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Top Prospect Games II: Catcher Analysis


Kyle Campbell & Jamie Naill Jr.
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30 players from the Old Line State, DC, and Delaware participated in this year's Top Prospect Games II at The United States Naval Academy. Players were put through a pro-style workout and played a game in front of our PBR Maryland staff and various college coaches from across the Mid-Atlantic region. Below are evaluations on the seven catchers at the event. 

 

CatchERS

(Listed Alphabetically)

Nicholas Cicale C / 3B / Broadneck HS, MD / 2025

Body: 5’11’’, 138 pounds. Lean, lanky frame with projectability to continue adding strength as he matures. 
Hit: RHH. Open, bent stance with adequate balance in the setup; utilized a deliberate leg hang in order to initiate the hands through a flat path into the hitting zone. Could lift the ball out over the plate with leverage at the point of attack; stayed behind the ball well and let the hands work with tight turns. Hit the ball where it was pitched with a mature approach overall. More power on the way with likeable actions in his current frame (can see 30 pounds of muscle available). 
Power: 82 mph exit velocity during BP per TrackMan. Doubles power with ability to find the pull side gap with regularity. 
Arm: RH. C - 71 mph. INF - 71 mph. Short, high ¾ slot from the crouch with a quick release. INF: Utilizes length when he has time with added whip through extension. Mostly sticks with a quick V-slot in and out of the hand. 
Defense: Pop times ranged 2.15 - 2.25. Looked slightly raw behind the dish, but athleticism stood out. Clean exchange and low posture through catch/throw allowing for directional footwork and a solid range of pop times. Seems very low-pulse with a mature demeanor and will only see measurables get better as he holds additional strength. INF: Showed range to the glove hand side with a quick first step, operated with knowledge of pace and beat the ball to the spot. 
Run: 7.78 60-yard time.


Benjamin Davis C / 1B / Reservoir, MD / 2022

Body: 6’2’’, 195 pounds. Strong, projectable frame with a thick lower half holding power. 
Hit: LHH. Bent, wide, and slightly open setup as the hands began low at the shoulder with slight bounce for rhythm. Utilized a barrel-tip coupled with a simple leg-lift stride showcasing advanced feel for how to control it. Noticeable maturity in the box and consistently on time flashing a ready to go hit tool for the next level. Everything worked with connection allowing for lift to the pull side for extra bases. 
Power: 91 mph exit velocity during BP per TrackMan. Strong top hand yielding doubles power and more to the RCF gap. Transfers energy well throughout the frame. 
Arm: RH. C - 78 mph. Short, powerful high ¾ slot with accuracy. 
Defense: Pop times ranged 2.00 - 2.08. Adequate receiver from traditional setup; went and got the ball in the catch/throw phase with a soft glove hand working back to the throwing ear for a swift transfer. Slight pause as the ball gets to the right hand, carrying with strength to the target upon release. Featured a large target and athleticism to either side when blocking, deadening the ball over the plate. 
Run: 7.67 60-yard time.


Noah Forman C / RHP / Broadneck, MD / 2025

Body: 5’10’’, 140 pounds. Lengthy, proportioned frame with room to hold more strength. 
Hit: RHH. Open, slightly bent stance utilizing a traditional hand position to start; worked the bat head back to a stretched position at launch coupled with a lift and replace stride from a wide attack. Featured a controlled, flat barrel path into the hitting zone accompanied by a flurry of line drives during batting practice. Stayed mostly middle of the field in the approach with more of a finesse/feel led round.
Power: 80 mph exit velocity during BP per TrackMan. Developing doubles power but could get handsy at times. Will eventually have solid juice to pull-side gap for extra bases. 
Arm: RH. C - 68 mph. Short high ¾ slot with no restrictions. 
Defense: Pop times ranged 2.20 - 2.34. Replaced the feet, sometimes getting the shoulders set up towards the second base position before exploding into rotation. Good extension out in front with immediate quickness up out of the crouch into the catch/throw phase. Throws showed occasional cut to the glove side. Adequate receiving skills from traditional setup behind the dish. 
Run: 7.57 60-yard time.


