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2018 Preseason All-Wisconsin Teams

By WBC Staff, 03/21/18, 10:00AM CDT


Beloit Turner's Mitch Seager (Spencer Flaten/Wisconsin Baseball Central).

Previous preseason All-Wisconsin teams

Wisconsin continues to produce high-level talent on a yearly basis, but who's the best of the best? We'll find out soon enough—opening day of the 2018 season is March 27—but as usual, we're taking an early look ahead. These are our preseason All-Wisconsin team selections for the upcoming season. The teams are chosen by our staff based on a variety of factors, including stats from the previous year, quality of competition, overall talent and potential to improve this spring. Last year's stats carry the most weight in the selection process.

After the season, we will release our postseason All-Wisconsin teams, along with the winners of our Player of the Year, Pitcher of the Year and Newcomer of the Year awards. Players who are not included on the preseason All-Wisconsin teams are still eligible to receive postseason honors.

Notes: The designated hitter position is given to a position player who warrants selection for the team, but whose normal position is filled. When N/A is listed under college commitment, it means it is unknown if the player has made a commitment.

Janesville Craig's Jacob Campbell (Spencer Flaten/Wisconsin Baseball Central)

Arrowhead's Jeff Holtz (Alex Cheban/Wisconsin Baseball Central)

Prescott's Peter Brookshaw (Spencer Flaten/Wisconsin Baseball Central)

Preseason First Team All-Wisconsin

Name Position School/Grade College Commitment 2017 Stats Info
Jacob Campbell Catcher Janesville Craig/Senior Illinois .463 BA, 10 doubles, 4 home runs, 37 RBIs, 16 stolen bases He’s got one of the most powerful bats in the state and is elite defensively.
Peter Brookshaw Infielder Prescott/Senior North Dakota State .583 BA, 22 doubles, 1 triple, 2 home runs, 38 RBIs, 16 stolen bases He’s the reigning Wisconsin Baseball Central Player of the Year, and is also known for his exploits on the basketball court—see his state championship-winning buzzer beater this March for proof.
Colten Schild Infielder Fox Valley Lutheran/Senior St. Louis .444 BA, 6 doubles, 4 triples, 1 home run, 24 RBIs, 20 stolen bases His exploits at the plate and on the base paths earned him North Eastern Conference Player of the Year honors last year.
Zach Lechnir Infielder Kimberly/Junior Uncommitted .359 BA, 9 doubles, 15 RBIs, 19 stolen bases He was the spark at the top of state champion Kimberly's lineup as a sophomore last season, and is primed to take another step forward this spring.
Hunter Waldsmith Infielder Beloit Turner/Senior Uncommitted .505 BA, 9 doubles, 3 home runs, 45 RBIs He was one of the top run producers in Wisconsin last year, in addition to being a great pitcher.
Mitch Seager Outfielder Beloit Turner/Senior Winona State .521 BA, 14 doubles, 3 home runs, 43 RBIs, 14 stolen bases A breakout junior season saw him become one of the most dangerous hitters in Wisconsin.
Gunner Peterson Outfielder Wilmot/Senior Illinois State .449 BA, 9 doubles, 4 triples, 2 home runs, 16 RBIs, 22 runs scored, 5 stolen bases He's a four-year varsity player who has a career .390 batting average entering his senior season.
Jaxon Kostka Outfielder Regis/Senior University of Mary .493 BA, 8 doubles, 1 triple, 3 home runs, 25 RBIs, 26 runs, 6 stolen bases He was one of the driving forces behind Regis' conference title and Eau Claire's American Legion state championship last year.
Jeff Holtz DH Arrowhead/Senior Indiana .452 BA, 14 doubles, 3 home runs, 24 RBIs He’s actually a catcher, but he’s simply been too good over the course of his career to not be on the first team.
Randon Dauman Pitcher Columbus/Senior Ohio 7-0, 41.1 IP, 0.85 ERA, 72 Ks, 13 hits allowed Making hitters whiff is his specialty: he averaged almost two strikeouts per inning last year.
Jack Brown Pitcher Eau Claire Memorial/Senior Minnesota State 8-1, 0.84 ERA He dominated western Wisconsin last spring, highlighted by a one-hitter against second-seeded Chippewa Falls in the sectional semifinals.
Jack Washburn Pitcher Webster/Junior Oregon State 8-0, 59.2 IP, 0.93 ERA, 111 Ks The son of former major leaguer Jarrod Washburn can touch 90 mph with his fastball, and hitters struggle to catch up.

