SoCal ProCase Spotlight: C Maxwell Shor


Jack Shannon
San Diego Area Scout

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FULLERTON, CA. - Maxwell Shor oozed energy and confidence at the catching position throughout his showing at the 2020 SoCal ProCase. The three-year letter winner came into the ProCase with impressive career varsity offensive numbers in 242 plate appearances; 305 batting average, 826 OPS, 46 R, 47 RBI, 14 XBH, 34 BB, 9 HBP, 8 SB. Shor is about as seasoned as you can be as far as playing time goes for a 2021 class player. Shor’s ability to walk and knack for getting hit-by-pitches is a key stat that will go a long way at the college and professional level. Combine that with his current and future power ability and we should be seeing his name in the starting lineup at the University of San Diego sooner rather than later. 

Shor posted some impressive Blast Motion and TrackMan metrics that will surely check some boxes from the analytical side. Add his ability to pass the eye test from the catching position with his makeup and you have the makings of a quality baseball player. With 67 representatives from 22 MLB Organizations in attendance, some teams 2-3 deep, and the talent on the SoCal ProCase roster, Shor set out to show that his 17th overall ranking in the state and 2nd overall at the catching position is for real and worthy of draft consideration in 2021 and beyond. 

As with any player, the ProCase was an amazing opportunity for the 2021 class to showcase their skills on the main stage. Maxwell Shor showed why he is the 2nd ranked catcher in California for the 2021 class and further strengthened his case for future pro consideration. 

 

THE REPORT:

Body: 5-foot-11, 185 pounds. Physical and athletic medium build, ideal for the catching position. Physical maturity for his age with present strength throughout. Will do well in the storied Torero weight and conditioning program. 


Hit: Right-handed hitter. Hitting set up; stands in athletic and loose, keeps hands low and back, loads with a leg lift coil, hands work low to high to launch the ball in the air, does a nice job clearing his hips. Bat speed averaged 67.2 mph and rotational acceleration average of 15.5 g, according to Blast Motion. Bat speed metric currently shows that he is able to propel his bat at contact at the average ideal range at the college level and lower end ideal average at the professional level. Shor’s rotational acceleration is close to the major league ideal average of 16.8g; indicating that he is able to reach peak bat speed quickly, a clear indication of why he is able to cover both sides of the plate and hit batting practice home runs. There is room for improvement in his ability to stay on plane and consistently barrel up balls. 

Power: Trackman data shows that his average exit speed is 85.11 mph, with exit speed contact averages on inside and outside pitches even across the board. Personal best exit speed of 95.09 mph with a launch angle of 16.41°. Showed off his present power with two batting practice home runs: 343.41 ft - 89.83 mph exit speed - 24.22° launch angle • 339.54 ft - 91.92 mph exit speed - 25.90° launch angle. Shor’s ability to clear his front side and handle both sides of the plate help enable his current power and project well at the next level. 

Field: Showed energy, confidence, passion and feel at the catching position. Maturity was on display with the way he handled the pitchers and the energy he brought to the catching corps. Received with a drop knee set-up, displayed soft hands and the ability to frame pitches. Blocked at an average clip, sometimes popping up too early, rushing the throws. Moved well laterally and has the ideal catchers frame for blocking. Pitchers showed more confidence with him as a catcher than with others.

Arm: Catcher arm velocity reading of 74 mph, 7th out of 10. Showed a quick release and good throwing mechanics. Keeps his hand close to his body and glove helping enable his quick release. Throws were on target and consistently on the bag. Posted a pop time average of 2.00-2.09, 5th out of 10. Slightly below-average catching arm that will need to improve at the next level in order to take the next step in the professional process. 

Run: 7.24 60 yard dash. Second fastest amongst the ProCase catchers. 

Summary: Shor has the look and feel of a starting catcher at the college level and a bat that will put him on draft boards. Energy and passion goes a long way at the catching position with Shor putting that on display throughout his showing. Arm strength development along with more consistency barrelling balls could put Shor on the MLB draft radar in 2021 and no question in 2023. 


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