Top 10 baseball players in Wisconsin from the Class of 2022
STEVENS POINT, Wis. (BVM) — The WIAA baseball season has started and there are plenty of great players to pay attention to, including some that may be having their name called in the MLB Draft. Here are the 10 best baseball players from the Class of 2022 in Wisconsin.
1. Gavin Kilen, SS, Milton High School
By the time his senior season is over, Kilen might be getting drafted in the 2022 MLB Draft. He is one of the top high school prospects in the country and based on what happens in the draft, he may opt out of playing baseball at the University of Louisville. Kilen didn’t play high school baseball last year, instead he played for the Wisconsin Hitters, one of the premiere baseball clubs in the country. He joins a Milton team that went 22-6 last year and with the addition of Kilen, they should make a deep postseason run.
Gavin Kilen at today’s MLB/USA a baseball All-American Game – pic.twitter.com/w810yCGcuu
— Chicago Scouts Assoc (@ChiScoutsAssoc) July 9, 2021
2. Rory Fox, SS, Catholic Memorial Crusaders
Fox was a third team all-state selection last season for the Catholic Memorial Crusaders. Fox helped the Crusaders to a 22-10 record and an appearance in the Division 2 state semifinal game. The run to the tournament was even more impressive because CMH entered the postseason as a four-seed in their section. Fox committed to Notre Dame last year and signed his NLI back in November. With Fox returning for one more season before he heads to Notre Dame, CMH is set to make another run to the state tournament.
Today's Prep Pitcher Preposterousness is @CMbaseball's (and Notre Dame recruit) Rory Fox ending the game with this 🤮🤮and untuck-em yesterday.
Highlights of his five Ks in two innings: https://t.co/pe7YrFXREc pic.twitter.com/TLVfAZVYGp
— Curt Hogg (@CyrtHogg) May 14, 2021
3. Christian Oppor, LHP, Columbus High School
One of the top pitchers in Wisconsin is already off to a great start this season. Left-handed pitcher Christian Oppor threw 14 strikeouts against Lake Mills on April 28 in six innings of work. Oppor also had a two-run home run to help the Cardinals win 7-1. His fastball is up to 94 mph and his slider has been causing batters problems this year. Oppor is currently not committed to play anywhere next year but the left-hander should attract attention as he tries to lead Columbus to a deep postseason run.
LHP Christian Oppor (Columbus, 2022) K’d 14, three walks (two in the first), in six no-hit innings. Cruised at 88-91 mph – did reach for 92-93 often, and was up to 95 in his final at-bat. Threw SL, 75-79 mph, for strikes at backdoor, improved action.#MLBDraft | @NathanRode pic.twitter.com/UffqpuErAC
— Andy Sroka (@AndySrokaPBR) April 28, 2022
4. Mitchell Voit, RHP/3B, Whitefish Bay High School
Voit is one of the main reasons Whitefish Bay High School baseball is considered the best team in the state this year. He is one of five Blue Dukes that is committed to play Division I baseball in the future. Voit will play for Michigan next year but until then, he is trying to bring a state championship back to Whitefish Bay. Voit already has pitched four games and has won all four with 38 strikeouts in 20 innings of play, while boasting a 90 mph fastball. He’s also been killing at the plate with three home runs, three doubles and 14 RBIs.
Checking in on the Hitters Spring League today with RHP Mitchell Voit (2022; @umichbaseball) on the bump. Loose/quick arm, athletic delivery.
◾️FB: 85-89, T90 mph; late act.
◾️CB: 72-75 mph, confidence, landing it for strikes, some sharp
◾️CH: 80-82 mph, feel/fade to LHH pic.twitter.com/3ISTgaDo8q
— PBR Wisconsin (@PBRWisconsin) May 23, 2021
5. Dominik McVay, RHP/OF, Mineral Point High School
McVay was one of the only juniors to receive first team all-state honors last year. McVay helped Mineral Point to a 25-4 record and a regional championship. The UW-Whitewater football and baseball commit had a .532 batting average with 20 stolen bases and eight home runs. This year McVay hopes to lead Mineral Point back to the state tournament since the Pointers were state runners-up in 2019.
