Prep Baseball Report

PBR MN Top Prospect Games- Catcher Evaluations

Rob Allison
Prep Baseball Report Minnesota

The Prep Baseball Report MN Top Prospect Games event took place on Monday- June 17 and Tuesday- June 18, 2019. The event was held at Minnetonka High School in Minnetonka, MN. The event featured prospects from the 2020 grad class; 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 Minnetonka High School for such a great event.

There were a number of great individual performances this year at the PBR MN Top Prospect Games.

As we drill down into the statistics:

+    58 players ran sub-7.2 60's.
+    57 players recorded 85+ mph exit velocities
+    26 players recorded 80+ mph infield throws
+    28 players recorded 80+ mph outfield throws
+    15 catchers recorded 70+ mph throws to second base
+    7 catchers recorded sub-2.1 pop times
+    56 pitchers were 80+ mph on the mound


Below we have listed our scouting evaluations for the players that were in attendance at the event.

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catcher evaluations (alpha)

Isaac Becker, C, Columbia Heights, 2020
6-foot-3, 215-pound right-handed hitting catcher. #41 ranked player in MN 2020 class. 6.95 runner. Body load, quieter actions, solid pop in bat, mid/pull approach, has present strength with ability to drive baseball, 92 mph exit velocity. Athletic behind plate, moves well for size, keeps ball in front, inconsistent receiver, 75 mph arm strength with 2.13-2.22 pop times.

Zach Carolin, C, Red River (ND), 2020
6-foot-1, 160-pound right-handed hitting catcher. 7.32 runner. Slightly open stance, avg. balance, line drive swing plane with lift through contact, barrels baseball consistently, avg. pop in bat, 73 mph exit velocity. Receives well with quiet hands, sticks pitches in zone, athletic side to side movements with flexibility, 77 mph arm strength with 2.08-2.20 pop times.

Ben Clapp, C, Maple Lake, 2020
5-foot-10, 175-pound right-handed hitting catcher. #118 player in MN 2020 class. 7.39 runner. Leg kick trigger, present strength, occasional pop to pull side, line drive and fly ball hitter, 91 mph exit velocity. Strong frame, avg. flexibility, works from one knee to receive, brings ball back to zone, 73 mph arm strength with 2.06-2.21 pop times.

Jack Fochman, C, Frankfurt International (Germany), 2020
6-foot-1, 185-pound right-handed hitting catcher. Minnesota native attending school in Germany and ranked #101 in 2020 class. 6.88 runner. Wider square stance, body load, swings with shoulders, mid/pull approach with spray contact off bat, 83 mph exit velocity. Short arm action, sure hands, avg. footwork through baseball, accurate to bag with quick release, 78 mph arm across infield. Stronger frame, quick feet to throw, inconsistent receiver, ball tends to leave zone, 75 mph arm from behind plate with 2.06-2.09 pop times.

Nick Friedges, C/SS, South St. Paul, 2020
6-foot, 175-pound left-handed hitting 2-way player. #71 ranked player in MN 2020 class. 7.38 runner. Body load, quiet rhythm in swing, consistently barrels baseball, gap to gap approach, hard line drive and fly ball contact, 83 mph exit velocity. 84 mph arm across infield. Low target with flexibility, projectable athletic frame, longer arm action, sticks pitches in zone, high blocking position, 78 mph arm strength with 2.06-2.09 pop times.

Soren Grant, C, Minneapolis Patrick Henry, 2020
5-foot-11, 220-pound right-handed hitting catcher. #115 ranked player in MN 2020 class. 7.50 runner. Open stance, body load, looks to elevate baseball, steep uphill path, solid bat speed with aggressive swing, shows pop in bat to pull side of field, 93 mph exit velocity. Avg. receiver and blocker, extra movements to handle pitches around zone, 74 mph arm strength with 2.18-2.25 pop times.

Jack Hedlund, C, Eden Prairie, 2020
5-foot-10, 190-pound right-handed hitting catcher. 7.28 runner. Open stance, easy load, compact swing, avg. balance in box, spray hitter, mid/pull approach, avg. pop in bat, 80 mph exit velocity. Inconsistent receiving, tends to stab at ball, solid frame, has quicker transfers to throw, 73 mph arm strength with 2.15-2.20 pop times.

