Originally Posted by RedsManRick
Pretty sad when you take a guy in the first round of the draft and there's absolutely nothing notable about his skill set out of the gate. Doug, could you expound on your comment about his tools? What tools does the kid possess that couldn't be said about other catchers in our system?
He has a real strong arm (but needs to work on going from the catch to the throw), is athletic behind the plate and has good hitting tools. His bat is the best in the system as far as catchers go, and his arm and athleticism are toward the top as well. He just needs refinement like most catchers a year out of high school. Unlike other catchers in the system with tools, he has a full set of them, even though he doesn't use them all currently. Add in that he is going to be 20 for most of next season and he has plenty of time to get them from tools to skills.