Zane Evans, C, Georgia Tech
Class: Junior; Height: 6-2; Weight: 221; B/T: R/R
Georgia Tech’s everyday catcher since his freshman year, something that hadn’t been done since Jason Varitek in 1991, Evans is in the argument as the top collegiate catcher in the class. His overall numbers — .364/.436/.600 — are more impressive than Cal’s Andrew Knapp (.350/.434/.544).
And according to CollegeSplits, Evans’ park and scheduled adjusted Weighted On Base Average is also slightly higher, .455 to .443.
Defensively, however, Evans has faltered in the running game, nabbing just 30.6% of would-be base stealers.
Projection: Evans has above-average power and plate discipline and could find his way into the top 45 or so picks in the draft. He’s looks a bit raw behind the plate, but the four-year starter should develop into a capable big leaguer and a serviceable #7-type hitter, though he needs to improve upon a lowly 30.6% caught stealing percentage.
Ceiling: 1.5- to 2.0-win player
Likelihood of Reaching His Ceiling: Moderate
Drafted: First or Second Round
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