Top Prospect Games (Upperclass): Catcher Reports


PBR Alabama Staff

OXFORD, AL - The Top Prospect Games (Upperclass) was held on Tuesday, June 21st at Choccolocco Park in Oxford, AL. This event was an invite-only event that consisted of some of the top prospects from the 2023-2024 classes. These players went through a pro-style workout and took batting practice using Trackman and Blast Motion to record hitting metrics. Pitchers were able to throw in simulated outings facing hitters during gameplay and were able to get numbers and metrics off of our Trackman unit, such as pitch velocity, spin rate, horizontal & vertical movement & much more. There were some players who showed up and continued to build off of prior performances, but there were also some new names who jumped onto our radar with a strong showing on Tuesday. 

Today we continue our individual scouting reports on each player present as we take a look at the catchers from the event. 

Cameron Palahach, Hartselle (AL), 2024
Positional Profile: C/3B
Body: 5-11, 160-pounds. Compact/medium frame, plenty of strength in lower-half.
Hit: RHH. Slightly open stance, hands stay close to body, controlled stride. Strong hands, pull-side pop, gains ground well in swing, power potential.
Power: 90.2 max exit velocity, averaged 83.5 mph. 322’ max distance.
Arm: RH. C - 75 mph. Short arm action, high 3/4 slot.
Defense: 1.95- 2.08 pop times. Natural actions blocking balls in the dirt, does a nice job receiving the ball down in the zone.
Run: 7.42 runner in the 60.

Connor Fisher, Munford (AL), 2023
Positional Profile: C/3B
Body: 6-75, 170-pounds. Lean, projectable frame.
Hit: RHH. Slightly open, narrow stance, fast stride, weight stays on back side. Pull-side approach, some whip to barrel, potential for more power.
Power: 90 max exit velocity, averaged 78 mph. 288’ max distance.
Arm: RH. C - 71 mph. Short arm action, over-the-top slot.
Defense: 2.00- 2.16 pop times. Receptive hands. Clean exchange. Extends the plate well for his pitcher.
Run: 7.24 runner in the 60.

Lucas Elliott, The Donoho School (AL), 2023
Positional Profile: C/OF
Body: 5-11, 175-pounds. Medium, proportional body, strong lower-half.
Hit: RHH. Balanced, simple stance, weight on back side, quick & controlled load. Gets on plane early, some bat speed, working gap-to-gap with approach.
Power: 91.5 max exit velocity, averaged 79.4 mph. 324’ max distance.
Arm: RH. C - 71 mph. Short arm action, high 3/4 slot, accuracy to the bag plays well.
Defense: 2.19- 2.34 pop times. Feet work in line. Works to present pitches in and around the zone.
Run: 7.08 runner in the 60.

Tyler Sanderson, Grissom (AL), 2023
Positional Profile: C/SS One of the top uncommitted players in the rising 2023 class in AL.
Body: 6-0, 175-pounds. Mature, medium frame.
Hit: LHH. Wide stance, weight stays on back hip, short stride. Lags the barrel, mostly upward path, gap-to-gap approach.
Power: 89.4 max exit velocity, averaged 83.4 mph. 329’ max distance.
Arm: RH. C - 75 mph. Short, compact arm circle from a high 3/4 slot.
Defense: 1.98- 2.03 pop times. Flashed accuracy on throws. Presents pitches in and around the zone. Steady hands.
Run: 7.34 runner in the 60.

Eli Smith, Wilson (AL), 2024
Positional Profile: C/2B
Body: 5-11, 175-pounds. Proportional, athletic frame.
Hit: RHH. Wider setup with strong base, quick & short stride, hands away from body.
Power: 86.5 max exit velocity, averaged 80 mph. 315’ max distance.
Arm: RH. C - 70 mph. Short arm action, over-the-top slot.
Defense: 2.20- 2.39 pop times. Quiet receiver. Steady hands. Clean exchange.
Run: 7.71 runner in the 60.

Jack Holley, Spanish Fort (AL), 2024
Positional Profile: C/OF Top-15 prospect in AL.
Body: 6-0, 180-pounds. Proportional frame, medium build with strong lower-half.
Hit: RHH. Crouched, narrow stance, strong base, controlled stride. Uses a strong frame, quick hands through the zone, some physicality to barrel, upward path, smooth finish.
Power: 97.1 max exit velocity, averaged 85.4 mph. 370’ max distance.
Arm: RH. C - 80 mph. Carry and accuracy shows well from a high 3/4 slot. Impressive arm strength.
Defense: 1.87- 1.97 pop times. Agile. Presents pitches in and around the zone. Blocks out front. Feet work in line with the second base bag.
Run: 7.33 runner in the 60.

