Signing Period - Division 1 Recruiting Class Breakdown

Dylan Hefflinger and Aaron Wilson
PBR Michigan Editor in Chief/Scout and Scouting Director

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Signing Period - Division 1 Recruiting Class Breakdown

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The NCAA signing period is slated to start on November 13th. With the start of the signing period upon us, we look to break down each individual Division 1 commitment from in-state prospects, where they are headed and what tools they will bring with them.

* Schools are listed in alphabetical order
** Below we talk in-depth about each in-state prospect
*** Total Commits is reflective of commitments in the PBR Database

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Central Michigan Chippewas

Overview: CMU is looking to build upon a tremendous 2019 season where they won the MAC, advanced to the NCAA Regional and knocked off ACC power Miami. Coach Bischel and staff have added three recruits could make an immediate impact.

  • Total Commits: 11
  • # Top 50 Ranked Players (Michigan): 3
  • # Top 100 Ranked Players (Home State): 10
  • # Nationally Ranked Players: 0
  • Immediate Impact Player: Brendan Lowry
  • Sleeper of the Class: Sandyn Cuthrell
Name State School Class Pos.
Danny Wuestenfeld IL Joliet Catholic 2020 1B
Connor Gill IL Oswego East 2020 RHP
Luke Scoles MI Gull Lake 2020 RHP
Tucker Hundley OH St. Xavier 2020 SS
Ben Vitas IL Providence Catholic 2020 SS
Colton Coca WI Case 2020 3B
Drew Stengren IL Cary-Grove 2020 C
Robby Morgan OH Groveport 2020 C
Sandyn Cuthrell MI Cass City 2020 SS
Jack Feely IL Normal University 2020 RHP
Brendan Lowry MI Livonia Churchill 2020 OF

Brendan Lowry OF / OF / Livonia Churchill, MI / 2020

Report: Lowry is one of the most dynamic prospects in the 2020 class. Strong arm with ball hawking skills in the OF. A left-handed hitter that shows the ability to hit for both average and power. Big time pop off the bat.

Luke Scoles RHP / OF / Gull Lake, MI / 2020

Report: Scoles has good blood lines his brother also pitched in the MAC conference for Toledo. Scoles has an advanced understanding of how to pitch. Simply stated he is a winner.

Sandyn Cuthrell SS / 2B / Cass City, MI / 2020

Report: Smooth fielding middle infielder with athleticism. Gap to gap approach at the plate with long levers. Athletic enough to possibly make a transition to the outfield.

EMU LogoEastern Michigan Eagles

Overview: Eastern is a staff that provides four coaches with pro baseball experience. Over the past few years have been loading up talent and this year’s class lines up with more talented ball players.

  • Total Commits: 6
  • # Top 50 Ranked Players (Michigan): 4
  • # Top 100 Ranked Players (Home State): 6
  • # Nationally Ranked Players: 0
  • Immediate Impact Player: Mark Kattula
  • Sleeper of the Class: Jeremy Fuchs
Name State School Class Pos.
Jeremy Fuchs MI Plymouth 2020 LHP
Mark Kattula MI Stevenson 2020 3B
Cory Taylor IN Shelbyville 2020 SS
Alexander Forry MI Livonia Franklin 2020 RHP
Evan Sines OH Lancaster 2020 2B
Nicholas Chittum MI Grosse Ile 2020 RHP

Nicholas Chittum RHP / Grosse Ile, MI / 2020

Report: Chittum is a low 90’s arm that has a power curve. An aggressive pitcher that challenges hitters. Has gained attention from pro ball clubs the past year and could be a name called in the June draft.

Mark Kattula 3B / 1B / Stevenson, MI / 2020

Report: Kattula is a physically strong prospect that is what you’d call a professional hitter. He swings a powerful bat that will translate at any level. Athletic enough to also play corner OF.

Alexander Forry RHP / OF / Livonia Franklin, MI / 2020

Report: Forry is a 6-foot-3, 220 pound physically imposing pitcher. Has ran his fastball up to 91 mph with sink. Workhorse mentality on the hill.

