College Commitments

Class of 2022

  • Sam Skarich (North Scott)

Talk about a multi-tooled talent, after a strong football season, North Scott’s own Sam Skarich has found a collegiate path, and it’s with Southeastern CC baseball! After all the offers had settled, Skarich narrowed his vision to Burlington Iowa, home of the Blackhawks. It’s no wonder that Southeastern among others were in the hunt for Skarich’s services. After all, he did pace the Lancers with 66 K’s, a 2.53 ERA, and a WHIP of 1.24. Opposing bats had little to no chance being limited to a .210 average through 58 innings of work on the mound by Skarich. On top of all that, Skarich was on πŸ”₯ offensively, sporting 39 RBI which aided in a nice .396 average at the plate. Twenty-one of his 53 hits went for extra bases. He now joins the future ranks of the Blackhawks, becoming the ninth Iowa 2022 commit to make that decision.

  • Tucker Beving (Norwalk)

Officially becoming the fifth Norwalk Warrior to hit the collegiate trail, the 5′-11″ left-handed bat of Beving has committed to the University of Wisconsin-Stout baseball. Beving had quite a junior campaign to stand out as was evident by his team-leading 0.69 ERA. Through his 20 innings pitched, Beving struck out 29 while limiting his walk count to a mere nine for the season. He also held opposing bats to a mere .110 average and nine hits. He joins a Blue Devils squad fresh off of their second 20-plus win season following a four-year drought below .500.

  • Jaxon Brooks (Mediapolis)

Ranked as the second-best 2022 third-baseman in Iowa, it’s no surprise to say that Mediapolis star Jaxon Brooks has found a future collegiate home. Following his high school playing days, he will head to Mesa Community College in Arizona. Brooks was a strong piece to the 2021 puzzle for Mediapolis, posting a 0.95 ERA with 61 strikeouts and just four earned runs allowed on the season, all top-marks for the Bulldogs. His junior season also included a .427 average offensively with a team-leading 27 RBI on 32 hits, 15 of which went for extra bases. He will join a Thunderbirds program just two years removed from an NJCAA Nationals second-place finish and seven years removed from a National championship.

  • Sam Young (Clear Creek Amana)

It’s been pretty clear that Clear Creek Amana baseball has been a force to be reckoned with over the last few seasons and it continues to show with collegiate commitments. The most recent Clipper baseball player to make the collegiate jump via commitment is infield star Sam Young. The 5′-10″ 165-pound right-hander put up another solid season with CCA amassing 39 total bases en route to a .327 average at the plate. Across his 33 hits for the season, 21 of them equated to a run (RBI). He tied for the team lead in walks with 20 while on the mound, allowing eight free passes. Meanwhile, he dished out 30 strikeouts for his junior campaign. Young will be a member of Augustana University in Sioux Falls in the near future and a program fresh off of their eight straight season of 35 wins or more and third straight Central Regional appearance (not counting the pandemic-shortened 2020 season). That includes the miraculous 2018 season for Augustana where they were crowned D2 National Champions for the first time in program history.

  • Caleb Wulf (West Liberty)

Hailing from West Liberty baseball, the talented Caleb Wulf has found his collegiate future, committing to Southeastern Community College baseball. Wulf joins a Blackhawks squad that ended the 2021 campaign ranked 17th in the nation with a 39-18 overall record. It marked the eighth time in the past nine seasons that the Blackhawks ended the year with north of 35 total victories. Six of those seasons ending in over 40 total victories. As for Wulf himself, he did quite a lot as a work horse for the Comets. On the mound, he totaled a top-20 mark in Class 2A of 73 strikeouts while sporting a 1.41 ERA with a mere ten earned runs allowed across 49 and 2/3 innings pitched. As a left-handed bat he was just as impressive, totaling 62 bases with a mark of 33 RBI, both of which led the Comets on the season. With an exit velocity noted at 92 mph off the bat, it’s not hard to see how Wulf totaled 18 extra-bases hits out of his 39 total hits across 2021.

