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CLASS OF 2018

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RHP

Vincent
Caiati

Lackawanna JC
Afton (HS) • NY
6' 1" • 180LBS
R/R • 24yr 8mo
Travel Team: Broome Bandits / Northeast Pride
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NY Games (June 25-27, 2017)
Gifted 6-foot-1, 180-pounded catcher, ran a 7.48/60. Defensively - above average skills with pinpoint accuracy and with an above average POP time ranging from 1.94-1.99, stays low through the receiving process, deceptive arm velocity at 77 MPH.  Offensively  - scratching the surface with an exit velocity at 90 MPH, developing repeatable motion, strong hands get bat through the zone quickly, lower half engagement will produce added power, next-level backstop that keeps getting better. 
Southern Tier Sluggers Workout

Caiati, a 2018 strong and powerful right-handed hitting catcher currently ranked as the 16th best catching prospect for the 2018 class, stands at 6-foot-1 and weighs 180 pounds, ran a 7.65 60, but has been as quick as 7.20 at past events.  Offensively- Hits from a wide square athletic base, weight evenly disbursed with the hands above and slightly in front of the back shoulder while the barrel of the bat is slightly greater than 45-degrees. Initiates the swing with a subtle shift of weight to the back side while the lead foot is elevated and moderately strides forward towards the pitcher and hands are loaded straight back staying slightly inside the back shoulder with the barrel of the bat remaining 45-degrees with a subtle wrap towards the pitcher. Hand path is clean and direct to the ball, keeping the hands behind the rotation of the hips. Displays the ability to drive the ball well from line to line. Registered an exit velocity of 87 MPH, but has been as high as 89 MPH at previous events. Defensively-  Setup is an athletic and balanced square primary stance. Receives the ball with a quiet hand, however could relax the hand and forearm a bit more as the pitch is in flight. On throws to second, transfers the ball from chest height, thumbs down which is efficient, however allows the body to rise instead of driving more towards second base with the right foot. Arm strength is suitable as well as the accuracy on throws to second. With some minor mechanical adjustments, throws will continue to get stronger and improve on the 1.97 pop time, (a new personal best- previous best of 1.98), as well as the arm velocity of 72 MPH, a tick below the personal best of 73 MPH. 

 
Preseason All-State (February 20, 2017)

Caiati, a 2018 right-handed hitting catcher that currently ranks as the 15th best catcher for the 2018 class,  stands at 6-foot-1and weighs 180 pounds, ran a 7.20 60. Offensively- Starts from a square balanced lower half, knees bent, with the hands above the back shoulder and barrel of the bat slightly greater than 45-degrees from the ground. Gets to the launch phase of the swing using a moderate front leg lift while the hands are minimally loaded to the back shoulder creating good separation between the lead foot and barrel of the bat gets upright. Showed good pop from the pull side line to the center of the field, especially on the pitches to the lower third of the zone. The barrel of the bat, at times, gets well outside the back shoulder causing a bit of a circular path to the ball. Good lower half rotation but could also get a bit deeper with the back knee which would help generate more bat speed. Recorded an exit velocity of 88 MPH, but has been as high as 89 MPH at previous events. Defensively-  Worked from a square primary setup, with the left elbow slightly outside the body and glove angled upward in the strike zone. Received the ball with a quiet body and soft hands, showing a good ability to present the ball well in the lower third of the zone, using a flick technique to keep the ball in the zone. Has a quality and quick transfer from the center of the body, but starts to elevate before the ball gets into the zone costing some momentum and drive to second base. With a more patient approach and getting the body moving more towards second base, throws will continue to improve  carry as well as improve the arm velocity of 73 MPH, which was an improvement of the 65 MPH shown at the previous event, and pop time of 2.03, but has been as quick as 1.98, shown on the day.
NY All-Star Games (September 17, 2016)
Caiati stands a thick, strong build at 6-foot-1, 180-pounds. He ran a 7.47 60-yard dash which is plenty quick for his position, although there's room for improvement. Offensively- At the plate, Caiati uses a more upright, wide approach with some bat-movement before the pitch. On the pitch he uses a back load combined with a leg-lift and stride. Gets the barrel to the slot quick, path is level through contact, too rotational on his finish vs getting the barrel through the ball more. Exit velocity was 81 mph but clear signs he can increase that number with some extra attention. Defensively- Behind the plate he shines. Extremely quick clean glove-to-hand transfer, solid footwork gaining ground, throws from an over-the-top slot, shows accuracy with arm strength at 65 mph. Pop-times ranged from 1.98-2.10 consistently. Already an above average catch-and-throw guy, with added arm-strength and more attention to his swing, Caiati has next-level backstop projection.
Summer 2015
Very athletic catcher at 6-foot-1 175 pounds. Good in the dirt and has demonstrated good actions on his throwdowns. Working as a corner outfielder to better his marketability and has taken to it very well. At the plate Vincent hits from a spread stance with minimal movements with his timing. Grounball/line drive results.

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