Caleb Bonemer, SS/RHH - Okemos (Mich.)
Another prep standout that caught my eye on the PG circuit is Caleb Bonemer. He's a prep shortstop from out near Lansing, Mich., who has a really interesting makeup. He's a 6-foot-1, 195-pound right-handed hitter with a ton to like about the operation in the batters' box.
From the beginning of 2023 to the end, he was real fun in my looks. To start the year in Fort Myers for The MLK Championship run by Perfect Game, Bonemer was impressive, handling the bat well with some loud results and the ability to work on the barrel.
He's got speed and athleticism to pair with strength and the ability to leverage in the batter's box. He's a shortstop with a bit of a power component to the swing. In my looks, he's on the barrel often and has bat-to-ball that would excite most.
He may not be at the very top of his class, but the Virginia commit has a real toolsy profile overall. If he can come out and show off the power in the Spring, teams will bite. The long-term is exciting.
A prep shortstop who can hit for power, who has a high ceiling, and possesses athleticism? Someone will want to take a chance. For the Tigers, why not consider dipping into the backyard to try and land someone local?
It would depend on the draft board and how strongly the Tigers feel about Bonemer at their respective pick, but it could be interesting once the draft order is set and the spring comes and goes. Keep an eye on Bonemer in Okemos this year.