Socal ProCase Player Spotlight: C Max Aude

Dean Watson
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San Juan Capistrano, CALIF. - With the 2021 high school baseball season officially closed, Max Aude is a player that has continued to take strides every time we have the opportunity to evaluate him. At 6-3 190 lbs, the big bodied catcher has a frame that is extremely projectable. Considering Aude's size and position, he shows good athleticism and moves well on the bases and behind the plate. The uncommitted senior enters his final high school campaign looking to continue the success that he saw in his junior season, ending with a slash line of .293/.373/.560. Aude has the ability to hold down a staff behind the plate, and on top of that you will have a sweet swinging lefty bat to be able to add to the lineup has shown to be able to drive the ball into both gaps and produce runs. 

Body: 6-3, 190 pounds. He has a desirable height with a cut frame and room to grow. His length and quickness behind the plate stand out among his class. Will fulfill projectables with a college lifting program.

Hit: LH- Stands upright and slightly open. Changed his trigger to a glide rather than a toe tap and it helps him get into his backside better. When he loads, he drops his hands so the bat is vertical with some slight tilt. Showed a consistent up the middle approach. Bat path is on-plane and direct to the ball. 

Power: Does a good job of coiling up during his load which helps him create torque when driving through the baseball. In batting practice showed present pull-side power and the ability to find consistent barrels. Has the potential to put on more strength and mass and if so could develop into a rare offensive threat at the catcher position. 

Field: Aude is a catcher with solid athleticism behind the dish. He has soft hands and is an agile blocker with room to improve as college approaches. Quick and light footwork for a catcher of his size. 

Arm: RH C- 75 mph. Nimble and fluid throwing motion when throwing down to second. Quick release with accurate throws on the side of the bag. Believe there is some room to build some more arm strength. 

Run: 7.41 60-yard dash on laser time. Has improved his 60 significantly since the last time we've seen him. Hands are loose with a still head and higher chest. 

Summary: If Aude can continue to pack on strength and fill out the rest of his frame, he will become an elite threat on both sides of the ball that no team can ignore. Aude will no doubt be an X-factor for Notre Dame in the upcoming 2022 season. Whether it’s with his skills behind the dish or smooth left-handed swing, Aude will look to build upon his traits in his senior year. If he can put all the tools together, he is sure to be turning heads and catching eyes in his final year.  The potential for Aude is through the ceiling and is sure to be an impact player at the next level.


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