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AQ Conference Follow List: 2012 MLB Draft Catchers

Anybody who has paid even the slightest bit of interest in this year’s draft class (i.e. literally nobody I actually talk to in real life) knows who is number one among the following group of catchers. The real question here is who’s number two after Alex San Juan Mike Zunino? I actually think there are three fairly similar guys (good power/arm, questionable defense) right behind him in spots two through four, followed by three additional personal favorites (Jacob Stallings alert!) that help round out the AQ conference super seven group of catching prospects. I’ll share the names later on, but I’m curious to see if anybody out there has an opinion on which players should fall in after Zunino. For extra credit: is your number two catcher from this group of AQ conference catchers the same as your number two catcher in all of college baseball? I don’t think mine will be, but I won’t know for sure until another week or so after I finish reviewing the rest of the conferences here on the site. With no further ado, here’s a list of all of my personal AQ conference follow list for catchers eligible for the 2012 MLB Draft…

  1. Arizona State JR C Max Rossiter
  2. Baylor JR C Nathan Orf
  3. Baylor SR C Josh Ludy
  4. California SR C Chadd Krist
  5. Cincinnati SR C Braden Kline
  6. Clemson JR C Spencer Kieboom
  7. Clemson SR C Phil Pohl
  8. Connecticut rSR C Joe Pavone
  9. Duke JR C Jeff Kremer
  10. Florida JR C Mike Zunino
  11. Florida State rSO C Stephen McGee
  12. Georgia JR C Brett DeLoach
  13. Iowa JR C Dan Sheppard
  14. Kansas SR C Alex DeLeon
  15. Kansas SR C James Stanfield
  16. Kentucky JR C Luke Maile
  17. Kentucky SR C Michael Williams
  18. Miami JR C Alex San Juan
  19. Miami SR C Peter O’Brien
  20. Michigan SR C Coley Crank
  21. Mississippi SR C Taylor Hightower
  22. Mississippi State JR C Mitch Slauter
  23. Missouri JR C Scott Sommerfeld
  24. Missouri SR C Ben Turner
  25. Nebraska JR C Richard Stock
  26. North Carolina SR C Jacob Stallings
  27. Notre Dame JR C Joe Hudson
  28. Oklahoma State JR C Rick Stover
  29. Oklahoma State JR C Victor Romero
  30. Oklahoma State SR C Jared Womack
  31. Oregon rSR C Brett Hambright
  32. Oregon SO C Aaron Jones
  33. Purdue JR C Kevin Plawecki
  34. South Carolina JR C Dante Rosenberg
  35. Southern California SR C Kevin Roundtree
  36. Stanford JR C Christian Griffiths
  37. Texas Tech JR C/INF Bo Altobelli
  38. Texas Tech SR C Kevin Whitehead
  39. UCLA JR C Tyler Heineman
  40. UCLA JR C Trevor Brown
  41. UCLA rSO C Richie Brehaut
  42. Utah JR C Parker Morin
  43. Vanderbilt rSR C Drew Fann
  44. Virginia JR C Chace Mitchell
  45. Virginia Tech rSO C Chad Morgan
  46. Wake Forest JR C Brett Armour
  47. Washington JR C Chase Anselment
  48. Washington SR C BK Santy
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4 Comments

  1. [...] Rob Ozga, at The Baseball Draft Report, listed the draft eligible catchers to follow from AQ conferences.  -LINK [...]

  2. Rachelle H. says:

    Toby DeMello of Saint Mary’s of California should not be overlooked and should be included on this list. Had 13 pick-offs in 2011 and has a “pop-time” average that rivals most major league professionals today. High profile school or not (and they beat ASU and OSU this year), he deserves acknowledgement!

  3. Cory says:

    What about Rice’s senior catcher Craig Manuel? I believe you’ll be surprised at his draft stock.

    avg gp-gs ab r h 2b 3b hr rbi tb slg% bb hbp so gdp ob% sf sh sb-att po a e fld%

    .275 48-40 149 15 41 6 0 2 23 53 .356 15 7 9!! 3 .364 2 5 0-0 321 71 0!!!! 1.000

    • Rob Ozga says:

      Good call, Cory. Manuel is a really strong college player who has played well enough during his time at Rice to warrant late round consideration next month. I recently added him to the catcher’s list. Here is what I have:

      Rice SR C Craig Manuel: plus defender; strong hit tool; really good athlete; absence of power is a problem, especially as he begins to rise professionally and face better pitchers more likely to challenge him with strikes, but strong enough in areas that pro teams like (approach, situational hitting, defense) that he has an outside chance at becoming a backup catcher if he is willing to wait around in the minors; 6-1, 200 pounds

      2011: .320/.432/.371 – 30 BB/8 K – 175 AB
      2012: .274/.368/.356 – 16 BB/9 K – 146 AB – 0/0 SB

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