Baseball Prospect Journal

Wisconsin has talented crop of draft prospects

Wisconsin Draft

Wisconsin boasts an intriguing group of prep prospects for June’s MLB draft.

In recent years, Wisconsin has had two first-round picks in Indian Trail High shortstop Gavin Lux, who the Los Angeles Dodgers drafted 20th overall in 2016, and Waukesha West outfielder Jarred Kelenic, who the New York Mets drafted sixth overall in 2018.

Although this year’s class of Wisconsin prep prospects doesn’t boast a first-round talent, there are three players who are considered top-300 prospects in this year’s draft.

Here are the top draft prospects from Wisconsin in this year’s draft class:

AJ Vukovich, 3B/OF, East Troy High

AJ Vukovich

Vukovich, a Mukwonago native, is the top prospect from the state of Wisconsin.

The 6-foot-5, 210-pound right-handed hitter is known for his power due to his long levers, strength and bat speed. He isn’t simply just a power hitter, though. He consistently barrels up pitches and drives the ball to all fields.

Vukovich has grown up playing in the infield, but he believes his long-term position is in the outfield. Last year, he started every game in right field with the U.S. national team.

Vukovich will likely hear his name called in the top-three rounds of the draft. He is a Louisville commit.

Read a detailed in-depth profile on Vukovich here.

George Klassen, RHP, Port Washington High

George Klassen

Klassen uses an overhead windup and throws a four-seam fastball, two-seam fastball, spike curveball and split changeup from a three-quarters arm slot. He consistently sits in the low-90s with his fastballs but likely will increase his velocity as he matures physically.

He mostly relies on his fastball-curveball combination and occasionally mixes in his changeup.

Klassen has always had a long, lean and projectable frame, but over the last four years, he has developed the intangibles required to play at the next level.

Klassen is a Minnesota commit. In a typical year, Klassen would be considered a likely top-10-round pick. But with the draft only being five rounds, Klassen might not hear his name called in June.

Read a detailed in-depth profile on Klassen here.

Tyler Chadwick, RHP, Marshall High

Tyler Chadwick

Chadwick has impressive raw tools that give him plenty of potential moving forward. He has a four-pitch mix, featuring a four-seam fastball, two-seamer, slider and changeup.

He throws with little effort from a high three-quarters arm slot and is known for his fastball that reaches 96 mph.

Chadwick has the size and big-time fastball scouts seek in a prep pitcher. He also has flashed solid potential with his three off-speed pitches.

Chadwick is a West Virginia commit. In a typical year, Chadwick would be considered a likely top-10-round pick. But with the draft only being five rounds, Chadwick might not hear his name called in June.

Read a detailed in-depth profile on Chadwick here.

Read more stories on top 2020 MLB draft prospects here.

Dan Zielinski III has covered the MLB draft for five years. He’s interviewed 191 of the top draft prospects in that period, including three No. 1 overall picks. Multiple publications, including Baseball America, USA Today and The Arizona Republic, have quoted his work, while he’s appeared on radio stations as a “MLB draft expert.” Follow him on Twitter @DanZielinski3.

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