Jeremy Fuchs LHP / OF / Plymouth, MI / 2020

Report: Fuchs is a long athletic prospect standing 6-foot-3, 160 pounds. Has wiry strength with a loose arm action. Has big time upside, that will allow him to continue to improve each year.

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Michigan Wolverines

Overview: After a remarkable run to the NCAA National Championship finishing runner up the Wolverines look to continue their success. Michigan brings in three of the top four rated prospects in the state.

  • Total Commits: 14
  • # Top 50 Ranked Players (Michigan): 3
  • # Top 100 Ranked Players (Home State): 13
  • # Nationally Ranked Players: 8
  • Immediate Impact Player: Dylan Stanton
  • Sleeper of the Class: Ryan Zimmer
Name State School Class Pos.
Logan Wood MI St Mary's 2020 LHP
Owen Caissie ON Notre Dame 2020 OF
Trevor Kilinski FL Zeeland West 2020 3B
Tre Hondras IL Homewood-Flossmoor 2020 OF
Tyler Wiederstein PA Hempfield Area 2020 RHP
Dylan Stanton MI Gull Lake 2020 SS
Ryan Zimmer MI Saint Clair 2020 RHP
Holden Lazarus NY Ithaca 2020 OF
Connor O'Halloran ON St. Martin 2020 LHP
Chase Allen CO Regis Jesuit 2020 RHP
Patrick Mastrian IN Indianapolis Bishop Chatard 2020 RHP
RJ Moten NJ Delran 2020 OF
Carlos Anziani NY P27 Academy 2020 RHP
Ian Kennedy GA Whitfield Academy 2020 1B

Logan Wood LHP / OF / St Mary's, MI / 2020

Report: Wood has been one of the most dominant pitchers in the state since his freshman campaign. If you need a win there aren’t too many guys you can count on more that Wood. Last year dominated the Catholic League in route to a Division 2 State Title.

Dylan Stanton SS / 3B / Gull Lake, MI / 2020

Report: Stanton is by far one of the most consistent players in the 2020 class. He produces both in the field and at the plate. Has made a big impact since attending the Future Games and leading Team Michigan in hits back in 2017.

Ryan Zimmer RHP / 3B / Saint Clair, MI / 2020

Report: 6-foot-4, 195 pound long lean right hand pitcher shows loose arm actions with a low-90s fastball. High ceiling guy who should only improve. Will garner pro scout attention this spring.

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Michigan State Spartans

Overview: The Spartans are looking to reload after losing several incoming as well as current players from the draft. The land four players in the top 20 for Michigan.

  • Total Commits: 9
  • # Top 50 Ranked Players (Michigan): 4
  • # Top 100 Ranked Players (Home State): 9
  • # Nationally Ranked Players: 0
  • Immediate Impact Player: Dominic Hann
  • Sleeper of the Class: Nick Powers
Name State School Class Pos. Commitment
Nick Smith WI Waunakee 2020 RHP Michigan State
Ernie Day IL Taft 2020 RHP Michigan State
Dominic Hann MI Romeo 2020 RHP Michigan State
Mitch Jebb MI Swan Valley 2020 SS Michigan State
Nick Powers MI Flushing 2020 LHP Michigan State
Brian Ross MI Saginaw Swan Valley 2020 RHP Michigan State
Bryan Broecker IL Notre Dame 2020 C Michigan State
Christian Williams IN Carmel 2020 C Michigan State
Ganin Thompson IA Sioux Falls Washington 2020 RHP Michigan State

Dominic Hann RHP / 3B / Romeo, MI / 2020

Report: Hann is a physically well put together prospect. Had a strong impression at the 2017 Future Games showing poise and command on the hill. Has been up to 89 mph while showing a four pitch mix.

Brian Ross RHP / OF / Saginaw Swan Valley, MI / 2020

Report: 6-foot-8, 211 pound multiple sport athlete plays CF when he’s not on the mound. Long legs has the impression he’s right on top of the hitter when he delivers. Fastball has been up to 88 mph with arm side run. High ceiling.

