Continuing the coverage from last weekend's PG World showcase in Fort Myers, Kiley gives us a scouting report and video of the 2nd ranked player from the event, Devon Fisher.
2. Devon Fisher, C, Western Branch HS (VA), Virginia commit
6'1/210, R/R, 18.1 on Draft Day
Fisher is one of the top amateur catchers in the county, though it's an admittedly down crop this year. He's got a a level, simple swing that's low maintenance and Fisher does a good job making the most of his hitting tools, keeping his head very still, keeping his hands inside the ball and putting it in play. He's a stout 6'1/210 and is maxed-out physically, so you're not dealing with a huge bat speed, quick-twich, loose athlete type, which creates some risk as there's isn't much untapped ability to develop. Given the demands of catching that tend to erode the ability to make contact over time, I've got Fisher as a fringe to average bat, but his power helps make up for it. He has solid-average raw power, allowing him to hit 15-20 homers and muscle to ball out to any part of the park when he squares it up, though he often uses the middle of the field.
Fisher is a below average runner, but is an average receiver with good feel for the game and his carrying tool, a plus arm, really stands out in games. His arm action is a little long, but Fisher's release is quick and consistently posts pop times in the 1.9s in games. Fisher would also be an asset in college on the mound, as he pitches from sidearm and three-quarters slots, sitting 88-91 with a slurve that's above average at times. There's about 6-8 backstops around the country in the high school and college ranks that project for the top three rounds and I have Fisher right in the middle of that group with another similar player, Texas prep C Evan Skoug (TCU commit). I've got the 3rd round as his likely floor right now, as catching typically gets over-drafted and this year's crop isn't especially deep.