|Early on, Severino seemed hell-bent on trying to live up to the hype
for his defense, and his offense seemed to suffer as well (.571 OPS
through the end of May). In the second half, he began driving the ball
more consistently and taking more walks to finish with an .849 OPS from
July onward. Likewise, his defense improved as he finished with career
lows in errors and passed balls while showing good agility and decent
speed on the basepaths.
|Nats elbow isn’t just for pitchers as Kieboom (pronounced KEY-BOOM)
missed nearly all of 2013 rehabbing from TJ surgery. The Clemson back-
stop picked up where he left off in 2012 with a .309/.352/.500 season
for the Suns, though he was about 18 months older than the league avg.
Defensively, his strengths are receiving and blocking while scouts call
his arm average-but-accurate. He’ll most likely be the starting catcher
for Potomac in 2015.
|Should either catcher in front of him falter, Read seems poised to
step up after making major strides on both sides of the ball in 2014.
The power switch came back on with a .462 SLG% mark while he threw
out 47% of would-be thieves. Unfortunately, the rest of his defensive
game is wanting, as scouts are down on his receiving, blocking, foot-
work, and pitch-calling. The bat, however, they like and at 21, he’ll
likely be kept behind the plate to let his glove catch up.
|Let the Derek Norris comps begin. However, Reetz is already ahead of
him with the glove at the same age, which is why they let him catch 33
games versus 14. The unusually selective eye for a teenager (26BB in
43G) is the same, if not better, than the San Diego Padre catcher.
Scouts like his short, right-handed swing that drives balls to the gaps.
They believe he can develop into a major-league hitter with average
power with the skills to become an above-average defender.