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Top Uncommitted 2016 Catchers

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By Jerry Shank
Maryland Scouting Director

With the 2015-2016 high school sports season as well as fall ball getting underway, we would like to take a look at some of the top uncommitted prospects at each position.

Today we are looking at the top uncommitted catchers in the state. We will look to create a few top uncommitted lists each week, as you can see by our 2016 Rankings there are numerous talented prospect still available.

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Phillip Herber (pictured) Milford (DE)
Ranking: 39
Athletic frame with room to fill in at 6-foot, 160-pounds.  Hits from a balanced set up with nice rhythm in swing.  Quick load and a short stride. Level bat path with medium bat speed.  Does get some extension through contact. Shoulders get slightly uphill at times. Lower half does get involved.  Gap-to-gap type hitter. Quiet behind the plate.  Shows hip control and lateral control in receiving.  Sound, quick footwork with fast exchange and release. Throws with a short arm action from a ¾ arm angle. Pop times got as low as 1.95.  Catcher velocity of 74 mph and exit velocity of 82 mph. Best 60-yard dash was 7.41.

Dylan Nepert Colonel Richardson
Ranking: 47
Scouting Report
Solid frame at 6-foot-1 195-pounds. Nepert has good footwork and throws from an over-the-top arm angle with short arm action. His exchange is quick, could be more fluid, but gets rid of the ball with some carry. Evenly distributed stance from behind the plate and showed soft hands while receiving. His catcher velocity was 73 mph which translated to a 2.09 pop time. He hits from a balanced setup with a smooth load. A quick level swing that can get long at times. A gap-to-gap type hitter with some bat speed. His exit velocity was 80 mph and runs a 7.44 60

Joseph Mendez Riverdale Baptist
Ranking: 49
Scouting Report
Raw athletic catcher behind the plate.  Short swing from a balanced set up. Showed good blance in swing. Moves well behind the plate with some body control. Showed sound footwork and a clean exchange getting rid of the ball with pop times in game ranging in the 2.1 ??? 2.2 range.

Jake Wyandt Mount. St. Joseph
Ranking: 74
Scouting Report
Athletic frame at 6-foot, 185-pounds. Hits from a balanced set up.  Short swing path with quick bat speed. Gets some lower half usage. Gap-to-gap type hitter that show some power potential.  Exit velocity of 86 mph. Athletic base behind the plate. Quick exchange with slight pause in his short arm action. Clean footwork and throws have carry on them at 78 mph. Throws were accurate and consistent. Pop times ranged from 1.97 ??? 2.06. An under the radar type athlete. Also has the ability to play a corner position.

Matt Lozinak John Carroll
Ranking: 87
Scouting Report
Solid frame at 5-foot-11 195-pounds. Hits from an athletic set up with a smooth load and short stride.  Level bat path with some extension through contact. Slightly uphill at times in swing. Occasional drift in hips, but good balance throughout. Nice rhythm in swing and has an exit velocity of 83 mph. Quiet behind the plate. Sticks ball well. Sound footwork behind the plate. Quick exchange from low point to a short and quick arm action. Velocity of 71 mph which translated to a 2.06 pop time. Ran a 7.62 60-yard dash.

Other Names of Note

Jake Sebastian (St. Pauls, No. 88), Brady Ward (Arundel, No. 90), Colton Repp (St. James, No.96), Dan Searles (Avalon, No. 98).

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