Top 100 College Prospects: #100, Wyatt Toregas

An All Big East catcher for the Virginia Tech Hokies in 2003, Wyatt Toregas is a potential All-American this season and projects to be one of the better collegiate college catching prospects as a junior heading into June's Major League Baseball Amateur Draft. Toregas is the complete package behind the plate, swings a big bat, and comes through in the clutch, making him #100 among our Top 100 College Draft Prospects.

Wyatt Toregas lettered all four seasons as a catcher at South Lakes High School in Northern Virginia, batting .609 his senior year, before heading off to Virginia Tech to play for the Hokies. Toregas hit .378 in Big East games and earned All-Conference honors his freshman year as a utility player after splitting time behind the plate, as a designated hitter, and even playing 13 games in right field. He quickly earned a reputation as a clutch hitter, hitting .378 with runners in scoring position and .571 with the bases loaded. Toregas had many highlights his freshman season, including a 7-hit game against Georgetown in which he set a VA Tech record for most at-bats in one game with nine. The two biggest signs his freshman year that showed Toregas was a special player was leading the team in multi-RBI games (16) and hitting .400 (58-145) over the final two months of the season.

Toregas topped his exceptional freshman season by leading the Hokies with 60 RBI and finished second in the Big East in the same category. He started 41 games at catcher and was second on the team with 10 home runs to earn All Big East honors his sophomore year after starting the season with a sprained elbow. After playing several games in right field his first two seasons, Toregas is expected to primarily work as a catcher in 2004 while getting a few games in at designated hitter.















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Batting and Power. Toregas has a quick bat and short, compact swing that generates good power. He has a very good batting eye and projects to be a 20 HR guy with good gap power.

Base Running and Speed. Despite being a catcher, Toregas has quick feet and decent speed. He is a smart base runner and can steal a base here and there.

Defense. He has a terrific arm behind the plate, throwing out 44% (28-64) of would be base stealers last season. Toregas plays good defense behind the plate and has a good enough arm to play right field if need be.

Projection. Toregas projects to an very useful utility player or possibly full-time catcher. Think Jason Phillips of the Mets and Rob Hammock of the Arizona Diamondbacks for a good MLB comparison.



Mike Nickeas

Georgia Tech

Jason Jaramillo

Oklahoma State

Landon Powell

South Carolina

Donny Lucy


Devin Ivany

South Florida

Brad Davis

Long Beach State

Erick San Pedro

U. of Miami

Rob Johnson


Josh Ford


Lou Santangelo


Wyatt Toregas

Virginia Tech


There are quite a few gems at the catching position in the college ranks. Erick San Pedro and Mike Nickeas appear to be the better defensive signal callers while Jason Jaramillo, Donny Lucy, and Josh Ford appear to have the most power upside of the catchers in this year's draft.

1. Mike Nickeas - As solid a catcher as there is in the college ranks. Can do it all: hit, throw, defend, block, call games, etc. A clutch hitter, he hit .373 with RISP last season. Batted .303 in 20 games for Team USA this past summer in the Pan American Games. Sweet stroke.

2. Jason Jaramillo - A very good defensive player (he threw out 18 baserunners attempting to steal in 2003), Jaramillo is known for his bat. Hit .385 with 9 HRs last season.

3. Landon Powell - A semi-finalist for the Johny Bench Award in 2003, Powell resembles Bench with the same tools. He had do it all. Powell had 23 doubles & 10 HRs in '03, not to mention he led the SEC in walks. The switch-hitter can play defense too, sporting a .994 fielding percentage last season. Was drafted by the Cubs in the 25th round in 2003.

4. Donny Lucy - An extremely talented and athletic catcher that is expected to possibly be a first round draft pick in the 2004 MLB First-Year Player Draft. Has great arm strength and is an excellent receiver defensively, as well as a potent bat offensively. He handles pitchers well.

5. Devin Ivany - A junior that can really rake, hitting .432 with RISP last season. Ivany enters his third season at USF with a career .341 batting average. Not only can hit, he's a very good defensive catcher. Threw out 41% of potential base stealers in 2003.

6. Brad Davis - Davis, like Wyatt Toregas, plays a few other positions besides catcher. David will play 1B and RF as well. Contact hitter who lacks true power.

7. Erick San Pedro - San Pedro is highly regarded as the country's premiere defensive catcher. Had 12 pickoffs and threw out 15 base stealers in 53 games. Works well with pitchers. Has solid bat, modest power.

8. Rob Johnson - After hitting 14 HRs for Saddleback Junior College, Johnson transferred to Houston to begin his career with the Cougars as a junior. Good defensively, solid all-around athlete.

9. Josh Ford - Just a junior at Baylor, Ford already entered the 2004 campaign ranked 23rd in school history with the most home runs. A do-it-all hitter. Can hit for average and plus power. Slugged 19 doubles and 12 HRs in just 283 at-bats last season.

10. Lou Santangelo - A transfer from Seton Hall, Santangelo is a very good defensive catcher just beginning his career at Clemson after two years with Pirates. He has an excellent arm and is very accurate throwing out runners. Not much power.

11. Wyatt Toregas - Only a junior, Toregas is the complete package. Has great arm, good defensively, can hit for power and average, etc. Can play right field too.

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