Scouting Buzz: Clemson prospects shine
CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. — Clemson sophomore catcher Chris Okey is not a new face in the eyes of the scouting world. One of the elite catchers to come out of the 2013 high school class, scouts have long raved about Okey’s defensive prowess and throwing arm from behind the dish. Coming out of the prep ranks, he also showed an ability to hit line drives to all fields and his approach was beyond his years. But, there has been a bit of a learning curve since he arrived on campus for Clemson. He was solid in his freshman campaign in 2014 and earned a spot with the USA Collegiate National Team, but it was evident that his defense was ahead of his bat.
Fast forward to this spring, and the sophomore version of Chris Okey is a stronger, more physical mistake hitter with potentially plus pull side power. Okey had a monster weekend at Boston College, going 8-for-14 with three home runs and went on to be named the ACC Player of the Week. This was a very different, far more imposing Okey than the one I had seen with Team USA last summer, however. The righty swinging backstop is lethal on the pitch inside, consistently turning around 92-93 mph fastballs on the inner third of the plate. A player known in high school for his ability to read off-speed pitches well, that skill is also now coming in handy for Okey, as he has the power and lift in his swing to hunt and punish breaking pitches that are left up in the zone.
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