  • Aidan Sieperda (Sergeant Bluff-Luton)

For the third time within the same month, the Northwestern College Red Raider baseball team has secured a strong Iowa-based talent. Following a plethora of offers from Morningside, Briar Cliff, Dakota Weslyan and others, the talented bat of Aidan Sieperda has found a future collegiate home with the Red Raiders. Sieperda had quite a breakout season across 2021 and included a team-leading .362 average comprised of 42 hits, a Class 3A tenth-best RBI total (43), and 28 walks. The All-State selectee is now one of three Iowa-born 2022 commits to join up with the Red Raiders

  • Bryce Click (Sergeant Bluff-Luton)

The Northwest College Red Raider baseball team has bulked up in a big way with the recent commitment of SBL’s Bryce Click. The Warrior product came amongst a string of strong commitments and his future presence adds quite a lot to the Red Raider dugout. Across the 2021 campaign alone, Click accounted for a .347 average and a team leading 65 total bases. He garnered a strong combo of 36 RBI and 27 walks. That’s without mentioning 16 of his 41 hits went for extra bases. Click joins a Red Raider squad just four years removed from a GPAC Conference title and a NAIA championship tournament berth.

  • Jackson Smith (Johnston)

Another strong Johnston Dragon hitting the collegiate trail! Recently that came in the form of 5′-8″ right-hander Jackson Smith. Among the many programs interested in Smith’s services, he ended up finding a future collegiate home with Des Moines Area Community College baseball. Smith provides a strong three-pitch mix and a fastball spin-rate reaching up to 1,968. A mid-80’s fastball helps Smith solidify himself as a solid pitching option totaling 18 strikeouts and an opposing batting average slightly above .200 across the 2021 campaign.

  • Tanner Short (Des Moines Roosevelt)

The Iowa Central CC Tritons will officially be getting another strong piece for the future as Des Moines Roosevelt product Tanner Short has made his commitment! Iowa Central has been in the driver seat with commitments as of late and the addition of Short certainly adds to that streak. Last season alone, Short totaled 31 RBI with 60 total bases on the season. Eleven of his 44 total hits went for extra bases en route to a .349 average, complimented by ten stolen bases on the year. He has been ranked ninth among 2022 third-basemen in the state according to PBR-Iowa. He has also shown improvement in speed, taking off nearly a full second in his 60-yard dash time to a mark of 6.98 seconds in 2021. He will be joining an Iowa Central team fresh off of a 32-win season in 2021 taking the team all the way to the Region XI Tournament championship bout. The 2021 season also marked the second (non-COVID-19) season of 30 or more victories.

  • Nicholas Orr (Assumption)

Another Assumption Knight has taken the next step to the collegiate level! This time, the talented Nic Orr has made the jump, committing to the College of DuPage. Orr has shown quite a bit of talent, especially within the 2021 campaign. The 5′-8″ righty has sported an exit velocity averaging 86 mph while sporting an average bat speed around 68. As a durable catcher, Orr has accumulated a pop-time around 2.21-2.28 according to Prep Baseball Report-Iowa. Ultimately, a talent you want behind the plate as a collegiate coach. He will be joining a DuPage squad coming off of their second 27 win season in the past four years.

  • Carson Krogulski (West Des Moines Valley)

The West Des Moines Valley Tiger baseball team has had quite an offseason month. Within the first 15 days of November, the Tigers will have two collegiate commitments. The latest comes from Carson Krogulski who committed his future to Buena Vista University. The Beavers are getting a talented bat that includes a strong arm, ranked in the top-15 of 2022 and 2023 grads in outfield velocity (75 mph). That’s not to mention holding the third-fastest 60-yard dash time among 2022 grads and top outfield time of 6.62. He joins a Beaver squad fresh off of their 11th 20+ win season in the past 13 years. Krogulski looks to be another piece to a puzzle that aims to send the Beavers back to the NAIA College World Series for the second time since 2011.

  • Thomas Debrower (Ankeny)

The wait for Ankeny Hawk Thomas Debrower has finally come to an end and there is a collegiate path ahead. Recently, the 6′-3″ righty committed to play future ball at St. Ambrose University. Debrower will join a St. Ambrose team fresh off of their second 20+ win season, dominating the CCAC conference with a 28-7 record.

