• You do not need to register if you are not going to pay the yearly fee to post. If you register please click here or log in go to "settings" then "my account" then "User Upgrades" and you can renew.

2014 Recruiting Class

ShortSideOption

All American
10 Year Member
2014 Nebraska Baseball Recruiting Class

- Luis Alvarado / P/SS/OF / Salinas, PR
6'5" 185
https://www.perfectgame.org/players/playerprofile.aspx?ID=343474

- Sean Dageforde / INF/RHP / Louisville, KY
6'3 190
http://www.maxpreps.com/athlete/sean-dageforde/vTPzmPToEeKZ5AAmVebBJg/gendersport/baseball-stats.htm
http://www.seandagefordebaseball.com/

- Eli Dilday / Third base / St. Charles, Missouri #270 Ranked Player in the Country
6'1 195
Junior Stats - .432 8 HRs 44 RBIs (left handed bat)
http://www.perfectgame.org/Players/Playerprofile.aspx?ID=349491

- Reece Eddins / RHP / Blue Springs, Missouri top500 Ranked Player in the Country
6'5 195
http://www.perfectgame.org/Players/Playerprofile.aspx?ID=358587

- Zack Engelken / RHP / Overland Park, Kansas top300 Ranked Player in the Country/90MPH Fastball
6'4 200
http://www.perfectgame.org/Players/Playerprofile.aspx?ID=356165

- Monte Harrison / Outfield / Lee's Summit, Missouri #41 Ranked Player in the Country
http://www.perfectgame.org/Players/Playerprofile.aspx?ID=335801

- Byron Hood / RHP / Firth, Nebraska top350 Ranked Player in the Country/91 MPH Fastball
6'1 170
Junior Stats - 6-0 .97 ERA 62 SOs
http://www.perfectgame.org/Players/Playerprofile.aspx?ID=304819

- Garett King / RHP / Anaheim, California Top300 Pitcher in the Country
6'3 180
(Played for Orange Country Lutheran HS which was the #1 ranked high school program in the nation in 2012)
Career Stats - 10-4 .56 ERA
http://www.perfectgame.org/Players/Playerprofile.aspx?ID=309400

- Jake McSteen / LHP / Great Falls, Virginia top1,000 Overall Recruit in the Country/85 MPH Fastball
6'0 190
http://www.perfectgame.org/Players/Playerprofile.aspx?ID=277137

- Jake Meyers / LHP or OF / Omaha, Nebraska 81 MPH Fastball
5'10 165
Junior Stats .442 2 HRs 4-0 .83 ERA 48 SOs
(Father is 1986 first team all-American Paul Meyers from Nebraska)
http://www.perfectgame.org/Players/Playerprofile.aspx?ID=354964

- Jakson Reetz / C or RHP or OF / Hickman, Nebraska 91 MPH Fastball / #28 Ranked Player in the Nation / #2 Catcher in Country
6'1 195
Junior Stats - .444 49 RBIs
http://www.perfectgame.org/Players/Playerprofile.aspx?ID=292615

- Scott Schreiber / Infield-RHP / Menasha, Wisconsin 91 MPH Fastball / #61 Ranked Player in the Nation
6'3 215
Junior Stats - 10-0 .86 ERA 57 SOs .531 6 HRs
http://www.perfectgame.org/Players/Playerprofile.aspx?ID=366535

- Mitch Steinhoff / LHP / Crete, Nebraska
 
Last edited:

Armchair

Scout Team
10 Year Member
Some cannons on the roster now. I am impressed with what Erstad is doing here. He's never going to concede that because the Huskers play in the North, that we will not compete southern teams. I love his fire and ethic.
 

ShortSideOption

All American
10 Year Member
Some cannons on the roster now. I am impressed with what Erstad is doing here. He's never going to concede that because the Huskers play in the North, that we will not compete southern teams. I love his fire and ethic.
He is doing it right, going up into Minnesota and Wisconsin and plucking the best kids out of those areas, as the best program in those two states is UW-Milwaukee I believe. Pitches to them to come south where it's warmer and better team/facilities. Keeps the best in-state talent. Then goes and gets his kids from Kansas City and Iowa. They can't announce Monte Harrison in this until he signs for football FYI...
 

BasilLongfellow

HMax's Royal Member
5 Year Member
- Jakson Reetz / C or RHP or OF / Hickman, Nebraska 91 MPH Fastball / #28 Ranked Player in the Nation / #2 Catcher in Country
6'1 195
Junior Stats - .444 49 RBIs
http://www.perfectgame.org/Players/Playerprofile.aspx?ID=292615

Just watched his skill videos. 84 across the diamond and 1.94 pop time won't get him drafted anywhere near a signing bonus would tempt him. Don't see him as a catcher in the pros. His arm action loops from behind the plate rather than going straight to the ear and out. He also stands up in his release rather than staying low through the throw. His footwork is good, but he cheats: see the staggered stance? Sometimes that is done to make up for tight hips and arm strength. Not surprising at 84 across the diamond; staggering your feet and picking up an inch or too as you replace your left foot with your right foot can make a big difference in pop time. He's doing both those things and is still 1.94. I'd like him to be closer to 1.8 to 1.9 flat without the cheats to consider a pro prospect as a catcher.

