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Phillies 2019 draft preview: Shea Langeliers, C

NCAA Baseball - Baylor vs Long Beach State - March 5, 2006 Photo by Reuben Canales/Getty Images

Langeliers has been all over the rankings the last 6 months. He started out top 10, then dropped into the back end of the first round in projections and now he’s back to the area around the top 10. He got off to a little bit of a slow start, missed time due to a broken hamate bone and he plays the same position as the clear #1 overall player, which probably led to some unfair comps. In most drafts, I think he would have been projected top 10 and would have stayed in the top 15 the whole way.

Langeliers is a 6’1” 190 lbs right handed hitting Catcher at Baylor University. His calling card is defense and he could probably be a quality MLB Catcher the day he signs his contract. The arm is a true weapon. Maybe a step behind Realmuto’s, but not by much. If his bat never really develops, he could probably still be a Hank Conger type and quality MLB backup. Of course, nobody really wants to draft Hank Conger in the top 10, so how about the bat? Well, hit or miss (pun intended), but he carries an excellent walk rate and since coming back this spring, he’s hit well.

Video courtesy of baseball (both literally and figuratively). Shea is an almost purely rotational hitter with a wide stance, a toe tap and fast bat. I think he could stand a little taller, work in a small leg kick while keeping his head pretty level and not losing his eye for pitches, but gaining some timing and power (possibly adding a little loft too). Most reports suggest he probably tops out with an average hit tool and average power, but I’d propose sacrificing for maybe a fringe average hit tool and above average power, provided he can keep the BB rate.

The ceiling for Langeliers is probably a league average starting Catcher. That’s a big step down from what the Phillies currently have. You should never draft for need and just take best available, since everyone can be traded later for what you do need. That all said Catchers and Second Basemen strike me as tough prospects to trade, unless they look like elite prospects, in which case, why trade them? I think I’d be okay with it if the Phillies took Langeliers, but it certainly wouldn’t be my first choice.