Phillies Prospect #70: Caleb Mangum

Caleb Mangum was excited just to be drafted, primarily because he simply didn't want to stop playing baseball. It's that kind of love of the game that makes it possible for the catching prospect to develop into a true prospect.

Acquired: Drafted by the Phillies in the 24th round of the 2007 Draft.

B: R  T: R  /  Height: 5' 11" /  Weight: 185

2007 Team/League: Williamsport (New York / Penn League)

Positions Played in 2007:   C (48 games)

School: North Carolina state

Batting and Power:  Caleb Mangum may have been a bit of a steal in the 24th round, primarily because he's not a one-dimensional catcher. Mangum has a nice track record offensively from his days at North Carolina State where he hit .305 during his college career. Mangum doesn't have a lot of power, but he can generate enough power that pitchers have to be careful with how they pitch him. As with a lot of young players coming out of college, Mangum is going to need some time to adjust to using a wood bat, but once he makes all the adjustments, Mangum should be an above average offensive player.

Baserunning and Speed: Mangum doesn't have much speed and he knows it. He doesn't take chances on the basepaths and simply doesn't try to steal bases, since he knows it's likely that he won't be successful.

Defense: One of the things that the Phillies look for in catching prospects is the ability to handle themselves well behind the plate. Mangum is well above average defensively and pitchers have credited him with having the natural ability to handle pitchers and get the most out of them. One mild downfall is Mangum's ability to throw out runners attempting to steal. His arm is below average, but part of the problem may just be in his mechanics and getting himself setup to throw. The Phillies are working with him to improve his footwork and believe that he may be able to develop skills that will at least bring his arm up to the average area, which would be a big plus and eliminate a concern that some scouts saw in Mangum's game.

Projection: Let's face it, most 24th round picks are a long shot at best, but Mangum does have some pretty good skills that he can build on. Much of what he achieves will depend on how his offense comes along and just how much skill he can show as a defensive catcher. He has a legitimate shot at being at least a backup catcher at the Major League level and with a little luck and some development, he could be a little more than that.

Caleb Mangum's career stats

2007 Williamsport 22 48 136 18 35 9 0 1 10 1 21 22 .257 .358 .346


Stats courtesy of The Baseball Cube.

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