Texas A&M’s Mitchell Kilkenny Sits Atop Northwoods League’s Prospects

Summer College League Top Prospects

Griffin Conine (Photo by Bill Setliff)

Griffin Conine (Photo by Bill Setliff)

Northwoods League Top Prospects
Mitchell Kilkenny, rhp, Madison (So., Texas A&M)
T.J. Friedl, of, St. Cloud (SIGNED: Reds)
Daulton Varsho, c, Eau Claire (Jr., Wisconsin-Milwaukee)
Troy Bacon, rhp, Madison (So., Santa Fe JC, Fla.)
Jake Shepski, of, Mankato (Jr., Notre Dame)
Griffin Conine, of, La Crosse (So., Duke)
Luke Shilling, rhp, Madison (So., Illinois)
Drew Ellis, 3b/of, Rochester (R-So., Louisville)
Nick Raquet, lhp, La Crosse (R-So., William & Mary)
Steele Walker, of, Wisconsin (So., Oklahoma)

Postseason Recap: The Wisconsin Rapids Rafters captured the first Northwoods League title in team history, sweeping their way through the playoffs with a perfect 4-0 record. The Rafters pulled out a nail-biting 5-4 win against Eau Claire in Game One of the NWL finals, winning it on Rob Calabrese's (Illinois-Chicago) walk-off home run. The second game didn't have quite the same drama, as the Rafters pulled out a big lead by scoring six runs in the top of the sixth and went on to win 11-4. Calabrese had three more hits in the clincher while Joe Wainhouse (Washington) had four RBIs.

1. Mitchell Kilkenny, rhp, Madison (So., Texas A&M)

Kilkenny worked out of the bullpen for Texas A&M this spring but impressed when he did get opportunities, posting a 1.67 ERA and 29 strikeouts in 27 innings. He started five games for Madison and showed the best combination of stuff and projectability of any pitcher in the league. Listed at 6-foot-4, 202 pounds, Kilkenny has a lean, athletic frame and his motion is loose and easy. He stays upright throughout, throws from a high three-quarters arm slot and works quickly. Kilkenny works with a four-pitch arsenal and throws them all for strikes—he had just three walks in 32 innings this summer. He works 90-94 mph with his fastball, throws a changeup and curveball in the 77-80 mph range and a cutter from 87-91 mph. The latter pitch might be his best—it has excellent depth and deception, especially when it's thrown down in the zone, and hitters were often helpless against it during the summer.

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