Gianfranco Messina
Gianfranco Messina

CLASS OF 2020

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Gianfranco
Messina

Salve Regina University
LaSalle Academy (HS) • RI
6-0 • 170LBS • R/R
Travel Team: Evoshield Canes

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2020 National

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9/29/19

6-foot, 170-pound, solid, strong athletic frame. Longer neck, rounded shoulders, should fill out with a durable frame. A right-handed hitting catcher, the top tool is the ability to defend behind the plate and controls the running game. The arm strength is above average, 78 mph, comes out of the hand really well. The pop time is quick at 1.96-2.04, down hill flight with all the throws on the bag. The arm action is super loose, whippy. Solid receiver, wider setup, strong hands, keeps the baseball in the zone.  Easy block to scramble to throw, low effort. At the plate, even feet loose hands, could stay through it a tick longer, more of a pull approach. Barrel works with easy effort, had a tee exit velocity of 76 mph. Solid approach at the plate in game play. Will be good for someone. 

Tee Exit Velocity: 78 mph
Arm Velocity: 76 mph

7/16/19

6-foot,170-pound right-handed hitting catcher. Solid showing at the event. Ran a 7.8 sixty at the event. The skill set behind the dish is solid, threw 70 mph down to second base out of a high slot. The pop time is 2.01 as the feet can improve and an off-season long toss program would aid the development. The bat has a tee exit velocity of 82 mph. The setup is even in base, front foot steps into the swing. The path is uphill at times, toe tap as the ball approaches. The hands work free and clean to the ball. The frame can add strength. 

Tee Exit Velocity- 82 mph
Catching Velocity- 70 mph
Pop Time- 2.01

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