Silviano Transitioning Well

DUNEDIN, FL - The Toronto Blue Jays drafted catcher John Silviano out of Summit Christian High School in the 13th round of the 2012 MLB Draft. Silviano was the starting catcher on Summit Christian's 2011 Class 1A state championship team. The eighteen year old is still getting used to the physical demands of playing on a daily basis but has brought a lot to the table for the Blue Jays.

"He has a lot of things that you want from a catcher, including arm strength and intelligence behind the plate," hitting coach John Schneider said. "He's just working on getting comfortable behind the plate.

"He's working on his throwing, his blocking and just the whole rundown of everything that you have to work on as a catcher."

Coming onto the team in June, Silviano felt a little anxious, but not being too far from his West Palm Beach home has helped him. He is adapting and focusing on what he needs to work on to improve.

"I am transitioning pretty good," Silviano said. "It wasn't too hard for me to come out here. I was a little nervous at first but then I started playing and it all set in.

"I am just mostly trying to improve on my hitting and my catching behind the plate. I started off hitting pretty good but as of lately I haven't been hitting quite as good, so mostly working on that."

Although the 5-foot-11, 190 pound catcher feels that he has made the transition from high school ball to pro ball fairly easily, after only playing catcher for a short time in high school there is room for improvement defensively.

"We try to slow the game down for him a little bit when he is back there and just give him a few key things to worry about to make it a bit easier," Schneider said. "He's going to need to continue to work defensively but he is bringing a lot of good things to the field so far."

The left-handed batter is hitting an even .200 up to this point, but with eight of his 17 hits going for extra bases and drawing twelve walks and only 14 strikeouts, he's showing a nice combination of plate discipline and power.

His biggest goal for the season is to improve defensively and his performance thus far, as well as his evident confidence, shows that he has the drive to get better and move up.

"He's got bat potential and a lot of power potential," Schneider said. "He's a young strong kid with a strong throwing arm, so now it's just a matter of harnessing those tools to make him more of a complete player behind the plate and at the plate. He has the physical tools to make it work."


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\r\n \r\n\r\n\"He has a lot of things that you want from a catcher, including arm strength and intelligence behind the plate,\" hitting coach John Schneider said. \"He's just working on getting comfortable behind the plate.
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\r\n\"He's working on his throwing, his blocking and just the whole rundown of everything that you have to work on as a catcher.\"
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\r\nComing onto the team in June, Silviano felt a little anxious, but not being too far from his West Palm Beach home has helped him. He is adapting and focusing on what he needs to work on to improve.
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\r\n\"I am transitioning pretty good,\" Silviano said. \"It wasn't too hard for me to come out here. I was a little nervous at first but then I started playing and it all set in.
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\r\n\"I am just mostly trying to improve on my hitting and my catching behind the plate. I started off hitting pretty good but as of lately I haven't been hitting quite as good, so mostly working on that.\"
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\r\nAlthough the 5-foot-11, 190 pound catcher feels that he has made the transition from high school ball to pro ball fairly easily, after only playing catcher for a short time in high school there is room for improvement defensively.
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\r\n\"We try to slow the game down for him a little bit when he is back there and just give him a few key things to worry about to make it a bit easier,\" Schneider said. \"He's going to need to continue to work defensively but he is bringing a lot of good things to the field so far.\"
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\r\nThe left-handed batter is hitting an even .200 up to this point, but with eight of his 17 hits going for extra bases and drawing twelve walks and only 14 strikeouts, he's showing a nice combination of plate discipline and power.
\r\n
\r\nHis biggest goal for the season is to improve defensively and his performance thus far, as well as his evident confidence, shows that he has the drive to get better and move up.
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\r\n\"He's got bat potential and a lot of power potential,\" Schneider said. \"He's a young strong kid with a strong throwing arm, so now it's just a matter of harnessing those tools to make him more of a complete player behind the plate and at the plate. He has the physical tools to make it work.\"
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