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Carter Jensen

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Carter Jensen
Name: Carter James Jensen
Born: Jul 3, 2003 in Kansas City,
High School: Park Hill HS, Kansas City, Mo.
Ht.: 6'1" / Wt.: 210 lbs
Bats: L / Throws: R
Drafted in the 3rd round (78th overall) by the Kansas City Royals in 2021 (signed for $1,097,500)
Jensen is a lefthanded-hitting, bat-first backstop committed to Louisiana State whose hit tool has been especially impressive among the talent in the Midwest. He has an ability to use his hands, he can turn around velocity and go the other way with offspeed pitches, and is consistently a hunter at the plate. There’s a chance the 6-foot-1, 210-pound teenager can stick as a catcher, but even if he can’t, the bat is enough to believe in. He has a knack for finding barrels, and there is some power in the tank, but he hasn’t yet figured out how to consistently elevate the ball. Behind the dish, he’s strong with good hands, and he works well within the zone but has to tighten up the other areas of his game. His blocking needs further development, and he likes to work from one knee, which is an approach the verdict is still out on among evaluators, but Jensen is quiet behind the plate and his receiving is adequate. He has good carry on his throws and he will show arm strength and flash a plus arm, but he doesn’t always move with a ton of energy back there and there are some questions about his ability to handle a full season as a catcher. Jensen has a high-maintenance body but he put in significant work to get in shape and it has shown. He will turn 18 a week before the draft.
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