South Texas Underclass Trials - Catcher Analysis


PBR Texas Staff

HOUSTON, TX- On June 15th, our PBR Texas staff hosted the South Texas Underclass Trials event to a much anticipated showcase and trials at the University of Houston. The event featured a talented group of players from the 2023-2026 classes. Today, we give a full breakdown on every catcher in attendance.

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Catcher Analysis

Alejandro Guerrero C / SS / Corpus Christi Veterans Memorial , TX / 2023

Positional Profile: C
Body: 5-foot-8, 155 pounds.
Hit: RHH. Balanced stance with a wide base, leg lift load trigger, rests bat on shoulder pre-pitch with a sharp barrel tilt to trigger his hands, downhill swing plane with some length to the finish. Middle of the field approach hitting primarily line drives.
Power: 82.92 mph max exit velocity in BP, 78.82 mph average exit velocity, and 248 feet max distance.
Arm: RH. C - 67 mph. Short arm action, good carry to the bag with accurate throws at times.
Defense: 2.10 pop time. Clean transfer from glove to hand, good footwork moving towards his target, quick release at times.
Run: 7.39 runner in the 60.

Zachary Johnson C / 2B / Magnolia, TX / 2023

Positional Profile: C/2B
Body: 5-foot-10, 160 pounds.
Hit: RHH. Open stance with a wide base, bat waggle pre-pitch, slight leg lift to trigger load, short stride, shifts torso back with leg lift to initiate swing, slight uphill swing path staying through the zone well with some length throughout. Pull side tendency, producing primarily fly balls.
Power: 83.40 mph max exit velocity in BP, 74.52 mph average exit velocity, and 304 feet max distance.
Arm: RH. C - 68 mph. INF - 72 mph. Short arm action, low ¾ slot on the infield, accurate throws at times with carry at times.
Defense: 2.25 pop time. Worked behind the plate and on the infield. Behind the plate, his feet move toward the target at times, clean transfer from glove to hand. On the infield, good footwork to get into position, stays back on the ball, fields it in the middle of his body, good funnel to release.
Run: 7.91 runner in the 60.

Bryson Campbell C / 2B / Anahuac, TX / 2023

Positional Profile: C
Body: 5-foot-10, 175 pounds.
Hit: RHH. Balanced stance, narrow base, long stride, slight bi of rhythm in barrel pre-pitch, some length to the finish. Middle of the field approach, slight pull side tendency, hitting ground balls and fly balls.
Power: 87.40 mph max exit velocity in BP, 76.73 mph average exit velocity, and 295 feet max distance.
Arm: RH. C - 72 mph. Short arm action, consistent carry on throws, accurate throws on the bag.
Defense: 2.08 pop time. Quick footwork moving towards his target, clean transfer from glove to hand, quick release. 
Run: 7.11 runner in the 60.

Jake Farish C / OF / Cypress Creek, TX / 2024

Positional Profile: C
Body: 5-foot-11, 163 pounds.
Hit: RHH. Balanced slightly open stance, slight lean back with a leg kick to trigger load, slight uphill swing plane. Middle of the field approach, slight pull-side tendency, hit mostly line drives and fly balls.
Power: 80.97 mph max exit velocity in BP, 69.98 mph average exit velocity, and 271 feet max distance.
Arm: RH. C - 71 mph. Short arm action, good carry on throws, throws consistently on the bag at 2B.
Defense: 2.12 pop time. Good footwork moving towards his target, clean transfer from glove to hand. 
Run: 7.56 runner in the 60.

Matthew Hudler C / 1B / Lake Travis, TX / 2024

Positional Profile: C
Body: 5-foot-11, 165 pounds.
Hit: RHH. Balanced stance slightly open, moves hands slightly back to trigger load, long stride, uphill swing plane, middle of the field approach.
Power: 81.77 mph max exit velocity in BP, 67.75 mph average exit velocity, and 237 feet max distance.
Arm: RH. C - 67 mph. Short arm action, good carry to 2B, accurate throws on the bag, long release at times.
Defense: 2.30 pop time. Clean transfer glove to hand, good footwork moving towards his target. Quiet receiver, kept the ball in dirt in front well, showed good hand strength receiving the low pitch.
Run: 7.60 runner in the 60.

