Medium-broad frame, medium build; physique will tighten; some present strength; moves well behind plate and on bases; lacks traditional size for backstop, but solid athlete who may be sturdy enough to stick.
Nick J. Faleris
Lake County Captains (Low A, Indians)
High energy in viewings; showed comfort taking control in field. Distance from majors and underdeveloped game make for high-risk profile.
Has an idea as to strike zone; tendency to get front of center in swing, limiting ability to adjust to off-speed; slight leak; swing geared to pull; high load to inconsistent launch points; can give away at-bats behind in count; legit swing-and-miss in game – needs smoother weight transfer, uniform launch, and more swing/pitch plane overlap; bat speed should allow for more bat-to-ball than presently showing; barrel doesn’t spend long in zone; contact issues magnified against same-side arms.
Will show pull-side power; line-drive and over-the-fence power present – both project; offensive value tied to power realization; current average raw plays down due to underdeveloped hit tool; fair chance for average playable pop if contact ability refines.
Moves well for catcher; 4.31 home-to-first; likely to lose a step as body matures.
Will flash firm hands receiving, particularly to right side; will trace secondaries at times; shows flexibility and solid lower-half agility; reasonably comfortable in the dirt; lots of development ahead, but solid foundation.
Catch-and-throw game projects to average; 2.02 in-game pop; quick transfer and release, but footwork lags – can impact accuracy.
Hit tool too underdeveloped to project as everyday player, given average defensive profile. Could fit in as backup catcher who will flash some power without giving away too much defensively. Needs to continue to get reps and work to tighten up hit tool. Needs to give away fewer at-bats. To be determined whether body will hold up over long season behind the plate. Third base and left field could be potential fits if required to shift from behind home, but offensive profile projects light for both spots.