  • Isaac Short (Dallas Center Grimes)

From a team that brought plenty of excitement on the baseball diamond for 2021 comes another collegiate commitment. Following the likes of now former Dallas Center Grimes stars in Caleb Dicken and Jordan Sedivec (among others), now senior Issac Short has joined the growing Mustangs at or headed to the collegiate ranks. That comes after Short committed to Northwestern College baseball. Short joins a Red Raider squad just four years removed from a GPAC Conference title and a NAIA championship tournament berth. So far Short is on of the only Iowa 2022’s to commit to the Red Raiders but follows strong commitments from players such as former MOC-Floyd Valley stars Eli Haverdink and Colton Korver, not to mention Des Moines Christian star Colby Shelton among others. Short struck up 13 total bases and nine RBI in his 19 games played in 2021.

  • Nash Holmgaard (Mason City Newman Catholic)

It should come as no surprise that the strong power bat known as Nash Holmgaard has come off the collegiate board! That comes fresh off of the right-handed slugger committing to North Iowa Area Community College baseball! For the Trojans, it’s a BIG pickup of a bat who hit for the home run cycle across the 2021 season. Homgaard tied for the Class 1A lead in long balls with 12 home runs to go along with a .429 average and 101 total bases earned on the season. He will join a Trojan squad not too far removed from a five year run of 30 wins or more, not to mention back-to-back NJCAA Division 2 World Series appearances (2015 & 2016).

  • Sam Wilt (Anamosa)

The multi-talented Anamosa baseball star known as Sam Wilt has officially found a future collegiate home. Recently, Wilt made his decision to continue his baseball career with Kirkwood Community College. The Eagles have certainly been on fire πŸ”₯ and that includes the recent inclusion of the explosive right-handed hitter. A 91 mph exit velocity helped produce a .495 average with a Class 2A leading 107 total bases. Across his junior campaign, Wilt was second in the class in both RBI (52) and home runs (11). That also included 29 extra-base hits. What also brings excitement to the table with Wilt is his multi-talented approach which includes the pitching mound. With a spin rate of over 2,500 (FB), Wilt posted 61 strikeouts and held opposing bats to a mere .110 average off of his three pitch mix. He will join an Eagles squad fresh off of a World Series appearance and second 40+ win season in the past four seasons.

  • Jake Trca (Marion)

From the reigning Class 3A champion Marion High School baseball, the one and only Jake Trca punched his future to the collegiate level. That came with his commitment to Des Moines Area Community College. It comes fresh off of a strong junior campaign for Trca in which he struck for 38 RBI and ranked fourth in all of Class 3A with 33 walks. When it mattered most Trca’s offense was stellar including a 4-for-10 mark with 7 RBI across three state tournament games en route to a Marion title. It’s been ten years since the Bears went to the JUCO World Series for the fourth time in five years and the addition of Trca among others seems like they are well on their way back. Trca has been solid behind the plate as well sporting a strong pop-time (1.99-2.03) while utilizing a strong exit velocity that can match that on the offensive end (92.0 mph).

  • Alex Smith (Grinnell)

Following the process of looking at several interested parties, the Grinnell baseball talent known as Alex Smith has found himself a collegiate home. When he moves on from wearing the orange and black, Smith will become a member of Luther College baseball. He becomes the second 2022 player to commit to the Norsemen. There was a lot to look at and like with Smith across his junior campaign as he hit .330 with 53 total bases across 109 at-bats. Smith connected on 36 hits and delivered 22 RBI (including 11 extra-base-hits). On top of that, Smith also tied for the team lead in walks with 22. Solid hand speed (22.70) and exit velocity off the bat (81 mph) have made Smith a tantalizing prospect who now will don the blue and white. The Norse are looking to improve upon their second 30+ win season over the past five years.

