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Top 10 2010 Catching Prospects

Bryce Harper may define this class, although there is some discussion that he may move to another position, with right field being mentioned the most to take advantage of his arm strength, to allow his bat to carry him as quickly as it can.

But he's not the only talented backstop, as a pair of polished college catchers, Micah Gibbs and Yasmani Grandal, should join Harper in the first round. Grandal, like Harper, is a left-handed hitter while Gibbs switch hits., adding to his defensive value behind the plate.

Minnesota's Michael Kvasnicka is soaring up draft charts as more and more people are starting to believe in his return behind the plate after playing right field. He too is a switch hitter with a great athletic frame and a disciplined approach. He could sneak into the first round, but is more likely a sandwich to third round pick.

Last year's prep class was pretty special, as this year you may not see a true high school catcher selected in the early rounds. Southern California slugger Stefan Sabol likely will be drafted early and likely will be given the chance to catch early in his professional career, but at some point will likely have to move to an outfield corner or first base.

Click on the players' names listed in red to take you to their Dandy Dozen scouting reports.

1
Bryce Harper C 6'3" 205 L/R College of Southern Nevada
2
Micah Gibbs C 5'11" 210 B/R LSU
3
Yasmani Grandal C 6'2" 210 L/R Miami
4
Stefan Sabol C/OF 6'2" 205 R/R Aliso Niquel HS (CA)
5
Robert Brantly C 6'2" 200 L/R UC Riverside
6
Mike Kvasnicka C/RF 6'2" 210 B/R Minnesota
7
Blake Forsythe C 6'2" 220 R/R Tennessee
8
Cameron Rupp C 6'2" 235 R/R Texas
9
Eric Arce C 5'11" 195 L/R Lakeland HS (FL)
10
Tommy Medica C/OF 6'1" 215 R/R Santa Clara

Dandy Dozen

SP
Cameron Bedrosian Son of Steve with big-league curve
SP
Ryne Stanek Projectable RHP on the rise with big FB
SP
Seth Blair Sinker/slider RHP with improve velocity
SP
Zach Cates Former catcher showing big-time arm
SP
Jesse Biddle Big lefty throwing more in the 90s
CL
Kevin Munson Power closer with big FB, SL
CL
Chance Ruffin Son of Bruce has thrived in closer role
C
Kellin Deglan Good D' tools with improving lefty bat
IF
Kellen Sweeney Athletic IF with sweet lefty swing
SS
Mason Williams Speedy, toolsy former CF on the rise
OF
Drew Smyly Power prospect also strong armed QB
OF
Ryan LaMarre Five-tool CF prospect from Big Ten

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