- Born: May 19, 1996
- B/T: Right/Right
- 6’1″, 181-lbs
- Drafted by the Los Angeles Dodgers in the 3rd round of the 2017 MLB June Amateur Draft from the University of Houston (Houston, TX).
The power is real, we can start with that. You can see those solid green ISOnumbers. Or you can look at spring training where in 13 plate appearances he walked twice, struck out twice, hit a single and two home runs. The power is real.
Also real is that K% progression. Phew, the kid will swing! He draw some walks (power gets you that respect from pitchers), but he doesn’t walk a huge amount.
He has stolen a few bases, and at 6’1″, 181-lbs (boy is that precise! Did they weigh him before or after breakfast?), he has the body to provide more speed than we usually expect from a catcher.
Defensively, he should stick behind the plate, but as a starter? Right now the expectation is that if he doesn’t make better contact, he’s more likely a reserve catcher with power than a starter.
As a 23-year-old in 2019, he again started to struggle in May before righting the ship in June, getting the call to Double-A in July, and then taking off like a rocket in August and September.
He did good in his first taste of Double-A, but can he do it again? Any catcher who can hit .281 with 24 doubles and 24 home runs in a season is a starter, but a batter who doesn’t walk that much and does strike out a lot is unlikely to hit .281 often. Let’s see him prove it again before anointing him a starter in the majors.