The Atlanta Braves picked Shea Langeliers with the ninth pick in the 2019 Major League draft. He’s a Catcher out of Baylor University. Defensively, he throws a 1.7 to a 1.8 pop time and receives very well. He won the 2018 and 2019 Rawlings/ABCA Gold Glove. Needless to say Langeliers is an elite catcher defensively. From an offensive perspective, he hit .308 with 10 homers this season. He’s a career .289 hitter and has 31 home runs in his 3 years at Baylor.
I love this pick, the Braves badly need a young catcher. Both catchers for the Braves are past their prime (Flowers 33, McCann 35). Langeliers could easily fill the catching spot if he hits well enough. Everyone knows he can catch at the Major League level, but can he hit at it? We’ll have to see, only time will tell. Langeliers has been known to be a hard working individual, which translates to every level. I believe he could end up doing great things for atlanta.
Worst comes to worst, he could be a back up catcher for the Braves. Back up catcher are known to be great defenders, but subpar hitters. I don’t think this will happen though, he has a real simple hack. It shorts and quick, he can turn around any fastball. With his work ethic I mentioned earlier and his simple swing, he should be able to hit well for the Braves. This pick seems to be a little risk, big reward scenario. Because of how Major League ready he is behind the plate. As soon as he can iron out his offense he’ll be a major leaguer.
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