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State Champs! top 100 Michigan baseball players for 2019

State Champs! top 100 Michigan baseball players for 2019
BY: MATTHEW B. MOWERY May 13, 11:30pm

As a cold-weather state, Michigan doesn't produce the same levels of baseball draft talent as, say, Florida or California, or other states where kids can play year-round. But it still produces its share, and this year is no different, as there are several Michigan high school players ranked among the nation's best. This list is assembled with an eye on both projectablity and prospect rankings (to both colleges and the pros), as well as production throughout their high school careers on the field. For comparison's sake, each player is listed with their ranking from the two most reputable scouting sites, Perfect Game (PG) and Prep Baseball Report (PBR).

1 LUKE LETO

High school: Portage Central

Position: SS/RHP

Size: 6-foot-2, 190 pounds

Graduation year: 2021

College: Louisiana State

Class rankings: PG 1, PBR 1

Leto isn’t just the top-ranked player in Michigan, he’s the No. 1 shortstop prospect in the 2021 class, and the No. 2 overall player in the nation, according to Perfect Game. A lefty hitter that throws right-handed, and in the low-90s, Leto is a true two-way player with tremendous athleticism. As a freshman, Leto hit .524 with 13 extra-base hits, 13 RBI and 35 runs scored, posting an OPS of .602, slugging .761 and an OPS of 1.364. And it’s not like LSU coach Paul Mainieri has had bad luck with highly decorated players from Michigan (See: D.J. LeMahieu).

2 COLIN CZAJKOWSKI

High school: Brownstown Woodhaven

Position: LHP

Size: 6-foot-4, 195 pounds

Graduation year 2019

Honors: Second-team D1 all-state 2018

College: Michigan

Class rankings: PG 2, PBR 2

The ringleader among the Woodhaven pitching staff that chucked eight consecutive shutouts last season, leading the Warriors to their first state finals. Czajkowski hit .413 (.697 slugging, 1.204 OPS) with 36 RBI, 34 runs scored, and went 6-1 on the mound with a 1.27 ERA. Through seven appearances as a senior — including Monday’s no-hitter against Gibraltar Carlson, in which he struck out 16 and walked two — Czajkowski is 7-0 with an 0.33 ERA, 91 strikeouts in 42 innings pitched, allowing just two earned runs on 14 hits. His ERA currently ranks among the top 15 single-season marks in state history, while his career mark (0.76) is top-six. 

3 DILLON KARK

High school: Orchard Lake St. Mary’s

Position: SS/RHP

Size: 6-foot-1, 195 pounds

Graduation year: 2019

Honors: First-team D2 all-state 2018

College: Michigan State

Class rankings: PG 1, PBR 5

Played through a torn labrum in his throwing shoulder as a junior, but still hit .386 with 14 extra-base hits, 36 RBI, 39 runs and 43 walks. He’s one of the steadying factors for a St. Mary’s team that returned 13 players from its semifinal squad of a year ago, but is still relatively young, with a large contingent of freshmen and sophomores. 

4 CHRISTOPHER MOKMA

High school: Holland Christian

Position: RHP

Size: 6-foot-5, 195 pounds

Graduation year: 2019

Honors: First-team D2 all-state 2018

College: Michigan State

Class rankings: PG 3, PBR 1

The lanky right-hander with a low-90s fastball and a plus offspeed pitch has thrown three perfect games in his high school career, tying the MHSAA record of three shared by Homer’s Dusty Compton and Dan Holcomb and Bath’s Ryan Orr, and breaking a deadlock in his own house with older brother Mike, who had two before also going on to pitch at Michigan State. 

5 AARON DOLNEY

High school: Birmingham Detroit Country Day

Position: C

Size: 6-foot-3, 210 pounds

Graduation year: 2019

Honors: Second-team D2 all-state 2018

College: Nebraska

Class rankings: PG 5, PBR 3

A power hitter with a big frame, and good defensive skills behind the plate, Dolney can also pitch, with a fastball in the upper 80s, a curveball and a cutter. Hit .425 with six home runs, driving in 42 runs, and went 8-1 on the mound with a 1.50 ERA.