Aquinas' Jess Ondell (Spencer Flaten/Wisconsin Baseball Central)

Middleton's Alan Roden (Spencer Flaten/Wisconsin Baseball Central)

Webster's Hunter Gustafson (Spencer Flaten/Wisconsin Baseball Central)

Preseason Second Team All-Wisconsin

Name Position School/Grade College Commitment 2017 Stats Info
Alan Roden Catcher Middleton/Senior Creighton .459 BA, 4 doubles, 1 triple, 2 home runs, 15 RBIs He's had one of the most consistent bats in the Big Eight Conference since breaking into the Middleton lineup as a freshman.
Jess Ondell Infielder Aquinas/Sophomore Uncommitted .476 BA, 16 doubles, 1 triple, 26 RBIs, 5 stolen bases He posted some of the best stats in the state as a freshman last spring to win Newcomer of the Year.
Christian Jack Infielder St. Mary Catholic/Senior Uncommitted .458 BA, 8 doubles, 1 triple, 1 home run, 31 RBIs, 33 runs scored, 21 stolen bases He was one of the best hitters on a team that held the longest winning streak in the nation for most of last season.
Hunter Gustafson Infielder Webster/Senior St. Mary's (Minn.) .518 BA, 10 doubles, 2 triples, 7 home runs, 51 RBIs, 10 stolen bases The shortstop set school single-season records for hits, batting average, RBIs and on-base percentage last year.
Tanner Kohlhepp Infielder Eau Claire Memorial/Senior Tennessee .310 BA, 12 extra-base hits, 30 runs The hard-throwing senior is set to be the biggest threat in Memorial's lineup following the graduation of some solid hitters.
Carson Holin Outfielder Sun Prairie/Senior Uncommitted .440 BA, 9 doubles, 3 triples, 25 RBIs He made the most of his first year with a starting role on varsity last spring.
Nick Herbst Outfielder McFarland/Senior Illinois State .380 BA, 5 doubles, 1 triple, 13 RBIs, 13 stolen bases The table setter at the top of McFarland's lineup, he can change a game with his bat and his speed.
Jaelin Williams Outfielder Eau Claire North/Senior Waubonsee Community College .436 BA, 7 doubles, 2 home runs, 17 RBIs, 9 stolen bases He broke through into the Huskies' everyday lineup for the first time last spring, with impressive results.
Chandler Fochs DH Wausau West/Senior Western Illinois .407 BA, 5 doubles, 1 triple, 4 home runs, 28 RBIs He'll be the main man for the Warriors this year after they lost several talented seniors.
Jonathan Zacharias Pitcher Notre Dame/Senior Cornell 5-2, 58.2 IP, 1.28 ERA, 86 Ks A four-year varsity player, he turned into a strikeout machine last season, resulting in an Ivy League commitment.
Connor Prielipp Pitcher Tomah/Junior Uncommitted 4-2, 65.1 IP, 1.07 ERA, 87 Ks The southpaw is one of the top uncommitted prospects in Wisconsin.
Jacob Schellpfeffer Pitcher Mayville/Senior Ellsworth Community College 11-2, 75.2 IP, 0.92 ERA, 104 Ks, 15 BBs He dominated the competition last year, compiling triple digit strikeouts and rarely issuing walks.

Oshkosh West's Michael McBriar (Alex Cheban, Wisconsin Baseball Central)

Green Bay Preble's Max Wagner (Spencer Flaten/Wisconsin Baseball Central)

Independence/Gilmanton's Isaac Pape (Spencer Flaten/Wisconsin Baseball Central)

Preseason Third Team All-Wisconsin

Name Position School/Grade College Commitment 2017 Stats Info
Ian Drays Catcher Jefferson/Senior Northern Illinois .489 BA, 11 doubles, 3 triples, 1 home run, 30 RBIs, 13 stolen bases He overpowered the competition on his way to Rock Valley North Player of the Year honors last season.
Max Wagner Infielder Green Bay Preble/Sophomore Uncommitted .404 BA, 10 doubles, 2 triples, 2 home runs, 14 RBIs, 16 stolen bases He was one of the best players in a senior-heavy lineup last year despite being just a freshman.
Isaac Pape Infielder Independence/Senior UW-La Crosse .453 BA, 8 doubles, 3 triples, 5 home runs, 32 RBIs, 17 stolen bases ​ He brought plenty of pop to the Indees' state runner-up lineup last year.
Josh Leslie Infielder Westosha Central/Senior Mesa Community College .416 BA, 11 doubles, 2 triples, 1 home run, 23 RBIs The shortstop carries a strong bat and has solid defensive tools.
Nate DeYoung Infielder Xavier/Senior UW-Milwaukee .324 BA, 8 doubles, 1 triple, 1 home run, 20 RBIs An imposing presence in the batter's box at 6-foot-7, he's also got a strong set of defensive tools.
Alex Oakley Outfielder Sun Prairie/Senior Uncommitted .402 BA, 9 extra-base hits, 25 RBIs The 6-foot-4 slugger batted cleanup for the state runner-up Cardinals.
Jake Fietz Outfielder De Pere/Senior St. Cloud State .373 BA, 9 doubles, 2 triples, 1 home run, 27 RBIs, 13 stolen bases He was one of the top hitters in the Green Bay area last year.
Eli Kramer Outfielder Hortonville/Junior Nebraska .338 BA, 3 doubles, 2 home runs, 13 RBIs, 30 runs He hit .338 as both a freshman and sophomore, and has potential to do even better as an upperclassman.
Tyler Brandenburg DH Lake Country Lutheran/Junior Uncommitted .435 BA, 13 doubles, 5 home runs, 37 RBIs, 7 stolen bases An infielder with loads of power, he can change a game with one swing of the bat.
Mitchell Woelfle Pitcher Janesville Craig/Junior Air Force 7-1, 53.2 IP, 1.43 ERA, 45 Ks He'll be the undisputed ace on what's expected to be one of the best teams in the state this spring.
Brenden Bille Pitcher Waupun/Senior Rock Valley Junior College 10-2, 62.1 IP, 0.78 ERA, 74 Ks He capped a dominant junior season by throwing a one-hitter against Mosinee at the Division 2 state tournament.
Michael McBriar Pitcher Oshkosh West/Senior Uncommitted 4-2, 51 IP, 1.24 ERA, 62 Ks, 5 complete games ​ He has developed into arguably the best pitcher in the highly-competitive Fox Valley Association.

