Top 15 Catching Prospects

December 1, 2009

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Rk   Player   Pos   Comments   Age   Org   Lvl
1   Jesus Montero   C/DH   The ball rockets off his bat; he's an elite contact hitter; not patient & D isn't great   20.4   NYY   AA
2   Carlos Santana   C   Lots of power, patient/balanced, good contact; elite arm; needs more polish on D   24.0   CLE   AA
3   Buster Posey   C   Ground-ball tendencies will limit power; D is solid and he's a good contact hitter   23.0   SF   MLB
4   Tyler Flowers   C   Notable contact concerns + below-ave. D take away from this power hitter's ceiling 24.2   CHW   MLB
5   Derek Norris   C   Patient masher was AFL-bound but broke hamate; not great on D or with contact   21.1   WAS   A
6   Wil Myers   C/DH   Upside alert! Very athletic, elite bat speed, strong arm, good footwork; great debut   19.3   KC   R
7   Tony Sanchez   C   Very good defender; owned Low-A (.409 wOBA, 188 PA) after a breakout jr. season   21.9   PIT   A+
8   Jason Castro   C   Good LD hitter has solid approach and is elite defender; doesn't offer much power   22.8   HOU   AA
9   Jonathan Lucroy C   Upside isn't overwhelming; could turn into an average regular; solid D, good BB/K   24.2   MIL   AA
10   Alex Avila   C   Rapid rise though minors; good bat, but not great D -- solid arm, clunky footwork    23.2   DET   MLB
11   Travis D'Arnaud   C   Elite defender w/ good contact skills and power; BB% was 3.7 in Apr. vs. 9.5 in Aug.   21.2   PHI   A
12   Josh Donaldson   C   Polished hitter is only a gap-to-gap power threat, but could become ave. defender   24.3   OAK   AA
13   Lou Marson   C   A talented all-around backstop, aside from lack of power (.112 career MiLB IsoP)   23.8   CLE   MLB
14   Max Ramirez   C/DH   Slowed by wrist injuries in '09; good power & patience; has struggled w/ contact 25.5   TEX   MLB
15   Hank Conger   C/DH   Bat will get him to the bigs; won't offer much on D; slowest runner we saw at AFL   22.2   LAA   AA
* Ages are as of 4/1/10; Lvl is the highest the player has reached; Our rankings put a lot of weight into floor as well as ceiling
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