Athletic, average frame. Needs to add strength and physically
Hit: Starts square with his
hands high. Slight leg lift. Loose hands. Compact, level swing.
Strong feel for hit. Rarely chases and works deep counts. Has
shown the ability to hit fastballs, but struggles against
secondary pitches. Potential for above-average plate discipline.
Swing-and-miss in his game is mainly in the zone and because he
is passive and often gets in deep counts. Potential average hit
Power: Gap-to-gap power right now.
Can create backspin, but needs to add strength to tap into his
power. Fringe-average max exit velocities for his age.
Below-average power potential.
Average speed. Solid baserunning instincts.
Athletic behind the plate. Still a work in progress with his
receiving and ability to block balls in the dirt. Moved to
catcher during the 2021 Fall Performance Program. Played both
infield and outfield in high school.
Arm: Average arm strength.
Committed to San Diego State. Went to high school less than two
miles from 2021 first-round pick Marcelo Meyer's high school.
Participated in the Fall Performance Program in 2021, where he
began working at catcher. Was set to participate in the 2022
Fall Performance Program that was cancelled due to Hurricane
Summation: Drafted as a hitter
without a clear defensive home, appears to have taken to
catching. Has some feel on both sides of the ball, but a long
way to go developmentally. Lacks a standout tool, but does not
really have a tool that is lacking either. Competitive, smart
player. Will work hard to get the most out of his ability.
Red Sox Select Daniel McElvany with Sixth-Round Pick (7.12.21)