The Division II level can be won and lost based upon recruiting and transfers. Missouri Southern has found themselves one of the better transfers in the nation let alone the state in Max Hogan.
Hogan, a former Dallas Baptist/Arkansas player eventually ending up at Missouri Southern could not be swinging a better bat this spring. Hogan is currently sitting 3rd overall in the MIAA conference and 18th overall in the nation with a .545 batting average. Hogan has lightening quick hands and solid power swing. Hogan has 9 homeruns on the season in only 18 games played. The Lions third baseman I believe deserves a seat inside the top 10 and I do believe will hear his name called in the MLB first year player draft. Hogan sits at #10 for me currently.
Wes Degener has been a starter since the first day he stepped on campus at Lindenwood University. Since then he’s hit well, played a solid center field and batted leadoff in every game. Degener a 6’3 centerfielder with range in the outfield and speed on the base path could get some looks when the June draft comes calling. He is a junior so he could return to LU if he so chooses. I have Degener at #9 in my list.
My honorable mentions for this month would be:
Josh Fleming – LHP – Webster. Touching 88-92 from the left side with a solid changeup. Fleming is an intriguing prospect coming from a Division III school, but has the makeup of a lefty who could make some noise in June.
Trey Turner – RHP – Missouri State. Turner a dual athlete who gets time in the field as well as on the mound has been quite good this year for the Bears. Turner so far on the season has pitched 7 innings with 12 k’s. He could be a good find for anyone late in the draft.
Brett Bond – C – Missouri. Former Westminster High School quarterback and not Mizzou catcher. Bond has been a steady everyday catcher for the Tigers over his three seasons there. Batting .429 on the young season so far he could quickly climb into draft conversations if the bat continues to play.
Bryan Young – RHP – Missouri State. Bears closer for the past 3 seasons. Young sits 84-88 from the right side with tons of movement. Being a senior closing games at the DI level with success should
My overall rankings:
1. Tanner Houck – RHP – Missouri
2. Jake Burger – 3B – Missouri St.
3. Bryce Montes De Oca – RHP – Missouri
4. Anthony Herron Jr. – RHP – Missouri St.
5. Spencer Juergens – RHP – Jefferson JC
6. Robbie Glendinning – SS – Missouri
7. Doug Still – LHP – Missouri St.
8. Kyle Wilson – RHP – Crowder
9. Wes Degener – CF – Lindenwood
10. Max Hogan – 2B/3B – Missouri Southern
Josh Fleming – LHP – Webster
Trey Turner – RHP – Missouri State
Brett Bond – C – Missouri
Bryan Young – RHP – Missouri State