Physical Description: Tall,
sturdy frame. Filled out, minimal remaining projection.
Hit: Starts in a closed stance and utilizes a
leg kick. Good plate coverage. All-fields approach. Likes
getting the ball out over the plate so he can get extended and
work to right-center field. Aggressive, looking to swing.
Approach needs refinement, struggles recognizing off-speed
pitches at times and will extend zone. At times has shown a
willingness to take a walk. Potential below-average hit tool.
Power: Will show above-average raw power in
batting practice to all-fields. Over the fence game power,
hasn’t really shown yet, but given his swing and strength should
Arm: Fringe-average arm
strength. Has a quick release, but throws lack zip and carry.
Field: Soft hands, average receiver.
Struggles somewhat when he has to move laterally and block balls
in the dirt. Needs to do a better job of corralling pitches in
the dirt. Potential fringe-average defender.
Run: Well below-average speed. Not a part of
Wears the number 13 because he has undergone 13 surgeries around
his right eye since childhood for a condition called congenital
melanocytic nevus, essentially a birthmark surrounding his eye. Also played first base at Kentucky.
Played for Yarmouth-Dennis in the Cape Cod League in 2017. In
2018, was a
semi-finalist for the Dick Howser Trophy awarded to the top
player in collegiate baseball. 2018 season ended due to a torn
meniscus in his knee that required surgery, which also kept him
out of the Fall Instructional League. Participated in Fall
Instructional League in 2019.
Potential emergency role player capable of playing catcher and
first base. Ceiling of an offensive-minded backup catcher.
Offensive tools are ahead of defense at this point, but should
be able to stick at catcher for the foreseeable future. If he
can hit, will be able to find enough defensive versatility to be
a useful player.
State of the System 2020: Catchers (4.15.2020)