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 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. Has the most trouble with changeups. At times
has shown a willingness to take a walk, but has gotten more
aggressive as he has moved up the system. Far too much
swing-and-miss in his game, but has cut down on it in 2022 at
the expense of power. Potential below-average hit tool.
Power: Will show Average raw power in batting
practice to all fields. Over-the-fence game power has not really
shown yet, but given his swing and strength, could come
eventually if he can show the ability to make consistent
contact. Below-average in-game power potential.
Run: Well below-average speed. Not a part of his game.
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. Barely caught for a stretch of about a month in July
2022 while sharing the roster with two other catchers. Potential
Below-average arm strength. Has a quick release, but throws lack
zip and carry.
Career Notes: 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 semifinalist 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. Played in the Battle of the Bourbon Trail
for the Lexington Leyendas in 2020 after the season was
canceled. Participated in the 2019 and 2020 Fall Instructional
Leagues. Participated in the 2022 Winter Warm-Up. Received a
non-roster invitation to MLB spring training in 2022.
Summation: Potential organizational depth
catcher. Ceiling of an emergency role player capable of playing
catcher and first base. Offensive tools are ahead of defense at
this point, but should be able to stick at catcher at least in a
partial role. If he can make enough contact, could be able to
find enough defensive versatility to be a useful organizational
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