Uncommitted 2022 Catchers: 7 Names to Know


Colton Provey
Tennessee Scouting Director

 

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Jonathan Larrea, C, Baylor School, 2022
6-foot, 185-pound backstop is a former Mizzou commit and a three time state champion with Baylor School. Larrea possesses some of the best defensive makeup between committed and uncommitted prospects. Elite receiver w/ soft hands working up through the ball, stealing low strikes while handling advanced arms. Soft body on blocks, deadening the ball out in front. Consistently popped in the 1.90s (w/ a best of 1.85 at PA State Games) w/ a catcher velo of 81, which led him to a top 5 finish at the 2020 PBR Future Games overall. He’s continued to progress offensively, staying compact in his swing, spraying the ball to all fields w/ an exit velo of 90 in 2020. Larrea is head and shoulder the best all around catcher prospect available at this point, especially for schools looking for an advanced defender and solid offensive game. 


McKane Everett, C/3B, Wilson Central, 2022
6-foot-1, 205-pound LHH catcher has a sturdy frame w/ some projection. At SE Unsigned Sr Games, he showcased some big time pop in his BP round. Moderate leg kick with good head/hand separation in his load, showing big time gap power (T 101.1 mph; Avg: 88.6 mph) and slugged multiple HRs in his round (T 389 ft; Avg: 301 ft). A little raw behind the dish, as far as receiving and blocking, but he’s consistently popping around 2.01-2.09 w/ plenty of arm strength at 77 C velo. In the past, he’s shown to handle advanced pitching when he digs into the batter’s box, and slug with the best of them. A solid 2022 add as a lefty power bat first prospect. 


Copeland Bradford, C, Lebanon, 2022
5-foot-10, 200-pound hard nosed backstop, who has been committed to football this fall as a starting LB for Lebanon. Physical, compact frame w/ present strength and a high motor. Good look at the tail of summer at SE Unsigned Sr Games, showcasing a well rounded game. Small toe tap stride and compact load, spraying the ball and flashing gap power (Top exit velo: 88 mph; Top distance: 321 ft; Avg Distance: 262 ft). Behind the plate, a workhorse throwing the body around to block and eat up baseballs, while showing above average receiving. Average pop times (2.17-2.22) due to a longer transfer, but great arm strength (80 C Velo) and solid accuracy. Also an above average runner at 7.13 laser sixty. Bradford had an injury this fall on the gridiron, but is expected to return and put together a great senior campaign on the diamond.  

 


Grant Morgan, C/OF, Independence, 2022
6-foot, 180-pound LHH backstop with average frame and some projection. He’s been a consistent performer at PBR showcases and also hitting in the meat of the order for the Eagles. Simple setup, getting the foot down early with little stride and little load. Advanced bat speed and rotational sequencing while keeping the barrel on plane. Consistently thumped balls into the gap (T 96.1 exit velo; Avg: 89.8 mph) and flashing pull side power (T 351 ft). Good presentation behind the dish, sound receiving and blocking. Popped a best 2.09 this summer, but consistently around 2.10s w/ slightly above average arm strength (76 C velo). Good overall athlete, as a 7.05-7.09 runner, leading to a potential path to the field as a LHH corner OF at the next level as well. 


Sebastian Hanks, C/OF, Silverdale Baptist, 2022
6-foot-2, 185-pound prospect has a projectable frame and shown some versatility. Primarily a catcher, but has logged a 7.00 laser sixty and 85 mph from the OF, giving him some options to get on the field. Behind the dish, very sound receiving and blocking, crisp transfers and easy arm strength (77 C Velo). Best pop at 1.96, but consistently in the 2.01-2.11 range. At the plate, consistent producer with balanced setup and small stride. Generates above average bat speed and excellent rotation w/ consistency on finishes. Lots of line drives (T 94.9 exit velo; Avg: 87.5 mph) and hard contact (54.6%) in his BP rounds. Hanks has been a consistent player over his HS career, and will play a crucial role for a very competitive Silverdale team come this Spring. 


Anthony Buckland, C, Mt. Juliet, 2022
5-foot-10, 175-pound catcher has been a steady improvement from year to year. Solid, compact frame w/ room to add strength. Behind the dish, above average defender and worker mentality  w/ soft hands and great pitch presentation. Polished blocker and has managed strong pitching staffs with good overall presence and feel for the game. Popped just north of 2.00 consistently and shown slightly above average arm strength (75 C Velo). Offensively, very sound with moderate leg kick and above average bat speed while controlling the barrel through the zone. Not a bopper, due to the need to add some strength, but can produce a heavy dose of line drives to all fields and an occasional gap double. 4.00 GPA student with plans of majoring in engineering.

 

Landon Lutterman, C/INF, Knoxville Catholic, 2022
5-foot-9, 175-pound catcher/infielder has a smaller, compact frame, but he makes up for it with a solid hit tool from the left side. Utilized behind the dish and mostly at 2B, a well rounded athlete, who ran a 7.05 sixty and 81 INF Velo in 2020. Solid hands and footwork on the infield, which carries over behind the dish as a solid defender. Popped a 2.03-2.10 in 2020 w/ clean transfer and average arm strength (72 C Velo) along with good accuracy. At the dish, moderate leg kick and keeps the hands tight w/ good barrel control through contact. Consistency in the swing, and in a few looks, just seems to find hits with potential to hit a long ball or drive one into the gap.  High baseball IQ and gamer mentality allows Lutterman to play up in comparison to his frame, while providing depth behind the plate or plug in the infield w/ additional value as a lefty bat. 

 

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