Preseason All-State Showcase Analysis: Catcher Kurt Latocha

By Greg Williams
WV Director of Scouting

Kurt LatochaKurt Latocha hit .555 with nine doubles and 21 RBI as a sophomore earning Class A First Team All-State recognition. The 5-foot-11, 155-pound junior, currently ranked No. 8 in the WV Class of 2015 made the trip to Manheim, Pennsylvania last weekend to showcase his talents along with 32 other catchers from four states.

Latocha registered a 4.40 home-to-1B time and showcased pop times of 2.16-2.18 on throws of 68 mph from the crouch. The right-handed hitter displayed a 78 mph bat exit velocity during his round of batting practice. Latocha starts from a slightly open stance with a high hands load and displayed the ability to use all fields with a line drive approach.

The group of catchers assembled for the event were very impressive. Following is a look at the top performances of the 33 catchers that participated.

Home-to-1B Times Catcher Pop Times Bat Exiy Velocity (MPH)
Nick Dunn - 4.06
Jeff Shanfeldt - 1.90 Nick Dunn - 92
Jonny Smith - 4.10
Nick Dunn - 1.93
Willie Burger - 91
Travis Renner - 4.15 (WV) Connor Hinchliffe - 1.93
Michael Melady - 91
Conor Smith - 4.15
Willie Burger - 1.94
Jonny Smith - 90
Tim DiLoreto - 4.16
Ben Carter - 1.94
Jeff Shanfeldt - 89
  Austin Morgan - 1.96
Travis Renner - 89 (WV)

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