Tigers Scouting Report: C Grayson Greiner

Quality catching is always at a premium, and the Tigers looked to re-stock their system with a very strong defender out of Alabama in Grayson Greiner. Greiner has all the physical and mental tools to be very good behind the plate, but how is his bat?

Grayson Greiner


Position: Catcher

Date of Birth: 10/11/1992
Height/Weight: 6-5/220
Bats/Throws: Right/Right
Acquired: 2014 MLB Draft, 3rd Round
Ranking History: N/A

Background: An experienced catching prospect out of Alabama, Greiner was drafted with around a half million dollar slot associated with his third round draft spot.

Scouting Report

Body: Tall; strong; very physical frame; good muscle tone; mature; impressive body; room for additional strength; good athlete for his size.

Hit: Not a bat-speed oriented swing; gets long to and through the zone; surprising feel for the barrel and will make consistent contact; contact won't always be loud; improving pitch recognition skills and willingness to go deeper in counts; longer swing lends to more a pull presence; needs to use opposite field more frequently to make best use of tool; consistent premium velocity in pro ball could be an issue with longer swing; still developing at the plate; needs multi-grade jump for tool to play consistently at everyday level; likely below-average to fringe hitter long term. Grade – Present 3/Future 4+

Power: Strength is present; can drive the ball in BP; power really stands out when he extends his arms; power plays mostly to pull side; above-average raw but plays down in games because of under-developed hit tool; with fringe hit tool at peak, power could play to average level; reasonable scenario involves 10-15 home runs supplemented by doubles. Grade – 4+/5

Speed: Below-average down the line; speed is not part of game; will continue to slow as catching takes a toll; won't be factor in game throughout career. Grade – 4/3

Defense: Most impressive tool; really strong defender with potential to continue improving with pro instruction; already handles premium velocity and high-quality secondary pitches with ease; strong wrists; firm with the ball and avoids drift; good target for pitchers; moves well side to side despite size; can drop and block; footwork is good on throws; release can be slow and will need to develop ability to gun runners at highest level; commands pitching staff well; excellent glove with plus potential as he adjusts to pro game. Grade – 5/6

Arm: Above-average raw strength; throws are on a line and accurate; throws down to the bag; gives his fielders a chance to make the play at second base; arm plays down a half tick because of slower release; should play to raw strength with pro instruction and continued development. Grade – 5/5+

Other: Heady player; excellent leadership ability on the field; highly competitive.

Final Word

Summary: Very strong defender; glove can carry profile to MLB level; arm is strong; very good leader; total defensive package; typical catcher speed; above-average raw power but doesn't manifest in games due to developing hit tool; long swing that may prevent hitting at more than a below-average level; potential .250 hitter with pop and excellent defense; strong makeup.

Risk: Moderate risk; Higher floor player with relatively low ceiling; questions surrounding hit tool prevent him from being low risk.

Projection: Should move relatively quickly through the system; hit tool will need a couple of years to continue developing; potential for similar developmental path as James McCann; backup catcher profile without much development; potential to be solid regular if hit tool even approaches average level; defense will always be the calling card.

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