2016 Draft Preview: C

You can never have too many catchers in your organization and the 2016 draft will provide the Brewers with ample opportunities to add catching depth to their system. The top prospect behind the plate looks to be University of Miami backstop Zack Collins.

Collins, a 21-year-old Junior, is a left-handed hitter who’s bat is ahead of his defense at this point in his career. He has good power for a catcher, but there are questions about his ability to stay behind the plate which could lead some teams to pass him over.

Another name worth watching on day one is Virginia’s Matt Thaiss, another left-handed hitter who scouts like because of his overall offensive game. He doesn’t possess as much pop as Collins and there are similar questions as to whether he will stay at catcher, but if a team thinks they can work with him, he could go late in round one.

The majority of the top catching prospects in this year’s draft are college players, including Junior Chris Okey out of Clemson, Wright State Junior Sean Murphy and Louisville Junior Will Smith, but if you’re looking for a high school catcher worth following, Brewers fans can look right within the state, where Verona’s Ben Rortvedt is considered among the top prep catchers available.

The 5’10” Rortvedt is a lefty bat who has a commitment to Arkansas waiting for him, but his plus bat speed and ability to further develop behind the plate should get him selected early enough to forego college.

While they won’t take a catcher with their first round pick this season, the Brewers are sure to select a few players throughout the draft to bring in and work with the plethora of new arms that are likely to be brought in as well.

TOP C PROSPECTS

ZACK COLLINS Miami
MATT THAISS Virginia
CHRIS OKEY Clemson
SEAN MURPHY Wright State
WILL SMITH Louisville
BEN RORTVEDT Verona High School
COOPER JOHNSON Carmel High School
LOGAN ICE Oregon
BRETT CUMBERLAND California
JAKE ROGERS Tulane

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