Midwest Future Games Recap Part 1: Pitchers show dominance

Team Missouri went an impressive 2-0-1 this past weekend at the Midwest Future Games powered by Under Armour. The second annual event , which featured the best Class of 2014 prospects from six states, drew D1 schools from all over the country. 

Talent from Missouri was all the buzz from the coaches in attendance, with power at the plate and dominate pitching performances over the two day event. Missouri defeated Indiana (12-8), tied Pennsylvania (3-3) and defeated Ohio (10-5). 

On the mound, four pitchers saw their fastballs reach 88-mph or better, led by Storm Rynard, a 6-foot, 172-pound RHP who hit 90 mph numerous times in his three innings of work, complimented by a sharp 77-79-mph slider that was un-hittable. Rynard recently committed to the University of Arkansas. Alex Lange (Lee’s Summit West) justified his No. 1 overall ranking in the Class of 2014 throwing four innings and showing off an electric fastball that topped at 89-mph and a knee buckling 81-mph slider.

RHP Zack Engelken from Blue Valley West (KS) made a name for himself, going three and two-thirds innings with pinpoint control and fastball that topped out at 87-mph. He has a long 6-foot-4, 200-pound frame that is built for the next level.  6-foot-4, 190-pound Brady Feigl (Parkway Central) made a name for himself, with an 86-88-mph fastball and a straight change up that is a legit out pitch. Feigl saw his stock rise in the books of college coaches in attendance, and will see a bump in his ranking.  Cole Dupont (Lafayette) rebounded from a tough performance on Saturday to throw three innings of one hit ball, allowing one earned run, and showing the ability to throw strikes and hit his spots.

Perhaps the biggest surprise on the mound was RHP Brad Archer from Lebanon HS. The 6-foot, 155-pounder saw his stock rise, sitting 86-88-mph, and as his frame continues to fill out, has the tools to be a consistent upper 80’s arm. Archer showed some feel for his breaking ball and change up, producing ground ball after ground ball in four innings of work.

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