6 LOGAN WOOD

High school: Orchard Lake St. Mary’s

Position: LHP

Size: 6-foot-2, 185 pounds

Graduation year: 2020

Honors: MHSBCA Dream Team 2018, first-team D2 all-state 2018

College: Michigan

Class rankings: PG 3, PBR 2

One of the best pitchers in the state, regardless of class or classification, who earned Dream Team honors as a sophomore. Fastball in the upper 80s, coupled with a quality four-pitch mix for strikes makes him a complete pitcher, not just a fireballer. Went 9-2 with a 2.17 ERA, 118 strikeouts in 77 innings.

7 ALEX MOONEY

High school: Orchard Lake St. Mary’s

Position: SS

Size: 6-foot-1, 170 pounds

Graduation year: 2021

College: Duke

Class rankings: PG 2, PBR 2

Ranked in the top 30 nationally in the sophomore class, Mooney is a slick-fielding shortstop who was already the speedy table-setter for the Eaglets at the top of the order (.325, 39 runs, 20 RBI, 22 of 28 in stolen bases as a freshman), but got bigger and stronger between his freshman and sophomore years, adding power to the mix. 

8 TITO FLORES

High school: Birmingham Brother Rice

Position: 3B/OF

Size:  6-foot-2, 190 pounds

Graduation year: 2019

Honors: Second-team D1 all-state 2018

College: Michigan

Class rankings: PG 9, PBR 6

The bridge between the group that helped carry the Warriors to the semifinals last year, and the youngsters that make up much of the Brother Rice roster this season, Flores is one of the leaders who have taken the younger Warriors under his wing. Hit .395 with 40 RBI and 20 extra-base hits last season — including five RBI in the fifth inning of the quarterfinals alone. 

9 ANTHONY MIGLIACCIO

High school: Birmingham Detroit Country Day

Position: C/OF/P

Size: 6-foot-1, 180 pounds

Graduation year: 2021

College: Vanderbilt

Class rankings: PG 3, PBR 5

A switch-hitter who has a lot of positional versatility, hitting in the heart of what’s a relatively stacked batting order for the Yellowjackets. 

10 SANBORN CAMPBELL

High school: Birmingham Detroit Country Day 

Position: OF

Size: 6-foot-0, 184 pounds

Graduation year: 2021

College: Stanford

Class rankings: PG 4, PBR 3

A starter from the time he stepped foot on Country Day’s campus, Campbell  is the leadoff hitter for the Yellowjackets, hitting .420 as a freshman. 

11 WERNER BLAKELY

High school: Detroit Edison

Position: SS

Size: 6-foot-3, 180 pounds

Graduation year: 2020

College: Auburn

Class rankings: PG 11, PBR 1

One of the top position players in the junior class in Michigan, Blakely had the opportunity to play several places across the Midwest, but really wanted to play in the south, making the SEC powerhouse Auburn a perfect fit. 

12 AVERY GOLDENSOPH

High school: Saginaw Swan Valley

Position: RHP

Size: 6-foot-2, 150 pounds

Graduation year: 2021

Honors: First-team D2 all-state 2018

College: Michigan

Class rankings: PG 9, PBR 4

One of the reasons the young Vikings made a run to the title game sooner than anyone expected, going 13-5 with a 1.51 ERA and 79 strikeouts in 60 innings pitched through quarterfinals, then giving up one run on six hits in a complete-game, 3-1 win over DeWitt in the semis. 

13 RYAN ZIMMER

High school: St. Clair

Position: RHP/3B

Size: 6-foot-5, 195 pounds

Graduation year: 2020

College: Michigan

Class rankings: PG 1, PBR 3

The lanky right-hander can hit 90 with his fastball, to go with a five-pitch mix (curveball, change-up, slider, splitter). 

14 LOGAN EVANS

High school: Saline

Position: RHP/3B

Size: 6-foot-5, 205

Graduation year: 2019

College: Penn State

Class rankings: PG 7, PBR 17

A big right-hander who can touch 90 with his fastball, Evans has four other pitches to fall back on (curveball, change-up, slider, knuckleball). After focusing on baseball as a junior, Evans chose to play basketball as a senior, as well, going back to being a three-sport athlete (he also plays QB in football.) Evans was 6-0 with a 1.10 ERA last season.

