NC State's Patrick Bailey (left) celebrates his homer vs. UNC (Aaron Fitt)

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Cape Cod League Position Rankings: Catcher

Prospects

Now that we’ve ranked the Cape Cod League’s top 40 hitting and top 40 pitching prospects for the 2019 draft, it’s time to see how the league’s prospects line up by position, combining 2019 and 2020 draft-eligible players. We’ll start with scouting reports on the Cape’s top 12 catching prospects.

1. Patrick Bailey, 2020 (North Carolina State)

Switch-hitting, athletic backstop with an above average arm and a chance to hit for average. Defensively, showed good game awareness and made accurate throws with POP times ranging from 2.01 to 2.08. Quick release and short, direct footwork. From the right side of the plate he set up in a slightly open stance towards the back of the box. Balance was out front and he carried his hands with his hips. The result was a pull approach, marginal bat speed and little hard contact. His left-handed swing was more compact with better balance. More of a contact approach and swing, kept his hands back, creating good separation and attempted to use all fields. Stayed inside the ball. Showed a much greater ability to extend an at-bat from this side of the plate as well. An overall a well-tooled and well-rounded prospect, Bailey’s high-level skills and baseball IQ, combined with a scarcity of top quality college catching each year in the draft give him Day One potential in 2020.


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