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Uncommitted 2021 Sr. Showcase - Catcher Analysis


Steve Doherty
Area Scout


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FULLERTON, CALIF. - The second annual SoCal Uncommitted Senior Games took place at Amerige Park home of the Hope International Royals. Over 50 players descended on the downtown Fullerton ballpark to participate in the event that was live streamed to over 100 coaches across the country with many Division II and Division III coaches in attendance since restrictions on their recruiting were lifted on September 1st. 

Players were put through a traditional pro-style workout before playing in a live scout-ball style game in which pitchers faced 5-6 hitters apiece. For several players this was their first opportunity at live baseball action in some time which you would have never known based on their performances. 

In this edition we'll take a look at the uncommitted catchers for the 2021 class. Click on the player name and it will take you to their full profile.

Nathan Beckley, San Clemente (CA), 2021
Positional Profile: C/OF
Body: 6-0, 170-pounds. Athletic, some present strength, twitchy.
Defense: 2.01-2.07 pop times. Wide base behind the plate, quick catch and throw skills. Defended well during the game portion of the event.
Arm: RH. C - 74 mph. INF - 75 mph. Short, clean arm action with a nice elbow spiral and deceleration pattern.
Hit: LHH. Wide base to start, slightly open stance Leg kick trigger with slight hand hitch and short to the ball.
Power: 93 mph exit velocity. Drove the ball to all fields and showed some power to the pull side.
Run: 7.14 runner in the 60.

Khadim Diaw, Notre Dame  (CA), 2021
Positional Profile: C
Body: 6-1, 190-pounds. Tall and proportional frame with present athleticism and strength.
Hit: RHH. Stands tall and slightly open. Low hanging hands with an upright bat.  Mild leg kick trigger. A smooth stroke that gets in the zone early. An uphill swing path that is extended through at finish. Middle of the field approach.
Power: 95 mph exit velocity. Present wall ball power. Blast metrics show a high power ceiling with 74 mph average bat speed and an average of 15.4 gs of rotational acceleration.
Arm: RH. C - 78 mph. Short arm action and is quick to release. Throws flashed life and carry. Most accurate thrower for a catcher at the showcase.
Defense: 1.94-2.03 pop times. Clean and quick glove exchanges. Good blocking on BIDs. Receiving and framing skills are there, especially on low pitches.
Run: 7.29 runner in the 60.

Tre Chavez, San Juan Capistrano (CA), 2021
Positional Profile: C/3B
Body: 5-9, 195-pounds. A filled out strong build for a catcher.
Hit: RHH. Slightly open and pre-engaged with his backside in stance. Small leg raise trigger. Compact stroke that is steep-flat. Hands work down and through at contact. Later time to contact. Middle-oppo approach.
Power: 91 mph exit velocity. When out in front some gap power is present. Averaged 68.4 mph bat speed and 13.4 gs of rotational acceleration. Changes in swing path might produce more power.
Arm: RH. C - 78 mph. Short quick arm action. Quick to release. Most throws were straight and online to the bag, some on one hop.
Defense: 2.04-2.15 pop times. Clean exchanges and decent footwork. Framing and receiving skills are there.
Run: 7.97 runner in the 60.

Aaron Garcia, Olympian  (CA), 2021
Positional Profile: C/1B
Body: 6-1, 230-pounds. Large and sturdy frame with present strength
Hit: RHH. Stands slightly open. Pre-engaged with backside. Active hands in stance. Gets foot down early. Quick compact stroke. Flat-uphill swing path. Pull side approach.
Power: 88 mph exit velocity. Bat speed is there and uses lower half well. Pull side power is present especially on high pitches.
Arm: RH. C - 75 mph. INF - 83 mph. At catcher that arm action is short and whippy. Slower to release. Throws were good when he got extended but flashed some tail when he wasn't. At 1B was quick to release and made nice throws on his DPs.
Defense: 2.01-2.11 pop times. At catcher showed clean exchanges and footwork. Wide base. Provides a big target. At 1B looked comfortable with good footwork and soft hands showing an ability to pick it. One of the better 1Bs at the event.
Run: 7.98 runner in the 60.

Trevor Shepherd, Paraclete (CA), 2021
Positional Profile: C/3B
Body: 6-0, 175-pounds. Lean athletic build.
Hit: SH. From the right-hand side, he is slightly open and upright in stance. From the left side, he is a little bit wider and more straight up.  Leg kick trigger with a bat wiggle from the right-hand side. Uses a toe tap trigger with a slight bat wiggle from the left. Smooth compact swing. Gets into a good launch position in both swings and works up towards the ball.
Power: 91 mph exit velocity. Gap to gap power with potential for more. Averaged 69.1 mph bat speed throughout his BP round. Pumped out multiple 90+ exit velos in BP round with a 57% LD percentage.
Arm: S/R. C - 77 mph. INF - 79 mph. At catcher it's a short arm action out of the over the top slot that is slow to release. 4 of the 5 throws were accurate and to the bag. Over the top at SS as well. Can throw from different angles when needed.
Defense: 2.01-2.16 pop times. Sets up in a wider base behind the plate. Showed good receiving and framing skills. Average exchanges. At SS seemed comfortable on the move. Slower in setting up feet for throws.
Run: 7.64 runner in the 60.

 

Jacob Savoy, Monte Vista  (CA), 2021
Positional Profile: C/SS
Body: 5-10, 175-pounds. Proportional, sturdy base with some present strength
Defense: 1.97-2.07 pop times. Wide base behind the dish. Provides a big target to throw to. Quality catch and throw skills as well as footwork.
Arm: RH. C - 76 mph. Short, clean arm action with a clean elbow spiral.
Hit: RHH. Slightly open to start with a leg kick timing mechanism. Hand hitch creates barrel whip but can cause it to lag at times. Drove the ball well during his round.
Power: 91 mph exit velocity. Gap to gap power that really plays going the other way.
Run: 7.71 runner in the 60.

UPCOMING EVENTS

SHOWCASE STATE DATE LOCATION
Norcal Uncommitted Senior Games CA 09/26 Islanders Field
Norcal Underclass ID Showcase CA 10/10 Islanders Field - Lathrop
SoCal Underclass I.D. Camp CA 10/10 Great Park
SoCal Upperclass I.D. Camp CA 10/10 Great Park
SoCal Underclass I.D. Camp II CA 10/11 Great Park
SoCal Upperclass I.D. Camp II CA 10/11 Great Park


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