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Perfect Game Releases Top 50 NWL Prospects

Perfect Game, baseball’s largest and most comprehensive scouting service, unveiled their top prospects from various summer collegiate leagues.  The PG evaluations came from personal observation, contact with scouts and input from league managers.  The Northwoods League was in the top tier with 50 prospects evaluated.   Madison’s Kyle Gaedele (Valparaiso) topped the list after a great 2010 season with the Mallards. 

Outfielder Kyle Gaedele he had a very productive season while being named to the 1st Half All-Star team and the Postseason All-Star team.  The 6’3’’righty showed his versatility while he hit for average, power and showed great speed.  He finished 3rd in the NWL in homeruns (9), 5th in stolen bases (26) and in the top-15 in batting average (.315), slugging percentage (.498), and RBI (38). 

NWL MVP Steve Nyisztor (Rutgers) of the St. Cloud River Bats was 2nd on the Perfect Game list.  The Toms River, NJ native had an outstanding 2010 in the NWL as he hit .306 with eight homeruns, 14 doubles and 18 steals.  Nyisztor was joined by Sam Selman (Vanderbilt) of the Mankato MoonDogs and NWL teammates Cody Asche (Nebraska) and Zeke DeVoss (Miami) of the Duluth Huskies in the top five. 

Four pitchers and Jordan Smith (St. Cloud State) of the Willmar Stingers rounded out the top ten.  Ray Black (Pittsburgh) of Brainerd, NWL Pitcher of the Year Jason Wheeler (Loyola Marymount) of St. Cloud, Brad Schreiber (Purdue) of Green Bay, Jordan Smith and Madison Boer (Oregon) of La Crosse were PG’s six thru ten on the list. 

Other notable NWL players from the 2010 season on the top 50 were All-Stars Harold Riggins (NC State-11), Scott Schebler (DMACC-12), Jordan Steranka (Penn State-18), Marcus Semien (California-33), Chris O’Dowd (Dartmouth-37) and Isaac Ballou (Marshall-40)

The Northwoods League has more teams, plays more games, and draws more fans than any Summer Collegiate Baseball League in North America. 

