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.
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: 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.
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
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.
State of the System 2020: Catchers (4.15.2020)