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Andrew Knapp

Born: 11/09/1991 (Age: 24)
Bats: Switch Throws: Right
Height: 6' 1" Weight: 195
Primary Position: C
Secondary Position: 1B
Physical/Health
Average frame, lean strength, broad torso, sturdy lower half
Evaluator Adam Hayes
Report Date 07/23/2016
Dates Seen 9x April-June 2016
Affiliate Lehigh Valley IronPigs (AAA, Phillies)
MLB ETA Risk Factor OFP Realistic Role Video
2017 Low 40 40/Offense-first backup C Yes
Tool Future Grade Report
Hit 50 Switch-hitter with more comfort hitting from left side; back elbow drifts up, slight hitch in hands; above-average bat speed, easy weight transfer, hips open early from right side; pull approach from right side, more all-fields from the left; expands zone, strong swing-and-miss tendencies, will draw some walks, though infrequent
Power 45 55 raw; pull power from the right side, all fields from left; frequent solid, hard contact; more of a power threat from left side, hips stay more synced; swing-and-miss tendencies will limit game utility
Baserunning/Speed 30 4.44 home-to-first time from left side; makes an effort, aggressive on basepaths; catcher speed, not a threat to steal
Glove 40 Struggles with glove behind plate; tendency to stab at balls, high rate of passed balls; over-exaggerates framing efforts; playing time beyond offense-first backup role would expose glove
Arm 55 1.90 best pop; flashes plus arm strength, poor accuracy, inconsistent mechanics; pop times tend to be average with throws bouncing or sailing
Overall

Offense-first catcher with chance at future average hit tool. Switch-hitter, though more capable from the left side. Knapp shows above-average bat speed and an ability to barrel balls, though h expands the zone and is highly vulnerable to swinging and missing, limiting the impact of his hit tool and capping the utility of his above-average raw power. He uses all fields from the left side, with fringe-average power potential. Below-average glove behind the plate will limit his playing time and role. He possesses plus arm strength, though accuracy and consistency are lacking. Speed is a non-factor, though there is effort made on the base paths. Profiles as a bat-first backup catcher, assuming he is not moved full-time to first base.

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