CEDAR RAPIDS, IOWA – Perfect Game USA, one of the largest amateur baseball scouting services in the country, has released its Top 30 Prospects from the Great Lakes Summer Collegiate League and the Cincinnati Steam were represented by five players from the 2012 roster.
Jake Madsen (Ohio University/Moeller), a left-handed hitting first baseman was ranked the number-six top prospect. Madsen lead the team and was second in the league with a .396 batting average. Madsen, who was a mid-season all-star selection and post season all-league performer, was near the top of all the Steam offensive categories with three home runs, 21 RBIs, 42 hits and seven doubles. He was one of the top clutch hitters on the team, leading the Steam in batting average with runners on base (.419), runners in scoring position (.520) and runners in scoring position with two outs (.556). One of his many highlights of the season was a ninth inning grand slam home run at Hamilton on July 21 in an 8-7 come-from-behind victory against the Joes.
Justin Glass (University of Cincinnati) joined the team two weeks into the season after a brief stint in the Cape Cod League was rated as the eighth highest prospect. Glass made an immediate impact with a walk-off base hit to win his first game with the Steam, a 12-inning 1-0 win at home against the Xenia Scouts. His .364 batting average is second highest on the team and sixth in the league. Glass tied for the team lead in home runs (4) and second on the Steam with 22 RBIs and was an All-GLSCL post-season selection.
Kyle Hart (Indiana/Sycamore) earned the number nine spot of the Perfect Game Top 30 list. Hart, a left-handed starting pitcher, made six starts and tallied a 3-1 record with a 3.78 ERA. In 33 and 1/3 innings of work, Hart led the Steam with 36 strikeouts while giving up just 10 walks. Hart made his seventh start of the season in the post season in the first game of the GLSCL semi-final series against the Southern Ohio Copperheads. In that game, Hart received a no-decision after six innings of work and gave up just one earned run, striking out four batters, walking one and scattering six hits.
Brian Korte (Indiana/Elder), one of just three starting pitchers to be named to the post season All-GLSCL first-team, ranked number 21 on the Top 30 list. Korte was second among the league qualifiers in the GLSCL with a 2.12 ERA. In six starts, Korte registered a 2-0 record while working a team high 34 innings, striking out 26 batters and only giving up 12 walks and eight earned runs. In his most recent outing, Korte earned the win on July 27 against Hamilton, going six innings and only giving up one unearned run and striking out five batters. During the season, opposing hitters hit just .233 against him.
Matt Williams (Cincinnati/CHCA) was named as an honorable mention selection as he just missed the Top 30 list. Williams was the first Steam player to ever hit for the cycle, doing so in his first four at bats on July 20 against the Xenia Scouts. Williams, who was a mid-season all-star, led the Steam offense in virtually every category. He is the team’s third leading hitter with a .326 batting average and was tied with Glass for the team high in home runs with four. Williams was tops in RBIs (26), hits (44), at-bats (135), triples (2) and stolen bases (14). A shortstop by trade, Williams earned post season honors as a utility player thanks to his ability to split time between the infield and playing centerfield.
Stark County outfielder Max Murphy (Bradley University) who won the GLSCL Player of the Year award was named the number-one prospect in the GLSCL Top 30 list. Murphy was tied for the league lead in home runs (9), was second in RBIs (34) and fifth in batting average (.369).
The Steam finished the 2012 regular season with a 24-15 record and was the regular season champions after winning a three-way tie breaker with the Lima Locos and the Licking County Settlers. The Steam advanced to the GLSCL championship series before losing the series 2-0 to the Settlers for the league championship.