Physical Description: Wide,
stocky catcher's frame. Maxed out physically.
Starts open with his hands by his chest. Utilizes a toe-tap
timing device. Swing has some length. Whips the bat through the
zone. Fringe-average bat speed. Lot of swing-and-miss in his
game. Strikeouts numbers are a concern, especially as he faces
more advanced pitching. Has an aggressive approach, but will
take a walk on occasion. Potential below-average hit tool.
Power: Plus raw power. Swing is geared to
drive the ball, rarely gets cheated. Power is unlikely to play at
the plus level in-game due to his inconsistent hit tool.
Run: 20 speed. Not a part of his game. Base
defensive profile. Limited agility. Soft hands. Can improve on
pitch blocking and framing. Was better defensively when he was
younger, but has gotten sloppy at times as he has matured.
Arm: Plus arm strength.
Career Notes: Nickname is "El
Pulpo" ("the Octopus"). Was one of the Phillies' first signings
following an announced refocusing on international talent.
Claimed by Boston off waivers when the Phillies removed him from
their roster to add pitching during the 2020 season, reportedly
because they planned on removing him during the offseason due to
a 40-man roster crunch. Was claimed off waivers by Cincinnati in
December 2020. Was claimed off waivers several times in 2021,
going from the Reds to the Rays, Mets, back to the Rays, then
traded to the White Sox before being released in late August.
Signed with Boston in March 2022 with a non-roster invitation to
MLB spring training.
Summation: Profiles as an up-and-down depth
catcher. Bat-first profile is not an ideal fit for a backup.
Ceiling of a solid major league backup catcher. If he can
improve his defense and make enough contact to tap into his
power, could carve out a solid major league career.
Video from Pawtucket (9.8.2020)
Scouting Report Update (9.8.2020)