Mitch Jebb SS / RHP / Swan Valley, MI / 2020

Report: Athletic, fast twitch prospect shows good feel for the game. Shortstop with plus range and an above average throwing arm. Top of the order hitter that uses the entire field.

Nick Powers LHP / OF / Flushing, MI / 2020

Report: Powers is a crafty LHP with deception. Has a four pitch mix. Fastball is in the mid-80s with above average command. Big break on his curve along with a hard breaking slider.

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Oakland University

Overview: Oakland University looks to rebound with another strong recruiting class after a 11-37 season last year. They have a couple All Horizon performers returning and have added four players in the top 50 in their recruiting class.

  • Total Commits: 4
  • # Top 50 Ranked Players (Michigan): 4
  • # Top 100 Ranked Players (Home State): 4
  • # Nationally Ranked Players: 0
  • Immediate Impact Player: Avain Rivera
  • Sleeper of the Class: Reagan Paulina
Name State School Class Pos.
Avain Rivera MI Dow 2020 OF
Liam Pollock MI Bishop Foley Catholic 2020 OF
Carson Collins MI Clio 2020 RHP
Reagan Paulina MI Detroit Catholic Central 2020 SS

Avain Rivera OF / Dow, MI / 2020

Report: Rivera is a power hitting corner outfielder. Has a feel for the barrel with ruthian power. Has the Future Games record for exit velocity posting a 108 mph exit velocity as a sophomore.

Liam Pollock OF / Bishop Foley Catholic, MI / 2020

Report: Pollock is a left-handed hitting outfielder with a high motor. Disciplined approach at the plate and rarely misses his pitch. Runs well enough to play all three outfield spots.

Carson Collins RHP / 2B / Clio, MI / 2020

Report: Collins is a 6-foot-2, 165 pound RHP projectable framed prospect. Has a fast arm with good movement on his pitches. Fastball has been up to 88 mph. Has good deception on the change up and depth on his breaking ball.

Reagan Paulina SS / 2B / Detroit Catholic Central, MI / 2020

Report: Paulina is a high motor smooth fielding middle infielder. Polished technique in the field with a quick release. Left hand hitter that has a line drive approach.

WMU Logo Western Michigan

Overview: Coach Gernon and staff bring in a solid recruiting class with four Michigan guys during the early signing period. Their class addresses all areas of the game. Last season Western placed three guys on the All MAC conference team.

  • Total Commits: 8
  • # Top 50 Ranked Players (Michigan): 1
  • # Top 100 Ranked Players (Home State): 6
  • # Nationally Ranked Players: 0
  • Immediate Impact Player: Luke Thelen
  • Sleeper of the Class: Andrew Van Heck
Name State School Class Pos.
Joseph Shapiro IL Glenbrook South 2020 LHP
Tyler Overaitis MI Plymouth Salem 2020 C
Ryan Watt IN Mishawaka 2020 RHP
Luke Thelen MI Caledonia 2020 RHP
Andrew Van Heck MI Lake Orion 2020 OF
Cade Sullivan IL Metea Valley 2020 3B
Dylan Nevar WI Wisconsin Dells 2020 OF
Brendan Harrity MI Brighton 2020 SS

Luke Thelen RHP / 3B / Caledonia, MI / 2020

Report: Thelen has an ideal pitcher’s frame standing 6-foot-5, 215 pounds. A prospect that continues to get better each time we’ve seen him. Fastball has been up to 87 mph paired with a changeup and curve.

Tyler Overaitis C / SS / Plymouth Salem, MI / 2020

Report: Overaitis is a strong defensive catcher that understands how to control a pitching staff. Solid blocking skills and accurate throwing arm. Three year starting varsity catcher.

Andrew Van Heck OF / 1B / Lake Orion, MI / 2020

Report: Van Heck is a left hand throwing corner outfielder who also plays first base. Has good footwork around the bag and a polished approach in the outfield. At the plate swings from the right side with a level stroke. Line drive hitter.

Brendan Harrity SS / Brighton, MI / 2020

Report: Harrity is an athletic switch hitting middle infielder. Shows 6.8 sixty yard dash speed while posting a 90 mph exit velocity on both sides of the plate. Strong defender up the middle.