First Thoughts: Preseason Downstate Catchers

Dan Cevette
President, New York

Over a week ago (February 21, 2018) more than 60 players worked out in front of our New York boots-on-the-ground scouting staff. Overall, the talent was exciting to say the very least. Several new names to the system impressed while some veterans to PBR continue to improve and raise their stock. Today we take a look at a few catching prospects that impressed last February, 21. Let's get started. ** Rankings will be updated next week..




Noah Cabassa C / 1B / North Rockland, NY / 2019

Stand's 6-foot-0, 180-pounds with a durable frame suited for the catching demands. At the plate he uses a narrow open stance, back elbow high with a bat waggle, loose hands with a confident approach. On the pitch he strides back to even extremely fluid barrel path slightly uphill, repeatable with long extension, plenty of bat speed projection from the 2019 prospect. Defensively, receives from an athletic stance, soft hands quick release from a high 3/4 slot, arm strength of 75 mph with an above average pop time of 2.01 to the bag. Outstanding catching prospect to keep a close eye on.

Michael Hangan C / OF / Iona Prep, NY / 2019

At the plate he uses a wide stance, hands high by back shoulder barrel loose, on the pitch high knee lift, back load for timing, hands direct to the ball on a mostly level path, 84 mph exit velocity off a tee with more projection in the future. Defensively, very wide set up, receives with a wide-open base, quick transfer glove to hand, releases from a high 3/4 slot, pop time of 2.01 to the bag, 74 mph arm strength.



Luke Shliger C / 2B / Millbrook Prep, NY / 2020

Stands 5-foot-9, 170-pounds with a strong body frame. He ran a 7.18 60-yard dash showing athleticism for his position. At the plate, slightly open narrow stance, loose hands, long stride back to even on the pitch,  extremely aggressive with his swing path, slightly uphill very loose and fluid, repeatable 89 mph exit velocity and expect plenty more bat speed from the 2020 prospect. Defensively, shows proper receiving mechanics, soft hands extremely fast transfer, throws from a high 3/4 slot strong above-average arm strength at 78 mph from behind the dish, an impressive 1.95 pop time.


Anthony Febo C / OF / Carmel, NY / 2021

At the plate he uses a narrow open stance, back elbow up, barrel upright, looseness in his hands, as the pitch is delivered he strides back to even, hands drop before powering forward on a slightly uphill barrel path, fluid swing, exit velocity 76 off a tee but we. expect to see that number increase as he continues to physically mature.  Defensively he receives the ball from a relaxed shoulder width stance, soft hands, above average transfer, 70 mph arm strength, pop time of 2.07 with quick footwork. Young 2021 catching prospect to follow.


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