By The Baseball Beginnings Guy
February 7, 2011
Adam Ehrlich is a catcher that you don’t hear too much about in the big rankings lists, but I’m here to say the guy can catch.
Let’s start with the bat. A left-handed hitting catcher with a good, lean, physically projectable body will get a look every time. He’s hitting from a narrow stance with a flat bat and a high-elbow. He’s got a balanced stride and uses a big leg kick to back load. The swing plane in this look is long and I’d say that in the coming years he’ll have to shorten it a bit because he doesn’t profile for power. He won’t run, but he’s a catcher, so who cares.
Defensively is where he has the best chance to hang around and cash some paychecks in the coming years. He lifts his hind quarters as well as any catcher I’ve run across in this draft cycle, and yes, it is hard for me to find catchers who are athletic and strong enough to do this all the time. He has what I term supple and strong hands, which means I know this guy can handle velocity. He gets a little excited from time to time and might stab once in a blue moon, but I can live with that and I know it’ll get cleaned up down the line. He has a smooth arm action and the arm works, with solid average pro arm strength. I don’t care what the stopwatch says on the throw times, I think the throw times are vastly overated in amateur baseball and I think it’s easy to cheat. His throws went through the bag, and that’s enough for me. So in closing, yeah, this catcher has some tools and is worth following.
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