Brent Hokeness, 2B/C, Adrian, 2020
5-foot-11, 160-pound right-handed hitting 2-way player. 7.20 runner. Square stance, choppy leg kick, arm bar with length to contact, spray contact off barrel, gap to gap approach, 77 mph exit velocity. Active feet to field, inconsistent position, avg. accuracy to bag, 69 mph arm strength across infield. 69 mph arm from behind the dish with 2.19-2.31 pop times.

Levi Jensen, C/3B, Luck (WI), 2020
5-foot-11, 195-pound right-handed hitting 2-way player. #62 ranked player in WI 2020 class. 6.95 runner. Open stance, quiet rhythm, finds barrel consistently, short to contact, present strength with pop in bat, 85 mph exit velocity. 78 mph arm across infield. Good position to receive and block, above avg. blocker, athletic movements, sticks pitches in zone, present strength in frame, 77 mph arm with 1.98-2.03 pop times.

Logan Milene. C, Rochester Century, 2020
6-foot, 180-pound left-handed hitting catcher. #30 ranked prospect in MN 2020 class. 7.08 runner. Open stance, stays compact, gap to gap approach, shows line drive to fly ball pop to gaps, 83 mph exit velocity. Athletic frame behind plate, avg. receiver with stiffer glove, quick transfers to throw, 74 mph arm strength with 2.25-2.31 pop times.

Brock Rinehart, C, Woodbury, 2020
5-foot-10, 170-pound left-handed hitting catcher. #33 ranked player in MN 2020 class. 6.89 runner. Controlled load with rhythm, consistently squares baseball, loud hard contact, uses both gaps well, has pop in bat and shows above avg. ability to hit, 92 mph exit velocity. Present strength with athletic movements, above avg. blocker, sticks pitches in zone, quiet actions behind plate, 74 mph arm strength with 2.12-2.16 pop times.

Tyler Rueckert, C, Prior Lake, 2020
5-foot-11, 173-pound right-handed hitting catcher. 7.77 runner. Wider stance, leg kick trigger, some length to contact, line drive and fly ball contact, occasional pop in bat, mid/pull approach, 85 mph exit velocity. High target, avg. blocker, quiet hands and is solid receiver, 76 mph arm across infield. 73 mph arm with 2.28-2.40 pop times.

Matthew Sauer, C, Benilde St. Margaret’s, 2020
5-foot-10, 160-pound right-handed hitting catcher. 7.63 runner. Square stance, rolling hand load, stiffer lower half in swing, solid contact, spray contact off bat, avg. pop, 74 mph exit velocity. Works low to ground, solid flexibility and sway to receive, avg. strength in glove, tends to stab at baseball. 73 mph arm strength from behind plate with 2.19-2.28 pop times. 75 mph arm strength across infield.

Tyler Steimer, C, Rosemount (MN), 2020
6-foot, 180-pound left-handed hitting catcher. 7.14 runner. #143 ranked prospect and should move up ladder in next update. Open stance, tall to fall approach, solid bat speed, drives ball when extended, has present strength with flashes of line drive pop in bat, 86 mph exit velocity. Physical frame, athletic behind plate, good movements, works bottom of zone well, has ability to block, plays with energy, 78 mph arm strength with 2.08-2.28 pop times.

Alexander Stephens, C/RHP, Totino Grace, 2020
6-foot, 215-pound right-handed hitting 2-way player. #129 ranked prospect in MN 2020 class. 7.53 runner. Open stance, short compact swing, some lift through contact, squares baseball consistently, gap to gap approach, 87 mph exit velocity. 78 mph arm across infield. Aggressive blocker, keeps ball in front, solid receiver, avg. flexibility behind plate, 76 mph arm with 2.14-2.21 pop times.

Nicholas Trucke, C/2B, Watertown-Mayer, 2020
6-foot, 170-pound right-handed hitting 2-way player. #83 ranked player in MN 2020 class. 7.03 runner. Body load, some length, mid/pull approach, has some looseness and athlecism to swing, line drive and fly ball contact, mid/pull approach, 81 mph exit velocity. 78 mph arm across infield. Clean receiver, works bottom of zone well, shows solid athleticism behind plate, 72 mph arm with 2.27-2.35 pop times.

John Volkers, C, Maple Grove, 2020
5-foot-7, 195-pound right-handed hitting catcher. #121 ranked player in MN 2020 class. 7.52 runner. Square stance, body load, short path through zone, looks to elevate, solid contact with avg. pop in bat, 77 mph exit velocity. Works underneath baseball well, keeps pitches in zone, solid blocker, quick hands to transfer on throws, 72 mph arm strength with 2.01-2.15 pop times.