Weight: 190 lbs.
60 yard dash: 7.08 sec
OF throw: 89 MPH
C throw: 84 MPH
Pop: 1.78 sec
(Via Perfect Game)
Prep catchers are always highly sought after early in the MLB draft, and as per usual this year’s class has a few first round hopefuls. Among them is Anthony Seigler, backstop for Cartersville in Georgia, who brings a very well-rounded game to the table. Seigler has played multiple positions as a prep player, and could likely handle OF duties with his solid speed and arm. His defensive home is not in doubt, however, as he already shows outstanding potential behind the dish. His 1.78 pop time is elite for any player, never mind an 18 year old prep catcher.
As a hitter, Seigler has a unique profile for his position. A rare switch-hitting catcher, he has a compact cut from both sides that covers the plate well. He shows good hands and feel for hitting, and should be able to barrel balls at the next level. At this point he shows a line drive approach, and a willingness to go the other way. At this point he does not show a ton of home run power, but he has projection remaining in his frame, and his bat speed could help his average natural pop play up if his hit tool really develops.
Though the bats of prep catchers are one of the toughest things to project in prospecting, I feel very good about Seigler’s at this stage. Though he is an older high schooler who will be almost 19 on draft day, his approach is advanced and his swings from both sides are simple. I’d be comfortable projecting him as an above average hitter as a pro, with average power that could get into the 20 homer range if everything comes together. This kind of offensive profile would make him an easy first-division regular when combined with his plus defensive potential.
Austin Barnes is an obvious choice, and one that I like for Seigler. Both players move well for the position, succeed at the plate by hitting line drives, and defend their position with athleticism.
Projected Draft Round
Seigler currently projects as a late first round to early second round selection with the draft less than two months away.
Does he make sense for the Astros?
I feel as though catcher is one of the bigger needs in the system currently following Jake Rogers’ departure in the Justin Verlander trade, and Seigler is currently projected to go around where they will pick first. Currently he’s among the players I feel are most likely to be their first round pick, and I think he’d be a good one.