Plenty of talent was on display over the weekend at the 2018 Silver & Black Series on the campus of Concordia University Wisconsin. In fact, there was too much to detail in this post. Below are 10 players from each graduating class that performed this past weekend ('21 grads played on Saturday and '22 grads played on Sunday) and stood out.
Ulysses Munoz - RHP / 6-2 / 185 / Illinois Indians - Munoz was advanced with his curveball. He worked 77-79 mph with the fastball and had his sharp breaker up to 71 mph. Struck out the side in one inning of work, all with the curveball. Kept guys off balance the whole time.
Ethan Herring - RHP / 6-3 / 250 / White Sox ACE - Herring has a deceptive delivery that makes it hard to pick up the ball until late. He worked up to 78 mph with his fastball and there’s a lot more left in there. He showed command low in the zone and worked two 1-2-3 innings. Breaking ball at 67-69 mph.
Jackson Kent - LHP / 6-1 / 175 / Schaumburg Seminoles - Kent was up to 81 mph with the fastball with the slow breaking ball that sat 62-64 mph. He showed a willingness to throw the curveball ahead and behind in the count.
Tylor Phommachanhom - MIF, RHP / 5-9 / 140 / White Sox Elite - Showed the ability to play all over the field, highlighted in the middle infield. Tylor was the fastest player of the day in the 60-yard dash at 6.82. He also threw 80 mph across the infield during drills. At the plate, he had one of the harder hit balls of the day, a single between third base and shortstop. On the mound, the righty worked at 76-78 mph with the fastball and 63-65 mph with the curveball. His breaking ball looked a lot tighter than that velo suggests.
Nick DeMarco - MIF, RHP / 5-11 / 180 / White Sox Elite - DeMarco stood out among his peers in every aspect. He was extremely smooth during infield (85 mph across the infield), and showed great footwork. During game action, he hit one ball off the left field wall that was just a few feet foul, and another over the left fielder’s head for a double. He was also overpowering on the mound, pumping fastballs at 84-87 mph and mixing in a really sharp mid-70s breaking ball.
Camden Janik - C, 3B / 5-9 / 180 / Pro-Players Hurricanes - Quickest pop time of the day (1.90), and the second-hardest velo from behind the plate (75 mph). Also had a smooth round of BP, was up the middle the whole time and carried that approach into game action, roping a single up the middle.
Tyler Fullman - RHP, 1B / 6-0 / 198 / White Sox ACE - Fullman had an all-around good day. Showed a power stroke during BP and good footwork during infield, and hit 90 mph on the gun multiple times on the mound during game action.
Noah Smith - MIF / 6-0 / 160 / White Sox ACE - One of the most elite prospects at the Silver and Black, and already committed to Louisville. Smith is an advanced defender in the infield, and a switch hitter that won’t need to pick a side. He had a nice middle-away approach from the left side during BP and showed some power from the right side.
Joey Spence - C / 5-9 / 185 / STIKS Academy - It was impressive at-bat after impressive at-bat in game action for Spence. From the left side, he hit a triple to a spot in left-center field that didn’t get touched by anyone else on the day. He had the hardest hit ball of the weekend in game action, a single up the middle with an exit velo of 87 mph. He also worked multiple walks.
Q Phillips - OF / 5-10 / 160 / STIKS Academy - Q showed that he has the potential to be an elite defender in the outfield. He tied for second on the day in the 60-yard dash with a time of 6.84, and was tops in outfield velo at 85 mph. He followed that up by throwing a runner out at the plate trying to score from second on a single up the middle in game action.
Rory Fox - MIF, RHP / 5-9 / 150 / STIKS Academy - Fox showed off a good arm from shortstop and on the mound. Worked 76-78 mph with his fastball, but his breaker was even more impressive, sitting at 66-68 mph with the third-highest spin rate of the weekend.
Tyler Dean - C, 3B / 5-9 / 175 / White Sox Elite - Made people stop and watch his BP session. Constantly hit the middle of the baseball and sprayed it to all fields. In game action, he hit an opposite field double and a screaming single past shortstop.
RJ Nord - Hitters Baseball - Great pop at the plate from a slim build. Nord hit a deep ball to the left field wall during BP and was up the middle with line drives the rest of the time. He turned on a couple balls for hard singles in game action.
Logan Wagner - MIF, 3B / 6-0 / 180 / Longshots Baseball - It was must-watch when Wagner stepped to the plate. Wagner is a switch hitter, and he showed more power from the left side during BP but hit a ball off the left field wall foul in game action from the right side. He also hit an opposite-field double from the left side. Topped the list of infield velos at 82 mph.
Nicholas Kolze - RHP, 3B / 6-2 / 185 / Rhino Baseball - Kolze showed big time power in BP and in game action. He hit a screamer that was past the third baseman before he even had time to react. During infield, he was up to 76 mph.
Drew Duckhorn - LHP / 6-0 / 185 / Longshots Baseball - He is a lefty with a lot of deception from a low arm slot. Even with the sidearm action, he got up to 78 mph on the gun. Two very low-stress innings for him.
Kevin Pauly - RHP, OF / 6-1 / 170 / Longshots Baseball - Pauly worked 80-84 from the right side on the mound and broke a bat on a jam shot. He went up in the zone frequently and guys couldn’t catch up. Pauly hit 88 mph on the gun during outfield drills, the single hardest throw of the day across all drills.
Abram Wills - RHP, MIF / 5-9 / 165 / Rhino Baseball - Wills is a really athletic player on the mound, sitting at 82-84 mph in his two innings of work. Along with the fastball, he threw a tight curveball for a strike whenever he wanted. He registered the fifth-highest spin rate of the weekend with his breaker. Wills was impressive at the plate as well, squaring a ball up for a double in game action.
Michael Lippe - OF / 6-0 / 160 / Hitters Baseball - Lippe had two of the best swings of the day, a double into the gap in right-center field and a triple deep into the left-center field gap. He also hit 80 mph on the gun during outfield and was the third-fastest player in the 60, with a 7.03 time. Lippe committed to Louisville three days after the Silver & Black Series.
Hogan Schmitt - OF / 5-9 / 150 / Elite Baseball Training - Schmitt has the tools to be an elite outfield defender. He showed off his eye-popping speed in the 60 with a 6.78 and showed his arm strength during outfield, hitting 81 mph on the radar. He made a number of good plays in right field throughout the day.