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Detroit Tigers TigsTown Scouting Report #30: Grayson Greiner

It was a disappointing 2015 season for the Tigers former third round pick, as he struggled mightily at the plate, and those struggles seemed to carry over behind the dish as well. Can Greiner right his prospect status in 2016?


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: #13 (2015), #30 (2016)

2015 Performance

Lakeland 312 24 57 12 0 3 21 27 90 0 0 .183 .254 .504


Scouting Report

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.


Final Word

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.



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