Prep Baseball Report

Unsigned Senior Showcase: Catching Analysis

Jordon Banfield
Arizona Scouting Director

The Unsigned Senior Showcase took place on Wednesday, October 10th at Sunnyslope HS in Phoenix. The event gave uncommitted 2019 prospects an opportunity to perform in front of 55 college coaches and scouts, by far our most highly attended event ever in Arizona. This event will become a staple for PBR every October, due to the response from top unsigned players and large number of college coaches that travel to the area during that week every year. Today, we continue our event coverage with our Catching Analysis. Standout defender Tyler Cotto was clearly the top catching prospect in attendance with Cam LaLiberte a guy who would've made the list at almost any position on the field. The final spots on the list were tightly contested with the defense of Daniel Johnson and arm strength of Ryan Grabosch edging Dominick Vest's bat and Enrique Figueroa's versatility.

Complete video, data, pictures and scouting reports have been posted to players' individual profiles. As always contact [email protected] or direct message @PBRArizona on Twitter with any questions and/or information.




Tyler Cotto C / 3B / Valley Vista, AZ / 2019

6-foot-3, 185-pound frame with some strength in lower half and tons of room to add strength in upper body. The athletic receiver/blocker really shined throughout the night, showing outstanding flexibility in his hips and absolutely stood out when throwing from behind the plate. Cotto posted pop times from 1.86-1.94 with 82 mph velocity with every throw he made right on the bag. He showed athletic feet, and a quick release/transfer and there's very little question in my mind he could catch just about anywhere in the country. There's some refinement to come offensively, but he seems to show better in games than BP as the hand-eye coordination is advanced. Possesses all the tools to have offensive impact if he can flatten out the swing plane some and keep the barrel in the zone longer. Solid athlete posted 7.13 60-yard dash.




Cameron LaLiberte C / 1B / Basha, AZ / 2019

Athletic, defined 6-foot-1, 180-pound frame with broad shoulders. LaLiberte isn't nearly as advanced defensively (74 mph velocity/1.99-2.07 sec POP) as some other catching prospects at the events, but shows the tools to develop there and the type of bat that could force him intot h lineup at a number of positions. He was clearly the top offensive catcher at the event and registered an 88 mph exit velocity with a short, on-plane swing and real bat speed. The combination of strength and fast-twitch ability makes for a really solid offensive prospect that’s very likely to translate to the college level. Posted the top 60-yard dash at the event with a 6.79 and could certainly handle the outfield if the defense behind the plate never fully develops. 




Dylan Skov C / RHP / Cactus Shadows, AZ / 2019

5-foot-11, 175-pound frame. Skov has always shown well in game action as a solid receiver/blocker and showed improved (79 mph) arm strength behind the plate with 2.01-2.13 second pop time. Throws tended to sink to arm side and getting better backspin/carry would bring down times significantly. Skov has a knack for finding the barrel for hard line drive contact. Not really a showcase tools type, but has clearly been working hard as he took by far the best round of batting practice we've seen from him, making hard line drive contact from LF over to RCF. It’s a simple swing with very few moving parts that has consistently translated to games. 84 mph exit velocity wasn’t indicative of the type of contact he made during BP. The elite student (4.54 GPA, 1330 SAT) could be a fit for programs at a number of levels depending on need. Posted 7.44 second 60-yard dash.  




Daniel Johnson C / RHP / Mesquite, AZ / 2019

5-foot-11, 170 pound frame. He has always been the type of catcher that performed well in game action, but didn't possess the type of tools that catch the eye of coaches and scouts. He's worked hard to improve physically and posted by far the best numbers we've seen from him, with a best pop of 1.96 and 76 mph velocity while not sacrificing any accuracy. Johnson consistently guns down runners in games, blocks everything and handled the most talented staff in the state last spring at Mesquite HS. He’s the type of defender that could fill in defensively at nearly any level of college baseball. Offensively there’s some room for improvement as he uses a leg-lift that doesn’t do much for him as it isn’t timed consistently and tends to start late. More bottom of the order type profile; defense is calling card. Also posted 7.7 second 60-yard dash and 81 mph exit velocity.




Ryan Grabosch C / 1B / Salpointe, AZ / 2019

Recent Central Arizona commit. 6-foot-2, 215-pound frame with present strength throughout. Grabsosch showed impressive arm strength behind the plate (81 mph), posting a best pop time of 1.94 that should come down even lower as he works not to stand straight up out of his crouch. Posted 85 mph exit velocity and shows some raw power.  The switch-hitter appears to be far superior from the right side of the plate, where despite some length in his swing, he’s able to drive balls to the LCF gap like you’d expect a hitter with his physicality to do. As a left0handed hitter, Grabosch doesn’t create any separation and has a more slap-type approach that doesn’t match up with his body. Registered a 7.6 second 60-yard dash.