Puma Classic: JUCO Event Preview

By Matt Huck
Midwest Area Scout/ JUCO Wire Editor

The Best of the Midwest JUCO Showcase is a long standing event that was held each year at Division II St. Joseph’s College in Rensselaer, Indiana. With the unfortunate closing of the school the event will continue on as the Puma Classic. The Puma Classic will take place Sept. 15-16 at Grand Park in Westfield, IN. The event will coincide with the Inaugural PBR Fall Championship. A preview for that event can be found HERE.

The Puma Classic twitter account has been tweeting out pitching rotations as they receive them, which can be found HERE.

Friday Teams

Cuyahoga (OH)
Ellsworth (IA)
Frontier (IL)
Heartland (IL)
Jefferson (MO)
Kaskaskia (IL)
Kellogg (MI)
McHenry (IL)
Parkland (IL)
Sinclair (OH)
South Suburban (IL)
Triton (IL)

Saturday Teams

Danville (IL)
Elgin (IL)
John A. Logan (IL)
Illinois Central (IL)
Kankakee (IL)
Kirkwood (IA)
Lincoln Land (IL)
Lincoln Trail (IL)
Olney (IL)
Rend Lake (IL)
Vincennes (IN)
Wabash Valley (IL)

Players to Watch

  • RHP Brenden Heiss (John A. Logan) transferred to the Volunteers this year from Arkansas. So far this fall, Heiss has showed electric stuff reaching the mid 90s with his fastball and showing plus potential with his slider. He was a 31st round selection by the Chicago Cubs out of high school in 2016. Heiss will throw the first two innings for Logan against Illinois Central at 1 PM on Saturday.

  • SS Korry Howell (Kirkwood) enjoyed a breakout season as a freshman at Kirkwood CC in Iowa last season. He hit .394 with 6 home runs, 33 RBIs, 68 runs scored, and 43 stolen bases. Howell was drafted in the 19th round of the 2017 MLB Draft by the Kansas City Royals.

  • RHP Garrett Acton (Parkland) had a breakout senior season at Lemont High School in Illinois working in the upper 80s and touching low 90s with his fastball. After spending his freshman year at St. Louis University he has transferred to Parkland JC. Acton was drafted in the 35th round by the Chicago White Sox out of high school. Acton is scheduled to throw the at end of the their game on Friday against Kaskaskia starting at 4 PM.

  • OF Brandon Henson (Sinclair) has plus speed and in his freshman season hit .361 with 11 home runs, 47 RBIs, and 60 runs scored. Henson was ranked No. 66 in the PBR Ohio Class of 2016, he was a raw athletic outfielder with a strong tool set and has started to put it together at Sinclair.

  • OF Jordan Brewer (Lincoln Trail) was the No. 28 ranked prospect in the PBR Michigan Class of 2016. The 6-foot-1, 185-pound outfielder was a 6.5 runner and threw 88 mph from the outfield in high school. At Lincoln Trail as a freshman he hit .368 with 9 home runs, 42 RBIs, and 45 runs scored.

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