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Jonah Heim

Born: 06/27/1995 (Age: 19)
Bats: Switch Throws: Right
Height: 6' 4" Weight: 220
Primary Position: C
tall and wiry frame; projectable frame with potential to add good strength; very good athleticism and showed ability get low enough while catching.
Evaluator CJ Wittmann
Report Date 04/18/2015
Dates Seen 4/10-12/2015
Affiliate Delmarva Shorebirds (Low A, Orioles)
MLB ETA Risk Factor OFP Video
2018 High 50 Yes
Tool Future Grade Report
Hit 40 Switch hitter with same setup from both sides; plus bat speed; good swing path through zone; gets good post contact extension on pitches on the outer half; hands can drift at times; small hand movement in load; incorporates lower half well; showed advanced approach; showed ability to recognize secondary offerings but has present trouble barreling.

Power 40 Above average raw power; slight loft in swing; gets extended well; present power more visible from left side; inconsistency with hit tool will play power grade down in-game.
Baserunning/Speed 30 Timed in 4.4-4.5 range from both sides; heavy footed runner; clogger on the base paths; runs like a catcher.
Glove 60 Moves well laterally; shows strong wrist when framing; soft hands when receiving; footwork is strong allowing him a smooth transfer to throw; showed present ability to get low and provide the low target; can still improve his blocking skills overall.
Arm 55 Plus arm strength; pop times consistently in 1.90 - 1.95 range; accuracy is present strength but can get loose; footwork is clean and arm could grow stronger with potentially muscle; fast-twitch athlete.

Jonah Heim showed an advanced approach at the plate as well as plus catching tools. Heim will a defensive asset as he continues through the minors. He is a very projectable player and I think he will vastly improve at the plate. Heim received raves review from Buck Showalter about his catching abilities in spring training and they were well deserved. Heim will be a plus defender and just below average hitter allowing him to be a major league regular at the big league level.

Drafted: 2013 4th round, 129th overall
Why: advanced catcher as amateur; projectable frame; projectable hitter and power potential

Ceiling: Role 50; Major League Regular

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