2005 Draft Scouting Reports: Wisconsin
By Jim Callis
(National ranking in parentheses)
OTHERS TO WATCH
(Numbers in parentheses indicate rank in Wisonsin)
State's Best Prospects Carry Warhawks
RHP Greg Reinhard (1) and LHP Kevin Tomasiewicz (2) pitched Wisconsin-Whitewater to within a victory of the NCAA Division III College World Series by combining for two victories and a save in the Warhawks' first three tournament games. Reinhard, the D-III leader in strikeouts (146 in 104 innings), fanned 19 in a game against Wisconsin-Stout, when he was clocked at 93 mph in the first inning as well as the ninth. Reinhard backs up his 88-93 mph heater with a slider that's an average pitch at times. A tough competitor, he pitched a seven-inning complete game and came back 45 minutes later to start another, working five-innings of one-hit ball for another win, in the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference tournament. At the D-III regionals the following week, Reinhard saved the opener, then started and won two games in the next three days. He projects as a set-up man as pro. Tomasiewicz, who tops D-III pitchers in victories, is 14-1 this season and 34-5 in his four-year career. He also fared well against tougher competition in the Alaska League last summer. He has an 86-89 mph fastball and a sweeping breaking ball, but he's lefthanded, gets a lot of movement from a low elbow slot and isn't afraid to pitch inside.
RHP Craig Herrforth (3) is the only Wisconsin high schooler with much of a chance to get drafted. The velocity on his fastball has fluctuated all spring, as scouts have clocked him anywhere from 82-93 mph. He also throws a very slow curveball.
The White Sox drafted RHP Brett Scarpetta (4) in the 18th round out of an Illinois high school last year and control his rights after he spent his freshman year helping Madison Area Tech reach the Division II Junior College World Series. Scarpetta, who initially committed to Northern Illinois, has an 85-90 mph fastball and a sharp curveball. He needs to fill out his 6-foot-3, 175-pound frame and improve his command.
2B Jeremy Jirschele (5), whose father Mike manages Triple-A Omaha in the Royals organization, is the state's best college position player. His bat and his instincts are his best attributes. Wisconsin-Oshkosh has another player with ties to pro ball, as 1B Ned Yost Jr.'s father caught in the majors and manages the Brewers. Yost has some pop, but scouts liked him more when he was a catcher. Throwing problems prompted his move to first base. (UPDATE: Yost signed before the draft with the Brewers as a fifth-year senior free agent.)