The Cardinals will have a lot of picks in the 2012 draft this year. If they want to claim Stryker Trahan, a high school catcher out of Louisiana, they’ll probably have to grab him at No. 19 overall or No. 23 overall. For me, Stryker remains the ideal draft selection for the June Draft in terms of skills and realistically being available during the Cardinals #1 pick.
Trahan is no small catcher standing at 6′ 1″ and a solid 220. Neither is he what you would describe as fat but rather, Trahan is simply built. His swing is about as perfect as one could ask for; there’s no handsy flailing, the trunk rotation is great and he starts from just a slightly open stance at the plate. All the reports on his defense indicate that he can be a major league catcher. You aren’t drafting a bat with Trahan. You’re drafting a catcher that can hit.
Given that the Cardinals just signed Yadier Molina to a 5 year deal, there’s an element of serendipity to the drafting of Trahan who would have plenty of time to work his way through the minors. Should the Cardinals pass on Trahan in the 2012 draft, it had better be for someone convincingly better. Trahan has the potential to be a real star, imo.
Trahan has been a catcher his whole life. At a rock-solid 6-foot-1 and 220 pounds with muscular thighs and huge, strong hands, he’s certainly put together well for the position. Trahan has a quiet demeanor, but also exudes no-nonsense toughness and enjoys taking on a leadership role on the field.
For high schoolers, Stryker Trahan (12) has a unique profile. At 6-foot-1 and 220 pounds, Trahan is built like a fullback, but runs like a tailback. Deceptively fast for his size, the Mississippi commit offers solid-average speed. He has enormous hands and was born to catch. At the plate, he’s a selective hitter and offers good loft and power potential from the left side.
Really intriguing catching prospect with projectable defensive tools and legit left-handed power. Good feel for the game and a hard worker. Continues to improve behind the plate. Arm is weakest defensive tool and even that will play at the position. Power offensive profile could land him fifth or sixth in the order on a good club. Some questions about his long term hitting ability, but he shows good aptitude AND solid hands that should let his power play.
Stryker Trahan is a 2012 C/1B/OF with a 6-1 215 lb. frame from Scott, LA who attends Acadiana HS. Extra strong athletic build. Quick feet and very good agility defensively, very accurate on line throws, can throw harder but sacrificing pure arm strength for quickness/accuracy, tends to snap at the ball with his glove at times. Left handed hitter, tall open stance, selective hitter, looking for a pitch to turn on and drive, very good raw bat speed, hits with confidence, gets out to his front side and tends to top spin balls. Runs exceptionally well for a catcher, 6.54, can also play the outfield and first base. Has top level physical tools in all areas, waiting for the skills to further develop. Good student, verbal commitment to Mississippi.
“(Trahan) is a heck of a talent,” said an SEC coach. “You see the plus bat-speed, you see the ball just jump of his bat –be it aluminum or wood – and then you watch the kid run and throw? He’s a star in college at third base or the outfield. If he can stay at catcher he’s the type of kid who could take you to Omaha.”
Trahan possesses good arm strength, quick feet and a consistent swing that produces above-average power from the left side of the plate. He’s strong and sturdy, suggesting he can physically handle catching long term, but he also runs well, posting times from home to first in the low four-second range. He’s committed to Ole Miss, but the 6-foot-1, 215-pounder has a chance to be taken off the board among the top 20 picks and is among the better high school catching prospects over the past five years.