Ryan Stafford




Cal Poly
Folsom (HS) • CA
5-10 • 165LBS • R/R
Travel Team: NorCal
2021 National

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Norcal ProCase

Body: 5-foot-10, 165-pounds. Having stood next to Stafford, that height seems a bit stretched but even taken at face value, clearly it's not physicality that he relies on. He's built more like a 2nd baseman than a catcher.

Hit: RH - Has outstanding hand-eye coordination and the ability to move the ball to all fields. There is some sneaky pop on the pull side and he's got the type of bat control to take an aggressive swing and stay on balance. The average of 15.9 (g) in rotational acceleration (courtesy of Blast Motion) indicates his ability to quickly accelerate his bat into the swing plane. Going forward, as a college player, he seems like a good bet to fill the 2-spot in the order. 

Power: If a pitcher sleeps on him and pitches Stafford like a player who doesn't have the ability to do damage, he can pay a price. The 97 mph exit velocity (courtesy of TrackMan, using wood) at the ProCase tells us that he's not only got bat speed but the ability to get the barrel in position to drive the ball with every bit that he physically possesses. Power isn't likely to be a significant part of his game beyond high school, but he will have enough juice to occasionally leave the yard.

Field: This is where Stafford excels. He's cat-quick behind the plate, utilizing that quickness both in blocking (very good lateral agility) and on steal attempts. He's an above average receiver as well. The lateral agility plays very well as it allows pitchers to bounce change-ups and breaking balls out of the zone with confidence. The quickness also comes into play on bunts and swinging bunts out in front of the plate. To get him out of the crouch from time to time, Stafford can man 3B, SS, or 2B.

Arm: C mph - 77 mph - POPs 1.93-2.09 - Quick release helps arm play up a bit more than the 77 mph, 3 of 4 pops were 2.03 or lower, there is some tailing/sink action at end of throws which can come from not only the slot but also the concentrated effort to sling it quickly. Given some technique adjustments in college and he's got a chance to develop a 50 arm with consistent 2.00 POPs.

Run: 7.20 - More quick than fast.

Summary: The name that comes to mind as a MLB comp is former all-star Jason Kendall. The similarities all hold up, undersized, athletic, multi-position versatility, offensive tools that play from helping to keep the line moving but also having the ability to be a run-producer, high level defense and enthusiasm for the game that is easy to see. Like just about any player who falls short of being the type of physical specimen desired at the professional level, Stafford likely will be made to constantly 'prove' he can play with the big boys and I'd certainly bet that he will always be up to the challenge.

vs McClatchy HS - Cal Poly commit; One of the better defensive catchers in the region. Not a big body on him, but he does play bigger and appears bigger than his listed 5-foot-7 140-pounds on the roster (maybe a listing from 2019 season?). He's functionally strong and put together proportionally. Stafford's receiving is a plus attribute and he has what will develop into average C/T skills at the college level. Pop times were 2.01-2.07 in warm-ups, the lower time from his knees. The arm strength is fair at this time, though perhaps I wasn't seeing the best he's got, with 72 mph being his best bolt on a warm-up throw. In any case, he is extremely quiet and subtle in his receiving movements and he stuck pitches deftly. He's also quite good getting below the low pitch. All the other intangible attributes are there, hustling to back-up 1st base, leadership presence and good verbal skills. Offensively he's got a quiet set-up, hitting out of the 2-spot he sprayed a single to the right side and later slammed a single to the LCF gap. Don't let the size fool you, he's got a little pop in that frame but would be best served to stay gap to gap (which he did in each AB) and spray the ball around the yard. Good takes in plus hitting counts and willing to let it fly when he got what he wanted in those same positive counts.

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