AJ Malzone
AJ Malzone




St. Rita (HS) • IL
5-11 • 185LBS • L/R
Travel Team: Top Tier American


2023 National

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AJ Malzone (St. Rita) continues to show a highly advanced left-handed swing to go along with an improved defensive skill set. Malzone hit with authority every time we saw him in 2021 and it looks like it is set to continue in 2022. It's a simple, fluid swing that stays on-plane with natural loft and he flashed pull-side power throughout his round of BP. He registered a peak exit velocity of 95.2 mph and reached a max batted distance of 347 feet. Malzone’s catcher velocity is now topping at 80 mph which helped produce a low pop time of 1.94 at the showcase, which was down from a 2.05 low in 2021. If Malzone can prove he is a lockdown defensive catcher in 2022, his stock will continue to rise sharply. The bat, however, should play no matter where he slots defensively.


Malzone’s pure ability to hit is certainly advanced for someone his age, as the left-handed backstop routinely finds ways to spray the ball across the yard. He’s improved defensively as well, captaining the Top Tier pitching staff for a large majority of the PBR at The Rock Fall Championships and calling a quality game, too.


Positional Profile: C
Body: 5-10, 170-pounds.
Hit: LHH. Balanced, slightly open setup, leg kick, short stride, easy pre-pitch actions. Creates bat speed with an average of 73.6 MPH, whippy swing, path works uphill, consistent hard contact.
Power: 96.54 max exit velocity, averaged 86.76 mph. 353’ max distance.
Arm: RH. C - 78 mph. Short arm action, over-the-top arm slot.
Defense: 2.05-2.20 pop times. Steady receiving actions, can work from multiple stances, clean exchanges, quick feet.
Run: 7.24 runner in the 60. 

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