2012 Draft Scouting Report: Dane Phillips

Scouting reports are the foundation of the talent evaluation system, and the reports that are used on draft day are developed from multiple viewings over the course of an amateur career. As part of our 2012 draft coverage here at Scout.com, we're providing team quality first-hand scouting reports on the names you need to know on draft day. Here's a look at college catcher, Dane Phillips.

Name: Dane Phillips
Position: Catcher
School: Oklahoma City
Height: 6-foot-1
Weight: 195
Bats/Throws: L/R

Events Scouted: Cape Cod League


Physical Description

Phillips' stocky, strong build suits the catching position. He's well conditioned with some room to grow. He's a very solid athlete as well.

Hitting

Dane Phillips is a hitter. He hit against top level competition in Cape Cod and did so on a very consistent basis. He has a compact swing and shows impressive plate discipline.

Power

Phillips has some natural lift to his swing and shows good power to his pull side. His upside is that of a 20-25 home run bat at the professional level.

Fielding

This is going to be the major question when it comes to Phillips. He's shown some flashes that he can catch at the professional level. I have my doubts about that ability, however. His bat will still play well at other positions, but obviously his value will be a little less. His receiving skills are what come into question behind the plate. What does bode well for him are his intangibles and ability to guide a staff.

Speed

At this stage, Phillips looks like a fringe-average runner. If he remains as a catcher, I'd expect him to settle around a 45 grade as a runner for the long haul.

Summation

The position is going to a huge determining factor when it comes to Phillips' draft status. If a team believes he can be a catcher, he'll likely find himself going off the board before the end of the compensation round.

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