State Report: Wisconsin

Another down year in the Badger State

See also: Baseball America's Complete 2010 Draft Map

***** One for the books
**** Banner year
*** Solid, not spectacular
** Not up to par
* Nothing to see here
Wisconsin usually produces one early-round pick in each draft, but for the second time in three years the Badger State is devoid of talent. Adam Frost (21st round) was the state's top choice in 2008, and Grafton High righthander Conor Fisk, the best prospect this year, figures to go in about the same area of the draft.




1. Conor Fisk, rhp, Grafton HS
2. Ben Versnik, rhp, Wisconsin-Whitewater
3. Tyler Jones, rhp, Madison JC
4. Jeff Donovan, 1b, Wisconsin-Whitewater
5. Jason Hooper, rhp, Wisconsin-Whitewater
6. Doug Dekoning, of, Wisconsin-Milwaukee
7. Michael Handel, ss, Sun Prairie HS


Top Prospect Needs More Time

The state's top prospect, righthander Conor Fisk, needs polish before he'll be ready for pro ball. He has touched 92 mph in some indoor showcases, but usually works at 88-90 mph with his fastball and sometimes struggles to throw strikes. He'll flash an interesting slider but it too needs more consistency, and he also needs to firm up his 6-foot-1, 200-pound frame. He'll be draft-eligible again next year if he attends Wabash Valley (Ill.) CC as planned.

Ben Versnik is the hardest thrower in Wisconsin, capable of reaching 94 mph as a reliever. The 6-foot-3, 240-pound righthander also has heavy sink on his fastball, which usually sits at 88-92. His curveball has improved to the point that it's serviceable, and he has made a full recovery from labrum surgery in high school. He's a draft-eligible sophomore.

Righthander Tyler Jones was the ace of the Madison JC team that advanced to the Division II Junior College World Series for the first time since 2005. He has a good body (6-foot-4, 205 pounds) and curveball, and he'll show a 90 mph fastball in the early innings. His velocity drops off quickly, so he'll either have to get stronger or move to the bullpen in pro ball.

Jeff Donovan quarterbacked Wisconsin-Whitewater to the 2009 NCAA Division III football championship, throwing for 323 yards and two touchdowns in the title game. Academically ineligible for baseball a year ago, he returned this spring as a two-way player for the Warhawks. While he went 4-1, 3.79 this season as a righthander, if he has a future in pro ball it will be as a lefthanded power hitter. He packs a lot of strength in his 6-foot-5, 210-pound frame, but he struggles to make adjustments and is a below-average defender at first base and right field.