Short, sturdy frame. Very strong, stocky build. No remaining
Hit: Starts square and
utilizes a short, leg lift timing device. Average bat speed,
smooth swing. Direct to the ball, keeps the barrel in the zone a
long time. Has swing-and-miss in his game, but also will take a
walk. Knows the strike zone and has some feel for recognizing
spin. Potential fringe-average hit tool.
Above-average raw power. Average game power. Can lift the ball
and drive it with some authority, especially to the pull side.
Run: Well below-average speed. Passable
speed for his size.
best suited for a utility defensive role. Began catching
full-time in 2022. Played catcher, first base, and corner
outfield in 2021, and a role in that vein (think Stephen Vogt)
may be his best MLB fit. Caught some in college and began
working out at the position before games in his 2019 pro debut.
First began catching in pro games in 2021. Lacks mobility and
clearly looks like someone who just started playing the position
behind the plate. Receiving is a work in progress and is still
getting comfortable blocking balls in the dirt.
Arm: Fringe-average arm. Pop times around
2.10-2.15 from behind the plate.
Also played football in high school. Was not drafted out of high
school. Spent four years at Vanderbilt, winning the College
World Series with the Commodores in 2019. Signed for a
below-slot bonus, but a solid one for a day two college senior.
Participated in the Fall Instructional League in 2019 and 2020.
Lived with teammate Joe Davis in a trailer during the 2021
season and the two, dubbed the "Meatball Gang," held weekly
cookouts for teammates on Monday off days. Participated in the
Fall Performance Program in 2021. Participated in 2022 Winter
Warm-Up. Excelled in the 2022 Arizona Fall League, being
selected to the Fall Stars Game and participating in its Home
Run Derby. Received a non-roster invitation to
MLB spring training in 2023.
Summation: Profiles as a
solid organizational player. Ceiling of a bat-first bench bat.
Can play first base and corner outfield adequately and is now
getting significant run at catcher. Type of player every
organization needs. If he can get to even fringe-average
defensively, prospects of reaching the major leagues drastically
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