Top Prospect Games: Catcher Analysis



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By John Nolan
Virginia Assistant Director and Content Manager

Today we begin our analysis by position of the players who participated in the Virginia/DC Top Prospect Games on June 27. Hosted by Liberty University, over 50 players from across the state performed in front of the PBR scouting staff as well as colleges from around the region. Today,  we take a look at the catchers who took part in the event.

In the coming weeks we will continue our analysis with outfielders, infielders, and pitchers.

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John Barrie 2019 Paul VI Catholic
Barrie is 5-11 with an athletic frame. Hits from the right side from a balanced athletic stance. Short leg kick stride on line, smooth load with bat wrap. Hands are quick to ball, inside-out approach, works uphill through the ball, line drive swing. Some hip explosion and some balance during his swing. Exit velocity was 78. Behind the plate, sways well while receiving pitches. Clean exchange, throws from higher three-quarters arm slot with a short arm action, showed some accuracy on his throws to second, pop times were 2.19-2.27 and position velocity was 68. Ran a 4.58 home to first.

Wesley Clarke 2018 Liberty Christian (South Carolina)
Clarke is 6-3 with a projectable athletic frame that he can still add to. Hits from the right side from an athletic stance, short leg kick stride on line, smooth load back, good rhythm to his swing. Explosive hips and good balance to swing. Quick hands, quick to ball, works uphill through it with good extension. Has a line drive swing with a lot of power potential, ball carries well, showed ability to use who field in BP, slight pull approach in game, exit velocity was 94. Behind the plate, sways quietly, soft hands receiving, presents a very good strike, quick into his blocks. Quick, clean exchange, throws from a high three-quarters arm slot, short loose arm action, yanks head some at release. Pop times were 1.94-2.01 and position velocity was 78, showed some accuracy with his throws. Home to first was 4.56.

Chance Davis 2018 Fort Chiswell
Davis is 5-10 with an athletic frame that he can add to. Hits from the right side from an open athletic stance, short leg kick stride with slight load back and good rhythm to swing. Explosive hips and good balance to his swing, short to the ball and finishes uphill through it with extension. Line drive swing, showed good approach using whole field, some power potential to his pull side, exit velocity of 84. Behind the plate, deep stance, sticks ball out in front. Quick, clean exchange, throws from high three-quarters arm slot from a short arm action. Pop times were 1.96-2.10 and catcher velocity was 75, showed some accuracy on his throws down as well.

Josh Lasser 2019 Woodrow Wilson
Lasser is 6-1 with an athletic frame, hits from the right side from an upright balanced stance. Strides on line, collapses back leg, short load back. Some hip explosion and some balance, longer swing path, works uphill through the ball with extension. Line drive swing, good approach using whole field, primarily gap-to-gap, exit velocity was 75. Behind the plate, sticks ball firmly, presents good strike. Gains ground during exchange, transfers ball to a short arm action, throws from a three-quarters arm slot, pop times were 2.20-2.35 and position velocity was 71.

Alexander Petroka 2018 Albemarle
Petroka is 6-1 with a lanky frame, hits from the left side from an athletic stance. Toe tap stride while loading whole body back smoothly, good rhythm. Explosive hips and some balance to his swing. Short to ball, works uphill through it. Line drive swing with slight pull tendency, exit velocity was 75. Behind the plate, clean exchange, throws from a three-quarters arm slot. Pop times were 2.11-2.31, position velocity was 69.

Scooter Ray 2018 Manchester
Ray is 6-2 with an athletic frame that he can add to. He hits from the right side from a balanced athletic stance, big leg kick stride and a smooth load down, good rhythm to swing. Explosive lower half and some balance to his swing. Very short to the ball with quick hands, extends through it well, works slightly uphill and has a bit of a pull approach to his line drive swing, exit velocity was 94. Clean exchange, throws from a three-quarters arm slot, short loose arm action, showed some accuracy to throws. Pop times were 2.03-2.16, catcher velocity was 75.

Reese Varley 2018 Battlefield
Varley is 6-0 with an athletic frame and a strong lower half. He hits from the right side from a balanced athletic stance, strides on line with a quiet load. Some hip explosion with good balance, simple swing. Quick to ball with hands, extends through it, works uphill with a slight pull preference, exit velocity was 85. Behind the plate, some sway to get behind ball, receives out in front, gets into block quickly and slides laterally well. Clean exchange, throws from a higher three-quarters arm slot, short loose arm action, showed some accuracy on throw downs. Pop times were 1.99-2.09 and position velocity was 76.

Jake Wortman 2019 Colonial Forge
Wortman is 6-1 with a lanky frame. A switch hitter, from the left side he has a short stride and a quiet load, good rhythm, explosive hips and good balance. Quick to the ball with extension up through it, good approach, used whole field, exit velocity was 79. From the right side, similar set-up, stride, and load, explosive hips and good balance as well. Extends through the ball and works uphill, worked gap to gap with a slight pull preference, line drive swing, exit velocity was 82. Behind the plate, sticks ball well, has soft hands and holds it in zone. Exchange is clean, throws from a high three-quarters arm slot, short arm action, pulled front side open with a head whack, pop times were 2.09-2.27 and position velocity was 70.

 


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