here
Wisconsin has been good for at least one early-round pick in each of the last four drafts, from Erik Cordier (Royals, second round in 2004) to Greg Reinhard (Rays, sixth in 2005) to Tony Butler (Mariners, third in 2006) to Ryan Zimmermann (Nationals, second in 2007) and Andrew Paulauskas (Marlins, seventh in 2007). But the Badger State is barren this time around and may not have a single player chosen in the first 15 rounds.
|NATIONAL TOP 200 PROSPECTS
1. Adam Frost, ss, St. Norbert
2. Phil Schreiber, rhp, Kaukauna HS
3. Cody Kaback, rhp, Stevens Point Area HS
4. Kyle Barry, rhp, Madison Area Tech JC
5. Doug Coe, c, Wisconsin-Stevens Point
Warming To Frost
Shortstop Adam Frost
will be the first player drafted from Wisconsin in 2008. A product of St. Norbert, an NCAA Division III school, he has speed and arm strength and displays some prowess with the bat. He has a little pop and makes contact (just six strikeouts in 153 at-bats), but he also has little patience (11 walks) and is erratic at shortstop (21 errors, .896 fielding percentage).
The best high school prospect in the state is righthander Phil Schreiber
. He repeats his mechanics well and has a sturdy frame, but he's also just 6 feet and 185 pounds and operates at 86-88 mph with his fastball. He showed more velocity last summer in showcases. He'll flash a hard slider but he often gets under it, costing him velocity and break. Schreiber will attend Iowa if he doesn't turn pro.
is similar to Schreiber. He's a little taller at 6-foot-1 and 170 pounds, and he has a tick less velocity on his fastball. Koback has good life on his fastball, and he also has a slurve that can become a slider, and a changeup that he can throw for strikes. He hasn't committed to a college, in part because he threw 83-84 mph last summer while battling a hip flexor injury.