Jaxx Groshans Greenville Drive Catcher

       
 
Age: 23
Born: July 20, 1998
Birthplace: Lafayette, LA
Height: 6-0
Weight: 210
Bats: Right
Throws: Right
   
Drafted: 5th round, 2019 by BOS
How Acquired: Draft
College: Kansas
High School: Magnolia (TX)

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Pronunciation: Jacks GROW-shans
First Pro Contract: June 18, 2019 (BOS)
Signing Scout: Lane Decker
Signing Bonus: $304,200
Rule 5 Draft Eligible: December 2022
MLFA Eligible: November 2025
   
Pro Debut: June 18, 2019 (Lowell)
Added to 40-man: -
MLB Debut: -
Service Time (1/21): 0 days
Options Remaining: 3 (0 used)
Contract (2021): MiLB contract
   
Twitter: @Groshans_15
Instagram: @groshans_11

 
 
 
 
 
     
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  Physical Description: Strong, athletic build. Above-average athleticism for a catcher.

Hit: Starts slightly open and utilizes a leg kick. Tick-better-than-average bat speed. Has a tendency to bail early with his front side as he cheats to try and get around on fastballs. Fluid swing. Has shown the ability to use all fields. Struggles recognizing breaking balls and has shown a tendency to expand the zone against them, especially when behind in the count. Potential below-average hit tool.

Power: Average raw power. If he fills out some and adds a little more loft to his swing, could eventually develop into a 10-15 home run type.

Run: Below-average runner. Will not be a part of his game, but not a base clogger.

Field: Defense is a work in progress. Moves very well behind the plate, but receiving skills are raw and really struggles blocking balls in the dirt. Potential below-average defensive profile at best. Unclear if he can stick at catcher long-term.
  Arm: Solid-average arm strength, but slow release and inconsistent accuracy.

Career Notes:
Led high school squad to a district championship and was named league MVP in 2016. Started three seasons for Kansas. Older brother of Jordan Groshans, who was drafted in the first round in 2018 by Toronto. Signed for exactly slot value right after the 2019 draft. Participated in 2019 and 2020 Fall Instructional Leagues.

Summation:
Future potential depends on how his glove develops. Has some of the raw tools you like to see, but is on the raw side for a college catching prospect. Defense has a ways to go and needs work. If everything breaks right, could develop into an offensive-minded backup catcher with some hit and power ability.

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State of the System 2020: Catchers (4.15.2020)
 
   
     
    Hitting Stats                                          
  year team lg level org age g ab r h 2b 3b hr rbi tb bb so sb cs avg obp slg ops
2017 Kansas NCAA Coll --- 19 53 190 20 45 5 2 1 38 57 20 34 0 0 0.237 0.313 0.300 0.613
  2018 Kansas NCAA Coll --- 20 55 211 26 66 16 2 4 43 98 14 30 1 1 0.313 0.355 0.464 0.819
  2019 Kansas NCAA Coll --- 21 57 197 49 67 14 1 12 46 125 53 40 0 3 0.340 0.475 0.604 1.079
  2019 Lowell NYPL A- Bos 21 44 148 15 32 5 1 4 23 51 23 34 1 1 0.216 0.314 0.345 0.659
  2020 Season Cancelled --- --- Bos 22 --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- ---
  2021 Salem LAE A Bos 23 40 141 26 42 7 0 5 21 64 31 35 1 1 0.298 0.417 0.454 0.871
  2021 Greenville HAE A+ Bos 23 34 122 13 32 6 3 4 16 56 9 28 0 0 0.262 0.316 0.459 0.775
   
     
    2022 Stats                                          
  year team lg level org age g ab r h 2b 3b hr rbi tb bb so sb cs avg obp slg ops
  2022 TBD --- --- Bos 24     stats                            
   
     
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