Position at a Glance This is one of the most important cross-sections of talent in any draft class. The top players, and certainly the top athletes, in high school programs tend to gravitate towards shortstop, where they can more regularly impact the game. Because of the difficulty associated with the position at the Major League level, it is not uncommon for these high school standouts to shift to a less demanding defensive home at some point during their pro development, making the high school middle infield group the incubator for a wide variety of Major League talent types. It is no wonder pro teams have gotten more aggressive in signing up-the-middle defenders out of high school over the last decade, and this year appears to offer MLB organizations a wide and varied collection through which to shop.
Introducing Scouting the Draft: Positional Preview Series
As the start of the amateur baseball season draws near, we will be rolling out a twelve part preview series that introduces many of the key names in play for the 2014 MLB Draft. The series will cover both the high school and collegiate levels, in each case with one piece devoted to the catchers, middle infielders, corner infielders, outfielders, right-handed pitchers, and left-handed pitchers. Yesterday we kicked things off with a look at the high school catchers, touching on twenty total players and providing some thoughts and video on each.
The Positional Preview Series will serve as our mechanism to catch you up with anything you might have missed on the amateur circuit since last June's MLB Draft. While not all encompassing, they should provide a helpful "CliffsNotes" style summary of the big names to know as of the start of the spring season. These twelve pieces will prepare you for the four months of amateur action leading up to June's draft, while also setting the stage for the remainder of our draft coverage to come.
In-depth looks at the prep catchers you'll be paying attention to this June.
Position at a Glance Evaluating and projecting out high school catchers is a difficult task, with high developmental attrition rates stemming from the fact that the hit tool and catcher defense are two of the most difficult skills to grow and refine at the professional level. The most sought-after talents within this cross section are those players who have elite present ability with either the hit tool or defense, with the holy grail being that unique player capable of stepping into a minor-league system and thriving defensively while also projecting out with the bat. This year’s crop boasts an elite talent in Alex Jackson, as well as a number of players who could step into that top tier with a little further growth this spring.
Potential 1st Rounder Kodi Medeiros at the 2013 WWBA World Championship
Day 2 of the 2013 WWBA World Championship, hosted by Perfect Game USA, featured one of the the most highly anticipated starts of the event. Pepperdine commit Kodi Medeiros took the hill for the Ohio Warhawks, facing Chandler Baseball, in the team's second game of the tournament. Medeiros saw his draft stock skyrocket this summer, building on each outing throughout the summer circuit and establishing himself as a potential first round target.
Player notes for participants in the 2013 Under Armour All-America Game.
I'll be at Wrigley Field along with Chris King (@StatsKing) for this afternoon's Under Armour All-America Game -- an all-star game showcasing some of the top draft-eligible amateur baseball talent in the US), as well as some eligible-to-sign talent from theDominican Republic and even a couple of the top underclass talents (2015-eligible). For those tuning-in to watch the game on MLB Network, starting at 2:30pm Eastern, here's a note sheet covering each of today's player participants, and even some space for you to take your own notes at home while you watch along.
A look at some of the top high school prospects, who played in San Diego this weekend.
Last Sunday Petco Park hosted the 11th All-American Classic, and the second since Perfect Game began headlining the event last summer. Always one of the most highly scouted events on the summer circuit, this year’s PGAAC saw more 225 scouts in attendance to evaluate 49 of the top amateur talents in the country, as well as the top draft-eligible talent north of the border.
The full showcase included multiple workout days at the University of San Diego, live-streamed (and archived) at Perfect Game’s website, along with the nine inning game itself, which was carried on MLB Network. Jason Parks and Chris Rodriguez attended the events in person, while Nick Faleris followed remotely. This is what they saw.