  • Nick Meyer (West Des Moines Valley)

From the always dangerous West Des Moines Valley Tiger baseball team comes yet another talented bat en route to the collegiate level. The most recent of which is none other than 5′-8″ right-hander in Nick Meyer. With a pop-time between 2.07-2.20, there’s a lot to like with Meyer behind the plate. His 77 mph catcher velocity ranks among the better marks across the state of Iowa. Meyer has good presence at the plate as well with the ability to hit opposite field. Across 2021 Meyer slugged 16 RBI while sporting 13 extra-base-hits and a whopping 14 walks. Now, after several suitors came calling, Meyer has found his collegiate home in Mount Mercy University. The Mustangs themselves are coming fresh off of a 29 win campaign across the 2021 season.

  • Keefer Saddoris (Norwalk)

Another Norwalk Warrior has hit the collegiate trail. Keefer Saddoris recently became the fourth 2022 Norwalk player to make a collegiate commitment. His commitment is the the JUCO powerhouse known as Kirkwood. Saddoris joins an Eagles squad fresh off of their second World Series appearance in four seasons. As for Kirkwood, they’ll be obtaining a strong pitching talent with a strong four-pitch mix that delivered 40 strikeouts and a 1.25 ERA across the 2021 season. Opposing bats hit just .204 against Saddoris while he allowed just six earned runs through 33 innings of work.

  • Jordan Bly (South Tama)

The time has officially come for South Tama star Jordan Bly to hit the future collegiate ranks. The 6′-4″ right-handed third basemen/catcher is set to join Simpson College baseball. It was a strong season that helped propel Bly into the collegiate ranks as he struck 52 total bases with 38 total hits and 20 RBI. He led the Trojans with a batting average of .373 while on base at a clip of .429. Bly has been documented with an exit velocity sitting at 89 mph while behind the plate defensively, sporting a pop-time of 2.20-2.34. He joins a Reivers squad fresh off of a 50-win season and not too far removed from a 9th place finish at the JUCO World Series.

  • Carter Gallagher (Columbus Catholic – Waterloo)

With a long, level swing and quick hands (bat speed at 23.80), the talented Carter Gallagher made his way from the uncommitted ranks to the collegiate commitment ranks. Following a number of suitors, Gallagher will be taking his talents to Iowa Western Community College. It’s really not hard to see why his talents were desired, after all, he did post the second-fastest 60-yard dash time (6.65 seconds) and fifth-best infield velocity marks (86 mph) in the PBR-Iowa Top Prospect games back in August. That all came after a very strong summer campaign for the 6′-1″ right handed slugger. A first-team All-State season where he ranked third in all of Class 2A with a .529 average complete with 49 RBI (third best in 2A), 90 total bases (sixth best in 2A), and of course, a class leading 20 doubles.

  • Trenton Johnette (Lewis Central)

For the fourth time in the past few weeks, the Lewis Central Titan baseball team will have four collegiate commits to their name. The most recent being the talented Trenton Johnette. Across his junior campaign, Johnette was a solid arm, showcasing his stuff in a big way with 22 strikeouts and just six walks through 25 and 1/3 innings pitched. He will be soon joining a Blue Devils squad fresh off of a fourth season in five years with 30 or more wins and 30 or more team home runs.

  • Owen Dawson (Johnston)

From the juggernaut that is Johnston baseball, another Dragon has found himself off the collegiate board with a commitment. This time, its ’22 grad Owen Dawson who added a big boost to Kirkwood Community College baseball by committing to be an Eagle. He joins a Kirkwood squad fresh off of their second DII World Series appearance in the past four years. Discounting the COVID-19 shortened 2020 campaign, the 2021 campaign marked the eighth straight 30+ win season for the Eagles. The 5’10”, 165 pound catcher has a lot of upside with plenty of excitement yet to come for both the Dragons and as a future Eagle.

  • Alex Sandoval (Central Lee)

Few Hawks were better for Central Lee across the 2021 season than Alex Sandoval. Across a .340 average during his junior season, Sandoval posted 18 RBI. That mark was the second-best total on the Central Lee squad across the season. From all that and more, Sandoval attracted the attention of many, including Loras College, his now future collegiate home. Very solid hitter with an exit velocity in the mid-80’s while maintaining a solid fielding season. Sandoval has become the second Loras commit in Iowa over the course of the month of October.

