OK Summer Open I.D.: Catcher Analysis


Andy Urban
Oklahoma Scouting Director

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Prep Baseball Report Oklahoma hosted the second annual OK Summer Open I.D. on Tuesday, July 17th, at the newly turfed Wendell Simmons Field at the University of Central Oklahoma. The event showcased a sold out 55 player roster from all grad classes. Each position player went through a pro-style workout and pitchers threw in a bull pen session. 

Today, we take a look at the 10 catchers from the event. Though many of them are two-way players, they will be covered here only catchers, with their pitching analysis on their profiles already. 

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Madison Chandler C / RHP / Oklahoma Christian Academy, OK / 2022

A developing 5-foot-10, 160-pound frame. Offensively, the right-handed hitter bats from a slightly open and balanced set-up with rhythm in his hands. Uses a small reverse toe-tap load before pulling his hands through a flat path to extension. In BP, shows a middle to pull and flat/ground approach, 72 mph exit velo. Runs an 8.3 60. Defensively, shows developing receiving and blocking. Throws from a low ¾ slot with developing accuracy, 63 mph with 2.5-2.7 showcase pop times. 


Garrett Brooks C / 3B / Enid, OK / 2021

A lean and developing 5-foot-10, 155-pound frame with plenty of room to add size and strength. Offensively, the right-handed hitter bats from an open and slightly back leg heavy set-up with rhythm in his hands. Uses a small hand pump load with a short leg kick and moderate stride before launching his hands on a flat path to contact with a high finish. In BP, shows a pull and flat approach, some barrels, 77 mph exit velo. Runs a 7.00 second 60. Defensively, shows quiet and smooth glove work, sitting slightly high in the crouch. On throws down, shows quick exchanges and consistent footwork, throwing from an over the top slot, short hopping most of his throws at 73 mph. Showcase pop times of 2.08-2.15.  Athletic enough to play the middle infield as well. 


Kolby Rivera C / 2B / Cordell, OK / 2019

A very lean and long 6-foot-2, 145-pound frame with lots of room to add size and strength. Offensively, the right-handed hitter bats from a slightly closed and back leg heavy crouch with some rhythm in his hands. Uses a quick and coiling load before taking a short stride and launching his hands on a flat path through extension. In BP, shows an opposite field and flat approach, some barrels, 77 mph exit velo. Runs a 7.50 second 60. Defensively,  shows well above average receiving skills with quiet hands that beat the ball to the spot and shows flexibility in the crouch. On throws down, shows methodical footwork, coming out of the crouch early and throwing with a short arm stroke through a high-¾ slot with some accuracy at 68 mph and 2.19-2.38 showcase pop times. 


Ryan Smith C / 3B / Mustang, OK / 2021

A proportional 5-foot-11, 180-pound frame. Offensively, the switch hitter has similar set-ups from both sides with an open, narrow, and slightly knock-kneed base with some rhythm in his low set hands. In BP, from the left side, Smith shows an all fields approach with lift to the opposite field. From the right side, he  shows a middle to pull and ground approach with some barrels, 84 mph exit velo. Runs a 7.89 second 60. Defensively, catches from a narrow crouch with flexibility in his hips. On throws down, shows methodical footwork with a short arm stroke coming through and over the slot. Shows excellent accuracy, putting four throws in a row on the bag at 68 mph with showcase pop times of 2.2-2.34. 


Hayden Priest C / 1B / Enid, OK / 2019

A lean and muscular 5-foot-10, 180-pound frame. Offensively, the right-handed hitter bats from a wide, slightly open, and slightly front leg heavy set-up with some rhythm in his hands. Uses a short stride before launching his hands on a flat path through extension. In BP, shows a middle to pull and flat approach, mostly barrels, 80 mph exit velo. Runs a 7.28 second 60. Defensively, shows advanced receiving and blocking skills with strong hands and flexibility. On throws down, shows consistent and clean footwork and quick and clean exchanges before throwing from a short ¾ slot with some accuracy at 72 mph. Showcase pop times of 2.01-2.10. 


Conner Thompson C / OF / Sharon-Mutual, OK / 2021

A 5-foot-11, 160-pound frame with room to add size and strength. Offensively, the right-handed hitter bats from a quiet, wide, and slightly open set-up. Uses a smooth load and short leg kick before pulling his hands through a slightly uphill path with a high finish. In BP, shows an all fields approach, some barrels, 84 mph exit velo. Runs a 7.59 second 60. Defensively, receives from a narrow and slightly high base. Throws down with consistent footwork and clean exchanges before using an over the top arm slot and peeling off to the third base side. Throws with some accuracy at 68 mph with showcase pop times of 2.22-2.37. Also athletic enough to play on the infield. 


William Emerson C / 3B / Choctaw, OK / 2019

A durable 5-foot-9, 185 pound frame with some strength. Offensively, the right-handed hitter bats from an open, wide, and back leg heavy set-up with rhythm in his hands. Uses a small load and moderate leg kick before launching his hands on a slightly uphill path with a high finish and bat speed. In BP, shows an all fields and flat approach, finding almost all barrels,  90 mph exit velo. Runs a 7.46 second 60. Defensively, receives from an athletic and flexible base with strong hands. Throws down with quick feet and clean exchanges before using a short arm stroke through a high-¾ slot with quickness. Throws show some accuracy at 74 mph and showcase pop times of 1.98-2.07.  

KORY SCHMIDT C / 1B / LIBERTY HILL, TX / 2019

A physically impressive 6-foot-4, 210-pound frame with strength throughout. Offensively, the right-handed hitter bats from a quiet, open, and upright set-up. Uses a big hanging leg kick and a small hand pump load before launching his hands on a slightly uphill path through extension. In BP, shows an all fields approach with big pull pop and occasional lift, almost all barrels, 93 mph exit velo. Runs a 7.2 second 60. Defensively, receives from a slightly wide base with his left knee turned in, strong and quiet hands, above average blocker. On throws, shows clean and consistent footwork and exchanges, short arm stroke coming through a near over the top slot with some accuracy and carry at 76 mph, showcase pop times of 1.96-2.07. 

CHRISTIAN SPITZ C / RHP / BLUE VALLEY NORTHWEST, KS / 2019

A proportional 5-foot-8, 150-pound frame. Offensively, the right-handed hitter bats from an open and balanced set-up with some rhythm in his hands. Uses a moderate and hanging leg kick before launching his hands on a flat path to contact with a high finish. In BP, shows a pull approach with lift, some barrels, 85 mph exit velo. Runs a 7.65 second 60. Defensively, receives from a balanced and quiet set-up with soft hands, average blocker. Presets his feet on throws down and uses a quick exchange with a short arm stroke coming through a high-¾ slot to make throws at 74 mph with some accuracy and showcase pop times of 2.10-2.18. 

 

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