On the bright side, his stance is fantastic. Looks to receive well. Nice and relaxed. Looks athletic and smooth. Passes the eye test. Fills out his uniform. Looks like he has room to grow and maybe add some MPH. Looks like he'd be able to pick up other positions really easy. Filling in ex-catchers around the infield is always a positive; you can count on them always being in the right spot on cuts and back picks.

His pitching looks ok. Really raw. His power point is too horizontal. I'd like to see it a little more compact and centric, i.e. all movement going towards his core. You can see his knee pointing up and out; I'd want the knee to not go as high and end up more closed and pointed into his core. His shoulders look a little tight, most likely a result of the leg kick and his body working not to lean over backwards. The tight shoulders are going to limit his flexibility and arm action. His weight stays back nicely, which is a challenge. I think he could get more out of his legs.

He looks above average on his hitting. A little inconsistent on his swing. Pulls off the low ball. He has strong wrists and quick hands, which is the key. Stays short, good balance. I expect that he'll be able to cut the ball (get down through the ball and lift it at the top of its trajectory) as he gets older and his swing becomes more consistent. No homeruns at Norris is concerning.

Overall, a nice prospect. I like the kid as a player, could fit into a lot of places. I don't think he is a risk to be lost in the draft. I don't see a team paying mid six figures in a signing bonus. He's got a strong arm and good speed. I see him translating to the outfield at higher levels. His videos don't show his other pitches or his command, but I could see him pitching, too. At 6'1" 195, I could see him getting to 93-95 consistent without a problem, provided he adds strength, flexibility and tightens up his mechanics.
 

BasilLongfellow

HMax's Royal Member
5 Year Member
- Reece Eddins / RHP / Blue Springs, Missouri top500 Ranked Player in the Country
6'5 195
http://www.perfectgame.org/Players/Playerprofile.aspx?ID=358587
Man this kid is smooth. He provides a good comparison with Reetz's mechanical flaws. Look at the balance point and how compact Eddins is. His wind up is controlled and compact; no herky jerky movements. He gets real long as he breaks his balance point. He's a little over the top for 88 mph, but if he's effective, don't mess with it. He's on his heels a little bit and his weight cheats forward a little early, he could benefit from staying back longer. He's a legit D1 pitching prospect. Not enough film to know if he is Friday night quality.
 

BasilLongfellow

HMax's Royal Member
5 Year Member

BasilLongfellow

HMax's Royal Member
5 Year Member
+1.......I enjoyed the analysis as well. Certainly hope you're right about Reetz not being a big risk in the draft.
I think he'll get drafted...I just don't think the signing bonus $$$ will be enough to have him go toil in the minors over college.
 

BasilLongfellow

HMax's Royal Member
5 Year Member
To add:

If I were advising my son on the choice, the conversation would begin at $150,000.00 on whether or not to skip college. Spending half a summer on a short season rookie league team with a bunch of 28 year old Dominicans posing as 18 year olds is a lot of compromise over your first year of college.
 

BraskyMan

Red Shirt
5 Year Member
I think he'll get drafted...I just don't think the signing bonus $$$ will be enough to have him go toil in the minors over college.
For sure, I wasn't intending to imply he wouldn't be drafted.....there is no doubt about that, it is just a matter of dollars. As you indicated, I am hoping he will not go as high as some have projected and we see him on campus.
 

BasilLongfellow

HMax's Royal Member
5 Year Member
For sure, I wasn't intending to imply he wouldn't be drafted.....there is no doubt about that, it is just a matter of dollars. As you indicated, I am hoping he will not go as high as some have projected and we see him on campus.
He's a good baseball player and I think he could plug in at a lot of places. He may very well catch at NU, I just don't see him as a pure catcher professionally right now. For an NU example, think Jeff Christie compared to him. Christie was tighter fundamentally; heck, he barely hit .220 in college and nearly made it to the show.

The ability to catch may very well save his career some day. I spent some time on a team with a guy who extended his time in the Expos' organization for nearly a season and a half. He was a third baseman and the manager of his minor league team told him he was being released. The guy tells the manager that the transaction was baloney because they'd been playing him in the wrong position his entire career and that he actually was a catcher. Guy had never caught a day in his life. They cancelled the release and he hung around for a while longer. As a result, the ability to catch can really save a player's bacon when they are working their way through the minors.
 
Top