6.17 2016 Top Prospect Games: Catchers Analysis

Shon Plack
Missouri Scouting Director

On Tuesday, June 17 at the University of Central Missouri, Prep Baseball Report-Missouri held the 2016 Top Prospect Games.  In the section, we break down the catchers.  One thing is for certain, there is a good crop of catchers in the 2016 class in the state of Missouri.  Each catcher showed tools that make them a prospect at the next level.

For a complete list of times and velos from the 2016 Top Prospect Games, Click Here.  

Top Prospect

Sean Cooley (Staley, C, 2016)
6/17/14 – Cooley is a 5-foot-9 175-pound left-handed hitting catcher.  Cooley has a fluid exchange with pop times between 1.96 and 2.14, with a 76 MPH positional velo.  He has good feet and was able show good blocking skills in the scrimmage.  Offensively, Cooley has a small leg lift to start his swing and a level bat path through extension.  He has the ability to drive the ball to both gaps.  Cooley has an exit velocity of 87 MPH, he runs a 4.47 home-to-first and a 7.52 60.  

The Best of the Rest (Listed Alphabetically)

Drew Harlow (Park Hills Central, C, 2016)
6/17/14 – Harlow is a 6-foot-2 220-pound C that displayed advanced defensive skills.  He had pop times between 1.96 and 2.15.  He showed a fluid exchange with good arm strength at 74 MPH, making mostly accurate throws.  At the plate, Harlow has a simple, repeatable swing.  He has a smooth load with a level bat path through extension. Harlow has a gap-to-gap approach with signs of pull power.  He has a an exit velo of 80 MPH, he runs a 4.81 home-to-first and a 7.84 60.   

Luke Kahle (Francis Howell, C, 2016)
6/17/14 – Kahle is a 5-foot-9 175-pound catcher.  Kahle showed an impressive arm with strong throws at 75 MPH from behind the dish, with throws on the money.  Kahle has quick feet that gets him an excellent position to throw. He had pop times between 1.93 and 2.08.  Offensively, Kahle has an athletic stance an a level bat path that produces line drives to both gaps.  He has fast bat speed with an advanced approach at the plate.  He has an exit velo of 85 MPH, he runs a 4.62 home-to-first and a 7.77 60.  

Caleb Lauvetz (Rockhurst, C, 2016)
6/17/14 – Lauvetz is a physical 6-foot-2 190-pound catcher.  Defensive, he showed soft hands with a quick, clean exchange, posting pop times between 1.96 and 2.05.  During batting practice, Lauvetz, starts from an athletic stance and produces a level swing with gap-to-gap approach.  He has an exit velo of 81 MPH and ran a 4.5 home-to-first and a 7.66 60.

Peter Zimmerman (Chaminade, C, 2016)
6/17/14 – Zimmerman is an athletic 6-foot-2 180-pound catcher.  Zimmerman had pop times of 2.02 to 2.15.  He has a quick, clean release with a positional velo of 75 MPH. During batting practice, Zimmerman consistently squared the ball up with a gap-to-gap approach.  He has a level swing path and a fast bat speed.  Zimmerman hit a home run to left field during the scrimmage.  He has an exit velo of 86 MPH, runs a 4.7 home-to-first and a 7.62 60.  

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