STL Force Scout Day: Catchers Analysis


Shon Plack
Missouri Scouting Director

Prep Baseball Report-Missouri held the STL Force Scout Day on January 25 at the STL Force training facility, Champions Village, in Fenton, MO. Fourty players attended the event, with the majority of players in the 2023 and 2024 classes.

Today, we will take a look at the catchers from the day.  Pop times were not recorded due to short distance between home to second base.  Player profiles have been updated with running times and velocities along with a video of their performance. Players listed below are in alphabetical order.

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Catchers

Dominic Anselmo C / 3B / Marquette, MO / 2024

Anselmo is a 5-foot-11 160-pound right-handed hitting catcher in Missouri’s 2024 class. He ran a 4.69 home to first and had an 80 mph exit velocity. At the plate, balanced set up, minimal load and hand movement, toe tap to in line stride, loose hand with quick bat speed, showed the ability to hit to both gaps, simple and repeatable.  Behind the plate, balanced set up, clean transfer and throw, fluid footwork, over the top arm slot, 72 mph positional velocity.

Caleb Heck C / SS / Columbia, IL / 2024

Heck is a 5-foot-4 133-pound right-handed hitting catcher in Illinois’ 2024 class. He ran a 4.65 home to first and has a 77 mph exit velocity. At the plate, open stance with pre-pitch rhythm in hands, slight weight shift to back side with toe tap, aggressive acceleration to contact, gap to gap approach, stays balanced. Behind the plate, quiet receiver, set up with slightly staggered feet, quick glove-to-hand transfer, over the top arm slot, release and transfer on time with footwork.  Still physically developing with signs of quick twitch actions, 68 mph positional velocity. 

Cayden Gibson C / 2B / Lutheran St. Charles , MO / 2024

Gibson is a 5-foot-3 125-pound left-handed hitting catcher in Missouri’s 2024 class. He ran a 4.78 home to first and has a 71 mph exit velocity. At the plate, starts closed, leg kick to load, stays against back side, slight rotation, lands slightly closed, level path through the hitting zone, high finish, one handed finish at times, stays balanced, mostly middle of the field contact during hitting evals.  Behind the plate, balanced set up, sits high, fluid transfer on time with footwork, over the top slot, creates momentum with footwork to throw, 62 mph positional velocity.

Bryson Kline C / RHP / Troy , MO / 2024

Kline is an athletically built 5-foot-10 160-pound right-handed hitting catcher in Missouri’s 2024 class. He ran a 4.66 home to first and has an 83 mph exit velocity. At the plate, balanced stance, rocks with weight shift to back side to load, minimal hand movement, short in line stride, level path, middle of the field line drives.  Behind the plate, 76 mph positional velocity, set up with low target, flexibility in hips, quiet glove to receive, over the top arm slot, creates momentum to throw with footwork, high transfer, clean.

Connor Mendell C / 2B / Fort Zumwalt South, MO / 2024

Mendell is a 5-foot-8 135-pound right-handed hitting catcher in Missouri’s 2024 class. He ran a 4.56 home to first and had a 70 mph exit velocity.  At the plate, starts slightly open, minimal load, controlled in line stride, simple and repeatable swing, showed ability to hit to all fields, stays balanced, hand controlled the barrel.  Behind the plate, balanced set up, quick transfer and throw, high exchange, short over the top arm slot, footwork creates momentum to throw, 67 mph positional velocity.

Michael Teason C / 3B / Christian brothers college, MO / 2023

Teason is a long and lean 6-foot 159-pound right-handed hitting catcher in Missouri’s 2023 class.  He ran a 4.66 home to first and has an 81 mph exit velocity. At the plate, tall set up, slight rhythm in hands, in line stride with no wasted movement to load, works inside of ball with hands, producing gap to gap contact.  Behind the plate, thin set up in base, sits low, minimal movement with footwork, clean transfer and throw, over the top arm slot, throws flashed carry, 68 mph positional velocity.

Kole Younger C / 3B / Summit , MO / 2021

Younger is a sturdy 6-foot-1 178-pound right-handed hitting catcher in Missouri’s 2021 class. He ran a 4.59 home to first and had an 88 mph exit velocity. At the plate, starts with open stance, weight shift to back side to load, controlled leg kick, with in line stride, swing produced middle to pull side contact.  Behind the plate, set up is slightly staggered, short arm circle with over the top release, aggressive with footwork on time with transfer, 73 mph positional velocity.

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