Kyle Teel Portland Sea Dogs Catcher

Age: 21 
Born: February 15, 2002
Birthplace: Ridgewood, NJ
Height: 6-1
Weight: 190
Bats: Left
Throws: Right
Drafted: 1st round, 2023 by BOS
How Acquired: Draft
College: Virginia
High School: Mahwah (NJ)
ETA: Early 2025

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First Pro Contract: July 21, 2023 (BOS)
Signing Scout: Wallace Rios
Signing Bonus: $4,000,000
Rule 5 Draft Eligible: December 2026
MLFA Eligible: November 2028
Pro Debut: August 3, 2023 (FCL)
Added to 40-man: ---
MLB Debut: ---
Service Time (1/23): 0 days
Options Remaining: 3 (0 used)
Contract (2023): MiLB contract
Twitter: @KyleTeel9
Instagram: @kyle_teel

  Scouting Report & Links      
  Physical Description: Athletic, medium frame. Some remaining projection. Unique athleticism for a catcher.

Hit: Starts open with his hands by his shoulders. Brief leg kick timing device. Lot of pre-pitch hand movement, including a slight drop during his load. Violent swing. Above-average bat speed. Swing is a little unique and can get long at times. Solid approach, knows the strike zone and will take a walk when he doesn't get pitches to hit.

Power: Average raw power, but in-game power projections are below that.

Run: Fringe-average speed.

Field: Potential above-average to plus defender. Graded out very highly as a framer in college. Soft hands and good at manipulating his glove position. Moves well behind the plate laterally and is very comfortable getting down and blocking balls in the dirt. Handles pitchers well. Type of athlete that could play other positions including outfield and maybe even second base.

Arm: Plus arm strength. Quick release and produces pop times around 1.9 seconds.

  Career Notes: 2023 ACC Player of the Year and consensus First Team All-American. Won 2023 Buster Posey Award as the nation's top catcher. Set UVA single-season records as a junior with 105 hits and 25 doubles. 2021 Freshman All-American. Started at catcher his last two years at Virginia, but split time evenly between catcher, outfield, and designated hitter as a freshman. Removed himself from the 2020 Draft in order to enroll at Virginia. Caught all but 23 innings of Virginia's 2023 season. Bounced back in 2023 after a down season as a sophomore. Played briefly in the Cape Cod League for Harwich in 2022. Played for Team USA in 2021. Was a shortstop, catcher, outfielder, and pitcher in his prep career. Heavily scouted by the Red Sox, especially Northeast scout Ray Fagnant, out of high school, and played for the Red Sox team at the East Coast Pro showcase, playing every position but pitcher. Father, Garett, also a catcher, spent five seasons with the Dodgers as a player and coach. Brother, Aidan, is a two-way player at UVA and reclassified to graduate from high school a year early to play one season with his brother, although he tore his UCL in his final high school season and did not play in 2023.

Summation: Potential defense-first catcher whose upside will be determined by how much he hits. Likely will develop into a hit-over-power type, and if he hits he has everyday potential. High baseball IQ and leader who should be able to handle the rigors of catching at the major league level. Described as having a very carefree personality. Great value pick at number 14 overall in 2023 that comes with a high floor due to his defensive profile.

Red Sox select Kyle Teel with 14th overall pick (7.9.23)
    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
2021 Virginia ACC NCAA --- 19 54 209 41 70 11 1 9 41 110 24 37 5 0 0.335 0.416 0.526 0.942
  2022 Virginia ACC NCAA --- 20 58 221 62 61 12 3 6 45 97 41 36 3 2 0.276 0.402 0.439 0.841
  2023 Virginia ACC NCAA --- 21 65 258 67 105 25 0 13 69 169 32 36 5 1 0.407 0.475 0.655 1.130
2023 FCL Red Sox FCL Rk Bos 21     stats                            
2023 Greenville Drive SAL A+ Bos 21     stats                            
2023 Portland Sea Dogs East AA Bos 21     stats                            
  Advanced Stats & Splits
  Awards Awards  
  2020 New Jersey Gatorade Player of the Year
2021 Freshman All-American
2021 ACC All-Freshman Team
2021 All-ACC Third Team
2023 NCAA All-American
2023 Buster Posey National Collegiate Catcher of the Year
2023 All-ACC First Team

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