  • Mitchell Roeder (Maquoketa)

Becoming the first Maquoketa Cardinal of the 22 class to make a collegiate commitment, Roeder continues to blaze his own trail. While posting up 28 strikeouts, he was able to hold opponents to a .272 batting average on the season. Jumped up 13 mph on his average fastball velocity since the 2018 campaign; sitting mid-80’s with the fastball with the ability to change speeds very effectively. He sports a curveball in the high 50’s along with a mid-to-high 70’s change-up and slider. Roeder also collected 108 total put-outs on the season while unblemished on the base paths, successful in all four stolen base attempts.

  • Nathan Waknitz (Dallas Center Grimes)

On a Mustang squad that has had their fair share of big names as of late, Nathan Waknitz has certainly etched himself onto that list. Waknitz totaled seven extra-base hits as part of a 14 RBI campaign during the summer of his junior campaign. With hand speed of 21.60 and an average of 255 ft. per hit, he’s been an easy target to go after. Lots of upside that includes patience at the plate as Waknitz led the Mustangs with 22 walks all while accumulating 33 total bases on the season. He’ll be joining a Grand View team not far off from a 20+ win campaign. With Waknitz on the horizon, things are definitely going to continue to improve.

  • Ben Swails (Clear Creek Amana)

He may be hurling the pig skin all over the football field right now, but once the collegiate years come around, Clear Creek Amana’s Ben Swails will narrow his focus to football. The multi-sport star officially announced he’s hitting the future collegiate ranks as a member of the Iowa Western Community College baseball team. A lot to like about Swails who hit .327 with 18 RBI in his freshman season alone. He has since elevated his game to a .386 average and a team-best 23 RBI across his junior campaign. Swails has proven himself to be an asset and that has manifested into being ranked 5th among 2022 catchers in the state of Iowa according to Prep Baseball Report. He joins a Reivers squad fresh off of a 50-win season and not too far removed from a 9th place finish at the JUCO World Series.

  • Kael Swarts (Newton)

One of the biggest pitching highlights for the Newton Cardinals in 2021. In his junior campaign, Swarts posted a team-high 28 strikeouts to go along with a mere 13 walks. He’s been a subject of many pursuits from various other collegiate programs including Simpson College, Coe College, Bethal University, and Buena Vista University among others. In the end, it was coach Brian Nikkel and the Norsemen of Luther College that took the proverbial cake for Swarts. Ultimately there’s a lot to like about Swarts who sits low to mid-80’s with his fastball velocity on average and a fastball spin rate of 2,074. Swarts ranks 31st in the state among right-handed pitching according to PBR-Iowa.

  • Jaden Morris (Des Moines Roosevelt)

The wait is finally over for Roosevelt Roughrider star Jaden Morris, who chose Ellsworth Community College over several other landing spots. It’s not hard to see why he was so strong on the Panthers’ radar, using his hand speed of 23.50 to strike 34 RBI including nine extra-base-hits in his junior campaign in 2021. That also included a near perfect mark on the base paths at 10/11 in stolen bases. Morris is one of those athletes who could prove himself a useful multi-tool player as he has in high school. During his junior campaign alone, Morris used a three-pitch mix with a fastball spin rate of 2104 to put himself as the 18th best righty in the 2022 class. A mid-80’s fastball shows there’s still a lot of upside along with the current talent for Morris.

  • Carter Thomas (Mason City)

After going through the list of options, the Mason City Mohawk baseball star known as Carter Thomas narrowed it down to one. Always bound for the collegiate path, Thomas will now take his talents to Wayne State College following high school. That marks just shy of 60 2022’s committed to the collegiate ranks and it’s not hard to see why Thomas was one of them. In his 2021 campaign alone, Thomas rocked the base paths with a team-leading mark of 27 successful attempts. While batting .412 on the year, Thomas cranked out 32 RBI and 16 total extra-base-hits. His six triples finished second only to Ankeny’s Jase Bauer in all of Class 4A baseball. He slugged .595 while on base at a clip of .530 and was one of only two 4A players to record at least 27 stolen bases while being issued at least 30 walks.

