Southern Wisconsin Open: Catcher Analysis


By Wisconsin Staff

On Oct. 19, the PBR Wisconsin team hosted its annual fall showcase, the Southern Wisconsin Open, at STiKS Academy where 60 high school-level prospects participated in the final Wisconsin showcase of 2019.

Immediately following the showcase, we posted some rapid analysis inside our Quick Hits post and then dissected all of our measured data in our Statistical Analysis.

Today, we’re beginning to roll out our position-by-position analysis, starting with the day’s catchers. Of this group, there’s a couple notable stand-outs, including sophomore Heath Venne (Muskego). Physically, Venne has an advanced physical frame and he uses his strength well from the right-handed box, all while showing promise defensively.

Uncommitted junior Charlie Bogue (Mount Horeb) has impressed our staff a few times already in 2019 and he kept up that momentum last month. He swings a fast, loose right-handed bat with gap-to-gap contact, complete with all of the necessary actions from behind the plate.

For reports on each of the catchers who made it out to our final showcase of the year, continue reading on below.

ALL PROSPECTS (LISTED ALPHABETICALLY)

Charlie Bogue, Mount Horeb (WI), 2021
Positional Profile: C
Body: 5-foot-11, 178-pounds.
Hit: RHH. Balance stance, short reverse load stride, subtle hand load, maintains balance. Loose hands, created hard gap to gap contact with a middle of the field approach.
Power: 86 mph exit velocity from the tee.
Arm: RH. C - 73 mph. Over the top slot, short arm action gets quick release, flashed carry and played accurate.
Defense: 2.02-2.14 pop times. Advanced actions, hands play soft, confident receiver, exchange is clean and showed agility behind the dish, dependable blocker.
Run: 7.98 runner in the 60. 

Charlie Carr, Marquette (WI), 2021
Positional Profile: C
Body: 5-foot-8, 145-pounds. Small frame proportional build.
Hit: RHH. Balanced stance, slightly closed, subtle loading action with heel lift stride. Loads hands back, uphill path, made occasional line drive contact in BP, occasional feel for the barrel.
Power: 74 mph exit velocity from the tee.
Arm: RH. C - 64 mph. Loose arm action, works with a long 3/4 slot.
Defense: 2.43-2.65 pop times. Low setup, flexible lower half. Long footwork out of the crouch, gains ground to target.
Run: 7.91 runner in the 60. 

Michael Maloney, Pulaski (WI), 2021
Positional Profile: C/3B
Body: 5-foot-8, 188-pounds. Compact build, wide shoulders, strong lower half.
Hit: RHH. Wide base, slightly open and crouched, short toe tap stride.  Long level path, gets into lower half, rotational through contact.
Power: 80 mph exit velocity from the tee.
Arm: RH. C - 73 mph. INF - 73 mph. Short, over the top arm action, quick release out of the crouch at times.
Defense: 2.26-2.40 pop times. Showed best behind the plate, replaces feet out of the crouch. Infield actions profile at a corner, two hands secure the baseball, high motor actions.
Run: 7.57 runner in the 60. 

Owen Miller, Marquette University (WI), 2021
Positional Profile: C
Body: 5-foot-11, 145-pounds. Lean lanky frame, projects.
Hit: RHH. Tall setup, open stance, stride gets back to square, simple throughout with balance. Smooth easy swing, path has natural lift through the baseball.
Power: 76 mph exit velocity from the tee.
Arm: RH. C - 72 mph. Short loose arm action, high 3/4 slot, showed accuracy.
Defense: 2.22-2.30 pop times. Gets tall out of the chute, concise footwork, direct to target.
Run: 7.54 runner in the 60. 

Cody Pappadakis, Wilmot Union (WI), 2023
Positional Profile: C
Body: 5-foot-11, 210-pounds.
Hit: RHH. Tall setup, balanced with short stride, loads hands back. Makes hard contact with bat strength, level path.
Power: 82 mph exit velocity from the tee.
Arm: RH. C - 68 mph. Arm action works over the top and uphill.
Defense: 2.45-2.59 pop times. Receives close to the body lets ball travel to him, deliberate footwork out of the crouch.
Run: 8.65 runner in the 60. 

Heath Venne, Muskego (WI), 2022
Positional Profile: C
Body: 5-foot-10, 180-pounds. Strong physical build, quick twitch strength.
Hit: RHH. Tall balanced stance, short stride, smooth load, maintains good balance. Short quick twitch swing, loose strong hands create compact bat speed, hard contact to all fields, maintains balance.
Power: 85 mph exit velocity from the tee. Power potential bat to both gaps.
Arm: RH. C - 73 mph. Short, over the top arm slot, played accurate to bag, occasional carry.
Defense: 2.11-2.25 pop times. Efficient out of the crouch, quick feet and transfer. Advanced actions for age.
Run: 7.35 runner in the 60.

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