PBR MN Prospect ID- Hopkins: Catcher Evaluations


Andy Judkins
Prep Baseball Report Minnesota

The PBR MN Prospect ID- Hopkins event took place on Wednesday, July 10, 2019. The event was held at Hopkins High School in Minnetonka, MN. The event featured prospects from the 2021 and 2022 grad classes; and included many breakout performances from this year's participants. Players showcased their talents in front of our scouting staff and college coaches in attendance. Thank you to the players, parents, my staff; along with the staff at Hopkins High School for such a great event.

There were a number of great individual performances this year at the PBR MN Prospect ID- Hopkins event.

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Below we have listed our evaluations for the players in attendance at the event; broken up by position.


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CATCHER EVALUATIONS (ALPA)

Matt Beem, C, Farmington, 2021
5-foot-9, 155-pound right-handed hitting catcher.  7.81 runner.  Slightly open balanced stance.  Toe tap trigger and small hand load down.  Arm bar at times creating length to contact.  Slightly uphill swing plane and pushes barrel through zone.  Gap to gap approach with ground ball to fly ball contact.  Inconsistent barrel contact with 78 mph exit velocity.  C- Balanced setup.  Sits low with average athleticism.  Works ball to middle and holds pitches.  Average side to side and to block.  Longer exchange and footwork on throws.  2.40-2.62 pop times.  67 mph arm strength with average accuracy and below average carry.

Alex Broholm, C/SS, Shakopee, 2021
5-foot-9, 150-pound right-handed hitting catcher.  7.32 runner.  Narrow stance.  Some rhythm in load.  Stride to start and hand load down.  Lower half gets through swing.  Good swing plane.  Gap to gap approach with solid line drive contact.  Consistent barrel contact with 82 mph exit velocity.  C- Open balanced stance.  Athletically moves to block and keeps ball in front.  Hold pitches and stabs to receive at times.  Average exchange with longer footwork on throws.  70 mph arm strength with average carry and good accuracy.  IF- Average feet and works around ball to field.  Longer footwork to release.  Average glove and fields ball out in front.  Makes routine play.  74 mph arm strength with average carry and accuracy.

Ethan Cole, C/RHP, Duluth East, 2021
6-foot-1, 147-pound right-handed hitting 2-way player.  Tall upright stance.  Two-part body load.  Hands load back.  Dives into swing with flat bat path.  Gap to gap approach with line drive and fly ball contact.  Average contact and barrel with 71 mph exit velocity.  C- Balanced setup with high chest.  Average athleticism.  Average glove to receive.  Keeps ball in front to block.  Average exchange with longer footwork.  2.07-2.16 pop times.  79 mph arm strength with average carry and good accuracy on throws.

Matthew DeZiel, C, Eden Prairie, 2021
6-foot, 180-pound right-handed hitting catcher.  7.90 runner.  Balanced open stance.  Strides to square with hand load back.  Two-part load.  Stays over backside through swing creating a uphill swing plane.  Middle approach with ground ball to fly ball contact.  Average barrel contact with 84 mph exit velocity.  C- Sits low and glove works low to high.  Average glove and tends to reach.  Average blocker.  Longer exchange with shorter footwork.  2.25-2.40 pop times.  69 mph arm strength with below average carry and average accuracy. 

Stephen Golden, C/OF, Totino Grace, 2021
5-foot-11, 178-pound left-handed hitting catcher.  6.97 runner.  Open and upright stance.  Leg lift and strides to square.  Some rhythm in load.  Average swing plane.  Mid/pull approach with ground ball and line drive contact.  Solid contact with some strength in barrel.  84 mph exit velocity.  C- Receives on one knee.  Average glove.  Good movements to block.  Clean exchange and some length to footwork.  2.13-2.19 pop times.  71 mph arm strength with good accuracy and average carry.

Jackson Greenlun, C, Sartell, 2021
5-foot-11, 165-pound right-handed hitting catcher.  7.28 runner.  Closed balanced stance.  Leg lift trigger with some rhythm in load.  Aggressive and flat swing plane.  Mid/pull approach with mainly fly ball contact.  Average contact with pull pop.  80 mph exit velocity.  C- Athletic balanced setup.  Flexible and works below ball.  Glove works ball back to middle.  Average to block.  Long exchange and footwork to release.  2.00-2.21 pop times. 79 mph arm strength with average accuracy and carry to bag.

Joe Grochala, C/OF, Wayzata, 2021
5-foot-11, 165-pound right-handed hitting catcher.  7.12 runner.  Squared and balanced setup.  Small stride and hand load.  Flat swing play with average hands.  Mid/pull approach with line drive contact.  Hard barrel contact with 79 mph exit velocity.  C- Balanced low stance.  Works glove low to high.  Good glove and shows ability to holds pitches.  Average movements to block.  Good exchange and longer footwork.  2.07-2.10 pop times.  76 mph arm strength with good accuracy and average carry on throws.

Jake Hamann, C, Hastings, 2022
5-foot-9, 140-pound left-handed hitting catcher.  7.57 runner.  Upright and open stance with high handset.  Strides to square and hands load down.  Flat swing plane and rolls hands through zone.  Shirt finish.  Middle approach with ground ball to fly ball contact.  Inconsistent barrel with 68 mph exit velocity.  C- Balanced start.  Sits higher.  Ball controls glove at times.  Average to block with high chest.  Long exchange and footwork on throws.  2.40-2.41 pop times.  64 mph arm strength with below average carry and average accuracy.  IF- Average feet and longer into release.  Glove comes out late to field.  64 mph arm strength with average accuracy and below average carry.  Continued strength will help with overall development.

