ProCase 2019 - A Look Back at C Omar Plascencia

Blaine Clemmens
Northern CA Director of Scouting


PODCAST: Northern CA ProCase

The 2019 Northern CA ProCase was held last June 9th at Delta College in Stockton and it featured all but one of the local talents who are in the mix for the upper rounds of the 2020 draft. The MLB draft will be June 10th and include only five rounds.

We've been building the roster for the 2020 ProCase, where the players will again be put through a pro-style workout with various stats/data recorded during the workouts which can be found HERE from 2019, as well as competitive at-bats/sim-game-type action. We will be ready to roll out our new tech partners, TrackMan, Blast Motion, Driveline, and Vizual Edge.

In the likelihood the event cannot be held at Folsom Lake College due to Covid-19 precautions on that campus we have a contingency plan to hold it at Islanders Field in Lathrop on the same date. We also have alternative dates secured later in the summer. We have NOT adjusted the date at this time and are constantly surveying potential necessary changes.

Click on the highlighted player name which is linked to his profile with more video and notes, etc.


C Omar Plascencia (Lodi) - report from 6/9/19

Omar Plascencia (UC Davis commit) is a name to know among a loaded 2020 catching class in Northern California. There is an ABUNDANCE of high level backstops in the region and Plascencia's tools, skills, and talents fit with the best of them. As of this posting (6/9/19) he was uncommitted but mulling some offers for some time. He's listed at 6-foot-0 190-pounds and he might be a smidge shorter than that and appears to be more stoutly built than 190-pounds. It's a physical, chiseled, and athletic body type that he has clearly put time into. A comp to Willson Contreras, both in regard to his body type and and athleticism, fits nicely.

Among a group of catchers who were ALL at the 2018 Area Code Underclass Games (he was not), he made a name for himself and should be in the mix for the 2019 Area Code Games (he made the team). Plascencia is not only a talented player, but he's also the kind of player who draws a scout's eyes with his style of play. Give the game just an inning or so and he will be dirty from head to toe. You can't help but be drawn to his energy and effort and in considering all a catcher is asked to do, leading by example in regard to hard work and effort, the intangibles rate highly.

Beyond all of that, it IS the tools that ultimately will provide future opportunities for a player, whether that is making a summer showcase team, or securing a scholarship opportunity and of course being selected in the MLB Draft. Plascencia has plenty of tools; he ran a 7.04 60-yard (have seen him get below 7.00 on previous occasions), made 82 mph throws to 2nd base in the workout, popped 1.96-1.98, and with a wood bat off a tee he put up a 89 mph exit velocity.

During the live at-bat portion of the day he caught well, showing deft receiving skills. Plascencia has soft and strong hands, he sits low and presents a good target. He quickly developed a positive working relationship with both pitchers he caught and adjusted quickly to their repertoires, which should be taken lightly in a scenario when most of the catchers had not previously been in the squat for the pitchers they worked with.

He is an above average athlete and it shows in his bounce out of the crouch on block and recover situations. Plascencia shifts well both left and right and has agility that provides above average lateral range behind the plate. There are catchers who have a little more in the tank in regard to raw arm strength but his quickness/explosion out of the crouch on his throws to bases is second to none in Northern California and allows him to regularly pop below 2.0, sometimes quite a bit lower than that.

Offensively he barreled balls and drove balls with power from gap to gap and has shown home run power in previous game viewings. He was on time and routinely made loud contact in the three round BP session. He drives his back hip through and creates good leverage in his lower half, maintaining balance through a physical and violent swing. He showed a consistent hand path, working inside the ball but getting the barrel in a power position while staying behind the baseball.


Of course given the Covid-19 pandemic, future event dates/locations could change. If they do, we will alert all registered players and make adjustments to our calendar.
Norcal Underclass Games (INVITE-ONLY) CA 06/06 Islanders Field - Lathrop
Northern California ProCase (INVITE ONLY) CA 06/13 Folsom Lake College or Islanders Field
SoCal Underclass Games (INVITE ONLY) CA 06/13 Hart Park
SoCal ProCase (INVITE ONLY) CA 06/14 Hart Park
California State Games CA 07/25 Southern California