TOP 50 PROSPECTS      
RANK PLAYER POS TEAM B-T HT WT 2011 SCHOOL CLASS LAST DRAFTED
1 Kyle Gaedele OF Madison Mallards R-R 6-3 225 Valparaiso JR Rays ’08 (32)
2 Steve Nyisztor SS St. Cloud River Bats R-R 6-4 200 Rutgers SO Never drafted
3 Sam Selman LHP Mankato Moondogs R-L 6-3 175 Vanderbilt SO Angels ’09 (14)
4 Cody Asche 3B  Duluth Huskies L-R 6-1 190 Nebraska JR Never drafted
5 Zeke DeVoss OF Duluth Huskies B-R 5-10 175 Miami SO Red Sox ’09 (38)
6 Ray Black RHP Brainerd Lakes Area Lunkers R-R 6-4 220 Pittsburgh SO Never drafted
7 Jason Wheeler LHP St. Cloud River Bats L-L 6-6 260 Loyola Marymount JR Never drafted
8 Brad Schreiber RHP Green Bay Bullfrogs R-R 6-3 225 Purdue SO Brewers ’09 (42)
9 Jordan Smith OF Willmar Stingers L-R 6-4 205 St. Cloud State (Minn.) SO Never drafted
10 Madison Boer RHP La Crosse Loggers R-R 6-4 215 Oregon JR Never drafted
11 Harold Riggins 1B/OF Madison Mallards R-R 6-3 230 North Carolina State JR White Sox ’08 (35)
12 Scott Schebler OF Green Bay Bullfrogs L-R 6-1 205 SIGNED/Dodgers SO Dodgers ’10 (26)
13 DeMarcus Tidwell OF Eau Claire Express L-L 6-2 175 *Southern Poly (Ga.) JR Indians ’10 (28)
14 Sean Dwyer OF/1B Willmar Stingers B-L 6-1 190 Florida Gulf Coast FR Padres ’10 (15)
15 Reed Gragnani 2B Madison Mallards B-R 5-11 180 Virginia SO Red Sox ’09 (27)
16 Sander Beck RHP Alexandria Beetles R-R 6-3 215 Maryland JR Never drafted
17 Mark Threlkeld 3B  Duluth Huskies R-R 6-3 205 Louisiana Tech JR Never drafted
18 Jordan Steranka 3B Mankato Moondogs L-R 6-2 205 Penn State JR Never drafted
19 Mike Strong LHP Rochester Honkers L-L 6-1 185 Oklahoma State SR Athletics ’10 (22)
20 Chris Jensen RHP Duluth Huskies R-R 6-3 200 San Diego JR Never drafted
21 Brad Zapenas SS Green Bay Bullfrogs R-R 6-2 185 Boston College JR Never drafted
22 Josef Terry 2B Rochester Honkers L-R 6-0 200 *Cal State Fullerton JR White Sox ’10 (8)
23 Tyler Jones RHP Madison Mallards R-R 6-4 205 *Louisiana State JR Never drafted
24 Jamie Bruno 1B Wisconsin Woodchucks L-L 6-2 220 *Louisiana State JR Mets ’08 (15)
25 Chadd Krist C Brainerd Lakes Area Lunkers R-R 5-11 195 California JR Never drafted
26 J.R. Graham RHP/OF Madison Mallards R-R 6-1 185 Santa Clara JR Athletics ’08 (46)
27 Nick Anderson RHP Brainerd Lakes Area Lunkers R-R 6-4 185 St. Cloud State (Minn.) JR Never drafted
28 Troy Scott 1B Green Bay Bullfrogs L-R 6-5 205 Washington SR Twins ’10 (48)
29 Brandon King OF Wisconsin Woodchucks L-L 6-0 190 *Oral Roberts JR Orioles ’10 (16)
30 Lucas LeBlanc OF Madison Mallards R-R 6-1 200 SIGNED/Red Sox JR Red Sox ’10 (11)
31 Dan Langfield LHP La Crosse Loggers R-R 6-1 228 Memphis SO Never drafted
32 Adam Davis C/OF Madison Mallards R-R 6-0 205 Illinois JR Never drafted
33 Marcus Semien SS Alexandria Beetles R-R 6-0 180 California JR White Sox ’08 (34)
34 Alex Blackford RHP Mankato Moondogs R-R 5-11 185 Arizona State SO Never drafted
35 Andrew Aplin OF St. Cloud River Bats L-L 5-11 185 Arizona State SO Yankees ’09 (33)
36 Ryan Rieger OF Waterloo Bucks L-L 6-1 195 *JC of the Sequoias (Calif.) SO Never drafted
37 Chris O’Dowd C La Crosse Loggers B-R 5-11 185 Dartmouth SO Never drafted
38 Josh Parr SS Madison Mallards R-R 6-0 170 Illinois JR Never drafted
39 Matt Flemer RHP La Crosse Loggers R-R 6-2 205 California JR Never drafted
40 Isaac Ballou OF Willmar Stingers B-R 6-2 178 Marshall SO Never drafted
41 Dietrich Enns LHP Eau Claire Express L-L 6-1 185 Central Michigan SO Never drafted
42 Sean Deegan OF Battle Creek Bombers L-R 6-1 200 Penn State JR Never drafted
43 David Hurlbut LHP Rochester Honkers L-L 6-4 204 Cal State Fullerton JR Twins ’09 (35)
44 Ben Hughes RHP Duluth Huskies L-R 6-5 210 St. Olaf (Minn.) JR Never drafted
45 Brad Goldberg RHP Eau Claire Express R-R 6-4 225 Coastal Carolina JR Never drafted
46 Frazier Hall 1B La Crosse Loggers L-R 6-3 215 Southern SR Never drafted
47 Jake Tanis 3B Alexandria Beetles R-R 6-2 195 Mercer JR Never drafted
48 Corey Chaffins RHP Battle Creek Bombers R-R 6-3 205 Eastern Michigan SR Never drafted
49 Pat Biondi OF Alexandria Beetles L-R 5-9 165 Michigan SO Tigers ’09 (35)
50 Mike Marjama 3B La Crosse Loggers R-R 6-2 205 *Long Beach State JR Never drafted
         
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