Iowa Scouting Reports

***** One for the books
**** Banner year
*** Solid, not spectacular
** Not up to par
* Nothing to see here

no premium talent like Joel Hanrahan, Matt Macri, Jeff Clement or
Jeremy Hellickson in Iowa this year. The high school ranks don’t offer
much talent and the four-year colleges have even less. Most of the
state’s best prospects are at Indian Hills Community College and were
under control to big league clubs, with a May 30 deadline to sign or go
back into the draft.

1. Ray Kruml, of, Indian Hills CC (CONTROL: Diamondbacks)
2. Brock Kjeldgaard, rhp, Indian Hills CC (CONTROL: Brewers)
3. Nick Nordgren, of, Indian Hills CC (CONTROL: Blue Jays)
4. Zach Von Tersch, rhp, Cedar Falls HS
5. Aaron Jarosh, of, Ankeny HS
6. Digger Towe, c/1b, Indian Hills CC (CONTROL: Padres)
7. Kalvin Johnson, 1b, Iowa Western CC
8. Jeremy Weih, c, Wilton HS
9. Zach Jevne, rhp, Northern Iowa
10. Tim Gudex, lhp, Iowa (SIGNED: Dodgers)

Indian Hills Leads Iowa Talent Parade

Hills, which went 48-13 but lost in the junior college regional
playoffs, has three draft-and-follows who rank as the best Iowa has to
offer in 2006. Outfielder Ray Kruml
ranked among the national juco leaders with a .461 average and 35
steals in 37 attempts. Speed is his best tool, and he’s a spray hitter
who has improved his approach, power and center-field defense. The
Diamondbacks drafted him in the 35th round in 2005.

Canadian righthander Brock Kjeldgaard
is a projectable 6-foot-5, 205 pounds and throws an 85-88 mph fastball
that touches 90. His command and secondary pitches need work. A
34th-round pick of the Brewers a year ago, he’ll attend Nevada if he
doesn’t turn pro. Outfielder Nick Nordgren,
a 49th-round choice of the Blue Jays in 2005, is an athletic
switch-hitter who could use another year of junior college to fill out
his 6-foot-3, 170-pound frame and to tighten his swing.

The state’s top high school players may not even get drafted. Righthander Zach Von Tersch
is strongly committed to Georgia Tech. Scouts love his 6-foot-6,
200-pound frame and the way his arm works. He should throw hard once he
fills out, but he currently works at 85-86. He also has a decent
curveball. Outfielder Aaron Jarosh
didn’t play in Perfect Game’s spring league, choosing instead to focus
on track. Jarosh won Iowa’s Class 4-A long-jump title in 2005 and
finished second in 2006 despite a hamstring injury. He also was an
all-state defensive back and drew football interest from the University
of Iowa. Committed to Nebraska, he’s a raw athlete whose speed stands
out the most at this point. Both Von Tersch and Jarosh could be
early-round picks in 2009.

Righthander Zach Jevne
is the class of the state’s college prospects, but he figures to go
after the first 10 rounds. Though he’s 6-foot-7 and 235 pounds, he’s
more of a finesse pitcher who gets outs with his changeup and pitches
at 86-89 mph with his fastball. A senior, he’ll need to tighten up his
slurve to succeed as a pro.

Lefthander Tim Gudex
stands just 6 feet tall and throws 81-85 mph. Yet in 2005 he became the
first pitcher ever to lead the Big 10 Conference in wins (seven), saves
(six) and ERA (1.11) in league play. He followed up with a 1.15 ERA and
a Big 10-best 10 saves this spring. A former walk-on, Gudex thrives on
his changeup and can keep hitters off balance with his overhand
curveball. The Cubs signed him before the draft as a fifth-year senior.