Unsigned Senior Showcase: Catcher Analysis



By Greg Williams
PA Director of Scouting

The Class of 2014 is deep in catching depth and the Unsigned Senior Showcase gave college coaches the opportunity to see two talented backstops in the class that have yet to make a college commitment. Both showcased the ability to be quality receivers at the next level with the ability to provide offensive punch to the lineup. Following is a review of both prospects.

Shane EmrichC/RHP Shane Emrich, Spring-Ford HS

Emrich stood out as one of the top two-way prospects at the event. The 6-foot-2, 185-pound right-handed hitter turned in the top bat exit velocity of the event at 92 mph and barreled the baseball consistently during his round of batting practice. Emrich utilizes a wide base and a high hands load with a strong lower half to create barrel whip. He demonstrated very solid extension to his swing and the potential for some gap to gap power. Emrich receives the baseball well and displayed pop times of 2.03-2.13 on throws of 76 mph out of the crouch. The two-way prospect went on to top out at 82 mph during his bullpen session.

Alex SaleskyC/3B Alex Salesky, Wilson HS

Salesky is a 5-foot-10, 170-pound receiver that showed quick feet and a clean transfer on throws to second base. He turned in pop times of 2.03-2.09 on throws of 74 mph out of the crouch. Salesky is a left-handed hitter that showcased an 83 mph bat exit velocity. He demonstrated a line drive approach and the ability to use all fields in a solid round of batting practice. Salesky incorporates a strong lower half and his hands work well throughout his swing.

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