15 MITCH JEBB

High school: Saginaw Swan Valley

Position: SS

Size: 6-foot-0, 165 pounds

Graduation year: 2020

College: Michigan State

Class rankings: PG 2, PBR 13

Hit a team-high .415 as a sophomore, with 14 extra-base hits, 31 RBI, helping lead the Vikings to the championship game. 

16 NOAH STOUT

High school: Rochester

Position: OF

Size: 5-foot-11, 185 pounds

Graduation year: 2020

College: Clemson

Class rankings: PG 4, PBR 5

17 GAVIN BRASOSKY

High school: Portage Central

Position: LHP

Size: 6-foot-0, 170 pounds

Graduation year: 2021

College: Tennessee

Class rankings: PG 6, PBR 7

18 AIDAN ARBAUGH

High school: Saline

Position: OF

Graduation year: 2021

College: Michigan State

Class rankings: PG 7, PBR 10

19 SAM BASSETT-KENNEDY

High school: Birmingham Detroit Country Day

Position: LHP

Size: 6-foot-5, 160 pounds

Graduation year: 2021

College: Tennessee

Class rankings: PG 8, PBR 6

A lefty pitcher with plenty of upside, throwing in the mid-80s, Bassett-Kennedy also plays first base when he’s not on the mound. 

20 JOHN LOCKER

High school: Birmingham Brother Rice

Position: RHP/OF

Size: 6-foot-0, 195 pounds

Graduation year: 2021

College: Uncommitted

Class rankings: PG 5, PBR 11

A three-pitch pitcher with a fastball in the mid- to high-80s, a curve and a change-up. 

21 BROCK PORTER

High school: Orchard Lake St. Mary’s

Position: RHP/IF/OF

Size: 6-foot-2, 165 pounds

Graduation year: 2022

College: Uncommitted

Class rankings: PG 1, PBR 3

An immediate impact in the rotation, Porter is one of the cornerstones of St. Mary’s much-ballyhooed freshman class, with the potential to be an impact two-way player. 

22 NOLAN SCHUBART

High school: Orchard Lake St. Mary’s

Position: RHP/1B

Size: 6-foot-5, 200 pounds

Graduation year: 2022

College: Michigan 

Class rankings: PG 3, PBR 1

After growing four inches, and putting on 25 pounds over the last year, Schubart has grown into the body of a high-school upperclassman, even if he’s still a 15-year-old. The Durand native has been one of OLSM’s best hitters early in the season, which is a feat in and of itself, considering how talent-packed of a team the Eaglets are, returning 13 players from last year’s semifinal team. Throws in the mid-80s, when pitching.

23 CAMERON WAGONER

High school: Tecumseh

Position: RHP

Size: 6-foot-6, 175 pounds

Graduation year: 2019

Honors: Second-team D2 all-state 2018

College: Eastern Michigan

Class rankings: PG 4, PBR 4

Lanky right-hander has a fastball in the low 90s to go with a curveball, slider and change-up. He went 8-2 as a junior with a 1.07 ERA. 

24 JON CAMPBELL JR.

High school: Birmingham Detroit Country Day

Position: OF

Size: 6-foot-2, 195

Graduation year: 2019

College: Boston College

Class rankings: PG 6, PBR 9

The Boston College-bound Campbell can play all over the field for the Yellowjackets, and is in the top three in the rotation with Dolney and Mason Kolean. 

25 PARKER PILAT

High school: Birmingham Detroit Country Day

Position: SS

Size: 6-foot-4, 200 pounds

Graduation year: 2020

College: Wake Forest

Class rankings: PG 9, PBR 6

Third straight season of starting at shortstop for the stacked Yellowjackets, Pilat was the only freshman selected for the all-state team two years ago. Hit .340 a season ago.

