Catchers are notorious for moving slow through a farm system, so this is a somewhat surprising pick. However, with the lack of premium catchers in today’s game, when one comes along it is wise to snatch them up. Langeliers best case scenario might just be the A’s catching prospect Sean Murphy. Murphy is one of the best defensive catching prospects and is currently hitting .324/.402/.459 at AAA. Murphy dropped to the 3rd round in the 2016 draft due to a broken hamate bone in his left wrist.
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Langeliers is renowned for his defensive prowess behind the plate, and he was the 2018 Rawlings/ABCA Gold Glove recipient as the best defensive catcher in college baseball. Other notable catchers to earn that honor in recent years include Posey (2008), Yasmani Grandal (2010) and two players who recently made their MLB debuts, Garrett Stubbs (2015) and Will Smith (2016).
He hit .309/.364/.480 with six home runs in 56 games in 2019. Scouts seem to think there is more power potential there once the body begins to fill out although there is a concern that he could out grow the shortstop position. He is categorized as a plus runner and could potentially shift to the outfield if needed.
Philip performed well for Oregon State against decent college competition in slashing .312/.362/.475 for OSU this year. He has some speed on the basepaths, although that showed up more in his junior college days than in his time in the Pac-12. He has also shown some ability at shortstop where he should be able to stick thanks to a really strong throwing arm and good range to both sides and decent instincts on balls hit his way.
The Braves phenom continues to draw praise, this time in the form of Rookie of the Month honors for the month of May. Riley needed just 15 games to garner this recognition.
There was some smoke before the draft that Baltimore was torn on who they would select here, but in the end it was just that: smoke. The Orioles get a generational prospect with the first overall pick.
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