Northwoods Dreams Showcase Wrap: HittersSummer Baseball
With several previous posts dedicated to prospect summaries (June 26 July 6 July 16 July 25 All-Star Hitters All-Star Pitchers ) from our extensive coverage of the Northwoods League this summer, we decided to turn our attention to the top tools and other measurables at the Major League Dreams Showcase on August 7 in Madison, WI.
The best players and top prospects combine tools, skills and makeup. Our rankings below are not necessarily a top prospect list. However, they do summarize what we evaluated as top tools during yesterday’s showcase. The Northwoods Showcase is a great event for a number of reasons. One of them is the super efficient pre-game workout given to all of the position players. It’s a great opportunity to see batting practice, infield/outfield and catcher POP times in order to judge the raw tools of each player before the actual games begin.
How quick does the ball jump off the bat? How well does it carry? Who hit the ball the farthest and the hardest? Who hit it the farthest and the hardest to all fields? These are just a few of the questions scouts ask themselves when watching batting practice and judging raw power. It was very close at the top, but we ultimately gave the edge at No. 1 to the guy with the hardest contact to all fields, just not the biggest power to his pull side. All players listed below were judged to have at least average ML raw power. (Zach Daniels below)