Early Signing Period - Division 2 Recruiting Class Breakdown

Aaron Wilson and PBR Michigan Staff
PBR Michigan Director of Scouting

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Michigan Insider: Early Signing Period - Division 2 Recruiting Class Breakdown
*In Alphabetical Order

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The NCAA early signing period starts November 14th. With the start of the fall signing period upon us, we look to break down each individual Division 2 commitment from in-state prospects, where they are headed and what tools they will bring with them.

***** Below we talk in-depth about each in-state prospect

Grand Valley State University

Overview: Coach Detillion and staff are looking to improve on last year's season. Two early commits players with one coming from Michigan. Nate Logan from South Lyon is the lone Michigander to sign early at GVSU. A left hand hitting OF has raw power at the plate with a pull approach. Shows some lift in his swing that should play at the next level.

Name State School Class Pos. Commitment
Tony Fleischauer IL Joliet Catholic 2019 2B Grand Valley State
Nate Logan MI South Lyon 2019 OF Grand Valley State
  • Total Commits: 2
  • # Top 200 Ranked Players: 1
  • Immediate Impact Player: Nate Logan 
  • Sleeper of the Class: Nate Logan

Hillsdale Chargers

Overview: Coach Theisen looks to build on the success he's had at Hillsdale the past few years. Last season advancing to the NCAA Regionals. The chargers have signed four guys in the early signing period. 

Joe Hardenbergh, is a physically strong prospect with a bag of tools. He possesses a good throwing arm, speed, and power at the plate. He can step on campus day one and battle for a starting job. Chad Stevens, brings a competitive fire on the mound that adds to his obvious talent. Fastball has been mid 80’s with a sweeping curve. He’s a player that can potentially join the rotation as a freshman. Nick Stepke, is a game ready player today, he features a polished skill set. Versatile defender that is able to play multiple positions. Logan Simon, is a strike thrower with a solid three pitch mix. Continues to get better each time you see him. Expect to see a jump in velocity when he enters the college lifting program. High ceiling.

Name State School Class Pos. Commitment
Joe Hardenbergh MI Catholic Central 2019 OF Hillsdale College
Logan Simon MI Dewitt 2019 LHP Hillsdale College
Nick Stepke MI Rochester 2019 SS Hillsdale College
Chad Stevens MI Westland John Glenn 2019 RHP Hillsdale College
  • Total Commits: 4  
  • # Top 200 Ranked Players: 4  
  • Immediate Impact Player: Chad Stevens
  • Sleeper of the Class: Logan Simon


Northwood Timberwolves

Overview:  Coach Jake Sabol returns back to Northwood this time as the Head Coach. He looks to bring the success he had at Alma College over to Northwood. Sabol wasted no time getting guys to commit in the early signing period bringing in the largest class of any Michigan GLIAC school. 

LHP Matt Crain, has a long projectable frame and has improved his velocity over the years, look for him to continue developing and fighting for innings in year one. Cross DeLau is a utility player that can play infield, outfield and pitch also from the left side. Gap to gap hitter with some power. Joey Johnston is a gamer that plays the game the right way. A polished ball player who will be game ready day one. Tyler King is another LHP that will add depth to the pitching staff, also very projectable standing 6-foot-4, 190 pounds. Owen Malinowski is a mid 80's arm that continues to get better each time we see him. There is no reason to believe he has peaked, expect him to see significant innings as as freshman. Keaton Peck is a two way prospect who plays up the middle and pounds the zone on the mound. Could possibly stay a two way at the next level. 

Name State School Class Pos. Commitment
Matt Crain MI Northville 2019 LHP Northwood
Garrett Davis OH Lancaster 2019 RHP Northwood
Cross DeLau MI Sacred Heart 2019 LHP Northwood
Joey Johnston MI Croswell-Lexington 2019 3B Northwood
Tyler King MI Saginaw Heritage 2019 LHP Northwood
Owen Malinowski MI Rochester 2019 RHP Northwood
Keaton Peck MI Traverse city St. Francis 2019 SS Northwood
Ben Siekierski WI Mukwonago 2019 1B Northwood
  • Total Commits: 8  
  • # Top 200 Ranked Players: 5 
  • Immediate Impact Player: Owen Malinowski
  • Sleeper of the Class:  Matt Crain

Saginaw Valley State Cardinals

Overview: The 2019 season will mark the beginning of the Steve Jaska era. Coach Jaska brings a winning division one pedigree to SVSU, as he looks to revamp and build the program. During the early signing period the coaching staff has brought in three guys with one Michigander. 

Logan Welch is a long projectable prospect that has an opportunity to stay as a two way at SVSU. At the plate he is a gap to gap guy who swings on a level plane using a long finish. Sprays the ball around the diamond. In the field moves well free and easy, showing soft hands. Also able to throw strikes off the mound with a three pitch mix. 

Name State School Class Pos. Commitment
Andrew Biertzer WI West Bend West 2019 LHP Saginaw Valley State
Braden Norris TX Sweeny 2019 SS Saginaw Valley State
Logan Welch MI Fenton High School 2019 SS Saginaw Valley State
  • Total Commits: 3  
  • # Top 200 Ranked Players: 1  
  • Immediate Impact Player: Logan Welch 
  • Sleeper of the Class: Logan Welch

Wayne State University

Overview: Coach Ryan Kelley, and Aaron Hepner are return in 2019 looking to capture a GLIAC title. This year with a brand new ball park as the Ernie Harwell project was recently completed giving them one of the top stadiums in the state. The Warriors bring in one player during the early signing period. 

Kaedan Stively a LHP from Romeo HS is a strike thrower that will continue to develop as well as add velocity at the next level. Wayne St has been a known for it's pitching staffs over the years. Stively should fit right in. 

Name State School Class Pos. Commitment
Kaden Stively
MI Romeo 2019 LHP Wayne State