Baseball Catcher

 

Tier 1 Catcher:

Physical Measurables:

  • Height: 6'1”
  • Weight: 200 lbs.

 

Stats: 

  • OB %:.500
  • Slugging: .600 (Minimum 2 AB's per game)
  • Pop Time: 1.95 and below consistently (Verified by a neutral source)
  • ERA below 2.00

 

NCSA Expert Notes:

Division I catching recruits are evaluated on several levels, most importantly, college coaches will look at the defensive and leadership skills that the catcher possesses. Prototypical Division I catching recruits are developed physically and usually stand anywhere between 5’10’’ and 6’4” and weigh between 185 and 220 pounds. While pop time is important, coaches will take a closer look at the catch and throw mechanics the catcher possesses as well as the arm strength shown while throwing to 2nd and 3rd base. While defense comes first for a catcher, Division I coaches will also look for a player that demonstrates outstanding leadership skills and has the ability to work with an entire pitching staff. Another important factor in evaluating a Division I catcher is hitting. Division I recruits at the catching position swing the bat well. Catchers are usually guys that can hit for power or average at a high level.

 

Tier 2 Catcher

Physical Measurables:

  • Height: 6'0''
  • Weight: 180 lbs.

 

Stats: 

  • OB%: .450
  • Slugging: .550 (Minimum 2 AB's per game)
  • Pop Time: 2.0 and below consistently (Verified by a neutral source)
  • ERA below 3.00

 

NCSA Expert Notes:

Catchers in this tier are usually polished in at least one phase of the game and show the ability to improve in all other areas of the game. Whether it is defensively or offensively, a solid Division II catching prospect demonstrates the ability to excel at the plate as a 

 

Tier 3 Catcher

Physical Measurables:

  • Height: 5'11
  • Weight: 180 lbs.

 

Stats: 

  • OB%: . 400
  • Slugging: .500
  • Pop time: 2.0 - 2.1

 

NCSA Expert Notes:

Catchers at this level posses leadership skills.  Size is important, along with the abilities to block, receive, handle a pitching staff, and catch/throw.

 

Tier 4 Catcher

Physical Measurables:

  • Height: 5’10”,
  • Weight: 170 lbs.

 

Stats: 

  • OB %: .350
  • Slugging: .450
  • Pop Time: 2.1 or below

 

NCSA Expert Notes:

All catchers who go on to play in college should have leadership skills, but catchers at these levels usually lack the size and quickness needed to play at higher levels. 

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