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THE NEXT 50:

26. RYAN MARRA

High school: Novi Detroit Catholic Central

Position: 1B

Size: 6-foot-5, 220 pounds

Graduation year: 2019

College: Brown

Class rankings: PG 33, PBR 41

27. ALEC AZAR

High school: Grosse Pointe Woods University Liggett

Position: RHP

Size: 6-foot-4, 185

Graduation year: 2019

Honors: MHSBCA Dream Team 2018, First-team D1 all-state 2018

College: Uncommitted

Class rankings: PBR 52, PG NR

28. LUKE RUSSO

High school: Howell

Position: RHP/SS

Size: 6-foot-3, 175

Graduation year: 2019

College: Eastern Michigan

Class rankings: PBR 29, PG NR

29. TREVOR KILINSKI

High school: Zeeland West

Position: 3B

Size: 6-foot-1, 195 pounds

Graduation year: 2020

College: Michigan

Class rankings: PG 6, PBR 12

30. DYLAN STANTON

High school: Richland Gull Lake

Position: SS

Size: 6-foot-1, 180 pounds

Graduation year: 2020

College: Michigan

Class rankings: PG 7, PBR 4

31. BRIAN ROSS

High school: Saginaw Swan Valley

Position: RHP

Size: 6-foot-8, 209

Graduation year: 2020

College: Michigan State

Class rankings: PG 8, PBR 9

32. EVAN BRUNNING

High school: Oxford

Position: RHP

Size: 6-foot-5, 230 pounds

Graduation year: 2019

College: Michigan

Class rankings: PG 21, PBR 44

33. DOMINIC HANN

High school: Romeo

Position: RHP

Size: 6-foot-2, 215 pounds

Graduation year: 2020

College: Michigan State

Class rankings: PG 10, PBR 8

34. KEVIN TUTTLE

High school: Riverview Gabriel Richard

Position: SS

Size: 6-foot-0, 175 pounds

Graduation year: 2019

Honors: First-team D3 all-state 2018

College: Central Michigan

Class rankings: PG 32, PBR 69

35. ADAM BERGHORST

High school: Zeeland East

Position: RHP

Size: 6-foot-7, 265 pounds

Graduation year: 2019

College: Michigan State (playing football as well)

Class rankings: PBR 11, PG NR

36. JACK ORLOWSKI

High school: Birmingham Brother Rice

Position: 3B

Size: 5-foot-11, 200 pounds

Graduation year: 2019

College: Michigan State

Class rankings: PG 11, PBR 21

37. NASIR FREDERICK

High school: Wayne Memorial

Position: OF

Size: 5-foot-10, 175 pounds

Graduation year: 2019

College: Coastal Carolina

Class rankings: PG 10, PBR 7

38. TREY NORDMANN

High school: DeWitt

Position: RHP

Size: 6-foot-4, 205 pounds

Graduation year: 2019

College: Evansville

Class rankings: PG 14, PBR 14

39. BILLY KOPICKI

High school: Grosse Pointe Woods University Liggett

Position: SS/3B

Size: 6-foot-1, 180 pounds

Graduation year: 2019

College: Miami (OH)

