Date of Birth: 10/11/1992
Acquired: 2014 MLB Draft, 3rd Round
Ranking History: #13 (2015), #30 (2016)
Body: Tall; strong; physical frame; mature; impressive body; room for additional strength; good athlete for his size; questions about how body will handle rigors of catching, given unique size/frame for position.
Hit: Bat showed slow in 2015; trouble handling velocity in all quadrants; had to cheat to handle quality stuff and was burned more often than not; showed some potential for improved pitch recognition but needs to demonstrate ability to handle FB first, followed development of ability to handle secondary pitches; pull-oriented swing that needs to use entire field more consistently; approach solid at times with a plan and knowledge of strike zone; bat speed and ability to handle fastball will be difference maker for player; well-below-average at present with limited projection; could hit .230-.240 at MLB level if things come along some. Grade – Present 3/Future 3+
Power: Obvious strength in frame; strength does not translate to bat speed or ability to utilizing raw power in game situations; can drive ball during BP, mostly to pull side; above-average raw power with lift; plays down due to hit tool constraints and slow bat in game situations; with hit tool development and regular playing time, could find 10-12 home runs and 15-20 doubles; projects for below-average game power; projection requires grade jump resulting from hit tool development. Grade – 3/4
Speed: Well below-average runner; speed is not part of game; may continue to slow as catching takes a toll; won’t be factor in game throughout career. Grade – 3/3
Defense: Flashed strong defensive tools and potential at amateur level and in brief professional trial following draft; tools have stagnated in pro ball; below-average pop times consistently through 2015 season; above-average raw arm strength with solid accuracy; footwork and preparation to throw are slow and sloppy; positive feedback related to game calling; strong wrists and ability to receive velocity is an asset; needs to polish remainder of receiving, including proper glove placement and execution with secondary pitches moving away from zone; blocking needs work and must improve; still demonstrates tools to be defensive contributor at MLB level, but game has not evolved as expected following amateur career; showed below-average defensive package throughout 2015; average potential long-term. Grade – 4/5
Arm: Above-average raw strength; throws are on a line and accurate; throws down to the bag; arm strength plays down because of footwork and arm action; potential to flash above-average arm consistently with work on rest of catch-and-throw game. Grade – 5/5+
Other: Intelligent player; understands nuances of game; receives high marks for game calling and situational awareness; demonstrates leadership potential on the field but lacks consistent execution in leading teammates.
Summary: Limited offensive profile including below-average hit and power; well below-average runner; solid defensive tools that need consistency and polish to play to projected heights; smart player with head for the game and on-field leadership; low ceiling player.
Risk: Moderate risk; limited projection remaining; could move from projection to reality in short order with performance at Double-A in 2016.
Projection: Modest ceiling; projects as MLB backup catcher with potential for some pop in offensive game; low bar for offensive production from catcher makes him potentially desirable in spite of poor scouting grades for offensive tools; needs to perform at Double-A or projection will continue to slide into org role territory; prospect is losing favor with many in scouting community and needs rebound in 2016; could provide MLB value as reserve catcher late in 2017 season if development picks up.