By The Baseball Beginnings Guy
December 9, 2009
Catcher Stefan Sabol committed to play college baseball at Oregon. I put a Craig Biggio projection on him because I believe he’ll have the hands to consistently put the ball in play as a pro. I see enough power in the coming years to make him a threat to occassionally get one out. He’ll run very well for the position, which lends to the Biggio comparison. Defensively, he improved from summer to spring but still needs pro instruction and innings to be ready to catch at the major league level. He shows enthusiasm for the position in-game, which is a good sign. He’ll need to improve on catching low pitches in the coming years and learn to better transfer some of his athletic actions to blocking balls. His arm strength is more than enough to make him a threat, but he’ll need to work on his footwork so his throws don’t sail on him as much. Be this as it may, if he hits, they will find a place for him to play.
Stefan Sabol, C
6-1, 195 B/T: R/R
(Aliso Niguel HS, Aliso Niguel, CA)
Games seen: 6, Innings: 40
PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: Durable athletic frame frame, strong hips and thighs and still filling out.
STRENGTHS: Above-average speed, good first step. Handsy hitter, hard to beat with velocity on the inner half. Very good athlete for position. Loose, quick athletic actions.
WEAKNESSES: Needs to improve catching defense – needs to use body to block balls, drops to his knees too many times, hurries throws before feet are set, throws drift on him. Needs to show he can go to right field more consistently in coming years.
SUMMARY: Should be above-average offensive player with at least average defensive skills if he stays behind the plate in the coming years. Strikes me as flashy player – wants you to know he’s there.
Overall Future Potential: 54