Teige Lethert, C, St. Croix Prep Academy, 2021
6-foot-3, 180-pound left-handed hitting catcher.  7.59 runner.  Upright open stance with high handset.  Strides to square and hands load down.  Slight uphill swing plane with short finish.  Mid/pull approach with line drive and fly ball contact.  Inconsistent contact and flashed average pop in barrel.  80 mph exit velocity.  C- Bigger frame and sits high.  Average movements.  Glove works and shows ability to hold pitches.  Average to block and keeps ball in front.  Stands up on throws.  Average exchange and longer footwork.  2.10-2.26 pop times.  74 mph arm strength with average carry and accuracy.

Derek Marrier, C/RHP, Woodbury, 2021
6-foot, 165-pound right-handed hitting 2-way player.  6.95 runner.  Wide base balanced stance.  Small stride and hand load.  Slight uphill swing plane and short finish.  Gap to gap approach with ground ball to fly ball contact.  Inconsistent barrel contact with 82 mph exit velocity.  C- Receives from one knee.  Good glove and shows ability to hold pitches.  Can be late to block with tall chest.  Keeps ball in front.  Longer exchange with short footwork.  Quicker release.  2.14-2.26 pop times.  71 mph arm strength with average accuracy and below average carry.

Zach Moritz, C, Albany, 2021
5-foot-11, 165-pound right-handed hitting catcher.  6.65 runner.  Slightly closed balanced shoulder width stance.  Strides and hands load back.  Swing plane works down to contact.  Middle approach with ground ball and line drive contact.  Consistent contact and flashed average pop in barrel.  79 mph exit velocity.  C- Average athlete.  Average glove and drops to knee to receive.  Moves well to block and keeps ball in front.  Clean exchange and longer footwork.  Short release with 2.18-2.33 pop times.  74 mph arm strength with below average carry and accuracy to bag.

Nathan Rosenberg, C, Chaska, 2021
6-foot-1, 196-pound right-handed hitting catcher.  7.15 runner.  Slightly open and upright stance.  Small leg lift and hand load back.  Some rhythm in load. Present strength.  Aggressive swing and solid swing plane.  Mid/pull approach with mainly line drive and fly ball contact.  Consistent contact and flashed pop in barrel.  87 mph exit velocity.  C- Big frame and balanced setup. Works low to high.  Good glove and holds pitches.  Average movements to block.  Clean exchange and longer footwork.  Short arm action with 74 mph arm strength.  Average carry and accuracy on throws.  Follow in 2021 class.

Calvin Schmitz, C, Monticello, 2021
5-foot-5, 190-pound right-handed hitting catcher.  7.00 runner.  Slightly open crouched stance.  Strides to square with shoulder load.  Tends to stay on back side through swing.  Slightly uphill swing plane with short finish.  Uses the whole field with ground ball to fly ball contact.  Inconsistent barrel with 73 mph exit velocity.  C- Balanced stance and sits high.  Average movements.  Glove can be stiff and is good on low pitch.  Average to block and keeps ball in front.  Longer exchange at times with longer footwork.  2.09-2.27 pop times.  75 mph arm strength with average carry and good accuracy.

William Skjold, C, Cretin Derham Hall, 2021
6-foot, 180-pound left-handed hitting catcher.  7.27 runner.  Open balanced stance.  Strides to square with small hand load back to start.  Slightly uphill swing plane.  Mid/pull pop with line drive and fly ball contact.  Average contact and flashed pull pop with 84 mph exit velocity.  C- Balanced athletic stance.  Average glove and shows ability to hold pitches.  Average movements to block and keeps ball in front.  Clean exchange with quick release and good footwork.  1.95-2.07 pop times.  80 mph arm strength with good carry and accuracy to bag. 

Luke Sonka, C/RHP, Mounds Parks Academy, 2021
5-foot-8, 155-pound right-handed hitting 2-way player.  7.50 runner.  Upright balanced stance.  Small stride and hand load back to start.  Swing plane works down to contact, and barrel is in and out of zone.  Middle approach with ground ball to fly ball contact.  Inconsistent barrel contact with 74 mph exit velocity.  C- Balance stance and sits high.  Ball tends to control glove at times.  Average movements to block.  Average exchange and slower footwork.  2.33-2.47 pop times.  68 mph arm strength with average carry and accuracy.

Andrew Wollak, C, Sauk Rapids-Rice, 2021
5-foot-10, 145-pound right-handed hitting catcher. 6.72 runner.  Open and balanced upright stance.  Leg lift to start and hand load back.  Swing plane works down to contact.  Short and stiff finish.  Middle approach with ground ball to fly ball.  Inconsistent barrel contact with 73 mph exit velocity.  C- Angled balanced setup and sits low.  Average glove and shows ability to hold pitches.  Average movements to block and keeps ball in front.  Longer exchange with quick release and good footwork.  2.07-2.40 pop times.  73 mph arm strength with average carry and accuracy to bag.