Stryker Trahan is a name I’ve heard tossed around by some in connection to the Cardinals this coming draft. At the moment, he’s generally regarded as the best backstop available in the 2012 draft. He’s currently in high school with a commitment to Ole Miss but should someone wave first round money at him, there’s a sense that he’d take it.
He’s a good catcher with better athleticism than your typical plodding catcher. A solid line drive swing helps to augment his power projection and overall hitting ability. He’s as near to a complete package as a high school backstop can be.
Taking a look at the catchers selected in the first or first supplemental round, we’ll see that they are, like all prospects, hit or miss.
|Year||Pick||Team||Name||Reached Majors Yet?|
|2011||26||Red Sox||Blake Swihart|
|2009||38||White Sox||Josh Phegley|
|2007||21||Blue Jays||J.P. Arencibia||Y|
There’s a couple of names that stick out as players who should have a very good career: Matt Wieters and Buster Posey. Both were highly regarded prospects drafted out of college. There’s also a mess of players that look like they’ll never make the majors and a few who no longer play catcher.
I don’t want to over-reach with any conclusions. This is extremely anecdotal in nature and while you could draw conclusions about catcher’s from a more comprehensive study, I often think that those types of conclusions are overstated in their application to first round picks as individuals. Stryker Trahan is an excellent draft prospect and there’s a very real chance (you could probably say it’s “likely”) that he’s selected prior to the Cardinals’ first pick. Given the rather underwhelming state of the Cardinals minor league catching prospects right now and the fact that Trahan could also be the best player on the board at pick number 19, pay attention to him as the season progresses. You can be sure the Cardinals are.