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Matt Thaiss

#21 | C/1B/3B
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Matt Thaiss
Name: Matthew Kevin Thaiss
Born: May 6, 1995 in Jackson, NJ
High School: Jackson (N.J.) Memorial HS
College: Virginia
Ht.: 6'0" / Wt.: 215 lbs
Bats: L / Throws: R
Drafted in the 1st round (16th overall) by the Los Angeles Angels in 2016 (signed for $2,150,000)
When Thaiss came to Virginia from Jackson (N.J.) Memorial High, he wasn't proficient enough behind the plate to catch every day and played sparingly his freshman year. Injuries forced the Cavaliers' hand in 2015, and Thaiss became the primary catcher, where he's been for two springs. He has more than enough arm for the position, but many scouts aren't sold on his receiving and blocking skills despite the work he's put into both. Thaiss' lefthanded bat is his most lucrative tool; there's little doubt he'll hit. He's been a force in the middle of Virginia's order for two seasons, spraying line drives and packing above-average power into his 6-foot, 195-pound frame. Thaiss has excellent feel for the strike zone and rarely strikes out. Through his first 182 at-bats this spring, he struck out just eight times to 32 walks. Thaiss' bat will get him drafted, but he could go early to a team that believes in his catching ability.
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