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Cooper Johnson

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High School: Carmel HS, Mundelein, Ill.
State: Ill.

Wt.: lbs

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Scouting Report

The high school catcher with great defensive skills and a less-advanced bat is a profile that once again could get a player taken in the first round. Nowadays teams are less willing to take a risk on the bat to get a great glove early in the draft, but Johnson's excellent receiving should still allow him to hear his name called before too long. Johnson is an excellent receiver with flexibility and athleticism. He collaborates well with pitchers and has a plus arm (1.85-1.9 pop times) with accuracy to shut down running games. But the bat has a lot further to go as Johnson's approach at the plate needs to improve. His swing lacks fluidity, although he does have the strength and bat speed to drive the ball over the fence sporadically. Most likely he ends up with a backup catcher's profile as a great glove with a below-average bat and fringe-average power. Johnson will head to Ole Miss if he doesn't sign.


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