Honorable Mentions

Name Position School/Grade College Commitment 2017 Stats
Connor Manthey Catcher Columbus/Senior Bradley .429 BA, 9 doubles, 5 home runs, 27 RBIs, 16 runs
Derek Baumgartner Catcher Almond-Bancroft/Senior Winona State .557 BA
Jacob Kaiser Catcher Catholic Memorial/Senior Iowa Western Community College .361 BA, 10 extra-base hits
B.J. Konkel Catcher Green Lake/Princeton/Sophomore N/A .446 BA, 6 doubles, 21 RBIs
Jimmy Juergensen Infielder Living Word Lutheran/Junior Uncommitted .386 BA, 21 extra-base hits, 35 RBIs
Luke Dubnicka Infielder Arrowhead/Senior N/A .493 BA, 6 doubles, 1 triple, 1 home run, 23 RBIs
Ethan Kjellberg Infielder Elk Mound/Senior UW-Stout .420 BA, 7 doubles, 2 home runs, 30 RBIs
Drew Hennessey Infielder Highland/Junior Uncommitted .467 BA, 6 doubles, 5 home runs, 36 RBIs, 28 stolen bases
Seth Coker Infielder Athens/Junior N/A .443 BA, 17 extra-base hits, 31 RBIs
Kobe Berghammer Infielder Cumberland/Senior N/A .375 BA, 12 extra-base hits, 23 RBIs
Ryan Beirne Infielder West Salem/Senior N/A .383 BA, 31 RBIs, 10 stolen bases
Caden Uhlenbrauck Infielder St. Mary Catholic/Junior N/A .506 BA, 6 doubles, 25 RBIs, 19 stolen bases
Tanner Peterson Outfielder Wilmot/Junior Illinois State .338 BA, 7 extra-base hits, 17 RBIs
Jacob Savoldelli Outfielder Aquinas/Junior Uncommitted .351 BA, 3 home runs, 27 RBIs
Collin Meyer Outfielder Stanley-Boyd/Senior N/A .457 BA, 20 RBIs, 25 stolen bases
Baron Bucholz Outfielder Waupun/Sophomore N/A .416 BA, 19 RBIs, 25 stolen bases
Alex Tanke Outfielder Arrowhead/Senior Uncommitted .439 BA, 16 RBIs
John Nett Utility Kimberly/Junior Uncommitted Hitting: .411 BA, 13 RBIs. Pitching: 4-1, 2.12 ERA
Levi Schaller Pitcher Eau Claire Immanuel Lutheran/Senior N/A 10-1, 82 IP, 0.60 ERA, 157 Ks, 5 complete games
Kyle Gendron Pitcher Wilmot/Senior Winona State 6-1, 54.1 IP, 1.16 ERA, 46 Ks
Davis Zeutzius Pitcher Arrowhead/Junior Uncommitted 7-1, 47.2 IP, 1.18 ERA, 45 Ks
Ben Nordloh Pitcher Waunakee/Senior Uncommitted 6-6, 58 IP, 1.93 ERA, 57 Ks
Tyler Denu Pitcher Mount Horeb/Junior Uncommitted 6-1, 58.1 IP, 1.20 ERA, 73 Ks
Trey Krause Pitcher Burlington/Junior Uncommitted 7-1, 1.78 ERA
Aaron Huebsch Pitcher Ithaca/Senior Winona State 9-1, 48 IP, 0.44 ERA, 94 Ks
Dillon Nowicki Pitcher Stoughton/Senior Michigan 46 IP, 2.13 ERA, 58 Ks
Brennan Dolwick Pitcher Lake Mills/Senior Cincinnati N/A (1st team All-Capitol North Conference selection)
Blake Thiesse Pitcher Gale-Ettrick-Trempealeau/Senior Upper Iowa 6-1, 45.1 IP, 0.77 ERA, 93 Ks
Trevor Tietz Pitcher Watertown/Senior Madison College 4-5, 50 IP, 1.82 ERA, 69 Ks
Zach Gustafson Pitcher Eau Claire Memorial/Senior East Carolina 3-4, 1.56 ERA
A.J. Kirsch Pitcher Antigo/Senior UW-Whitewater 6-0, 37.1 IP, 0.56 ERA, 47 Ks
Brady Christianson Pitcher Hayward/Senior Madison College N/A (Heart O' North Conference co-Player of the Year)
Will Wohlt Pitcher New London/Senior UW-Milwaukee N/A (Bay Conference Player of the Year)