Tyler Kalmus C / OF / Foster, TX / 2023

Positional Profile: C/OF
Body: 6-foot-1, 160 pounds.
Hit: RHH. Balanced stance, small leg lift combined with shifting the hands back to trigger the load, short stride, uphill swing plane, middle of the field approach.
Power: 87.00 mph max exit velocity in BP, 82.40 mph average exit velocity, and 118 feet max distance.
Arm: RH. C - 66 mph. OF - 71 mph. Short arm action behind the plate, long arm action from the outfield, good carry on throws to 2B at times from catcher, accurate throws at times from catcher.
Defense: 2.50 pop time. Worked out behind the plate and in the outfield. Behind the dish, good footwork working towards his target at times, slow transfer from glove to hand. In the outfield, stayed behind the ball, fielded the ball in rhythm at times.
Run: 7.73 runner in the 60.

Jared Morgan C / 3B / Lumberton, TX / 2023

Positional Profile: C
Body: 6-foot-0, 185 pounds.
Hit: RHH. Balanced stance, drops hands slightly to trigger load with slight leg lift, short stride, quick bat on an uphill swing plane, pull-side tendency.
Power: 85.35 mph max exit velocity in BP, 68.07 mph average exit velocity, and 290 feet max distance.
Arm: RH. C - 75 mph. Short arm action, good carry on throws to 2B, accurate throws on the bag to 2B
Defense: 2.10 pop time. Good footwork working towards his target, clean transfer from glove to hand, quick release at times. Quiet receiver, showed ability to receive the low pitch well.
Run: 7.66 runner in the 60.

Parker Stephens C / RHP / Highland Park, TX / 2023

Positional Profile: C
Body: 6-foot-1, 185 pounds.
Hit: RHH. Balanced stance, wide base, short stride, shoots hands back to trigger load with a quick lift of the front foot, slightly uphill swing plane, middle of the field approach with mainly fly balls and line drives.
Power: 81.48 mph max exit velocity in BP, 75.20 mph average exit velocity, and 262 feet max distance.
Arm: RH. C - 72 mph. Short arm action, good carry to 2B, accurate throws on the bag at times
Defense: 2.36 pop time. Good footwork moving towards the target at times, clean transfer to release at times. Quiet receiver, good hand strength receiving the low pitch well, blocks the breaking ball in the dirt well at times.
Run: 8.19 runner in the 60.

Conner Cramer C / 3B / Oak Ridge, TX / 2024

Positional Profile: C
Body: 6-foot-2, 200 pounds.
Hit: LHH. Balanced slightly upright stance, shoots hands back with backwards toe tap to trigger load, uphill swing plane, pull-side tendency hitting fly balls and line drives.
Power: 89.07 mph max exit velocity in BP, 78.08 mph average exit velocity, and 321 feet max distance.
Arm: RH. C - 71 mph. Short arm action, good carry on throws, accurate throws on the 2B bag at times.
Defense: 2.20 pop time. Good footwork working towards his target, good transfer from glove to hand at times, clean release at times, high setup receiving pitches.
Run: 7.64 runner in the 60.

Jackson Priesmeyer C / 3B / Strake Jesuit , TX / 2024

Positional Profile: C
Body: 6-foot-1, 220 pounds. Broad shoulders, well-built lower half.
Hit: RHH. Balanced stance, some width in the base, rhythm in the barrel pre-pitch, gets barrel vertical before attacking the ball, leg kick load trigger while moving hands back just slightly, level swing plane, middle of the field approach, mix of fly balls and line drives
Power: 92.02 mph max exit velocity in BP, 81.94 mph average exit velocity, and 271 feet max distance.
Arm: RH. C - 72 mph. Short arm action, good carry on throws to 2B, accurate throws at time, clean release.
Defense: 2.25 pop time. Good footwork moving towards his target, clean transfer from glove to hand, quick transfer at times.
Run: 7.62 runner in the 60.

 

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