OK Top Prospect Games Analysis: Catchers



 Andy Urban
Oklahoma Scouting Director

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Prep Baseball Report Oklahoma hosted the Top Prospect Games at the University of Central Oklahoma on Tuesday, June 6th. This event hosted nearly 50 of the top 2018 graduates from around the state for a pro showcase followed by a game. PBR staff along with 15 colleges were on hand to scout, recruit, and evaluate. College recruiters will have a list of new names for their ScoutPlus subscription, as many talented played players showed their skills.

All of the video, stats, and pictures from the event have been posted on each individual player's profiles. Over the next week and a half, we will be taking an in-depth look at each player from the event position by position. Today we take a look at catchers. Each player's full profile can be viewed by clicking on their picture. All exit velos taken from a tee. 

Click Here, for a complete PDF spreadsheet of times and velocities. All players are 2018's.

Catchers

Robert Collier C / 2B / Choctaw , OK / 2018

A 5-foot-9, 165-pound proportional frame. Offensively, the switch-hitting catcher takes almost identical swings from both sides of the plate. Bats from a front foot heavy set-up with rhythm throughout. Uses a smooth, rocking load, uphill bat path with an abbreviated finish. In BP, shows some pull pop with lift from the right-side, 83 mph exit velo. Runs a 7.4 60. Defensively, sets up in a slightly narrow crouch, above average receiver, and shows clean exchange, throws from a typical catchers arm slot and stroke, 1.95-2.20 showcase pop times, 74 mph with well above average accuracy. Stood out offensively in the game, going 4-for-4 with a double and three RBI’s.


Benjamin Crawford C / Edmond Memorial, OK / 2018

A 5-foot-11, 180-pound proportional frame. Offensively, the right-handed hitter bats from a wide and balanced set-up with rhythm throughout. Uses a smooth rocking load, short path to the ball, flat through extension. In BP, shows an opposite field approach, some barrels, 77 mph exit velo. Runs a 7.97 60. Defensively, sits low in the crouch showing good hip flexibility, average receiver, peel off to third base on the throw down, above average blocker. Throws from a high-3/4 slot with excellent accuracy, 69 mph. Went 0-for-3 in the game with a ground out and a fly out.


Ethan Jackson C / RHP / Stonewall , OK / 2018

A 5-foot-7, 175-pound frame with some strength. Offensively, the right-handed hitter bats from an upright and open set-up with rhythm throughout. Uses a moderate leg kick and stride with a hand pump load for timing, short to the ball with a flat path through extension. In BP, shows a gap-to-gap, flat approach, consistent barrels, 84 mph exit velo. Runs a 7.39 60. Defensively, an advanced receiver and blocker with clean footwork and exchanges. Throws from an over the top with a short arm stroke, 1.94-2.00 showcase pop times, 76 mph with accuracy. In the game, went 1-for-4 with an RBI single up the middle on a breaking ball.


Carson Kropp C / 1B / Owasso, OK / 2018

A physically impressive 6-foot-2, 220-pound muscular frame packed with strength. Offensively, Kropp continues to grow and improve. The right-handed hitter bats from an open and athletic set-up with rhythm in his hands. Uses a moderate hanging leg kick for timing and is short to the ball with bat speed and strength, flat path to the ball with a high finish. In BP, shows an all fields approach with some lift, mostly barrels, and much more strength than his 85 mph exit velo would suggest. Runs a 7.00 60. Defensively, is high energy behind the dish with soft hands, occasionally traces the path of the ball, above average blocker. Throws down to second with an extremely short arm stroke, slight hitch on the exchange, 1.96-2.05 showcase pop times.  In the game, went 1-for-4 with a single and two HBPs.


Brayden Rodden C / SS / Oktaha, OK / 2018

A lean 5-foot-8, 170-pound frame with strength and athleticism. Offensively, the switch-hitting catcher shows surprising pop from both sides of the dish using an open, athletic set-up, a big leg kick and stride, and a slightly uphill bat path from both sides of the plate. In BP, shows a flat, gap-to-gap approach from the left side with an exit velo of 89 mph. From the right side, shows a middle opposite field approach with lift and found even more barrels, exit velo of 91 mph. Runs a 7.1 60. Defensively, shows quick twitch actions behind the plate, advanced hands and feet, clean exchanges. Throws from an over the top slot with a short arm stroke, slight tail on throws, 1.88-2.00 showcase pop times, 76 mph, some accuracy. In the game, went 1-for-4 with an RBI double and a stolen base.


Chandler Shapard C / RHP / Heritage Hall, OK / 2018

A 6-foot-1, 165-pound lean frame with plenty of room to add size and strength. Offensively, the right-handed hitter bats from a wide, athletic set-up with rhythm throughout. Uses an arm-bar load and short stride, some length, flat path through extension. In BP, shows a middle to pull, flat/ground ball approach, mostly barrels, 84 mph exit velo. Runs a 7.26 60. Defensively, a slightly above average receiver, deliberate actions, with a strong arm from a high-3/4 slot. Showcase pop times of 2.00-2.13, 77 mph with some run.  In the game, went 0-for-3 with two walks. 


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