Matthew Gostomski C / OF / Saint Michaels, MD / 2022

Body: 6’0’’, 175 pounds. Long, athletic frame with good proportions. 
Hit: RHH. Balanced, slightly open stance with natural loose appearance in the setup; the hands work calmly back outside the shoulder for stretch coupled with a short toe tap stride to initiate the bat head through a slightly uphill attack. Generated consistent line drive/fly ball contact through the middle/pull side of the field. Stayed within himself flashing ready bat speed through impact, especially evidenced on the inner half. 
Power: 90 mph exit velocity during BP per TrackMan. 
Arm: RH. C - 78 mph. Whippy, moderate arm circle with no restrictions. 
Defense: Pop times ranged 1.95 - 2.13. Solid receiver from traditional, really attacked the ball in the catch/throw phase with high intent in transfers/release out in front. Pre-catch rhythm was evident with repetitively clean exchanges at the ear. Transferred weight throughout the lower half accurately with balance through release. Added some feel for soft walls while blocking. 
Run: 7.66 60-yard time.


Sam Morrison SS / C / Loyola Blakefield, MD / 2024

Body: 5’8’’, 135 pounds. Athletic, lean profile with room to hold strength. 
Hit: RHH. Balanced, slightly open stance with a minor bend in the lower half. Utilized a short leg lift in order to initiate the bat head through a flat path into the hitting zone. Mostly upright posture and high finish on the way through yielding a middle of the field approach and line drive contact during batting practice. Slight weight shift, but operated under control throughout his round.
Power: 80 mph exit velocity during BP per TrackMan. Developing doubles power to pull with mostly singles at the moment, solid approach at the plate and stays within himself. 
Arm: RH. C - 65 mph. INF - 67 mph. Short, whippy high ¾ slot from the crouch that creates arm side run. INF: Quick, low intent, ¾ V-slot. 
Defense: Pop times ranged 2.25 - 2.38. Average footwork which replaced well directionally, featuring a repeatable effort during defensive evaluations. Soft glove hand attributes and adequate blocking skills, working around pitches in the dirt off both sides of the plate. INF: Bursty defender in either direction with raw actions at the fielding window. Showcased a soft and trusted glove hand that played low to the ground with consistency, transitioning accurately to the throwing ear. 
Run: 7.79 60-yard time.


Caeden Schulte C / 3B / Kent Island High School, MD / 2023

Body: 5’10’’, 195 pounds. Strong upper half, durable frame with a thick lower half. 
Hit: RHH. Wide, balanced stance with the hands starting loose at the shoulder; utilized a barrel tip coupled with a stretched lift and replace stride generating a whippy, fluid bat head through a flat path. Could lift on pitches out over the plate creating loft to both gaps during batting practice. Stayed behind the ball and uncoiled on time allowing for solid rotational power in the swing. 
Power: 90 mph exit velocity during BP per TrackMan. Doubles power to the pull side with ready juice when extending. 
Arm: RH. C - 74 mph. Quick, high ¾ slot with a short arm circle. 
Defense: Pop times ranged 2.00 - 2.12. Replaced feet well and got the back leg in the ground early allowing for quick transfers during pop times. Kept low posture in the lower half and good directional drive with the chest, running the ball to the arm-side on the carry. Adequate receiver out of traditional setup that can be semi-soft with the glove hand at times across the plate. 
Run: 8.02 60-yard time.


Luke Weichel C / 3B / Sherwood, MD / 2023

Body: 6’1’’, 155 pounds. Lean, lanky, and projectable frame with advanced feel for the game. 
Hit: Switch. Slightly lower posture from the right side, operating from a slightly bent, narrow setup from both sides; loose hands at the shoulder and low intent attack on the way through. Utilized a short lift and replace stride coupled with a flat path into the hitting zone to generate a line drive approach during batting practice. Recorded a 50% line drive rate hinting at a handsy approach at times. Worked mostly up the middle of the field on the barrel over the course of the round.
Power: 85 mph exit velocity during BP per TrackMan. Developing doubles power to the pull side as a RHH. Hard singles for the most part. 
Arm: RH. C - 78 mph. Strong, high ¾ slot with a quick release, fluid out over the front side.
Defense: Pop times ranged 1.94 - 2.02. Above-average defensive traits with comfortability receiving from traditional. Got the back foot in the ground with pre-catch rhythm, showing advanced catch/throw skills with an elite trigger. Will continue adding seasoning in blocking, durability as he holds more weight. 
Run: 7.16 60-yard time.

 

 

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