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Josh Phegley

#19 | C
Oakland Athletics Oakland Athletics
Josh Phegley
Name: Joshua Aaron Phegley
Born: Feb 12, 1988 in Terre Haute, Ind. USA
High School: Terre Haute (Ind.) North HS
College: Indiana
Ht.: 5'10" / Wt.: 225 lbs
Bats: R / Throws: R
 ABAVGOBPSLGHR
2019164.262.307.4828
Career950.229.272.39130
Drafted in the supplemental 1st round (38th overall) by the Chicago White Sox in 2009 (signed for $858,600)
No college catcher has done more at the plate over the last two seasons than Phegley, who has hit .400 with 32 homers. He ranked second in Division I with a .438 average as a sophomore and had 17 home runs this spring. Phegley packs a lot of strength in his 5-foot-11, 215-pound frame and has the patience to draw walks and wait for pitches he can drive. Scouts aren't sold on his future production or his defense, however. Some think his bat is a little slow, and he didn't look impressive with wood bats during Team USA tryouts last summer or Indiana's scout day last fall. He bats out of an exaggerated crouch, which makes it difficult for him to catch up to velocity at the top of the strike zone. Phegley bulked up after batting .232 without a homer as a freshman, and his thicker build has cost him defensively. He has plus arm strength but a slow release, leading to average results in shutting down the running game. He has caught 31 percent of basestealers over the last two years. He is a below-average receiver who has been exposed this spring by Eric Arnett's explosive fastball and Matt Bashore's breaking pitches. He does block balls well. Phegley profiles only as a catcher, so he'll have to improve behind the plate. Scouts do rave about his makeup and believe he'll put in the work to do so. Phegley should be the second college catcher drafted (after Boston College's Tony Sanchez) and go off the board before the end of the second round.
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