Freshmen Free East: Catcher Breakdown


John Nolan
Virginia Scouting Director & Managing Editor

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In mid-February, over 30 players from all corners of DC and Virginia descended on Coastal Sports in Norfolk, Virginia for the Freshmen Free Showcase, our first event of 2021. Today, we begin our breakdown of the event with the catchers: 

 

 

Colin Benson C / SS / Ocean Lakes, VA / 2024

Benson is 5-10 with a lankier athletic frame that has plenty of projection left to it. He hits from the right side from an open balanced athletic stance, strides on line, smooth load back to a wrap. Hips rotate with some violence and he maintains good lower half balance. Hands stay inside, goes straight to the ball, slightly uphill line drive swing with some strength at contact point, showed a good approach working gap to gap with some gap power present and more coming in the future, exit velocity was 84. Behind the plate, clean exchange, throws from a three-quarters arm slot, short free arm action, position velocity was 67 and pop times 2.22-2.34. Receiving, he gets low with a wider base and works up to the ball, showed some sway receiving. Showed versatility working out in the infield as well. Ran a 4.56 home to first. 

Charlie Brinkman C / OF / Fredericksburg Christian, VA / 2024

Brinkman is 5-11 with a lankier athletic frame that has plenty of projection left to it. Behind the plate, quick clean exchange, throws from a high three-quarters arm slot, short loose arm action, position velocity was 74 and pop times 1.98-2.07, showed some accuracy. Receiving, he puts his knee down to get low and works up to the ball, quick soft hands receiving, showed some sway despite having kneed down. Showed versatility working out in the outfield as well where his velocity was 90, long loose quick arm from a high three-quarters slot.

Dylan Whitmire C / 3B / Frank W. Cox, VA / 2024

Whitmire is 5-10 with a lankier athletic frame that has some strength present and plenty of projection left to it. He hits from the right side from an open balanced athletic stance, strides on line, smooth load down. Hips rotate with some violence and he maintains some lower half balance. Hands stay inside, quick to the ball, uphill line drive swing with a strong contact point, showed a good approach working gap to gap with potential to grow into gap power in the future, exit velocity was 77. Behind the plate, works around the plate to gain ground, clean exchange, throws from a high three-quarters arm slot, short free arm action, position velocity was 68 and pop times 2.14-2.29. Receiving, he gets low in his base and works up to the ball, showed some sway receiving. Showed versatility working out in the infield as well.