TCN 2013 Cards Prospect #34: Adam Ehrlich

The second-year catcher drew attention after his final-month promotion to Johnson City. FREE article!

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(including links to full 2012 and career stats)

School: Campbell Hall High School, N. Hollywood, Cal.

2012 rank Pos. DOB Ht. Wt. Bat Thw Signed Round
NR C 12/13/1992 6-1 200 L R 2011 6th

Selected 2012 stats

GCL 0.284 0.368 74 12 21 4 0 6 12 17 0 0.364 0.384 0.365 0.749
JC 0.373 0.435 75 14 28 3 1 8 8 14 0 0.402 0.424 0.453 0.877
Total 0.329   149 26 49 7 1 14 20 31 0   0.404 0.409 0.813

Staff comments (individual rankings in parentheses)

CariocaCardinal (35): Ehrlich is my top ranked catching prospect in the Cardinals system. He is above-average defensively and he showed this past year that he can also hit.

What I really like about his hit tool is his high walk rate which leads to a high OBP (.404 in 2012). His power so far has been weak, but I expect him to get stronger as he matures as he was just 19 years old in 2012.

I expect to see Ehrlich in Peoria in 2013 though his spring most likely determines whether or not he starts the year there.

Message board community (37): This is Mr. Ehrlich's debut on the Community list. He is just 19, though he will turn 20 later this month.

Ehrlich only had 85 plate appearances at Johnson City, but he was clearly not overmatched, with an OBP of .424 and SLG of .453. He particularly liked hitting at Howard Johnson, with an OPS there of 1.036 to .687 on the road, but the sample sizes here are tiny.

Ehrlich is said to have good defensive skills. And given those skills, the fact that he hits lefty bodes very well for him to reach the majors, though he still has many rungs to climb on the ladder. - Gagliano

Brian Walton (37): While Ehrlich's bottom line rankings across the three voters are about as close to a consensus as possible, our views of him compared to the other catchers in the system differ. The community had Ehrlich behind Audry Perez, while I placed him third, also after Cody Stanley.

While Ehrlich receives good reports on his game, his standout offensive performance to date is based on just 75 at-bats at Johnson City. His early-season results took a jump in his return to the Gulf Coast League before his end-of-July promotion to the Appalachian League, but his GCL numbers in 2011 and 2012 were not eye-catching.

Ehrlich has yet to demonstrate extra-base power. Only four of his 28 Appy League hits were non-singles. Further, his BABIP of roughly .400 this season is not going to be sustainable.

While there is plenty of development time ahead, I am not ready to proclaim him the system's best at his position – even at a thin position like catcher - after fewer than 150 professional at-bats in rookie ball.

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