Class rankings: PG 26, PBR 10

40. TOMMY SZCZEPANSKI

High school: Essexville Garber

Position: RHP

Size: 6-foot-3, 185 pounds

Graduation year: 2022

College: Uncommitted

Class rankings: PG 7, PBR 5

41. CAMERON MALLEGG

High school: Grosse Pointe South

Position: OF

Size: 5-foot-10, 175 pounds

Graduation year: 2020

College: Butler

Class rankings: PG 21, PBR 15

42. GRANT STEPHENSON

High school: Algonac

Position: SS

Size: 6-foot-2, 170 pounds

Graduation year: 2020

College: Xavier

Class rankings: PG 14, PBR 25

43. ROBERT CAVIN

High school: Livonia Stevenson

Position: C

Size: 6-foot-1, 235 pounds

Graduation year: 2019

College: Oakland

Class rankings: PG 8, PBR 20

44. ANDREW JACOBY

High school: Central Montcalm

Position: RHP

Size: 6-foot-4, 205 pounds

Graduation year: 2019

College: Oakland

Class rankings: PG 14, PBR 37

45. EMMANUEL CLARK

High school: Detroit Western International

Position: 1B

Size: 6-foot-0, 195 pounds

Graduation year: 2019

College: Oakland

Class rankings: PG 35, PBR 40

46. IKE IRISH

High school: Hudsonville

Position: C

Size: 6-foot-1, 185 pounds

Graduation year: 2022

College: Uncommitted

Class rankings: PG 2, PBR 6

47. ARIES GARDNER

High school: Detroit U-of-D Jesuit

Position: 1B

Size: 6-foot-4, 220 pounds

Graduation year: 2020

College: South Alabama

Class rankings: PG 12, PBR 21

48. TRENT FARQUHAR

High school: Lakeland

Position: SS

Size: 5-foot-8, 165 pounds

Graduation year: 2019

College: Bowling Green

Class rankings: PG 28, PBR 55

49. DREW ALSOBROOKS

High school: Livonia Churchill

Position: LHP

Graduation year: 2019

College: Central Michigan

Class rankings: PBR 16, PG 38

50. MAX HUNTLEY

High school: Mattawan

Position: SS

Size: 6-foot-1, 175 pounds

Graduation year: 2019

Honors: 

College: Western Michigan

Class rankings: PG 20, PBR 19

51. ZACH BRUNET

High school: Walled Lake Northern

Position: SS

Size: 6-foot-1, 185 pounds

Graduation year: 2019

College: Central Michigan

Class rankings: PG 39, PBR 68

52. AUSTIN BROWN

High school: Madison Heights Madison

Position: SS

Size: 5-foot-10, 150 pounds

Graduation year: 2019

College: Grand Valley State (playing football as well)

Class rankings: PG 31, PBR 25

53. LOGAN BURSICK-HARRINGTON

High school: South Lyon East

Position: SS

Size: 6-foot-2, 155 pounds

Graduation year: 2019

Honors: 

