Andrew Knapp, C, University of California
Class: Junior; Height: 6-1; Weight: 192; B/T: B/R
Arguably the top collegiate catcher available, Knapp’s development with the bat took a large step forward this season, hitting a robust .336/.436/.554 with 16 doubles and eight homeruns. His park and scheduled adjusted Weighted On Base Average, wOBA, is .483 (according to CollegeSplits.com).
This, of course, comes on the heels of a solid showing in the Cape last summer. In 40 games, Knapp hit .293/.414/.557 with 13 doubles and eight homeruns.
Projection: Knapp, a switch-hitter, showed some blossoming power during his sophomore campaign, slugging 21 extra-base hits. It’s now developed into a solid-average skill with the potential to be 12 to 17 homeruns down the line. He couples that with a decent eye at the plate, though his walk rates will likely be average or slightly below in pro ball. According to CollegeSplits, he tends to be an extreme fly ball hitter from both sides of the plate, as well.
Defensively, he’s nabbed 65% of would-be base stealers.
He’s not going to be a star and his bat profiles as league average. But he’s the type that could carve out a long career as solid big league regular that’s capable of adding value on both sides of the ball.
Ceiling: 2.0-win player
Likelihood of Reaching His Ceiling: Moderate
Drafted:First to Second Round
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