Jaxx Groshans   Catcher

       
 
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
   
Pro Debut: June 18, 2019 (Lowell)
MLB Debut: -
   
Twitter: @Groshans_15
Instagram: @groshans_11


Released (Sept. 2022)
 
 
 
 
 
     
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  Physical Description: Solid frame with no remaining projection. Thick lower half. Fringe-average athleticism for a catcher.

Hit: Starts slightly open in a crouch and utilizes a leg kick. Fringe-average bat speed. Has a tendency to bail early with his front side as he cheats to try and get around on fastballs. Long swing. Struggles on fastballs up in the zone. Has shown the ability to use all fields, but can get pull happy at times. Struggles to recognize breaking balls and has shown a tendency to expand the zone against them, especially when behind in the count. Potential below-average hit tool with a refined approach.

Power: Average raw power. Mostly gap power right now. Needs to add a little more loft to his swing to tap into his raw power. Could eventually develop into below-average game power.

Run: Well below-average runner. Not a part of his game. Moves alright when he gets going, but takes a while to reach that point. Slow out of the box.
  Field: Defense is a work in progress. Receiving skills are very raw. Lacks feel for glove position and can cost his pitchers strikes, will catch a pitch with his glove vertical, when catching it horizontally would have allowed him to frame it much better. Really struggles with blocking balls in the dirt. Slow to get down and struggles to smother the pitches and keep them close to him. Unclear if he can stick at catcher long-term. Potential below-average defensive profile at best.

Arm:
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 2018 first-round pick Jordan Groshans. Signed for exactly slot value right after the 2019 draft. Participated in 2019 and 2020 Fall Instructional Leagues. Participated in 2022 Winter Warm-Up.

Summation: Potential minor league depth catcher. Ceiling of an organizational, bat-first catcher. Has some of the raw tools you like to see, but is on the raw side for a college catcher. Defense has a ways to go and needs a significant amount of work.

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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 Greenville SAL A+ Bos 24 53 165 19 27 5 3 5 21 53 27 57 0 0 0.164 0.284 0.321 0.605
   
     
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