MN Unsigned Sr. Showcase: Catcher Evaluations

Catcher Evaluations (Alphabetical)

Ross Cochran, C, Eastview, 2018
6-foot-3, 215-pound right-handed hitting catcher. #56 ranked player in MN 2018 class. 7.8 runner. Narrow stance with weight inside knees, shoulder load, strides to square, shows pop in bat, gap to gap approach, consistent hard line drive and fly ball contact, 90 mph exit velocity. Good receiving skills, holds pitches in zone, easy effort, solid blocking mechanics, overall above avg. mechanics behind plate. Quick feet with good momentum through plate, longer exchange but makes up for it with footwork and throws that have carry and accuracy to bag, 78 mph arm strength with 1.95-2.08 pop times.

Trevor Johnson, SS/C, Hinckley-Finlayson, 2018
6-foot-1, 180-pound right-handed hitting shortstop. 7.53 runner. Tall stance, lower hand slot, present strength, choppy swing plane, occasional pop, finds barrel consistently, mid/pull approach with line drive and fly ball contact, 84 mph exit velocity. Avg. receiver, off-balance in set-up, late blocking position. Rocker step footwork, avg. momentum through plate, tends to throw uphill, solid accuracy to bag, 70 mph arm strength with 2.15-2.26 pop times.

William Kranz, C, St. Cloud Cathedral, 2018
6-foot, 170-pound right-handed hitting catcher. 7.44 runner. Square stance, shoulder load, leg kick trigger, stiff swing plane, works middle of field, mostly ground ball contact, 75 mph exit velocity. Moves well laterally and is above avg. blocker, overall avg. receiving- loses low strike, shows solid arm strength with carry to bag, light on his feet, quick twitch actions, 74 mph arm strength with 2.07-2.14 pop times.

Zachary LaBarr, C, Anoka, 2018
5-foot-10, 190-pound right-handed hitting catcher. 8.15 runner. LaBarr, currently un-ranked, will make a jump into the 2018 rankings. Stocky frame with present strength. Rhythm in hands with pre-loaded weight, front foot lift to trigger swing, gap to gap hitter with pop in bat, consistently finds barrel with good hands in swing, hard line drive and fly ball contact, 85 mph exit velocity. Aggressive blocker, smothers baseball, sound receiver, good lateral movement. Flexible low set-up, solid footwork, short arm action, upright on release, accurate to bag, 74 mph arm strength with 2.07-2.15 pop times.

Hunter Ranweiler, C, New Ulm, 2018
6-foot, 168-pound left-handed hitting catcher. 6.87 runner. Open stance, easy load, clean swing plane, shows solid bat speed, mid/away approach, consistently barrels baseball, line drive contact, 84 mph exit velocity. Easy actions behind plate, athletic, with soft hands. Solid/avg. feet, clean exchange with quick release, upright stance on throws, solid accuracy- occasionally short to bag, 76 mph arm strength with 2.06-2.22 pop times.

Tyler Stopera, C, St. Anthony, 2018
5-foot-11, 170-pound right-handed hitting catcher. 7.5 runner. Athletic stance, drifts into lower hand slot, slight uphill path, flashes hard line drive and fly ball contact, mid/pull approach, 78 mph exit velocity. Shows ability to block- smothers ball in front, moves well laterally, strength in glove with ability to stick pitches in zone. Works around plate with feet, stiff arm action, uphill on release, accurate to bag, 74 mph arm strength with 2.19-2.25 pop times.