Top Prospect Games: Catcher Analysis

PBR Georgia Staff

The third annual invite-only
Top Prospect Games took place on June 8th at LakePoint Sports in Emerson, GA. The event featured over 50 uncommitted 2022s. Prospects participated in a pro-style workout followed by simulated game play. We have already done a thorough inspection of the statistics collected from the event that can be viewed HERE.

Today, we will begin the player analysis from the event, starting with the catchers. Coming in as the top catcher is C/SS
John Daniel Coleman (Effingham County, 2022). Coleman was equally impressive behind the dish as he was at the plate as a switch-hitter. Defensively, he has quick actions and plenty of arm strength, posting an event best 1.89 pop times. He has the ability to drive the ball with force from both sides of the plate as well.

Keep reading to see view reports on the rest of the catcher’s in attendance.

Top Catcher Prospects

John Daniel Coleman, Effingham County (GA), 2022
Positional Profile: C/SS
Body: 5-11, 190-pounds. Muscular frame, barrel chest, broad shoulders.
Hit: SH. Balanced, slightly closed front side, big leg kick, long stride, rotational creating good torque.  (RH): Short swing path, drops barrel in zone, coils creating upper half separation, quick hands, line drives to gaps. (LH): Similar approach, short swing path, high hands, coiled leg kick creating upper half separation, quick hands, looks to elevate ball to pull-side.
Power: 95.88 max exit velocity, averaged 86.62 mph. 338.00’ max distance. Power Potential
Arm: RH. C - 78.00 mph. INF - 86.00 mph.  C: Short, quick arm with loose actions out of an over-the-top slot, quick release, throws carry with accuracy. INF: Short arm action, quick arm speed, 3/4 slot, throws carry.
Defense: 1.89-1.96 pop times. C: Received in a staggered position and off one knee, soft receiver, quick, fluid footwork, quick exchange at ear, plays through the ball, advanced actions. INF: Plays through the ball, clean footwork, fields out front, funnels into mid section, quick exchanges.
Run: 7.33 runner in the 60.

Will Cawthon, Loganville (GA), 2022
Positional Profile: C/3B
Body: 6-2, 185-pounds. Slim, athletic frame, still filling out.
Hit: RHH. Balanced base, starts slightly open, small leg kick, smooth load back, balanced at foot plant, uses legs well Short swing path, gets to extension well, stays behind the ball, line drive to flyy ball approach, flashed good bat speed
Power: 87.77 max exit velocity, averaged 80.44 mph. 288.00’ max distance.
Arm: RH. C - 76.00 mph.  Slightly long arm, gets in to strong throwing position, accurate throws
Defense: 1.93-1.97 pop times. Starts staggered and low to the ground, exchange is made near the chest, athletic movements while displaying good flexibility, simple footwork
Run: 7.30 runner in the 60.

Rand Bestermann, Peachtree Ridge (GA), 2022
Positional Profile: C/3B
Body: 6-3, 200-pounds. Tall, strong frame that has added muscle over the past few months
Hit: RHH. Balanced setup, slightly open, short stride, small load, balanced at foot plant Short hand path, stays long through the ball with good extension, strong at contact, level barrel, consistent hard contact, good carry to pull side.
Power: 98.71 max exit velocity, averaged 92.68 mph. 339.00’ max distance.
Arm: RH. C - 77.00 mph.  Short arm action, throws from the ear, gets good extension, accurate throws while using the turf to his advantage by delivering long hops
Defense: 1.95-2.08 pop times. Slightly staggered setup, lets the ball travel, quick feet, clean exchanges as the glove goes straight to the ear
Run: 7.09 runner in the 60.

Aidan Jolley, Allatoona (GA), 2022
Positional Profile: 1B/C
Body: 5-9, 162-pounds. Strong, solid frame with more strength on the way.
Hit: RHH. Open setup with an athletic bend in his knees, hands deepen on load with a barrel wrap, leg lift stride, great balance, strong front-side. Swing works long to the zone, level through, gap-to-gap type hitter, showed ability to use the entire field, quick hand speed.
Power: 95.90 max exit velocity, averaged 89.11 mph. 314.00’ max distance. 44% hard hit (90+ EV)
Arm: RH. C - 73.00 mph. INF - 73.00 mph.  C/1B: Short arm action to an over-the-top slot, drops down at-times on infield, quick arm speed and release, accurate on throws to 2nd and across the diamond.
Defense: 1.95-2.08 pop times. C: Sets up with a flexible lower half, soft receiver, quick exchanges made at chest, fluid footwork, moves athletically, good blocker, does not cheat. 1B: Fields position fluidly with a square base, fields out front with clean exchanges.
Run: 7.47 runner in the 60.

J.R. Fordham, Bleckley County (GA), 2022
Positional Profile: C/RHP
Body: 5-9, 185-pounds. Strong, thick build.
Hit: RHH. Balanced setup, hands start near the chest, toe tap, balanced at foot plant Uphill swing, meets ball out front, gets good extension, quick hands, flashed good bat speed
Power: 95.77 max exit velocity, averaged 79.23 mph. 314.00’ max distance.
Arm: RH. C - 77.00 mph.  Long arm action, 3/4 arm slot, quick arm speed, throws carry
Defense: 2.00-2.08 pop times. Very staggered setup, receives out front, transfers near chest, at-times can get long with exchange, quick feet.
Run: 7.04 runner in the 60. 

Tyler Jay Sciavicco, Hebron Christian (GA), 2022
Positional Profile: C/1B
Body: 5-10, 175-pounds. Lean frame with strength throughout.
Hit: RHH. Starts with weight slightly on the back leg, open stance, hands load back with barrel wrap, small leg kick, balanced at foot plant. Short, level barrel path, fires back elbow to the ball creating good bat whip, stays behind the baseball, stays long through the ball, sits into legs
Power: 88.99 max exit velocity, averaged 83.81 mph. 324.00’ max distance.
Arm: RH. C - 74.00 mph. INF - 78.00 mph.  IF: Short arm action to a 3/4 slot, C: Short, quick arm out of a 3/4 slot, good extension, accurate.
Defense: 2.05-2.15 pop times. IF: Fields ball off of front foot, quiet and soft feet, funnels to the waist, clean exchanges C: Starts staggered, clean, quick exchange near the ear, clean footwork, receives well.
Run: 7.11 runner in the 60. Clean gait.

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