2012 Draft Scouting Report: Peter O'Brien

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, Peter O'Brien.

Name: Peter O'Brien
Position: Catcher
School: Miami
Height: 6-foot-5
Weight: 225
Bats/Throws: R/R

Events Scouted: Spring Season

Physical Description

In terms of his frame, O'Brien is not exactly a prototype at the catching position. He has a massive, muscular frame. He's not overly agile and is about maxed out physically. How much this hurts his chances of being a catcher remains to be seen.


O'Brien's hitting style is geared more toward driving the ball than hitting for average at this point, but he's also somewhat more crude than other college bats. The swing stays fairly short and to the ball, but he gets a little pull happy and pulls off outside pitches at times. He has above average bat speed, however, and could become a better average hitter as he matures as a player.


O'Brien has very quiet hands at the plate and just lets them explode at the ball. He has a second gear when he hits the baseball and can drive the ball out to any part of the ballpark. He stays inside the ball nicely and is capable of hitting majestic home runs to left field. He shares some similarities to Pat Burrell in this department.


There are some question marks about whether O'Brien can stick at catcher, but at the moment he at least has a chance. How his body type evolves in the next couple years will be a big factor in this. O'Brien is a field general that has the personality to lead and take command behind the dish. His arm is fringy, however, and his hands are about average. He'll need to work hard to stay agile given his large frame.


A below average runner, O'Brien may even lose a step over the years if he remains a catcher. He's about a 40 runner and will never be much a presence on the base paths.


Regardless of position, O'Brien's powerful right-handed bat gives him a great deal of upside. If he can stick there, the value goes through the roof.

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