Top Performer Spotlight: 2019 C Israel Santana Jr. (Elizabeth HS, NJ)

By TJ Hunt
New Jersey Scouting Director

Name: Israel Santana Jr.
School: Elizabeth
Position: Catcher
Class: 2019

Rank: 61

Pop Time: 2.15-2.28
Catcher Velocity: 72
Exit Velocity: 78

Scouting Report
Last Chance Open I.D. Showcase (November 5th, 2016) 
Santana has a slender, lanky build at 5-foot-10 155-pounds. Offensively- starts in an opened stance with hands and bat near ear. As pitch comes in, Santana uses a small leg kick to start his swing, accompanied by a hand load that goes back. Swing has some quickness to it, and gets good extension on contact and finish. Balanced finish. Recorded an exit velocity of 78 mph. Defensively- sets up with a narrow base in receiving, adjusts to a wider set up for blocking and throwing. Smooth lateral movements to block and quick/explosive movements when coming out of the shoot to throw. Exchange is clean and quick, footwork is sound. Replaces feet well and finishes toward target. Throws topped at 72 mph, pop times between 2.15-2.28. Increase in muscle to fill out frame will only help Santana down the road.