Man-strength; accurate height; weight appears closer to 220; chiseled; highly athletic; body projects well.
Spring Training 2014
Myrtle Beach Pelicans (High A, Cubs)
Hard worker; English-speaking; emotional on the field; can carry failure throughout a game; highly competitive with an intense love of playing. Perfect passion and leadership skills necessary to excel behind the plate.
60; first-division player
Torque-heavy swing that can get loose and hard to control; approach puts him in poor hitting counts and he struggles to work himself back into at-bats; bat speed is plus-plus and capable of pulling major league quality velocity; struggles with secondary stuff; massive when he gets extension but not a short to the ball type that can maneuver the barrel with great ease or work with challenging pitches; .265-275 type
Raw power is 70; game power likely to play in the plus range; excellent strength; excellent bat speed; power core is right-center gap; looks to extend and drive the baseball out of the park; lift in the swing; 25+ bombs in the future.
Routinely clocks sub 4.2 times to first; easy plus (at present) with the second gear; likely to slow with continued physically maturity and physical demands on the position; will have well above-average speed for a catcher; better-than-you-think athlete.
Receiving skills continue to improve; softer and more stable with the glove; no longer stabs and drifts; hands and wrists are very strong; broad shoulders and a big target; can get overly aggressive in the running game a cost a pitcher a few strikes throughout a game; blocks the ball very well because of the athleticism and improved footwork; plus with more refinement.
Elite arm strength; routinely pops sub 1.85; clocked catcher during sample in the 1.75 range; quick release; throws lasers on a line; true weapon; can get overly aggressive on back-picks and isn't quick to forget missed opportunities; will control running game at highest level.
Rare five-tool talent at the position; arm strength is elite and utility has a chance to get there; raw power is plus-plus and should play at highest level; hit tool and approach aren't on the same level as other attributes; torque-heavy swing is hard to make quick pitch adjustments with and can be fooled by sequence and off-speed; hit tool could play to solid-average if everything clicks; won't be contact heavy hitter but should be able to hit for 25 HR power from a premium defensive spot; tool-based ceiling suggests franchise player potential; makeup and work ethic to fail and adjust.