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Matt McBride

Oakland Athletics Oakland Athletics
Matt McBride
Name: Matthew Hagerty McBride
Born: May 23, 1985 in Bethlehem, PA
High School: Liberty HS, Bethlehem, Pa.
College: Lehigh
Ht.: 6'2" / Wt.: 215 lbs
Bats: R / Throws: R
Drafted in the supplemental 2nd round (75th overall) by the Cleveland Guardians in 2006 (signed for $445,000)
McBride's strength has always been his catch-and-throw skills, which is why his stock suffered a bit early this season when tightness in his shoulder limited his throwing. By the end of the season he was back to catching every day and showing the plus arm strength that yielded 1.85-second pop times a year ago. McBride has a big, strong frame and athleticism that allows him to move laterally and block balls in the dirt well. He has above-average speed for a catcher (as evidenced by his 21 stolen bases), but needs to clean up his footwork behind the plate. Offensively, McBride hit 37 doubles but just five home runs over his first two college seasons, but he worked on getting more backspin and developing more of a wood-bat, professional swing this season, resulting in 10 home runs. He has at least average raw power, and he is difficult to strike out. Mcbride whiffed just 11 times in 195 at-bats this year after striking out just seven times in 152 at-bats against better competition in the Alaska League last summer. His defensive abilities at a premium position, power potential and offensive approach make for an attractive overall package that could get see him go as high as the third round.
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