  • Devin Doyle (Waukee Northwest)

A four pitch mix hurler who can play the finess and the power game, Waukee Northwest’s Devin Doyle has found himself a collegiate commitment. When the college days start, Doyle will be playing for Grand View University. Doyle sported 19 strikeouts on the season while teams hit just .254 against him all season.

  • Kaleb Gengler (Sioux City Bishop Heelan)

Helping to represent the Eastern side of the state, Bishop Heelan’s very own Kaleb Gengler has made his commitment to the baseball collegiate ranks. Gengler, the 5’10” 175-pound lefty has been on the radar of several teams recently, but in the end, it was the Bears of DMACC who landed the talented hurler. A mid-80’s fastball combined with a strong four-pitch mix with a 3/4 arm slot, Gengler established himself as a really tough opponent on the mound. He led the Crusaders with a 1.33 ERA and limiting teams to a mere .131 average. His 71 strikeouts on the season ranked 17th among Class 3A hurlers with just 24 walks across 47 1/3 innings pitched in 2021.

  • Jake DeJoode (Pleasantville)

The long awaited time for Pleasantville star Jake DeJoode to make his commitment has finally arrived. After being pursued by multiple programs, in the end it was Southwestern CC who captured his attention the most. DeJoode becomes a Spartan after a strong 2021 campaign where he tossed over 53 innings, posting an ERA of 1.83. All that included 57 strikeouts compared to just 18 walks while holding opposing bats to a mere .188 average.

  • Jake Porter (Winterset)

Perhaps one of the more prolific left-handed hurlers in the state, Jake Porter has been highly sought after (19 schools in pursuit in all) but he officially went off the board when notable JUCO power Johnson County secured his services. Porter officially committed to the Cavaliers as the second-ranked 2022 pitcher in the state according to PBR-Iowa. A solid three-pitch mix with a fastball averaging mid to high-80’s with a curveball dropping into the low to mid-70’s. Porter has routinely sported impressive numbers, one of which includes a fastball spin rate noted at 2,118. Led the Huskies with a 1.35 ERA across his junior campaign while tossing 64 strikeouts and holding opponents to a mere .202 average offensively. He joins a Cavalier squad coming off of their eight-straight season as a nationally ranked team. It’s a squad who has totaled 64 players being drafted or signed by a professional franchise. With great control, speed, and command, there’s no reason to think Porter won’t immediately impact Johnson County in a big way. Until then, the state of Iowa will enjoy another year of watching the talented left-hander deal!

Class of 2023

  • Solen Munson (Dubuque Hempstead)

Arguably one of the most coveted prospects coming out of the 2023 class in Iowa, the talented Dubuque Hempstead backstop known as Solen Munson has found a future collegiate home. Following a stellar 2021 season in which the left-handed bat hit .259 with 15 RBI and 22 stolen bases through 14 hits. So much to like about the third Iowa 2023 committee sporting a pop-time as low as 2.00 and an outfield velo around 86 mph. Munson has clearly paved his own way into the division one ranks and has done so with a lot of work. He’s even had some MLB ties as father Eric Munson, a first-round selection out of USC, played nine seasons at the major league level, striking a .214 average with 89 extra-base hits. There is no doubt Solen is following along those footprints on a path of his own, one that 21-time conference champ Arizona State University is very excited about.

  • Sam Harris (Urbandale)

It’s hard not imagining the top-ranked 2023 player in Iowa not landing on division one radars. After lots of offers came in, the 6′-4″ left-hander known as Sam Harris committed to Duke University baseball. Harris has routinely turned heads with his 106 mph max exit velocity and a bat speed of 82.4 mph. Across his sophomore 2021 campaign, Harris struck for a .314 average which included compiling 66 total bases with 33 RBI and 20 walks, both third-best on the Urbandale J-Hawk squad. That came after his commitment to become a Blue Devil which came to be on February 10 of 2021. Prior to that, collegiate teams were looking at his strong freshman campaign.

Class of 2024