Joseph Barberio
Joseph Barberio
Joseph Barberio

CLASS OF 2017

C
2B

Joseph
Barberio

Canisius
Saint Mary's (HS) • NY
5-10 • 160LBS • R/R

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November 2018

Committed to Canisius College from Niagara CCC.
New York Games (June 27-29, 2016)
 Stands 5-foot-10, 160-pounds with a slender athletic frame that continues to fill out. Ran a 7.36 60-yard dash and showed an exit speed up to 88-mph. Showed above average arm strength at 78-mph from behind the plate. Offensively- Sets up tall and relaxed with bat resting on shoulder. Minimal movement with hands; weight slides forward into stride; direct to the ball with consistent path. Quiet approach with big results. Defensively- Continues to be one of the best catch and throw guys across the state. Has soft hands and great feel for the position behind the dish. Has the ability to shut down any running game with great accuracy and pop times as low as 1.88, was 1.97 today. With the continued progress we've seen at the plate he keeps improving his value at the next level. The throwing ability is easily seen but now showing the ability to hit well for average with power gains still coming, should be a great addition to a roster at the next level. 
April 2016
The Junior backstop ripped an RBI double while shining behind the plate. The 5-foot-10, 160-pound catcher has been on our radar since the Preseason All State event where he showed off one of the best catch and throw combos we’ve seen in the state. At the plate he sets up just outside shoulder width and uses a simple repeatable load. Bat path is compact and direct to the ball. Though Barberio shows continued improvement at the plate, his true value is still behind it.  Barberio made the defensive play of the day back picking a Nichols runner off first base from his knees.
Preseason All-State (Feb. 28, 2016)
Joe stands 5-foot-10, 160-pounds with an athletic build.  Offensively- Joe sets up with a balanced lower half and minimal stride.  Bat path is consistent with slight incline. He showed an exit velocity of 84 mph which was a 4 mph increase from the winter. Defensively- He looks to be one of the best catch and throw guys in the state among the 2017's.  Set's up relaxed and showed polished receiving skills.  He flashed a 1.88 pop time, and was consistent under a 2.0. Barberio projects as a D-1 catcher who could shut down a running game. He could potentially hit for average at the next level. 

WNY Pro Holiday Clinic (December 19, 2015)

Barberio stands 5-foot-10, 160-pounds with a smaller, athletically built frame. Offensively-  At the plate he starts with a wide balanced base and uses a slight weight transfer with a very limited stride.  Hands begin at shoulder height and remain compact through the zone.  There’s a slight upward path in the swing due to a lower half that comes uphill.  The swing has a lot of upside that will generate more power if his legs get more involved. Defensively- is where the 2017 catcher stood out.  He’s got an above average transfer with plus arm-strength that kept him sub 2.0 on his pop-times all day.  He flashed a 1.94 on the bag to highlight the day.  He shows confidence not only throwing from his feet but also snapping it around from his knees.  You can certainly sense a good baseball IQ with this young backstop.  His frame still has some room to grow and the swing has a few mechanical adjustments to increase pop and consistency but with next level ability behind the dish Barberio has a good shot to catch at a high level in college.  With his transfer and consistency putting throws on the bag he’s going to be one of the top catchers we see this year.

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