Prep Baseball Report

MLB Draft: C Maverick Handley, RD 6, 168 Baltimore Orioles

John Cackowski
Director of Scouting

Between June 3 and 5, the annual MLB Draft will be taking place. Every year, there's a number of former and current prospects selected who were born and raised in Illinois. PBR will be following along, posting in-depth player spotlights for each player selected out of the state of Colorado.


Maverick Handley

Class of 2016 / C

Player Information

  • Graduating Class: 2016
    Commitment: Stanford
  • Primary Position: C
    Secondary Position: 3B
  • High School: Mullen
    State: CO
  • Height: 5-11
    Weight: 195lbs
  • Bat/Throw: R/R


1.75 - 1.78
Pop Time
INF Velo
C Velo
Exit Velo

Scouting Report

5-foot-10, 210-pound right hand hitting catcher.  Ran a 7.25 60.  Balanced and level at the plate.  Strong lower half through the ball with short extension at contact.  Shows quick hands and turns well on the inside pitch but also has opposite field power.  He had a 92 MPH exit velocity off a tee.  Behind the plate he is as good as it gets in the state of Colorado. Handley is solid on balls in the dirt and showcases a quick transfer and 83 MPH very accurate arm. Also has very quick feet. Plays with a ton of confidence defensively.  Pop-times were 1.76-1.82 off a coach.

A 5-foot-10, 200 pound senior who moves well behind the plate and handles a high powered pitching staff on daily basis in the summer.  Handley displayed a 1.92 and 1.94 pop-time in each of the games we saw him.  The right-handed hitter collected 6 hits and 1 homerun in the tournament.

Committed to Stanford and is currently the No. 2 ranked player in the 2016 class and No. 51 overall. Maverick went 2-3 in the district championship game notching a double and single. He displays such a good approach at the plate, is a smart hitter.  One particular at bat was during a 2-2 count, ball was thrown on the inner half of the plate and rather than getting out front and hooking the ball, he kept his hands inside the ball nicely.  Nice level swing, high hands to contact, with excellent extension and drive through the ball.  Stands at the plate with an open stance, and a stocky, athletic build, covers the plate very well with his bat.

Highly physical 2016 prospect, shows advanced strength, 5-foot-10, 190-pound right-handed hitting catcher and middle infielder. Handley was one of the most eye-catching prospects at the event. Hitting from the right side he showed easy explosive bat speed. Posted exit velocity of 90 MPH from the tee. Hit from a balanced stance, lower half worked well, good balance throughout. Advanced bat speed, impressive whip through the zone. Ran a 4.35 home to first.  Defensively showed soft hands behind the plate, highly agile, high flexibility. Arm played at 77 MPH from the crouch, over the top slot, with accuracy and carry. Recorded event best 1.78 pop time. Handley is physically impressive, it is obvious to see he puts in hard work and should progress at a steady pace. The right-handed hitting catcher is a high follow in Colorado and the region.

8-30-14 5-foot-10, 190 pound catcher/2B. Throws and bats right. Handley has a balanced athletic stance that creates explosive bat speed with a slight uphill swing with good extension through the zone. Ball explodes off the bat. In game we watched had a grand slam, and almost another home run. Good looking prospect and very good student with a  plus 4.0 GPA and a 32 ACT score.



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