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Sam Huff

Born: 01/14/1998 (Age: 21)
Bats: Right Throws: Right
Height: 6' 5" Weight: 240
Primary Position: C
Secondary Position: 1B
Massive filled-out frame looks pretty close to 6'5" 235 lbs. Well-muscled frame with long levers and a high waist. Good athlete for size and position with excellent body control and strong wrists.
Evaluator Kevin Carter
Report Date 10/09/2019
Dates Seen 9/29, 10/1, 10/4, 10/6
Affiliate Texas Rangers (, Rangers)
MLB ETA Risk Factor OFP Video
2021 Extreme 55 Yes
Tool Future Grade Report
Hit 40 Good feel for the barrel with a swing that gets in sync and engages the lower-half well regardless even when he's fooled. Adjusts shoulders and hands well to ball velocity and location. Plus barrel acceleration. Excellent physical markers and polished athletic swing currently limited by aggressive approach and issues with recognizing spin. Combo creates significant swing-and-miss, but contact is loud when it's there. Limited on-base skills.
Power 60 80 raw power with elite barrel velocity at point of contact. Produces top-flight exit velocities on contact. When fooled, able to keep hands back with deceleration of hips before transferring built inertia towards ball.
Baserunning/Speed 30 Slow runner who takes a second to get going and will likely continue to slow down with age and more experience at catcher. Will likely be a negative on the base-paths.
Glove 45 Surprisingly agile for his size. Hands are good on balls up and around corners, but tends to stab a bit at balls below the zone. Strong wrists and shoulders stick the landing. Footwork on balls in the dirt is still a bit awkward, especially when lateral movement is involved.
Arm 60 Plus-plus arm strength, but has a long way to go to get up and throw, slower transition. Above-average pop times that could improve with more polish.

Sam Huff has a set of loud physical tools on a massive frame that should carry a raw offensive approach towards a role as a tandem catcher at the MLB level. Huff's elite raw power, quality physical hit tool markers, and "good enough" defense behind the plate should create value as a part-time player.

The boom or bust here is significant, as Huff's pitch recognition, approach, and position equate to significant burnout risk. If Huff doesn't progress as a catcher, and I think it is unlikely, he will need to drastically improve the approach to create an offensive profile for first base.

If it all comes together, Huff represents one of the loudest profiles in the game with elite raw power, good barrel-to-ball abilities, and a premium defensive position.

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