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School: University of South Carolina; Class: Junior
Position: C; B/T: R/R
Height: 6-5; Weight: 215 pounds
Previously Drafted: N/A
Background: Trivia time: name the tallest catcher in MLB history. Technically, it’s a trick question. Both Joe Mauer and Larry McLean, who was shot and killed by a bartender during a brawl in 1921, stood 6-foot-5. That also happens to be Greiner’s height coincidentally enough.
Clearly, the odds are already stacked against the Gamecocks’ backstop.
Offensively speaking, Greiner’s been a consistent middle-of-the-order thumper this season, hitting .347/.417/.545 with 11 doubles and already topping his career high in homeruns with eight. This is the second consecutive season in which he’s taken a tremendous leap forward; he hit .222/.336/.392 and .298/.365/.424 his first two seasons.
Projection: Not entirely convinced he sticks behind the plate and if that’s the case I’m not entirely convinced his stick plays anywhere else. Plus, the raw defensive data doesn’t look entirely strong either.
The hit tool and plate discipline are average at best, but there’s some projection left in the power department, perhaps peaking with 20- to 22-HR down the line. If everything breaks right – and by that, I mean everything – he could be a lite version of Mike Napoli.
Ceiling: 2.0-win player
Floor: 1.0- to 1.5-win player
Likelihood of Reaching His Ceiling: Moderate
Draft Projection: Second/Third Round
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