Dominik McVay (‘22, Mineral Point, WI) gets his hands thru for a hard hit single. He is on a tear so far this weekend with 5 hits (including a HR) in 12 ABs. Twitchy @PG_Uncommitted OF that runs a 6.67 @GRBRays #BattleMW pic.twitter.com/pndVydSPX4
— PG Wisconsin and Minnesota (@PG_WiscMinn) August 1, 2021
6. Will Vierling, C, Homestead High School
Will Vierling is another Wisconsin Hitter who has opted to play for his high school during his senior season. Vierling is a Louisville commit and has led the Highlanders to a 13-5 record That includes a win against undefeated Whitefish Bay. In a recent game against Grafton, Vierling led the team with two hits, including a double, on three at bats and accounted for two runs in the 4-3 win.
Longtime club teammates RHP Mitch Voit (Whitefish Bay, 2022; Michigan) and C Will Vierling (Homestead, 2022; Louisville) faced each other and Vierling won the first at-bat. Sat back on a 90 mph, 3-1 FB and crushed it on a line to the RF fence.#MLBDraft@ShooterHunt @NathanRode pic.twitter.com/7Pkc0aOcXe
— Andy Sroka (@AndySrokaPBR) April 6, 2022
7. Logan Dobberstein, RHP, Pewaukee High School
Last year Logan Dobberstein was a second team all-state selection, winning six games on the mound with a 2.00 ERA to go along with a .415 batting average and 33 RBis. However, he suffered a UCL injury in the sectional round of the playoffs and although the Pirates made it to the state tournament, they lost in the quarterfinals. Dobberstien is back and is ready to get a baseball state championship to go along with the football and basketball state titles he has won with Pewaukee. Dobberstein is committed to play baseball at Kansas State.
Dobberstein opened the year with 7.2 perfect innings before it came to an end with a single. Junior sitting mid-80s with a split and sharp breaker to go with it. pic.twitter.com/bcw0ZOBAtF
— Curt Hogg (@CyrtHogg) May 5, 2021
8. Michael Lippe, OF, Whitefish Bay High School
It wouldn’t be right if the best team in the state didn’t have multiple players in the top 10. Lippe is committed to Louisville and has been since he was a freshman and is a part of a Louisville recruiting class that is one of the best in the nation. He too played for the Hitters along with teammate Mitchell Voit and other players in this top-10 list. Against Medford this season, Lippe went four-for-four with five RBIs, a homerun and a double. He’s also been great on the mound. Against West Bend East, he came in as a relief pitcher to get the win with 4.1 innings pitched and 10 strikeouts.
‘22 OF Michael Lippe (@hittersbaseba11; #Louisville commit) sends this ball down the line for a double.
Strong 6’2, 220 pound frame. Simple approach, ball jumps of the bat. Ranked #87 in the class, per @prepbaseball. #PBR17UNat @PBRWisconsin pic.twitter.com/4aM5FSVxqR
— PBR Georgia (@PBRGeorgia) July 20, 2021
9. Tyler Deleskiewicz, RHP, Badger High School
Deleskiewicz is one of the top pitchers in the class with a fastball that can top out at 96 mph. Deleskiewicz is committed to play baseball at UW-Milwaukee next year but until then, he will be helping Badger High School get wins on the mound. Recently against Elkhorn, Deleskiewicz pitched seven innings with 12 strikeouts and gave up just 3 runs in the 4-3 win.
Tyler Deleskiewicz (22 WI) pounding the zone at 91-93 with lots of horizontal movement. Banger slider up to 79. Nothing straight and this is really hard to square. Strong and durable frame. Spotty command but this is tough. #PGShowdown #PGDraft #Wisc-Milwaukee commit pic.twitter.com/mwKcrVFsTS
— Perfect Game Scout (@PG_Scouting) March 4, 2022
10. Mason Buss, RHP, Arrowhead High School
Bruss will be joining Dobberstein at Kansas State next year. The Arrowhead pitcher had five scoreless innings against Waukesha South with one unearned run and seven strikeouts. Buss also had 12 strikeouts against Mukwonago in six innings. Last year, Arrowhead lost to Menomonee Falls in the sectional finals but with Buss on the mound, the Warhawks have a chance to get to state this season.
Checking in on the @hittersbaseba11 Fall Invite today, where RHP Mason Buss (@DiamondWarhawks; @KStateBSB) is carving through 3️⃣ for the ‘22 squad – 6Ks, 0 R.
FB coming out clean at 86-89 mph, lower average release slot. Feel to spin a low-70s CB, too. pic.twitter.com/uLBytCQ3M5
— Diego (@DeegsBaseball) October 2, 2021