Robert Stock - While it is not certain if his future lies on the mound or behind the plate, Robert Stock's ceiling is as high as anyone's in the draft class. His arm behind the plate has left scouts in awe and his body type also suggests a permanent move behind the dish. He's looked comfortable in the position and his arm speaks for itself. And, that is only his defensive game. His bat also has the potential to be a damaging weapon at the professional level.
Robert has been on scouts' radar for quite a while, and if they value his great arm, quick release and prolific offensive ability, they may soon forget what a pitching prodigy he may also turn out to be. Perhaps what will determine his future is if he looses his stockier, no pun intended, frame and lengthens out into a more protoytpical pitcher's body. Either way, he projects to be an elite professional hitter with lightning bat speed and one of the strongest arms you'll ever seen behind the plate.
Danny Rams - In just about any other draft class in recent memory, there wouldn't be a catcher that could top the pure, raw power of Robert Stock. But, as far as power is concerned, there are very few that stack up with Danny Rams. What separates him from other power hitting catchers of recent drafts is that it appears he'll stick behind the plate. He has turned in pop times as low as 1.83 seconds and scouts believe that his arm strength is already strong enough for the professional level. Plus, for a big guy, he moves quickly behind the dish and gets in blocking position well. All these factors will work in his advantage, but it will still come down to his best tool, the rare "light tower power." It usually can't be taught, Rams has it, and some scouts are already calling him an excellent first round candidate.
Closest To The Majors
J.P. Arencibia - If not for the fact that he is in fact so close to big league ready, J.P. Arencibia would also fit well into the highest ceiling category. He is as polished a catching product as you are going to find at the amateur level with his excellent receiving skills, strong arm and advanced approach at the plate. Not to mention, his pure tools are also quite present. he has displayed above average power that should also play well at the professional level. Plus, he appears that he could hit for average almost immediately in the minor leagues given his compact swing. Whoever drafts him will likely be getting a player who can help them sooner rather than later.
Matt Wieters - Wieters, because of the time he spends on the mound for Georgia Tech, may not have the defensive polish that Arencibia has. However, as a hitter, he's as talented and as polished as any hitter in college baseball. The 6' 6" slugger doesn't have a prototypical catchers' build, and that's an understatement, but he still moves quicker than one would expect behind the dish. Putting all of that aside, the bottom line is that his ticket is going to be his bat. With his frame, teams are likely going to want him to play first base full time. His patience and power to all fields will allow him to make his impact quickly at the professional level.
Curtis Casali - Being a northeastern high school player, Casali has not received as much attention as some other top catchers, but his talent stacks up with just about anyone's. Behind the plate, he gets rid of the ball quickly and communicates well with his pitching staff. Overall, he behaves and carries himself like a college catcher and scouts are impressed with his lead by example work ethic. Not to mention, his power potential is rather intriguing as well.
Daniel Elorriaga-Matra - If selected by the right team and given the proper coaching, there is no telling how good Daniel Elorriaga-Matra could be. He is perhaps the highest ceiling defensive catching prospect in the class with his plus arm strength, ideal catcher's body, and outstanding energy and enthusiasm behind the plate. Daniel takes great pride in his defense and is extremely athletic as he pounces on pitches in the dirt. But, let's not leave out that this youngster can also swing the bat. While he is still raw, this 17 year old has outstanding bat speed and power potential that could produce gap power at the next level. He'll be one to monitor very closely over the next twelve months as he could really take the next step in a hurry.
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