Stockier build, but typical for a catcher. No projection left in body. More athletic than the typical catcher with his frame.
5/31/17, 6/1/17, 8/4/17, 8/5/17
Harrisburg Senators (AA, Nationals)
45; Second Division Regular
Open stance, toe-tap for timing, hands start low, then rise while loading. Noise in swing makes him late some; attacks ball, not real compact, above-average bat speed. Swing can get a little wild, had trouble catching up to heat at times. Showed bat control oppo way, reached pitch on outer half with solid contact. Pulls head at times, shows some weakness vs. offspeed. Projects fringe-average utility.
Above-average raw, moderate load, body gives him some natural pop. Leveraged swing leaves him capable of driving ball. Projects to average game power.
Timed 4.43, 4.45, 4.47. A bit of a liability on the bases.
2.12, 2.14, 2.14 pop up. Struggles blocking bouncers, shows average glove skills, hands need more consistency. A bit unrefined at the position, questionable whether he stays at catcher. Would be fine at 1B.
Shows 50-55 arm, inaccurate despite velo, capable thrower to 2B when he’s on target.
Read has about a 50/50 chance of sticking behind the plate. If he does, his fringe-to-average contact/power game would make him a capable starter. If not, he’s more of a second-tier starter at first base. The risk lies in the fielding profile, but his bat should give him a role for a MLB club at the very least.