College: Eastern Michigan

Class rankings: PG 37, PBR 100

54. KYLE NOTT

High school: Jenison

Position: C

Size: 6-foot-0, 175 pounds

Graduation year: 2019

Honors: Second-team D1 all-state 2018

College: Central Michigan

Class rankings: PBR 62, PG NR

55. ANTHONY SHARKAS

High school: Plymouth

Position: OF

Size: 6-foot-2, 180 pounds

Graduation year: 2019

College: Eastern Michigan

Class rankings: PG 29, PBR 35

56. JOSH SLAYTON

High school: Lake Orion

Position: OF/LHP

Size: 6-foot-2, 180 pounds

Graduation year: 2019

College: Bowling Green

Class rankings: PG 27, PBR NR

57. CHAD LORKOWSKI

High school: Grosse Pointe North

Position: RHP

Size: 6-foot-5, 215

Graduation year: 2019

Honors: Second-team D1 all-state 2018

College: Uncommitted

Class rankings: PBR 53, PG NR

58. HUNTER MERILLAT

High school: Sanford Meridian

Position: RHP/C

Size: 5-foot-10, 190 pounds

Graduation year: 2019

Honors: First-team D3 all-state 2018

College: Saginaw Valley

Class rankings: PBR NR, PG NR

59. MASON KOLEAN

High school: Birmingham Detroit Country Day

Position: LHP

Size: 6-foot-2, 155 pounds

Graduation year: 2019

College Bowling Green

Class rankings: PBR NR, PG NR

60. JOSHUA SWINEHART

High school: Mattawan

Position: 3B

Size: 6-foot-3, 210 pounds

Graduation year: 2019

Honors: Second-team D1 all-state 2018

College: Kalamazoo Valley CC

Class rankings: PBR 45, PG NR

61. CROSS DELAU

High school: Mt. Pleasant Sacred Heart

Position: LHP/1B

Size: 6-foot-2, 205 pounds

Graduation year: 2019

Honors: Second-team D4 all-state 2018

College: Northwood

Class rankings: PBR 125

62. JOEY JOHNSTON

High school: Croswell-Lexington

Position: 3B

Size: 5-foot-8, 185 pounds

Graduation year: 2019

Honors: Second-team D2 all-state 2018

College: Northwood

Class rankings: PBR 112, PG NR

63. MATT FELT

High school: Shelby

Position: OF

Size: 5-foot-11, 180 pounds

Graduation year: 2019

Honors: First-team D3 all-state 2018

College: Davenport

Class rankings: PBR 60, PG NR

64. AUSTIN STIFFLER

High school: Williamston

Position: C

Size: 6-foot-4, 225 pounds

Graduation year: 2019

Honors: First-team D2 all-state 2018

College: Uncommitted

Class rankings: PBR 219, PG NR

65. WILL ELDRED

High school: Otsego

Position: SS

Size: 5-foot-9, 150 pounds

Graduation year: 2019

Honors: Second-team D2 all-state 2018

College: Uncommitted

Class rankings: PBR 248, PG NR

66. MATT SILKA

High school: Riverview Gabriel Richard

Position: RHP

Size: 5-foot-10, 170 pounds

Graduation year: 2019

Honors: First-team D3 all-state 2018

College: uncommitted

Class rankings: PBR NR, PG NR

67. KEATON PECK

High school: Traverse City St. Francis

Position: SS

Size: 6-foot-1, 165 pounds

Graduation year: 2019

Honors: Second-team D3 all-state 2018

College: Northwood

Class rankings: PBR 121, PG NR

68. AERIK JOE

High school: Birmingham Groves

Position: SS

Size: 5-foot-10, 165 pounds

Graduation year: 2020

College: Air Force

Class rankings: PG 19, PBR 23

69. BRANDON SCHEURER

High school: Portland St. Patrick

Position: SS

Size: 6-foot-1, 170 pounds

Graduation year: 2019

Honors: First-team D4 all-state 2018

College: Saginaw Valley

Class rankings: PBR NR, PG NR

70. NORBERT FERNANDEZ

High school: Plymouth Christian Academy

Position: SS

Size: 6-foot-0, 165 pounds

Graduation year: 2019

Honors: First-team D4 all-state

College: Taylor University

Class rankings: PBR 196, PG NR

71. NATE LOGAN

High school: South Lyon

Position: LHP/OF

Size: 6-foot-2, 190 pounds

Graduation year: 2019

College: Grand Valley

Class rankings: PG NR, PBR 119

72. KYLE RAY

High school: Woodhaven

Position: C

Size: 6-foot-1, 170 pounds

Graduation year: 2019

College: Wayne State

Class rankings: PG NR, PBR 91

73. GRANT BURNS

High school: Lakeland

Position: OF/LHP

Size: 5-foot-11, 150 pounds

Graduation year: 2019

College: Northwood

Class rankings: PG NR, PBR NR

74. CASEY JONES

High school: Carleton Airport

Position: RHP/1B

Size: 6-foot-5, 180 pounds

Graduation year: 2019

College: Northwood

Class rankings: PBR 67, PG NR

75. JACK CHERMSIDE

High school: Rochester Adams

Position: SS/RHP

Size: 5-foot-8, 160 pounds

Graduation year: 2019

College: Furman

Class rankings: PG 36, PBR NR

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ANOTHER 25 TO WATCH 

(In alphabetical order):

Evan Asselin (2019), P/OF, Marshall

Camden Benedict (2019), SS/RHP, Brighton

Jeremy Bouford (2019), RHP, Troy Athens (Wayne State)

Ben Clark (2019), OF/RHP, Dearborn (Northwood)

Matt Crain (2019), LHP, Northville (Northwood)

Jack Crighton (2022), C/3B, Orchard Lake St. Mary’s

Matthew DeFay (2020), RHP/OF, St. Joseph Lake Michigan Catholic

Jake Dresselhouse (2022), 2B, Orchard Lake St. Mary’s

Cameron French (2019), 1B, Portage Northern (Wabash Valley)

Christian Gutierrez (2019), SS, Detroit Western International

Ahmad Haraji (2019), RHP, Dearborn

Nicholas Hartley (2019), C, Utica Eisenhower

Brandon Hunsaker (2022), RHP, Almont

Nathan Jaworski (2019), RHP, Bloomfield Hills

Jeff Landis (2019), 1B, Midland

Liam Pollock (2020), OF, Madison Heights Bishop Foley

Ben Redfield (2019), OF/C, Grand Rapids NorthPointe Christian

Ben Riffe (2019), RHP/C, Troy Athens

Avain Rivera (2020) OF, Midland Dow

Kai St. Germaine (2019), RHP, Plymouth

Colin Seeling (2020), RHP, Utica Eisenhower

Justin Smith (2022), SS, Detroit U of D Jesuit

Braedon Stoakes (2019), OF, Grand Ledge

Lance Witlse (2020), 3B/OF, Saginaw Michigan Lutheran Seminary

David Zubor (2020), OF, Riverview Gabriel Richard