Clay Spencer, Spain Park (AL), 2023
Positional Profile: C/1B
Body: 6-2, 180-pounds. Long and athletic frame, room to fill out.
Hit: RHH. Tall, relaxed setup, quick stride for trigger. Mostly level path through the zone, back-spinning balls to pull-side gap with carry, power presence with chance for more.
Power: 94.4 max exit velocity, averaged 92 mph. 358’ max distance.
Arm: RH. C - 72 mph. Short, compact arm action from a high 3/4 slot. Easy, clean actions.
Defense: 2.08- 2.15 pop times. Blocks the ball out front. Feet work in line with second base bag
Run: 7.26 runner in the 60.

Campbell Seamon, Prattville (AL), 2023
Positional Profile: C/3B
Body: 5-11, 185-pounds. Sturdy build with proportional strength.
Hit: RHH. Wider stance, strong base, quick stride. Upward path through the zone, weight stays on the back side, more pull-side pop in this look, strong barrel.
Power: 89.2 max exit velocity, averaged 77.5 mph. 310’ max distance.
Arm: RH. C - 73 mph. Short arm action, over-the-top arm slot.
Defense: 1.99- 2.26 pop times. Quiet receiver. Soft block. Does a nice job extending the plate for his pitcher.
Run: 7.62 runner in the 60.

Colten Payton, James Clemens (AL), 2023
Positional Profile: C/3B
Body: 6-3, 195-pounds. Physical frame.
Hit: RHH. Tall, balanced stance, quick leg kick for lead. Aggressive swings with loud contact to pull-side gap, above average bat speed, upward bat path, loose feel for the barrel.
Power: 95 max exit velocity, averaged 87.2 mph. 335’ max distance.
Arm: RH. C - 77 mph. Short arm action, high 3/4 arm slot.
Defense: 1.98- 2.16 pop times. Receptive hands. Clean exchange. Minimal movement with the mitt.
Run: 7.56 runner in the 60.

Wes Walker, Priceville (AL), 2024
Positional Profile: C/3B
Body: 5-11, 195-pounds. Sturdy build with thick lower-half.
Hit: SH. Balanced, relaxed setup, simple stride for trigger. Clean, fluid barrel through the zone, looking to lift with upward path, power presence as switch-hitter, pull-side approach.
Power: 91.3 max exit velocity, averaged 80.9 mph. 319’ max distance.
Arm: RH. C - 76 mph. Short arm action, high 3/4 arm slot, throws carry.
Defense: 2.00- 2.08 pop times. Feet work in line. Works to present pitches in and around the zone.
Run: 7.63 runner in the 60.

Jack Stowers, St. Pauls Episcopal (AL), 2023
Positional Profile: C/1B
Body: 6-3, 205-pounds. Sturdy, durable frame with proportional strength.
Hit: RHH. Balanced, upright stance, quick & controlled leg kick. Solid feel for the barrel, works up through the zone, power potential, pop to the pull-side during round.
Power: 95.8 max exit velocity, averaged 85.4 mph. 346’ max distance.
Arm: RH. C - 75 mph. Short arm action, over-the-top arm slot.
Defense: 2.03- 2.15 pop times. Works to present pitches in and around the zone. Love the makeup behind the plate.
Run: 7.88 runner in the 60.

Asa Morrison, Springville (AL), 2023
Positional Profile: C
Body: 6-4, 190-pounds. Long, projectable body with present strength.
Hit: RHH. Wide setup with strong base, slight toe-tap trigger. Good use of lower-half, line drive swing, carry to the gaps, power potential.
Power: 93 max exit velocity, averaged 90.2 mph. 361’ max distance.
Arm: RH. C - 76 mph. Short arm action, over-the-top arm slot.
Defense: 2.03- 2.08 pop times. Quiet receiver. Steady hands. Clean exchange. Tough=competitor.
Run: 7.25 runner in the 60.

Will Lawrence, Hoover (AL), 2023
Positional Profile: C/1B
Body: 6-4, 210-pounds. Extremely physical frame, proportional strength.
Hit: RHH. Quiet, strong setup, quick load, shifts weight forward through swing. Level plane through zone, big power to pull-side, ball jumps off the bat, physical presence.
Power: 100.5 max exit velocity, averaged 92.6 mph. 371’ max distance.
Arm: RH. C - 77 mph. Short, quick arm action, high 3/4 arm slot, throws carry with accuracy.
Defense: 1.99- 2.06 pop times. Blocks the ball out front. Feet work in line with the second base bag.
Run: 7.58 runner in the 60.

 

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