Preseason All State Spotlight 2020 C Travis Stapleton


Mike Maerz
Director of Florida Operations/Area Scout



On January 27th, 2018 at IMG Academy in Bradenton, FL, 100 of the top high school prospects ranging from the 2018-2021 classes will participate in Preseason All-State which is the premier kickoff event for the 2018 spring high school season. Preseason All-State will feature high-end draft talent, numerous Division 1 recruits, and some of the top uncommitted underclassman in the state.

Leading up to the event we will highlight each upcoming participant through their own individual spotlight which includes video, reports, and more. Today we take a look at 2020 C Travis Stapleton of Real Life Christian Academy, FL.


Travis Stapleton

Class of 2020 / C

Player Information

  • Graduating Class: 2020
  • Primary Position: C
    Secondary Position: 1B
  • High School: South Lake
    State: FL
  • Summer Team: Power Baseball 2020
  • Height: 5-11
    Weight: 190lbs
  • Bat/Throw: R/R

Statistics

Position
7.71
60-yard
(01/18/20)
1.92 - 2.05
Pop Time
(01/18/20)
77
C Velo
(01/26/19)
89
Exit Velo
5.07
H-1st
Position
60-yard
7.71
Pop Time
1.92 - 2.05
C Velo
77
Exit Velo
86
Position
60-yard
7.84
Pop Time
1.95 - 1.98
C Velo
76
Exit Velo
82
Position
60-yard
7.87
Pop Time
2.08 - 2.16
C Velo
77
Exit Velo
87

Scouting Report

08/06/17- The stocky, 5-10, 190 pound catcher has your prototypical sturdy catchers frame. He consistently has shown above average defensive actions. His hands work, although can get late into the proper receiving position, as he continues to refine his receiving skills he should become an above average receiver. He has a quality arm, but quick feet, quick transfer and accurate throws help him throw runners out with his best time being 1.96. Offensively, he stays stacked in the lower half, he can almost invert almost too much at times. He has some natural loft and the strong lower half has some present power with power potential.

07/26/17- Stapleton has continued to improve each time we have seen him. He has a stocky, catcher’s build, with a strong lower half. Defensively, he has a quality setup and shows actions that project to be an above average defensive catcher in the future. His hands work, he could improve his hip mobility which would put him in better position receiving on a consistent basis. He has a strong arm and quick transfer which translated to the game with a caught stealing with a 2.14 pop time. Offensively, he stay loaded on the back side. He has some length at times, but when he is short to the ball he creates present gap-to-gap power with more to come. This translated to the game with a hard hit single.

06/01/17 - Appears to have added some strength in his lower half. Defensively, he has above average receiving skills, consistently getting in quality positions. He tends to sit a bit high, but has a clean, quick transfer and an above average arm resulting in pop times ranging 1.96-2.02. At the plate, from an open stance, he stays a bit overloaded on the back side at times. He stays in his legs well and has a feel for the barrel with a gap to gap approach. He has some length, but as he continues to shorten the swing consistently, the power should improve as well.

01/21/17- Stapleton’s defensive skills behind the plate are advanced, and he has the quick hands necessary, at the plate, to make adjustments quickly at the next level. With loose hips, Stapleton presents a wide target, and has solid hands when receiving. His pop times were very quick (1.93-1.95) thanks to strong footwork and a quick transfer. Stapleton’s arm is only going to get stronger as he continues to mature which will lower an already impressive pop time. At the plate, Stapleton can get heavy on his backside at times, but has quick hands that drive strong through the zone. Currently sporting line drive power, Stapleton shows signs of continued growth to his 5-foot-8, 160-pound frame, and will likely have gap to gap power in the future. Overall, Stapleton is still very young, and his bat will need some time to mature, but his defensive skills are already next level material.

9/23/16- Underclass games participant continued to impress especially defensively. He again showed a consistent 2.05-2.1 pop times that were accurate each and every time. He has a feel for the position with flexibility and strength in his wrist to receive well. Offensively, he shows his bat speed but at time blocks himself off with his lower half. When he learns to fully utilize his lower half, the path and bat speed should translate to gap-to-gap power and more.

09/17/16- The athletic 5-foot-8, 160 pound catcher showed a lot of upside throughout the day. The right handed hitter, from an open stance showed a level line drive swing during batting practice. Quick hands produced above average bat speed, consistently finding the barrel driving the ball from gap-to-gap. Defensively, he showed above average actions both in the workout and the game. With a very quick, clean consistent transfer and above average arm he had pop times ranging from 2.02-2.08 with room to shave that by working on staying in line with his footwork. This also translated to the game, throwing out two runners with strong and accurate throws. He projects to be a plus defensive catcher and above average offensive player. Overall, very intriguing prospect that could be a high end player as he progresses.


Videos

(8/2/17)

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